Dreams have long been a mysterious part of human existence, about a third of which is spent asleep. Dreams feature prominently in the spiritual teachings and mythology of the ancient world. In many traditions dreams have been understood to possess personal and spiritual significance, as a source of insight, premonitions, warnings, or divine guidance.
References to learning from dreams are present in the sacred literature of various ancient spiritual traditions linked to the Religion of the Sun. An ancient Hindu text tells that whatever inner states someone experiences in their hours of wakefulness – whether of “goodness, passion, or darkness” – will reappear during their hours of sleep when they dream. It’s said that one can apprehend this “passage” of states between wakefulness and dreams as an indication of one’s inner level, with the view to cultivating the “attribute of Goodness” and “the state of consciousness which is… eternal, and… desirable.”1
Additionally, certain dreams were understood to provide a way to commune with divinity.2 The Hermetic tradition held that “God communicates… through dreams by night” and Jesus taught that dreams offer a way to commune with “the Heavenly Father” and “his unknown angels” who can “teach you many things concerning the kingdom of God” during sleep. There are also references to people acting on divine warnings and guidance given in dreams in ancient texts.3 Dreams can hold importance for people for the same reasons today.
Listed here are texts related to the Religion of the Sun with references to learning from dreams (note this is a work in progress and will be expanded as further research is conducted):
- Essene Gospel of Peace, Book One
- Iamblichus: The Life of Pythagoras or On The Pythagorean Life, How Pythagoras Cured by Music. Taken from The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library, compiled and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, p. 72
- Iamblichus: The Life of Pythagoras or On The Pythagorean Life, Music and Poetry. Taken from The Pythagorean Sourcebook and Library, compiled and translated by Kenneth Sylvan Guthrie, p. 84-85
- The Odyssey, Book 6, translated by Samuel Butler
- The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2
- The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva: Mokshadharma Parva: Section CCXVI, Section CCXIX, Section CCLXXV (Translation by K.M. Ganguli)
- Poimandres, The Vision of Hermes in The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall
- The Way of Hermes: New Translations of The Corpus Hermeticum and The Definitions of Hermes Trismegistus to Asclepius by Clement Salaman, Dorine van Oyen, William D. Wharton, and Jean-Pierre Mahe. Book 12, paragraph 19
- The Astral Codex by Belsebuub
- Searching Within by Belsebuub
- The Awakening of Perception by Belsebuub
- Gazing into the Eternal by Belsebuub
- The Hidden Side of Dreams by Belsebuub
- How to Have Clearer Dreams and Remember Them Better by Belsebuub
- Some Tips to Remember Dreams by Belsebuub
Below are posts containing passages on dream study drawn from different ancient traditions related to the Religion of the Sun.
- In the ancient Hindu epic the Mahabharata it is taught: “Whatever states (of Goodness, Passion, or Darkness) are experienced by living creatures, as exhibited in acts, during their hours of Wakefulness, reappear in memory during their hours of sleep when they dream.” Kisari Mohan Ganguli (translator), The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Book 12: Santi Parva: MokshadharmaParva, (published between 1883 and 1896). http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/.
- In the Gospel of Peace, Jesus is recorded as teaching that dreams offer a way to commune with “the Heavenly Father” and “his unknown angels” who “will teach you many things concerning the kingdom of God” during sleep.
- In the nativity story recounted in the Gospel of Matthew for example, the Magi/wise men return to their own country after finding and visiting the newborn Jesus, without reporting his whereabouts to King Herod as was requested of them, because they were “warned in a dream” not to return to Herod (Matthew 2:12 WEB). Likewise Joseph was warned by an angel in a dream to avoid Herod and flee to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-14 WEB). Joseph was informed by an angel in a later dream when it was safe to return due to Herod’s death, and was advised in yet another dream to avoid Judea (where Herod’s son reigned) and withdraw to the remote “region of Galilee,” where the family settled in Nazareth (Matthew 2:19-23 WEB).