The Enneagram is one of our community’s favorite tools for better understanding ourselves, finding healing from destructive patterns, and showing up as the true gifts to the world that we are! In our Enneagram spotlight series, we’re looking at all nine types–and today, it’s the Enneagram Nine’s turn in the spotlight!
If Type Eights are the Challengers, and Type Twos are the Helpers, Enneagram Type Nines are the glue that holds us all together! Nines have the distinct ability to see an issue from all sides, and are deeply committed to helping people bridge the gap to peace.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- What does a 9 on the Enneagram mean?
- What does an Enneagram 9 go to in stress?
- What does a healthy 9 look like?
- How do you become a healthy 9 Enneagram?
- How to benefit from essential oils, crystals, and affirmations if you’re a Nine
We could talk about the Enneagram Type Nine for days–so let’s get started ;).
What Does a 9 on the Enneagram Mean?
If you’ve taken an Enneagram test and it’s told you you’re a Nine, first of all–congratulations! No one Enneagram type is better than any others, but each have their own distinctive gifts to offer the world. For Nines, that means the gift of peace.
Nines are driven by a core fear of conflict or things coming apart. In fact, this is what pushes them towards desiring peace. Unhealthy or unintegrated Nines desire peace at all costs–and will silence their own voices, or minimize the voices of others, to achieve the absence of conflict, and not necessarily true peace. Healthy Nines, however, have learned how to be true to their own voices, and understand that conflict is often the path to peace.
Nines are often very creative, and optimistic–a balm in between the intense Ones and Eights on either side of them! Partially because Nines tend to be able to understand others’ opinions and viewpoints so well, Nines often feel like they get “lost” in other’s personalities or causes. Nines also sometimes struggle with laziness, and can find making decisions very difficult.
What Does an Enneagram 9 Go to in Stress?
Nines who aren’t self-aware or who are stressed will often resemble unhealthy Sixes: they’re fearful, plagued by self-doubt, and skeptical of others.
What Does a Healthy 9 Look Like?
Healthy Nines, however, begin to look like healthy Threes–they’re decisive, can take clear action, and are likeable and even charming to the people around them!
How Do You Become a Healthy 9 Enneagram?
Becoming a healthy Enneagram Nine means learning to address your core fear–conflict. The “fear behind the fear” for most Nines is that conflict will cause loss or separation; they’re afraid they’re going to lose something or someone.
One of the things Nines can do to heal this fear of loss is to become best friends with themselves. Learning to honor their own desires, feelings, ideas, and needs, and becoming comfortable with themselves as a companion, can help a Nine release their fears about losing others.
To help with this beautiful (but difficult!) process, our community loves essential oils, crystals, and affirmations. These three simple, natural tools can help Nines find comfort and security, as well as courage and focus. It can help a Nine heal what’s broken, and lean into their superpowers and gifts!
Here are our favorite oils, crystals, and affirmations for Nines:
Crystals for the Enneagram Type Nine
Our favorite crystals for Type Nines are:
- White howlite
- Rose quartz
Our community loves using oils and crystals together (like, for example, in this roller bottle with a gemstone top!), but you can also read our article about using crystals with the Enneagram.
White howlite is a negativity-calming stone that can help a Nine refrain from avoiding conflict, and instead push through it to true resolution.
Amazonite is also extremely calming; a Nine can focus on its blue-green depths to find courage to speak up and speak the truth.
Emerald is, of course, a stunning stone–but it’s also a unifying stone, which makes it perfect for Nines who want to tap into their superpowers!
Rose quartz is known as the love stone–we believe it can help Nines embrace deeper, more truthful connections with loved ones, even when there’s conflict or differences of opinions.
Essential Oils for the Enneagram Type Nine
Our favorite essential oils for Type Nines are:
- Wild orange
Wild orange is a sweet, citrusy-scented oil that can increase feelings of joy and peace, and even help ward off depression, fear, or worry.
Petitgrain is an uncommon oil that reflects a Nine’s uncommon ability to bring peace. It has a calming, balancing presence, and can be used by a Nine when they feel other people’s voices are too loud.
Psst–we’ve written more about how to use essential oils for your Enneagram type right here!
Affirmations for the Enneagram Type Nine
Affirmations are simple little powerhouses–use them by themselves or with your essential oils and crystals. Here are our favorite affirmations for Type Nines (we’ve included several in our Enneagram roller bottles!):
- Today I will speak up and speak my truth
- My presence matters
- Peace is not the absence of conflict
- I am my own best friend
- Today, I honor my own needs and desires
Are you a Type Nine? We’d love to hear YOUR favorite affirmations, crystals, and essential oils in the comments below! To see our other Enneagram spotlights, go here.