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"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd, author: Daring To Be Yourself

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Ship of Your Life & Its Buoyancy


How buoyant are you? And how buoyant is your life? In other words, are you able to stay afloat even when rough winds and high waves assault you? And if you are, what determines how well you do that?

Here are some suggestions, and the more of these that you implement into your life, the more buoyant you'll be able to be:
  • Know that you always have a choice. Knowing this helps you move to other patterns of reaction and thought when disaster strikes, and because of that, may help you find a solution more quickly.
  • Know that your state of inner well-being depends on you, and is your responsibility. Knowing this helps you move away from a low mood (or not even allow yourself to get there), helps you maintain yourself in a good place, and ultimately helps you find solutions coming from the perspective of this better inner place, as opposed to trying to find solutions coming from a low place or a depression.
  • Know that you need to have meaning in your life. Without meaning, suffering and pain can be agonizing and seem hopeless. With meaning, many things can be seen as - at the very least: bearable - and at best, potentially surmountable.
  • Know that for any of the above to work full-time, you need to become conscious and aware. As long as you are blind and unaware, it simply is not in your hands.
  • Also know that when the above are implemented and working in your life, it means that you have learned to love yourself. Simply stated, loving yourself signifies you continually look for ways to keep yourself healthy and well in all senses of the word no matter what your external circumstances, and therefore you are able to successfully face high waves and strong winds.
In the words of one of my favorite individuals who remained buoyant in his life despite many trials:

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

Nelson Mandela

How are you maintaining buoyancy in your life?


For more about maintaining buoyancy, about choice, about self-responsibility, and about the self-transformational process - both in your outer life in the world, and in your inner life with your connection to your inner, divine self, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self

To download the first chapter of the book, click here

From the Description of Rewiring the Soul on Amazon:

Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.


Photo: Arab Dhow


Monday, January 30, 2012

Walking A Bit Further Every Day


The photo really says it all: we will only move forwards in our lives if we walk a bit further every day ... if we move beyond the place we were at the day before. But how is that done? Don't most of us basically stay in the same situation we found ourselves in unless life forces us forward by throwing stones, boulders or mountains in our path? Does that mean that we only move forward if we run into challenges and problems?

I believe that as long as we are not truly aware of ourselves and our lives, truly conscious of what we do day in and day out, the main method of moving forward (once we're done with classical socialization processes such as growing up and academic preparation), is via said challenges and problems.

If, however, conscious awareness becomes part of our daily lives, we are much more able to choose to move in that forward direction of our own volition, and may then, on occasion, perhaps even avoid some of the stones, boulders and mountains.

Consider this:
  • by proactively changing your eating habits, adding daily exercise to your régime, and deliberately taking some time each day to de-stress and relax, you may prevent a life-threatening illness further down the road such as cancer, which, once you received the diagnosis, would then in all likelihood, cause you to make some of the above changes
  • by proactively learning how to use software related to your profession, even though you are currently not expected to use it in your particular job, you may prevent being down-sized further down the road, which, once that particular problem occurred, would then in all likelihood, cause you to make some of the above changes
  • by proactively pursuing an interest throughout your life (or more than one), while you are an active parent, while you are working, and going through the early and middle years of your life, so that, when your children leave the nest, and when you eventually retire, you will have a richness in your life that will serve you well. Such richness will prevent boredom, depression and pain, among many other possible scenarios that would then in all likelihood, force you into considering the possibility of making some of the above changes
So isn't it clearly much better to walk a bit further every day under your own steam, as opposed to waiting for the stone, boulder or mountain to appear in your path that would then potentially force you to move forward in some fashion? What are you doing today to walk a bit further in your life?


For more information about thoughts, choice, freedom and living a conscious life, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available in print and e-book format for Kindle and all Kindle applications at Amazon. Click here to download the first chapter.


A recent reader had this to say about the book (in a review posted on Amazon):

I am still in the process of reading this book. I have been skipping around a little but it is really an amazing book of teachings, and information. I really enjoy the idea of an oak tree-that is my favorite tree! I understand the idea of awareness and through all of the author's articles and this book as well it makes me feel as though at this point in time of my life I am on a journey of becoming a more whole person.

