Introducing the Living Enneagram — the 9 stages & 9 types.
Outlining the 9 stages of transformation in the Process Enneagram.
Outlining the 9 personality types in the Personality Enneagram.
Explore 9 Types
Going deeper into each of the 9 personality types & stages.
Living Enneagram is path of personal development and spiritual awakening using the combined teachings of the Process Enneagram (9 stages in a universal process of transformation) and the Personality Enneagram (9 types of personality styles). Learning the map of our personality type is only just the beginning. Living Enneagram is about applying this ancient wisdom technology for better living today. Trent J Thornley is developing the Living Enneagram approach. Read more about Trent below.
Trent is a Certified Professional with the International Enneagram Association. He is also an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate at UCSF Medical Center, where he uses the Enneagram to train chaplains and ministers and provide spiritual care to patients, families, and staff. He is an ordained Buddhist Dharma Leader at Dharmata Sangha, in the lineage of Anam Thubten, as well as ordained clergy in the progressive Metropolitan Community Churches. Trent holds a Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and a masters degree in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. Trent was a practicing attorney for 20 years, most recently in trusts and probate. He has served as Judge Pro Tem on the San Francisco Superior Court and as a mediator.
Online courses on a variety of Enneagram topics, including FREE COURSES presenting all the basic teachings.
Hillary Clinton and FBI Director James Comey are two peas in the same personality pod. Both are Enneagram Type Ones who likely fall into the Social Subtype.
Decision 2016 is rife with questions about the candidates’ temperaments. The Enneagram has a lot to offer. This EnneaBit explores the styles of Trump, Obama, and Clinton.
This EnneaBit explores Donald Trump running the Type 8. Learn more about Type 8 patterns generally, ranging from magnanimous, honorable social action to narcissism & bullying.
This EnneaBit explores Barack Obama running the Type 9. Learn more about Type 9 patterns generally, ranging from awake action & healing presence to indecisiveness & passivity.
This EnneaBit explores Hillary Clinton running the Type 1. Learn more about Type 1 patterns generally, ranging from objective integrity & reasonableness to judgmental criticism & hypocrisy.
This EnneaBit explores the binaries of each of the nine ennea-types. There are type-flavored either/or modes of perception, often unconscious, driving the sorting of sensory input. From these binaries are built whole worlds of projections.
The White Dwarf expresses qualities of the Type 4 – Point 4. This EnneaBit is part of the Cosmic Enneagram series, in which the lifecycle of a star is used as a metaphor illuminating the Enneagram.
The Main Sequence Star expresses qualities of the Type 3 – Point 3. This EnneaBit is part of the Cosmic Enneagram series, in which the lifecycle of a star is used as a metaphor illuminating the Enneagram.
The Pre-Main Sequence Star expresses qualities of the Type 2 – Point 2. This EnneaBit is part of the Cosmic Enneagram series, in which the lifecycle of a star is used as a metaphor illuminating the Enneagram.
The three forces of Passion-Aggression-Delusion also generate the three points within each of the three centers (234, 567, 891). This EnneaBit is one in a series presenting a Buddhist Enneagram.
The three forces of Passion-Aggression-Delusion are broadly associated with our three centers, Heart-Head-Body. This EnneaBit is one in a series presenting a Buddhist Enneagram.
The Protostar expresses qualities of the Type 1 – Point 1. This EnneaBit is part of the Cosmic Enneagram series, in which the lifecycle of a star is used as a metaphor illuminating the Enneagram.
This EnneaBit explores Enneagram patterns in the hit series ‘Mad Men.’ Don Draper runs a Type 3 personality, Peggy the Type 6, and Stan and Leonard, the Type 9. Three scenes in the final episode flow through the Enneagram’s inner triangle: 3 – 6 – 9.
The Buddha teaches the cause of suffering is passion, aggression and delusion. This threefold movement powers the Enneagram. This EnneaBit is part of a series presenting a Buddhist Enneagram.
The Molecular Cloud or Nebula expresses qualities of the Type 9 – Point 9. This EnneaBit is part of the Cosmic Enneagram series, in which the lifecycle of a star is used as a metaphor illuminating the Enneagram.
The Buddha’s Second Noble Truth of the threefold cause of suffering maps directly onto the Enneagram’s Law of Three. This threefold karmic movement is the Enneagram’s engine. This EnneaBit is part of a series presenting a Buddhist Enneagram.
Learn more about the Enneagram Head Center and the Points 5-6-7 through two sermons entitled ‘Twas Grace That Taught My Heart To Fear. The first is more Christian in flavor and references the esoteric nadir of the Enneagram. The second is more Buddhist in flavor.
I ran my Type Six patterns while a passenger on a hijacked airplane. Sixes are known for calm in a crisis because they imagine every hazard ahead of time. Sixes thus scare themselves to avoid feeling scared. Bonus: some Seven patterns show up as well.
Explore the nine Enneagram styes through snippets of sagacity brought to you by Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson’s classic comic conveys a lot about human personality amidst its playful pages.
The work of personal transformation can be difficult. It helps to remember our Basic Goodness. What is your fundamental orientation to the nine ennea-types?
Discovering your Enneagram Type can be a combination of “Uh-Oh!” and “Ah-Ha!” It is often a shock of recognition. This EnneaBit reflects on the type-related ways each type experiences its Uh-Oh & Ah-Ha moments. How did it happen for you?
Type Ones are known for finger wagging, and Bernie Sanders is likely a Type One. A fiery reformer, Sanders is running against another likely Type One: Hillary Clinton. Learn about the Democratic Party’s Integrity War.
Along with thoughts and emotions, the type patterns also manifest bodily through gestures & postures. Body mindfulness is a great tool. How do you get physical with your type pattern?
Businesses and other organizations are increasingly using the Enneagram for better communication, efficiency and productivity. Enneagram coaching is an emerging force in the field of organization development.
Presenting the Buddhist Enneagram: a look at how the Buddha’s Second Noble Truth maps onto the Enneagram’s Law of Three to generate the 9 ennea-types. This EnneaBit explores some esoteric aspects of the Enneagram.