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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, July 31, 2012

How To Stop the War



Don't you just hate the way some people want to be the center of attraction all the time? And don't you just hate the way big Pharma is taking over the health industry and all they look at is the bottom line and not people's well-being? And don't you just hate how international corporations are only looking at how to increase profits, without caring for the fact that they're destroying the planet? And don't you just hate how the powers-that-be are so slow to make the change to clean energy and electric cars and so many other things that would take a load off the way the planet is going down the tube? And don't you just hate how so little has changed for the thousands that die of malnutrition every day despite all our protestations to the contrary? (You're telling me they can send a man to the moon, and they can figure out how to connect us all via the Internet, and yet they cannot figure out how to feed every man, woman and child on this planet?) And don't you just hate the way governments keep paying out mind-bogglingly huge chunks of cash to global banks to keep them afloat, and yet every Tom, Dick and Harry is either out of work, or losing his home, or standing in a food line?

By now you must be tiring of my diatribe. Hating something or someone is never the way to solve the underlying issue. Hate does not bring about peace. Hate does not bring about change. Hate solves nothing. Before we look for a solution to our problems, we must first consider that - in the words of the esteemed Pema Chödrön - The way to stop the war is to stop hating the enemy. From the new position where the driving emotion is not hate but a proactive desire to help create change, we may be closer to finding a solution.

Are you hating the enemy today? What can you do to change that?

For much more about becoming aware of your emotions and about changing them in healthy ways, 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

Monday, July 30, 2012

Are You Building the Life You Desire?


We may work very hard to achieve our goals, but if one crucial element is missing, it may be that all our hard work does not bring the results we desire.
  • with whom do you spend the majority of your free time?
  • what are the conversations you have during that time?
  • what are the goals of the people with whom you spend your time?
  • in turn, what do they do during their free time when they are not with you?
  • what do you read? what do your friends read?
  • what kind of films or documentaries do you watch? what kind of films or documentaries do your friends watch?
  • whom do you admire? whom do your friends admire?
The answers to these questions will show you much about yourself. This is not a question of it being good or bad, but simply of observing and becoming aware of what is going on in your life during your free time when you are not specifically engaged with working on achieving your goals. Napoleon Hill put it beautifully: Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire.

Who populates your life?

Image: Grand Canyon
For much more about becoming aware and making good choices, 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 (paperback or e-book).

To download the first chapter, click here

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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Jewel Inside


We spend our lives looking for something, wanting something, and moving towards something. Whatever it is that we seek is always out there, tomorrow, next week, when I achieve this or that goal, or as soon as I lose ten pounds. What we so often appear to ignore, to forget, or to totally overlook, is that what we really seek is almost always inside of us. Not the position, the money, the fame or the honor, but the way we imagine we would feel if we had it. That is what is inside of us.

The secret to understanding that is to recognize that loving yourself first, before looking for all the rest, will provide you with that feeling; will give you what you desire so fervently. Feeling good about yourself, feeling approved of (by yourself), feeling respected (by yourself) and feeling loved is the jewel we all have inside, if only we will look for it.

Numerous authors refer to this. George Moore says: A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it. My favorite quote about this comes from T.S. Eliot in Little Gidding:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.


Have you begun walking down the road to loving yourself?

Image: 1000-year-old tree, Wales

For much more about loving the self and finding the jewel within, 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

Thursday, July 26, 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 You just have to recognize it.

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.

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.

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?

For much more 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 (paperback or e-book).

To download the first chapter, click here

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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fulfilling Spirit & Soul


When you watch the news, or read the latest sports scores, or when you read a novel, or watch a sitcom or when you hear - again - about the global banking crisis, or when you watch another reality show on TV, or when you read your text messages or emails on your smart phone - how truly fulfilled are you feeling?

You might say that what I am asking has to do with how quickly you need to find another show, book, political crisis, novel, or movie to put your attention on. How quickly you need to re-plenish that part of you that needs this kind of nourishment.

