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Friday, 06 August 2021

Lucid dreaming in Ancient Egypt

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Although lucid dreaming is a topic of discussion nowadays, the term “Lucid Dreaming” was only introduced in the last century. But do you also think that lucid dreaming was discovered in the current or last century?

If so, then this article is a must-read for you to learn about the position of lucid dreaming in history. The history of dreams, remarkably lucid dreams, is as old as humanity is, spreading over different cultures and civilizations.

Like many other ancient cultures, Egyptians had a great interest in dreams. They had their perceptions of the human body, lucid dreams, and methods of inducing extraordinary dreams. Are you curious about ancient Egyptian history as a beginner lucid dreamer and want to gain more insightful information about lucid dreaming in ancient Egypt? Keep reading the article.

Human Body Perception in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians are considered the most civilized nation with a cultural history dating more than 3000 years B.C. They believed that a human is made up of three different elements:

  1. Shat is the corpse
  2. Ka is the physical living body
  3. Ba is the soul or the same person but in another form

Their paintings represent a sleeping body (Ka), another human body with a bird head (Ba), and a flying oversleeping body. Hence the “Ba” is an out-of-body state associated with sleeping. So, the question here is, “Was the Ba lucid dreaming consciousness?”

Lucid Dreaming in Ancient Egypt

Another critical reflection of these paintings is a combination of two symbols.

  1. The bed, a place to sleep
  2. A single and open eye means awakening

You can see the combined meaning will be “An awakening Sleep” that seems or would indicate a person who is lucid dreaming.

Inducing Dreams in Ancient Egypt

Like other ancient cultures, the Egyptians also believed that they receive messages in their dreams such as cure in sickness, help in making important decisions, or messages from God.

They had built extraordinary temples to sleep or dream. These temples were open for all those who believed in God related to that particular temple. Egyptians would visit these temples and stay overnight to sleep on a particular dream bed and hope to receive their required messages.

They have to perform certain cleansing rituals like fasting or abstinence for several days to assure their pureness. They also had to burn a piece of linen cloth in the lamp of that temple with the name of God written on the linen cloth. They also had to recite some prayers for God’s help.

Conclusion

Lucid dreaming has been a fundamental part of different cultures and civilizations. Through their paintings, it looks like Egyptians too had a strong understanding of lucid dreams. They had described the human body as Ba that is flying in a sleep state; the flying is correlated with lucid dreams. The depiction of an awakened sleep in the paintings also provides the same concept. Their idea to sleep in temples for inducing their required dreams is similar to using techniques to induce lucid dreaming.