Pythagoras, the renowned sage and philosopher from ancient Greece, placed a large importance on the benefits of using music for healing, temperance, and for tuning into better inner states. More about his approach to using music to lift one’s inner state can be read in the post, Music for Nourishing the Essence, Temperance, and Healing.
Using music to improve the quality of sleep and dreams was one of the many spiritual benefits he attributed to melody. The passages below describe how his disciples listened to gentle, spiritual music before going to sleep, to improve the quality of sleep and the nature of dreams experienced that night. This was described as increasing the likelihood of having prophetic dreams:
“When they retired, they purified their reasoning powers from the noises and perturbations to which they had been exposed during the day, by certain odes and hymns which produced tranquil sleep, and few, but good dreams.”
“In the evening, likewise, when his disciples were retiring to sleep, he would thus liberate them from the day’s perturbations and tumults, purifying their intellective powers from the influxive and effluxive waves of corporeal nature, quieting their sleep, and rendering their dreams pleasing and prophetic.”
~ Iamblichus: The Life of Pythagoras or On The Pythagorean Life, Music and Poetry, translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie 1
Please note, more practice excerpts will be added as and when we find them. While we recommend the practice in this excerpt, featuring a passage from a text does not mean we can vouch for the entire contents of a text. Jenny Resnick, Jordan Resnick, Justin Norris, and Vida Norris contributed writing or research to this article.