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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.

Wanted for a real science of dreaming: research INSIDE the dream state

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The most original and revealing scientific study of dreams – the only kind that is likely to bring us the big stuff – is research inside dreams, rather than research about dreams. Charting a path for future research, William C. […]

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Compassionate dreaming: living inside somebody else’s skin

posted by Robert Moss

Frederick Buechner once said, “Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it’s like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is […]

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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 […]

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When all the senses come alive in dreams

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The senses come richly alive in certain dreams. My last dream on Thursday morning was ablaze with color. After walking a long path under an overcast sky, I paused on a terrace overlooking green woods. Suddenly the trees and bushes […]

Drink from your bowl of sky

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Everyone has their own bowl of sky. I woke with this beautiful and mysterious line echoing in my mind. At first, I could remember nothing more from the dream that had delivered it. But as I lay in bed in […]

A cat’s eye on the 12 lights

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There has been tremendous interest in the work my advanced groups have been doing with the 12 lights as a possible new model of imaginal and energetic healing, so I am going to post occasional reports on what we have […]

12 lights on the Achilles tendon

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In work with advanced students in my recent shamanic dreaming retreats, we have continued our exploration of the “12 lights in the body” and their possible role in imaginal and energetic healing. My friend Carol, who has taken part in […]

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 […]

Your days are full of dream residue

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We often wake with a dream hangover, even if we don’t recall the dreams that caused it. Freud said that dreams are full of “day residue”, thoughts and memories left over from waking life. It is no less true that […]

Speak in secret to your soul

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Simple words for today, echoing across a millennium, from medieval France, and still an excellent guide for daily practice: I will speak in secret to my soul, and in friendly conversation I will ask what I should like to know. […]

Dreaming to heal our lives

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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 […]

Creating from the double life of dreams

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  “I realized that my dream life was as full of memories as my real life, that it was a real life, denser, richer in episodes and in details of all kinds, more precise, in fact, and that it was […]

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 […]

Social dreaming: taking music to the kids

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At a recent workshop, a wonderful pianist named Mary Anne told me the following story of sharing a dream experience with another person who was able to confirm it the next day. At a regular coffee klatch, a community organizer […]

Your departure gate for adventures beyond the body

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Your departure gate for lucid dreaming and adventures beyond the body is open to you any time you are ready to fly. It is the twilight zone of hypnagogia, the half-dream state on the cusp between waking and sleep and […]

When your guardian angel is Garfield the Cat

posted by Robert Moss

“Can I meet my guardian angel in my dreams?” The question came from an elderly woman with a kindly but careworn face. She approached me during the break in an evening dream workshop that I had agreed to conduct for […]

“You’re dead because I’ve spent your insurance money”

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“I’m forever meeting my husband in my dreams,” she told me. “But he died three years ago. I keep telling him, ‘You’re dead’, but he won’t listen to me.” I asked where her dead husband appeared, in these dreams. Sometime […]

Write your way through

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Whatever ails you or bugs you or blocks you, write about it. Getting it out is immediate therapy. Write in a journal and make this your secret book; nobody gets to read it without your permission (and don’t be in […]

Friday 13th

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Quick, repeat after me the following word: paraskevidekatriaphobia. This is the learned name for fear of Friday 13th. It doesn’t trip off the tongue quite as lightly as triskaidekaphobia, which means fear of the number 13. The longer tongue-twister is derived from the Greek […]

Loving the 12 lights

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People love the healing story of the twelve lights that Bonnie Horrigan shared on my radio show this week, and which I wrote about in my previous article here. I have received lots of email and Facebook messages from people […]

How many of your 12 lights are on?

