My sweetheart and I were “walking on eggshells” and didn’t know how to get back on solid footing. David’s gentle but unwavering guidance helped us move through potentially volatile issues with clarity and relative comfort. Since our session with him, our relationship has been much more relaxed, and I feel a great amount of growth has taken place. We are better able to communicate, and I feel like we understand each other better. Having a calm and focused mediator allowed us to explore sensitive topics in a safe and structured framework. I would recommend David to assist anybody having trouble in this tremendously important aspect of life.
My partner and I had been working through issues related to living together and the judgments and resentments that naturally come up as two people come closer together. David created a safe container for open, honest, direct communication. David took time to make each of us feel comfortable. Guiding us through each process, David skillfully brought us toward deeper awareness of our authentic selves and helped us find the language to communicate from that level of awareness. Real intimacy comes, I believe, from expressing my authentic self and hearing my partner express her authenticity. David helped us achieve that.
My coaching sessions with David have been refreshing and powerful: I have found inner resources I didn’t know I had, and opened to further possibilities for my own growth, and joy in life. David is able to meet me wherever I happen to be, with his compassionate presence and wide range of coaching skills. His energetic, passionate caring and confidence help draw me into the exploration, and awaken my own inner facilitator. I find myself fully engaged in the process of revisiting my own fears and wounds—the very shadows that often divide me from that which I most seek and desire—and finding the beauty and power within. Along the way, I find courage and hope I didn’t know I possessed! David brings his years of experience, a willingness to be vulnerable, and tremendous courage to his work. He has a marvelous gift for, and dedication to, clarifying and healing the wounds that bind us and trip us up. His deep commitment to the process is obvious, impressive, and very effective.
David brings his years of training and facilitation to a new and powerful space in the Shadow Healing and Integration work. He has an acute ability to be present with and respond to the needs of the clients and students and give immediate, clear and powerful feedback. Shadow Healing and Integration work is so valuable in this point in time, and the skills, integrity and heart with which David approaches this work make him an excellent teacher.
David brings consummate skill to his coaching, including insight that comes from years of experience and training. He has the level of understanding that is required to really “get” what’s going on for the client and guide him/her to a place of understanding and healing. David gracefully and lovingly facilitates people to find their way out of their own confusion about why they are stuck or struggling, so that they get what they said they wanted to achieve. David’s style melds the challenging elements—such as accountability and integrity with the client’s stated values—with huge compassion for the client’s struggle and current experience of reality. David will unhesitatingly stand in the fire with you so that you can get what you came for.
I loved David’s Shadow Healing and Integration Facilitation Training Workshop.
I received so much. I learned the foundation and basics of shadow healing and integration processes and how to facilitate them. I gained confidence to facilitate. I had several opportunities to do work myself and facilitate others with David’s excellent mentoring. My work was especially powerful and healing for me. The training was magical.
David is an excellent educator; his knowledge, wisdom and loving guidance are top notch. I highly recommend this training for anyone interested in shadow healing and integration, whether s/he wants to improve facilitation skills, or heal & grow, or even is just curious what this is about. I came away with greater facilitation skills and confidence and, as if by magic, greater self understanding and acceptance.
I’m glad I attended David’s GROW workshop. Learning to truly listen is a very important skill and attending this workshop has helped me pay attention to how I communicate/listen to another person in both personal and professional life. It was a very informative workshop that helped me to examine my listening style and how I communicate. The exercises that we did during the session gave me a clear understanding of what a speaker/listener feels when the conversation is interrupted/ignored or the point that the speaker is trying to make is not through to the other person. I really appreciate David and Julie for organizing this workshop to help us all GROW!
My sweetheart and I were having some communication issues. I had met David at a men’s group and thought that he could help me communicate better and also be heard. David got the two of us talking and hearing each other. Within 20 minutes I had found my sweetheart again. I busted through all of the crap that had been keeping me from really seeing her.
I watched as she started seeing me again. Listening to her and finding out what she was really feeling—not just saying—was very eye-opening for me.
Now when things start to go off the rails instead of assuming she knows how I feel, I tell her and she listens. I feel much more in balance with her and I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with her.
