The Enneagram's Gift to Vital Relationships:
The Path to Transformation
and Living Love
with David Daniels, MD
Our vital relationships are the foundation upon which we thrive or wither. So why do we keep repeating behaviors that don’t work, don’t bring satisfaction, and don’t bring us love? In this class I present a profound and powerful way of understanding ourselves and others that offers a clear path to answering this questions and even more importantly to love and happiness. This clear path is the Enneagram system of nine personality styles rooted in our neurobiology and evolution. What is the Enneagram? How does our Enneagram pattern or type help and hinder our most important relationships? How can we deepen and heal our vital relationships? What are the key ingredients for healthy intimacy? And what is the role of presence and spirit and in sustaining loving relationships?
In this in-depth class, I will address all these vital questions. We will explore together how the Enneagram’s understandings of type patterns, the embedded higher qualities of type, and the powerful Universal Growth Process for Self-Mastery consisting of Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, Action, and Adherence (the “5As”) can be applied to heal, develop and strengthen our vital relationships. For each type we will delve into the habitual patterns of attention and their profound effects on our relationships, the Enneagram’s gift to love, and the specific tasks for development. We will apply the power of the “5As” in creating relationships that flourish with love.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Enneagram, it is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting (“ennea” simply is Greek for nine, nothing mysterious about it). It describes how each view the world through a set of lenses or filters that greatly limit our experience and perspective. Underneath each pattern or Enneagram type is a basic proposition (or belief) about what we need in life to meet our basic needs for love, security and worth and consequently to have this satisfying life. The Enneagram understandings help us in releasing from our old limiting patterns, enhance our strengths, and compassionately understand those in our lives.
The class format includes lecture, discussion, interviews, and practical exercises. This offering is designed for all who want to deepen and enhance their primary relationships with partners, family members, friends, or close work associates, and for practitioners working with relationship issues.
Who Should Attend?
All of us who want our vital relationships to flourish and thrive rather than flounder and wither! We all have filters over our minds, hearts, and body so that we only have a limited view of the world. If you want to understand yourself and others more deeply, gain greater freedom and flexibility, have more open-hearted grounded presence, and love more fully this is the course for you. These are the gifts that the Enneagram system of nine fundamental personality styles provides as it gets to the core of our beliefs, our patterns, our behaving in the world, and hence to our path to freedom.
What You'll Learn
Week 1: Get all the basics in the path to freedom.
Enneagram system of the nine fundamental personality styles, its ultimate value in relationships and life, and its congruence with our neurobiology; our three centers of intelligence – head, heart, and body and the path to freedom through the application of the “5As” of the Universal Growth Process.
Week 2: The three types leading with the Body Center of intelligence.
The Basic Propositions keys to everything includes the core beliefs, deepest concerns, key blind spots, and adaptive strategy; the types’ strengths and challenges; the path of development and for integrating the higher qualities; and the recipe for thriving relationships for types One (the Perfectionist/Reformer), Eight (the Protector/Asserter), and Nine (the Mediator/Peacemaker)
Week 3: The three types leading with the Heart Center of intelligence.
The Basic Propositions including the core beliefs, deepest concerns, key blind spots, and adaptive strategy; the types’ strengths and challenges; the path of development and for integrating the higher qualities; and the recipe for thriving relationships for types Two (the Giver/Helper), Three (the Performer/Motivator), and Four (the Romantic/Individualist).
Week 4: The three types leading with the Head Center of intelligence.
The Basic Propositions including the core beliefs, deepest concerns, key blind spots, and adaptive strategy; the types’ strengths and challenges; the path of development and for integrating the higher qualities; and the recipe for thriving relationships for types Five (the Observer/Thinker), Six (the Loyal Skeptic/Questioner), and Seven (the Epicure/Adventurer).
Week 5: Applying the magic of the Enneagram in daily life.
The art of reflection, actualizing the path to wholeness, making development a daily task, determining what aspects of type and which ingredients of the Universal Growth Process need work, levels of development, and helpful practices for each type.