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“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 father who gave birth to his wife’s baby

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I am in a hurry to meet my wife. She is rapturously happy because the doctor has confirmed she is carrying my child. She has already booked a hospital room for the delivery.. I know the secret of an operation […]

Marriage counsel from the hermit crab

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“I keep dreaming about hermit crabs,” a woman artist told me. “What’s going on with that?” I asked her to describe a hermit crab to me. “Talk to me as if I have just arrived from a distant galaxy and […]

The goddess says, “I come from inside you”

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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 […]

“I saw my father fly up like the space shuttle”

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I saw my father flying up into the sky like the space shuttle. He was soaring like a rocket, up to the stars. The force and the light were extraordinary. I felt his joy and freedom, and I was so […]

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

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“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 […]

Dreaming for our communities

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We dream for our communities as well as ourselves and we can learn to do this as a conscious practice in the service of peace and healing. By bringing dreams into the lives of people around us, we can heal […]

Dreams of George Orwell and “1984”

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A dream changed the mind of one of the greatest political writers of the twentieth century. George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) reached a watershed in his thinking in the summer of 1939, when he discovered that – despite his deep […]

Secret handshakes from the universe

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When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

Breathe in, breathe out: be inspired and aspire

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Inspiration is breathing in, as in inhalation. Drawing in the wind of creative spirit is like drawing breath down into the lungs. The Japanese speak of fu-in, “wind inspiration”. Aspiration is breathing upon, blowing, panting after something. To aspire is […]

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 truth may be a walk around a lake

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“The truth may be a walk around a lake,” wrote Wallace Stevens. When I need to get rid of the clutter of negative thoughts and everyday worries, I find there are few things better than a good long walk around […]

The morning after the night in the dream temple

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Where is the rest of you?

posted by Robert Moss

Most of us are operating from only a part of our selves. To become more whole, and generate more vital energy for whatever we are doing, we want to draw on more of our selves, including personality aspects we may […]

The ancient art of Polynesian dream navigation

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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 […]

Your soul throws an image ahead of you

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When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image. The words are  from the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart. He knew about the laws of the larger […]

What we can offer Hawk

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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 […]

Messages from hawk, and other personal omens

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I am in favor of personal omens. Sometimes these are hand-me-downs. Not every old superstition is “merely” superstition. Some have a kernel of sound common sense, like the old adage that you should never walk under a ladder; something or […]

Spit out your negative mantras

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I don’t agree that we can’t afford the luxury of a negative thought; “bad” thoughts and feelings can give us essential life guidance, including on quite primal survival issues, and can become a source of useful energy when we learn […]

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

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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 […]

The Three “Only” Things

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There are three things we routinely say are “only” this or that, but may be of incalculable importance in our lives. We say: “It’s only a dream.” “It’s just a coincidence.” “It’s only my imagination.” When we claim the power […]

Dreaming for our communities

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We dream for our communities and our world, as well as for ourselves and those near to us. We can learn to do this as a conscious practice in the service of peace and healing. By bringing dreams into the […]

Dream messengers shouldn’t shoot the recipient

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“Don’t shoot the messenger,” is a precept familiar since Shakespeare used the line in two of his plays. If you are going to be a good dream messenger, it’s rather important to bear in mind that you not only want […]

First rule for understanding dreams: truth comes with goose bumps

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To understand a dream, start by considering your first feelings on waking from it. When I say “feelings”, I would include body sensations and general energy level. Let your heart and your gut guide you on what was going on […]

Meeting the astronomer: dreaming a future husband

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A dream story for Valentine’s Day: The box with Melody’s old journal took a long time catching up with her, as she went through a series of house moves. When she finally opened the box, she was living in Texas, […]

The marketplace oracle

posted by Robert Moss

The ancient Greeks thought a marketplace was a good place to go in order to pick up messages from the world. A popular oracle in ancientGreece, at Pharai in thePeloponnese, was located in a walled market. At the center of […]

Writers dreaming, dreamers writing

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Writing and dreaming are closely related as daily practice. Writers who keep journals and record their dreams are giving themselves a warm-up, flexing the creative muscles that will work on the larger project. Writers who may not record their dreams […]

If you can picture your blocks, you can move beyond them

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If we can picture our blocks, we can move beyond them. Mandy was terrified of speaking in public, even in front of two or three people. When she seized up in one of my workshops, I asked her if she […]

