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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Don't Waste the Pain


Most of what happens to us in life tends to serve a purpose. Guilt, for example, (about which I've written) helps us to learn valuable lessons that teach us not to repeat whatever it was we did that caused us to feel guilty. Shame - if we are conscious enough to give it some thought - may teach us to work on our self-esteem. Resentment and anger of a certain kind, when others run all over us, may teach us to learn about boundaries.

But the pain I wanted to address today can go far beyond the above examples. There is the much-commented upon pain of a man such as Nelson Mandela while he was so  unjustly imprisoned for well over two decades in Robben Island by the apartheid regime, or the well-documented pain in his best-selling book Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankl, the Holocaust survivor who lost almost his entire family in Auschwitz, or again, the much photographed and video-filmed pain of Christopher Reeve, perhaps the most famous Superman of all, who was relegated to a wheelchair due to a fall from a horse that caused him to become a paraplegic. These are drastic kinds of pain. What about the pain of a mother who loses her child to hunger in sub-Saharan Africa? Or the pain of those who lost limbs in the recent Boston bombings? Or the daily pain of Syrians as they see not only their homeland destroyed, but their very homes, families, and livelihoods destroyed in acts of despicable violence. What of the pain of a young girl with a genetic disorder causing her to go blind? Or the pain of a young man's loss of his beloved grandparent?

We all know the meaning of the word pain. We've all been there. So today's message is this: don't waste it. Use it carefully. Honor it. (But don't go down the erroneous path of dwelling on it and creating or exponentially growing a pain body - see the tags below this post for more about that). Do become conscious of the fact that pain is one of the greatest ways we have for achieving growth. Most spiritually enlightened individuals have gone through their share of deep pain. Take a look at some of their lives. Obviously we can all achieve growth without pain, but pain is also an experience that can be put to excellent use - bearing in mind, if you are feeling pain - that you might as well make something worthwhile of it, as opposed to merely suffering. This is your choice, and how you choose will determine whether the experience ultimately enriches you, or whether it leaves you weak and limp. Don't waste the pain. It has much to teach you.


For more about how working with your pain can move you to greater awareness, inner peace, well-being, and joy, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).

To download the first chapter, click here
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Reviews From the Back Cover:

"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

"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.

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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 



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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