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What's Your Jam, What's Your Enneagram?

Our life stages are unique, Kathy enjoys sharing her thoughts and stages through her writing and looks forward to learning about yours.

What's Your Jam


Music Is Life

Music and popular psychological quizzes, such as the Enneagram, enlighten others and ourselves by highlighting individuality.

What's your favorite band, score, or song, and what can we learn about you from that answer? Recently, another popular point of interest has people wanting to know your Enneagram number? These tidbits of information shared are methods used to open the vault, sharing what we hide from the outside world!

We bond with music no matter the genre. Rap, Christian, country, rock, classics, or Disney have serious fan followers! Human nature also loves to delve into the depths of personalities!

Enthusiasts enjoy a powerful blend of musical styles; most don't discriminate with these interests! Humanity loves having options for appreciation and interpretation because when allowed entry to someone's playlist, we take a peek inside their mind.

Musical passions are the bomb of self and group discovery since they evoke attitudes and emotion, connecting with parts of our core self. Even those that stay obscure.

They sometimes trigger an exact representation of our innermost thoughts and feelings, often noted in a collective admiration for a performance.

Nothing relates better to the human psyche than the timelessness of melody. Each generation is essential for its contribution. Our favorite song melody and words spew from our mouths as pulled from the imprinted page in our memory.

Fact, humans acknowledge soulful sounds! Two examples of that reaction are a spike in our blood pressure. The second is the urge to rise to our feet with joy in response to a musical score. Emotions intertwine with our essence. In the same way, a score brings relaxation or a jolt! How we reply to something depends on our exposure to it and particular experiences.

Concerts are a great place to encounter your favorites and notice people's reactions. Venues fill diverse audiences, becoming one of the choicest places to crowd watch. I love it! My guess is you do too. I realize there won't be a show of hands! But we witness a small part of one's playlist when experiencing life together, for example, at a concert or production.

It complicates mingling among enormous crowds. Criticisms are subtle or fierce based on diversity. The notes and emotions bounce off each frequency or person they connect.

For this reason, the opinions on music are personal. When I bump someone with a different frequency, it causes me to grow. Despite our controversies, relating individuals through opposing ideas allows a pragmatic response. How brilliant and unique is the nature of music as it connects or separates.

I suppose a playlist collects emotions used to figure out life's journey. Music is the common denominator throughout our lives. It becomes a release for expression—the sidekick for disappointments and the friend grieving as one heals. Last but not least, music is the best date for joyful occasions!

It becomes boring if each note is the same. Nothing could spin on a melodic tangent if caught in the mirror of sameness. The chords would limit their pounce, deleting specific emphasis! Whimsical harmonies may lay flat in a monotone. The symbiotic warmth of voices blending will not captivate our souls.

The tonal differences make an orchestration special! I love the uniqueness of music and personality! Although our disagreements may cause chaos, they can create a charity of support when given clarity through soulful reaction.

Within this base, seeding begins! Our strengths and weaknesses enable our wills toward productive pursuits. Yet focus on the goal of working to gain full potential. Then cohesive attempts to learn from one another can produce mutual attraction. Music provides an excellent means of connection.

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How Do You Connect?

Music connects at the core of pain. This emotion is as undeniable as joy, but often feeling is challenging to describe. Emotions root in the ache of past injury, thus antecedent to anger. Yet love is absolute! Forgive without expecting someone to experience life as you do.

Rewind? Listen to the individual parts of a musical version. Seek to understand its importance and then pay it forward using what we grasp in our following writing!

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Musicality is a whimsical way of communing, in nature, in groups, or alone; we connect with its purpose. People admire, even worship, the rhythmic genius to a fault. Unity forms with unique representations, circumstances, experiences, and growth. This sense of collaboration takes our reflection to a place of not becoming stagnant and bettering our future.

The Enneagram (a personality test), or similar design of the mortal psyche, is the rage. The allure to discern the interworking of self and others is impressive. Introspection makes us unique and is not only conversational but also allows for connecting.

Explain various models for analyzing the human mind are available; the Enneagram is one. This model explores nine inter-connective temperament types. Then produce the characters that suit you the best. There’s a dominant center, a triad of qualities representing each number. A talented artist has gone a step further by creating a masterpiece of music describing the Enneagram. Please take it to another level to better understand who we are. We empower our collective purpose by tolerating differences, weaknesses, and strengths.

Beloved tunes have always recorded our communications with their pairing in history. It provides relational wisdom and knowledge to a juncture—the poetic weave in our tapestry throughout time.

Interconnection is the crucial ingredient in a relationship. The core matters! So centering that connectivity is vital to our success. Love should be the essence of focus and a reminiscent touch of God’s tenderness.

If the focal point of existence is people, drugs, money, ego, political party, or even music, what is the center! Our lives become futile without introspection of what designs each creation or incident. To be grounded is a real purpose, or we flail in hopelessness.

