"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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Heroes & Heroines

It's that day of the year again where the inevitable passing of time assigns an extra number to the years we have been here. I've decided to have a look at one aspect of those years - a manner of summing up thus far, by remembering a number of my heroes and heroines over the decades.

In no particular order, here are some (not nearly all) of those that I have admired, in particular, some of those I admired most fervently when I was still very young: Simone de Beauvoir, Henry Miller, Somerset Maugham, Anäis Nin, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Gloria Steinem, Liz Greene, Jean Houston, Alexander Ruperti, Carl Gustav Jung, Victor Frankl, Wayne Dyer, Mother Teresa, Chris Griscom, Aung San Suu Kyi, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Christopher Reeve, Martin Luther King, Jr., Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle, Aimée Mullins, Nelson Mandela, Frida Kahlo, Thomas Moore, Oprah WInfrey, Ram Dass, Lawrence Anthony, Princess Diana, Sabriye Tenberken, Coco Chanel, Hillary Clinton, Christiane Amanpour, Elaine Pagels, Angelina Jolie, Graham Hancock, Betty Friedan, Sydney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, Maya Angelou, Leonardo da Vinci, Richard Branson, H. Rider Hagard, C.S. Lewis, Leonard Cohen, Pablo Neruda, Benazir Bhutto, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, T.S. Eliot, Rainer Maria Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, M. Esther Harding, Marija Gimbutas, Elizabeth Kübler Ross.

Despite the evident diversity, there's a bit of a common thread here - at least for me: most appeared to be interested in peace, equality, and justice, an element of self-reflection glitters in their lives, courage and persistence run through the days and years of their existence, the status quo or comfort zone was not necessarily a place to which they clung, an  inner purpose, an interest in growth, an interest in our common humanity - might we even say - an interest in the idea of we are all one can be observed. They have inspired me and moved me in the directions in which I have traveled, and while my life does not take place before the cameras, or on the front pages of the press, I have aspired - in part thanks to them - to more and more live a life that moves - even if only by small, tiny, but daily steps, in the direction of all that which I find so admirable in the existence of these.

Admiring others is a wonderful thing precisely because it can - if you let it - inspire you to greatness. Not greatness on the world's stage, but greatness in your own existence because of how it (you) may shine in the lives of others. We might even call it a win-win equation. Your growth serves the potential growth of others whose lives you touch. Is that not a goal worth reaching for?

Who inspires you? What does that tell you about yourself?

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Also visit my book 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

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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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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. 

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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