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"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, February 25, 2013

Growth as Your Goal


How often do you look at your own inner growth as a goal? Excellent seminars are available globally that teach the planning and eventual achieving of goals across the world. We all understand how important it is to plan and map out our goals.But those goals tend to refer to our professional, economic, or academic success, perhaps our success in sports, or in turning a rather large and flabby body into a sleeker, slimmer and more toned one.

But ... as I already asked above ... how often do you look at your own inner growth as a goal? That implies also setting up a plan and mapping out your goals in this other, much less tangible and certainly less outwardly visible sense. 

What might some of the things be - some of the steps be - that this process would entail? In no specific order, here is a list - by no means all-encompassing - that may offer some starting points for you to consider:
  • If you must watch television, spend at least as much time as you spend watching it, either reading books that further your inner growth (if you have already acquired either of my books, both offer an extensive 40+ page bibliography and many of those books are superb exemplars you can start with), or watching videos (or listening to audio clips) of seminars and talks you can both purchase or freely acquire on the internet, by inspirational and motivating speakers with whom you resonate. Obviously this means that if you spend 2 hours watching television every day and then another 2 hours reading or listening to seminars, you may find yourself in a time bind. Hopefully this will encourage you to shorten your television viewing time
  • Think deeply about the people with whom you spend your free time. Do they further your growth? Perhaps you further theirs and that is excellent, but you will also need to develop relationships with some people who further yours. Beware of spending empty hours talking about empty subjects
  • Develop some kind of inner work along the lines of a meditation practice or a mindfulness practice. Remember that in order to connect to yourself, you need to know that self, and this is one of the best ways of going in that direction
  • Pay attention to your dreams. Write them down. Honor them. Learn how to interpret them.
  • Spend time in nature, preferably every day.
  • Spend some time giving your brain and body extra oxygen, preferably every day. This means some kind of exercise, even if it's only walking (which, by the way, is an excellent exercise).
  • Spend time learning how to truly communicate with those you love. This is not only an investment in your relationships with those people, but also an investment in yourself in the sense that it allows you to further connect to yourself.
  • Keep a journal - it will be a remarkable record for you to compare where you are now - at whatever point in the future - as opposed to where you were when you began the journal. You will be amazed at how far you have come.
  • Do something at least once a day (preferably much more than that) that shows you that you love yourself.
  • Practice being aware as much as you can during your day, every day.
  • Practice making conscious choices.
  • Practice being aware of yourself when you need to be right, or when you are being judgmental or critical, and once you recognize these habits in yourself, practice getting rid of them.
  • Practice learning to be responsible for yourself by taking responsibility for your thoughts, feelings, words, actions and reactions.
  • Practice (yes ... practice) being loving, kind, and compassionate, even when you don't feel like it.
  • Tell yourself at least once a day that we are all one ... where I end you begin, and vice versa.
  • Use every situation that presents itself to you as an opportunity to learn and grow.


For more about being more conscious about making aware choices that will enhance your life and promote greater inner peace and freedom, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).

To download the first chapter, click here
To see the Table of Contents click here

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





My new book The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is now also available in print and Kindle formats.

To download the first chapter, click here
To see the Table of Contents click here

From the Description on Amazon: More exciting than any other kind of relationship you have ever known, spiritual partnership is a path, a Tao, available to you so that you may transform your life. Spiritual partnership becomes background music to daily life allowing you to enhance the process of your growth and evolution.

This ground-breaking book addresses:

• relationship patterns that hold you back from a truly fulfilled life
• the strong connection between sexuality and spiritual partnership
• communication leading to true connection & lasting transformation of your relationship

It is precisely at the problematic crossroads so often encountered in relationships that we are offered the opportunity to create a new foundation based on mutual complementarity rather than need; a free relationship between two people who want to be together, rather than two people who need to be together. Needing another, we are told, is the measure of love, but for a fully conscious individual nothing could be further from the truth. And therein lies part of the secret and healing power of spiritual partnerships. 


Praise for The Tao of Spiritual Partnership 

“All humans seek the illusive touch of another's Soul, which opens us to the sense of belonging to something bigger than the self. Dr. Kortsch has given us the true "tao" of relationship in this brilliant exploration of emotional tapestry. We will be grateful for this illumination of spiritual partnership for generations to come." 
Chris Griscom: Spiritual Leader, Author 

“Eloquently and comprehensive, showing how your primary love relationship may be a sacred vessel that transports you and your partner to a place of mutual healing and expansion.” 
Robert Schwartz: Author of Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born 

"The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is a unique blend of wit and wisdom; Dr. Kortsch encourages us to take responsibility for our relationships, while recognizing and seizing the opportunities for our own personal spiritual growth." 
William Buhlman, Author of Adventures Beyond the Body 



Note: If you are wondering why this blog is now only appearing on alternate days (excluding Sat/Sun), it is because I also post on my other blog on the others days. That other blog is The Tao of Spiritual Partnership, so named for my new book. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

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