Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation, By Adele Ahlberg Calhoun and Doug Calhoun and Clare Loughrige and Scott Loughrige
Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram
  • Length: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 × 10 in
  • Published: March 12, 2019
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 3600
  • ISBN: 9780830836000

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The Enneagram opens a remarkable window into the truth about us, enabling us to see how image, wounds, lies, triggers, and default responses shape us every bit as much as our faith. But simply diagnosing our number doesn't do justice to who we are. Nor does it necessarily change us or our relationships. Transformation happens as we grow in awareness and learn how to engage and reflect God's image. And relational repair then results as we apply Enneagram insights to the rhythms and grooves of our ordinary daily lives.

For those who have learned about the Enneagram and wonder "What's next?"—this handbook is the answer. Filled with exercises to engage, challenge, encourage, and sustain, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram will help us grow in greater awareness and lead us to spiritual and relational transformation.

Including new insight on the Enneagram and the Harmony Triads, and offering helpful "Soul Resources" in the appendix, this handbook can be used by individuals or groups.

"We have been utilizing the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual transformation here in the Transforming Center for a very long time, and the Calhouns and Loughriges have contributed greatly to our journey in community. This work is a valuable contribution to the growing field of published resources on the Enneagram—insightful, practical, and spiritually profitable! If you are serious about your own journey of transformation, you will want to work with this book rather than just read it."

Ruth Haley Barton, founder of the Transforming Center and author of Sacred Rhythms

"This book makes a wonderful contribution to the deeper understanding of the ancient tool of the Enneagram. Doug and Adele and Clare and Scott masterfully weave deep insight along with helpful spiritual direction and application on every page. Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram is not just an invitation to gain more information but an opportunity for personal transformation as well. I encourage you to not only read this book but allow it to read you!"

Joe Walters, executive director, Potter's Inn Soul Care Institute

"Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram is a unique contribution to Enneagram literature. The authors invite us to experience the Enneagram in a contemplative, healing way. Through Scripture, penetrating questions, and spiritual practices appropriate to each Enneagram space, they call us to a richer, deeper self-awareness. This is not a book to guzzle. It is a book to digest slowly. It is a meal to consume alone or with friends. It is a feast for the soul."

Alice Fryling, author of Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram

"As the modern teaching of the Enneagram is rapidly evolving to meet the urgent need of helping clarify identity, what the Calhouns and Loughriges have done in Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram is nothing short of remarkable. This fresh and timely contribution to the Enneagram's tradition offers a seamless integration of faith and identity. Engaging, compelling, and courageous, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram provides practical application on some of the Enneagram's more under-explored concepts. There's no doubt the depth of spirituality embodied in the authors' personal lives animates these pages with profound clarity, offering contemporary applications for an ancient tool."

Christopher L. Heuertz, founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, author of The Sacred Enneagram

"For me, identifying my Enneagram type was like the dog who caught the car—now what? I knew there was more than just becoming a better version of myself. Thanks to Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram I now know and appreciate concepts like head, heart, and gut IQs; spiritual rhythms; and the Ignatian practices of discernment, and consolation and desolation. This handbook serves as a trusted advisor, reflecting the four authors' life experiences and deep expertise. I now have an inspiring resource for how to return to my true self."

Joan O. Wright, O'Sullivan Wright Inc.

"As valuable as this book is for getting an in-depth view of each Enneagram type, it is an essential resource for understanding how the head, heart, and gut can work together, empowered through spiritual practices to have dynamic, harmonious relationships. In these pages, you will find a variety of ways to discover more deeply who you are, are not, and who you can love more fully. The depth of information and the comprehensive resources make this a unique Enneagram handbook that you will want to reference often. I use the insights and practices in these chapters every single day in my relationships with family and friends as well as in spiritual direction, teaching, and team building. This is the Enneagram book I have been waiting for—applying what is in these pages will change your relationships and your life."

Mary Albert Darling, associate professor of communications, Spring Arbor University

"A fantastic book! The authors of this comprehensive handbook deliver on their promise to help readers answer next-steps questions. The embedded narratives allow readers to go beyond system and theory to experience an embodied Enneagram. This useful resource provides practices and pathways for my own continued spiritual transformation and in my work with others. Exceptional!"

Nina Barnes, vice president of student life, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, conflict coach, spiritual director

"What a welcome contribution to the literature on the Enneagram, particularly from the Christian perspective! Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram delivers on its commitment to answer this important question: I know my number; what do I do now? It does so in a clear, accessible, and practical way. Their deep work on the Harmony Triads is both newsworthy and noteworthy. Congratulations to the four authors bringing forth this important material and doing so with one voice."

