The Enneagram of Belonging: A Compassionate Journey of Self-Acceptance

The Enneagram of Belonging: A Compassionate Journey of Self-Acceptance

by Christopher L. Heuertz
The Enneagram of Belonging: A Compassionate Journey of Self-Acceptance

The Enneagram of Belonging: A Compassionate Journey of Self-Acceptance

by Christopher L. Heuertz


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For the Enneagram enthusiast looking to deepen their transformation, The Enneagram of Belonging offers an enlightening, enriching path forward.

Many have discovered the Enneagram to be a powerful tool for self-understanding, yet knowing ourselves doesn't necessarily mean we accept ourselves. Most of us tend to curate the personality of our type: leading with the traits we perceive as positive, and sidelining the traits that cause us shame.

But what if it all belonged? Rather than furthering our own fragmentation, what if we dared to make peace with the whole of who we are with bold compassion? The Enneagram of Belonging is your guide to this essential journey.

While most contemporary Enneagram books stop at the descriptions of the nine types, Enneagram teacher and The Sacred Enneagram bestselling author Chris Heuertz uncovers the missing link in our journey of living into our true self: radical self-compassion that can bring us back to belonging.

Rather than get stuck on stereotypes or curated personality, Heuertz proposes we develop an honest relationship with our type, confronting our "inner dragons," practicing self-compassion, and thereby coming to fully belong to ourselves—and, ultimately, to love itself.

In this in-depth examination of the Enneagram of Personality, you will discover:

  • A fresh, compassionate way of understanding your childhood wound, which Heuertz reframes as your Kidlife Crisis
  • Your unique subtype and how this colors your dominant type, plus how to work with your Enneagram instinct
  • Practical insight to help you find freedom from your type's Passions and Fixations
  • Your personalized path back to belonging, as you come home to your true self
  • . . . and much more.

As a masterful mapmaker and trailblazer of grace, Heuertz casts a vision for how we can create a better world. The truth is how we treat ourselves is how we treat others, so let's start with compassion, and let this outflow into our relationships, communities, and world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310357780
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/19/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 638,207
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christopher L. Heuertz was first introduced to the Enneagram in the slums of Cambodia. Since then he has trained under some of the great living Enneagram masters, and now teaches the Enneagram in workshops around the world as an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional. NINE: The Enneagram Documentary features Chris on a journey across America to introduce the essence of the nine profile types. Chris is the host of Enneagram Mapmakers podcast and bestselling author of The Sacred Enneagram. He and his wife, Phileena, and their sweet dog, Basil, live in Omaha, and you can follow his work at

Table of Contents

Foreword Brené Brown 13

Introduction: A Compassionate Guidebook for Belonging 15

Part I Going Deeper into the Enneagram of Personality

1 Show Me a Dragon 23

Finding the Courage to Face Our Shadow

2 Transcending Type 60

The Nature of Type, the Limits of Type, and Living in True Freedom

3 Introducing the Kidlife Crisis 69

How Compassion Helps Us Reimagine the Childhood Wounds

4 Practicing Compassion toward Our Type 87

A Fresh Take on the Origins of Personality

5 The Dynamic Movement of the Enneagram 102

Wing Theories and the Meaning of the Crisscrossing Lines

Part II Bringing Our Thinking Center Back to Belonging

6 The First Truth We Tell Ourselves 127

Exploring the Holy Ideas

7 Making Peace with Our Fixations 143

The Counterforce of the Holy Ideas

Part III Bringing Our Feeling Center Back to Belonging

8 Gifts of the Heart 173

Exploring the Virtues

9 Making Peace with the Passions 192

The Counterforce of the Virtues

Part IV Bringing Our Body Center Back to Belonging

10 Body Intelligence 227

Exploring the Nine Faces of the Instincts

Conclusion: Perfectly Imperfect: The Beauty of Being Human 273

Bibliography: Cited and Recommended Resources 277

Acknowledgments 283

Enneagram Consultations and Workshops 285

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