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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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Your Attention to Bad Things


Here's a great quote from Abraham:

What holds bad things in your life is always your attention to those bad things, always.

This is very simple to comprehend and apply in a meaningful way to your life...if you are worried about something, or if you are in pain about something, you will only bring more of it into your life by remaining in that frame of mind ... or ... expressed, in other words ... by remaining in that vibrational frequency.

Remaining in a specific vibrational frequency refers to not changing how you feel at any given moment, because your feelings are what dictate your inner energy ... the frequency at which your being as a whole is vibrating.

So of course what has to be changed is how you feel, if you want to get to another level of vibrational frequency. And you change how you feel, by moving your thoughts into another direction, another direction where you have a greater chance of feeling better.

This is a topic that a great many of my posts keep hammering on about, because it is so important: if you can learn this, can figure out how to apply it to your life, you will create many important changes to the state of your well being. Think of it as changing direction 180 degrees from the worried or painful place in which you find yourself, to the place of greater good feeling where you could be. You might like to bring up a joyous memory, or you might like to think about something you are trying to bring about in your life, the completion of which would bring a state of good feeling and satisfaction to you, and as you consider this scenario, your feelings of worry and pain subside. From that better vibrational place you will be able to make much better decisions about your worry or your pain, simply because you will be in a better place.


Apply this always and watch the changes.


 
For much more about discovering the self, about making choices that enhance your inner well-being, and about feeling good about the self, have a look at 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

Friday, April 27, 2012

Having A Good Life


What does it depend on? Having a good life means that our work, our relationships, our bank account, our social life, our health, how we feel about ourselves, our sense of purpose and satisfaction, and so on, should all be in reasonable order, right?

But if they are not?

Does that mean we can not have a good life? Or does that mean that the reflection of what is on the outside (see also As Without, so Within) is in our lives to give us an opportunity to do something about it???

And of course, as you go about doing something about that dead-end relationship you have, or the job that is taking you no where, or the dwindling bank balance, you focus on the lack. You focus on what is - which is of course what you don't want (what currently "is" is the way of life that you do not want - so your focus is rarely on what you really do want).

This is a very important lesson to learn. I repeat it often here on the blog with different concepts: (some posts overlap from one area to another, but much has been written here about what you can do now - today - if only you will make a decision to be consistent about it - to change your life around and make of it a good life)
So remember: if you focus on what currently is ... on that which you do not want ... you will get more of the same. Focusing on what you do want ... another kind of relationship, a more fulfilling career, greater financial rewards, more free time ... whatever it is ... realize that you need to be focusing your intent on that and not on what currently is that just isn't working. Whatever you focus on grows.

So choose wisely. Follow through. Be disciplined. Remember it will not happen and come together in one fell swoop...just like building up strong triceps, you will need to give this some time too. And that means that every time you tell yourself it is not working, you banish those thoughts and replace them with thoughts that have to do with your goals (in whatever area), and particularly replace those nay-saying thoughts with feelings that you have when you imagine those goals you are striving for, as if they were already a reality in your life.

Do this over and over, and go confidently in the direction of your dreams, as Thoreau always gently reminds us.

For much more about happiness and well-being in your life, about your choices regarding how to achieve it on a daily basis, 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, have a look at 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.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recognizing the Hero in Your Life



