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Dreams, New Beginnings, and Spiritual Growth

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What are dreams?

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”  Langston Hughes

We don’t seem to hear much about dreams these days. There are two connotations regarding dreams. The more common one refers to things we’d like to do and accomplish in life. These are typically difficult, but very worthwhile pursuits. The uncommon one and the one spoken about even less in our shallow culture pertains to what we dream while asleep.

In some cultures even now, and in some ancient societies, nighttime dreams were seen as important and as having the potential to speak to our waking lives and even have healing qualities. I’ve read where in some tribal cultures the first thing the members do in the morning is share their dreams with each other.

  • They ponder the meaning of their dreams.
  • They reflect on them.
  • They seek their wisdom or in some cases their warning.

In the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, dreams and their interpretation played a big part in people’s lives, and at times in critical and momentous situations.

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The meaning of dreams

I am a Christian Life Coach who believes that when we ignore both types of dreams, we do so to our own detriment. We’re left feeling... 

  • A kind of spiritual emptiness
  • A poverty of insight
  • A missing out on opportunities for fuller living

Part of what I do as a Coach is to help clients get reacquainted with the following:

  • Their dreams
  • Their unconscious
  • Their inner wisdom

A wisdom that runs deep is from God, and can only be accessed by prayer, reflection, and sharing with another, as exemplified, by those cultures which place a value on such things. There is a book I often recommend that is a good place to start: “Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language,” by John Sanford.

“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.”  Louis L’Amour

New beginnings

When life’s losses and disappointments weigh heavily upon us, so many people get discouraged and give up hope, give up searching and even living. But new beginnings await. Sometimes we just need someone in our corner, someone who will come alongside us to help.

I am a Christian Life Coach, in the business of helping and encouraging. A new year is a particularly opportune time to take stock and perhaps begin anew.

NOTE: According to John Trent in his book “The Blessing,” the Hebrew word translated “life” in a certain passage from the book of Genesis, implies movement and motion. Specifically, moving toward someone or something. What new blessings are in your future, provided you’re willing to set and work toward goals? There’s only one way to find out: Keep moving, and GET SOME COACHING!

The great Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology along with Sigmund Freud and others, said something to this effect:

“Of all my patients in the 2nd half of life, the central problem is that they have not developed a religious or spiritual outlook on life.”

  • What has your experience been on this topic?
  • Do you think his statement has validity?
  • Why or why not? I’d love to get your feedback. But first, read on.

Be more spiritual

One of the important aspects of a spiritual outlook, it seems to me, is the question of meaning.

  • Why are we here?
  • What is the purpose of life?
  • Why is there so much evil?
  • And if there is a God, why does he allow bad things to happen to good people? To children? To the innocent?

These are deep questions which have been probed and debated by great minds throughout history, and yet there seem to be so few satisfying answers.

I am a Christian Life Coach who believes that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life.” I don’t have the answers but I will come alongside you in your search for meaning and in your efforts to develop a mature spirituality. After all, even Christianity does not offer easy answers or platitudes.

Again, I welcome your thoughts and feedback. Plus, for anyone considering hiring a Life Coach, I’d welcome hearing from you.

Where do we get strength?

Worldly notions of strength are quite opposite of what the Bible emphasizes. The world promotes and applauds...

  • Personal empowerment
  • Physical strength
  • Will power
  • Assertiveness
  • And even some forms of aggression.

That is, so to speak, the way of the world. These forms of strength are not necessarily bad and can in fact be exactly what’s called for under various circumstances. 

  • The athlete and the soldier must be fit and strong. 
  • The timid must learn to speak up. 
  • The will must be disciplined in order to make tough choices.

Biblically, however, the concept of strength is a much different story.  In both the Old and New Testaments there are numerous references to strength. God’s strength. Most of these verses can be distilled down to an essential truth: The Lord God is our strength.  It is He who fights for us, saves and delivers us.  When we are weak, then we are truly strong, writes St. Paul. Why? Because it is then that we most experience the need for God and we’re most open to His Spirit dwelling in us.  The self-sufficient don’t feel the need of God.

So strength is another in a long line of topics about which the world and God’s ways are at variance. I probably cited this quote in a previous post, but it is such a favorite and so relevant: “If you want to understand the world from a Christian point of view, stand on your head.”  (G.K. Chesterton)

Let us as Christian Life Coaches encourage our clients to put their hope, not in man, but in God.  And let us as followers of Christ bear witness to the world that God is our strength and our song.  (Psalms 118:14)


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