The Seven Skills of Love – Emotional Pro

January 17th, 2006

Love involves both Art and Skill, both Male and Female energy. While teaching the Art of Love is a long-term and challenging job, the Seven Skills of Love can be learned and practiced, bringing us ever closer to the Art. On this program, listeners will be introduced to the 7 Skills of Love and offered an invitation to make 2006 the Year you make your "Commitment to Love." Learn about loving yourself, and how that can lead to loving others in your life more than ever!

Segment 1: Love as Art; Love as Skills

Ilene and Deki discuss the nature of love, including its "male" and "female" aspects and the issue of "self-love" and "other love." Four steps for developing self-love, along with an explanation for why we want to strongly develop our love for ourselves. Mother Theresa’s quote is: "Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor…Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."

Segment 2: The Skills of Love: Their Effects and Challenges

Ilene reveals four of the 7 Skills of Love. They are: Honest Caring, Responsibility, Knowing and Learning and Respect. When we love, we care deeply and honestly what happens to those we are loving (including ourselves). We also practice total responsibility, take joy in finding out about people and situations (including ourselves!) and work to respect ourselves and others "exactly as we are." Ilene and Deki elucidate what this means and where people often have difficulties in practicing these four Skills of Love.

Segment 3: Why the Skill of Giving Comes Last!

Being Intimate, Commitment and Giving–do you know why it is suggested that we practice the 7 Skills in the order in which we have listed them here? "Giving" is the last Skill. Ilene reveals why during this segment. She also reminds us that giving can be "tangible" or "intangible" and that "when a gift is truly given, the giver has no concern as to what happens with the gift." Can you give your love away to others and not be concerned about what is done with it? Perhaps this can be a challenge for you to master!

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