Active Dreaming is a way of being fully of this world while maintaining constant contact with another world, the world-behind-the-world, where the deeper logic and purpose of our lives are to be found.
Active Dreaming is a discipline, as is yoga or archeology or particle physics. This is to say that there are ascending levels of practice. In any field, the key to mastery is always the same: practice, practice, practice.
Active Dreaming offers three core areas of practice.
First, Active Dreaming is a way of talking and walking our dreams, of bringing energy and guidance from the dreamworld into everyday life. We learn how to create a safe space where we can share dreams of the night and dreams of life with others, receive helpful feedback, and encourage each other to move towards creative and healing action. We discover that each of us can play guide for others, and that by sharing in the right way we claim our voice, grow our power as storytellers and communicators, build stronger friendships and lay foundations for a new kind of community. Above all, we learn to take action to embody the energy and guidance of our dreams in everyday life.
Second, Active Dreaming is a method of shamanic lucid dreaming. It starts with simple everyday practice and extends to profound group experiences of time travel, soul recovery and the exploration of multidimensional reality. It is founded on the understanding that we don’t need to go to sleep in order to dream. The easiest way to become a conscious or lucid dreamer is to start out lucid and stay that way. As a method of conscious dream navigation, Active Dreaming is not to be confused with approaches that purport to “control” or manipulate dreams; it is utterly misguided to seek to put the control freak in the ego in charge of something immeasurably wiser and deeper than itself.
Third, Active Dreaming is a way of conscious living. This requires us to reclaim our inner child, and the child’s gift of spontaneity, play and imagination. It requires us to claim the power of naming and define our life project. It invites us to discover and follow the natural path of our energies. It calls us to remember and tell and live our bigger story in such a way that it can be heard and received by others. It is about navigating by synchronicity and receiving the chance events and symbolic pop-ups on our daily roads as clues to a deeper order. Beyond this, it is about grasping that the energy we carry and the attitudes we choose have magnetic effect on the world around us, drawing or repelling encounters and circumstances.
To live consciously is to accept the challenge to create, which is to move beyond scripts and bring something new into the world.
Here’s the C2C writeup for the show:
Pioneer of ‘active dreaming,’ an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dream-work, Robert Moss, discussed nightmares, lucid dreaming, and how we can direct our dreaming and use it to gain knowledge about ourselves, and find direction in our lives. Interestingly, he views nightmares as a kind of gift– “dreams are not on our case, they’re on our side,” he said, explaining that nightmares are pointing out something that is unresolved that you are running away from, and if you can learn to face the fear in the dream, you might find empowerment in your waking life (view related video). The idea of active dreaming concerns harnessing dream information to improve your life, as well as “becoming conscious dreamers in everyday life…and looking at the world around you as a set of signs and symbols from which you can take guidance,” he continued.
Moss spoke about how shamans have traditionally tried to heal soul loss– bringing back missing aspects of the soul or identity that are lost during traumas, addictions, or difficult events. However, “we can become the shamans of our own souls, the healers of our own lives, by learning in particular to use dreams that provide clues where the rest of us that’s gone missing may be found…so that we can become whole or find the energy that we need,” he offered. Moss said he’d experienced some soul loss during illnesses as a child, and later during a failed romance, and was able to get those parts of himself back and felt the “influx of energy, life, passion and joy that came with them.”
Dreams often have a precognitive nature, and we can use that information as a kind of personal radar to alert us to situations in the future, particularly dangers that we might be able to avoid, he noted. Another fascinating notion he addressed, is that you can contact parallel dimension identities that may be aspects of yourself in the dream world and impact one another, as well as future and past versions of yourself.
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