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Robert Moss describes himself as a dream teacher, on a path for which there has been no career track in our culture. He is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, journalist and independent scholar. His nine books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Dreamer's Book of the Dead, The Three ""Only"" Things, The Secret History of Dreaming, Dreamgates, Active Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole. His most recent book is The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse.

He identifies the great watershed in his adult life as a sequence of visionary events that unfolded in 1987-1988, after he decided to leave the world of big cities and the fast-track life of a popular novelist and put down roots on a farm in the upper Hudson Valley of New York. Moss started dreaming in a language he did not know that proved to be an archaic form of the Mohawk language. Helped by native speakers to interpret his dreams, Moss came to believe that they had put him in touch with an ancient healer, an arendiwanen or "woman of power" and that they were calling him to a different life.

Out of these experiences he wrote a series of historical novels and developed the practice he calls Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of contemporary dreamwork and shamanic methods of journeying and healing. A central premise of Moss's approach is that dreaming isn't just what happens during sleep; dreaming is waking up to sources of guidance, healing and creativity beyond the reach of the everyday mind.

He introduced his method to an international audience as an invited presenter at the conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams at the University of Leiden in 1994.

Over the past 20 years, he has led seminars at the Esalen Institute, Kripalu, the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, Bastyr University, John F. Kennedy University, Meriter Hospital, and many other centers and institutions. He has taught depth workshops in Active Dreaming in the UK, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Brazil and Austria and leads a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming. He hosts the ""Way of the Dreamer"" radio show at www.healthylife.net.

He has appeared on many TV and radio shows, ranging from Charlie Rose and the Today show to Coast to Coast and the Diane Rehm show on NPR. His articles on dreaming have been published in media ranging from Parade to Shaman's Drum
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Moss was a keynote speaker at the IASD world conference in Chicago in June 2009. He was keynote presenter at the East Coast conference of the Institute of Transpersonal Studies in October 2009 and the keynote speaker at the A.R.E.'s Easter conference in 2010. His books have been published in more than 20 foreign languages.

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 […]

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In Search of the Antlered Goddess of the Ways

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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 […]

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The only dream expert is YOU

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You are the final authority on your dreams, and you should never give the power of your dreams away by handing them over to other people to interpret. Yes, our dreams can be confusing and opaque, and we gain greatly […]

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Dreaming is practice for immortality

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There is a people of the South Pacific who say that there are as many afterlife situations as there are human imaginations. They may be right. What we encounter on the Other Side is conditioned by our desires, our courage […]

Dreams are not on our case, they are on our side

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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 […]

A short history of soul flight

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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 […]

Reading and releasing psychic cords

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

The Books of Night and Day

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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 […]

Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church

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Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people derive their knowledge of God from dreams” urged Christians who found themselves in captivity, perhaps on the way to […]

Jumping off the high board with Jesus

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Kathy wrote to me just before Easter about what happened when she started practicing the exercises for meeting a spiritual guide in my book Dreamgates. Lying back in bed, fully conscious of her intention, she had the following experience: I […]

Where Homeric singers appoint their successors in dreams

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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 […]

In the dream kitchen

posted by Robert Moss

In my night dreams, the place of creation is often a kitchen. I don’t do a lot of cooking, but I love the image of the kitchen — where we are fed and nourished and we mix things together and […]

Seven Open Secrets of Imagination

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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 […]

As Lady Sarashina crossed a bridge of dreams

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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. […]

The best way to understand a dream

posted by Robert Moss

The best way to grasp the meaning of a dream, and to determine what action the dream requires, is to go back inside the dream and recover more of the story. We should never confuse a dream report – what […]

The Underground Railroad of Dreams

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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 […]

Back to Basics (4) We Dream the Future, All the Time

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Our dreams are constantly coaching us for challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us on the roads of life. It’s possible that we rehearse everything that will take place in the future in our dreams, though we forget most […]

Back to Basics (3) The dead are alive in our dreams

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Contact with the deceased, especially in dreams, is natural and easy if we are open to it. It’s a very common experience. Our dead may still be around, because they have not yet moved on and that can be problematic […]

Back to Basics (2) How to Become a More Active Dreamer

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Let’s start with baby steps. Many of us in the contemporary world have been suffering a prolonged dream drought. You want to end the drought and renew your connection with your dreams. So you set a juicy intention for the […]

Back to Basics (1) Why Dreaming Is Important

posted by Robert Moss

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” dreams, of course. In big dreams, […]

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 […]

Advice from a dead movie star created the star of “I Love Lucy”

posted by Robert Moss

On the day the Obama administration announced that it intended to seek to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, a friend reported dreaming of Lucille Ball, the star of “I Love Lucy.” She wanted to know why she was dreaming of […]

