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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, December 17, 2013

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?


Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:
 
Rewiring the Soul

Click here to download the first chapter.
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

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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

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 (among others) of: Ecstasy is a New Frequency

“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 Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self 


My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is just out. Click here to download an excerpt. 
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 another one of my books. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Leaving Tracks


Sometimes we are the first to take a given road ... even if that road is only in your local neighborhood. Sometimes we have the courage to walk down a path no one has walked on before ... even if that path is only in your school / company / circle of friends. Sometimes we become trailblazers ... not necessarily global trailblazers, but trailblazers in a specific arena. Sometimes we leave footprints for others to follow in; footprints that show those who come after where the pitfalls lie and where it's safe to step, and especially which of those steps, or which succession of steps takes them to unimagined heights. Sometimes those footprints take those who come after towards magnificent views and panoramic vistas stretching far into the horizon, and sometimes those others realize that thanks to following in your steps they just managed to avoid falling down a deep chasm at the side.

Look at famous trailblazers such as Galileo, Columbus, Edison, Lincoln, Mandela, Amelia Erhard, Jane Goodall, Alexander Fleming, to name just a very, very few. Thanks to them, many others have been inspired to move in their own trailblazing path in order to bring some other idea, ethic, or invention to light.

Trailblazing and leaving steps for others to follow is a very important responsibility. If you know you are doing this (and f you are parent, believe me, you are doing this!), take special care to be very aware of the nature of the steps you are leaving behind. Also take special care to ensure that those footprints are indeed ones that you yourself would wish to tread in, were you one of the ones to follow. The more conscious you are of what you leave for others to observe, and the more you take this responsibility seriously, the more it is likely that the tracks you leave will prove to be of great advantage for those who follow.

What tracks are you leaving today?

Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:
 
Rewiring the Soul

Click here to download the first chapter.
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

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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

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 (among others) of: Ecstasy is a New Frequency

“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 Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self 


My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is just out. Click here to download an excerpt. 
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 another one of my books. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Light in the Crack


Where are you broken? Where are you hurting? What part of you is cracked? You may agree, that over time, it is precisely there - in that devastated part of you - that you have gained insight and growth. By attempting to understand, by finding ways of dealing with the pain, heartbreak or suffering, the roadblocks, the barriers and naysayers, the negativity that invades you, the mountains that seem to loom in front of you ... by learning how to deal with this lucidly, consciously, and not by the road of building defense mechanisms, you eventually find some light. (As I write this, Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service is being celebrated - he and what he did with his life - is an excellent example of finding light in the cracks).

Leonard Cohen epxressed it beautifully: There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Be grateful for the cracks. They are not your enemies but your enlighteners.

Image: Tamamizu Ichigen, Edo period, early 18th century, Japanese
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold

Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:
 
Rewiring the Soul

Click here to download the first chapter.
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

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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

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 (among others) of: Ecstasy is a New Frequency

“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 Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self 


My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is just out. Click here to download an excerpt. 
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 another one of my books. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Changing the World: One Person At A Time


Imagine you were once a heavy smoker. (As I was until September 1988). Or a heavy drinker. (As a dear friend of mine was until 1989). What happens when you stop? Don't some of your friends sit up and take notice? Don't some of them (perhaps only one of them) also stop? So by changing something about yourself, someone else observed it, and changed something about him or herself.

So what happens if you change something about your character? Perhaps you become kinder, more considerate, or as I discussed in this post, less critical, less impatient, less judgemental, etc. Is there not also someone observing this? Perhaps that someone isn't necessarily an individual who knew you the way you were before, but who is merely observing you now, and who has decided that they like the way you are, and want to be like that too. And so they change - at least in this regard - thanks to something they observed about you.

And what happens if by making these changes, you become so much more aware of yourself? You become conscious at all times, instead of only in moments of great intensity - good or bad - (which is when many first glimpse the effects of being fully conscious). And by so doing, you realize that you are, in fact, responsible for your own happiness and so you begin to take charge of your inner state of well-being, as opposed to allowing external circumstances dictate how you feel. And in so doing you increase the love you have for yourself. And while all of this is happening, someone else is observing you, and is thinking that they want that inner equanimity, that innner harmony that you have. And so they model you, or emulate you in some fashion, in order to bring about some changes in their own lives.

And then - as I imagine you will have already realized - another someone - observes the changes taking place in the person that initially observed you, someone who has no clue who you are, or even that the person they are observing made changes because of the fact that they observed you, and this third someone, now begins making some changes of their own. It becomes an exponentially growing pyramid of ever more changing and growing individuals who thus come to an increased place of inner well-being and joy.