David is a very skilled facilitator and instantly connects with your feelings. He is able to carry people into a transformative space, where they can be simultaneously vulnerable and safe, and where they can integrate what they learn by engaging their shadows. He pursues his mission with zeal, yet is extremely compassionate toward everyone. He comes close to an ideal of a powerful, authentic man on his own journey of self-exploration, and he is committed to engaging with others, and encouraging and supporting them on their own journey.
I have either watched live or watched the recordings of all the Life Mastery programs, and I find them to be thought-provoking and fun. These episodes have helped me to open up to other ways of thinking about life experiences and how we react to them. You can feel that David & Tommy are sharing from their own experiences, with understanding of what we put ourselves through and with great empathy.
David is highly skilled in the process of assisting (simultaneously guiding and following) a client to step into his/her past, where the wounds of the past are limiting them in the present. He does not need to know in advance what or where the issue is, because he uses questions and invitations to help the person doing the work to explore that in real time. At each turn, David asks questions, and his next question is based on the previous answer—it is like a guided meditation, only better because the guide is seeing the road with me, and as I discover new data, we jointly decide where to go next. It truly is a journey—into my own self and my own past—to safely find where the patterns of today originated, and then decide what I want to do about them once they are found. Way better than therapy!
Two really great and caring people—their webinars explore the emotional and stress issues that afflict so many of us nowadays—these guys are David & Tommy.
Their webinars, which anyone can register for at no cost, are insightful and help a host of folks. Not just people with serious emotional problems but others like me. I consider myself as a pretty together person and can state that watching David and Tommy has helped me a lot. We all lose our way, or our perspective on gets skewed, so we need something that nudges us back on the right track.
Watching David and Tommy discuss and elaborate on aspects of life that bother or confuse people has certainly opened my mind.
I urge you to register and watch their next webinar, at the every least you’ll find it entertaining and enlightening, and it may even give you the tools to “fix” something that’s been bothering you!
I was at a point in my life where all that I knew and was doing for my personal growth work was not getting me to the point that I wanted to be—I felt stuck. In being introduced to and in talking with David McLeod, I received a glimmer of hope from the way he stood empowered in his body. I was deeply touched by David’s intuitive facilitative nature. He was connected to me and allowed me to go where I needed to take my growth work. He was able to safely and smoothly guide me through my processes to discover the nuggets of gold that were deep inside me all along. As I know personal growth is a lifetime process, I am grateful to the gifts that David helped me discover from within myself. I am continually amazed at how simple, yet deep, the work is that David does. Through working with David, I have learned to recognize my own shadows, and they no longer run my life. It is through this awareness that I am ever closer to my goal—an empowered authentic individual!
Each time I work with David, his questioning leads me to the heart of my struggle. With careful guidance, he walks with me into the area of pain, helps me see it with clear, fresh eyes, and guides me out the other side where the picture of my radiant self is luminous and welcoming. The godliness and beauty of my essential self is there for me to see and embrace, even if only for a moment. Each experience of this perfect self offers me the courage, insight, and vulnerability to take the next step on my journey. I honor and respect David’s skills as a facilitator.
David McLeod’s daily affirmations remind me to refocus my attention on values that are precious to me, when my daily routine distracts me into a slew of to do’s of faux importance.
David McLeod has wonderful facilitation skills in which he has mastered a dance with the participants. When David has facilitated my own work, he was always able to join with me in the process, giving me support and coming from a neutral stance to allow my own self-discovery. During my deep process work, David has shown an exceptional gift with respect to timing: he always seems to know how to ask the right questions at just the right time to help me discover my deeper truth. David has also given me the wonderful gift of seeing how my past stories and labels have shaped who I have become today and how I can choose to change the way I view myself going forward. And this really helps me to realize my own magnificence and no longer be at the mercy of the negative images of my past stories. As a result of this deep process work, I have been able to join with my significant other in sharing my deeper truth, my insecurities, my fears and how the labels from the past have impacted me. And through this communication and sharing, my relationship has moved to a deeper level and my significant other is able to see and appreciate all of me (and vice versa). Thank you, David, for helping me to show up in the world as a loving, authentic, powerful woman!
In a remarkably short time, David helped us cut to the chase in helping us express what needed to be said for our relationship to move forward. He created a safe place where we could be brave, loving, and direct with each other. Since our session with David we’ve felt closer than ever.
