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In praise of dream fragments: tale of a red blob

posted by Robert Moss

Many of us in our society are undergoing a prolonged dream drought. Losing connection with night dreams is a serious malady of soul, in the eyes of indigenous elders. If you have lost your dreams, it may be because you […]

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When the war is inside your body

posted by Robert Moss

In one of my workshops, a  woman I’ll call Lois shared a dream titled “War”. She was very agitated and upset as she retold it.  I am on patrol with six women dressed in green uniforms. We are all riding […]

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Hummingbird Medicine: retreats that are good for the heart

posted by Robert Moss

I was leading a weekend workshop in the original California Gold Rush country, at a center just outside Coloma. The workshop was titled “Dreaming a Life with Heart.” In the first morning session, as always, I had people introduce themselves […]

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Active dreaming to help the dying

posted by Robert Moss

One of the greatest services we can render the dying is to help them open to the gifts of their own dreams. Just as dreams rehearse us for challenges on the roads of life, they prepare us for the journey […]

Soul recovery for lawyers

posted by Robert Moss

Gretchen Duhaime JD is a teacher of Active Dreaming who works with lawyers. I was delighted when she told me that, because she is often asked about the value of our work, she has come up with a “bullet list” […]

Seeing with Hawk & other dream drawings

posted by Robert Moss

Drawing from dreams is a fabulous way to get their energy moving. Giving spontaneous expression to our visions in this way brings out the child and the artist inside us. It also provides a fun record of our inner life, […]

Looking through Tarot windows

posted by Robert Moss

My first Tarot deck fell into my hands when I was 17. It was the old Rider-Waite deck, the only one publicly available in that era, and a very good set of cards for newbies. However, as I spread and […]

Learning about subtle bodies in the Twilight Zone

posted by Robert Moss

When I lie down in the early hours, I have the deep sense of contact with a Higher Self. I feel lightness, clarity and well-being. I am encouraged to shift my attention, and entered the vision space. I see brilliant […]

At the junction of waking and sleeping

posted by Robert Moss

Looking over old journals as I cull experiential material for a new book, I am reminded just how many of my big experiences of inner and other worlds have taken place in a liminal state of consciousness, on the cusp […]

Adjust the dithering

posted by Robert Moss

Great dream sharing going on at my new online forum. Quickies can be good, and there is a short dream report from Mogenns just now that really speaks to me. I am looking at a computer display that is not […]

What is Active Dreaming?

posted by Robert Moss

Active Dreaming? The phrase is a provocation, designed to shake us free from the assumption that dreaming is a passive activity. I am grateful for the gift of spontaneous sleep dreams, the ones we don’t ask for and often don’t […]

Community soul healing: bringing our lost children out of the glass bubble

posted by Robert Moss

I am out in the woods in the middle of the night, in the midst of leading a workshop on Cortes Island in British Columbia. I notice other figures, animal and human and hybrid, moving among the trees, taking form then fading […]

Riding spirit horses with a Navajo elder

posted by Robert Moss

In one of my workshops in Boulder, Colorado, I was privileged to go on shared journeys into the dreamworlds with a Navajo (Dine) elder named Abraham. He told me he had driven up from Flagstaff because, “I have heard that […]

Flight security for dream travelers

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is traveling. In our dream bodies we get out there, leaving the physical body behind. This goes on every night whether we intend it or not. Lucid dreamers, intentional astral travelers and shamanic journeyers embark on these excursions consciously. […]

What’s behind the green door

posted by Robert Moss

A green door in a white wall, with a  creeper trailing about it. You push the door, and find it unlocked. You enter, and discover yourself in a garden of surpassing beauty, where a lovely friend takes you by the […]

Portal Potties & other transits between dream realities

posted by Robert Moss

All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream – Edgar Allen Poe I’ve been thinking about how we travel between different levels of dreaming, consciously or unconsciously. I recently quoted the statement of Ruby Modesto, […]

When soul recovery is mainstream medicine

posted by Robert Moss

Ruby Modesto’s first personal experience of soul recovery came when she was ten years old. She went so far and so deep in a dream odyssey that she could not find her way back to her body. As she tells […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

When you dream someone else’s future

posted by Robert Moss

Our dream selves return from travels into the future with information on what lies ahead for others as well as ourselves. Where these dreams contain challenging material, it is vitally important to consider very carefully how and when to pass […]

Four reasons we must bring back the dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

As I survey the history of our kind on this planet, it seems clear to me that there are four reaons why most human cultures, before modern times, prized dreams and the dreamers. They knew the following things: 1. Dreams […]

