"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, April 4, 2014

First Be A Certain Person

In our society of instant everything, includiing instant fame, we seem to have lost sight of the fact that in order for something to come to fruition in your life, you must first put in something in order to achieve it.

Many articles have been written about the steps you should take in order to achieve goals, but I believe part of this also has much to do with what you make of your inner self.

In order for Rafael Nadal to achieve his place as #1 in tennis, he not only had to put in the time to practice, but he had to achieve a certain mindset, inner drive, and even philosophy, along with self-esteem, persistence in the face of obstacles and continual challenges, as well as the motivation and determination to go where few have tread.

In order for J.K. Rowling to achieve her place as one of the greatest sellers of books in our time, she not only had to sit and write every day - even when nothing seemed to be moving forward, but she also had to develop a belief in her capacity as a writer, a belief in the value of her stories, and the persistence and motivation in the face of all her obstacles.

In order for Harrison Ford to move on from being a carpenter to becoming a world-class actor, he also had to not only put in the time practicing his art, but he had to develop a certain mindset including the belief in himself and his capacity, persistence, determination, and motivation in the face of failure, along with self-esteem and inner strength to carry on when he really had nothing to show for it yet.

These examples demonstrate the truth of a Zen axiom: if you want a certain thing, you must first be a certain person. Each of these individuals already was - on some level - that which he wanted to be, long before he became it. In some fashion this is akin to visualization or the concept of possible selves in that you move yourself in the direction of what you seek by becoming that thing on the inside, long before you achieve it on the outside. This requires determination and belief in yourself, but it also requires making some conscious choices about how you talk to yourself - on the inside - with the self-dialogue we all have running through our minds day in and day out. Choose your thoughts well - the words of Mike Dooley - for they become things.

Also visit my new website: www.gabriellakortsch.com where you may download excerpts or read quotations from any of my books.

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

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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

“Eloquent 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.

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