If you know anything about the Superbowl game played in the United States on February 2, you probably know the incredible story of how it ended. The Seattle team, with almost no time left in the game, was on the edge of scoring the points needed to win when a little-known player from New England, named Malcolm Butler, intercepted the ball and secured the victory for his Patriots.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, a news reporter ran out onto the field to get Butler's reaction to the win. Breathing heavily and clearly overwhelmed with the magnitude of his actions, Butler listened to her question about his frame of mind during the play. He responded:
"I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true.”
You could tell she was a little unsure what to do with this response. A vision? Come again? So, she stuck her microphone in for a second comment, and he gave a more predictable answer, something about recognizing the play from the start...blah blah blah.
We could have a whole conversation about the societal response to his "vision" statement - and I was indeed tempted - but let's leave that for another day. Instead, let's talk a bit about visions.
Have you ever had one? They're kind of like a scene from a movie suddenly appears in your mind. You "see" this image in your head and usually, or hopefully, develop some sort of understanding from it. Let me give you an example.
Years ago, I was out with a group of friends one evening. Included in this group was the man who would become my husband, although I barely knew him at the time. At one point in the evening, he was walking ahead of me, and I suddenly had a vision of him standing on a dance floor, cradling a little baby in his arms. The flash only lasted a second but it was so clear. Everything about what he wearing, the setting, and the baby, was light as day. Something inside of me said that even though I had only known him for a few hours, this guy was a sweetheart, the "real deal," and definitely husband material. Indeed, it was this vision that confirmed it for me.
Where did the vision come from? For me, a vision is like a dream during the day, much like a daydream. Yet, unlike a dream, they're clear - I do not need to analyze a vision, because it's usually quite direct. Why is this? The best explanation I can come up with is due to the way a vision occurs. Whereas a dream come through the back door of your Unconscious, a vision enters from the front door of your Conscious mind. As we know, the Unconscious is a messy tangle of smoke and mirrors, whereas the sun shines brightly in Consciousness, illuminating the picture before us with brilliant clarity. However, like a dream, visions can jump around time and space, showing us things that may happen well into the future, much like a dream premonition would.
Visions, of course, could also be an output of our higher intelligence or intuition, a source of knowing that comes from within. Or perhaps our mind has moved into a parallel universe where we're seeing this vision occur in real time! The possibilities are actually quite endless.
What's clear to me is that visions tend to come through at BIG moments. Just look at history! In the year 312 AD, on the eve of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, Constantine had a vision assuring him of victory in the name of Christianity. Although the odds were against him, he succeeded in the battle, furthering his history-altering cause.
Much like a battle, Butler's Superbowl vision came when the stakes were highest. It was like a form of encouragement, a subtle message that "you can do this!" And so he did.
For me, my vision of my husband was a constant reminder of his potential. You see, even though I had this vision that evening, it took me over a year to actually act on it. It was during this time when I was single that the vision kept popping back into my head. It was as if to say, "This is what you want! Go get it!" And so I did. ;)
I wish I had known then that visions are meant to be helpful to you. When I have visions today, it's when I am performing a Tarot reading for someone. There is something that the client would benefit from knowing, and so the image serves as a vehicle to pass along this message. It's just there to help. There's nothing more to it.
In conclusion, Friends, visions may be rare, but they are hugely important. Instead of dismissing them as some trick of the mind, consider their message seriously. Odds are the information will change your life forever.