When your marriage bed is a launch pad

posted by Robert Moss

I was asked the question, “What does it mean when my hubby and I share the same dreams?” The question became more interesting when the dreamer added, “We dream we can jump and each time we stay up in the […]

Trans-temporal healing through Active Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming, we are time travelers. We step outside linear Chronos time into a more spacious dimension, from which we can descend into times past or times future. When we wake up to what is possible, we can travel consciously into […]

I’ll teach you in my dreams

posted by Robert Moss

It’s not unusual for me to receive 10-20 dream reports a day in which the dreamers have encountered me. These reports come from complete strangers and from intimate friends, from people engaged in live workshops where we are practicing conscious […]

A dream is a place you can visit again

posted by Robert Moss

A simple and natural way to become a lucid or conscious dreamer is to use a remembered dream as the portal for a journey. Think of it this way: In your night dream, you went to a place, which may […]

Finding your bigger and braver story

posted by Robert Moss

 A story is the shortest route between a human being and the truth.Consciously or unconsciously, our lives are directed by stories. If we are not aware that we are living a story, it’s likely we are stuck inside a narrow […]

Dream theater – pinnacle of improv, power for healing

posted by Robert Moss

Dream theater is one of my favorite things in my Active Dreaming workshops. Sometimes the energy of a dream is so lively we can’t wait until the full dream report has been shared with the circle; we have to start […]

How to stop dreaming dead men’s dreams II

posted by Robert Moss

Cara was haunted by horrific dreams of blood and death in Vietnam for forty years. As described in yesterday’s article, in our work together I realized that we needed to determine exactly how memories that did not belong to her […]

How to stop dreaming dead men’s dreams I

posted by Robert Moss

It’s starting again. She is in the jungle, and it steams and stinks. She sees Asian men in rags through the green tangle, and knows they will kill her if they can. Overhead, the whir of choppers beats the air, […]

We dream the future – all the time

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming, we are released from the limitations of the body and of spacetime. We fold time and travel into the future (and into the past and parallel dimensions). I became fascinated by this subject because I have been dreaming about […]

Place of the Lion

posted by Robert Moss

You are at a zoo on a Sunday afternoon. People are wandering about, snacking and chatting as they inspect the animals and birds. As you approach the big cat enclosures, you are uneasy because you know that big cats don’t […]

Living Bones: The Deer and the Gift of Regeneration

posted by Robert Moss

I heard from a friend just now that she dreamed of the Deer overnight and woke feeling blessed relief from the cruel back pain that had been oppressing her. I have come to know the Deer as a remarkable ally […]

Low maintenance plan for psychic health

posted by Robert Moss

On an everyday basis, psychic good health depends, first and last, on exercising common sense, staying grounded, maintaining a functioning “BS detector” – and keeping a sense of humor. The fundamentals are really very simple: • Stay grounded. Spend time […]

Personal mythology through Active Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

I sense the iron inside my body, and I know that it is the dust of an exploding star. The iron in my body connects me with the supernova that created my galaxy, and as I move and stretch I […]

Dinner and dreams: building an active dreaming family

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s a plan for growing a dream family. Get a few friends together and practice the Lightning Dreamwork technique, the fun and fast method for everyday dream-sharing you’ll find explained in detail in my new book Active Dreaming and in […]

Dreaming for the benefit of others

posted by Robert Moss

We can dream for others. Sometimes this means catching an advisory that can be helpful for another person if we can find the right way to pass it along, something that may require tact and subtlety. We don’t want to […]

In praise of circumambulation

posted by Robert Moss

I am in favor of circumambulation. This is quite different from going around in circles in the sense of mindless or frustrating repetition. It’s a matter of looking at a central issue or symbol from many different angles. It’s circling […]

Night of the blue bird

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes all we need from our dreams is one simple image, bringing clarity and direction. In the midst of my recent Soul Recovery training in France, I set the intention of dreaming on behalf of the group.  In the middle […]

Dream Show LIVE on Tuesday, March 8

posted by Robert Moss

Way of the Dreamer Radio Show My next radio show is LIVE on Tuesday, March 8.  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 […]

Soul healing through the portal of an “old” dream

posted by Robert Moss

“I don’t know what I’m doing here,” Eva declared early in my recent Soul Recovery workshop in France. “I’m not a dreamer. I haven’t remembered any dreams since I was seven years old.” I suggested, gently, that this situation was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

