Dreams and Softball – 2-A A +A
By Joel Panes
Monday, September 23, 2013
DREAMS, according to John Paul Jackson, founder of Streams Ministries are constructed theospectively rather introspectively. This means these night visions which are teeming with symbolisms and allegories are not byproducts of one’s soul or innate desire but are scripted by the Divine Being to convey a message or a series of messages to the human spirit.
In certain religions, soul and spirit would be lumped to be the one and the same ball of thread but doctors of the Eastern Orthodox faith have shown in their treatises the lines that divide the soul and the spirit of man though they are interstitially and indispensably part of the being of created man.
Night visions or parables, when these are played out may be received by the dreamer as warnings, assurances and windows into the future. Biblical characters from the patriarch Joseph to King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed and a theospective interpretation brought the dreamer the supernatural assurance and guidance concerning their destiny and purpose. In a dream, the human spirit is the receiver while the soul is the mere observer of what transpires. Utterly helpless in the conduct of the dream is the human will.
It is incapable of directly interfering with the progress of the script but can only record in the mind what has transpired. This is the reason why while the dream is still fresh in one’s soul after the light of man’s spirit has ceased to play the film, the dreamer, if interested in his state and destiny should write the dream.
As to the dream I had when I was still a five year old, I believe I have received a theospective interpretation with the help and direction of trained dream interpreters. What did the characters in the dream mean?
First, the dragon. Dragons are mythical creatures almost banal to the Chinese who mark every Chinese New Year festivity with a dragon dance. These creatures symbolize power, prestige and good fortune.
From a biblical or theospective standpoint however, the dragon would have a different symbolic meaning. In the 12th chapter of the apocalyptic Book of Revelation, the apostle and patriarch John refers to the dragon as satan, the great deceiver or an agent of the fallen one whose mission in life is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10).
Second, the school. A school in a dream represents a place of learning or a setting of important events in the past and the present of a person’s life.
Third, the room. A room symbolizes a person with knowledge.
To sum up, the dream I had in the mid-60s and interpreted only recently would mean: That in my childhood until the present time, I would be "enclosed" with persons who are filled with knowledge. Knowledge possesses the power to influence and direct a personal destiny and even the destiny of others. Looking back, truly there had been remarkable persons whose riches in wisdom and knowledge had been liberally shared with me. They were my mentors in softball and other sports, market analysis, business, law and even spirituality to whom I am now humbled to salute from this page. Outside these positive influences, there exists a real and persistent evil, a poacher, seeking to annihilate the recipients, bearers and carriers of knowledge. Biblically, knowledge denotes revelation, the Truth which sets one and even many free. Fifty years after that dream, it makes sense to me.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 24, 2013.