Recently I found myself in one of the most challenging periods of my life, struggling to make a relationship work and finding it extremely difficult to navigate on my own. Sometimes the challenges we face are so multifaceted it is difficult to get to the essence of who we are in a situation. David is a master at facilitating, and because of his support in a couple’s clearing process, I was able to find my way to some deeper personal truths that I could not see without his assistance. David created a safe and sacred context for the communication that took place between me and my daughter’s mother, and he facilitated a complete openness and acceptance of my truth regardless of what it was. In that safety he allowed me to find my way through the twists and turns of all of my feelings and thoughts and beliefs to my deeper truth. His facilitation also contributed in a big way to help me find my way to greater connection with my daughter. I am very grateful for David’s support.
Over the years, David has proven to be a loyal friend and teacher. I know him to be a compassionate, loving man who brings creativity and authenticity to his daily interactions. He is fiercely committed to his own personal growth, as well as to the raising of consciousness of men and women in the world. David has boundless energy and enthusiasm for this work. More importantly, he walks the talk. He understands that life is more about the journey than the destination. As David travels along his path, he continues to learn and grow. He challenges me and others to do the same.
My first experience working with David was truly amazing, as he created a safe place for me to explore sides of myself I have never explored and let go of. Through the process, I chose to give it my all and showed up 100% for myself and the others participating with me. David truly has a gift in working with people in getting to the root of it all and being there step by step as I walked through my fears with confidence. I then left feeling lighter, empowered, confident, and loved. 🙂 I highly recommend this experience to anyone, as it shifted my views of life by helping me to deal with my own stuff and to be able to show up for others. 🙂
As a facilitator, David is very adept at dancing with your shadows and opening the path for you to find your own way out of the confusion, all the while holding your agenda for what you want to achieve. David brings huge compassion for your struggles and whatever you are experiencing; he passionately stands in the fire with you so that you get what you came for. I am honored to call this man colleague and friend.
While I doubt it has been even two weeks since I last wrote to tell you how grateful I am for the Magic of I AM, I feel compelled to write again this morning. There have been “Spiritual Authors” that I have subscribed to in the past that get stale after a year or so, and I have found myself eventually unsubscribing. I am talking about best-selling authors here. I just want you to know that your affirmations have only come to mean more to me, and are starting to become the first piece of mail I open each day. I am not on social media, so I do not post at your site, but I really just wanted to let you know how significant your inspiration is in my life.
David is a joy to watch when he facilitates. His focus, awareness, compassion, and insights are inspirational. His willingness to share these gifts and nurture others (as facilitators or as clients) with his love can’t help but make this world a better place for all. You owe it to yourself and the other people in your life to take advantage of what he offers.
I appreciate the opportunity to participate with your Life Mastery TV webinars. I find your approach to the discussions to be very helpful and useful with looking more deeply at the root causes of feelings, emotions and life experiences. I really appreciate all the “use it now” info and practical applications you both provide the participants. With only 30 minutes of webinar time, the discussions are truly packed with useful and truthful information and I sense your enthusiasm throughout all discussions. Both of your teaching styles are incredibly effective, and I am certainly looking forward to future webinars with you!
David is a very loving coach who always makes it safe enough for me to go as deeply as I need to go. He has helped me to get in touch with deep shadows that have held me back in a lot of ways in my life, and what I learned was that these shadows were actually trying to protect me and keep me safe. Thanks to the work I’ve done with David, these shadows have definitely released their grip on me, and I now find myself much more able to speak and live my truth on a day-to-day basis.
I found the GROW workshop to be an enlightening and enriching experience that underscored for me ways in which I can better embody the core values of Integrity, Rationality and Collegiality both in my work and in my life. David’s demeanor as a teacher is welcoming and encouraging, and I found him to be very skillful at facilitating the fun and enriching activities we went through as a group. The workshop afforded me the opportunity to forge connections with many people who came from departments in the company different from my own. Had it not been for the GROW workshop, I wouldn’t have had the chance to get to know these wonderful colleagues as I did, and a lasting impact from the workshop is my ongoing connection to all of them. I feel that I gained valuable insights into how I can more effectively communicate and collaborate with my peers here at Guidewire and with others outside the sphere of work as a result of my participation in this very valuable and very fun workshop!
