Our co-founder David Daniels, MD, is announcing today his decision to move to Emeritus status as a Core Faculty member of Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition. The term Emeritus “recognizes a person of distinction in a profession who retires or hands over the position … but does not necessarily signify that he has relinquished all the duties of the position and may continue to exercise some of them.” Please see his statement below.
David is one of the pioneers of the modern worldwide Enneagram movement. Together with Helen Palmer, he launched the first organized certification program for Enneagram teachers in the Narrative Tradition in 1988. That program, the Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP), is now the core of the curriculum offered by Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT).
David was the co-convener of the first international conference on the Enneagram at Stanford University in 1994, which attracted more than 1,200 attendees and led to the creation of the International Enneagram Association. David has taught Enneagram workshops around the world for more than 30 years, and is the author of numerous books and articles, including the best-selling The Essential Enneagram, which included the first scientifically validated Enneagram test, now available on the ESNT website.
Through it all, David has maintained an active private practice as a therapist in Menlo Park and his role as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. I urge you to visit his website, www.drdaviddaniels.com, where you will find the full and fascinating story of his life and work.
David’s importance to ESNT and the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition cannot be overstated. He was the first member of the American psychiatric community to recognize the value of the Enneagram in helping ordinary suffering people orient themselves toward psychological and spiritual healing. From his professional vantage point, he saw the power of the Narrative – letting individuals tell their own stories to the benefit of their own and others’ personal growth.
He also was the first to recognize the need for an organizational container to hold and transmit professional standards for the use of this tool. His partnership with Helen Palmer over the ensuing decades has brought the Enneagram Narrative to literally thousands of people around the globe.
Those who have studied with David or know him personally appreciate his generosity, wonderful wit and humor, deep wisdom, loving presence and visionary commitment to a better world. I feel an enormous personal sense of gratitude to David. As a client of his in the late 1980s, I first learned of the Enneagram. Through his gentle guidance, I found my way to a healthier relationship with myself and others around me. He even introduced me to my wife, Terry Saracino!
David’s new Emeritus title fits him well. This distinguished member of the international Enneagram community will continue teaching and guiding us at a pace that better meets his own needs at this point in his life. We are honored by our association with David, and glad that it will continue in this new, less stressful way for him.
To David, our love and deepest gratitude are with you now and always. And to the Enneagram community, please stay tuned for further information about opportunities to honor David.
Paul Strasburg, President of the Board
Message from David Daniels
Dear Enneagram Narrative Community,
Since co-founding the Enneagram Professional Training Program with Helen Palmer in 1988, the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition has been a central part in my life. I love this amazing system for personal development – it is a remarkable path to wholeness and liberation. Moreover, I have great appreciation for all our staff, my fellow teachers, and the thousands of students who have studied with us and contributed so much.
As many of you may know, I have not recovered all of my energy since my second open heart surgery in July 2014. So after much reflection, I am becoming Emeritus, which thankfully is different than retirement as it allows me to keep teaching and contributing to our organization and to the Enneagram material.
The joy over the years has nurtured me. I am full of gratitude for all my colleagues and students. It has been a great honor to work with you. Thank you all for your contributions to the Enneagram work, and to my life and wellbeing.
With much love and appreciation,
ESNT Core Faculty Emeritus