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John Kortum on Gaining Exposure for His Life's Work

 

John Christopher Kortum goes by different titles: "perceptual anthropologist" and the author and developer of The Kortum Technique, How to Access the Human Body's Natural Blueprint for Health and Healing. As a perceptual anthropologist, Kortum often roams the globe in search of locations where past or forgotten cultures made use of natural sensory perception. The author's travels add to his experience base and deepen his understanding of natural sensory detection. These also led him to develop and write the book, The Kortum Technique. He consults, speaks, and teaches worldwide regarding his seminal work on sensory integration and intuitive development.

As a perceptual anthropologist, Kortum often roams the globe in search of locations where past or forgotten cultures made use of natural sensory perception. The author's travels add to his experience base and deepen his understanding of natural sensory detection. These also led him to develop and write the book, The Kortum Technique. He consults, speaks, and teaches worldwide regarding his seminal work on sensory integration and intuitive development.

Despite being aware of the obvious biases from the medical establishment, Kortum felt a sense of responsibility to share the knowledge he has acquired through the years. A couple of his cases have been featured in The uneXplained, an A&E BIO Channel original documentary series produced by Executive Producer Doug Liman (of the The Bourne Trilogy and Mr. and Mrs. Smith fame).

"Since the human body's code of health is universal, I have a responsibility to illuminate this innate dimension of our biology that has not yet been considered by medical science. I also knew there had to be people within the conventional health care industry with a greater vision for medicine, a greater vision for wellness. I searched for many years until I finally found two brilliant and progressive health care professionals who would not only listen, but were eager and willing to take action on my discoveries."

Embracing Things beyond the Usual

Kortum's interests lie in natural phenomena that do not fit into the box of accepted reality. He works with investigative groups to identify, understand, and relate to unusual happenings. His work led him to the medical field where his perceptual diagnostic techniques have been clinically observed to be accurate 93% of the time.

"I began investigating the human sensory system at a young age and made two distinct discoveries. I found that our ordinary five senses have extraordinary capacities and the human body has an obvious and consistent way of communicating health information that can be accessed by looking at people," said Kortum.

Asked about the creative influences that led him to his subject and writing style, Kortum declared, "The ideas for my technique were my own. The real challenge for me was how to write about my ideas in an effective manner. When I read Emerson, I found elegant simplicity. When I read Existentialism, I indeed found less is more. In reading the classics, I noticed the use of action verbs in place of to be, am, is, was, were, and so on, gave power and life to the words on the page. Ultimately, I came to embrace that the art of writing is re-writing!"

Making Yourself Available: A Technique for Gaining Exposure

As with anything groundbreaking and new, resistance abounds. Hence, Kortum advises "Authors should be innovative in bringing their message forward; they should follow their hearts and follow their guidance."

"Make yourself available to the community," Kortum added. An advice he himself took by talking to whoever is willing to be informed about his work within the medical and lay communities. It was through one of his seminars that Kortum met the producer who later on sought him out in order to feature his work for the documentary series they were producing.

Kortum also suggests putting up a blog and YouTube videos where authors can tackle their subject comprehensively and demonstrate their knowledge at length for maximum impact. "TV is great for creating awareness, depending on what authors ultimately want to achieve."

Kortum further advises aspiring authors about the likely challenges they will encounter during the publishing and marketing process, "Let 'No' propel you forward! When I first began this project and book idea, I experienced much resistance from my community. At first, I was daunted. However, soon I realized if you encounter resistance along the way, then most likely you are moving in a healthy direction-Full Steam Ahead!"

The author already envisions several book ideas for future publication. However, with the growing demand for his unconventional skills, he has chosen to focus on his educational and training seminars that concretize the practical value of The Kortum Technique.

His Message and Thoughts on the Publishing Process

"I am grateful that the self-publishing process allowed me to maintain the core essence of my work. My book presents the performance of The Kortum Technique in a private medical practice. However, I knew that pure clinical or technical writing was not going to reach broad appeal. I had to weave my personal narrative in a way that would remind readers of the power of perception we all possess."

Asked about what message he would like to convey to readers about his book, the author enthused, "While The Kortum Technique is a breakthrough in medical science and human perception, it is only one example of our creative human spirit and curiosity."

"May The Kortum Technique inspire you to dig in the buried corners of your mind and reveal your own treasures to be shared with the world. As engineer and inventor Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958) once said, "There exists limitless opportunity in every industry. Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier."

The Kortum Technique, How to Access the Human Body's Natural Blueprint for Health and Healing is available for purchase through the Xlibris bookstore.