The author has clearly been learning some very deep parts of life while I kind of ignored things in mine and stayed in a passive mode. However I think it's never too late and somehow at this point in my life I am addressing parts of myself that have never been cared for. Dr.Kortsch has not only inspired me through her writing but actually given me the exact reasons why the things she writes about are so important. She is brilliant and insightful and the book seems as if it was written just for me. Dr. Kortsch writes in a way that the reader feels it is a personal tool and meant specifically for putting new found information into action.

A big thank you to the author from my heart (my words don't really give the thought full meaning) for sharing her knowledge and really teaching a way to fulfillment.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Finding the Lotus Within


Growing into adulthood in our modern society, most of us, especially in our western civilization, have taken on much of the murkiness that pervades life in general. It has come to take up residence, so to speak, within us. The elements that we are all so familiar with: greed, anger, spite, competitiveness that goes to any lengths to win, self-righteousness, lies, arrogance and sloth, to mention only a few, form a major part of this. And prior to that societal murkiness, perhaps we had already taken on the dark dysfunctionality of our own family.

Societal murkiness and dark dysfunctionality make for a muddiness inside ourselves, a lack of light and clarity, a lack of peace and harmony, and freedom from these constrictions.

One of the symbolic meanings of the lotus is that just as the flower emerges from the mud, so we too can take a path that will lead us to the state of the lotus within, a state of enlightenment. And although I borrow the word from spiritual literature, I use it here in a more practical sense.

Allow that inner self to emerge from the murkiness and dark by becoming conscious of the fact that such a process lies in your hands. Take on responsibility for youself and your growth, responsibility for your inner freedom, joy and harmony. Choose to do this from a position of conscious awareness that there are always choices to be made, and absolutely each choice leads to a different set of consequences. Which consequences are you choosing today?

For much more about finding your inner light, about the fact that we are all one (the book has an entire chapter dedicated to this subject), about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, how you react to others and how you love yourself, as well as about choosing to seek your inner well-being above all, in order that you may have a ripple effect on all those who come in contact with you, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book for Kindle and all Kindle applications. Click here to download the first chapter.

Description of the Book:

Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.

A Review From the Back Cover:

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world and practical. Read it and Soul is no longer just a dogma, nor hypothesis, it is made real and as much a part of your being as your toes. We usually shut off our inner voice, yet by recognizing this aspect of ourselves we begin to discover our essential nature, our intuitive truth, and that becomes our loving guide. The author illustrates the limitations of living only as the mind's Ego, and demonstrates in practical terms how we can transcend this by awakening a conscious viewpoint, following the path of our intuition and feelings, no longer separated from our body and the reality around us, and integrating at last our Soul's inner guidance and wellspring of love. The implications are profound." PETER SHEPHERD; Founder Trans4mind - www.trans4mind.com; author, Daring To Be Yourself




Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Are You Planning On Coming Home Any Time Soon?


Here is what I mean by "coming home": knowing yourself.

The sooner you realize that the best way to live your life is by truly becoming acquainted with yourself, the sooner you will have crossed one of the biggest hurdles in life. Why are you here? To become important and surround yourself with important people and to acquire many things? To worry about remaining young and beautiful? To be more or to know more or to have more than other people you know?

Or could it be that while some of the above is certainly valid, the real reason you are here, in fact, is quite different? That you are here to learn - as Seth would have put it - about the eternal validity of your soul? If so, then it makes sense that you need to get to know yourself. And that means that you would be coming home; coming home to your true self, to your soul.

The beginning of this process is something I have written about in the articles I've listed below.

Please, give yourself a chance to come home.

And to read even more about coming closer to yourself, about rewiring your soul, and about bringing greater well-being into your life, greater inner peace, happiness, harmony and joy, get a copy of my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon in paperback or e-book for Kindle format. Click here to download the first chapter.

From the Reviews on Amazon:

A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom & joy but illuminates the way to true human potential. Dr. Kortsch is a spiritual master for our time.
Paul Rademacher, Exec Dir, The Monroe Institute; author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe



Monday, January 23, 2012

How Much of You is in Hiding?