God’s way of remaining anonymous

posted by Robert Moss

It’s been said that coincidence is God’s (or Goddess’) way of remaining anonymous. When we experience meaningful coincidence, we often feel that a hidden hand is at work. In his famous essay on Synchronicity, Jung described the pairing or clustering […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s an open secret: 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 […]

Mouse gives a lesson in creation theory

posted by Robert Moss

I am sitting on an airplane next to a round-faced little girl in pink. Her mother calls her “Mouse” and isn’t interested in talking to her, but she’s full of curiosity about everything from the ventilation system to the creation […]

Hunting power

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You say you are hunting your power But your power is hunting you. I’ll go up to the mountain, you say. I’ll fast and live on seaweed I’ll hang myself on a meat-hook Under the hot sun. I’ll give up […]

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 […]

How to recruit a creative friend

posted by Robert Moss

I led a program for beginners titled “Key Habits of Creative People”.  We made a fabulous beginning, in the course of which I helped people to visualize a creative project they could bring through in any area of their lives. […]

Your beloved is calling

posted by Robert Moss

I am at a conference center where they are setting up for lunch in the huge dining area. I notice many loaves of Italian bread that seem to be freshly baked, placed on fresh white tablecloths. There’s a gathering in process […]

Daydreams of science: the benzene Ouroboros and the Clapham omnibus

posted by Robert Moss

One of the most famous, and most controversial, dreams in the history of science is the vision of Ouroboros – the snake consuming its own tail – that revealed the shape of the benzene ring to German chemist Friedrich August […]

Make it up as you go along

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  At one of my week-long retreats at the Esalen Institute in California, I invited the group to journey, with the aid of shamanic drumming, to bring back a power song. I explained that in shamanic terms, a power song […]

Remembering your sacred contract

posted by Robert Moss

In the middle of the night, I am roused by a knock on the door. I go reluctantly to answer, and find a smiling man with a strangely innocent face standing outside in the moonlight. He says, “I come from […]

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 […]

Could Mark Twain’s dream have saved his brother?

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My recent post about Mark Twain’s precognitive dream of his brother Henry’s tragic death has triggered a stream of questions, including this one: “What’s the use of dreaming the future if you can’t do anything about it?” My response: any […]

The shadow of Mark Twain’s precognitive dream

posted by Robert Moss

Great humor often sparkles on the surface of a dark tide of challenge or tragedy. Mark Twain, still America’s most beloved humorist, was stricken by many terrible events in his life and that of his family – the loss of […]

Paleopsych 101

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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

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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 […]

Don’t wait to be served when abundance is waiting for you

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I am with a lively crowd at a large table in a restaurant. Our mood is festive not only because of the season, but because of the fun of being together and sharing adventures in the workshop I was leading […]

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 […]

Do what you love, and let the world support you

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I’m not enthusiastic about New Year resolutions, unless they are so easy and simple to fulfill that it’s almost impossible not to carry through. We certainly do not want to get into the habit of making promises we don’t keep […]

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 […]

The dream is our key to half the total universe

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In The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James observed that “The founders of every church owed their power originally to the fact of their direct personal communion with the divine.” That “direct personal communion” has been conducted through dreams and […]

Einstein demonstrates the secret of synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

When we go dreaming, we travel through the curtains of our everyday understanding, beyond the walls of our physical reality; we get out there. Through synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, the powers that live in that deeper reality come probing or poking through […]

Secret handshakes from the universe: what made her fall

posted by Robert Moss

“What is stopping me from reaching my goal?” All of us have asked ourselves that question at some point. Michele woke from a dream with the question clear in her mind. The dream gave her focus on what she most […]

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 #3: The Austin version

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Austin is a pretty cool town. When I asked a large and lively crowd at Book People, a fine independent store, to give me a definition of the word “dream”, I might have known that they’d talk about something less […]

Why we dream #2: A Southwestern version

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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 […]

