Beyond learning about ourselves and each other, Suzanne taught two other principles useful to the Christian life. The first is the deep respect for self that underlies Enneagram work. Respect for self is needed to do the “nonjudgmental observation” that leads to an awareness of one’s number. You simply can’t judge yourself and learn about yourself at the same time. Just watching yourself and taking note of what you do and say without inner comment leads to greater wisdom. It’s something we all deserve from ourselves.
The second principle is the respect we have for each other. This is embodied in greater acceptance of others as we learn about the different numbers. We stop judging others for how they react and what they do and just begin to know, deeply, lovingly, “That is the way they are.” This acceptance leads to greater presence with each other and greater joy in our differences--a rich, merry joy that enlivens all of our life together. It is something we are called to offer each other.
Over the next few weeks we will be discerning new ways to be church together--new programs for our children and new ways to welcome newcomers and integrate them into the community. These two principles--respect for self-visible as patience with ourselves as we learn, and respect for others visible as joy in our differences--will help us as we discern.
Having done the background work, now the fun begins. The next series will be on Care and Transformation of Your Number. Come join us as we explore even more about this ancient wisdom and how it relates to our life of