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"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

"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: Your Soul's Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Listening to Key Moments


Self-reflection is key to living an aware life. Many of us are not raised doing this because our parents didn't do it, and we often only come to it as we progress through life's stage. Others never come to it, unless they stumble across the concept.


It's fundamental to begin something - anything - to correct that limitation and to begin to have an inkling of who you are. Here are some relatively simple things you can begin to do immediately, and until you start seeing the treasure you are about to unveil, and will crave doing this, you need not even spend a great deal of time on it. Remember that knowing the self is - in part - reflecting upon the self, and self-reflection implies reflecting upon one's life. It was Socrates who said: the unexamined life is not worth living, and it was Aristotle who said: knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. If you set out to follow the suggestion below, your life will become enormously enriched; if you let it go, or decide to do it at some other time, you will not have access to the treasure inside. It was Jung who said: your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

Here is one tool (of many) to help you do it:

Examine your time line: 

This often results in being one of the most interesting self-reflective exercises you can do. Take one piece of paper for each year of your life. If you are 52, you will need 52 sheets of paper.  At the top of each sheet, write your age (0 years, 1 year, 2 years, etc.), and the year in question, i.e., in 1981 you were five. Then write down the address (if you don't remember the street, just put the city or the subdivision of the city in which you lived each year), as well as who lived with you at that location that year, i.e., your parents, your paternal grandmother, your older siblings, a nanny, the dog. Also write down the kindergarten, school, or college you were attending, or the company at which you were working. Make a note of important friends, neighbors, or colleagues. This entire preamble serves to jog your memory about that year of your life. If you will leave the sheaf of papers lying in a convenient location, perhaps on your bedroom dresser, each time you think of something, you can add it to the appropriate year. It may take you a while to 'populate' the sheets in bullet fashion, but you will begin to see pieces of a puzzle emerging, and you will begin to understand yourself better. You may also begin to see aspects of yourself that you had never considered.

It was Frederick Buechner who said: listen to your life. All moments are key moments. And of course the best way you can listen to your life is by truly knowing what happened and what is happening by becoming self-reflective.

Also see my new website: www.gabriellakortsch.com where you may read quotations or download excerpts 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 Rewiring the Soul so named for my first book. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

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