You may have heard of the persona, a term used by Jung to refer to the part of the self that we show our audience, that we show the public, that is the part of ourselves that we feel free to show others. It might be called our social mask. In fact, the use of the word 'free' in this context, is somewhat misleading, because the whole point of Jung describing the persona as he did, was to illustrate the fact that that which we show others is often a mask (hence the term persona, deriving from Latin, Etruscan and Greek theater use), either because
  • we do not really know the part of ourselves that we are not showing
  • and/or we do not feel free to show that other part to the world
As you can imagine, this is a real dilemma for everyday life. An extreme example might be the minister or doctor who shows a face of respectability to his congregation or patients, an intransigent face if any of his moral precepts or medical diagnoses are questioned, and who hides his other side that is abusing his wife and children, or spends nights in clubs drinking and taking drugs.

A slightly more close to home example, might be the housewife who puts on a face of devotion and hard work to her husband and family, but who secretly yearns to travel to India and spend three months in an ashram. Or the businessman who works conscientiously and stoicly in his mid-level office, but who stares out the window and wishes for a world out on the land, living close to nature, and in direct daily contact with animals.

Between the above examples are as many variations as you can imagine, and the dilemma lies in the fact that the persona and the other part of the individual have not been able to meet. Whatever the example, in all cases, the person feels miserable. They may feel as if they were in handcuffs, as if the restrictions of their everyday life were simply too much to bear, because there is no balance with the other, unlived part, or they mayy restrict themselves so much on the one side (as in the case of the minister) that the unlived part comes out in unhealthy ways that may ultimately be the professional and personal undoing of that person.

While the topic of the persona is immense and profoundly enriching if taken on in the Jungian process of individuation (becoming more of that which you really are, and becoming so consciously), the point I wanted to leave you with in today's very brief piece, is that one of the most productive ways you can begin to bring the parts of you that are hidden into the light, is by becoming conscious; becoming aware of yourself on a day-by-day and hour-by-hour basis. Really looking at yourself, questioning yourself , and then taking on responsibility for yourself in all senses of the word. That is the beginning and if you really do that, things will begin to change.

For much more about living consciously, about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, how you react to others and how you love yourself, as well as about choosing to seek your inner well-being above all, in order that you may have a ripple effect on all those who come in contact with you, get my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book for Kindle and all Kindle applications. Click here to download the first chapter.

Reviews From the Back Cover:

A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom & joy but illuminates the way to true human potential. Dr. Kortsch is a spiritual master for our time. Paul Rademacher, Executive Director, The Monroe Institute; author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"The instruction manual on rewiring the soul. An in-depth guide on life, love, spiritual evolution & our integration within the universe." Michael Habernig & April Hannah; Producers: The Path- The Afterlife & The Path 11 Documentaries

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world & practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd; Founder Trans4mind.com; author: Daring To Be Yourself

"The human being's directory to the soul. A breakthrough for those seeking practical assistance, those of a more mystical bent & every soul awaiting discovery." Toni Petrinovich, Ph.D.; author: The Call: Awakening the Angelic Human

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Change Your Mind - & Your Life Will Also Change - in 3 Weeks


Today's blog post is a reprint of my January 2011 monthly newsletter feature article (subscribe here):

