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
Biblical Angels Were Just 'Lucid Dreams': Sleep Study
The Biblical prophet Elijah awakes to find an angel waiting.   (Wikimedia Commons)

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. (More angels stories.)

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