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Resurrecting Our Hearts

Using the Enneagram to Plant Seeds of Abundant Life

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Happy Spring, Friends! It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth, back to share with you a little of what’s on my heart during this time of Lent leading up to Easter. This season is all about preparation. If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that it’s essential to do the hard work of getting the ground ready for new life. If you don’t make sure the soil is healthy, you just won’t see a lot of growth. You can try to shortcut this step, or skip it all together and go straight to planting, but nothing will thrive, and anything that does bloom will soon be choked out by weeds.

I bet you see where I’m going with this! In order to experience transformation in our lives this Easter, we must first do the hard work of preparing our hearts. As we set aside this time to focus...

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Core Longing for All 9 Enneagram Types

Each of us has a Core Longing, or the central message each of our hearts is longing to hear. It's another one of the Core Motivations propelling each of our thoughts, feelings and actions, but we forsake our Creator when we try to fulfill this unending craving in our own strength (Jeremiah 2:13), and we'll always be left wanting more.

The good news of the Gospel is that we never walk alone! Christ's life, death and resurrection completely satisfy every Core Longing, allowing our hearts to find true rest. His love is like a Spring of Living Water that never runs dry.

Enjoy this Free Download of each Type's Core Longing, and reflect on how your heart's cry is motivating your thoughts, feelings and behaviors each day. What or who are you turning to in order to fulfill this yearning, and how is it keeping you from healthy growth and relationships?

May you use this knowledge not as a burden, but as a reminder to put your full dependence on Christ. He alone can fill your cup to...

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Core Weakness for All 9 Enneagram Types

Each Enneagram Type has a Core Weakness, the issue their personality is always struggling with in everyday situations and interactions. It's another one of the Core Motivations propelling each of our thoughts, feelings and actions, and identifying it can help us use the Enneagram as a rumble strip to keep us on the path of health and freedom.

We all have a weakness we're always wrestling with, an Achilles' heel that remains with us for all our days on Earth. This is like the “thorn in my flesh” Paul described in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. But as Paul explained, Christ's grace is sufficient for us, and his power is made perfect in weakness. Because of his sacrifice, we can surrender ourselves to Him and allow Him to transform our hearts to be more like his. The more we depend on Christ and rest in our true identity in Him, the weaker the grip our Core Weakness has on us.

Enjoy this Free Download outlining each Type's Core Weakness, and may you use this knowledge not to feel...

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Living Hope: How the Gospel Fulfills Our Core Desires

Hi, Enneagram Friends. It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth, back to talk to you about how our Type’s Core Motivations are driving our thoughts, feelings and actions. When we truly understand our hardwiring, we can use the knowledge as an internal GPS to keep ourselves on the path of health and wholeness in our life, work and relationships.

Be sure to follow me over on Instagram as we unpack all 9 Types’ Core Motivations (Fears, Desires, Weaknesses and Longings). If you’re unsure of your Enneagram Type, I recommend paying special attention to this series! Perhaps you’ve taken my free assessment, but you’re still a little unsure. (No matter how sophisticated, assessments can only be about 80% effective, depending on the individual’s spiritual and emotional self-awareness and health.) Honing in on your personality’s Core Motivations is vital in determining your Type and unlocking the transformation and freedom a Gospel-centered Enneagram has...

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Overcoming Our Core Fears

How the Gospel Sets Us Free From the Ties That Bind Us

Greetings, Enneagram Friends! It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth, back with more insights to help you in your personal awareness and transformation journey. If you follow me on Instagram, you know we’re currently diving into the Core Motivations of each Enneagram Type, starting with Core Fear. Understanding our Core Motivations is part of using the Enneagram as an internal GPS on the path of healing and wholeness.

When we gain insight into our Core Fear, what our personality is constantly trying to avoid, run away from or prevent from happening in everyday situations and interactions, we can harness the insight to steer ourselves away from common pitfalls and unhealthy patterns, leading us to peace, empowerment and freedom in life, work and relationships. Each of our tendencies to think, feel and behave in certain ways are rooted in protecting ourselves from our Core Fear.

As you identify and and confront your...