Ginger Lapid-Bogda, author of Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work

"People ask, Now that I know my type, what do I do with it (or myself)? After reading Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram, you will know."

From the foreward by Jerome Wagner

"Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram is an accessible volume that will take your understanding of the nine personality types to the next level. In beautifully written prose, the authors present useful concepts and skills that will help you better understand yourself and others—equipping you to gracefully navigate the complexities of life."

Kimberly June Miller, counselor, author of Boundaries for Your Soul

"The journey that this new transformative work on the Enneagram invites you to take will change you . . . for good. With practice in the spiritual rhythms, you will not only know where you identify on the Enneagram, but will become an expression of the beauty and life that that number is meant to reveal to the world. The authors bring their personal journeys, extensive study, pastoral experience, and Enneagram expertise to this book. If you embark on this journey you will become more of who God created you to be and do."

Sibyl Towner, codirector of The Springs Retreat Center, coauthor of Listen to My Life

"I am deeply indebted to Doug and Adele Calhoun, for they introduced me to the Enneagram. They gave me hope that the wayward motivations of an Eight to control and confront could be redeemed into the desire to serve and release the potential in others. The Calhouns and Loughriges have laid out a process of harmonizing your head, heart, and gut into wholeness. If you truly want to fulfill the potential for which you have been made, this is the book for you. You will need to marinate in the carefully structured exercises and stories. Yet what awaits you is a treasure-trove of discovery that will set you free to flow in the stream of God's original design. Great payoff requires great investment."

Greg Ogden, author of Discipleship Essentials

"The first thing that struck me in reading this comprehensive dive into Enneagram awareness, practice, and spiritual literacy was the section on empathy and the way aspects of ourselves are reflected in our resistance and openness to others. The authors understand the humbling truth that as we awaken together, it's much less easy to hide from our egotism! Savor this guide because there is an abundance of solid practices to support your development. Using the Harmony Triads and their understanding of timeless religious wisdom, the Loughriges and Calhouns have generously offered countless reflections to digest and deepen communion with ourselves, others, and the God who is One."

Leslie Hershberger, Enneagram/integral course developer of Coming Home, editor of IEA Nine Points Magazine

Read an Excerpt


Foreword by Jerome Wagner
Introduction: You’ve Got Harmony
Key Terms

Part I: The Gut Triad: Eights, Nines, and Ones
Eights—Strength Is Contemplative Love
Nines—Peace Effects Team
Ones—Goodness Creates Joy

Part II: The Heart Triad: Twos, Threes, and Fours
Twos—Love Contemplates Then Decides
Threes—Effective Loyalty Harmonizes
Fours—Creativity Joyfully Renews

Part III: The Head Triad: Fives, Sixes, and Sevens
Fives—Wisdom Lovingly Directs
Sixes—Faithfulness Produces Peace
Sevens—Joy Is Deeply Stable

Part IV: Soul Resources
Soul Resource 1. STOP for Harmony
Soul Resource 2. Solitude and Silence
Soul Resource 3. Returning Prayer for Harmony
Soul Resource 4. Mindful Body Harmony
Soul Resource 5. Examen and Harmony
Soul Resource 6. Welcoming Prayer
Soul Resource 7. Imaginative Prayer
Soul Resource 8. Practicing the Presence of God
Soul Resource 9. Work Styles and Harmony
Soul Resource 10. Harmony Triads
Soul Resource 11. Discovering Your Enneagram Type
Soul Resource 12. Small Group Discussion on Empathy


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Dive deeper into your spiritual experience with the enneagram.

Transformation depends on attention and intention.

Part I: The Gut Triad: Eights, Nines, and Ones

  • Eights—Strength Is Contemplative Love
  • Nines—Peace Effects Team
  • Ones—Goodness Creates Joy

I know my number. What do I do now?

Part II: The Heart Triad: Twos, Threes, and Fours

  • Twos—Love Contemplates Then Decides
  • Threes—Effective Loyalty Harmonizes
  • Fours—Creativity Joyfully Renews

Recognizing our Enneagram number is just the beginning of a journey...

Part III: The Head Triad: Fives, Sixes, and Sevens

  • Fives—Wisdom Lovingly Directs
  • Sixes—Faithfulness Produces Peace
  • Sevens—Joy Is Deeply Stable