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MARCH 9, 2012 9:08AM

Field of Dreams... Is Within You

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One of my favorite films is Field of Dreams, a beautiful, powerful, and mystical exploration of imagination and reconciliation.  Like so many popular and classic films, Field of Dreams retells the core of the spiritual experience through a popular vehicle – in this case, baseball.

Its spiraling journey and freewheeling spirituality lead actually to the last five minutes of the film – in which Kevin Costner and his late father bridge death, time and space to share healing, love and proper closure between them.

This event occurs in a special space, a field that has to be marked off and cleared, designated, a place apart from the rest of life, and to some degree of risk. This space is within Costner’s real physical environment – the cornfield on his farm – but it is set apart from it. It is this intentionality that makes it magical, consecrated, a perpetual invitation, and more: a space for grace.

We can make such a physical space in our lives, even in our homes. For example, I have enjoyed what I call an “angel room” in my home. This special doorway to the universe can be an extra room, an attic with a skylight, a cupola or alcove set apart for divine connections, candlelit revelations and wonder.

But more important, we can make such a space for healing within us – in our heart, soul and mind. 

Consider this renowned prayer, attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.

Where there is doubt, let me sow faith.

Where there is despair, let me sow hope.

Where there is darkness, let me sow light.

Where there is sadness, let me sow joy… 

Certainly, this prayer is experienced as an impassioned desire to help others in the world. But I know Francis well enough to believe that it was also his plea to improve his internal spiritual geography… the places within him that he felt needed healing:  where there is doubt (in me), let me sow faith. Where there is despair (in me), let me sow hope...

Why not pray these familiar words daily now, with this interpretation? You may see sparkling results.

Healing begins within each one of us. And transformation takes place one heart at a time. When I make a space for healing in my life, a sacred clearing, even a baseball diamond becomes holy ground.




Caer Hallundbaek

Godspeed Institute  



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Truly, deeply insightful... gives 'Opening Day' a whole new meaning :)
"People will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."

One of the best movie quotes ever.

Thanks, Caer. I, too, have loved Field Of Dreams ever since it came out. I never seem to tire of watching it.

However, your beautiful insight has just made it even better.
This brought a tear to my eye! So much love. Thank you
Thank you for sharing your interpretation, Caer...I've never thought of it this way before. Adding those little words (in me) to every line makes such a difference. I love your idea of creating a space for grace; & the idea that transformation occurs one heart at a time.

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