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A short history of soul flight

posted by Robert Moss

In many human cultures the most profound insights into the nature of the divine and the fate of the soul after physical death have been attributed to ecstatic journeys beyond the body in waking dream or vision. In most human […]

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Where Homeric singers appoint their successors in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

How you know a dream matters among the Kyrgyz One of the markers of the dream that is also ayan, an omen, is that sensory impressions are unusually strong, including the sense of smell or taste, and that these impressions linger […]

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Seven Open Secrets of Imagination

posted by Robert Moss

The greatest crisis in our lives is a crisis of imagination. We get stuck and set ourselves up for failure because we buy into a limited or self-defeating version of reality, and refuse to see our situation differently. The answer […]

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As Lady Sarashina crossed a bridge of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

From a thousand years ago, in a slim autobiographical novel gusting with moonlight and desire, we have a dozen dreams of an anonymous Japanese woman who was born in Kyoto in 1008. The book itself is untitled; sometimes it is […]

The first Valentine, from the captive prince

posted by Robert Moss

Why the day of Saint Valentine is associated with romantic love is a mystery. A couple of sainted Valentines, both martyred, are known to the early church but what little is known of them has nothing to do with romance. […]

Here’s to the Sun of God

posted by Robert Moss

In my neighborhood, Hebe, cupbearer to the Olympian gods, is now decked out in Christmas trimmings. Though she would probably prefer to be wearing vine leaves, she may be relaxed because she will remember that Christmas decorations – especially anything […]

Approaching Halloween: when the veil between the world thins

posted by Robert Moss

The hair salon on the corner advertises, “Halloween Makeup Done Here.” There are spooks and scarecrows at the doors of the houses on my block. As we approach Halloween, I am thinking of the many meanings of the festival, from […]

Enter lucid dreaming like a sleeping tiger

posted by Robert Moss

Chen Tuan (871-989) was a celebrated Taoist sage who lived a secluded life in mountain caves in China, where he created kung fu and a method of conscious dreaming. He was an ardent student of I Ching. He reputedly wandered […]

“Nothing happens until it is dreamed”

posted by Robert Moss

The memory of a dream is the memory of a journey. It may have been a short visit to a neighbor’s place or a date with the lover you will meet three years from now. It may have been a […]

Questioning dreams in ancient Mesopotamia

posted by Robert Moss

Our earliest records of the work of a dream interpreter come from ancient Mesopotamia. Here the person you asked for help with your dream was called the “questioner”. On clay tablets from Assur and Nineveh, the “questioner” is usually a […]

Reading “what is behind”; Divination in Imperial Japan

posted by Robert Moss

In imperial Japan, one-third of the officials in the Ministry of Religious Affairs — the Jingi-kan — were assigned to one department, the Department of Divination. Their job was to read patterns of coincidence and advise the emperor accordingly. They […]

Harriet Tubman and Ashanti traditions of dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

When I was writing my book Dreaming True, I asked for guidance from the night on how to bring the gifts of dreaming to a broader audience in our society. I dreamed I was teaching the history of the Underground Railroad […]

The first Valentine, from the captive prince

posted by Robert Moss

Why the day of Saint Valentine is associated with romantic love is a mystery. A couple of sainted Valentines, both martyred, are known to the early church but what little is known of them has nothing to do with romance. […]

Brigid’s Day

posted by Robert Moss

This is the day of the High One, the Exalted One. That is the meaning of Brig, from which the name Brigid (also Brigit, Brighid, Brigantia of England and Brigindo of eastern Gaul) derives. The church made the goddess a […]

Masks of the true spiritual teachers

posted by Robert Moss

In a third-century Buddhist sutra, the Gandavyuha, translated by Thomas Cleary as “Entry into the Realm of Reality”, there is a fascinating account of how “enlightened beings” seek to guide us to higher consciousness and an expanded view of the […]

Where the Hidden Folk can stop a highway or name a baby

posted by Robert Moss

Icelanders make a practice of listening to the larger reality. Construction of a new highway south of Reykjavik is currently on hold while the supreme court considers a law suit filed on behalf of elves. A group called the Friends […]

Happy birthday to the Sun of God

posted by Robert Moss

Nobody knows for sure when Jesus was born, but it is rather unlikely that it was on December 25th. The famous early bishop, Clement of Alexandria, who died in 215, wrote that many Christians in his day believed that Jesus […]

A Buddhist poet-saint: if dreams are illusions, so is life, so dream more!

