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"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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What are You Giving Back?



We can't all be Nelson Mandela or Mother Teresa. And we certainly can't all be those mega wealthy individuals who have given generously of their money to do good. Nor can we all be celebrities who thanks to their star power have been able to do much for the world in the arenas of war, child labor, sexual slavery, hunger, education, water, and a long list of other - as yet - globally unresolved needs. But I'm also thinking about my mother. She worked as a technical designer, but volunteered at a home where thalidomide babies and children were growing up. I'm also thinking of an aunt who never had a job, but she volunteered at a hospital where she read to the sick and dying. And another aunt, who also never had a job, who volunteered with orphans. All three are long dead, but they gave back and left a mark, albeit it small, in their particular world.

I'm also thinking of some people here where I live, such as one lovely woman who despite her exceedingly busy life volunteers with a charity and spends many hours not only talking to those in need, but just standing and packing up donations in baskets, and even delivering them when necessary. Another woman does volunteer fundraising for a hospice, and a third regularly visits the home-bound who are ill or can't easily go out, in order to bring a ray of sunshine into their day. Another friend has become the 'mother' of at least one child in a third world country, contributing financially to her well-being and education, but also developing a relationship with her that has spanned many years and that signifies that that child's life was expanded not only within the realm of financial possibilities, but also by giving her a much more global view of the world by mere virtue of this ongoing relationship with my friend.

And what of the many 'big brothers and sisters' who create a relationship with a child in order to mentor and befriend it? Or the ones who freely tutor those who need tutoring, or the many individuals who share their gifts of musical or other artistic talent with those who would like to learn but may not have the funds to pay for it?

Giving back furthermore, carries with it its own reward as has been pointed out in so many studies: altruism makes you feel very good indeed about yourself! Giving back is not hard because we all have something to give. What may be hard is making up your mind to do it. What are you giving back?



For more about how you 'use' your life, and how this can move you to greater awareness, inner peace, well-being, success, 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
To see the Table of Contents click here

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


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The Tao of Spiritual Partnership: Background Music in Daily Life That Can Enhance Your Growth


The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is 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 


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The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self


My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is due out later this year. Here is a brief excerpt from the Introduction:

It is your right to live a life of love. It is your right to understand that loving yourself first is not a selfish way of behavior, but one that allows you to live that life of love. However, it's highly probable that you never got the instruction manual explaining exactly how to accomplish this. Possibly your family - and it may have been a loving family - considered loving the self an act of selfishness. Or perhaps the members of your family simply didn't practice loving the self, and of course, what you didn't see - what was not shown to you - while you were growing up, meant that you just didn't learn how to apply it to yourself. The closer you are able to move towards loving yourself, the closer you will be to living a life of love - quite independently of whether you are in a love relationship or not. A life of love can be lived with or without a partnership, because a life of love implies that you know that it all begins with you by loving the self. The more clearly you understand how to love yourself, the more clearly you will see that it is very hard - if not impossible - to love others in ways that are unrelated to fulfilling any of your needs. Loving yourself first is - for so many of us - one of the hardest things we will ever learn how to do. But know this: the benefits affect you in every particle of your being - body, mind, and soul - and are greater than you will ever be able to imagine.



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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