"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, June 3, 2014

How Myopic is Your View of Yourself?

Just because you have 20-20 vision, does not mean your're not myopic. Just because you consider yourself broad-minded, open-minded, free-thinking, and flexible, also does not mean you're not myopic. When it comes to how we see ourselves, we frequently find that we live behind - and peer out from - very thick lenses indeed.

It has less to do with a lack of intelligence than with a lack of clarity and aware self-reflective thinking about yourself. It also has at least a bit to do with how much you have understood how the psyche works in general. That signifies, for example, not only knowing what it means if you generally need to be right, or need to be the center of attention, or need to feel you are in control, but also being aware enough to recognize these things.

If you do not know the implication of this type of behavior (and there are many other sorts of behavior of this nature that I could describe), or, even if you do, but are only capable of recognizing it in others, and not in yourself, or - if you are not aware enough to see it in yourself - then you could most assuredly be called myopic about yourself.

If you're very brave (and curious), you might try the following experiment: ask a handful of friends - privately - to type up a bulleted list of your five (in their opinion) best characteristics and your five (in their opinion) worst characteristics, to then print this list, put it in an envelope, type your name and address on it, and send it to you via snail mail. You won't know which list belongs to which of your friends. A bit like a very private '360 degree feedback' that is often done in corporations where both supervisors and staff evaluate each other (anonymously), allowing everyone to be brutally honest.

Being myopic about the self is a hindrance to progress, perhaps even an enormous hindrance. It may imply a certain smug arrogance about the self. It often means you remain within the rather restricted parameters of your comfort zone. Most importantly, it means you will never become that which you truly could become. How myopic are you?

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

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. 

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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