"A Vision can be defined as something seen other than by ordinary sight i.e. supernatural or prophetic sight experienced usually in sleep or ecstasy"
Especially one the conveys a reveltaion hence why it sometimes overlaps with mystical, conversion, and revelation experiences.
What are visions about and examples
An image or event in which there is a message
Brief description of an example: In Acts 10:9-16 Peter has a vision that animals were being let down to earth and a voice saying "Get up Peter. Kill and eat", to this peter said that he couldnt since the animals were unclean. the voice replied "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean"
Message implied: Christians can eat anything and do not have to obey Jewish food laws
Joan of Arc's vision was of Saint Michael (occompanied by angels of heaven), Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret.
Teresa of Avila had a vision of Jesus himself.
What are visions about and examples continued
Places (heaven and hell)
Guru Nanak in Sikhism had a vision of God's court.
Brief Description: Nanak failed to return from his daily ablutions and was gone for 3 days. he said he had been taken to the court of God to stand in his presence. He was given a cup of Armrit or Nector, God said that "this is the cup of the adoration of God's name".
After returning after the 3rd day Nanak said "there is neither Hindu nor Muslim so whose path shall i follow? i shall follow God's path. God is neither Hindu nor Muslim and the path which I follow is God's"
Prophet Ezekiel had a vision of 4 creatures with the form of a man, each with 4 faces and 4 wings
Faces: face of a man, face of a lion, face of an ox, face of an eagle.
Future (end of the world/final judgement)
Book of Revelations contains John's visions of the Final Judgement: the dead were judged according to what they had done, Death and Hades gave up the dead and were thrown into a lake of fire. If anyone's name was not found in the book of life then they too would be thrown into the fire
The 4 types of visions
1. Group or Corporate visions:
These are visions that are seen by more than one person. An example of this would be the 'Angels of Mons' in 1914. Some people claimed that angels had thrown a protectivev curtain around the British saving them from disaster.
2. Individual visions:
These are only seen by one person. An example of this would be the vision of Bernadette of Lourdes. Her first vision in 1858 involved the entrance to a grottto, at the entrance there was a rosebush which swayed like there was wind but there was not, then a golden cloud could be seen, and finally a woman was at the entrance above the rosebush. Bernadette and the Lady said prayers and she disappeared.
Bernadette claimed to have 18 visitations from Mary over a six month period. Mary instructed Bernadette to dig a hole in the ground and drink and bathe in it. this hole later became a spring of water, which Mary had promised would be a healingspring for all who came to use its water.
The 4 types of visions continued
3. Corporeal or Bodily visions
The object is external but only visible to certain people, these are usually visitations of angels. The most famous of this type of vision would be the resurrection of Jesus.
4. Imaginative visions
This is where the image is produced in the person's own imagination and has no existence external to the person. An example of this would be the visions in of the final judgement recounted by John in the Book of Revelation as talked about before as an example of the future.