The departed are dreaming with us

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One of my driving purposes in writing The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead was to help  some of the many people in our society who are hungry for confirmation that communication with the departed is not “weird” or “unnatural”, let […]

Dream dates: Sir Christopher Wren dreams a cure

posted by Robert Moss

An intriguing account by John Aubrey of how the celebrated architect who recreated St.Paul’s after the Great Fire of London dreamed a simple cure for a kidney ailment. I’ll leave the narrative in Aubrey’s voice. Note that “reins” in late […]

The origin and power of the shaman’s drum

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The shaman’s primary tool for journeying is the single-headed frame drum, the type we use in Active Dreaming circles. I am constantly astonished, though no longer surprised, by how quickly this ancient instrument can help even the most rational, cognicentric […]

Thanksgiving and affirming

posted by Robert Moss

I am in favor of affirmations. At a certain period in my life, I did not think much of selp-help gurus who were pushing them. I still have major reservations about affirmations that seem to be pitched from the head […]

Jung’s underworld journey

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Let’s be candid: Jung’s Red Book is not for the faint-hearted. Yes, there are passages of incandescent beauty, perhaps beyond any other of his writings. There are also vertiginous falls into places of rank terror and screaming madness. In my […]

Holding on to your dream handbag

posted by Robert Moss

I  don’t carry a handbag myself, but I have come to know a bit about women’s purses and pocketbooks, and especially how they feature in dreams. I have talked with hundreds of women about their dreams of handbags over the […]

Play the Lightning Dreamwork Game

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After a lifetime of exploring and sharing dreams, I have invented a fun way to share dreams, get some nonauthoritarian and nonintrusive feedback, and move toward creative action. I call this the Lightning Dreamwork Game. It’s like lightning in two […]

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 […]

Dreamwork, the antidote to the League of Fear and Contempt

posted by Robert Moss

Why do so many adults in Western society deny that they dream or insist that dreams do not matter? These attitudes are partly the work of societal pressures, and of the authority we have assigned to two kinds of authority: […]

Traveling dream souls of indigenous peoples

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Indigenous peoples recognize multiple aspects of soul, with different destinies after death and different degrees of mobility during life. Thus the Chiquitano believe a human has three souls, called the shadow soul, the blood soul and the breath soul. During […]

Rumi-nation

posted by Robert Moss

A quick way of getting a message for any day is to open a book at random and see what is in front of you. The fancy name for this process is bibliomancy. The favorite book that has been used […]

Enter lucid dreaming like a sleeping tiger

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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 […]

Smellie’s school of dreams

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He was the first editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and his racy style and talent for aphorisms made it an immediate popular success. He was a friend of the poet Robert Burns, who described him as “that old Veteran in […]

Walking Your Dreams

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Janice likes to walk dreams, as you or I might walk the dog. Sometimes she walks her own dreams. As a teacher of Active Dreaming who plays guide for others, she often walks other people’s dreams, like one of those […]

William James and the psychic dreamer on the bridge

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Bertha Huse, a teenage mill girl, goes out for a walk in the cool morning mist of a New Hampshire fall. This is her habit, but her family worries when she does not return for breakfast and does not show […]

What science tells us – and does not tell us – about dreams

posted by Robert Moss

What does science have to tell us about dreaming? One of the most important discoveries is that in modern urban society, few people sleep the way most humans did for all of our evolution before the introduction of artificial lighting. […]

Dreaming with the deceased

posted by Robert Moss

Many of us yearn for contact with departed loved ones. We miss them; we ache for forgiveness or closure; we yearn for confirmation that there is life beyond physical death. This is one of the main reasons why people go […]

The dream path to healing

posted by Robert Moss

In our dreams, we have access to a personal doctor who makes house calls, provides an impeccable diagnosis of our physical, emotional and spiritual condition, and doesn’t charge a cent. If we are not in touch with our dreams, we […]

“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

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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 […]

Rabbi Zalman joins the Dream Assembly

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Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi related a wonderful teaching story about interactive dreaming in The Dream Assembly.  A bunch of Hasidic rabbis are discussing the goals of prayer. Instead of joining the debate, Zalman says, “I would like all of you to […]

The Pauli Effect on the Pauli Effect

posted by Robert Moss

“Pauli Effect” is a term used for the mysterious malfunctioning of equipment in the presence of a certain person. We all know someone who has this effect, stopping watches, crashing computers, blowing out light bulbs. Often the phenomenon looks like […]

