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January 1970 Archives

Honor the Gatekeeper at the New Year

posted by Robert Moss

Are you ready for January 1? Maybe you want to spare a thought for what the ancients who named the first month, and made January 1 New Years Day, believed is going on at this time – and for who […]

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Dreaming in the New Year

posted by Robert Moss

As we approach the New Year, this is a good time to think about making the conscious decision to let your dream self scout out what 2011 may hold for you. By my observation, the dream self is forever traveling […]

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Flights of the lonely swan: dreaming in Indian sacred texts

posted by Robert Moss

The epics and sacred texts of India are filled with dreams.  The earliest Indian references to dreams, in the Rig Veda (c 1200 BCE) aren’t cheery. They involve scary things – being robbed, being attacked by a wolf, being raped […]

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Dream Satisfaction: Keith Richards dreams a hit song

posted by Robert Moss

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” may be the Rolling Stones’ best-known hit; it has certainly set millions writhing. Ironically, it was the product of dream satisfaction, a creative nocturnal episode described by Keith Richards in colorful detail in a recent […]

Placebos work even without deception, if you please

posted by Robert Moss

So you want to get well. Are you sure? Okay, I’m going to give you a pill for that. What’s in it? Oh, a little sugar and glucose. Who cares, exactly? You can see the name on the pill, Placebo. […]

Santa’s Belly: Food dreams in holiday season

posted by Robert Moss

Food is going to be a major theme in many Western families over the next week or so. While the original Santa, a reindeer shaman, was probably a lean and wiry fellow, our holiday habits have projected a copious belly […]

Dream tigers in the cathedral for isomorphy

posted by Robert Moss

  The physicist dreams that a major war is being waged. He wants to send news to his colleagues but his messages are censored. Then a mathematician he knows and trusts appears with his wife. The mathematician says to the […]

When Massachusetts banned Christmas

posted by Robert Moss

The Grinch stole Christmas in Massachusetts – for 22 years. The Puritans banned Christmas and its observance was illegal from 1659 until 1681. Their motivation was stated by the Reverend Increase Mather as follows:  “The early Christians who  first observed […]

Earth guardians, calling back moon and sun

posted by Robert Moss

The night of a lunar eclipse – when the wolf eats the moon – is a time of extreme psychic dangers, for my blood ancestors in Europe and for the ancestors of the land where I live.  On a mountain […]

Dreaming on the longest night, when the wolf eats the moon

posted by Robert Moss

The winter solstice is one of the great ritual events of the Northern year. At Newgrange, the great megalithic site in Ireland, older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, a light box was constructed so that at dawn on […]

Call of the Chinese oracle

posted by Robert Moss

Oracles have their own life, and can call you even when you are not calling on them. Last night my dream self was test-flying some new games involving the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle. These involved identifying a “life […]

Catch a one-liner with your morning coffee

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite coincidence games is also one of the very simplest. It’s to catch a one-liner for the day from what the world gives you. This may be the vanity plate on the car in front of you, […]

Drink time with your dream double

posted by Robert Moss

In some of my big dreams, I’ve encountered a second self, who has knowledge and skills that are lacking in my waking self. He inhabits a different kind of time. He does not suffer from the illusion that the rules […]

To love God without mediator or veil

posted by Robert Moss

“Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil.  “[Make] yourself a newborn bard of […]

The language of the birds

posted by Robert Moss

Just back from California to the snowy Northeast, I find a dozen books I recently ordered waiting for me.  I open the largest, the handsome new Book of Symbols from the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. It falls open […]

Dream show LIVE on Tuesday December 14th

posted by Robert Moss

My next radio show is LIVE on Tuesday, December 14.  Listen and call in LIVE at 9am-10am Pacific Time (Noon-1pm Eastern Time). Please call in with dreams and questions to share.  We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork game and explore the […]

The First Santa – Epilogue

posted by Robert Moss

Dear James: Whoever gives in a spirit of love and joy on this special night has Santa inside him, or her.When Mommy and Daddy were stuffing your stocking, Santa was there with them. Now, I know that when you’ve seen […]

The First Santa III – Bear Brother

posted by Robert Moss

When the ice broke up, monsters appeared in the inlets where the Reindeer People went to fish. The monsters reared from the waters with the heads of leering dragons, then disgorged terrible iron-clad men bent on killing and plunder. The […]

The First Santa II – Drum Rider

posted by Robert Moss

I don’t know how much you know about drums. The dreamer’s drum was not the kind of drum you see at a concert, or in a marching band, or in a toy shop. It was the kind of drum you […]

The First Santa I – Making a Reindeer Shaman

posted by Robert Moss

Long ago and far away, where the sun shines all night on Midsummer’s Eve and never shows its face at Midwinter, a boy they called Dreamer lived with his family among the Reindeer People. They were a simple folk who […]

How dreams might have saved John Lennon

posted by Robert Moss

Today, on the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I am thinking about how his dreams might have saved his life, had he been able to do more with them. Late in 1979, Lennon was troubled by a dream in […]

The First Santa – Introduction

posted by Robert Moss

In this holiday season, I received this cri de coeur from the mother of a young boy named James: James found out that his parents stuff his stockings each year instead of Santa Claus. He is crestfallen. I asked him […]

Of smoke and fire and what belongs to us

posted by Robert Moss

He was a beautiful man, but he had a haunted look, as if he felt something was shadowing him. He couldn’t stay at the lunch table very long without rushing out for a cigarette break. I remarked at one point, […]

The play’s the thing

posted by Robert Moss

I watched a silly but entertaining film, “The Man Who Knew Too Little”, on DVD. It’s a spoof of the James Bond genre. The Bill Murray character thinks he’s playing a role in a reality show being enacted in the […]

Why Jung belonged to the Bear Clan

posted by Robert Moss

When Jung visited the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, they asked him what clan he belonged to. He explained that the Swiss people do not belong to clans and did not have totem animals. Jung’s native hosts listened politely. Later, […]

The biography of a dream symbol

posted by Robert Moss

If you are keeping a dream journal, a great game to play from time to time is to track the evolution of a familiar symbol or theme.  You’ve been dreaming of the bear, or the fox, for years; how has […]

The Game of Three

posted by Robert Moss

I recently offered a simple and fun way to grow awareness of what rhymes in a day. It goes like this: choose a finite interval of time (a lunch break, for example, or the evening commute, or half an hour […]

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A short history of soul flight
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posted 12:09:30pm Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Reading and releasing psychic cords
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posted 12:33:56am Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

The Books of Night and Day
We have direct access to sacred knowledge, in our dreams. Our dreams are a personal oracle that reveals the future and helps us prepare for it. We must not let anyone tell us what our dreams mean or stand between us and the direct experience of ...

posted 10:00:45am Apr. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church
Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people ...

posted 5:17:18pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

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