Why we dream

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“Why do we dream?” asked the blue butterfly girl, looking around the circle of animals she had invited to her tea party by the garden gate. “You dream so we can always be together,” said Bear, without hesitation. “You dream […]

Epona’s day: time for rest and roses

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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 […]

A blessing for the road

posted by Robert Moss

A blessing for the road of life,  in Ben Okri’s magical novel The Famished Road: The road will never swallow you. The river of your destiny will always overcome evil. May you understand your fate. Suffering will never destroy you, […]

Nine keys to creative flow

posted by Robert Moss

The springs of creation are mysterious. Goethe said that nor only were the roots of his creative power veiled from him, but that he did not want to know the source of his tremendous gifts. What can be said is […]

At the bottom of Lincoln’s barrel

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In his 1860 autobiography, Abraham Lincoln wrote that he studied law with “nobody”. In an 1855 letter to Isham Reavis, a would-be attorney, he offered this counsel: “I did not read with any one. Get the books, and read and […]

Dream sharing in the time it takes to brush your teeth

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I had great fun on my “Way of the Dreamer” radio show yesterday. It was a live show with callers, and I agreed with the producer that we would seek to keep everything tight and swift by allowing just four […]

In the temple of dream healing

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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. […]

Churchill’s art of vision transfer

posted by Robert Moss

It’s June 1940. England stands 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 […]

Attack dog in the dream mirror

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams hold up a  magic mirror to our current attitudes, behavior and relationships. Sometimes they grab our attention with funhouse effects, hyping or spoofing a situation. Mirror dreams show us ourselves in ways that can be shocking, uncomfortable or wildly […]

The Incredible Expanding Dream House

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One of my favorite recurring dream themes is the incredible expanding house. It has many variants, in my personal dreams and in hundreds of dreams shared with me that feature this theme. It might go like this: You are in […]

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 […]

Hollywood versions of the afterlife

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Hollywood has given us some very interesting versions of what may go on after death and how the living and the deceased interact. The recent film Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, explores patterns of connection between […]

What if the dream angel spoke to you tonight?

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“Can you imagine a modern American man coming to his wife, who had just had a baby, and saying ‘I had a dream last night, and I received a message that we need to move to Mexico because our baby […]

How dreams saved Jesus, according to Matthew

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My last two posts here have sparked a lively discussion on what dreams mean in the Christian story, and how Christians are sometimes confused about that. Back to basics. I want to review very briefly what the Gospel according to […]

Dreams are your personal oracle, said the Bishop

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

How dreams and visions made Christianity the religion of the West

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“Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” said the burly man who approached me after one of my lectures. “That’s it. I was raised Irish Catholic, and there’s no need for dreams in my religion.” I did not argue, but remarked gently […]

A museum rises from the sea of dreams

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She designed a stage set when she was eight, and living in her native Rio de Janeiro: a giant tree painted on a black background. As a film maker, she recently directed and produced an extraordinary nine-hour documentary, “Amazônia (Projecting […]

Call on the Library Angel, and check your sneakers

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The Library Angel. That was Arthur Koestler’s name for the shelf elf that arranges that a certain book appears (or disappears) in unusual ways at just the right moment. To get the attention of the Library Angel, pick any book, open […]

When your guardian angel is Garfield the cat

posted by Robert Moss

“I have a question for you. Can I meet my guardian angel in my dreams?” The question was posed during a break in an evening dream workshop I was leading at an Episcopal church in New York. The questioner was […]

How spiritual guides appear to us in dreams

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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 […]

Sleep texting

posted by Robert Moss

It seems that sleep disorders are keeping pace with technology and modern lifestyle. Text messaging, or “texting”, is a fairly constant activity for many younger people in our society, and it seems that some of them are now doing it […]

Dreams give us the power to name what ails us

posted by Robert Moss

I wrote here yesterday about how diagnostic dreams may give us a richer and less daunting vocabulary than the standard jargon of doctors’ offices. Dreams give us the power of naming, and this brings further gifts. Dreams help us to […]