Reading “what is behind”; Divination in Imperial Japan

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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 […]

The scarab and the fox: how Jung navigated by synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

Jung’s life practice of paying attention to coincidence and symbolic popups in the world around us is a model of how to navigate by synchronicity. In his work with patients, he paid close attention to the interplay of dreams and signs […]

Living your bigger story

posted by Robert Moss

It’s said that 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 […]

The Secret History of Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

What is one thing people should know about the role dreams have played in history?  Dreams are part of our human survival kit, part of what has kept us going, and evolving on this planet. Across history most people have […]

Dreams are not on our case, they are on our side

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

The Boy Who Died and Came Back

posted by Robert Moss

I died for the first time in my present body when I was three years old. My mother’s aunt, the opera singer, saw my death in the tea leaves a few months before it happened. She would not talk about […]

Becoming an active dreamer

posted by Robert Moss

How do you become an active dreamer? Let’s start with baby steps. Many of us in the contemporary world have been suffering a prolonged dream drought. You want to end the drought and renew your connection with your dreams. So […]

Shamans of the breakfast table

posted by Robert Moss

True shamans are dreamers. They are typically called to their vocation in dreams, and dreaming strong – traveling in lucid dreams to help souls find their way, to diagnose and treat illness, and to scout out the future – is […]

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 […]

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, on Cortes Island. I notice other figures, animal and human and hybrid, moving among the trees, taking form then fading back into the shadows. I find three clear and reliable […]

Dream groups as models for a new community

posted by Robert Moss

Community, as Peter Block defines it in a provocative  book, is about the experience of belonging. To belong is to feel at home, to know you are among family or friends. When something belongs to you, you are an owner; […]

Mark Twain on drilling dream memory & dreaming parallel lives

posted by Robert Moss

In one of his later stories, “My Platonic Sweetheart”, Mark Twain wrote, “In our dreams — I know it! — we do make the journeys we seem to make, we do see the things we seem to see.” He also […]

Jesus tells me he’s an Ace up my sleeve

posted by Robert Moss

Our spiritual guides take forms adjusted to our understanding. “I saw him in the way I was able to perceive him,” runs a line on this subject in the Gnostic Acts of Thomas. In the Western Mystery tradition, the term […]

Three coincidence games for any day

posted by Robert Moss

Navigating by synchronicity is the dreamer’s way of operating 24/7. We all know what it feels like when the world around us gives us a sign or a symbol. Coincidence is when the universe gets personal. It can feel like […]

The “What Part of Me?” Game and its Limitations

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams make us whole. They show us the many aspects of ourselves and help us to bring them under one roof. That is why it is often useful to ask “what part of me” different characters and elements in a […]

Dreams may be memories of the future

posted by Robert Moss

Our dreams are constantly coaching us for challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us on the roads of life. It’s possible that we rehearse everything that will take place in the future in our dreams, though we forget most […]

Soul loss and soul recovery: a Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

 What is soul loss? When we suffer trauma or bitter disappointment or violent shock, soul may leave the body, to escape. This produces the phenomenon that psychologists call dissociation and shamans call soul loss. It can be seen as a […]

The butterfly model for transformation

posted by Robert Moss

In many cultures, the butterfly is a favorite image for soul. In Greek, the word psyche means both “soul” and “butterfly”. The cycle of the butterfly is a model for a life that is open to transformation. To spread butterfly […]

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 […]

Cracked or creative: speaking of coincidence

posted by Robert Moss

Coincidences are homing beacons. They are secret handshakes from the universe. They are extraordinary sources of guidance and direction. The great psychologist Carl Jung lived by coincidence. and achieved a profound understanding that through the study of coincidence we will […]

When the door between the worlds is round and open

posted by Robert Moss

Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the threshold where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open Don’t go back to sleep. These wonderful lines from Rumi remind us that the easiest way […]

How to Give Yourself a 2-Week Dream Vacation for Free

posted by Robert Moss

Does midwinter sometimes feel gray and drab? Do you develop symptoms of cabin fever? Do you get tired of scraping ice off the windshield, and digging your car out of snowbanks? Here’s how to take a two-week vacation at an […]

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 […]

Dreams that Comfort and Heal

posted by Robert Moss

A moving guest blog on dreams that helped family and friends through the passages of life and death, by Valerie McCarney. an artist, hospice volunteer and gifted teacher of Active Dreaming DREAMS THAT COMFORT AND HEAL by Valerie McCarney Comfort […]

Of Dream and Art

posted by Robert Moss

Of Dream and Art a guest blog by Véronique Barek-Deligny Véronique is a gifted teacher of Active Dreaming and creative art in France.  In this moving and beautiful personal narrative, she describes how dreams revealed family history that was previously unknown, gave […]

