Thief of Night

“Hindu mystics refer to it as turya, in science it is known as the “hypnagogic state” and Rumi calls it the Thief of Sleep. It is a place in between the dream and the waking state, which usually happens in the very early morning hours (around 4:00 AM). In this state the body feels paralyzed, the mouth is lightly open, and one may experience vivid spiritual visions that often include visitations from deities, saints and prophets. Throughout the centuries, countless revelations and teachings have been passed on to mystics in this way, and it is also a way of receiving creative inspirations.” – Shahram Shiva in Rumi, Thief of Sleep

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