- Vision (spirituality)
spiritualityincluding religion, visions comprise inspirational renderings, generally of a futurestate and/or of a mythical being, and are believed (by followers of certain religions) to come from a deity, sometimes directly or indirectly via prophets, and serve to inspire or prod believers as part of a revelationor an epiphany. Many mystics take the word "vision" to be synonymous with apparition.
For religious visions as a literary form, see
Religious visions are generally categorized as
miracles. Like speaking in tonguesand unlike raising the dead, visions can be readily forged.
Eastern Orthodox Church, in addition to the religious visions mentioned above, the term vision (" theoria") can refer to the experience of the "Energies" of God, as the result of the purified " nous".
inspirationmay provide a special category of the ecstatic vision: traditionally in such cases the semi-divine Muses may transmit the visioning to their loyal followers.
Visions generally have more clarity than
dreams, but traditionally fewer psychological connotations. The psychological mechanism to engender visionary perception and trancephenomena is focussed intention and attention. Entheogens (such as peyote) have traditionally assisted in the generation of visions among diverse cultures, as well as in modern western culture.
Some could consider visions to be a manifestation of the 'aha' (lightbulb going off) type of learning associated with
Picture thinkingor Visual Spatial thinking.
Examples of visions
* Vision of God in the
Book of Ezekiel
* vision of a heavenly figure "like a
son of man" in Daniel
* Jesus' vision of the dove when baptized in the
Book of Mark
* Paul's vision of
Christ(a part of Acts of the Apostles)
* the apocalypse in Revelation
theoria(vision of God) by which Jesus' disciples discerned the trinity(in the Eastern Orthodoxtradition)
* visions of the afterlife in the martyr accounts of
Perpetua and Felicity
* Constantine's vision of Christ's sign
* Emanuel Swedenborg's visions, which formed the basis of a newly revealed doctrine
* Jakob Böhme's vision, revealed when he observed the beauty of a beam of sunlight in a pewter dish
* Joseph Smith's
* Lehi's vision of the tree of life
Angels of Mons
* [http://www.crystalrivers.com/imagery/imagery.html Symbolic Imagery and Artwork Based on Visionary Experience - from Crystalrivers.com]
* [http://www.leonie.marklew.net Visions Revelations and spiritual artworks]
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