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Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Lucid dreaming from the view of Christianity

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Judaism and Christianity uniquely treat dreams from the approaches used by other religions. According to Jewish and Christian traditions, lucid dreaming gets primarily used to communicate between people and the almighty. However, lucid Dreams can take on various forms, including visual pictures, aural directives, and terrifying nightmares. However, the unifying thread is that they contain a revelatory message from the divine to the dreaming individual. Numerous renowned lucid dream researchers have examined this phenomenon through the lens of the Christian faith. According to their study, mysteries of nature got naturally explored within the safe sanctuary of a lucid dream. Psychologist Edgar Cayce, a self-described mystic and clairvoyant, said that the highest state of the human soul is to know that you are one with God. Edgar Cayce says that we, as souls, come into being to know ourselves as individuals while still being one with God, and lucid dreaming is an effective way to do this.

How do different religions think of lucid dreaming?

 

Lucid dreaming (LD) has been researched scientifically for just a century. Different religions have different opinions regarding lucid dreaming:

  • In the Buddhist tradition, Tibetan monks teach dreamers to overcome their phobias using lucid dreaming and manage oneiric content.
  • In the Islamic opinion, a dream enriched with positivity is from the creators of heaven. On the other hand, horrible nightmares or dreams are due to evil forces existing in the universe.
  • According to Christian philosopher Augustine of Hippo, Lucid Dreaming is a glimpse of the hereafter when the spirit splits from the body. Some Spiritism sects think that LD precedes out-of-body experiences during sleep.
  • The old Indian faiths (Buddhism and Hinduism) are more engaged in increasing self-awareness, hence creating strategies to induce LD and observing sleep.

What is the opinion of Christian authors about lucid dreaming?

 

Patricia Garfield, the author of the book Pathway to Ecstasy, thinks lucid dreaming lets you get into a mystical state of mind. The 4th phase of American psychology, also called transpersonal psychology, helped make this idea more popular. If you do spiritual things like pray or meditate, you can connect with God in the afterlife. So, it is the perception that lucid dreaming can help in this regard. Scott Sparrow's 1977 book, Dawning of the Clear Light, which talks about lucid dreaming, considers it a source of spiritual awakening.

How does Christianity links LD to spirituality?

 

One of the most common spiritual experiences in lucid Christian dreams is the feeling of being illuminated by the light of heaven. One of the world's best-known "lucid dreamers," Rev. George Gillespie, has said that the "fullness of light" is a feeling of oneness and amazement when you're in a state of illumination. Many lucid dreaming mystics say that Divine light is a typical spiritual experience enjoyable only through lucid dreams. Christian monks have a perception that we are here to become enlightened, fill ourselves with light, and finally, become one using lucid dreaming.

So, Christianity takes lucid dreaming as a source to harmonize with the spiritual energy and connect with the spiritual realms. It got proved by science sense that LD brings peace of mind. So, it may pave the way for gaining spiritual awakening.