Here is my gift for you, my reader, as we are on the verge of entering a New Year. But even if we weren’t, or even if you read this article at any time at all during the year, you can begin the three week process whenever you wish. We want to make New Year’s resolutions, we want to change our lives, but life seems to get in the way and we wind up doing nothing. And yet, just like learning how to play a sport, or a musical instrument, or learning a new language, or learning your way around a new city you have just moved to, all it really requires is that you practice and that you keep yourself focused – on a daily basis - by spending a little time (and it truly is just a very little time) on reading or viewing something that strengthens your resolve to continue with this new practice.
In a nutshell: each day you will:
·         do a brief “activity” and
·         read a brief article or
·         view a brief video or
·         listen to a brief audio or
·         reflect on a thought
Note: When the instructions for a given day indicate you should repeat something from the day before, it never refers to the bulleted activities.
The Three Week Plan
WEEK ONE
During this week you will mainly begin to practice becoming aware of your thoughts.
Day 1:   Pick a time when you will have 10 free and uninterrupted minutes. Scan your day up to that point, and become aware of any time during that day that you were not in an optimal frame of mind (there will probably have been many such moments). Simply jot down a few words in bullet fashion about any or all of the moments of that day that you remember. You could jot down what had just happened, what you felt and/or what you were thinking, if you remember that.
·         Read Looking In All the Right Places
Day 2:   Do the same as on Day 1, but now insist on remembering what you were thinking when you were not in an optimal state and write down those thoughts in brief, bullet fashion. This process helps you become aware of your thoughts. Do this at least twice today.
·         Reflect on: Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Aristotle
Day 3:   Repeat what you did on Day 2, but this time, take note of your feelings as well. What feelings appear to manifest in conjunction with those thoughts? As on the day before, note it all down in bullet fashion. Do this at least twice today.
·         Read Six Ingredients of a Good Life (Harvard Business Review)
Day 4:   Repeat what you did on Day 3, but this time, take note of your body as well. What physical sensations appear to manifest in conjunction with those thoughts and feelings? As on the day before, note it all down in bullet fashion. Do this at least twice today.
·         Reflect on: It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. Buddha, and: It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. Edmund Hillary

·         Read Your Attention to Bad Things
Day 5: Paste post-its in as many places of your home and office (perhaps even your car), such as bathroom mirror, refrigerator, computer screen, etc., and write on these post-it’s something such as:
·         What am I thinking?
·         What am I feeling?
If the above sentences cause embarrassment when you think others might see them when they come to your home, or perhaps even members of your family who don’t know what you are up to, and to whom you don’t wish to give explanations, write brief quotations instead, from favorite authors, philosophers, etc., but knowing that when you read them, you know that what they are really reminding you to do, is to think about what you are thinking and what you are feeling. Some sample quotations could be:
·         An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Gandhi
·         Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. R.E. Osborn
·         The only people who can change the world are people who want to. Hugh MacLeod 
·         Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. Samuel Johnson
Repeat everything mentioned in Day 4.
·         Reflect on: Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson
·         Watch The Opportunity of Adversity with Aimée Mullins (20 min)
Day 6: Begin to become aware of your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations as often as possible throughout the day, and certainly each time you see the post its. Make a very brief note of each time you become aware:
·         On your own
·         When you see one of the post-its
How many times did you notice your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations today?
·         Read How Your Thoughts Change your Body
Day 7: Repeat Day 6 and each time you become aware of the thoughts, feelings, and sensations, ask yourself: is this where I want to be?
·         Read Why You Don’t Want To Be Happy by Deepak Chopra
·         Reflect on: We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Buddha
WEEK TWO
During this week, you will mainly practice choosing to take your thoughts elsewhere when you have become aware of them and realize they are not serving you well.
Day 8: Repeat Day 7 but today, as you ask yourself Is this where I want to be, you begin to choose to be in a different place in your thoughts. Here is an example:
·         A scenario you have imagined about an ideal place or situation in which you would like to find yourself. The more detailed it is, the better, because you will be able to totally enter the scenario and enjoy it, noticing that your state of inner well-being will have changed: imagine yourself on vacation, or imagine yourself working in your ideal profession, or imagine yourself with the home life you desire, or imagine yourself perfecting a hobby or sport 

