Emotions. Can we trust them or not trust them? That seems to be a relevant question today where we are becoming more in touch with the world of our emotions, particularly through the rise of mental health awareness.
I know what Christians have typically taught regarding this question. You cannot trust your emotions. They are too fickle, too much of the flesh, of the soul. We need to be spirit-people. Things of that nature. And these are statements I have encountered myself.
But here’s the problem, one from the very start: The use of the word trust found within the statement, “You cannot trust your feelings.”
I grew up in Memphis, a predominantly Black city. I live in Orange Mound, a predominantly Black neighborhood. My neighbor two doors down is a Black policewoman. My church is multiracial, with leaders who are Black. My boss is a Black woman whom I respect. I’ve been gifted with dear Black friends throughout my life.
Many of you know that I do work with the Enneagram in my spiritual direction coaching practice. Matter of fact, I have a workshop entitled the Enneagram and Spiritual Formation that I’m leading on Saturday, February 4 (more at this link). With that, I engage with all sorts of claims about the evil, demonic, and occult background of the Enneagram. I have emails from varying Christian counselors and coaches declaring its evil origins.
In a more recent social media post, popular Christian author, poet and artist, Jackie Hill Perry, renounced the Enneagram as demonic. You can see her own video below.
Many have heard of the Enneagram, a popular personality model with 9 types. While this is a great tool for understanding ourselves, it can also be used as a tool when considering our spiritual growth and formation.