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Wednesday, 08 September 2021

Lucid Dream in Ancient Rome

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Even if we don't pay much attention to them, dreams are a huge part of our lives, and when it comes to conscious dreaming, there are numerous benefits. Lucid dreaming existed in ancient cultures but with different names and descriptions.

Over time, science reveals more potential benefits of controlled dreaming through research, and people are getting aware of LD's ability to improve their lives.

However, the modern world is still not inspired by dreams as much as the ancient civilizations were.

In history, Romans were a nation that was taking directions from their gods to spend their lives, and they are also considered the first ones to describe the concept of lucid dreaming. Keep reading to learn some interesting facts about Romans' concept of lucid dreaming.

Roman's Concept about Dreaming

In ancient Rome, dreams played a vital role, especially in curing and acquiring information from gods. People with severe medical conditions were sent to specific temples that were built to improve health.

The patient has to perform rituals and sleep on a dream bed to have a dream, and the god of health communicates with the patient and improves their health.

Political leaders and businesses person travel to temples associated with gods for advice and wealth. They perform their rituals and sleep on dream beds to seek respective advice.

There was a high demand for dream interpreters, and all military leaders and government officials had their dream interpreters guide them about their future by interpreting their dreams.

Physicians, priests, and healers also recorded their patients' dreams to understand their condition and use this information to send them to health-related temples.

Communication with Gods

People in Rome had built special temples like Greeks and Egyptians. They had different temples associated with various gods, and they traveled to those temples to solve their problems. They performed rituals and slept to communicate with their gods, looking for advice regarding their professional life and success in business.

Romans' gods communicated to them through dreams, and they made political changes and took action on gods' instructions. These actions were strongly significant and respected by everyone, even if someone didn't agree with the concept of god's communication through dreaming.

Roman Philosopher St. Augustine and Lucid Dreaming

St. Augustine, a philosopher and a bishop described this state of dream called lucid dreaming. He was treating people for spiritual issues, and as per norms, he was used to recording his patients' dreams for their treatment.

Gennadius, a Roman physician, had some problems with his idea about life after death, and he was a patient of St. Augustine. St. Augustine recorded his two dreams on two consecutive nights, well-thought-out as the world's first realization of lucid dreaming.

One night, Gennadius saw a guide in his dream which took him to a beautiful world. The next day, the same guide appeared again, and he recognized him; then, the guide explained that he met him in the previous night's dream, and he was dreaming at this time.