It's a bit like with fast food. The feeling of being full generally doesn't last very long and we soon want some more food, even though we may have consumed vast amounts of calories. But we long for more. Not because we're food addicts first and foremost, but because what we ate consisted of empty calories that added little or no real nutrition to our physical body and its needs. Its very essence causes us to seek more.

It's the same thing with our mind, heart, and spirit. Feed it mainly empty calories, and it will very quickly crave more. But feed it something of substance and you can live off of that for a long time. It nourishes and fulfills you in ways the empty calories can never hope to do. Does this mean you should never have any of those empty calories? Of course not! But just as you probably watch how much junk food you eat, you also might like to be vigilant about how much other junk - that simply is unable to feed your mind, heart and spirit - you take in.


Image: 1000-year-old tree, Yangshuo, China

For much more about finding fulfillment, about making choices that move you forward in your chosen direction and having meaning and purpose in your life, that enhances your inner well-being, 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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Making Your Life 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.


Image: Süleymaniye Camii (Suleiman Mosque), Istanbul

For much more about making choices, about inner well-being, 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 (paperback or e-book).

To download the first chapter, click here

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.

Monday, July 23, 2012

What Do You Long For?


Has your life been reasonably successful thus far? Are you basically on track to the goals you want to reach financially and professionally? Do you sit back in your evenings or weekends and look with satisfaction at what your success has allowed you to acquire, and the kind of people you are able to surround yourself with? I believe most would call your story a successful one.

But tell me: what are your dreams really about? In those few moments of inattention at a board meeting, are you thinking about sitting on a bike driving into the endless sunset? Or dreaming about opening a restaurant instead of being CFO of a large corporation? Do you long for solitude instead of that stream of steady social chatter, or do you yearn to see the brilliance of fresh hope in the eyes of a child whom you have helped - in whatever capacity - to live a better life?

Gibran said that the significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain. I would add to that the simple idea that we need to become aware of these deep longings in ourselves and then do something about them. I'm not advocating resigning your job and trekking out to South Africa to work on a game reserve, but I am encouraging you to give more inner space and time to those yearnings, and to figure out what you can do about them. You owe this to yourself - and ultimately, you owe it to the world. What might change - no matter how small - if you followed this yearning of yours?

For much more about inner longings and your inner voice, about making choices that move you forward in your chosen direction and having meaning and purpose in your life, that enhances your inner well-being, 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, July 20, 2012

The Pearl Principle


You understand the process by which a pearl is formed inside a shell. A grain of sand enters the living tissue and creates irritation. It creates, we might say, pain. The living tissue works at the irritation and the pain and in time an exquisite pearl is formed, as a result of that irritation and pain.

A lovely saying by the Lama Surya Das is: No inner irritation. No Pearl.

Think of this 'pearl principle' as you go about your day. Irritation and pain are factors in your growth. Begin to look at them from that point of view and you may find that they are easier to surmount - or bear.

How do you look at the irritation and pain in your life today?

For much more about dealing with pain, about making choices, about inner well-being, 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 (paperback or e-book).

To download the first chapter, click here

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.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Excerpt From the Book: 'Rewiring the Soul'



Today I am posting a brief excerpt from my book Rewiring the Soul. I hope you enjoy it.

"The main principle upon which this entire book is based, is the fact that if we do not begin our way back to our soul – our true core - within ourselves, from the smallest corners of our selves outward, in order to bring ourselves and our lives to a place where we are truly well, where we can love ourselves and then emanate this love outward, then we will not reach the goal, because we will have started the process from the outside in. If you want to play pro basketball, you are going to have to start by learning how to dribble. If you want to be a cordon bleu chef, you’ll have to learn how to separate eggs. And if you want to find your way back to your soul, you’ll have to learn how to love yourself, recognizing that this “self” that you are learning how to love is your inner essence, your soul, and learning how to love yourself is the foundation of each of the chapters of this book. Learning how to love yourself is a fundamentally underlying principle of all that follows, and conversely, all that follows is built on loving yourself. By loving yourself, all the other issues this book addresses can be resolved, and by loving yourself, your life will flow in ways you can now only imagine.