Ever wondered why others can be heroes and you are not? Ever felt plagued by a vague sense of uneasiness that seems to be saying that you could do more? Ever felt bitter because others are openly and publicly recognized for what they have accomplished, and you are not?
Perhaps you need to consider getting a new pair of glasses ...
Over the years I've been greatly inspired by Joseph Campbell, world-renowned mythologist, who in turn, was inspired by another one of my own figurative mentors: Carl Gustav Jung, the Swiss psycho-analyst who so famously broke from Freud, and has been recently portrayed in the movie A Dangerous Method. Campbell spent much of his life writing about the figure of the hero, not only the mythological hero, but also the hero who resides in each of us and is begging for release into his particular and individual adventure.
Campbell notably wrote: Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. And that is what being a hero is all about. So when we seek recognition, it has to first come from our own recognition of the hero within ... the hero that each one of us is on a daily basis.
Consider this:
·         what did you do that day in the schoolyard when you were only 10 and saw Suzy getting bullied by the two older girls?
·         what did you do that day when your car broke down in the middle of nowhere with no reception for your mobile phone?
·         what did you do when you found it appeared that your baby had drowned in the pool, but you refused to accept it and fought for his life?
·         what did you do when you lost your job due to downsizing, could not find another in your field, but had to pay the bills?
·         what did you do when you realized your profession was not fulfilling you, but because of your obligations to family and home, you were not able to simply strike out for something else? Did you not stay on, bide your time, and give of yourself for the sake of those who depended on you?
·         what did you do during the nine months your father was dying of terminal lung cancer to help him ease the discomfort?
Whatever you have done in your life, and not only in moments of challenge such as the examples enumerated above, but also in your quest to give meaning to your life ... whether it be by seeking more intrinsically fulfilling work, or by learning how to play the piano, or by studying the mating patterns of sperm whales, or by teaching newly-arrived immigrants in your country your language to help them adapt more quickly - any and all of these examples, as well as all the others your imagination can come up with, show you where you have become a hero in your life. You just have to recognize it. See also:
You may not wish to be labeled a hero, but you will begin to appreciate yourself much more, and to approve of yourself much more, and to love yourself much more, if you begin to give heroic value to those things that you have done - whatever they may be - that are in the directions I've painted above. See also:
·         Loving Yourself: A Roadmap
·         Love Yourself First
Your heroic behavior deserves recognition and admiration, but sometimes we are the only ones who really know about what we have done. CNN's heroes of the year, an annual program that gives praise and recognition to a few individuals, nevertheless culls those particular heroes from a list that is much, much longer. The fact that some receive such public acknowledgement and others do not, is not particularly important if you become aware of your own heroic qualities.
·         do you sit in a wheelchair all day, dealing with a life from that vantage point, instead of being able to stand on your feet? This too, is being a hero.
·         do you spend the days of your retirement helping young teens at the neighbourhood high school excel in math? This too, is being a hero.
·         do you volunteer at a local shelter or soup kitchen? This too, is being a hero.
·         do you brush away your tiredness after a long day at work in order to come back home and offer your children a smile while you fix them dinner and help them with their homework? This too, is being a hero.
·         do you live a life of grim financial or physical hardship? And do you get up each morning and set out on your day determined to live positively, determined to look for yet another way out of your predicament, and determined to not allow it to get your down? This too, is being a hero.
·         have you become aware of parts of your personality that do not serve you well? Are you perhaps critical, judgmental, impatient, unkind or arrogant? Making the effort to overcome these ways of thinking and behaving is also being a hero.
·         do you have a dream ... any dream ... and do you make a conscious effort each and every day to make your dream a reality? This too, is being a hero.
Campbell also wrote It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. See also:
·         Our Obstacles
 So again, it is in the overcoming of stumbling blocks, it is in facing the darkness (problems, desperation, pain) that we find our rainbow, our inner light, which for the purposes of this article I am calling our inner hero.
Recognize your own hero, give yourself approbation and praise for what you have done this far in your life. The inner hero resides in all of us ... have you become aware of your own?
See also
·         Giving Birth to Yourself
·         Tending Your Inner Garden
Image: St. Goerge Slaying the dragon by Hans von Aachen

For much more about having a conscious relationship with yourself and living consciously, about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, and about how you Love, respect and admire yourself, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon.

Click here to download the first chapter.

