Alienation from sense

In one study of Muslim converts to Christianity, 27% of respondents claimed that dreams were a factor in their conversion. A friend of mine converted for the same reason.

Experience teaches that most dreams aren’t significant, and I doubt that any who experienced a conversion dream would disagree. Dreams are not even rational, for we cannot be blamed for what we do in them. The source of this irrational state is our alienation from the exterior senses, which are the source of our knowledge. The alienation from the senses, however, carries a sort of accidental boon, as St. Thomas put it:   The soul is naturally more inclined to receive these impressions of spiritual causes when it is withdrawn from the senses, as it is then nearer to the spiritual world, and freer from external distractions (ST I, 86 a. 4 ad 2)

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