LONG BEACH - Singer and composer Burt Bacharach once wisely said, "What the world needs now is love, sweet love."
Well, music may be able to influence some lovers, but when one needs help with intimacy, there is Dr. Kim Smith.
A 25-year veteran of the medical field, Smith plans to share interactive lessons about mind, body and spirit with Peninsula residents at his weekend seminar titled "The Ultimate Love and Sex Seminar."
A fairly new program to Smith's repertoire, The Ultimate Love and Sex Seminar will focus on a variety of complex areas, including love, relationships, intimacy and self worth.
According to Smith, many people have intimacy problems because of the inner thoughts, feelings and society approval systems that prevent each of them from experiencing self-love. Through his program, participants can learn how to cope with inner emotional conflict, alter their spirit, become "emotionally open for love" and turn off their inner "autopilot." Guests will also learn the truth about "the pursuit to perfection," the benefit of owning their feelings and how their love life can be affected by other parts of their lifestyles.
"We show up for 100 percent of what we do," explains Smith. "If we don't put forth the effort, the first place we notice it is in our love lives. ... If we're limiting love, we need to find what is missing so that we can reconnect. Life is a system with a conscious and subconscious mind, but once you hear how the system works, it becomes clean and you'll know what you need to do. Though it is very difficult, if each of us owns the feelings we have about ourselves, we are able to be all that sex requires of us."
Smith describes his seminar as "easy, fun and extremely interesting with a clear style" and plans to have group interaction as well as individual counseling.
"Teaching this topic satisfies any high ideal of what to spend my energy on," he laughs. "Many people do not know where to find this type of information, it's not widely known in our culture. I'm not afraid, I will talk to anybody who wants to listen - everybody is worth my time."
Dr. Smith's seminar will be held in the conference room at the Lighthouse Motel, located at 12415 Pacific Way in Long Beach. Registration will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. The cost to attend the full seminar is $400 (discounted from the regular $2,500 rate). The first portion of the seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Jan. 19. The seminar will resume on Jan. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit (www.theultimatesexseminar.com) or call Kim Smith at 206-427-1305.