posted by Robert Moss

I am always astonished when Westerners drawn to Buddhism tell me that in tradition, dreams are regarded as illusions from an unclear mind, for which the Rx is to cleanse and purify the mind, in order to dream no more. […]

When we become a dreaming culture

posted by Robert Moss

I have a dream: that we will again become a society of dreamers. In a dreaming culture, dreams are valued and celebrated. The first business of the day, for most people, is to share dreams and seek to harvest their […]

Giving thanks, today and every day

posted by Robert Moss

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, and I cherish it. I give thanks today for the love of family and friends, for the aromas of fresh baking, for the wind skipping the fall leaves and a small dog chasing them, […]

The Angel That Troubles the Waters

posted by Robert Moss

The pool of Bethesda is famous. Its name has been borrowed by countless hospitals and medical centers, and by a town in Maryland that is a bedroom community for WashingtonDC. One of the distinctions of Bethesda, MD is that it […]

Harriet Tubman dreamed for liberation

posted by Robert Moss

Harriet Tubman is an iconic figure in American history – the runaway slave from Maryland’s Eastern Shore who went back to the South, braving great dangers, to free her fellow-slaves and became the most successful “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. […]

Celtic dream healing with Sequana

posted by Robert Moss

Tonight, in a journey into Celtic Dreaming I am leading at a beautiful private retreat center in the foothills of the Cascades, it is our group intention to dream with Sequana, the “fast-flowing” Celtic patron of dreams and travelers. At […]

Dreaming is ancient wisdom and everyday practice for our contemporary lives

posted by Robert Moss

Most human societies have valued dreams and the dreamers for three principal reasons. They have recognized that in dreams we see the future, and this can help whole communities as well as individuals to make better choices. They have understood […]

We want to sleep like cavemen, not like the dead

posted by Robert Moss

Few people sleep today the way most humans did for all of our evolution before the introduction of artificial lighting. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans thought that what the pushers of sleep meds promise – an uninterrupted night […]

In Search of the Antlered Goddess of the Ways

posted by Robert Moss

The British visionary artist Chesca Potter says that when she moved to London, she had a vision of an immense goddess figure, dressed in green and gold, over the church of  St Pancras. This is the oldest church,  in the […]

The shaman as poet 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 […]

May your roses bloom

posted by Robert Moss

Tonight and tomorrow, May 5-6 are Hidrillez, a major bayram, or festival, in Turkey and among Turkic communities that celebrates the meeting of Khidr and Elijah on earth. The word Hidrillez conflates the Turish versions of their names. This is […]

Shamans as dreamers

posted by Robert Moss

What is a shaman? First and last, the shaman is a dreamer. Shamans typically receive their calling in dreams and are initiated and trained in the Dreamtime. The heart of their practice is the intentional dream journey. They may incubate […]

The myth of the martyrs

posted by Robert Moss

  Last summer the Catholic bishop of Peoria, Daniel R. Jenky, called from the pulpit for “heroic Catholics” to oppose President Obama as the latest in a series of persecutors who “have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide […]

Aboriginal Dreaming into the Dreamtime

posted by Robert Moss

Aboriginal Australians believe that we dream our way into this world, and dream our way out of it. “We talk to the spirit-child before a baby is born,” naturopath and traditional healer Burnham Burnham explained it to me. If the […]

Full Moon in Cancer, and the spirits of dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Full moon in Cancer (my birth sign) tonight. Good time to recall the connection between the moon and dreaming. We notice the lunar ebb and flow in the cycles of our body and blood, in our mood swings, and also […]

At Christmas, a prayer for all seasons

posted by Robert Moss

Thank you, O Creator, that we have risen this day to the rising of this life. May it be a day of blessing. O Creator of all gifts may a day of new beginnings be our gift this day. As […]

Dreaming in Bali, Part 2

posted by Robert Moss

Dream teacher Jane Carleton, who spent two years living and teaching Active Dreaming workshops in Bali, has contributed a second installment of her narrative of sharing dreams with Balinese. Guest blog by Jane Carleton Gathering Flowers of Sleep, and Throwing […]

Hopi dream bundles

posted by Robert Moss

I am endlessly fascinated by the etymology of the words for “dream” in different cultures. Often the root and alternative meanings of these words suggest a lively understanding that more is going on in dreams than is widely understood in […]

Dreaming in Bali

posted by Robert Moss

I had the pleasure of conversing with my friend Jane Carleton about her rich experiences of living in Bali, sharing dreams with Balinese people, and teaching Active Dreaming workshops there. Jane is a certified teacher of Active Dreaming, a gemologist, […]