Reviews From Amazon:

"The Soul doesn't get sick but it does need nourishment; if not it seems as if our life starves to death. This wonderful book by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch is definitely healthy "Soul food". It becomes clear that as the personality endeavors to "rewire" the Soul, it is its own energy or conscious awareness that is elevated to that higher level where the invisible becomes visible and experienced as peace, joy, love and freedom. A treat to enjoy and celebrate."
ERIC ROLF; author, Soul Medicine: The Heart of Healing

"Rewiring the Soul is a thoughtful guide to the peace and joy that self-government through inner awareness brings. In the words of author Gabriella Kortsch, anyone's ideal 'possible human' becomes their actual reality by following the simple inner steps in this remarkable book."
JIM WAWRO; author, Ask Your Inner Voice

"This book is a gift to humanity, a valuable tool in aiding seekers to accomplish mastery of their own lives. Gabriella Kortsch provides clear steps to help people find peace in a practical and powerful way. She does not ask you to give up anything other then what no longer serves you. Brilliantly written!"
HILLARY RAIMO; Author & Radio Host

"I thought I could pick just one chapter to write a review, but I couldn't .... I was glued to the chair as I read Rewiring the Soul ... a literary, in-depth masterpiece to the human psyche, behavior and ultimate transformation. Exquisitely written, beautifully executed."
ALI R. RODRIGUEZ, Business Coach, co-author, Mastering the Art of Success



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Purpose of Life is to be Happy


I've been collecting quotes for as long as I can remember. I used to write them in a notebook when I was a young girl, then I progressed to a typewriter, and typed them all up and put them in a three-ring binder. Finally, when I started using a computer in 1990 (long before Windows ... that was still in DOS), I began to store them on my hard drive.

And so today, as I wanted to get to some of my quotes on happiness, since I have them stored by author as opposed to by subject, I went online to several sites to pick out those that have most meant to me over the years. And here they are - perhaps they will form the basis of your own first collection.

If you click on the label associated with this post (below the post): joy and happiness, you will be linked to many other posts I've written over the years about this subject. On my website are many articles about it as well.

Quotes can be of great solace in trying times, but you have to be able to access them. Quotes about happiness are priceless ... enjoy!



The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing. Brian Tracy

Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder ... Henry David Thoreau

"What will they think of me?" must be put aside for bliss. Joseph Campbell

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. Agnes Repplier

Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there's always something we could be grateful for. Barry Neil Kaufman Happiness is a Choice

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. Eleanor Roosevelt

The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lamai

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. Thich Nhat Hanh

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson


For much more about hapiness in your life, about your choices regarding how to achieve it on a daily basis, 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, have a look at 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.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Are You a Stupid Fish?


Imagine a child gifted with a superb ear for music. This child should have access to musical instruments of all kinds and be exposed to concerts. Perhaps this child should also be exposed to interesting ideas that are somehow connected to numbers based on the fact that often people with a gift for music have another kind of gift for numbers.

But let's say that this child gets slotted into the ordinary school system and is expected to learn by rote all those things most of us learn, and does not do very well. Perhaps the child is dyslexic, or perhaps the child has ADHD. However it works, the child does poorly at school and as the years pass, by the time our little individual reaches puberty, he/she is fully convinced that he is anything but intelligent. His self-esteem is way down at the wrong end of the continuum, and it is fully possible that from this point forward becoming successful at anything becomes progressively harder and harder, not to mention the fact that happiness becomes more and more elusive. Einstein wrote: Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

While I realize that my example is one-sided and extreme, I nevertheless would encourage everyone - whether parents. or individuals who feel they are not good at anything - to re-examine areas of study and life that have not been fully explored. We truly are all geniuses, and we don't all fit into expected patterns, and it is therefore up to us (if we are already adults) to discover where our particular genius could blossom.

Image: Mudskipper (fish) climbing a tree

For much more about discovering the self and about feeling good about the self, have a look at 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, April 18, 2012

The Right Time


The story of the married man having an affair who is waiting for the right time to tell his wife that he is going to leave her, is as old as the hills. The time is never right, is it? It may be caused by fear, by a desire not to hurt, by procrastination, and a host of other reasons.

But what about the right time to start going back to university? Or to start a new business? Or to tell someone you love them? Or to start losing weight or going to the gym? Or to start eating healthy food, or to start enriching your vocabulary? What about the right time to tell someone you are sorry, or to forgive?

And what about the right time to start making some inroads on your bucket list: learning how to play the piano, trekking across Mongolia, white-water rafting in Costa Rica, saving money to be able to do any of those things? What about the right time to propose, to take singing lessons or to run a marathon?