The stronger the imagination, the less imaginary the results

posted by Robert Moss

Imagine that you can make yourself incredibly small and travel inside the body and repair its cells structure and balance its flows from within. Imagine you can travel across time and visit a younger self and provide the counsel and […]

Dreaming at the breakfast table

posted by Robert Moss

Guest blog by Wanda Burch On May 10, I will be participating in the The World Day of Active Dreaming by inviting dreams to breakfast among a group of people interested in vernacular architecture. This is architecture of the everyday […]

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

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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. […]

Let’s rescue our dreams from the League of Fear and Contempt

posted by Robert Moss

Why do so many adults in Western society deny that they dream or insist that dreams do not matter? These attitudes are partly the work of societal pressures, and of the authority we have assigned to two kinds of authority: […]

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 passions of the soul work magic

posted by Robert Moss

The stronger the emotion, the stronger its effect on our psychic and physical environment. And the effects of our emotions may reach much further than we can initially understand. They can generate a convergence of incidents and energies, for good […]

What is your rescue story?

posted by Robert Moss

A rescue story is one that can buck you up and give you strength and courage, or simply warm smiles, when you need those things.  It’s a story that can get you out from under a black cloud of despair, […]

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 […]

Three broad bands of dreaming

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  In our contemporary society, when analysts and dream “experts” take dreams seriously, they usually approach them from just one perspective, as sets of symbols to be decoded. Certainly our dream life is rich in symbols. Etymologically, a symbol is […]

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 […]

Navigating by synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

Navigating by synchronicity is the dreamer’s way of operating in daily life. The word “synchronicity” was coined by Jung to flag patterns of meaningful coincidence. He defined “synchronicity” as “the coincidence in time of two or more causally unrelated events which have […]

Oneiric logic, time travel and the yellow Mini Cooper

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A yellow Mini Cooper is becoming another of my personal markers, like the friendly black dog or the red-tailed hawk. There is an oneiric logic to some of its appearances, on the roads of more than one world. It makes […]

Onieric logic, time travel and the yellow Mini Cooper

posted by Robert Moss

A yellow Mini Cooper is becoming another of my personal markers, like the friendly black dog or the red-tailed hawk. There is an oneiric logic to some of its appearances, on the roads of more than one world. It makes […]

Dreams for All Souls: Why the dead come calling

posted by Robert Moss

In dreams, our dead come calling. They call us on the phone, they email, they show up at the door, they appear right inside our bedrooms, or meet us in a familiar or unfamiliar space.  It happens any night, or day. Let’s […]

Dreams for All Souls: Her dead father has grown young again

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 I dreamed my father appeared beside me and he looked to be about thirty five, very healthy and youthful.  He said smiling, “Don’t worry about me.  I am happy and healthy, feel good and will never have to be sick […]

Nine Ways Dreams Can Wake You Up

posted by Robert Moss

Have you ever said, “it’s only a dream”? While we often dismiss dreams, or fail to make room for them in the hurry of our daily lives, dreams can be a fabulous source of guidance, healing and juice for any […]

Keep a dream journal

posted by Robert Moss

Keeping a dream journal is central to the art of dreaming well. If you don’t record your dreams, you are likely to lose them. At the very least, you will blur the vital details you need to work with. You […]

Don’t flee the dream scene

posted by Robert Moss

A nightmare, in my personal lexicon, is not merely a scary dream; it is an UNFINISHED dream. We don’t want to leave anything – least of all ourselves – on the table in a dream of this kind. So you […]

First feelings are first clues to a dream

posted by Robert Moss

I really don’t want to talk about anyone’s dream unless I know their first feelings on waking. Feelings inside the dream are important, but feelings right after the experience are even more revealing. They are likely to convey whether the […]

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 […]

Coincidence is when the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

When we experience synchronicity, we often have the sense that powers beyond our ordinary perception have come into play. Coincidence is when the universe gets personal. Heraclitus said (in paraphrase) that the deepest logic of our lives is a child […]

Solving things in the Solution State

posted by Robert Moss

As I lay in bed early on a rainy Saturday morning, it occurred to me that the drifty state after waking can sometimes be – quite literally – the Solution State. I did not initially have narrative dream recall. Instead, […]

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 […]

Notice what’s showing through your slip: A cautionary tale of Mark Twain

posted by Robert Moss

In Mark Twain’s full and unexpurgated Autobiography he expresses his opinion, with exquisite clarity, on what he would like done to one James Paige: If I had his nuts in a steel trap I would shut out all human succor and watch […]

