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October 3, 2013

Dream as therapist and healer

There is a long tradition of using dreams as a base for both physical and psychological healing. One of the earliest recorded incidents of such healing is when Pharaoh’s “spirit was troubled; and he sent for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men; and Pharaoh told them his dream, but there was none who could interpret it.” Then Joseph revealed the meaning of the dream and so the healing of Pharaoh’s troubled mind took place Genesis 41. The Greek Temples of Asclepius were devoted to using dreams as a base for healing of body and mind. See: dreams and ancient Greece. The Iroquois Amerindians used a social form of dream therapy also. See: Iroquoian dream cult. The dream process was used much more widely throughout history in such practices as Pentecostal Christianity; Shaktipat Yoga in India, and Anton Mesmer’s groups. See: sleep movements.

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