Day 9: Repeat Day 8, but include at least one time during the day this other alternative for changing your thoughts: as you become aware of thoughts that are not serving you well, that are sabotaging you, go for a brief, 10 – 20 minute walk, a walk that we could call a “mindful” walk because during the walk you are going to do your utmost to be fully mindful, aware, of yourself, your body and your surroundings. Start out by noticing your feet as they touch the ground, your legs as they move forward, your torso as it also comes forward, your arms as they swing by your sides, your shoulders as they move rhythmically, and your head as it rests on your neck. Notice the breeze (wind, rain, sunshine) on your face, notice all the smells, aromas, perfumes you are able to perceive, notice everything you can hear (a child laughing contagiously, a dog barking, a car braking, the wind soughing through the trees, etc.), and thus be totally aware not only of yourself but also of your surroundings.
·         Watch Dan Siegel & Goldie Hawn on TED about MINDFULNESS (19 minutes)
Day 10: Repeat Day 9. 100%
·         Read Reacting to External Things
Day 11: Repeat Day 10. 100%
·         Reflect on: Truly the greatest gift you have is that of your own self-transformation. Lao Tzu
·         Listen to: Aria at the Acropolis (Yanni) and observe what the sound of it does to your inner state
Day 12: Repeat Day 11. 100%
·         Read Is Your Universe Friendly or Hostile?
Day 13: Repeat Day 12. 100%
·         Reflect on:  Let him who would move the world first move himself. Socrates
·         Watch The Best Gift I Ever Survived (Stacey Kramer) 3 minutes
Day 14: Repeat Day 13. 100%
·         Watch Deepak Chopra on the Heart (4 minutes)
WEEK THREE
During this week you will mainly practice consciously choosing alternatives to those thoughts that are not serving you well, that are of most benefit to you, and thus you will grow and stimulate the habit of doing this on a daily, 24/7 basis.
Day 15: As you repeat Day 14, each time that you become aware of thoughts that do not serve you, and also during your mindful walk, begin to bring your thoughts to something you are grateful for in your immediate presence. As you will have practiced being aware during the previous week, finding something to be grateful for, will be simple. The contagiously laughing child, the frolicking puppy, the butterfly, the bougainvillea climbing up a white-washed wall, the brilliant blue sky, the deep dark rain-filled sky, the falling snow, the sound of the waves lapping on the shore, the sound of lawnmowers, the smell of freshly-mown grass, etc. It makes no difference what it is … the important thing is to notice something that fills you with gratitude for its very existence. Notice that as you feel this gratitude, your inner state of well-being improves. Notice that as you do this more and more often – even though each time you do it, it’s only a nano-second of time, your inner feeling of peace increments. This is worth gold and will serve you for the rest of your life.
·         Reflect on: We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama
Day 16: Repeat Day 15. 100%
·         Watch The Benefits of a Calm Mind by the Dalai Lama (3.5 minutes)
Day 17: Repeat Day 16. 100%
·         Read  All You Have is Now
Day 18: Repeat Day 17. 100%
·         Reflect on: Past and future are in the mind only - I am now. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Day 19: Repeat Day 18. 100%
·         Watch: Habits of Happiness with Matthieu Ricard (20 minutes)
Day 20: Repeat Day 19. 100%
·         Reflect on: Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world. Wayne Dyer
·         Listen to: Glorianna by Vangelis and observe what the sounds do to your inner state
Day 21: Repeat Day 20. 100%
·         Reflect on: The word "buddha" means being awake, which means not being identified with thought, because being awake means being in the now. That's the only place you do not identify with thought. Paraphrase from Eckhart Tolle talk

What you have just done in 21 days has begun the process of changing a neural pathway in your prefrontal cortex. If you continue with this, it will strengthen so rapidly that you will have a hard time not doing it in future, because the neural pathway associated with your earlier behavior, where your negative thoughts were running your life, has become weaker.
And therein lies a large part of the secret of being in charge of your thoughts. By doing this you have begun to free yourself of all that previously enslaved you, of all that previously made you believe that your life was not in your hands. By doing this you give yourself peace, joy and harmony. By doing this you see light where before there was darkness. By doing this, you give yourself freedom.
May your New Year be filled with freedom, joy, harmony and peace.
For much more information about loving the self, inner freedom and peace, inner well-being, responsibility and choice, please see my bestselling book on Amazon: Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available in paperback and e-book for Kindle and all Kindle applications. Click here to download the first chapter.

Reviews from the Book's Page on Amazon:

"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom & joy but illuminates the way to true human potential. Dr. Kortsch is a spiritual master for our time." Paul Rademacher, Exec Dir, The Monroe Institute; author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"The instruction manual on rewiring the soul. An in-depth guide on life, love, spiritual evolution & our integration within the universe." Michael Habernig & April Hannah; Producers: The Path- The Afterlife & The Path 11 Documentaries

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world & practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd; Founder Trans4mind.com; author: Daring To Be Yourself

"The human being's directory to the soul. A breakthrough for those seeking practical assistance, those of a more mystical bent & every soul awaiting discovery." Toni Petrinovich, Ph.D.; author: The Call: Awakening the Angelic Human