Each recording of a story intertwines with music. The melodies we hear bring memories, allowing for robust connections. Seeking an understanding of relationships through experience causes growth and awareness. This self-actualization permits a stronger foundation to use what we learn.

We delve into character revelation, seeing the production bounce the notes in a composition. Respectful that each is exquisite in its necessity to the whole. We search for harmony in life, continuing to figure out how to flow together as an ensemble.

God is an Awesome Pacer

God is an Awesome Pacer

Who Are You Allowing to Be Your Metronome?

You may better relate to the metronome as it marks time at a selected rate. Imagine it giving the speck of your musical presentation of life a regular tick. A metronome provides pacing, as we often get ahead of ourselves or slow down, falling behind.

While we move along, keeping our tempo, the metronome is there alongside to keep us in sync. The guide saves time moving in rhythm, and it remains constant as we fluctuate. It can become disjointed and or erratic when there’s no concentration or attention to the pace of a piece played. While some ambient pieces reflect chaos, that does not mean they can’t re-orchestrate. But all elements of a story have a purpose.

The ways a person responds or reflects a musical interpretation may be foreign to you or perhaps not, but when you recognize it, allow for creative differences and arranging by the Conductor. It is best to let them create! Reverent in their process and purposeful act. Grant time for the orchestration to complete with a delicate hand guiding.

I assure you God does not need our help in completing work for someone else. He would instead focus on the metronome of His wisdom in our production. But, we can love others as they need. Understanding that people emote based on their layering of disappointment and successes. Fear of rejection mixed with past hurt provides the mortar to build one more brick in the battle of making walls that close us off and separate. Music connects; let’s build notes, not bricks.

Check Out the Music in Psalms

Remember the adage of going to go if it feels good, and if it hurts, stop! Though we try, we can mess up! We give our best to those nearest and practice our most significant healing with those we trust. Often the same group, depending on where people are in their process.

When people process life events, they slip, hiding little truths about their pain, often stuffing their inner battle. They need complete healing, yet life separates them from the faith and belief that it’s possible. I suppose the way we receive those sharing their truth depends on where we are in our healing phase.

When we spend a little more time focusing on God, our consistent metronome, we can stay in time. Choose stillness and get back in sync.

Music connects with emotion with a favorite song bringing back a memory or a new song that we hope will create one. We hear the music ministry and stand in awe of the litany of influential music scores forever imprinted in our brains. We can often recite a song from rote while perhaps not even understanding the depth of its meaning.

While this article is about musicality and its powerful connection to our humanness, as one explores through Enneagram tests, the Book of Psalms is another collection of writings that embodies every human mood and/or emotion about faith. What if you were to take some time with the Book of Psalms, seeking to understand the feeling depicted in their ageless representation of timeless truths not specific to any religious grouping or era? Psalms speak to the depth of our emotions and give us an honest view of God. They may be the incentive for your next musical performance. Better yet, they may provide peace and understanding of self. This introspection allows us to become our actual presence, a child of God.

Psalm 95

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.”

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ATLAS: Enneagram - Sleeping at Last

Music connects us without even trying. We respond instinctively based on our interests or exposure. The Atlas Albums - Sleeping at Last - is the musical project of Ryan O'Neal, a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He has spent years composing and researching the Enneagram Model and orchestrating this enticing work of art. You can check out the Sleeping At Last Podcasts to learn more about how somebody made these songs and The Enneagram.

We have much to learn about ourselves, and why not know about one another as we do just that! By understanding how we are different, we realize our unique qualities in making life work together.

I will be looking for Y'all at the next concert, and yes, I will be people-watching!

© 2019 Kathy Henderson


Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on March 25, 2020:

Peggy -

I had not heard of it until my kids shared it with me. Along with the music from the artist share in this hub. I found it very accurate. I love sharing in this way. Thanks for reading.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

You introduced me to something new...The Enneagram. I had never even heard that word. Yes, music connects us and relates to each individual in different ways. It is excellent that there is such a variety since each of us is different.

Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on December 08, 2019:

Hello Eric & John,

Thanks for stopping in a reading up on the latest from my hub. Enneagram is newer to me too. I have the lovely opportunity of spending time with my Millennial children and this has been a recent topic of conversation. Very interesting how it ties into a better understanding of others and how we bounce off one another. My favorite is the musical interpretation by ATLAS: Enneagram, Sleeping At Last songs, One through Nine. My son shared them with me and they are amazing, very on point, enlightening and relaxing to listen to for more understanding of self and connecting with others. Then I love spending time in Psalms and the ministry of music, another beautiful way to better connect with self and others. Music is surely a connector for all, I also love a multitude of genre's old and new. Thank you again for stopping in!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 08, 2019:

I will be back. A bit much to chew in one session. I do not know enneagram.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 08, 2019:

I like a little bit of every musical genre both old and new, Kathy. This was all very interesting. I had never heard of the word “enneagram” before though so thank you for enlightening me.

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