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13 levels of shamanic dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Ruby Modesto grew up on the Martinez reservation in southern California. Her dreams called her to become a pul, or shaman, introducing her to the eagle that became her ally, giving her wings for flight. She did not need the […]

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A singing shaman called by Owl, and dreams

posted by Robert Moss

One of the classic accounts of how shamans are called to their practice by dreams comes from Isaac Tens,  a Gitskan halaait (shaman) in the Pacific Northwest. The French Canadian scholar Marius Barbeau  recorded his narrative and his songs at […]

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Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman

posted by Robert Moss

It’s a saying of the Kagwahiv, an Amazonian dreaming people: “Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman.” Or, in an alternate translation: “Everyone who dreams has a little bit of the shaman in them.” I remember vividly when I […]

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Social dreaming among the First Peoples

posted by Robert Moss

For many indigenous peoples, dreaming is a highly social activity, in several senses. You go places and meet people when you travel in your dream body; they may be people in the next village or campsite, or beings in another […]

Catch a plane, or a crane

posted by Robert Moss

Oakland airport The Taoist immortal “will have a garment of feathers, will ride on a beam of light or saddle a star…His bones will shine like jade, his face will glow, a halo will surround his head, all his body […]

Dreaming, we choose events that will manifest

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming, we choose events that will be manifested in our waking lives. The fact that we dream things before they happen does not mean everything is predetermined. People who are not active dreamers can get quite confused about what is […]

An experiment with Tibetan dream yoga

posted by Robert Moss

A note from my 1999 journal: After a long work day, I sat up with Tenzin Wangyal’s book on Tibetan dream yoga. Quite a lot of it appeals to me, especially the guidance on using dream states for emotional clearing, […]

Storytelling as soul healing

posted by Robert Moss

“How does one learn to tell stories which please kings?” – Fatima Mernissi, as a young girl. In Dreams of Trespass, a beautiful memoir of a harem girlhood in Morocco, Fatima Mernissi gives us a stunning example of how storytelling […]

Time to open the strongbox of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

In her dream, Carol is pulling a long drawer out of an immense locker. As the drawer slides out, she realizes it is a safe deposit box. It is lined with velvet and filled with sparkling jewels — diamonds, sapphires, […]

More brushes with the fox

posted by Robert Moss

Synchronicity can be a kiss from the universe, or a secret handshake, or a slap in the face. It can also tickle like a fox’s whiskers, or its brush. In California this week, I am feeling the play of fox […]

Meeting the dream guide inside a stone

posted by Robert Moss

A widespread practice among ancient and indigenous peoples is to open contact with spiritual guides and allies by seeking a dream at a special place in nature. The vision quest at puberty is an essential life passage in many traditional […]

India’s dream travelers

posted by Robert Moss

In Hindu tradition, dreaming is the key to other worlds, and the literature and sacred writings of India are a treasury of tales of dream travel, clearly grounded on experience. The Yogavasistha, a vast Kashmiri compilation from the first millennium […]

Delicious soles in the rain

posted by Robert Moss

Not everyone may catch the resonance of “soul” and “sole” in their personal symbology, but the world was again speaking to me in sole language this morning. Back home for a day between adventures in Colorado and California, I returned […]

Of souls and Sole Sisters

posted by Robert Moss

When I hear dreams of shoes, I often ask whether they mirror what is happening to the dreamer’s soul. Shoes have soles, and we hear the echo. When they are missing or damaged or mixed up or don’t fit, we […]

Befriending our blocks

posted by Robert Moss

What do you feel is blocking you in life? If you see an open road ahead, without obstacles, carry on! However, most of us experience serious blocks or obstacles on our life roads, some of which recur again and again, […]

Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion

posted by Robert Moss

Boulder, Colorado Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion. This is one of the reasons I enjoy travel, despite (and sometimes because of) missed airline connections, delayed bags, cramped seats and other perks of getting around the world. When we […]

Dreaming and the Art of Memory

posted by Robert Moss

Memory takes you home. If you can only remember a place you have visited, beyond the Shadow World of ordinary cognition, you are halfway there. If you can recall the place in vivid detail, and enter it fully with your […]

Dancing and drawing with the Bear

posted by Robert Moss

I am reading a stream of dream reports this morning involving bears. A woman dreamer is nervous when she sees huge brown bears on her lawn, and rushes around trying to secure windows and doors. Then she finds two sweet […]

Scanning a dreamer’s life

posted by Robert Moss

  In my handwritten journals, I let the boy artist in me out to play. I have started scanning some of the images. Here are a few from my journal for the spring of 2003.   “Sea Gate to the […]

Becoming the eagle

posted by Robert Moss

A woman dreamer finds herself in a different body, traveling with her clan beside a river in a primal landscape untouched by the ax. She knows the lives and relations of these native people intimately, and feels the coming of […]

Van Gogh’s dream road to the stars

posted by Robert Moss

Seeing the reference to Van Gogh sunflowers in my poem “A Way of Creating” – which was  inspired by a dream encounter with Van Gogh reported by an artist in one of my workshops – a friend reminds me that […]

Dream Show LIVE on Tuesday May 10th

posted by Robert Moss

Way of the Dreamer Radio Show   My next radio show is LIVE, Tuesday, May 10.  Listen and call in at 9am-10am Pacific Time (Noon-1pm Eastern Time). Please call in with dreams and questions to share.  We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork […]

A Way of Creating

posted by Robert Moss

              A Way of Creating   The buried city bursts from the earth as Van Gogh sunflowers. The stem sustains the fruit.   This is a way of magic: to write names of power […]

Dreaming with kids in schools

posted by Robert Moss

More on the theme of dreaming with kids. Dream teacher Jane E. Carleton interviewed me on the subject of bringing dreaming to schools. Here is part of our conversation: JC:  In bring dreaming to schools, to say a school assembly, […]

The first things to know about children’s dreams

posted by Robert Moss

The first thing to understand about working with children’s dreams is that adults need to listen up. And that means making a space, a space where you’re not interrupted where you’re not distracted by the phone or other obligations.  For […]

When the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

Coincidence is where mind and matter meets. We have something on our mind and then something rises up in the world around us, which mirrors back at us that issue or sometimes dramatizes it in a way which feels meaningful. Through meaningful coincidence […]

The best divination deck ever

posted by Robert Moss

Today the tulips are blazing red and gold, pink and purple, in my local park, and soon it will be Tulipfest. My mind goes back to a coincidence card game we played in one of my recent evening classes. A […]

The White Queen Gambit: when the body reacts to an event before it happens

posted by Robert Moss

First the adventure, then the discussion. Here is a personal experience of a phenomenon that has long intrigued me: how the body sometimes seems to “know” about a future event and responds as if that event has already taken place. […]

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