How do dreams influence and reflect our spiritual beliefs and experiences across different cultures and historical periods, and what does scientific research reveal about this relationship?
Kelly Bulkeley, PhD, is a global expert on dreaming and the psychology of religion. We explore his latest book “The Spirituality of Dreaming: Unlocking the Wisdom of Our Sleeping Selves.”
Dreams universally function as essential gateways to spiritual understanding, a truth echoed across cultures and eras. Modern sleep and dream research confront and expand upon the traditional views revealing a more complex nature of dreams. These dreams, whether as visitations, flights, or nightmares, reflect our existential questions and actively shape religious beliefs and practices. Merging empirical research with mystical interpretations, dreams are clearly more than mere reflections of waking life; they are direct conduits to deep spiritual insights.
Prepare to discover who historically engaged with dreams in spiritual contexts; when these interpretations have been significant, from ancient times to the present; how dreams connect with spiritual experiences, often seen as divine messages or reflections of the soul; what types of dreams, such as visitation or flying dreams, are spiritually significant; where across different cultures and traditions dreams are valued for their spiritual implications; whether modern scientific research supports historical beliefs about the spiritual nature of dreams; which aspects of dreaming, like vividness and metaphorical content, shape religious beliefs; and why dreams remain a source of intrigue in understanding human spirituality and its relation to the divine…..and so much more…..
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HERE’S THE DREAM WE ANALYZE:
“I dreamt I lived in a house with many other people and children, including my mother; I gave birth to a baby that already had crooked, yellow, pointy teeth, lots of hair, and could crawl. I knew my ex-boyfriend would be mad at me for having him, but I don’t think he was the father. I set the baby down and turned away for a few seconds, and then he was gone. I didn’t want anyone to know I had lost him, and while I was looking everywhere in the house, my mom came and told me the police were there to search the house because we had been reported by a neighbor as hoarders, I knew she had illegal drugs in the house, so I told her to let me hide them for her. The police didn’t find anything. After they left, someone from the house came and told me they found my baby outside by the pool, where he could have drowned. I had only been looking inside the house, and I was ashamed. I didn’t think to look there but was grateful to have him back.”
Kelly Bulkeley, PhD, is a global expert on dreaming and a psychologist of religion focusing on dreams. With degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Chicago Divinity School, he is director of the Sleep and Dream Database, senior editor of the journal Dreaming, and former president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. His books include Dreaming Beyond Death, Big Dreams, An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming, and Dreaming in the World’s Religions. His work has published in the New York Times and TIME magazine. Bulkeley lives in Estacada, Oregon. Learn more about Kelly HERE
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