And when is the right time to start spending more time with your family, to make the weekly call to your parents who live in a distant city or to teach your son how to play football?

Napoleon Hill wrote: "Don't wait. The time will never be just right." and nothing could be more true than that. The time will never be just right. But if you don't start today, another day of your life is gone in this process of looking for the right time. Another day in the life of the person you wish to speak to or spend more time with is gone, or another day towards the goal to which you aspire is also gone. You simply need to get out there and start. Take the first step. Just do it. Get yourself going in the right direction. And doing that, you will make it the right time.

For more about moving forward in life, about goals, about how you choose to view your world, 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, have a look at 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.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Comparing Yours & Mine


A person once complained bitterly about the ease of another person's life, someone she knew, but did not know that I also knew. According to the complainer, the other person lived with no problems, life was not just, because that other person was surrounded by wealth, was slim and glamorous, wore designer clothes, went to fabulous parties around the globe that the speaker got glimpses of in society magazines. She further complained that life was not fair - why does she deserve this and not I, she asked of me.

As I listened to her acid-flavored litany of bitterness, debating on my reply, I remembered the story of the person who lived the easy life: she had been sexually abused by her father as a young girl, and her mother, a wealthy debutante had never been able to bring herself out of her own alcoholic stupor long enough to realize what was happening to her little girl. She became bulimic as a young teen and was started on anti-depressants by the family doctor shortly thereafter. She suffered from continual anxiety attacks and had about as much self-esteem as a rock in a mud puddle. And to top it all off, she had married a man who was only interested in her position and fortune and who was now sleeping with her best friend.

I looked at the person who was complaining to me and gave her a version of the Woody Hayes quote that follows: Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. I also reminded her to be grateful for what she had: health, a good job, strength, and a loving family.

What are you grateful for in your life today?


For more information about gratitude, thoughts, choice, freedom and living a conscious life, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as paperback or e-book for Kindle.



Click here to download the first chapter.

An Early Review (From Amazon):

"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

Excerpt from an Interview:

Who is the book written for? Rewiring the Soul is written for anybody who suffers and I guess that means just about all of us! It is written for anybody who has not yet experienced enduring happiness and inner well-being; anybody who is reaching for inner peace; anybody whose life is not as they would wish it to be.

What can a reader expect to gain by reading this book? What makes it different from most other transformational or self-help books out there? So many wonderful teachers tell us about working on our spiritual selves. So many other wonderful teachers show us how to work on our psycho-emotional selves. But very few actually integrate the two. And Rewiring the Soul is my response to that challenge. Rewiring the Soul brings together the need to take your daily life in hand with the need to put your spiritual life in order as well. By daily life I mean your personal life, your professional life, the way you do or do not love yourself and all that such an attitude entails: conscious awareness, healthy boundaries, meaning in your life, recognizing you always have a choice, and taking responsibility for all your choices, etc., and by spiritual life I mean the inner connection to your eternal self.

If you have learned how to meditate, or do yoga, or whatever it is that you do, have you also learned how to observe yourself in the middle of an argument with your rebellious teenage son or your angry partner and hence choose to react differently because you have learned to love yourself enough to do so? If you have learned how to communicate more effectively with your children, spouse, friends, colleagues or employees, have you also learned how to be mindful and connect to yourself in meaningful ways to achieve that spiritual balance in your life?

While Rewiring the Soul is about so much more than that, those previous examples give an idea of what my book is about and how it does so in such a way that our psychological and spiritual selves nurture each other.

In a nutshell: neither the spiritual nor the psychological or emotional dimensions of your life will work if you neglect:
  • your inner connection to the eternal self while you seek happiness in the outer world
  • your happiness in the outer world while you seek the connection to the inner eternal self

It was Goethe who said "If everyone will sweep in front of their own door, soon the entire world will be clean". In Rewiring the Soul 'sweeping in front of your own door' means bringing yourself to the utmost point of inner and outer growth, creating progress in body, mind, and soul. This literally means that you have already begun to change the world because of how you are changing yourself.