Give me a straight-up dream

posted by Robert Moss

Confused by your dreams?  You could try asking tonight for a straight-up dream. Let me explain. Some dreams take a lot of tending. We need to walk with them and around them for a while, letting different layers and possible […]

Back to basics Q&A #1: dreaming is waking up

posted by Robert Moss

How do you define a “dream”? A dream is a wake-up call. It takes us beyond what we already know. Dreams are the language of the soul, and they are experiences of the soul. There are “big” dreams and “little” […]

Dreaming is good medicine

posted by Robert Moss

Most human cultures before the modern era have valued dreams as a source of healing. It was widely understood, for starters, that dreams can diagnose what’s going on inside the body. One of the ways to understand dreams is that […]

A POW stays alive by dreaming of a better place

posted by Robert Moss

  Inside a huge stockade hastily erected in Andersonville, Georgia, the Confederates operated the most notorious military prison of the American Civil War. In the last two years of the war, 13,000 Union soldiers died there from malnutrition, exposure and […]

How spiritual guides appear in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

  In the passage in Dante’s Purgatorio where he encounters his radiant guide in the form of a lovely woman called Beatrice, she reproaches him for not heeding the dreams in which she sought him, over many years. The message […]

Riding spirit horses

posted by Robert Moss

Horses run through our dreams. We wake, hearts pounding, still feeling the thunder of the hoofbeats. Our dream horses are not the same, of course. Some are oppressed by dreams of a black horse that seems like a figure of […]

Reclaiming our animal spirits

posted by Robert Moss

Indigenous and ancestral shamans know that we are all connected to the world of the animal powers, and that by recognizing and nurturing our relation with animal spirits, we find and follow the natural path of our energies. Yet many […]

A marvelous day for a moonwalk

posted by Robert Moss

A young woman in my Chicago workshop last Saturday shared a dream of that morning in which the Moon appeared and came closer and closer until she could walk on it. She met a wise and good-humored guide who showed […]

Dream archaeology with gods and goddesses of Lithuania

posted by Robert Moss

Marija Gimbutas declared with urgent clarity in The Civilization of the Goddess:  “We must refocus our collective memory. The necessity of this has never been greater as we discover that the path of ‘progress’ is extinguishing the very conditions for […]

Perform your vision, or something bad will happen

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams require action. As I observed in Conscious Dreaming, in indigenous dreaming traditions, dreamwork is always oriented toward action. The principal task of the shaman, as a dream specialist, is to confirm the meaning of the dream and clarify the […]

Words for the Great Mother, for Mother’s Day

posted by Robert Moss

I am walking on the Mother I am sailing on her skin I become her child and lover from the outside enter in I will praise the sky above her I will praise her in the deep I am dreaming […]

At the junction between sleep and waking

posted by Robert Moss

Shiva came to Vasugupta in a dream, they say. He showed the sage the location of a huge rock in a forest at the foot of a mountain. When the rock was turned over, a sacred text was revealed on […]

The gods drink at the heart like a deer in a river

posted by Robert Moss

I come again, like a deer (or a big cat) to the water, to some lovely lines in Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Martin Prechtel‘s remarkable account of his apprenticeship and practice as a shaman of a Mayan tradition. He is […]

How many of your 12 lights are on?

posted by Robert Moss

“I want to tell you my personal experience of dream healing,” Bonnie Horrigan said when she joined me for a conversation on my Way of the Dreamer radio show today. “I was in hospital with a serious liver condition. It […]

The goddess says, “I come from inside you”

posted by Robert Moss

Lin’s intention was to meet her spiritual teacher. In her dream, as she reported it to me: I go to the cemetery where my brother is buried. We meet and hug each other. It’s very loving. He wants to come […]

April fish

posted by Robert Moss

Catch any fish today? In many parts of Europe, an April Fools prank is called an “April fish”.  In Dutch, it’s apriivis; in Italian, pesce d’Avrile. The term poisson d’Avril first broke surface in a French poem in the early 1500s. The original, […]

Dreaming as soulcraft and survival tool in Iroquois tradition

posted by Robert Moss

“The Iroquois have, properly speaking, only a single Divinity – the dream. To it they render their submission, and follow all its orders with the utmost exactness.” –          Father Jacques  Frémin, S.J., 1669-70 Long before the first Europeans arrived in […]

Saving the Vatican jewels

posted by Robert Moss

A woman graduate of an Ivy League divinity school shared this illuminating dream with me: I am inside the Vatican, and the whole of the Vatican City is on fire. I am desperate to save priceless jewels that have been […]