The first things to know about helping kids with dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

Journaling from journals

posted by Robert Moss

Thoreau journaled all the time. He wrote down his observations of nature, his thoughts and dreams, his notes on his constant reading. Most interesting, he journaled from his journals, picking over old volumes, plucking out promising bits and pieces, copying […]

Why swim

posted by Robert Moss

 I’m heading out along the bobbing dock to swim south along the shore of Lake Champlain for a couple of miles in my leisurely version of the Australian crawl. I have a book to work on this week, and I’m […]

Don’t miss your dream movies

posted by Robert Moss

A man who came to one of my first public dream classes told the group, “I am here because I think I have been missing the movies.” His statement was right on. One morning, when I myself woke with no […]

Dream sharing by the Founding Fathers

posted by Robert Moss

The founding fathers had a dream of a new society. Many of them also paid close attention to dreams of the night. On July 4, it seems appropriate to share the story of how two of them shared dreams over […]

Dreaming with Robert Louis Stevenson in his birth city

posted by Robert Moss

I am currently in Edinburgh, the birth city of Robert Louis Stevenson, and often feel as I roam the town that haunted his imagination – even after he moved to Bournemouth, or traveled the world, or settled in his last […]

The flight pioneer who learned from dreams of the future that the time is always Now

posted by Robert Moss

I am giving a talk in London tonight on “Dreaming the Future”. We are time travelers in our dreams and one thing that goes on, probably every night, is that the dream self travels into the possible future, scouting out […]

Let your dreams of the future help you make better choices

posted by Robert Moss

We dream the future, maybe all the time.  I think it’s like this. Every night the dream self goes scouting ahead of the regular self, checking what lies ahead on the roads of life.  Our dreams can be read as […]

The passions of the soul work magic

posted by Robert Moss

The passions of the soul work magic. This observation, attributed to the great Dominican scholar and magus Albertus Magnus (and loved by Jung) is eminently practical guidance for living your juiciest and most creative life. There are two conditions for working […]

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 […]

Dreaming our way to the heart of the world

posted by Robert Moss

If we could fold time, travel forward a century or two, and then look backward, I believe we would find abundant confirmation that the rise of the dreamwork movement is one of the most important developments of the modern era. […]

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 […]

Causing a bear: a belated response to Tolkien

posted by Robert Moss

I once dreamed I met C.S.Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien in the New York Public Library. Tolkien told me, “You must study Scandinavian mythology.” Years later, when I was writing my Dreamer’s Book of the Dead, Lewis appeared in a kind of […]

Dreams are not on our case, they are on our side

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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 […]

Memories of the future

posted by Robert Moss

You have dreamed the future. You say you don’t remember? Think again. Surely you’ve had the experience of déjà vu. The cat crosses the street in front of you, the tall guy steps into the restaurant, the light shimmers on […]

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 to the […]

Joseph Campbell on love among the wreckage

posted by Robert Moss

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell On Joseph Campbell’s birthday, I want to recall one of the rules for living that he understood […]

Dreaming is all about soul

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is all about soul.  This is why dreaming is true medicine for our lives and our worlds. The soul speaks to us in dreams, reminding of our purpose, our potential and our present condition.  When we listen, we begin […]

Make a date with your dreams

posted by Robert Moss

If you rarely remember dreams, or have been going through a dry spell, don’t worry about it. Catching dreams is fun; don’t make it a chore. Think of it as going on a blind date with a friend you can […]

Dreams of losing teeth

posted by Robert Moss

I would love the Tooth Fairy to give me a dollar, or even a nickel, for every dream of problems with teeth that I’ve heard over the years. When I opened this theme for discussion in one group of dreamers, […]

Of shoes and souls

posted by Robert Moss

In dreams, the state of our footwear often suggests the state of our souls. In the English language, we  hear the echo of “soul” in “sole”. A dream of lost shoes may invite us to think about where on the […]

Punching away your fears: dream theater in the physical therapy room

posted by Robert Moss

I love it when we are able to bring the techniques of Active Dreaming into everyday life in spontaneous and energizing ways. My friend Wanda Burch, author of She Who Dreams and a teacher of Active Dreaming, shares a delightful […]

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 […]

The waters of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

In drugstore dream dictionaries we are told that water, as a dream symbol, is about emotions. Well, ye-es, it maybe, but what you find in your dream waters and what I find may be very different things.   As with […]

The gift of “boring” dreams

posted by Robert Moss

I often hear from dreamers who complain that their night dreams are boring or mundane. They feel they are missing the movies. “I’m forever dreaming of arguing with my mother,” writes one dreamer. “I’m fed up with having long-winded conversations […]