This is how we can ALL change the world one person at a time. It's a win-win situation because you gain inner peace and freedom and others do as well, and eventually, if enough do it, the world will - in fact - also change. What are you doing today to change the world?


Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:
 
Rewiring the Soul

Click here to download the first chapter.
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

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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

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 (among others) of: Ecstasy is a New Frequency

“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 Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self 


My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is just out. Click here to download an except. 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 another one of my books. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Birth of a New Book

BIRTH OF A NEW BOOK
   
It gives me great pleasure to announce the birth of my third book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, now available globally in print and Kindle on all international Amazon sites. Bookworld Australia and Barnes & Noble are among the many other online stores that also feature my books.


Download the First Chapter here

Early Reviews:

"In The Power of Your Heart, Dr. Kortsch takes the well known self-help axiom of "first, one must love oneself, before one can love others" and proceeds to deliver nothing less than a profound and authentic way of living and being that heals the soul and improves one's interactions and relationships with others. By clearly distinguishing her love-based concept of self-love from the fear-based concepts of narcissism, egotism, and neediness, Dr. Kortsch provides a step by step guide that, if honestly applied, puts one on a life's path of peace, satisfaction, contentment, and happiness." Thomas Campbell; author of My Big TOE 

"From childhood we are taught to mercilessly nitpick our essential being in pursuit of a mythical perfection. With deep insight and impeccable clarity, Dr. Gabriella Kortsch, Ph.D., turns the tables to illuminate the liberation possible when loving ourselves unconditionally. In so doing, she provides a road map to undiscovered bliss and wholeness. A must-read for anyone on the path to self-understanding!" Paul Rademacher, Author of A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe: Travel Tips for the Spiritually Perplexed, CEO of Lucid Greening, Editor of Inner Story Magazine 

"The Power of Your Heart is a book to satisfy the soul's hunger and deserves to be read by every adult, parent, teacher and adolescent. It assures us that it is not just permissible, but essential, to love ourselves, undoing the conditioning that has kept us in a state of unworthiness and self-doubt, and sets us on the path to emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth. Love of self is a prerequisite to love of others and love is the foundation on which we are building a new world of compassion, joy and good will." Linda Stitt; Author of Acting My Age

Description:

Not loving the self, or simply not knowing about the importance of loving the self, or never having learned to love the self results in some of the most profound pain a human being can experience. You may believe that the pain of loss, abuse, abandonment, or disloyalty is the deepest pain, and in some sense you are right. But it is precisely by not loving the self, or not knowing how to love the self, that the other kinds of pain manage to get an iron grip on our hearts, because if we did love the self, or if we knew how to love the self, we would be able to care for the self in such a way that those other kinds of pain would be much less overwhelming. 

This book offers the promise that it is possible to learn how to love yourself (and more significantly, shows you how), and as you begin, even with your very first steps, you will become aware of changes in your daily existence that already serve to create a better life. As you continue on this path of self-love, every segment of your life becomes transformed in step to your own growth. Loving the self brings inner freedom, joy, harmony, and peace. Above all it allows you to connect to your own inner divinity and to know you will never again be alone. 

More Reviews

"This book explains the vital importance of loving yourself and why that is not in the least bit selfish. If there is a lot of love inside you, then you have more to share, in fact, it becomes a bottomless well. With love in your heart, your choices will be based on understanding, compassion and empathy. An inspiring read!" Peter Shepherd; Founder, Trans4Mind; author of Daring To Be Yourself 

"In the art of loving the self, this book takes the phrase 'self help' to the next level. Gabriella Kortsch has made the case and built the foundation that ultimately will become your own self-empowering path to true happiness and prosperity. Using real world situations along with quotes from the masters scattered throughout the book, you will soon discover the power of your own heart and make it a habit of loving the self." Michael Habernig & April Hannah; Producers of The Path: Afterlife & The Path: Beyond the Physical


PURCHASE BOOK


If you are interested in purchasing the book, click below for the site that most suits you:

Amazon USA                          Amazon UK                                       Amazon Canada
             
Amazon Australia                   Amazon India                                   Amazon Germany
         
Amazon Spain                        Amazon France                                Amazon Italy     

Amazon Mexico                      Amazon Brazil                  


The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self is also available via most other online booksellers.




Other Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:
 
Rewiring the Soul

Click here to download the first chapter.
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

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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

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 (among others) of: Ecstasy is a New Frequency

“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 another one of my books. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.