The morning after the night in the dream temple

posted by Robert Moss

In previous articles, I described the experience in the temples of dream healing of the ancient Mediterranean. After an encounter with the sacred healer – who might appear as a figure of living gold, or a dog or a snake, […]

St Patrick’s breastplate

posted by Robert Moss

It may be good to start St Patrick’s Day with a Celtic blessing that has been given his name. The blessing is known as Saint Patrick’s Breastplate. It is a lorica, or “breastplate-charm”, believed to offer a shield of protection […]

Inside the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

You have earned right of entry to the abaton, the “forbidden dormitory” of the sacred healer, by following the path described in the previous article. Your bed for the night, in the womblike space of the darkened chamber, is an […]

To the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

You are called to the temple of healing, often by a dream. You may be driven by desperation: you are suffering in body or mind, and you have found nothing that relieves your pain or heals your symptoms. So you […]

The ancient art of Polynesian dream navigation

posted by Robert Moss

According to Polynesian tradition, the first human to see Easter Islandwas a dream traveler and the island was settled because a young king trusted the traveler’s story and acted upon it. In a time of savage warfare amongst the Polynesian […]

What we can offer Hawk

posted by Robert Moss

One of the readers of yesterday’s blog essay on “Messages from Hawk” asked a provocative question:  “Seems we could learn much from Hawk. What do we have to offer Hawk?” I am going to respond here rather fully, from my […]

The modern myth of sleep that is contrary to nature and diminishes dreams

posted by Robert Moss

We humans don’t sleep the way we used to. No, this is not the lead in for a commercial for some new kind of sleeping pill. It is a statement about how our contemporary sleep patterns are radically different from […]

Dreaming in amber

posted by Robert Moss

I have been privileged to lead dream workshops in Lithuania three times, at the invitation of my friend Rita Baniene, and each visit has been a grand adventure and a deepening encounter with the spirits of the land. When I […]

Dreaming as a survival tool in Iroquois tradition

posted by Robert Moss

“The Iroquois have, properly speaking, only a single Divinity – the dream. To it they render their submission, and follow all its orders with the utmost exactness.” –          Father Jacques Frémin, S.J., 1669-70 Long before the first Europeans arrived, the […]

Literature begins in dreams of the Goddess

posted by Robert Moss

The raw sexuality of her call to her lover is wild and shocking.  He plunges into her like a wild bull. When they couple, he is the green life of all growing things and she is the Queen of Heaven. He […]

Open secrets of the Dreamtime

posted by Robert Moss

Here are the open secrets of the Dreamtime. These insights, shared by many dreaming traditions and indigenous peoples, challenge the ruling paradigms of a culture that confuses the real with thephysical. They free us from the delusion that dreams are by-products of brain […]

The need for dream archaeology

posted by Robert Moss

Marija Gimbutas, the great Lithuanian scholar of Old Europe and its Goddess traditions, declared with urgent clarity in The Civilization of the Goddess, her chef d’oeuvre:  “We must refocus our collective memory. The necessity of this has never been greater […]

Paleopsych 101

posted by Robert Moss

At a benefit dinner, the wife of a bank president asked me, “What exactly is it that you do?” I told her, “I’m a paleolithic psychologist.” She nodded respectfully, possibly associating me with the clinical psychiatrist seated above the salt. […]

The dream shaman’s road to soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

Shamans understand that soul loss is the root of much illness and confusion in our lives. It may be caused by pain or trauma or heartbreak, by wrenching life choices, or by wimping out on our best and bravest dreams. It […]

What makes me dive in headfirst

posted by Robert Moss

Among the Inuit, the strongest shamans are also the most gifted poets. One of the reasons their spirit helpers flock around them is that they are charmed and exhilarated by the angakok’s poetic improvisations. The Inuit say that we need […]

Make New Year’s Day the first day of your new life

posted by Robert Moss

Why not make today the first day of your new life? As you say the words below, you are claiming your connection with the powers of Heaven and Earth, with the elemental forces.  A good thing to do on any […]

An Orphic invocation of the dream oracle

posted by Robert Moss

The turning of the year is a good time to seek dream guidance on what the next year may hold, and indeed on any important life issues. In cultures that value dreams, there are recognized and recommended methods of dream […]

Solstice poem

posted by Robert Moss

Eyes of the Goddess   From a vision journey to Newgrange   The poet waits for me in his countryman’s cape And shows me the map in the gateway stone: Twin spirals to get you in, and out, of the […]