Shared dreaming as home entertainment

posted by Robert Moss

You’re separated from your sweetheart and you’d like to have some good private time together. Can you do that? Absolutely. As in the old song, “you can reach [him or her] with your mind.” The next question is: Your place […]

There is one direction in which space is open to us

posted by Robert Moss

The sun rises from behind the mountains, and golden light bursts over the lake. Though the analogy is too pedestrian for the glory of this moment, it seems to me that an immense light bulb has come on, impossible to […]

Dreaming, we are at home on the Other Side

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is the best preparation for dying because in dreams we travel the same roads, out of the body, that we will take after death, when we no longer have physical bodies. In our dreams, we are released from the […]

Why you want to keep a journal

posted by Robert Moss

When a lusty, ambitious young Scot named James Boswell first met Dr. Samuel Johnson, Johnson advised him to keep a journal of his life. Boswell responded that he was already journaling, recording “all sorts of little incidents.” Dr Johnson said, “Sir, there is […]

Last words

posted by Robert Moss

I have always enjoyed reading the exit lines, great and otherwise, of the great and not-so-great, of those who seem ready for a new adventure and for those who resist or persist in their old ways to the dying breath, […]

Claiming the gift of a nightmare

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams are not on our case; they are on our side. This is one of my personal mantras about dreams and (yes) it applies even to nightmares. In my personal lexicon, a nightmare is not only a “bad” or scary […]

Loving the enemy in the rest room: emotional healing through dreams

posted by Robert Moss

When I was in my 20s, I had a terrible enemy, a man with whom I fought many battles. The balance of blame is not something I choose to determine now; each of us was no doubt at fault. Years […]

Six games to play with your journal

posted by Robert Moss

When you write in your journal, you are keeping a date with your Self. I’m giving “self” a big S because I’m talking about something bigger than the everyday mind, so often prone to distraction, or mixed-up agendas, so driven […]

Want dreams? Go bananas!

posted by Robert Moss

When I am asked, “What can I take to improve my dream recall?”, my reflex answer, for years, has been: “Eat more bananas!” I am no expert on dietary supplements, and when I first came up with this suggestion,  I […]

Dreaming is medicine

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is healing. Our bodies speak to us in dreams, giving us early warning of symptoms we might develop, showing us what they need to stay well. Dreams give us fresh and powerful images for self-healing. Dreams are also the […]

Better than New Year’s resolutions: the call to create

posted by Robert Moss

Good luck with those New Years resolutions, if you made them. As we enter the new year, what matters is not what we said we would do, but how we live and how we act. May I suggest an aim […]

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 […]

A Renaissance magus’ Rx for true dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Many things unknown, and unwished for, nor ever attempted by our minds, are manifested to us in dreams, also the representations of unknown places appear, and the images of men both alive and dead, and of things to come are […]

Shamanic lucid dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Until recently, I was not an enthusiast for the term “lucid dreaming”, because it came to be associated with silly notions of “controlling” or “manipulating” dreams. Through dreaming, we have access to a source that is infinitely wiser and deeper […]

Dreaming requires practice, practice

posted by Robert Moss

It’s become popular to say that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to get really good at anything. If this is so, dreamers have a distinct advantage, since we can practice while others merely sleep, and can practice again, during […]

The portal

posted by Robert Moss

The gateways you discover in night dreams and twilight states are the best, safest and most timely starting points for conscious dream journeys, including shamanic soul-flight. With practice, you will find you can have wonderful adventures riding that dream elevator, exploring […]

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 […]

The Civil War dream diary of a Confederate lady

posted by Robert Moss

The recent release of Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln, which opens with a dramatization of one of Abraham Lincoln’s dreams, may have helped to remind us that in an earlier America, dreams were widely respected and shared. People – including those […]

Lincoln’s dreams

posted by Robert Moss

I went to see Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln today and found it mostly wonderful.  Near the beginning, we see a dramatization of one of Lincoln’s recurring dreams of being on a boat that is heading into the mist, a boat on which […]

Peter Jackson’s secret handshake from Hobbit country

posted by Robert Moss

As the New York Times reports in a fascinating long article today, “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson has created a private empire for himself in his native New Zealand. The government treats him like royalty and is marketing […]

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 […]

A dream warning from a dead smoker

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s a spooky but instructive story of a dreamer who received a caution about her cigarette smoking.   She approached me for help with a dream that had scared her during one of my workshops. In her dream, she is with […]

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, […]

