"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

Friday, June 7, 2013

Dreaming New Dreams

Most children have dreams of what they imagine might happen in their lives. The dreams may be highly improbable, but the excitement the child feels when visualizing his dreams is palpable and fills the air with sparks when he talks about it. As adults we may laugh indulgently, but we may also feel a twinge of envy or regret as we consider with nostalgia the fact that our own dreams are gone - or at least - no longer so palpable, so close, or even so clear. Somehow they've faded, or worse - we've let them die.

I remember when I read about C.S. Lewis, the author of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, among so many other delightful books that filled my childhood with dreams, longing, fantasy, and joy, that I was so infinitely surprised that he was an adult (obviously), and that he was a theologian. In my mind, theologians were stodgy, stiff, boring, pedantic and definitely not fanciful authors of books that took children out of a coat closet in rainy England to an enchanted land called Narnia. I could simply not get over my astonishment at these facts.

But therein I learned a very valuable lesson, which I repeat here in his own words: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) was the embodiment of that quotation, but also the inspiration for many to dare to dream their own dreams. Interestingly, his contemporary Walt Disney (1901 - 1966) who lived almost exactly in the same years as Lewis, also dared to dream his own dream. He said: All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Therein lies another important lesson: having the courage to pursue one's dreams. Finally, Tolkien (1892 - 1973), who also lived in roughly the same years as Lewis and Disney, although he was born earlier than the other two and outlived both, said: A single dream is worth more than a thousand realities. The lesson we see there is that we must give our dreams importance - they must not be ignored or discarded just because they are dreams.

So if you are one of the many whose dreams got waylaid at some point, or who abandoned them in favor of greater adult practicalities, or who got discouraged or afraid, take note of these three marvelous dreamers and what they did with their lives. C.S. Lewis was already 53 when he began writing The Narnia Chronicles. Disney had to fight numerous failed attempts before he was finally able to bring a part of his own dream into reality. And Tolkien, who had initially written The Hobbit for his children, saw it published when he was 44, but did not begin writing The Lord of the Rings until he was in his early 50's, spent 10 years doing so, and finally saw the three volumes published when he was already 62 (partially supported, during those years, by his best friend - you guessed it: C.S: Lewis).

Allow yourself to dream new dreams, whether you are 12, 29, or 81. In fact, encourage yourself to dream new dreams, because the stuff that dreams are comprised of, is the stuff that keeps us not only alive but vibrant!

Image Credit: Ruth Sanderson

For more about understanding how giving life to your dreams (and your purpose in life) can move you to greater awareness have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or Kindle).

To download the first chapter, click here
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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

My new book The Tao of Spiritual Partnership is now also available in print and Kindle formats.

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From the Description on Amazon: More exciting than any other kind of relationship you have ever known, spiritual partnership is a path, a Tao, available to you so that you may transform your life. Spiritual partnership becomes background music to daily life allowing you to enhance the process of your growth and evolution.

This ground-breaking book addresses:

• relationship patterns that hold you back from a truly fulfilled life
• the strong connection between sexuality and spiritual partnership
• communication leading to true connection & lasting transformation of your relationship

It is precisely at the problematic crossroads so often encountered in relationships that we are offered the opportunity to create a new foundation based on mutual complementarity rather than need; a free relationship between two people who want to be together, rather than two people who need to be together. Needing another, we are told, is the measure of love, but for a fully conscious individual nothing could be further from the truth. And therein lies part of the secret and healing power of spiritual partnerships. 

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 

“Eloquently 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 

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 my new book. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

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