An Invitation to Simplicity
‘Tis the gift to be Simple, ‘tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
I first encountered the Enneagram in 1994 when I participated in a four-day immersion experience at the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange County, California. I was overwhelmed with information, stunned by what I was seeing about myself which had gone unnoticed, and convinced beyond doubt that this system should be known, studied and embraced by everyone. Perhaps you have had a similar experience.
Over the almost 27 years that I have studied, taught, and explored the Enneagram system, I have seen theories and opinions come and go, new authors and revered early writers – and in my good fortune have met and laughed with many, touched by their wisdom, held by their caring, and challenged by their excellence. I have seen distortions and corrections, layers of complexity and nuanced shades of meaning.
Then came this year, 2020, a year that has included some of the most unique and difficult events any of us has had to face — a world-wide pandemic, partisan politics and disputed elections, and in some cases even the deaths of people we hold most dear.
In this most challenging of times, I encourage all of us to stop and think about simplicity. What is important – not just in the Enneagram but in our lives, our relationships, our ethics and values? What knowing, studying, teaching does this system of wisdom call us to do? How can we best go forward in new, simple ways of caring and loving? Showing compassion and integrity. Holding others with respect and offering support. Always with love. How might we invite others to experience the freedom of being truly authentic? How can we savor and enjoy our own life even more and the lives of those we love and cherish? Are there new and exciting ways we can use the Enneagram to help us all be more human in the very best way?
I hope so — let’s try.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shall not be ashamed,
To turn, and to turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.
A Shaker Hymn: 1848
All the best, Kathryn Grant