The dream god and the faery lover at Halloween

posted by Robert Moss

We find beauty or terror in our contacts with the Otherworld – or our flight from it – according to our courage and the colors of our imaginations. How people respond to the banshee is an excellent example. The banshee […]

The parable of the tiger and the 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 higher level […]

Choose the day

posted by Robert Moss

What we encounter on any day has a great deal to do with what we bring to that day. We draw or repel different events and encounters according to our attitudes and the basic energy we are carrying. We find […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

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 pre-set schedules and to meet other people’s […]

The spirit of Rachmaninoff

posted by Robert Moss

I was privileged last night to be present at a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in which a virtuoso Ukrainian-born concert pianist, Valentina Lisista, played with stunning grace and spirit. She sent me deep into Russia, sometimes under […]

Memories of the future

posted by Robert Moss

You have dreamed the future. You say you don’t remember? Think again. Surely you’ve had the experience of déjà vu. The cat crosses the street in front of you, the tall guy steps into the restaurant, the light shimmers on […]

Three causes of dream drought in our modern lives

posted by Robert Moss

As a society, we are undergoing a protracted dream drought, and for most human cultures, this is a very serious condition, because it means we have lost touch with the three great gifts of dreaming: (1) our ability to see […]

Dreaming 9/11, before and after

posted by Robert Moss

One of the lessons of the horror on September 11, 2001 is that we need to rely on human intuition, as well as technology, to safeguard our liberties and our loved ones. Especially the intuitions that come through in dreams. […]

How Bull became a believer in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

  The thing most likely to bring people awake to the importance of dreams is a visitation from the deceased. The number one reason why people of every background have chosen to share dreams with me, over the years, is […]

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 […]

Freezing in front of the future channels

posted by Robert Moss

A friend dreamed that I had a very special television set delivered to her house. It was stylish and had many features she had never seen before. When she inspected the set more closely, she was astonished to find that […]

Back to basics Q&A #2: First steps in working with dreams

posted by Robert Moss

What are the first steps we need to take to work with our dreams? First, consider your feelings on waking. Those feeling will be your first and best guidance on the nature and meaning of the dream – whether it […]

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” […]

Prophecy, dreams and possible futures: Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

Do we dream mass events and earth changes in advance? We humans are living on the planet and in a sense nothing that is human or affects the planet is really foreign to us.  We might think it is but […]

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 […]

Soul Loss and after: a short Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

Why does the soul have a hard time staying in the body?  We suffer pain or abuse, grief or shame, and part of us finds the world so cruel that we want to go away. Soul loss is also caused […]

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 […]

When you’ve got a gorilla on the back seat

posted by Robert Moss

She’s driving, and she notices in the rear view mirror that there is a very large gorilla in the back seat. When she gets to the family house, she takes the gorilla inside with her. Her mother and sister are […]

Talk to the dead; they are alive and available

posted by Robert Moss

Many of us yearn for contact with departed loved ones. We miss them; we ache for forgiveness or closure; we yearn for confirmation that there is life beyond physical death. This is one of the main reasons why people go […]

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 […]

Notice what’s showing through your slip

posted by Robert Moss

The book in which Freud gave the most complete account of the phenomenon known (after him) as the Freudian slip was first published in 1901 as The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. It’s  a collection of essays that was probably better-known and more […]

Dream the questions before you take the exam

posted by Robert Moss

Have you dreamed you are in school, having to take a test for which you are unprepared? You are not alone;  this is a very common dream theme. If you have finished school and do not have to take any […]

Happy birthday to the dream shaman of Switzerland

posted by Robert Moss

Happy Birthday to Carl Jung, who reminded us that psychology should be about soul, and that dreams are the easiest and best ways to understand what the soul wants in a life. In my book Dreaming the Soul Back Home, […]

Dream the future and change it for the better

posted by Robert Moss

Our dreams are constantly coaching us for challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us on the roads of life. It’s possible that we rehearse everything that will take place in the future in our dreams, though we forget most […]

Light from Emerson on the laws of spiritual magnetism

posted by Robert Moss

The sun rises from behind the mountains, and golden light bursts over the lake. Though the analogy is too pedestrian for the glory of this moment, it seems to me that an immense light bulb has come on, impossible to […]

How dreams wake us up

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s an open secret about dreaming. It’s not fundamentally about sleeping. It’s really about waking up. In ancient Egypt, the word for dream, rswt, meant an “awakening.” Those Egyptians were onto something. For starters, dreams wake us up to what […]

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 […]

Imagine this

posted by Robert Moss

Imagine that you can make yourself incredibly small and travel inside the body and repair its cells structure and balance its flows from within. Imagine you can travel across time and visit a younger self and provide the counsel and […]

