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Joshua’s home run

Joshua at bat.jpgThis just in from my good friend Wanda Burch, with whom I’ve been sharing dreams and growing the practice of active dreaming for over twenty years:

“My grandson,
Joshua, 11 years old, lives in California and loves baseball. He is
quite good but had never hit a home run until this weekend. Joshua
participated in the play-offs for championship title for his team as
the all-stars for his age group in Northern California. It was really a
big deal. Saturday was the big day and the last game.

“On
Saturday morning, Joshua told his mom that he dreamed he had hit a home
run. He was really pleased because the dream was so real that he now knew what it felt
like to hit a home run. He seemed satisfied that the dream had given
him this fabulous experience. They didn’t talk about the possibility
that he could actually hit a home run on the baseball field.

“So
in the big game later on Saturday, Joshua’s team is behind. Joshua, not
being a star hitter, had been kept back. All the bases are loaded, and
Joshua’s team is running out of good hitters. Finally they are left
with Joshua and think they have lost.

“Joshua gets up and smashes
a ball harder and farther than he’s ever done. He’s hit a home run and
he’s given his team the championship. The team goes wild, screaming
and yelling as they carry Joshua around on their shoulders. Joshua calls
me full of excitement. He’s so happy that reality can measure up to the
best dream.”

Bravo for Joshua, who is clearly an all-star of
Little League and of dreaming! This a terrific story to share with
sports-minded parents who may not have woken up to how dreaming can
help us to hit home runs (in many senses) and produce winning teams. Compare this report with Wanda’s previous account of a psychic dream of her son Evan – Joshua’s father – when he was very young, and you’ll see how the practice of dreaming can be nurtured and grown in a family from generation to generation.

  • http://www.wandaburch.com Wanda Burch

    Thank you for expanding my grandson’s delightful dream. He has been sharing dreams with his mom and dad and with me – when I can trek out west – since he could talk. And both he and his sister have great school teachers who encourage day journals and night journals. I believe dreams are an integral part of their lives already – no surprise there I suppose!

  • http://www.ArtfulAlchemist.com Claire Perkins

    Hurray for Joshua – on all levels!!

  • http://www.practicingonpurpose.com Gretchen

    I wonder if Joshua retained the physical memory of hitting the home run to help him smash the ball in waking life. Dreams are great coaches!

  • Maureen Boyd Biro

    What a delightful story – hurrah for Joshua! I love that the dream experience of hitting the home run was so exciting and satisfying, and as real as the “real” home run. This certainly adds nuance to the later experience and carries such empowerment for the dreamer. I have fifteen nieces and nephews and they all know I’m the go-to aunt for sharing their dreams. I wish I’d been more tuned in to my own children’s dreams when they were little, though we do share dreams regularly now. Thanks, Robert and Wanda, for sharing Joshua’s story – so inspiring, and a what a great testament to the power of dreams!

  • Raymond

    Hello Robert and Wanda,
    What an incredible experience! I expect Joshua has instantly expanded his multiverse many dimensions with one dream and one swing of the bat, and all the practice swings leading up to today. I can hear him telling this story to his children and grandchildren already.
    I am sharing your report with my daughter who will hopefully share it with her 1st grade beginning again in the fall. She is very imaginative with her children and loves tangible leads such as you have provided here.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Raymond – Yes, it’s nice to think of Joshua telling the story of his home run to his grandchildren. Even better to picture his inpiring his children and grandchildren to become active dreamers and dream up their own versions of this drem magic.

  • Janice

    Hi, Robert,
    I imagine that this can be used as a good exercise to practice sports. I once read that the professional sportsmen/women practice their skills mentally in preparing for their games. Dreaming sports practice would be an excellent way to introduce children to this concept.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Janice – Good point. Sports psychology has long been ahead of most other branches of psych in the understanding of how imagery can change the body and rehearse the player for challenges ahead, improving their subsequent performances. Since basketball great Bill Russell revealed that he had invented and rehearsed winning moves on the court by playing “inner movies”, many basketball coaches encourage players to spend some time visualizing their plays in advance of the game.

  • http://www.highlandpub.com Janine De Tillio Cammarata

    Hi Robert,
    My son, Stephen, is 12 and had a similar dream with soccer. He loves playing the game, but is often insecure when under pressure. One morning he woke up and told me that he scored a hat trick (three goals in one game). He then proceeded to describe each goal in detail. His confidence was soaring and he felt very proud of himself. He may not have gotten a hat trick in his game, but he did score a goal and tried the moves that he dreamed about. His dream gave him the confidence to take a chance.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Janine – Thanks for this terrific confirmation that dreams rehearse us for challenges ahead – on the field of games or the field of life – and can infuse us with energy and confidence to play those games better.

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