UGP for Each Type

Applying the Universal Growth Process to Each Enneagram Type


The “5As” of the Universal Growth Process are the true path to liberation from outmoded, no-longer-useful and often destructive behaviors. They are also the key to relationships that truly thrive and flourish in love and regard. Recall the “5As” and work with them daily. By so doing, we build more flexibility, adaptability, spontaneity, and free energy into our lives and relationships.

Type Specific Practices for the “5As”

You can do this practice a number of times each day, theoretically as often as you notice your reactivity which naturally contains the core belief, ultimate trap, and the deepest concern, the ultimate avoidance. Note also that the “5As” are clearly embedded in this practice and recall that working with the “5As” is core to our development especially the integration of our personality with the higher essential qualities.

You may want to substitute I for you statements in doing this practice and write it on a card so that you can readily read it to yourself and reflect upon it. You may also want to record it so that you can listen to it as part of meditation or centering practice. Each time this practice takes only two to three minutes including time to reflect. Lastly try to realize that in committing to this practice, you virtually make life your mindfulness practice. Here are the practices for each of the nine types.


Type 1, The Perfectionist
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns what is wrong to correct, unfairness, and irresponsibility all fueled by my tension, suppressed anger and resentment. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I must be right, good, and responsible to be worthy and avoid being so utterly wrong and bad that I end up totally unworthy. With discernment may I realize that this belief most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go and appreciating differences and accepting life as it is. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and integrates pleasure with healthy restraint. And I need to remind myself to notice and absorb how acceptance of self and others is received and welcomed.


Type 2, The Giver
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns frustrations in my desire to help and the good feeling that I know best what is needed fueled by a feeling of pride, a sense of indispensability. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I must fulfill the needs of others in order to be loved and approved and avoid feeling utterly useless and hence dispensable. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go realizing that in relationships it is just as good to receive as it is to give. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and open heartedly integrates my and others needs. Then I can engage in what really is needed freely from my own separate self. And I need to remind myself to notice and absorb that love naturally flows both from and to me.


Type 3, The Performer
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns blocks to accomplishing my tasks and goals and to getting approval from doing fueled by my go-ahead energy that blocks my heartfelt feelings. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I gain love and approval primarily through what I do and accomplish and how well I do at avoiding being completely unable to do and an utter failure. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go, realizing that love comes from being as well as from doing. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and integrates feeling with action? Then may I notice my pace and pressure and slow it, ease it and let my heart be receptive to my own true feelings and to others. And I need to remind myself to notice and absorb that love is not dependent on what I accomplish.


Type 4,  The Romantic
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns the fulfillment of what I feel is missing of importance fueled by my deep longing and envy for what others seem to have. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that in order to be truly loved I must obtain the ideal love or situation and avoid the feeling that I are utterly lacking and deficient. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go, realizing that life and love are based on what is present, not what is missing. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others with a focus on what is present, not what is missing. Then may I notice that my intense emotions come from an inner sense of loss, of lacking and steady myself in the present with what is here and now. And I need to remind yourself to notice and absorb that wholeness exists in what I already am and in my acceptance of others as they are.


Type 5,  The Observer
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns obstacles to my tendency to detach from feelings and protect myself from intrusion fueled the energy of withdrawal and avarice for what I just can’t do without. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I must protect myself from a world that demands to much and gives too little in order to assure life and security and avoid being utterly drained of life energy. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go, realizing that the flow of life provides ample energy for me to fully engage in my feelings and affirm life. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and provides mutual support and engagement. Then may I act in congruence with both head and heart. And I need to remind myself to notice and absorb how I am nurtured, not emptied through this process of greater engagement in life .


Type 6, The Loyal Skeptic
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns my focus on and magnifying hazards and mistrusting what and whom I can count on fueled by underlying fear and doubt. If I lean toward counter-fear, may I notice my contrary thinking and necessity to face challenges. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I must seek certainty and security in a hazardous and unpredictable world and avoid becoming utterly helpless and defenseless in this kind of world? With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go, realizing that I have lost my faith in myself and trust in others. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and provides trust-based support. Then may I remind myself to allow the energy in my imaginations, my “negative spin” on life, to be turned into seeing the positives. And from the base of trust I need to remind myself to notice and absorb that there is no substitute for real faith in myself and others.


Type 7, The Epicure
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns limitations on my freedom and my strivings to keep life up and flowing all fueled by gluttony of the mind for positive options, opportunities, and adventures. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I must keep life open and limitless in order to have the good and secure life and avoid or escape being utterly stuck in pain and suffering. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go realizing that the wholeness of life includes pain and sadness as well as pleasure and joy. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and open heartedly honors the all of life. May I remind myself to notice and absorb that the full life means embracing all of life, both its joys and sorrows and its possibilities and limits. And may I deepen my concentration and focus to what is here in the present moment.


Type 8, The Protector
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns blocks to my sense of truth and justice and associated issues of power and control all fueled by my big, excessive energy called lust. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that to gain worth and respect and to not be taken advantage of I must be strong, powerful, and invulnerable and avoid becoming utterly weak and powerless. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go realizing my urge to take charge and impose my sense of justice is just my version of the truth and the way I protect myself from being vulnerable which to me means weak. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and through awareness apply force or energy befitting the situation. May I let myself be vulnerable and impacted and in the process experience each person’s truth and worth. And I need to remind myself to notice and absorb that I are empowered by respecting boundaries, moderating my impact on others, and valuing others views.


Type 9, The Mediator
When I get upset or reactive, may I notice that it concerns my feeling pushed into action or conflict before I know what I want or need fueled by my inertia toward self that results in my forgetting my own priorities. May I pause to collect back and contain my energy of reactivity by breathing down into my belly. Though non-judgmental inquiry, may I become aware that my reactivity comes from my core belief that I’m not important or have to blend in and hence just go along and get along and avoid otherwise not being utterly valueless and insignificant. With discernment may I realize that this most likely is just old habit of mind and gently coach myself into letting go, realizing that I need to love and value myself just as much as I value all others. May I also gently coach myself into outward action that is respectful to myself and others and takes into account both my own and others’ priorities and importance. May I remember to let myself honor my boundaries and limits. And I need to remind myself to notice and absorb that I must be equally for myself as well as for others in order to live in harmony and purpose.