If you resonate with the talk about soul in this book, then you are in the right place. But if you find the talk about soul distressing, off-putting, ludicrous, or nonsensical, you may nevertheless find that there is so much other, more psycho-emotional material you resonate with, that the talk about soul is peripheral enough that you can allow it to rest on the sidelines and nurture yourself with all the other parts. It is understandable if you feel uncomfortable with talk about the soul because our society does not often take us there – although for those who are observant, it is happening more and more in books, films, documentaries – even in some weekly television series. But if you are uneasy with such talk, and yet feel pulled to continue with the book, think of the soul as your intuition, as the voice that sometimes speaks to you, and that you – probably – most often do not listen to. Think of it as a part of yourself that you have not yet discovered: that you have not yet become acquainted with.

Our soul often gets forsaken very early on. That doesn’t mean we can’t find our way back to it. We live our lives with stumbling blocks or pain and wonder why it appears that it doesn’t get all that much easier as time goes on. Or we see that we keep repeating patterns but we either still don’t learn, or else we think that we keep falling into the hands of people who make things difficult for us (I always fall in love with people who are not loyal to me; my friends always use me; my co-workers always steal my ideas; my children / spouse / parents / friends always disappoint me). Either way, things just aren’t working out for us on the outside and definitely not on the inside. So to begin to find our way back to our forsaken soul it helps to have a road map. Think of it as a treasure map where each clue leads you on to the next clue that will eventually lead you to the treasure you are so fervently seeking, and that treasure is you, your love for yourself, and ultimately, your soul, your inner connection – and rewiring - to your true self.

For that to work, you actually have to set out on the path towards the first clue. It’s not enough that you read about clues and how to best find clues, if you don’t, in fact, take that first step in the direction of the place where the first clue presumably will be found. And that’s precisely where many people – even highly educated people – fail. Because they don’t take that first step.

I call it the ‘I’ve been to all the seminars, and I’ve read all the books, I even had a therapist, but still nothing in my life has changed’ syndrome. People attend workshops and seminars, lectures and classes, they read all the right books, and they get very excited, even momentarily highly motivated, and yet, after the workshop is over, or after they finish reading the last page of the book, they feel a let-down, an anti-climax. And so, in order to feel the excitement again, to get the next fix, to find the next adrenaline rush, they book another weekend seminar, or buy yet another book, and the cycle is repeated over and over again. But nothing changes.

So what’s different about this book? Won’t it just happen again, as it has so many times before?

It might. You see, there really is no magic formula. No silver bullet. It’s a bit like the alcoholic who wants to stop drinking, but thinks it can be achieved by putting the addiction into the hands of a third party – like a clinic – where it will all be taken care of, or the cigarette smoker who wants to stop smoking, and also thinks it can be achieved by putting the addiction into the hands of a third party – like a hypnotherapist – who will take care of it. The clinic or the hypnotherapist can really only then be effective, when the addict has also taken the internal decision to put an end to whatever the addiction is. And in that case, the clinic or the hypnotherapist is in many instances, in fact, superfluous and no longer truly necessary.

In other words, for this book to work for you, you must take the internal decision to start walking your talk. It’s not enough to read. It’s not enough to attend the workshops, seminars, classes, and lectures; you have to start actually doing something."


If you want to read more, download the first chapter of this book from the link at the top of this page.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Does What You Do Today Lead You to a Goal You Care About?


Each day you live (at least from this point forward) if you really want to reach that goal or those goals that you care about, will need to be invested in getting you a bit further down that road.

Impossible, you say. What I really want to do is not what I am currently doing to make a living. So I can't invest my day in getting closer to my goals because I have to spend all day at my job. But you can, you see. Perhaps you can't spend your entire day moving in that direction, but you can spend a bit of it. Maybe you'll sign up for an online course, or one at your local community center or community college. Maybe you'll beef up your language skills in Spanish, or maybe you'll write 500 words every single day. Maybe you'll practice the piano every evening or hit balls on the range at the community golf course. The point is, no matter what your circumstances, you can move closer to your goals each and every day.

