Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Rebirth and Dreaming the Unthinkable

My student, Susan, talks about dreaming the next phase of her spiritual path.

Perhaps when one thinks about the subject of rebirth they may initially associate it to a particular religious belief. Some people believe in being spiritually reborn via a prophet or messiah. Other religions believe in reincarnation, and hence being reborn in another life. My view on rebirth is of a different one, different from the past that is.

I feel that I’ve been through multiple rebirths throughout my life so far. Physically changing is a type of rebirth as we progress in age. There is also a type of spiritual rebirth. I would not be the woman I am today without my foundation in growing in the Lutheran church. Those tools were used so that I could form an initial connection with God. Through much time and shedding of false identities, I am now able to have an even deeper connection with God (Spirit) and therefore myself. The connection I have with God is deeper than I could have every imagined. Rediscovering the connection could have only happened through inevitable change, which is rebirth.

As we go through the changes of life, we lose our imagination at some point. We forget that life is like a pallet of colors to choose from, and we can create whatever we want. Most of us forget to dream, often leading us to settle for the next best thing. Some people never stop dreaming, though. At the same time, many of those dreamers believe all they have is “dreams,” and they don’t have what it takes to make it happen. Some feel forced to let go of their dreams because society doesn’t support it.

For me, fear kept me from pursuing my dreams. For so many years I had the fear of failing, either failing myself or others. However, I know that as long as I stay true to myself and follow my intuition I can do anything but fail. Perhaps the path won’t lead to where I anticipated, but that would also be for a reason. I also had a fear that I wouldn’t have a support system to help me along the way, especially if I moved to a new city. With help, from my precious teachers, I know that there will always be a support system. Some relationships will join me for the ride either physically or by afar. Other relationships will need to be let go until they cycle through again. Many relationships will arise wherever I am. As long as I am being myself and radiating my own positive energy then it will be supported by the same energy and love.

I have been encouraging others to dream the unthinkable and without fear, not knowing I need to be cultivating it just as much. Through the next few weeks I plan on writing more in my personal journal and seeing what I can dream up, no matter how unrealistic it may seem. My spiritual rebirth has allowed an empty canvas to be placed in front of me. I don’t know what the end result will be, but I do know I plan to use many colors.

Susan started to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Creator four years ago when she was introduced to the works of Eckhart Tolle's, "The Power of Now" by Jim Tolles. Her life has been transformed in countless ways since then.
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