"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, May 28, 2013

Another Year Begins

The years of our lives come and go, but if we don't occasionally sit back and take stock of what has transpired, we will find that much goes unnoticed. It's a bit like that saying 'the unexamined life is not worth living' that is ascribed both to Socrates and Plato. We examine our cars for minute scratches, we examine our faces for wrinkles, we examine our bank accounts, the contents of our closets, and the toned or not-so-toned state of our bodies, but we tend not to examine our lives.

And it's not about criticizing them, judging them, or finding them less-than-they-should-be, or anything negative at all. Rather, it's about seeing where we are located on our journey and where we have been that has brought us here, and whether the current course we are on will take us to where we in fact, want to go.

And so here I am, having just barely (a few hours ago) begun a new year of my life, and I'm taking stock. There is much that I am very pleased with. There are also areas of my life that I consider still need a great deal of work or revisiting, honing, polishing, and perhaps changing, always remembering to be flexible, to not stick rigidly to anything at all, to think out of the box, and to allow metamorphosis and transformation to take place. There are other things I've barely begun to scratch the surface of. Some goals are within sight, others are still so far away that I can scarcely imagine they will ever come to pass, but that stimulates me to further movement in their direction. (Remember to always have goals that are on a close horizon, as well as others that are so far off, that their horizon is almost not yet visible. That way when you reach the closer goals, you will have the others to keep you going after the euphoria of having achieved the earlier goals wears off). I'm also thinking of those who are no longer here, the friendships I loved and that moved through my life and left their mark and are now gone - but only for a while until we see each other again.

It's also a time for gratitude, for remembering, and for feeling joy at the love and friendship and kindness that forms part of my life today. And the gratitude is also for all those who have taught me - both individuals I know personally, as well as individuals I've been privileged to hear or read about and who by their example have enriched me - shown me, and offered me solace when I needed it, as well as gratitude for that which I learned through books from many who have been dead for long years. Their legacy has given so much to so many.

This is not meant to be a personal diary of my intimate life, and so I won't go into greater detail, but I do encourage you to understand - if you've read this far - that examining your life is another way of connecting with your Self, and connection of this nature has much to do with loving yourself.

Pema Chodron said: The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment.

Image: Tahiti, French Polinesia

For more about awareness about how having a life meaning and purpose will impact on the quality of your life and how you experience yourself, 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

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 

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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