Dates & Tuition
Time & Date: This class is available for immediate download!
(If cash is tight, we offer a "Pick Your Price" model where you can choose to pay $125/$100/$50.)
What Youâ€™ll Get Out of the Course
You will develop a fundamental understanding of the Enneagram system of nine personality styles and its power and practical applications in vital relationships, deepen appreciation of differences among us based on the nine types, heighten your acceptance and compassion toward yourself and others, and experience more fully your path of development and ability to love. Moreover you will learn how to live the simple yet comprehensive Universal Growth Process of Self-Mastery consisting of the “5As” of Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, Action and Adherence.
Textbook for the Course
David Daniels, M.D. and Virginia Price, Ph.D. The Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide – Revised and Updated 2009. HarperCollins, New York
About David Daniels, MD
David Daniels, MD is a gifted teacher and counselor teacher of the Enneagram system of the nine fundamental personality styles bringing his deep care and world of experience to his teaching. He is clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School, a leading developer of the Enneagram system, and co-author of the best seller, The Essential Enneagram (Harper Collins) updated and revised with vital new material, 2009. He also co-developed the outstanding DVD, The Enneagram: Nine Paths to a Productive and Fulfilling Life and The Enneagram in the Workplace. In private practice for nearly 40 years, David also has taught the Enneagram system at Stanford, in the community, and internationally for 23 years. With Helen Palmer he co-founded the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT) and was a founder of the Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT). He brings his knowledge of the Enneagram to individuals, couples and groups, and to a wide range of applications in clinical practice including individual and couples counseling and the workplace emphasizing team building and leadership development. He has developed many innovative workshops including The Dynamics of Vital Relationships, Anger and Forgiveness, Loss and Grief as Transformers, the Enneagram’s Gift to Love and Life, Intimate Relationships, Love and Will, and The Enneagram’s Gift to Mastering Conflict Constructively and Compassionately. Visit www.enneagramworldwide.com for a wealth of information and all our programs and classes.
Praise for David Daniels, MD
“With a supreme level of rapport and empathy, I can count on David to detect the slightest signal of distress and respond to it.”
– Michie Hisada, MD
“Quite simply, the Enneagram has saved me from myself. It has had a profound impact on all of my relationships, especially the one I have with my husband, and surely it has profoundly impacted the work I do with my clients. Thank you! I LOVE the Enneagram.”
– Patricia Belanger Martin
“As a Seven, I have tried EVERY spiritual growth modality know to man! And the Enneagram is the most PRACTICAL, SPIRITUAL TOOL I have ever found for self-inquiry. I have become more of my observer self, watching my type Seven pattern as it emerges, and going into my belly. I am SO much less reactive these days than ever before and more in the present moment. Thank you David.”
– David Banner, PhD
“David’s second edition of The Essential Enneagram is a true gem, as he takes his insights about the Enneagram and his ability to integrate the best theory and most useful practices to a new level. Everything’s in here: the three Centers of Intelligence, Enneagram subtypes, highly refined information on the 9 types, and type-specific psychological and spiritual practices. The first edition is excellent; this one has brilliance.”
– Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD author of Brining out the Best in Yourself at Work and What Kind of Leader Are You.”
“I have tremendous respect and gratitude for you and your work and am privileged to be able to study with you. I hope that you will continue teaching for many years to come. THANK YOU for the gift of the Enneagram and for the gif of yourself.”
– Debbie Burditt
“I so enjoy watching you David working with people on spiritual growth, and watching you work with couples. I enjoy your self-depreciating humility and openness to learning. I marvel at your dedication/devotion to the Enneagram.”
– Rick Bradstreet
David Daniels, MD is a gifted teacher of the Enneagram system of the nine fundamental personality styles. He is clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School, a leading developer of the Enneagram system, and co-author of the best seller, The Essential Enneagram. Learn more about David Daniels, »