"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, July 23, 2013

You're Too Old to Make a Difference

Thinking your age has an impact on the difference you can make in the lives of others, will certainly determine that you probably will not make a difference. But realizing that you can - no matter your age - will help shift you into an entirely different mental paradigm. Have a look at some examples to inspire you (and you might do well by considering that in all likelihood these people took decisions at some point to begin - to begin something - that eventually led them to where they were at the points described below. It didn't just happen.):

In your 60's:
  • Gandhi led the Salt March to Dandi to protest the salt tax the British had imposed on the people of India, changing forever the course of India's history (61)
  • Hillary Clinton was sworn in as US Secretary of State (61)
  • James Parkinson, an English surgeon and paleontologist, described Parkinson's disease (62)
  • Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series Lord of the Rings (62)
  • John Dryden undertook the enormous task of translating the entire works of Virgil into English verse (63)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book Little House in the Big Woods on which the TV series Little House in the Prairie is based (64)
  • Aung San Suu Kyi became Leader of the Opposition in the lower house in Myanmar / Burma (66)
  • Noah Webster completed his monumental American Dictionary of the English Language (66)
  • Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search for Meaning, earned his airplane pilot’s license (67)
  • French President Charles de Gaulle, who resigned 12 years earlier out of impatience with party politics, made a political comeback (68)
  • Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace (69)
  • Ronald Wilson Reagan became the oldest man ever sworn in as President of the United States (69)

In your 70's:
  • Benjamin Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence (70)
  • Fitness expert Jack LaLanne pulleed 70 boats holding 70 people for 1.5 miles wearing handcuffs and shackles (70)
  • Businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt began buying railroads (70)
  • Israel's Yitzhak Rabin, after years of refusal to even meet with the P.L.O., signed an agreement with them (71)
  • Casey Stengel began managing the New York Mets (71)
  • The first edition of Peter Mark Roget's Thesaurus was published (73)
  • Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps began an attempt to construct the Suez Canal (74)
  • A Maori woman, Ramari Port, received her Ph.D. in molecular medicine from the University of Auckland (74)
  • Thomas Selfridge went to Afghanistan as a consultant to help rebuild the highway from Kabul to Qandahar (74) 
  • Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in the first election that was open to all races in that country's history, forever changing the course of that nation's history  (75)
  • Warren Buffett set up a $30 billion contribution to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for use in various world-wide charitable causes (75)
  • Grandma Moses started painting (77)
  • John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space, in a study of how space flight affects the elderly (77)
  • Yogi Berra published his book What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All (77)

In your 80's:
  • Barbara McClintock won the Nobel Prize in "Physiology or Medicine" for the discovery of genetic transposition (81)
  • Rosa Parks received the Rosa Parks Peace Prize in Stockholm, Sweden (81)
  • The renowned writer and thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished writing Faust, with which he had begun experimenting more than 60 years earlier (82)
  • Winston Churchill wrote A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (82)
  • Leo Tolstoy wrote I Cannot Be Silent (82)
  • Legendary filmmaker Sidney Lumet directed Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke (82)
  • Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science Monitor (87)
  • Michelangelo created the architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli (88)
  • Artur Rubinstein performed one of his greatest recitals in Carnegie Hall (89)
  • Albert Schweitzer ran a hospital in Africa (89)

In your 90's:
  • Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre museum (90)
  • American composer Elliot Carter wrote his first opera at 90. He published more than 40 works between ages 90 and 100.
  • The art designer Erte, promising never to retire, worked on sets and costumes for two Manhattan musicals, and worked on remodeling his finca on Majorca, planting fruit trees to be enjoyed in his old age (96)

And while it is true that we can't all become a Nelson Mandela, a Mother Teresa, or a Gandhi, what nevertheless remains clear is that all of us can - if we so choose - continue making a difference to others in our lives, not only with what we do, but how we live our lives.

For more about how to consciously bring about change in your life and how this can move you - and the world that surrounds 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


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 


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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