Are there many exercises in the book? Not at all. This book does not mean hard work, or spending a lot of time doing specific things. It simply means that as you read - if you so desire - you begin to incorporate small changes into your daily life. And so it begins. And the quality of your life changes...

How did you come to write this book? For years the essential content of Rewiring the Soul was like a small, recurring voice in my head; it was always there, and simply would not leave me alone. I had dozens of excuses for not writing it: I was working on my Ph.D. in psychology, I was teaching at a state university, I had three sons, later I was occupied with moving back to Spain, I was setting up my private practice, I had a monthly newsletter to write in English and Spanish, I had a weekly one-hour radio show to broadcast, I had a daily blog post to write, I facilitated numerous workshops and gave frequent speeches, and apart from all of this busy activity and work, sometimes I even had a life. In short, I told myself the book would simply have to wait. But just as a splinter under your skin eventually needs to be seen to, I ultimately realized that the only way I was going to be able to honor the more and more loudly clamoring voice in my head - and heart - was to sit down and write the book.

And you know, that goes to meaning. We all need meaning in our lives, and although I had many things that gave much significance to my life already, the inner urging and excitement I felt each time I thought about Rewiring the Soul compelled me to write the book. Rumi puts it beautifully: "When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy".

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Doors We Open and Close


What if every single day of your life you had to walk by a series of doors and decide which ones you were going to open and which ones you would leave closed? You might try to open them all just to take a quick peek and then decide whether to cross the threshold or not. Or you might leave most of them closed as the risks implied in opening some of them might be too great. They might show you things you would prefer not to see, or they might show you incredible riches but so far in the distance, that you might feel you don't have the strength to traverse the area from the threshold to the end. Or again, they might open to a deep chasm, and you would have to take the next step as a leap of faith, knowing that beyond the chasm were even greater riches.

Flora Whittemore once wrote: The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. The decisions you take on a daily basis about the people you will speak to, the interest you will show in a given matter, the initiative you will take about something, the truthfulness with which you examine your own life and your interaction with others, the willingness you show to look at your own ego and need to be right, the love and compassion you share with others: all these and many more are the doors you open and close every day.

Which doors are you opening and closing today?

For more about how you broaden and choose to view your world, about relationships, love and emotions, 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, have a look at 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.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Possible Self of Others


Ask an at-risk teen from an inner city who is already involved with undesirable gangs how he imagines his future - how he imagines his possible self - and he might answer that he sees himself as a drug dealer. If you then ask why he visalizes himself in that capacity, he may answer that he wants a lot of money. Work with that teen, show him something about the possibilities of life, and what he is capable of, do some intervention work with him, and you may find that if nine months later you ask him the same question about how he sees his future possible self, he may answer that he wishes to be a doctor. When you then ask why, he may answer that he wants to make a lot of money.

So a portion of what goes on his head has changed thanks to how you see his possibilities, as opposed to how he sees them, although you are not necessarily seeing him as a doctor, but simply as a professional and law-abiding citizen with much to give. Nevertheless, at this point, while he has moved to a legitimate profession, he is still fueled by the craving for the material: he wants to make a lot of money and being a physician seems to be a good way to get there.

Do some more work with that same teen, engage with him, continue the intervention work, and if you then ask the same question once again, perhaps another nine months later, you may find that he once again answers that he wishes to be a doctor, but when you ask him why, he says that he wants to help people.

You do recognize the enormous shift that has taken place, right? From illegal drug sales to law-abiding professional and from a material urge to one that is diametrically opposed, because it is altruistic - he wants to help others. And al this is based partially on the fact that your vision of the teen was different than his own. He was able to grow into what you could see as being possible. You saw the potential. Goethe put it beautifully when he wrote: Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

And lest you think that I am mired in Pollyana-land with my example of the teen and the monumental changes he underwent, I'd like to assure you that I was, in fact, the witness to precisely what I explained above, in a series of intervention programs that took place some years ago in Miami with at-risk youth under the auspices of Dr. William Kurtines and his on-going adolescent research work at FIU. Clearly, the example was one of the most auspicious, and clearly, not everyone reacted in quite that way. But it demonstrates what is possible. And what is possible, is not only what we see on the outside (damaged, at-risk teen with poor perspectives), but what we are capable of seeing on the inside for a future possible moment in that person's life.