Why we dream #2: A Southwestern version

posted by Robert Moss

We dream to wake up to our larger Self: to the memory of who we are and what we are meant to become. There is a wonderful Dine (Navajo) teaching story about this.  In the Fourth World, the Hero Twins […]

Epona’s day: time for rest and roses

posted by Robert Moss

Put your feet up for a while today, smell the roses,  and give a thought to Epona, whose day (December 18) this is, in the Roman calendar. Epona was the great horse goddess of the Celts, and the only Celtic […]

In the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

The dreamgates open paths to spontaneous healing. This was the shared wisdom of the ancient world. It calls to us again, in our dreams, to move beyond our fixation with physical symptoms to the spiritual causes of wellness and illness. […]

Egyptian ritual for dispelling bad dreams

posted by Robert Moss

An Egyptian dream book inscribed in the reign of Ramses II, in the 13th century  BCE,  contains a ritual for turning away the negative energy of “bad” dreams and the psychic forces at play in them. The hieratic papyrus classifies […]

Hawaiian dreaming: wild goatfish or straight up

posted by Robert Moss

How much a culture understands of the practice of dreaming is reflected in the variety and specificity of the terms it uses for different types of dream experience. The Hawaiian language contains a rich vocabulary for dreaming that makes a […]

How spiritual guides appear to us in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

In the passage in Dante’s Purgatorio where he encounters his radiant guide in the form of a lovely woman called Beatrice, she reproaches him for not heeding the dreams in which she sought him, over many years. The message is […]

How the deceased grow green again

posted by Robert Moss

In most dreams, the departed appear to be living, and very often the dreamer is unaware that the person he or she encounters is “dead” until after waking. The reason is that the departed are indeed alive, though no longer […]

The dream people and the birth of a novel

posted by Robert Moss

Because of a hawk and a white oak and my need to get away from big cities, in 1986 I purchased a farm in rolling horse country in the upper Hudson Valley of New York. I had no idea how […]

Invoking the healing power of the Deer

posted by Robert Moss

This weekend, I am up on a mountain in the New York Adirondacks where I have been leading gatherings of active dreamers, spring and fall, for the past fifteen years. This is a place where the Deer energy is strong, […]

The tiger and the wannabe goat

posted by Robert Moss

True spiritual evolution progresses through a closer and closer alignment with the Higher Self. A quantum leap is achieved through fusion between the focus personality and the Higher Self. The larger person now communicates with a Higher Self on a […]

Exploring past lives

posted by Robert Moss

Belief in reincarnation is common to most of the world’s spiritual traditions. It was shared by some of the early Church Fathers — especially in Alexandria, where the influence of Basilides and his fellow gnostics ran strong — though it […]

Healing ghost sickness in Vietnam

posted by Robert Moss

Where do you go if you are bothered by angry ghosts? Traditionally, in a country like Vietnam where animism is strong, you would go to a diviner or medium to get a correct diagnosis of who is causing your problem, […]

Angry ghosts of Vietnam

posted by Robert Moss

At night, Sam shakes so violently in the bed that his girlfriend is thrown out. He screams in a language not his own, “Give it back, give it back, give it back, motherfucker, or I’ll eat your mother’s soul.” He […]

Iroquois dreaming: for survival, soul, and good luck

posted by Robert Moss

Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Six Nations of the Longhouse, or Iroquois, taught their children that dreams are the single most important source of both practical and spiritual guidance. The first business of the day in an Iroquois […]

Dreaming with Hawk, and the Mohawk

posted by Robert Moss

When I moved in the mid-1980s to a farm in upstate New York, in order to get away from the clutter of big cities, I was called to learn a new language. It started with a red-tailed hawk who turned […]

The Egyptian art of dream travel

posted by Robert Moss

The ancient Egyptians understood that in dreams, our eyes are opened. Their word for dream, rswt, is etymologically connected to the root meaning “to be awake”. It was written with a symbol representing an open eye. The Egyptians believed that […]

Daniel, an active dreamer in the Bible

posted by Robert Moss

In yesterday’s article, we saw how Daniel found a dream that King Nebuchadnezzar II claimed he had lost. Scholars suspect that the content of the symbolic dream of the composite statue was invented in Hellenistic times, perhaps around 200 BCE, […]

Ancestral healing 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 […]

The dream secret of Celtic inspiration

posted by Robert Moss

Awen – inspiration – was, as Caitlin Matthews reminds us, “the supreme preoccupation of Celtic poets, especially among those who had inherited the ancient prophetic and visionary arts of the ovate or faith – probably the earliest form of Celtic shaman.” [1] The word awen derives from […]

