"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

Friday, November 2, 2012

Struggle & Progress

It's not hard to understand ... we rarely get anywhere; we rarely make progress unless there has been some kind of struggle.

Examples abound in so many arenas: imagine the struggle Columbus had to get credibility, funding, and then the actual initial voyage with the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria; imagine Armstrong and Aldrin to be able to set foot on the moon back in 1969, had not only worked very hard to prepare themselves as astronauts, but the country and the space program had struggled for years to get it to the point of being able to actually send a manned mission into space. Imagine the struggles that have gone on in the world, in people's minds and the hard work all of it entailed to get us from cuneiform on pottery, to papyrus scrolls, to the Gutenberg press and books and finally to the internet and e-book readers that allow any of us to carry hundreds or even thousands of volumes around with us in a small hand-held device. Imagine the struggles in medicine to bring us to where we are, microscopes, laparoscopic surgery, etc., the struggles in geo-physics, quantum physics, sports, and truly any area of endeavor you care to think of.

So it follows that in our smaller, individual lives we need to apply the same principles. We seem to have arrived at a stage of world history where so many people believe that achieving something is either a question of happenstance, synchronicity, or luck, but certainly not of hard work and struggle that involves keeping your elbows firmly glued to a proverbial table. Many of us appear to be rather startled at the idea that in order to achieve something of merit we need to apply ourselves, and perhaps for quite a lengthy period of time. We seem to have forgotten the principles upon which so many great things were founded - how was, for example, the 'West' won, during the great expansion in North America? How did those early homesteaders manage, if not through hard work and struggle? Admittedly, their struggle is not ours, but we can learn from their example of fortitude and perseverance when we face the struggles that belong to our century.

To progress and achieve we will need to deal with struggle. Perhaps we won't have to build our own home with bare hands, perhaps we won't have to grow our own crops and hunt our own food, if we wish to eat, but if we can only look to these hardy and stalwart settlers, to those brave and hard-working explorers and astronauts, so those persevering inventors for our own inspiration, we will, perhaps, gain in fortitude and endurance as we walk our own struggle towards the progress that we seek in our lives.

For much more about finding motivation and inspiration in our lives and about becoming aware of the choices and attitudes you have at all times in order to transform your life, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).

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.

My new book The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is now available in paperback version. The Kindle version will be released near the end of November 2012.

To download the first chapter, 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 

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