The Journey From Passion to Virtue

The Journey From Passion to Virtue

The path from our Enneagram Passion to our Enneagram Virtue is a hero’s journey that often takes us “through the valley of the shadow of death” before we reach the other side. It is not a journey that should be undertaken lightly, but its rewards are life-altering and profound.

We live on a continuum from our Type’s Passion (our emotional habits) to our Type’s Virtue (our true nature), but we can never reach our Virtue by way of our Passion. Our Virtue can only be reached by letting go of our Passion to take hold of a new life. Like the aerialist who swings out to capture the baton coming her way, we must let go of the safety of the baton we’re holding in order to grab the one coming towards us. We have to let go of the need for what we erroneously think we must have (our Passion) to win what our heart truly desires (our Virtue).

What are the biggest obstacles on this journey? Our own expectations and misunderstandings. When we discover how to relinquish our habitual belief in what we think we know, we’re ready to begin the journey to true freedom.

Virtues and Their Passion Distortions

We must let go of our Passion to reach our Virtue – it’s as simple and as difficult as that – but be aware of the tricks your Passion may play to make you think you’ve let go when you actually haven’t.

If you’re a Type 1, your Virtue is Serenity, a peace that passes understanding, when all feeling impulses are allowed into awareness without deflecting the unacceptable ones…
. . . but your Passion may try to enforce a pseudo-peace with rules and regulations. Being a perfectionist, you can’t get to Serenity until you let go of anger and resentment and realize that your focus on seeing faults must give way to seeing the good that is always present.

If you’re a Type 2, your Virtue is Humility, to be loved for your true inner self, the recognition of your own needs and the ability to extend just the right measure of help to others…
. . . but your Passion may have you act as if you don’t need anyone else. This won’t get you to humility until you see that you are as needy as others. It is not a failing to need someone or something. You can express your true inner self via the freedom humility brings.

If you’re a Type 3, your Virtue is Honesty/Truthfulness, to be loved for who you truly are, the ability to recognize the difference between what your body is really feeling and your habit of shifting your presentation to get approval…
. . .but your Passion may convince you that you must be successful to earn approval. As you perform one task, you continually need another task to feel worthy. Stop and see that you don’t have to earn love; it is freely given. You are loved for “being” who you are, not for “doing” who you are.

If you’re a Type 4, your Virtue is Equanimity/Balance, the perfect relationship to life, being able to stabilize attention in the present and feeling the satisfaction of appreciating what you have…
. . . but your Passion may have you working hard to deserve what you can’t truly see, longing for what is always out of reach. The envy of feeling that you’re missing out will drive you to grief. Stop, look and appreciate what you have in life instead of focusing on what you don’t have. You stand in the midst of the holy if you will only open your eyes.

If you’re a Type 5, your Virtue is Non-attachment, recognizing true abundance, that you have a full range of feelings available to you and can accept any impressions that need to surface into awareness before you let them go…
. . . but your Passion may want you to hold onto the intellectual riches and ideas you believe give you security. Greed drives you to collect and keep, but your higher self knows that less is often more. You don’t need to hoard to have everything you need.

If you’re a Type 6, your Virtue is Courage, knowing that everything is alright, doing before thinking, letting your body act before your personality has time to intervene…
. . . but your Passion may tell you to run away from situations that cause anxiety or run toward them, defying life to hurt you. Courage breaks through when you recognize that fear is more in your mind than in the world around you, so you can courageously step forward in true knowing.

If you’re a Type 7, your Virtue is Sobriety, knowing that you have enough and being able to continue in a course of action without having to introduce diversions or exciting secondary plans.
. . . but your Passion may want you to be constantly doing, seeing, and planning to fill an unconsciously perceived emptiness. The fear of missing out and being limited by life only exacerbates your need to avoid pain and boredom. You need to know when to stop, to cut back and enjoy the beauty of commitments and consistency.

If you’re a Type 8, your Virtue is Innocence, the ability to be open to whatever a situation presents, which allows you to naturally choose the correct course of action…
. . . but your Passion may want to impose its own sense of truth on everyone, to make things work, to protect and avenge the innocent. Recognizing and accepting your own vulnerability is key to finding the road to justice and true inner grace.

If you’re a Type 9, your Virtue is Right Action, a sense of belonging, the ability to perceive the correct course of action and to stay on track without getting sidetracked by nonessentials…
. . . but your Passion may want you to accept a false sense of harmony by ignoring the problem and going to sleep to yourself. Let go of the need to avoid conflict. Dropping the comfort of false unity empowers you to take right action and participate in your own transformation.

So how do you reach your deepest desire – your Virtue? Learn more by attending the upcoming workshop, Awaken the Virtues of Your Heart, Sept. 19 and 26 presented by master teacher, Carole Whittaker, to discover your own path from Passion to Virtue.

Andrea Andress

Author: AEA

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