Vision (spirituality)

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This page is about visions in a spiritual context. For other meanings, see vision (disambiguation).
Illumination from Liber Scivias, showing Hildegard of Bingen receiving a vision, dictating to her scribe and sketching on a wax tablet.

A vision is something seen in a dream, trance, or religious ecstasy, especially a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.[1] Visions generally have more clarity than dreams, but traditionally fewer psychological connotations. Visions are known to emerge from spiritual traditions and could provide a lens into human nature and reality.[2] Prophecy is often associated with visions.

Entheogens (such as peyote) have traditionally assisted in the generation of visions among diverse cultures, as well as in modern western culture, although this is a very controversial topic.

Examples of visions[edit]

Visions are listed in approximately chronological order whenever possible, although some dates may be in dispute.


Modern neuroscience provides theories of some hallucinations, illusions, out of body experiences, and altered states of consciousness which have been suggested as explanations of some visionary experiences, and in some cases can be used to artificially induce similar experiences. Other neuroscientists, such as Eben Alexander, have argued that some visionary experiences are of real metaphysical entities and that the brain is used to perceive them as it perceives all other entities.[citation needed]

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  2. ^ Ferrer, J.N. Toward a participatory vision of human spirituality. ReVision 24(2): 15. 2001.

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