Walking Your Walk
from The Wisdom of the Enneagram, The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for threw Nine Personality Types
If we are honest about being on a spiritual path, every day we must embody the truths that we understand-indeed, every moment of every day. We must learn to “walk our walk” in every area of our lives. And yet how are we to do this? Like everyone else (particularly at the beginning of our Work), we are riddled with bad habits, old wounds, and unresolved conflicts. Sure intention alone to be on a spiritual path, will not be enough to make much of a difference.
Because of this problem, spiritual teachers throughout history have given guidelines to their followers. Moses brought the Ten Commandments to help the Jewish people live according to God’s will. Christ upheld the Ten Commandments but also required of his followers that they live his two primary commandments-to “love God with your whole heart, and your neighbor as yourself.” Since the Enneagram is nondenominational, no theistic commandments or statutes of ethics are attached to it. However, the question remains: “What do we mean when we say that we are on a spiritual path?”
In your Inner Work Journal, explore what this question means to you. What is your personal “minimum daily requirement” for being authentic about your spiritual work? What are your personal ideals in the matter? What do you sincerely require of yourself? To what are you actually committing yourself when you are “walking the walk” of transformation and human liberation? (The Wisdom of the Enneagram, p.348)
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