Panes: Softball and Dreams – 3-A A +A
By Joel Panes
Monday, September 30, 2013
KNOWING what a dream means theospectively by understanding the allegories and symbolisms present in the night parable does not end at the interpretative stage.
The decoded message in the hands of the receiver is a revelation of divine concern for a creation which inhabits a world where invisible forces of light and darkness constantly battle dominion and control over the human soul.
With this, the receiver is called to an exercise his gift of free will. There could be an acceptance of his destiny in the hands of his Creator which is characterized with life.
There seems to be a harmless strain of ethereal thought which secular education has promoted the affairs of men are purely men’s affairs and there is absolutely absent any spiritual influence straining the human will. In another breadth to say that mankind is alone and there is no other one with interest is equal to saying that we live in a utopia and that regardless of circumstances, we are virtuous and are possessed with esteemed character such as morality, honesty and faithfulness among characteristics. Surely this is not true especially in these days.
Such is a common error perpetrated by and among natural men with emasculated souls but famished spirits who are enamored with William Hensley’s “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”In the Illustrated London News (1925), G.K Chesterton had written something astounding. Paraphrasing the famous Christian apologist and poet, I write, “man without connecting with his Divine origin makes him a materialist with a wholly and exclusively bestial origin."
These night parables should make good spiritual sense.
I find it so compelling to write that with most of the honorable men of the Philippine Senate caught in a very uncompromising situation with the alleged billion peso pork barrel plunder of the people’s monies with Janet Napoles, G.K Chesterton’s statement does strike a relevant chord a materialistic and power hungry society cannot absolutely comprehend. Yet, I must ask if these are really just the affairs of men?
Phew! Now, back to softball dreams. Days before we clinched for the Cordilleras the gold medal of the 2013 PRISAA National Collegiate Games, I had taken a 3-hour ride back to Baguio from Lingayen to retrieve a laptop charger I inadvertently left. I promised my Athletic Director I would be back for the solidarity meeting in the morning. In my sleep, I was awakened by an astonishingly white light which flooded the entire house. I asked myself who turned on all the lights. When I tried to rise up to reach for the light switches, I woke up and saw it was dark. I then realized the bright white light experience that filled the entire room was a dream. I never knew what it meant but at that time, I had good inner sense to know that such distinct luminosity is not courtesy of BENECO. Interestingly, five days after, we brought home CAR’s first gold medal in softball. What grace!
Narrating this dream later to a group of theospective dream interpreters, I would be told I had experienced a Divine visitation.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 01, 2013.