Trauma, the Enneagram, and Our Global Connection
In a world marked by the Ukraine war, the Harvest Festival shooting, the pandemic, and the South Korean Halloween tragedy, it's evident that trauma knows no boundaries. Trauma is a universal crisis, and pain speaks a language that resonates with us all. Amid these shared experiences of suffering, the Enneagram emerges as a unifying force that helps us navigate the complex terrain of trauma.
Trauma and Humanity
Where there are people, there will be trauma. (I want to print this on a T-shirt, but my team says it’s a no-go.) Whether we like it or not, we are all connected vicariously through trauma.
In my role as a therapist, I've encountered a recurring presence that precedes the traumatized individual seeking professional help – the Gatekeeper. Gatekeepers are individuals with whom victims feel safe sharing their feelings before seeking professional intervention. They can be parents, teachers, grandparents, coaches, friends, or even Enneagram coaches, healers, trainers, or spiritual guides. Essentially, every person has the potential to be a gatekeeper to trauma, highlighting the interconnectedness of our experiences.
Understanding Trauma Recovery
Trauma recovery is a multifaceted journey influenced by numerous variables, including the body, heart, mind, Enneagram type, personal history, culture, race, gender, location, and language. A trauma-informed approach recognizes the existence of inequitable systems and strives to address the unique needs of diverse communities. It acknowledges that trauma is complex and deeply rooted in the human experience.
It's essential to understand that trauma will never entirely disappear from our lives. The world continues to grapple with the repercussions of war, shootings, abuse, disease, natural disasters, and other traumatic events. As a global Enneagram community, we have a responsibility to unite and advocate for more informed trauma care on a global scale.
In a world where trauma is a shared experience that transcends borders, the Enneagram serves as a powerful tool for understanding and healing. Here's how we can leveage the Enneagram in trauma recovery:
1. Each type has unique strengths and that's true even in trauma recovery. For example, Nines use their capacity for patience to help them move towards recovery without rushing the process.
2. Understanding the Enneagram helps us connect with others on a profound level, fostering empathy and compassion.
3. Understanding our own type can help us be a great ally for our loved ones who are navigating trauma recovery. For example, the Two's nurturing side can be a great sense of comfort for someone deep in recovery.
As we navigate the complexities of trauma, let us remember that our collective efforts can lead to better-informed trauma care worldwide. Together, we can be a source of support and healing for those in need, embracing the Enneagram as a unifying force in our shared journey of resilience and recovery.
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