But you have to want to. And you have to want to enough to actually do it.

What are you doing today?

For much more about making choices that move you forward in your chosen direction and having meaning and purpose in your life, and that enhance your inner well-being, 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





Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Choosing to Live in a Friendly Universe



Have you ever noticed that when you are not in the best of moods, or when you are upset or resentful or angry about something, you seem to find more people who actually create even more of those feelings in you? Almost as though a tuning fork were set to ensure that those people with negative feelings that exactly match yours cross your path that day at exactly the same time as you are there! As a matter of fact, when I was younger this happened at a certain point with such frequency that I deliberately started paying attention to it. It had grabbed, you might say, my attention, because it was happening too often to be put down to mere coincidence. Was, I asked myself, the universe playing with me?

As I became aware of all of this, I also began noticing that when I was in a good place inside, I seemed to bring more people with that kind of mood, or inner vibration into my sphere during that day. It also seemed to be a lot more difficult to make me lose my cool, to become upset about anything, or to engage in hostility or negativity.

So, I thought, this must mean that depending on how I feel, and perhaps on what I emanate, just by virtue of what can be seen or felt by those who are in my vicinity, I attract a whole different kind of experience or person into my life. Therefore it appeared not to be a bad idea to decide that I live in a friendly universe, a term I have borrowed from Einstein and Wayne Dyer. A universe in which it is just as easy to run into friendly people as it is to run into angry people, just as easy to run into helpful people as it is to run into impatient and unkind people, just as easy to run into positive and joyful people, as it is to run into negative and unhappy people.

And although the connection is wide, as I revisited this topic in order to write today's article, that immediately made me think of a book titled Brain Rules by neuroscientist John Medina, who after writing many chapters jam-packed with near clinical detail about the brain and how to best understand how it works and how to deal with it, expresses wonder and amazement near the end of the book describing his young son one day as he accompanies him to his nursery school. They were walking a short distance that would have taken Medina father a few minutes to cover, but because he was escorting the small child, it took much longer. But mainly it took so long - and this was the source of the father's wonder - because his son stopped at every blade of grass, as if to observe its growth, or to examine how it had emerged from a minute crack in the cement of the sidewalk, or to become totally absorbed in the inspection of an ant as it shouldered its load of a bread crumb on its way to the underground anthill, following a long line of its brethren. He - Medina - realized his child was much more present than he himself tended to be, and although he does not use the term mindfulness in his book, I do, because I believe that is what a child does, and what we adults tend not to do, and hence find it so much harder to decide that we are living in a friendly universe.

As we arise in the morning, we already make decisions about the day in question:

  • oh no, it's raining
  • oh no, it's not raining
  • oh no, it's so cold
  • oh no, it's so hot

And the problem is not the condition of the weather, but our inner resistance to what is. Krishnamurti said that the secret to his happiness was not minding what happens, and I have repeated this frequently in workshops, talks and other articles, because I truly believe it contains endless wisdom. It does not mean becoming apathetic, but it does mean accepting what is, finding inner balance and peace with regards to that, and only then deciding what needs to be done about it, rather than embarking on reactions and actions based on a feeling of resistance to what is.

So if we embark on our day with an attitude of acceptance, and then go to the wonder and joy of the child, perhaps we will hear the brilliant birdsong as we open the window, or see the ray of sunshine amidst the grey, as it attempts to slice a cloud in half. And as we do so, we notice our inner energetic vibration being in a good place, and we are aware of the fact, not only due to research in a multitude of disciplines, but also because of how we feel on this more visceral, physical level, that our inner mindset is also affecting the state of our cells, our very biology.

And so we progress throughout our day, looking for the many reasons that the universe is indeed a friendly place, filled with events, and sights, and people and moments that can quicken our heart with joy and well-being … if only we decide.

You get to decide whether you live in a hostile or a friendly universe. You can decide what each of the things that happen every day mean. You get to decide whether your life is good or bad no matter how it may look on the outside...remember what I've said so often about Viktor Frankl or Nelson Mandela or the innumerous others who have gone through great suffering, and yet have made a choice about how their life is going, and especially how they are going to look at it, think about it, and hence, feel about it, and react to it.

