Were Angels Just Lucid Dreams?
Participants in a recent study who were instructed to try to visualize angels during states of lucid dreaming had, in some cases, succeeded in having experiences which seemed to parallel the encounters of Elijah and other Hebrew prophets with angelic messengers, as recorded in the Bible.
The intensity of experience in lucid dreams is one reason so many people today are pursuing them. Books have been written and workshops offered on how to cultivate these visionary experiences, which typically occur just after the onset of sleep, or during the process of awakening. We remain aware that we are dreaming and can exercise a certain degree of control over the imagery and action of the dream. While scientists only started studying lucid dreams in recent decades, references to them can be found as early as the writings of the fifth-century Catholic saint, Augustine of Hippo.