Nigel Hamilton: ‘A Sufi Perspective: The role of dreams during the process of spiritual transformation’ [Updated Jan 8, 2014]


The Sufi Perspective on the use of dreams following a psycho-spiritual transformation process

Nigel Hamilton is the director of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, a Transpersonal Psychotherapy Training Centre and Clinic in London, where he lectures and practices as a Psychotherapist; UK representative for the Sufi Order International: originally trained as a Physicist, working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the use of light in Energy Storage Research.

Abstract
The use of dreams as a tool for motivating the process of a person’s psycho-spiritual transformation is discussed. Traditional descriptions of such a process in Sufism have been poetic (Faraddin Attar) or esoteric (Ib’n Arabi). This paper looks at the dreams recorded during a profound psycho-spiritual transformation process from a Sufi perspective, using a phenomenological method to describe the “leaps in consciousness” that the Sufis refer to in their literature.
The results of a quantitative analysis of the frequency of occurrence of colours and light in this person’s dreams are also presented, compared and contrasted with the descriptions of the process found in the Sufi literature and the phenomenological analysis. The use of such research methods shows that dreams do indeed reflect the profound changes in consciousness, and that these changes take place in a “step-wise” manner.
This paper is a fresh look at a phenomenon that, if taken seriously, could have important consequences for our assumptions about the potential and limits of rational thinking. For example, there may be other realms of human experience, universes or planes of consciousness, which our modern civilisation has yet to explore and harness

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