20 Ways to Practice the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth {Series Index}

How can you practice the Enneagram for spiritual growth? Discover 20 ways to use the Enneagram in this series. Don’t just learn about it; use it.

“When you learn about your typeโ€”the good and the badโ€”this knowledge can serve as your guardrail. Itโ€™s much easier to keep from falling off the edge of the road if your eyes are wide open and the path is lit.
– Anne Bogel, Reading People

Enneagram for Spiritual Growth

Daily Series on the Enneagram

The Enneagram (pronounced ANY-a-gram) is a personality typing system. It’s been gaining in popularity every year.

  • But what exactly is the Enneagram?
  • Is it compatible with Christian beliefs?
  • How do you find your Enneagram type/number?

And most importantly for this series:

  • How can you use the Enneagram for spiritual growth?

Below is the index to 29 posts looking at different angles of the Enneagram and a different spiritual practice.

Take a deeper look into:

  • How to identify your type
  • Spiritual practices for each type
  • Online resources
  • Subtypes and wings
  • Relationships between types
  • Heart, head, and gut triads
  • Stress and health directions
  • and much more

Don’t just learn about the Enneagram. Use it to grow your faith.

Enneagram Test

Learn more about and get links for Enneagram tests at #5, both free and paid. But if you want to take a test to get started now, here’s a link to the free version of the RHETI Enneagram test. It only takes a few minutes.

Just hold your results lightly. Most tests are not very accurate. But they can narrow down the possibilities for your number.

(Tip: If you’re a Christian female, don’t be surprised if you score high as a type 2, the Helper. Keep reading before you decide for sure.)

A better way to determine your number (but it takes more time) is to read descriptions of each type and see which fits you best. Here’s a short summary.


1. Introduction (this page)
2. You Are God’s Masterpiece
3. 9 Enneagram Types with 9 Fears and Desires
4. 3 Ways to Find YOUR Enneagram Number + 9 Healing Attitudes to Accept It
5. 5 Enneagram Tests to Determine Your Type
6. Who Has Your Enneagram Number? Numbers of Famous People and People in the Bible
7. Where Did the Enneagram Come From? What Does the Symbol Mean?
8. Your First Impression of the Enneagram and Week 1 in Summary
9. A Hidden Gift in Each Enneagram Number
10. What Are Enneagram Wings? Your Invitation to Abundance
11. What Is My Enneagram Wing? Extra Names for Subtypes
12. Be a Healthy Number – Lines, Arrows, and Letting Go on the Enneagram
13. Favorite Books on the Enneagram
14. Podcasts, Music, and Other Resources on the Enneagram
15. On Your Mind Before Bed and Week 2 in Summary
16. You See Differently
17. Are You a Thinker, Feeler, or Doer? Triads & 3 Practices
18. What’s Your Connection Style? Prayer Practices for Each Enneagram Number
19. Is Your Social Style Annoying? 9 Ways We Manipulate Each Other
20. What’s Your Coping Style? Choose Your Response
21. 3 Survival Strategies โ€“ Subtypes of the Enneagram
22. Each Type on Their Day Off and Week 3 in Summary
23. The Most Important Thing About You
24. Shine a Light on 9 Ways We Lose Our Way
25. Which Enneagram Types Go Best Together?
26. Improve Your Relationships with Other Numbers on the Enneagram
27. A Wake-Up Call for Each Number on the Enneagram
28. Your Cheat Sheet: Summary for Enneagram Types
29. Don’t Make Me and Week 4 in Summary

What’s your Enneagram type? Do you have a favorite resource on the Enneagram? Please share in the comments.

14 thoughts on “20 Ways to Practice the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth {Series Index}

  1. Barbara Harper

    I haven’t read any books on the topic, but whenever I take tests, I score high on 1, 5, and 6. But I also see a lot of myself in 3 and 9. So I don’t know. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I do like the way the links you posted deal with how the traits can be good or bad.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’d go with your gut, Barbara. If you see yourself most in 3 and 9, read up on those first, either online on in a book. Or even on instagram. ha. Sometimes the memes are really accurate! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my favorite instagram accounts is @enneagramandcoffee.

      1. Barbara Harper

        Well, I see a lot of 1, 5, and 9, in me, too. Ha! And some of the others, though the others had definite characteristics I don’t have. I think you said earlier that we all have bits of all of them, but one or two will be more dominant. Looking forward to hearing more.

        1. LisaNotes Post author

          It will be interesting if we both end up as the same number. I don’t know many 5s so I’m pulling for someone else to be a 5 with me. ha. I initially thought I was a 1 (and I’m still not 100% sure). Certain numbers are commonly hard to distinguish at first, such as 5s and 1s, and 9s and 2s, for example. And yes, everyone is a bit of every number, so there’s that.

  2. Martha J Orlando

    I just took this test, Lisa, and yes, my highest score was The Helper and my next highest, The Peacemaker. I must admit, some of the questions were difficult to answer because of the choices, but this is a good start. Looking forward to the series, as I’ve said before.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Interesting, Martha! You may actually be a Type 2, but either way, I’m sure you are a helpful person. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, some of the questions are hard to answer; I wanted a 3rd choice “None of the above.” lol. I’d suggest also noticing what your lowest numbers are. Sometimes I think the low numbers are more accurate in ruling things out.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      We do have a bit of every number in us, but maybe you’re just a very balanced person, Rebecca. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve heard it said that looking at the fears of each number can really help narrow it down. I’ll talk about those on Monday.

  3. Martha Brady

    Hi lisa, i’m looking forward to following your series. I have taken a test b/f and tend to tie between 7 and 9. i’ll be interested to see which i am. i sort of think i am more 9. i like your approach. i know people that are extremely intense on this topic and i think it is much wiser to hold onto this a bit more loosely. however, i have always found it interesting to see how unique each of us is.

  4. Kathryn Trask

    Just noticed your enneagram post in side bar. I read so many books on it and still can’t decide if I am a five or a six. I fit many of the 5 characteristics but fear is a big factor . I lean to the five because I am such a introvert but I see so much of 6 in me as well. At present I am reflecting on Forty Days of Being a Five. You have a lot of resources here so must check some out. There are quite a few podcasts on the Enneagram and I like to listen in.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It took me a long time to settle on my number so I understand what you’re saying. I thought I was a One for awhile, but I finally settled on Five as my number, with a Six wing. It sounds like you’re either a 5w6 or a 6w5 since you gravitate to both of those. I would enjoy Forty Days of Being a Five; I’ll have to look into it. I’m so grateful for all the podcasts too. They are so helpful. Good luck!

  5. Graham Goater

    What a Treasure Trove I’ve stumbled on here. I haven’t a clue what type I am, but will get round to figuring it out. No rush. I think various suggestions by you Lisa are really helpful, particularly the “find what you are not” to narrow down the search. How did I end up at the Enneagram? I drew the Seed of Life and realised the Enneagram is drawn from that. That alone made me realise, “this is a valuable tool”. Cracking site Lisa and a big thank you for sharing. ?

  6. Jessica

    This enneagram daily series, is it your own original content? Or is it based on a book or podcast I could read in parallel with your notes? Thanks so much!

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