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Have you been working to identify your blind spots? As a leader, overcoming your blind spots is important in becoming your best true self. Today, we highlight a tool that helps you do just that.
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If you know anything about the Enneagram—or even if you aren’t familiar with the Enneagram—the next few minutes could be tremendously important to you, your relationship with God, and your continuing spiritual growth. My guest is Alice Fryling, who is a seasoned spiritual director, presenter, and the author of nine books, including her very popular book, Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram. Alice, welcome to the Flourishing Podcast.
My journey to the Enneagram has not only helped me get to know myself better but has helped me to get to know God better.”
In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- A brief introduction into the Enneagram (03:59)
- An ancient paradigm that describes nine different ways that people look at life (04:16)
- The Enneagram’s thesis is that we all view life through our own giftedness, for better or for worse (04:26)
- No. 1 on the Enneagram is the Perfectionist (05:02)
- Each space on the Enneagram describes what the person focuses on as well as the compulsion that comes when overplaying their gifts (06:10)
- “We cannot know God unless we know ourselves and we cannot know ourselves unless we know God.” -John Calvin (09:07)
- What is the false self and the true self? (11:46)
- A lot of leaders in Christian organizations are 1s, 3s, or 8s (16:02)
- How can the Enneagram be a tool for spiritual growth? (20:46)
- A favorite story about 3, the successful achiever (24:36)
- As we mature we exhibit more of the wholeness of the Enneagram (31:11)
- The Enneagram is a long process of self-awareness (33:25)
- What’s at stake for the leader who might balk at gaining more self-awareness and a deeper knowledge of God through using the Enneagram? (35:59)
- “The Enneagram is one tool to enrich the experience of transformation, and it’s a gift to those of us who have the privilege of watching God’s grace at work.” (39:30)
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