Dreaming in the World's Religions: A Comparative History by Kelly Bulkeley

By Kelly Bulkeley

From Biblical tales of Joseph examining Pharoh’s goals in Egypt to prayers opposed to undesirable goals within the Hindu Rg Veda, cultures around the world have visible their desires at first as religiously significant reviews. during this broadly shared view, goals are a robust medium of transpersonal tips delivering the chance to speak with sacred beings, achieve worthwhile knowledge and gear, heal agony, and discover new geographical regions of life. Conversely, the world’s spiritual and religious traditions give you the top resource of historic information regarding the extensive styles of human dream life

Dreaming within the World’s Religions presents an authoritative and interesting one-volume source for the learn of dreaming and faith. It tells the tale of the way dreaming has formed the spiritual heritage of humankind, from the Upanishads of Hinduism to the Qur’an of Islam, from the notion dream of Buddhas mom to the sexually tempting nightmares of St. Augustine, from the Ojibwa imaginative and prescient quest to Australian Aboriginal trips within the Dreamtime. Bringing his historical past in psychology to undergo, Kelly Bulkeley contains an obtainable attention of cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology into this interesting overview.

Dreaming within the World’s Religions deals a gently researched, accessibly written portrait of dreaming as a robust, unpredictable, usually iconoclastic strength in human spiritual life.

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The consciousness-provoking impact of dreaming has not been sufficiently recognized by scientists or religious studies scholars, and my hope is that this book will present a compelling case for taking dream experiences more fully into account in the comparative study of religion. 1 Hinduism Have you ever had a dream so realistic that when you woke up you weren’t sure for a moment if you were actually awake or still dreaming? Have you ever woken up from a dream only to discover (after you’ve awakened for “real”) that you were still asleep and dreaming?

The one who spreads apart your two thighs, who lies between the married pair, who licks the inside of your womb — we will drive him away from here. The one who by changing into your brother, or your husband, or your lover lies with you, who wishes to kill your offspring — we will drive him away from here. The one who bewitches you with sleep or darkness and lies with you — we will drive him away from here. The hymn addressed a very real source of danger to the Hindu people of that time, and indeed to all people at all times.

That said, a final word should be added in favor of open-minded attention to ostensibly “fictional” dreams. Recall the discussions in the prologue about the continuity of dreaming and waking, and the positive influence of external encouragement on dream recall. It is reasonable, according to the findings of Western dream science, to suppose that people who live in a culture where religious dream texts are widely known and venerated will be more likely to have actual dreams that include the stories, characters, symbols, and themes portrayed in those prominent religious texts.

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