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February 2011 Archives

Scottish dreaming: an ancestral call

posted by Robert Moss

My Scots ancestors have been on my case for a while. In the mid-1980s, when I started dreaming in an archaic form of Mohawk, in contact with a woman healer of long ago, I found myself obliged to study the […]

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Soul recovery and licorice sticks: making deals with our younger selves

posted by Robert Moss

She was there, before I thought of her, a beautiful little girl with flame-red hair. She looked very like her adult self, except that in the adult the flame had dulled, and a great loose rampart of flesh had been […]

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Dream roads from soul loss to soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

Soul loss, as shamans know, is at the root of many of our existential complaints – of chronic fatigue and depression, of addictions and autoimmune problems, of creative blockage and even “bad luck”. If we are missing vital soul energy, […]

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Soul loss: the shaman’s diagnosis of our existential complaints

posted by Robert Moss

The greatest contribution of the ancient shamans to our medicine and healing today is the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss – the loss of parts of our vital energy and […]

Don’t let the words go away

posted by Robert Moss

Just a thought for today, which underscores the need for us to claim our voice and say what we need to say. It’s just one sentence from Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” on what happens when we […]

Of divination

posted by Robert Moss

The world’s great divinatory systems – I Ching, Ifa, Tarot – are more than tools for fortune-telling. In their design, the hexagrams, the odu and the cards bring together symbols representing all the forces and processes at work in the […]

Dreaming your exam questions ahead of time

posted by Robert Moss

I used to do very well in high school exams. One of the reasons was that I frequently previewed the exam questions in my dreams. When I mentioned this at a talk to the Bermuda Rotary some years ago, a […]

An everyday mantra from the Egyptian Book of the Dead

posted by Robert Moss

I have not obstructed water when it should flow. Today, I find inspiration in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.  The statement above is one a soul traveling beyond this world was expected to be able to make when it […]

The Istikhara app and everyday dream incubation

posted by Robert Moss

If you are a Muslim in need of quick guidance on a decision, you can now order an app for your cell phone that gives you the Istikhara prayer. As described here yesterday, Istikhara is a method of praying for […]

“Seeking the best”: dream incubation in Egypt

posted by Robert Moss

I am reading a wonderful contribution to the anthropology of the imagination by Amira Mittermaier, a professor of religion at the University of Toronto. She has spent many years studying the way that Egyptians today dream and interpret dreams and […]

Fairytale Erotica (and other genres you can select for your life story)

posted by Robert Moss

If you were looking for your own life story in a bookstore, what section would you go to first? If you are stumped for an answer, think about a movie or a story that struck a chord in you. It […]

A date in the Moon Cafe: Dream roads to the afterlife

posted by Robert Moss

“I don’t see why we can’t go on seeing each other after I die,” a thoughtful elderly New England woman called Dorothy told her daughter Meg. “We’ve always enjoyed each other and I’d like to stay in touch and help […]

In praise of black dogs

posted by Robert Moss

In Praise of Black Dogs I am in favor of personal superstitions. Not the kind Granma mumbles Or the stuff of fright-night moves But the ones that grow on you When you notice which incidents in a day Are shadows […]

Action plan for poets of consciousness

posted by Robert Moss

When we honor our dreams through poetic acts, we put ourselves on a path of natural magic. Let’s get clear about magic. Real magic is the art of reaching into a deeper reality and bringing gifts from it into this […]

Making poetry from dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Poetry sometimes comes dancing out of dreams, in fully-formed words. My life was changed in 1987, during a visit to Maya country, when I woke with these mysterious, cadenced lines echoing in my mind and (it seemed) in the room: […]

A dream is what makes me dive in headfirst

posted by Robert Moss

Shamans use poetry, sung or spoken, to achieve ends that go deeper than our consensual world. They create poetic songs of power to invoke spiritual help; to journey into nonordinary reality; to open and maintain a space between the worlds […]

Poets of consciousness

posted by Robert Moss

Poets, it’s said, are shamans of words. True shamans are poets of consciousness. Journeying into a deeper reality with the aid of sung and spoken poetry, they bring back energy and healing through poetic acts, shapeshifting physical systems. When we […]

Thoughts that breathe, words that burn

posted by Robert Moss

Hark, his hands the lyre explore! Bright-eyed Fancy, hov’ring o’er, Scatters from her pictur’d urn Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. The lines are from Thomas Gray’s Progress of Poesy. The image is derived from William Blake’s illustration, originally […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

Contrary to what we are often told, dreaming is not fundamentally about what happens during sleep. It’s about waking up.  In ordinary life, we are often in the condition of sleepwalkers, going through the motions, trying to keep up with […]

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The best way to understand a dream
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The Underground Railroad of Dreams
Harriet Tubman dreamed of flying to freedom, over landscapes she subsequently crossed on foot when she made her escape from slavery in the South. Later she was guided by specific precognitive or clairvoyant dreams to safe houses, river crossings and friendly helpers she had never encountered in waki

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