For much more about the possible self, in particular your own, have a look at 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.

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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 & 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

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Saying 'Yes' To Your Adventure


Life calls all of us in different ways. It often happens as a dream or a wish when we are still quite young. Or it may happen that we suddenly discover a predilection for something - an interest, a hobby, a field of study, a way of being - that shows us where or how we are 'called'. And don't misunderstand. I'm not using the word 'called' in the religious or spiritual sense, but in the sense that this is where your particular adventure lies.

Joseph Campbell once wrote: The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure and this is precisely what I'm writing about today. Because in order to say a 'hearty yes', you must often be very courageous in the face of judgmental looks, outright criticism, denigration, or even outrage:
  • what do you mean, you want to be a ballerina - you're so good at math!
  • aren't you aware of the fact that becoming a psychiatrist means that you'll have to put your personal life on hold for so many years?
  • that's absolutely ridiculous: poets make no money!
  • you want to study such an obscure subject? Who will ever hire a philologist?
  • we've never had a _________ in our family, and you will not be the first!
Apart from those examples that come to us from the outside, there are the ones that come to us from the inside in the guise of our own voice that ridicules what we are contemplating, telling us:
  • that will never work
  • you'll be a failure if you attempt that
  • you need to be more realistic and do something 'serious'
  • you'll make so much more money if you this instead of that
But what happens when we listen to those outer or inner critics? What happens when we say no to our adventure, and live a life that excludes our adventure? Aren't those the sad, desperate people we run into, when they are in midlife, perhaps with plenty of 'toys', sitting either on their driveway at their second or third home, or moored at the berth in the marina, hanging on their walls, glittering around their necks or shoulders? Or perhaps they are they people we run into who are by now into their second or third trophy wife or even more successful husband, or the people who can't get out of bed (nor get back into bed at night, nor live through the 16 hours in between) without one pill or another.

There are prices to be paid in either direction of your choices. The question is: which price are you willing to pay? Will you risk your inner well-being or will you say yes to your adventure? And remember: whether you are 12, or whether you are 85 - it's never too late to say yes to your adventure!


For much more about making choices, about being aware, about doubt and moving forward and the way your thoughts and feelings about those subjects influence you and what to do about them, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as paperback or e-book for Kindle.


Click here to download the first chapter.

From the Description 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.

Rewiring the Soul' provides a user-friendly roadmap for personal transformation. Using conversational style, it guides the reader to an understanding of life's problems and how they can be resolved, deliberately including the reader's connection to his own soul and spiritual growth. Based on common sense and the author's work as an integral psychotherapist as well as lessons gleaned from teaching and personal experiences, all interwoven with current findings from neuroscience, positive psychology, quantum physics and Buddhism, 'Rewiring the Soul' signposts the path to resolving everyday life and its problems while converging with the inner quest for connection with the soul. This process allows life to take on a revolutionary new meaning: resolving personal and interpersonal issues while keeping the inner connection to the soul in mind leads to unprecedented growth that is simply not possible if psycho-emotional matters and spiritual concerns are not combined.




Monday, April 9, 2012

The Size of Your Anger


The more evenly the land lies, the easier it is for you to walk across it. As gently rolling hills appear, you have to apply more exertion, and when it's time to cross the foot hills, you notice how much harder it becomes. But it is when mountains loom that you require maximum effort.

But what if you could make the whole way even? As in grading the land. No need to climb. No need to spend such physical power and in the process become so tired in order to cross the peaks. Geoff Greenleaf wrote: A man is measured by the size of things that anger him, and what I am suggesting here in today's brief post, is that you become aware of the size of things that have the power to anger you, and that you begin to reflect on how much easier your life might be if you took the conscious decision to not be held in that power. In other words, that you decide whether you get angry, rather than allowing the moment, the word, the deed, etc. to anger you.

If this concept is new to you, have a look at these articles on my website:

Photo: Near Cape Town, South Africa

 
For much more about making healthy choices, having a conscious relationship with yourself and living consciously, about being aware of your thoughts and feelings, and about how you react to others, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon.