The GROW training was a refresher to enhance interpersonal skills, creativity, collegiality and communication. All of the activities were well thought out and planned to fit two full days. This workshop went way beyond my expectations! David and his team did a great job! Many kudos and thanks for organizing.
David’s Magic of I Am affirmations are a great way for me to get centered and focused each day. I love the range of where they take me and also challenge me. In addition to the affirmations, I also get a video message each week that takes me even deeper into the message and the meaning it has for me. I am so grateful for this program, because it has been a great guide into higher awareness. To top it all off, the emails and the website are so easy to get and connect through. I’m going to tell people about this site—I know they’ll love it!!
David is a skilled, heartful, fearless facilitator of self-discovery and healing. I have personally witnessed his passion for personal healing and support of others. Even as he has manifested great skill, he consistently seeks opportunities to deepen his understanding and sharpen his abilities. Keenly aware that the potential for healing work grows with the safety of the healing circle, David brings a patience and uncompromising support for each participant, encouraging the formation of a supportive and reverent healing space. Unhurried and fiercely compassionate, David has led me and hundreds of others through fears and confusion, and into relief, understanding, and delight that we might never have found on our own.
Most of us schedule our days in advance, meeting, chores to do, some pleasant, and to be honest most of them are not fun tasks to do… 🙂
Sometimes when you wake up you need that “push”, something to give a flavor to your fast, and busy day. That is what I experienced when I was reading David’s affirmation emails, I was like “Hmm…, it feels like was written just for me”.
Whether you are spiritual, or do not believe in any of it, we are all humans and all we need that “message” that somehow seems to touch us deep down. It makes our everyday life roll smoother and easier, kind of it simply “makes sense”.
If you feel like some of what I experienced resonates with you, just give it a try, and subscribe to David’s Daily Affirmation program.
David’s Transformation Circle offered me a safe, refreshing and inspiring opportunity for growth and connection. I learned how peaceful and powerful it is to be among a group of women and men who come together for a day with the intention of supporting each other in deep personal growth work with the guidance of a gifted facilitator. The processes, including dyad and individual work supported by the group, gave me new ways to turn my attention within. The structure of the day, and the presence and focus of the others helped me to slow down, honor what was living within me emotionality, and go deeper than in my typical daily life experience. Even though I had already done a lot of personal growth work, the loving, encouraging, exhilarating tone that David set contributed to a peak experience of connecting to my inner self—the strength and vulnerability that lives below conscious awareness, shaping so much of my life, under my radar. The experience of touching these places in a profound way and integrating them a little more into my consciousness will keep me coming back for more!
David has a remarkable ability to help me drill down to the real core of what I’m experiencing, discover long-held beliefs that aren’t serving me any more, and gain the awareness and consciousness required to choose a different path than I have in the past. He does this with incredible compassion, and a fierceness that drives me to do tough work that I might otherwise be too frightened to tackle. As a result, I have shifted my attitudes and learned to change my behaviors, and in so doing have developed more balanced relationships—romantic, platonic, and professional—with the people in my life. I have found great success in asking for what I want (something I’ve had a lot of difficulty doing in the past), offering my own gifts to others in a more authentic way (something I’ve done out of fear or care-taking instead of simple generosity), and standing accountable for my failures.
I thoroughly enjoyed David’s 2-day GROW workshop. It is designed uniquely with various kinds of group activities. I had lots of fun and got opportunities to work closely with all of the people who came for the training. I learned a lot by meeting people from different groups, listening to their perspectives on many different things. I learned techniques to improve my listening skills which I can apply in all areas of my life. I think attending this training definitely helps people to learn a lot about themselves and also about others.
Participating in the sacred space of the Transformation Circle gave me the opportunity to access and speak my truth, which allowed healing and reclamation of my power. I recommend the Transformation Circle to anyone who feels stuck in their personal growth and/or is looking for a place/community in which to be supported in an unconditional way on their journey.
David is an absolutely amazing facilitator. Our group was relatively small, but we all had extremely powerful and healing experiences. In my process I locked in on some key issues around my dad, and around self-worthiness, and I was fully in touch with my inner warrior energy.
I have been part of circles like this one before, but David has put his own unique twist on it, making it even better than the ones I experienced before. He is an absolute pro and I highly recommend his processes. Thanks David!
