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Spiritual Growth for Enneagram 3s


Spiritual growth looks different for different people, so how do you know what works best for you? Read on for personalized tips to grow spiritually for style 3, the Achiever. Each week we will cover a different Enneagram style and what they need most.

Heart center exercise: Experience God in the inner world and in your emotions. All heart center styles (2, 3, 4) naturally experience God in the external world. For growth, they need to experience God more fully in the internal world of their emotions. Practice connecting to God through emotion by experiencing that emotion as prayer. For example, instead of praying “God, I’m sad and grieving”, tearfully express that emotion.

Social style exercise: Emotion. 3s are an assertive social style which means they put emotion aside to move into action. Assertive styles experience disconnection from the heart space. Therapy, spirituality, emotional processing, connection to art or music are all ways to open the heart. When the heart is open, action and engagement in the world is that much more impactful.

Spiritual discipline: Confession. Giving an honest account of your failings as well as successes to someone who can witness that and offer acceptance is a deeply healing thing for 3s.

Prayer posture: Calm. Both hands palm up, receiving from God and keeping all for yourself without moving to action.

What other practices might you add to this list? I’d love to hear what is most helpful for you!

Catch us next week for spiritual development for Enneagram 4s.


2 Comments on Spiritual Growth for Enneagram 3s

  1. Cara
    May 30, 2015 at 11:08 am (3 years ago)

    I’m seriously LOVING this series! So great Jan, xo Cannot wait for type 6!

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