If it were my dream

posted by Robert Moss

Don’t let anyone tell you what your dreams mean. And never do that to anyone else. This is the golden rule of dream-sharing.  One of the great contributions of the American dreamwork movement has been to insist that dreams belong […]

Opening the dream door for others, to communion of spirits

posted by Robert Moss

When we open the dream door for others, it can lead to a true communion of spirits. To play dream guide for another person, we need to know how to create a safe space where someone new to dream sharing […]

Ancestral healing and adventure through dreams

posted by Robert Moss

One of the many forms of healing that becomes available to us through dreams is the healing of our relations with our ancestors. Sometimes this reaches far back through the bloodlines. Let me share the story of Aine, a woman […]

Dream symbols – Tsunamis and Monster Waves

posted by Robert Moss

You are facing a killer wave, rushing at you like a moving mountain of water. You are fleeing from it, but you can’t escape and it crashes over you, pushing the air from your lungs and you surface from sleep […]

Dream show LIVE on Tuesday January 10th

posted by Robert Moss

Calling all dreamers: My next “Way of the Dreamer” radio show on healthylife.net will be LIVE with call-ins next TUESDAY, January 10th. Please call in with dreams and questions to share. We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork game and explore the many ways […]

Dreaming without conscience: Raskolnikov comes to Tucson

posted by Robert Moss

We have precious few clues to just what was going on in the disturbed mind of the young man who shot U.S. Rep. Gabrelle Giffords and killed several others in a horrific crime in Tucson on Sunday. While we pray […]

Thrills and abundance in 2011

posted by Robert Moss

A quick note on what flowed from the New Years assignment I suggested for dreamers in a recent blog article: to send the dream self out to scout what lies ahead in 2011. This has produced a cornucopia of dream […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Dream clues in foreign languages

posted by Robert Moss

Words of foreign languages in my dreams have proven to be keys to very interesting doors in waking life.  When I was a boy in Australia, a radiant being who insisted in speaking Greek informed me that all true knowledge […]

The trees call for speakers

posted by Robert Moss

A woman named Laura reports this dream from last night: All the trees the whole world over had been bulldozed down. They were scattered into big piles on a ground of different shades of red and brown, and small fires […]

We can bring magic

posted by Robert Moss

You never know who’s listening to you, once you’ve been recorded. On a recent plane trip, when we had rolled up to the gate and passengers were reaching for their carry-ons, a woman three rows ahead turned to me and […]

Dream archeology in southern France

posted by Robert Moss

Early in my stay at the l’Hameau de l’Etoile (Hamlet of the Star), the refurbished 17th century village in southern France where I’ve been teaching Active Dreaming over the past two weeks, I dreamed of a prehistoric standing stone. The […]

Dreams require action

posted by Robert Moss

Unless we do something with our dreams, we will not dream well. This is indigenous wisdom, and I believe it was understood by all of our ancestors when they lived in cultures that valued dreams, and the dreamer. As my […]

What if? Exploring our parallel lives

posted by Robert Moss

Have you ever wondered what would have happened had you made a different choice – or had the world made a different choice for you – at an important crossroads in your earlier life? I’m sure all of us have […]

To be redeemed from fire by fire

posted by Robert Moss

Fire is a great ally in psychic cleansing. In our gatherings on a very special mountain in the New York Adirondacks, we perform a ritual of fire releasing that is simple and profound. During the day, preparing for the first […]

Lucid dream reentry to claim the key of song

posted by Robert Moss

I am walking in deep, springy grass, humming a little hum, a bit like Winnie-the-Pooh.. Ahead of me, near a fine lake, is a great tree, and I know that important things are waiting for me if only I can […]

Healing with the Deer of the Mountain

posted by Robert Moss

This weekend, a gathering of frequent fliers will assemble on a mountain in the New York Adirondacks for our 15th year together. The heart of this mountain is garnet fire. The ancestral spirits of this land are of the branch […]

Lucid dreams inside lucid dreams

posted by Robert Moss

I haven’t much favored the term “lucid dream” – though I’ve been a lucid dreamer all of my life – because of past associations with agendas for “controlling” or “manipulating” dreams. But as the discussion matures, especially since the publication […]

Shamanic lucid dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

I’m not enthusiastic about the term “lucid dreaming” because it has often been associated with silly notions of “controlling” or “manipulating” dreams. Through dreaming, we have access to a source that is infinitely wiser and deeper than the everyday ego, […]

