Updated: Sep 14, 2022
You might not know it, but deep in your core you have a passion that drives all other things in your life. You may even think you have control over it. But I've got news for you, this passion will be your life's struggle. Today I want to talk about the passion of the enneagram types and why our inner passion has control over us.
Do you know what your passion is?
Let's start there. Passion is usually associated with drive and positive asperations. This is not what we are talking about here. The passions of the enneagram types are more like a vice. That thing which causes us to repeat downward spirals and negative patterns of behavior.
Your passion is your subconscious, underlying motivation for why and even how you do everything. Most likely, you are unaware of it until you really start doing work on yourself.
This is the part of learning the enneagram that makes us a bit uncomfortable because seeing our "dark side," not only makes us feel vulnerable, but also a bit embarrassed.
However, seeing this side of the types will help you identify your type if you were struggling before. It's like direct honesty cutting through all the fluff and revealing your deepest darkest secret.
Take a look at the passions below. Does yours make you want to run and hide, or disown it altogether? Most people have that reaction.
The passions of the 9 types
Type 1: Anger
Type 2: Pride
Type 3: Deceit
Type 4: Envy
Type 5: Avarice
Type 6: Fear
Type 7: gluttony
Type 8: Lust
Type 9: Sloth
We can't talk about passions without also talking about virtues. I like to think of the virtue as what each type was before the world told them who they should be. Before the patterns were learned, the defense mechanisms, the baggage, or lack of boundaries given, each type would have looked like their virtue.
The way it is though, we have to work hard to reach our virtues. They are there buried inside us somewhere, but they aren't always easy to dig up and it takes boundless effort. The goal in learning the enneagram is to turn from passion to virtue a little here and a little there. With Intentional awareness, beginning to notice you have it in you to silence one and step forward in to another.
Most of us will see our virtue come out when life is good and we are doing well. We move into our strength number on the enneagram, which is usually where the virtue can shine easily.
For example: When a type one moves to the high side of seven, they have let go of perfecting things, they feel calm and content, some might even say serene.
Take a look at the virtues below, they will have the opposite affect of reading your passion. Can you just imagine a world where everyone reached this full potential... the best version of themselves? Think of being surrounded by these powerful words- all such gifts and forces of good.
So what are the virtues?
Type 1: Serenity
Type 2: Humility
Type 3: Honesty
Type 5: Generosity
Type 6: Courage
Type 7: Sobriety
Type 8: Innocence
Type 9: Action
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