It's also true that the more you look for reasons to believe that things are going against you, and that people don't like you or accept you, the less you will be disappointed in your expectations...

And don't forget that your thoughts - as molecular and cellular biology show us (see these posts on that subject) really do become things, so the manner in which you view your world and think about it is of great importance.

As I've pointed out so frequently: you choose.

You can choose to wake up in the morning and be grateful for the new day and new opportunities. You can choose to remember to be grateful to five people every day about something that happened with them, and to make a habit of this - without fail - in order to help keep your mind on that instead of what you didn't like. You can choose to find something in what you didn't like that is of value to you and your life, even if it is learning how to choose not to react negatively in the face of adversity.

You choose.

So start choosing the way that is of use to you, instead of the way that simply increments the negative; start choosing to live in a friendly universe.

You choose.

For much more about making choices, about inner well-being, 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 (paperback or e-book).

To download the first chapter, click here

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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Is It Good or Bad?


Siobhan is stuck in traffic. She is enjoying a fascinating lecture on a CD in her car that she generally listens to as she drives to work (and of course when she is done with one, she has another waiting in the wings). Hence her drives are filled with appreciation and wonder. Richard is also stuck in traffic. He makes a game of finding ever more beautiful things to appreciate in his environment as he waits for traffic to ease up. He also makes a game of seeing how well he is able to curb his impatience. He takes it as if it were a challenge and he takes joy from seeing how each time he improves over the time before when his impatience was being tested. Sue is stuck in traffic. She becomes irritated and angry and by the time she arrives at work, her day has become a disaster. Matthew is stuck in traffic. He begins to think about his city government and the fact that new roads are not being built, that his taxes are being wasted on useless projects and that it is the fault of those town planning officials that he is now in this horrendous traffic jam.

Is the traffic jam good or bad? Is anything good or bad? Shakespeare famously wrote: A thing is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

What thoughts are you thinking about 'what is' today?



Image: Eggenberg Castle, Graz, Austria



For much more information about your thoughts, choice, freedom and about 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.

A 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".

Friday, July 13, 2012

Recognizing Love



Recognizing love - and how love shows its face - applies not only to our partners or spouses, but also to other members of the extended family, and certainly also friends.

How do we normally recognize love? People tell us that they love us. They do lovely things for us. They make us feel good. They are kind, considerate; in short, they are loving. And you are probably thinking: I sure did not need to read this post in order to find that out!

Bear with me. You know that someone loves you, i.e., you recognize the love because what they do resonates with what you consider to be loving. However, when they don't do this, or no longer do this, then you tend to consider that they do not love you.

But in the instance of them not doing things that resonate with what you consider to be loving, could it not be that the two of you simply speak different languages of what love is? And how love is represented? And how love shows its face? Take, for instance, an adult daughter who does not hug her parents very much, nor does she express her feelings for them continually, but she is constantly bringing them dishes she cooks for their freezer, so that they no longer need to cook their own meals. Or take, as another example, a friend who is always late for appointments with you, but is, in fact, the only one of your friends you can really trust to tell you the truth about yourself. What about the husband who finds it enormously hard to publicly express any kind of affection for you, and yet is always doing all in his power to ensure your comfort and material ease?

Examples abound, and the point I particularly want to get across, is the fact that our expectations of love do not necessarily coincide with the love we receive, and yet, if we are open to it, that does not mean that we are not receiving love, simply that we must learn to recognize it in this other format.

When you learn the English word for butter, and I am German, in which case the word is Butter, I easily recognize it. But then if another person learns the word in Spanish where it is mantequilla or in French where it is buerre, it may be harder to recognize for what it is. Analogically, a similar thing happens in our differing conceptions of how to show love. So let's learn to recognize that another may show as much love as we do, but in ways that are not our ways. That does not make it less worthy, nor does it mean we are loved in a less valuable way.

How are you reognizing love in your life today?

For much more about love, 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 (paperback or e-book).

To download the first chapter, click here

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.