Click here to download the first chapter.

Reviews From Amazon:

"The Soul doesn't get sick but it does need nourishment; if not it seems as if our life starves to death. This wonderful book by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch is definitely healthy "Soul food". It becomes clear that as the personality endeavors to "rewire" the Soul, it is its own energy or conscious awareness that is elevated to that higher level where the invisible becomes visible and experienced as peace, joy, love and freedom. A treat to enjoy and celebrate."
ERIC ROLF; author, Soul Medicine: The Heart of Healing

"Rewiring the Soul is a thoughtful guide to the peace and joy that self-government through inner awareness brings. In the words of author Gabriella Kortsch, anyone's ideal 'possible human' becomes their actual reality by following the simple inner steps in this remarkable book."
JIM WAWRO; author, Ask Your Inner Voice

"This book is a gift to humanity, a valuable tool in aiding seekers to accomplish mastery of their own lives. Gabriella Kortsch provides clear steps to help people find peace in a practical and powerful way. She does not ask you to give up anything other then what no longer serves you. Brilliantly written!"
HILLARY RAIMO; Author & Radio Host

"I thought I could pick just one chapter to write a review, but I couldn't .... I was glued to the chair as I read Rewiring the Soul ... a literary, in-depth masterpiece to the human psyche, behavior and ultimate transformation. Exquisitely written, beautifully executed."
ALI R. RODRIGUEZ, Business Coach, co-author, Mastering the Art of Success



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Immortality & Clocks


Are you aware of how you spend your time? How much of it is used to the best of your ability? Are you conscious of the choices you make about how you spend your time? How much of it is wasted?

I don't consider time being wasted if you are sitting in a park watching the ducks, or standing by the sea, or walking along a mountain path. I also don't consider time being wasted if you occasionally daydream because it is precisely in our daydreams that we may find the answer to problems we have failed to resolve in our rational time. And you just might be wasting your time studying, if you are studying something that does not lead you to work or a hobby that gives meaning to your life, and you are, in fact, studying it just because it will pay well in a profession you abhor.

So the wasting of time is not determined by whether your Puritan work ethic is hard at (sorry) work, but by whether whatever you choose to spend your time on is something that enriches your life. Perhaps you are baking cookies with a 4-year-old, perhaps you are studying the work ethic (that phrase again!) of worker ants, perhaps you are having a short and re-energizing snooze in the middle of the day in order to be able to give it your all later.

But how long do you spend worrying every day, making yourself feel depleted, defeated and depressed? Worry is a huge waste of time! No matter what your problems may be. See prior articles on thoughts, both here and on my website. How about pain and anger? They burglarize your time (and energy) in similar fashion.

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote: What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?

Becoming aware of how we choose to spend our time, is in some fashion also becoming aware of the direction in which our thoughts and feelings go and consciously choosing to put ourselves in charge of them, as opposed to allowing them to rob us of our precious life blood: the time we have between birth and death.

How are you choosing to spend your time?



For much more about thoughts and feelings, about being aware, about doubt and moving forward and the way your thoughts and feelings about those subjects influence you and what to do about it, about inner well-being, inner growth and joy, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as paperback or e-book for Kindle.


Click here to download the first chapter.

From the Description 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.

Rewiring the Soul' provides a user-friendly roadmap for personal transformation. Using conversational style, it guides the reader to an understanding of life's problems and how they can be resolved, deliberately including the reader's connection to his own soul and spiritual growth. Based on common sense and the author's work as an integral psychotherapist as well as lessons gleaned from teaching and personal experiences, all interwoven with current findings from neuroscience, positive psychology, quantum physics and Buddhism, 'Rewiring the Soul' signposts the path to resolving everyday life and its problems while converging with the inner quest for connection with the soul. This process allows life to take on a revolutionary new meaning: resolving personal and interpersonal issues while keeping the inner connection to the soul in mind leads to unprecedented growth that is simply not possible if psycho-emotional matters and spiritual concerns are not combined.