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Friday, May 23, 2014

Racism, Self-Reflection & Oneness


With the recent spate of racial slurs in the international sports world, I wanted to add my voice to the numerous others who are posting and writing about a world that is - in some ways - still going mad. The problem is, we're no longer in WWII, nor are we any longer a world that doesn't - in the flash of a Youtube video gone viral - show us what someone else is doing or saying, whether in a war situation, or in a more private one that somehow got caught on tape. Yet many continue to behave as though we were still in the Middle Ages. Many continue to believe that this race or that is less. Less good, less worthy, less valuable.

It's almost ironic. How on earth have we failed to learn after so muuch misery - on all sides - over so many millennia?

I know a few people who hold racist beliefs. I could shun them, but I don't. One of the reasons is that they are sometimes well-read and can actually talk about some interesting subjects (beyond their racist ideas), that are more to my liking than the latest reality TV show or winner on the X-Factor. However, discussing their racist ideas is actually verboten. If we meet for a coffee, that is my rule. But here is another point. Since I long ago realized that I was unable to shake their belief system by arguments and making fine points about history, etc., I soon also realized that I was making inroads by simply being me. In other words, I saw that there was interest in my inner peace as a way of life; that there was interest in my lack of need to add drama to my life by expostulating about this or that in angry or indignant or rabble-rousing ways. Of course I have opinions, but they're mine, and I'm not fueled by needing anyone else to accept them for their own life. So the fact that by simply being me was making inroads, gave me hope. Not Polyanna hope, but hope that something in the firmly entrenched neural pathways could be swayed ... gently, but that in the ultimate instance might get results where other methods did not.

For a racist to change, there must be self-reflection. And it is my contention that only someone who is already self-reflective, can mirror this for the racist. This means - in very simple terms - that the more of us who are self-reflective, living our lives in a self-reflective way, the more there is a chance that we can have an impact on those who are not.

Clearly, laws must also exist to protect individuals and groups from racism, as there must be educational programs that teach those who continue to nurture racist beliefs to look at their beliefs from other points of view, and to be taught that much - if not most - of racist belief rests on stereoptyical myths that have nothing to do with reality. Much can be done on local, state, and governmental levels.

But you and I - we who are just the little guys in the street - can also do much by becoming more and more self-reflective and by showing - by the way we live our lives - that there are other, more compassionate and self-beneficial ways to walk through a lifetime than by being a racist.

And that, of course, leads us to another step, far further up the ladder of understanding, self-reflection, and enlightenment: the concept that we are all one. If quantum physics is now extolling this as the new understanding of matter, then how can we possibly continue to believe that you are less than I, or they are less than we are?

Choose to live your life in a way that gives others something to emulate. Choose to do this, not only because you are not racist, but because you have grasped this idea of us all being one, and because you know on some level, that until we all get on board with it, our world will be so much less than it could be.

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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