David is a master facilitator. When I’ve worked with him, he’s always provided a safe container, carefully reiterated the premise under which we do work to create safety and well-being, and then created processes out of his vast tool chest of experience in order to help people re-script the deep dilemmas they are becoming conscious of as they attempt to heal themselves and change their lives. Working with David has transformed me each time I’ve approached a dilemma and I respect and trust him to help me and others do our most important personal work.
David has helped me increase my self-awareness and self-acceptance. With his help I’ve gained greater access to my own power and feelings, and this has led to a much better relationship with my wife. David models authenticity, strength and vulnerability. He brings important challenges with love, insight, and compassion, and at the same time, he encourages me to find the answers from within myself.
I appreciated the initial processes to get everyone into their body. Then the dyads gave us a safe way to ease into trusting one another. The highlight for me was the mixed gender facilitation. It’s a great opportunity to grow your skills no matter what your level.
After attending David’s SHIFT training, I now have not only a clear understanding of what these processes are, but also first-hand experience facilitating others using these processes. The workshop packed a ton of information into a very short time frame, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it, thanks to David’s skill as a teacher, along with a great mix of theory, examples and practice sessions. The practice sessions were much more than canned exercises. Instead they were real sessions—workshop attendees doing deep transformative work facilitated by other attendees, always under David’s watchful eye. It’s clear to me that this is the only way to really learn this material and David’s workshop provided a unique opportunity to do just that.
David McLeod is a gifted facilitator. During the SHIFT training he took the skills which I naturally have as a facilitator and helped me to flourish them. David was able to give me insights into the areas in which I can grow and how to incorporate new tools and techniques to assist me in being a stronger and more confident facilitator. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wishes to expand and cultivate their skills as a facilitator.
David’s SHIFT training allowed me to take my facilitation of shadow processes to the next level, and I have already incorporated elements into my work with clients.
David broke the processes down into easy-to-follow steps, and coupled this with clear explanation of the theory behind them. This supported me stepping through my fear of “not getting it right” and entering the practice sessions with more confidence.
David’s power, love and passion shone through the entire weekend, making it a safe and exciting container in which to learn about myself as well as about process facilitation.
When David supports, facilitates, and mentors people, there is a “no nonsense” business about it. It’s incredible being facilitated by him and watching him with other people because he very casually asks the difficult questions that lead to realization. The knowledge that comes into the individual’s eyes (and even my own) is amazing as they come to their own conclusion about what’s going on for them. It is pure magic. David is a very knowledgeable and powerful facilitator and mentor.
David is a rare gem… a truly gifted AND compassionate facilitator and teacher, with a passion for helping others to become their most authentic and empowered selves. I have stood by and watched David time and time again, when he has skillfully and intuitively helped others, including myself, within just a few minutes, navigate the deepest waters of the issues that are blocking us from living our truth and our highest nature. It is like magic watching him work, as he gives himself totally to the experience of helping another find the truth and power within themselves. It is worthy of anyone to aspire to have the courage, insight and intuitive wisdom that David seems to effortlessly manifest, in encouraging others to become truly whole and magnificent. I have always felt I was in safe and skillful hands, even as a woman, when going to the painful places in my soul with David as my guide, and have always come out the other side feeling more empowered and more whole.
Not knowing what to expect going into the GROW workshop, I’m amazed at what I experienced in 2 days. Meeting people from different teams and working with them on different tasks and acitvities, I felt so much closer to the Guidewire culture that attracted me to join this company from the very beginning. This workshop was a great way for me to extract myself from my daily routines and focus on myself. I really appreciate Guidewire putting investment into its employees in this type of personal growth development. This experience will stay with me for a long time and I truly think it can benefit anyone.
At David’s SHIFT training I received the gift of trusting and following my intuition; the options are clearer and I can listen to suggestions from my inner voice with confidence. Since then I have had two powerful experiences where I couldn’t have as effectively helped the person without that trust in myself. Had it not been for the SHIFT training, I might not have received such a strong proof that I have an inner voice that is worth listening to. And now I have learned that when I do listen to that voice, the results can be very rewarding!
GROW was a fantastic two-day investment! The myriad of skills I learned are helping me both professionally and personally and have helped me connect with colleagues across the company. We were able to discuss sensitive topics in a safe environment and learn important skills that not only help us thrive at Guidewire, but be better people as well. I can’t say enough good things about GROW and hope that every employee will jump on the opportunity to participate!
