Through lecture, inner practice, type groups and conversation we’ll explore how we express our love through each of our three centers and how our type structure can get in the way.

Love is easy to say but hard to define. It means different things to different people. Perhaps the most common meaning is that love is a feeling in the heart. Yet there is much more to “love” than our feelings. According to Mr. Gurdjieff, love can be expressed from each center with its own quality and result. Love and relationship from the body emphasizes doing – taking action on behalf of others while connecting through three instincts. Love from the heart is about feelings; empathy, compassion, devotion. Love from the mind is about seeing the other person for who they really are and reflecting their potential. At times the centers work together, but not always.

Understanding the role of our three centers show us how we love and how we want to be loved. Knowing our enneagram type helps us work with our ego defenses, our projections and idealizations, our emotional habits, and shows us how we can develop our capacity to love through the body, heart and mind.

Peter O’Hanrahan


2019 IEA Global Conference

Oakland, California, USA

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