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Anatomy of the Enneagram Types

Hello, Fellow Enneagram Aficionados! It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth, back to explore the ins and outs of every Type with you. When most people discover the Enneagram, their first order of business is usually to learn as much as they can about their own Type. They’re natural priority is to uncover the Core Motivations behind their own thoughts, feelings, behaviors and struggles, and the ways they can keep themselves on a healthy path. (Don’t know your Enneagram type? Take my free assessment)

This is a wonderful first step, but the beauty of the Enneagram is that it gives us so much insight, not only into ourselves, but also into all the people around us. You most likely know at least one person of every Type, and learning more about who they are and what makes them tick has so many benefits. Not only will you gain greater awareness of why your spouse, children, friends, and co-workers do what they do, but you’ll also be able to extend more grace, empathy and...

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The Hidden Struggle Is Real

Arming Ourselves For the Internal Battle We’re All Fighting

Hello my fellow Enneagram fans! It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth, back with you again to dig a little deeper into the internal worlds of each Type. Remember, the better we understand the Enneagram and our personalities, the better we can use the insights as a GPS to keep ourselves on a healthy path in every area of our lives. It’s especially beneficial to gain a deep understanding of our Hidden Struggle, the persistent internal battle we’re always fighting, but try to keep concealed from the people around us.

Before we dive into this topic, know that this knowledge is not meant to make us cast shame or blame on ourselves or others, but rather as another reason to put our full dependence on Christ, the One who knit us together in our mother’s wombs and knows the number of hairs on our head. We belong to Him, despite every thought, emotion and battle we are fighting.

A Gospel-centered approach...

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Primary Focus of Attention

The better we understand the Enneagram and our Type's Core Motivations, the better we can use it as an internal GPS to keep ourselves on a healthy path. Enjoy this FREE DOWNLOAD of each Type's Primary Focus of Attention, the specific and automatic current that is pulling at each us in every interaction and environment.

Remember that this knowledge is not meant to bring shame about your Type's internal patterns, but rather to help you steer yourself away from unhealthy thoughts, feelings and behaviors. You are fearfully and wonderfully made in Christ's image, and He took care of everything through His life, death and resurrection.

Wherever your Primary Focus of Attention is today, take a deep breath and remember that you are God's beloved child, and no matter your internal struggles and tendencies, you can fix your eyes on Him and take rest in this truth.

For more Gospel-centered insights on The Enneagram, follow us on Instagram @yourenneagramcoach

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Lasting New Year’s Transformation with the Enneagram

Accelerate True Growth in 2019

Happy New Year, Friends. It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth here. I hope your 2019 is off to a great start! January is already almost over, so I’m guessing most people’s New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. The gyms are thinning back out, the budget tracker has been abandoned, and the diets have gone off the rails. The truth is, by Valentines Day, most people can’t even remember the goals they set or promises they made at the stroke of midnight on January 1!

Why Most Resolutions Don’t Work

Though we have the best of intentions, why do we humans find it so hard to make healthy changes in our lives? Why do we keep failing in our strivings toward good habits, fulfilling our life purpose and having whole relationships with others?  Why do we look to food, to approval from others, to recognition in our careers, and a million other things to satisfy us? Why is it that so many of us never feel...

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The Enneagram and Gospel Freedom

Hello, Friends. It’s Your Enneagram Coach Beth, back to talk to you about why I take a Christ-centered approach to the Enneagram. This ancient symbol has been around for thousands of years, and people have interpreted it in many different ways. In fact, when I was first introduced to the Enneagram back in 2000, there was only one Christian Enneagram book in existence! We are lucky that today there are a few more Gospel-centered Enneagram resources.

Why do I think it’s so important to approach the Enneagram with our faith in Jesus front and center? I’m glad you asked! To be honest, without grace, the Enneagram could be downright depressing for every Type. It’s because this tool illuminates our hearts’ intent. While it reveals each of our strengths, motivations and heart longings, it also reveals our core fears, weaknesses, insecurities and sin tendencies. Those parts are not so flattering, acting as our Achilles’ heels and causing pain and...

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