David has helped me in a number of ways, but what I really appreciate is being able to step through my fears in order to gain more confidence at presenting myself with clarity and authenticity so that I can express my needs and wants in a more direct manner. This has been transformative for me because I have found myself encouraged and empowered by David to integrate these new behaviors into all aspects of my life; as a result, the world now seems much less hostile to me and I am no longer stuck in negative patterns. David is like a homing beacon that guides me to the authentic part of myself, and his caring and willingness to express his own vulnerability creates a space in which I feel safe enough to do whatever I need to do in order to grow. I have learned a lot from David, but the one thing that is most valuable to me is knowing that I am okay no matter what happens.
The SHIFT workshop with David was very professional and powerful. I have learned very useful tools for going deep into the psychological make-up of a being, and bring light over unconscious aspects that are ruling one’s life and behaviors. The knowledge presented was extremely useful, and David showed in a very clear way how to apply it and run a process that brings at the end healing and transformation. I am now much more confident in my skills, and ready to facilitate.
It was a GREAT experience being at the GROW workshop. The Workshop has definitely helped me GROW as a Colleague, a Mom, a Wife, a Daughter and overall as a Person in several ways.
Firstly, I loved the fact that I got to meet people from various other departments of Guidewire which would not have been easy otherwise. It helped me to get to know my colleagues well enough to develop a bond with them, which in turn strengthened my bond with Guidewire as a company and made me feel like I was an integral part of it. Being a newbie at Guidewire, it was important to gain that confidence. The relationships I built with my co-workers made me comfortable at my work place and makes me want to stay here longer.
Secondly, the Content and structure of the program is so well designed that it does not make you feel like you are in a “workshop workshop”. It’s filled with so many fun activities and games that I initially hesitated, but at the end was proud of what I could do and accomplish.
Emphasis on Guidewire’s core values was through fun activities. It made me realize how well our core values are chosen, how it has contributed to our growth so far and how it makes our workplace a pleasant and fun environment to be in.
GROW also helped me to truly listen to everyone around me. I usually listen to my colleagues at work, but tend to take my family (kids, husband , parents) for granted. I learned how important active listening is and that helped me discover many aspects of my kids which are very important. I always thought I was a good mom, but I must agree that the workshop has made me a better Mom. I also gained good insight into effective communication and collaboration which again is a great skill to possess to be successful not only at work but in life.
Last but not the least, David is such an amazing teacher and mentor. He creates this wonderful, encouraging environment that makes me absolutely comfortable to be in. I call him a mentor, because I can walk up to him anytime for suggestions and advice on topics discussed during the workshop and he is always so welcoming.
On the whole I would like to say that I’m so glad I took the workshop and encourage everyone to give it a try.
I’ve had the good fortune to have David facilitate my personal deep-process work on numerous occasions. What really sets David apart is his intuitive sense of how to apply his extensive facilitation skills to help me quickly get to the emotional root of whatever I’m working on. The results of my work with David have amazed me, and have helped me move past paralyzing deep-rooted fears into a place of motivated and enthusiastic empowerment. This has made a huge difference in the level of satisfaction and joy I experience in my life on a daily basis. Thank you, David!
I’m very grateful for the Daily Affirmation program because of the instant uplifting of my mood that just happens automatically. Each day now, I find myself keen to open the affirmation for the day ahead, so that I can benefit from its impact for the whole day!
I tremendously enjoyed going through the GROW Workshop. It created many good memories as well as enhancing my interpersonal skills. The coverage of the Guidewire core values was great. I was also introduced to many immediately applicable ideas and suggestions to engage at a higher level here at Guidewire. I am proud to count myself as a GROW Workshop alumnus.
The greatest gift I have received from my association with David has been “Authenticity”. David strives relentlessly to be authentic himself, and does his best to see the authentic person in everyone else. He lovingly pushes people to get in touch with their true feelings and share their experiences as their own truths. He is also a strong believer of owning one’s judgments responsibly. Working with David, I have been able to work steadily through my fears. David has encouraged me to take more responsibility and move away from co-dependent behavior, including blaming and shaming others. His quest for authenticity inspires me and pushes me in my quest for genuine connection in all my relationships.