Making Death your ally

posted by Robert Moss

I recommend getting to know Death, and approaching life’s choices with the clarity that the presence of Death brings. Saint Ignatius Loyola, the warrior-father of the Jesuit order and no slouch at visualization, recommended the following means of making a […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

The bumper sticker on my car reads WAKE UP AND DREAM. I am not the first to realize that dreaming may be a way of waking up. The Egyptian word for dream is rswt. It literally means “awakening,” and in […]

Dreaming Back: Yeats on how the dead get their stories straight

posted by Robert Moss

To understand the important things and live that knowledge, we need poetic clarity. When I was writing my Dreamer’s Book of the Dead, I turned for that often to one of my favorite dead poets, W.B. Yeats. Yeats’s fullest account […]

Dream reentry in the Mabinogion

posted by Robert Moss

Reading the great cycle of Welsh epics known as the Mabinogion with the eye of a dreamer, we can discern an ancient account from the British Isles of the technique I call dream reentry – going back inside a dream […]

Dream archaeology: the Assyrian priest who solved a mystery

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams guide us to the necessary past, to the history we need to know and use. Dreams may also trigger and direct specific lines of research, as in the case of an archaeologist whose dreamed the solution to a mystery. […]

Take the plunge into the sea of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Among the Inuit, the strongest shamans are also the most gifted poets. One of the reasons spirit helpers flock around an angakok is that they are charmed and exhilarated by the shaman’s poetic improvisations. Inuit shamans have a language of […]

The bee-priestess and the tears of Ra

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes it is quite impossible to avoid sensing an intelligence – or multiple intelligences – at work in the riffs of synchronicity. Here’s another personal example, from a weekend workshop at a wilderness center in the Northeast.  In the morning […]

Following the red horses to a Death Goddess

posted by Robert Moss

Red horses are racing above mountain tops. They are flying over the hills, immense and powerful. Plumes of steam rise from their nostrils. From the steam, men fall to the ground; they appear to be tiny stick figures in proportion […]

Fox’s edge

posted by Robert Moss

“Fox can get the red potatoes jumping for sure,” said Patty just now, commenting on my latest dream of a fox. I’ve noticed that even the mention of a fox creates a stir of excitement, blended with intrigue and anticipation, laced […]

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 […]

Dreaming the Song of the Lord

posted by Robert Moss

“Action is better than inaction” – Krishna to Arjuna. Dreams can call us to traditions and cultures of which we may have had little or no previous knowledge, from any obvious sources, yet may now prove to be part of […]

We must choose every day how we use power

posted by Robert Moss

When I was presenting at a Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in Sydney some years ago, an imposing Aboriginal healer named Burnum Burnum, his great beard lapping over a blue frock coat, grabbed me as we were leaving the platform together. […]

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 […]

How to talk to the Creator

posted by Robert Moss

Yesterday I wrote about Ruby Modesto, a shaman of the Desert Cahuilla in southern California whose calling and guidance came to her through dreams. Listening to her voice, as mediated by anthropologist Guy Modesto, is to be in the presence […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dreaming with the animal spirits

posted by Robert Moss

When shamans go dreaming, characteristically they operate under the protection and guidance of Animal Guardians. Forging a close relationship with one or more “power animals” is central to developing the arts of shamanic dream travel and tracking. It is invaluable […]

The dream that is a song that is a road

posted by Robert Moss

The Temiar people of the Malaysian rainforest live very close to their land. Their stilt houses are walled with bamboo poles, laid horizontally so there are gaps between them. There are also gaps between the bamboo slats of the floors. Earth and […]

Dreaming like an Egyptian

posted by Robert Moss

The ancient Egyptians understood that in dreams, our eyes are opened. Their word for dream, rswt, is etymologically connected to the root meaning “to be awake”. It was written with a symbol representing an open eye. The Egyptians believed that the […]

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Dreams are not on our case, they are on our side
Our dreams show us things we may prefer not to think about — which is a major reason why many of us slam that door shut on our dreams and try to keep it closed. Those things may include future life problems, or parts of ourselves we tend to ...

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A short history of soul flight
In many human cultures the most profound insights into the nature of the divine and the fate of the soul after physical death ...

posted 12:09:30pm Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Reading and releasing psychic cords
The essential things to know about life are usually simple - but can be sticky. One thing we need to know, to maintain our health and sanity, and work the true law of attraction, is that there are threads of psychic energy running between us and ...

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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