Biblical Angels Were Just 'Lucid Dreams'
Most dreamers in study had Elijah-like experience
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 4:42 PM CST
The Biblical prophet Elijah awakes to find an angel waiting.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – What if Biblical characters who saw angels were all simply dreaming? Researchers in Los Angeles tested that theory by asking participants to re-enact the experience of Elijah, the prophet who was awakened by an angel carrying much-needed bread and water. Following instructions, volunteers at the Out-of-Body Experience Research Center tried to control their dreams in order to make an angel appear with food, the Daily Mail reports.

One saw "a fairly traditional-looking angel—large and with wings. I then went to look for food, found an apple in the kitchen, and took a bite." In fact, 15 of 24 dreamers succeeded in the study, the center says. The point being? "To dispel the stereotype that out-of-body travel is something make-believe or exceedingly difficult," says Michael Raduga, who set up the center and wrote a book called School of Out-of-Body Travel.

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Dec 26, 2011 7:26 AM CST
Today people who experience lucid dreams or OBEs often mistake it for alien abductions, and back in the days they thought it was angels. Intriguing at first, but not surprising if you think about it. Its just peoples tendency to explain things with the knowledge they have at that period in time.
Dec 26, 2011 1:57 AM CST
Lucid dreaming is a mighty interesting phenomena. You can do anything your mind can conceive, while lucid dreaming. Compete in events you never could in real life. Go places that only exist in your imagination. Powerfully fascinating.
Dec 25, 2011 8:23 PM CST
Now to tie this in with a fMRI or MRI study. I'm dying to read this lucid dreaming and such phenomena with pretty brain pictures all lit up or not. Are these people really awake/conscious or just remembering what it was like to be awake/conscious?