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 […]

How a dream fragment can lead to wholeness and soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

From the shaman’s perspective, soul loss is the root cause of much illness and affliction in our lives. We suffer deep grief, abuse or trauma – or succumb to negative habits and addictions – or are torn apart by wrenching […]

How the Creator defined humans

posted by Robert Moss

I have figured out why man is the most fortunate of all creatures and as a result worthy of the highest admiration and earning his rank on the chain of being, a rank to be envied not merely by the […]

Are you following a life script, or creating one?

posted by Robert Moss

They are building a stage in front of the lake house in the park. A theater under construction is a pretty good metaphor for life. My mind turns to those lines from As You Like It we all know: All the […]

Look for the hidden hand

posted by Robert Moss

It’s been said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. One of my rules for navigating by synchronicity is: look for the hidden hand. While Jung described synchronicity as “an acausal connecting principle”, we often feel that there is […]

Undefinitis and its remedies

posted by Robert Moss

There’s a malady that has reached epidemic proportions in our culture. Its carrier is a foggy beast.Its clinical name, I have decided, is undefinitis. It is a serious complaint, because the human is an animal that must define itself or […]

We live by stories

posted by Robert Moss

We live by stories. Our first and best teachers, in our lives and in the evolution of our kind, instruct and inspire by telling stories. Story is our shortest route to the meaning of things, and our easiest way to […]

Soul in the multiverse: you can travel across time to play mentor to a younger self

posted by Robert Moss

I suffered major soul loss as a young boy in Australia. I died for the first time within this life, aged three, during a brutal winter in Tasmania, when I succumbed to pneumonia in both lungs and lost vital signs […]

The world’s oldest female bodybuilder – because of a dream visit from her dead sister

posted by Robert Moss

Ernestine Shepherd is 75 and is the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder. She starts her days by running 10 miles. Never athletic in early life, she decided to start exercising when she and her sister went to the beach in their […]

Footsteps of the Synchron-O-city Beast

posted by Robert Moss

Nothing happens in which you are not entangled in a secret manner, for everything has ordered itself around you and plays your innermost. Nothing in you is hidden to things…The stars whisper your deepest mysteries to you, and the soft […]

Seeking the innermost dream

posted by Robert Moss

I’m intrigued by nights in which we slip from one dream into another, as if moving from an outer to an inner courtyard. Sometimes the shift is marked by the experience of falling asleep and waking up inside the dream […]

Active Dreaming on Coast to Coast

posted by Robert Moss

I had a grand time overnight, talking to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM for three hours about how we can use the core techniques of Active Dreaming to empower and heal our lives. Active Dreaming is a way […]

To practice death is to practice freedom

posted by Robert Moss

We do not know where death awaits us, so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave. This wisdom comes […]

Life is a slice

posted by Robert Moss

Walking a gritty block just south of the Loop in downtown Chicago, I received a message from the world in the sign of Pauly’s Pizzeria: LIFE IS A SLICE. That’s a great advertising slogan for a pizza restaurant. It also […]

Bringing the lost child down from the Soul Tree

posted by Robert Moss

I started a recent workshop, as I often do, by inviting the participants to imagine themselves, in standing meditation, putting down roots into the earth, like a tree. As the meditation deepened, they found themselves rising between earth and sky, […]

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 […]

Churchill’s art of vision transfer

posted by Robert Moss

It’s June 1940.Englandstands alone against the Nazi horde that has overrunWestern Europe, and Hitler looks invincible. Churchill, Prime Minister for just one month, speaks to the people and warns them of the stakes. If the British people fail to resist […]

How to become an original writer in three days

posted by Robert Moss

I like Julia Cameron’s suggestion in The Artist’s Way that if you want to become a writer, you start by doing your “morning pages”, three pages you’ll write without worrying about content or consequences. However, I must note that Julia […]

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 […]

The soul is only partly confined to the body

posted by Robert Moss

“The soul is only partly confined to the body, just as God is only partly enclosed in the body of the world.” The author is the Polish physician, alchemist and philosopher Michael Sendivogius (1566-1636), in his tract De Sulphure. The […]

When the body knows what hasn’t happened yet

posted by Robert Moss

The body sometimes seems to “know” about a future event and responds as if that event has already taken place. An old term for this is presentiment.  It can amount to the body presenting anticipatory symptoms. A personal example: I went […]

We dream the future, all the time

posted by Robert Moss

Precognition is knowledge of things to come that we cannot conceivably know about through ordinary channels. A precognitive dream contains specific data about a future event that is not available to you outside the dream. You receive confirmation of a […]

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