Shamans and dreamers

posted by Robert Moss

What is a shaman? The word was borrowed by anthropologists from the Tungus Siberian people. Correctly pronounced, the long As (“ah”) are given equal weight (“shah-mahn”); the magic of the word is in its resonance. The word came into widespread […]

The Dream Show LIVE on Tuesday October 12

posted by Robert Moss

Calling all dreamers: My next “Way of the Dreamer” radio show on healthylife.net will be LIVE with call-ins next TUESDAY, October 12th. Please call in with dreams and questions to share. We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork game and explore the […]

Dreaming into Egyptian blue

posted by Robert Moss

After a murky sequence in my dreams last night, when I needed to avoid various dangers and distractions, I found myself lying at the edge of the ocean in marvelous gleaming morning sunlight. With my legs in the water, I […]

Waking up to a different dream self

posted by Robert Moss

It happened again last night. I was rushing around between cities and airports in Europe, and realized I did not have directions for a house where I had an appointment. I decided to call the people I was visiting, and […]

Dreaming with inner city kids

posted by Robert Moss

Adelita Chirino is an artist, video producer and jewelry designer who has taken my training for teachers of Active Dreaming. Over many years, she has volunteered to help inner city kids in Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut, through expressive art […]

Raven Eye

posted by Robert Moss

In myth and legend, the raven is many things: trickster and creator, messenger and seer, personification of ravening greed, harbinger of death, companion or form of the Goddess. Here I want to speak about raven as an oracle bird, one […]

Dreaming parallel selves

posted by Robert Moss

For many years after my divorce from my first wife, I found myself still with her in dreams, in situations that might have unfolded had we stayed married. My dream self aged at exactly the same rate as my waking […]

Appearances of the Guide

posted by Robert Moss

The Guide can take many forms, in dreams and on the roads of waking life. Our true spiritual teachers often use shock or humor in their efforts to wake us up to the real nature of things, and they love […]

Choose the day

posted by Robert Moss

Carpe diem, goes the old Latin tag. “Seize the day.” My personal mantra is no less proactive, but more conscious: choose the day. By my observation, what we encounter on any day has a great deal to do with what […]

In praise of snappers

posted by Robert Moss

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company,” counseled Mark Twain. I’ve quoted this more than once in front of church audiences, when I have judged them genial enough to take it in good heart, or in […]

Emerson Before Dawn, or: Be Straight, Be Full, Be Ready

posted by Robert Moss

I often read a page or two of Emerson before greeting the sun. For me, he is the wisest of American philosophers and the most practical, because his words create a stir in the spirit that is a wonderful incitement […]

The key ring solution to honoring dreams

posted by Robert Moss

What’s on your key ring? Keys to house and car you use every day, and maybe a few whose exact use you’ve forgotten. A quick-scan card for the supermarket checkout, maybe one from your insurance company. Maybe a lucky charm […]

The dossier on Shared Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

In Manhattan this morning, in the breakfast room of my hotel prior to opening the second of my workshops at the NY Open Cenetr, I watched a long interview with a psychologist I know and like on the Today Show, […]

The spider in your dreams is not the spider in my dreams

posted by Robert Moss

The wonderful discussion generated by my last post on Dream Spiders brings home how we want to approach every dream as an experience unique to the dreamer, even while it evokes universal themes. Suzette reports that when she is ill […]

Dream spiders as disease markers, and possible allies

posted by Robert Moss

A woman named Jennifer recently shared a vivid and very specific account of how the behavior of a black spider in a series of dreams has given her disease markers she has learned to take seriously. As she tells it, […]

An Active Dreamer’s review of “Inception”

posted by Robert Moss

In one line: the movie “Inception” is more exciting in its conception than in its delivery. It offers some great talking-points and plenty to chew on for anyone interested in dreaming and the physics of non-ordinary reality. On the other […]

How shared dreaming saved George’s job

posted by Robert Moss

Shared dreaming is not only wonderful fun. It can help us on the roads of everyday life. It can save your job. Consider the following true-life narrative, involving a couple I know well: George, a senior executive, dreamed he received […]

Shared Dreaming, before and after “Inception”

posted by Robert Moss

I’m looking forward to seeing the movie Inception.  Judging by the advance notices, the director, and the cast, I expect it to be brilliant. I have one reservation. It’s not about the movie itself. It’s about the problematic use of […]

Stay on the line

posted by Robert Moss

A thought for any day, inspired by a participant in the Dream Teacher Training that I led over the past week on the Connecticut shore. Savannah surfaced from a night of elusive dreams with little recall, but with this statement […]

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