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Inside this Book – I also really wanted to visit Epidaurus, the center of the dream healing cult of Asclepius. The origins of Western medicine lie in the temples of Asclepius, pilgrimage sites for ancient Greeks in need of healing who relied on the priests, early doctors and dream workers. We visited the extraordinary Asclepion at Epidaurus, but my mind-blowing dream experience happened in Delphi. As you may know, Delphi housed the Pythia, the famous oracle at Delphi. This priestess, or sibyl, served as mouthpiece for the god Apollo; he spoke through her and offered wisdom and prophecy. During the Classical period—the era that produced most of the philosophy, culture, and art that we think of when someone talks about ancient Greece—the Pythia exerted enormous influence at the highest echelons of power. The men who ran the ancient world consulted her before they started wars, established colonies, or arranged their marriages. Nobody knows exactly how the oracle did her thing. Popular theories claim she uttered howling gibberish, high on the fumes of a gaseous vent, and that the priests of Apollo then translated these ravings into prophecy. Others believe she spoke rationally and delivered her prophecies in a normal voice. It’s not difficult to imagine that history might morph the image of a woman who held real power into a raving druggie who only made sense after some mansplaining from the priests of the god of reason. It also seems that over the hundreds of years that a sibyl served as oracle, her position and methods changed. Though little is known about the oracular sessions themselves, the Pythia shows up all over the literature of the time, from Plutarch to the plays. As the voice of Apollo, she perfectly embodies the direct contact the Greeks had with their gods.
Inside this book –Liminal Dreaming PDF Book by Jennifer Dumpert – We all know the feeling of lying in bed at night and drifting off, then feeling an involuntary jolt in our arm or leg. These are called myoclonic jerks, from the Greek myo, which refers to muscle, and clonus, also a Greek word, which means turmoil and refers to tumultuous motion such as a jerking arm. Unlike the regular patterns of most brain states, hypnagogia creates chaotic, irregular patterns, like ripples, bursts, and flattening. A myoclonic jerk is your body doing a similar thing: jolting and twitching erratically. You also likely know the experience of trying to stay awake when you’re extremely tired, maybe at the movies or in the passenger seat of the car (hopefully not the driver’s seat, but that happens too), and starting to hallucinate in a minor way. Trying to keep my eyes open in a darkened room at a meditation retreat, I once embarrassed myself enormously by yelping at the large snake that suddenly crawled across my field of vision. In fact, it was a hypnagogic dream snake. As with any kind of dream practices, one crucial component involves finding a method to record your dreams. Journals help you remember your experiences beyond the time when you first wake up. Any book, website, or person who tries to teach you anything about dreams will tell you that the first order of business is to create some sort of diary. But you don’t have to record your dreams by writing them down if that’s not how you roll. Do whatever inspires you. Make a sketch or collage. Write a song. Create whatever sort of method that moves you to pay attention to your dreams.
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- Author of this Book – Jennifer Dumpert
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