"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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Strength to do What is Necessary

Did you know that being strong may be an acquired characteristic? Some are born strong, others less so, but all of us can become strong by practicing. There is a muscle of sorts involved in strength, and part of it is composed of determination, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Another part of this muscle is composed of proactivity, in the knowledge that sometimes just by moving forward, by taking that next step, even in the midst of fear, you will get closer to the potential goal or solution.

You need strength when you are faced with:
  • a potentially terminal disease
  • a goal that is still very far off, and that will require a great deal of planning, work, and persistence
  • financial difficulties
  • relationship difficulties
  • a parent or child that needs continual care
  • the death of a loved one
  • betrayal
  • loss of a beloved pet
  • teenagers who are being ... well ... teenagers
Many other examples could be cited, but I think you get the idea. 

Now here comes the important part of today's post. In order that you are able to be strong, it requires that you know how to remove the weeds in your mind and the vampires in your heart, so that plants that are strong and beautiful can flourish, and so that your inner energy is not sucked out of you.

What are the weeds? Those thoughts that you ruminate on and allow to go on and on and on in your mind and that therefore choke off the possibility of other, more productive thoughts that could help make you strong can flourish. You will have read in many previous posts here about thoughts that this is less about controlling your thoughts, and more about choosing where you focus. So if you are focusing on fear or being a victim, or on being overwhelmed, you can choose - just for now - to take your focus from those specific thoughts and move your attention (just for now) to something that serves to shift your energy (as easy as looking at something beautiful and really focusing on it for a few moments), in order that you may then focus on a totally different kind of thought.

What are the vampires? The negative feelings you allow in when you allow the ruminating thoughts to continue. Those feelings weaken you (as do the thoughts), and steal your energy from you. This is both the physical energy that you may need in order to move forward, but also the energy that you derive from inner well-being, that is obviously an impossibility if you are drained, but that latter energy may even be more important than the physical one in order to keep on with your daunting quest and in order to feed your burgeoning strength.

All of this is in your hands. Becoming a stronger person is in your hands. Wanting to become a stronger person and moving in the direction of such strength with determination and purpose is in your hands. But it may never happen if you allow the weeds and vampires to populate your inner world.

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

To download the first chapter, click here
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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