Hi there. My name is Rory. Welcome to Beyond the Dream.
This blog began as a place to share my reflections on life, with a particular emphasis on finding happiness, peace of mind and understanding the nature of consciousness, mind and reality. My intent was to make sense of life and become a better, happier person–a goal common to most people.
It’s no secret that we live in stressful times. The information age has spiralled into an information overload age. Things are coming at us from every direction. The world seems increasingly turbulent and life is filled with ever more pressures. As a result, people are feeling stressed, burned out and disconnected. Unhappiness is rife.
I know this only too well. Since I was quite I young I suffered bouts of depression and anxiety as well life-threatening health challenges. Just a few years ago I hit rock bottom and, dealing with a chronic health problem that left me with next to no energy, I often found it hard to even get out of bed. I did learn a lot from the adversity, however. With determination I learned to inch my way forward, bit by bit. I found ways to fix up not only my health but my confidence and self-esteem. My intent with Beyond the Dream is simply to share what I’ve learned in the hope it will help others.
We weren’t born to suffer. We were born to enjoy life and be free and happy. That is both our birthright and our natural state. We all intuitively know this, which is why unhappiness and limitation are so inherently unacceptable to us. We want to be free. One of the greatest obstacles is actually our own mind. Much of the theme of this blog is what I call jailbreaking the mind; which means making our minds work for rather than against us.
Much of our suffering is unwittingly self-created. This suffering is entirely reversible, however, if we can learn to question the thoughts, beliefs and mindsets that are causing it. This does take a degree of courage and open-mindedness. But freedom is the ability to step out of the prison of our thoughts and beliefs, and that freedom is available to all of us, now.
As a social science graduate and student of philosophy and metaphysics, I’ve been greatly inspired by Taoism, Zen, New Thought, modern psychology and sociology and in particular Vedanta, which is based upon the wisdom of the Upanishads. I owe Vedanta an immense debt, and have created a blog called Essence of Vedanta, in which I will be exploring this ancient science of consciousness as it is traditionally taught.
I also have another blog, Dreamlight Fugitive, which is focused primarily on my fiction writing and creativity in general. I’m the author of two novels, Eladria and The Key of Alanar, as well as my own translation and commentary of the Tao Te Ching.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the site. Be sure to check out the Articles section for a list of the top posts on this site. It’s the perfect place to get started. All comments and feedback are greatly appreciated. Look forward to hearing from you.
Love and best wishes,