Use the diagnostic power of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

The New York Times reports today that there is a rising body of opinion that the term “cancer” is out of date and is being misapplied in ways that can even help to kill patients. The concept of cancer as […]

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 […]

Make Death your ally

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Milton demonized Death, suggesting that his other name is Satan. In our own times, we often make  a true devil out of Death, by pretending that he does not exist. (Remember Baudelaire? “The Devil’s greatest art is to make us […]

The dreamwork movement: building a gentle revolution

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The dreamwork movement that first emerged in the United States in the last decades of the 20th century has made a huge contribution to how we approach the inner life, and how we draw on it as a source for […]

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 […]

Mountain lion lifts me to the place of heart

posted by Robert Moss

As we learn to share and celebrate our dreams, we find that dreaming brings us, and our communities, back to the place of the heart. When I was teaching inCalifornia, I found myself in a dream that made this very […]

What dreaming will be, for our 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. […]

Dreaming to heal your life

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 […]

Make a date with your dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Before you go to sleep, write down an intention for your dreams. Make this a juicy intention – eg “I would like to be healed” or “I want to meet my soulmate” or simply “I want to have fun in […]

Share dreams with a partner

posted by Robert Moss

Regular dream sharing is wonderful fun, builds heart-centered relationships, brings us fresh perspectives on our issues and helps to nudge us towards taking appropriate action to honor our dreams. You’ll want to begin by creating a safe space where you […]

Act on your dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams require action! If we do not do something with our dreams in waking life, we miss out on the magic. Real magic consists of bringing something through from a deeper reality into our physical lives, which is why active […]

Go back inside your dreams

posted by Robert Moss

When I started living in ruralNew York, I dreamed repeatedly of a huge standing bear. Though the bear never menaced me, it made me uneasy because it was several times my size. I realized that I needed to face the […]

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, […]

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 […]

Dreaming parallel worlds

posted by Robert Moss

I’ve long been fascinated by dream experiences of parallel lives. These can take many forms. We find ourselves in the situation of a person living in a different time. We seem to be enjoying – or not enjoying – a […]

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 […]

The gods love to travel in disguise

posted by Robert Moss

The Greeks say the gods love to travel in disguise. Zeus and Hermes once appeared as dusty travelers in a village where no one would welcome them except an elderly couple named Philemon and Baucis, who realized their guests were […]

The beautiful dream spy of Madrid

posted by Robert Moss

When Lucrecia de León was a guest of the Spanish Inquisition, one of the investigators told her, “You are so beautiful a dead man would rise up and make you pregnant.” Since women are absent from so much of the […]

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 […]

Dreaming oil

posted by Robert Moss

He lived with his large and imposing wife Violet in a blue and white house overlooking the Gulf, with a verandah on the upper level to catch the sea breezes. Under the fierce desert sun, he went shooting in gaiters […]

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, […]

Daniel finds the king’s missing dream

posted by Robert Moss

Nebuchadnezzar II was the warrior-king of Babylon who laid waste to Jerusalem, destroyed Solomon’s Temple, and deported the Jews of Palestine into exile. An intriguing episode from Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (605-562 BCE) provides a window into an ancient way of dreaming. […]

Making a dream date

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 […]

Rock musician keeps a date with death in Chicago

posted by Robert Moss

Mikey Welsh, former bassist for the alternative rock group Weezer, tweeted this message on Sept 26: “dreamt i died in chicago next weekend (heart attack in my sleep). need to write my will today.” He followed up with a message […]

When dreams tell us it’s breakup time

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams can introduce us to Mr (or Ms) Right. They can also show us when a relationship has gone wrong, and it’s time to put things right or get out of an unsatisfactory situation. Of course, breaking up is hard […]

How dreams get us through

posted by Robert Moss

During an interview I did for Wisconsin Public Radio, the callers produced a harvest of personal examples of how dreams help us to get through life. A songwriter described how he has woken in the middle of the night with […]

Dreaming in foreign languages

posted by Robert Moss

I am very interested in how dreams prompt us to expand our vocabulary, setting us learning tasks ranging from the language of quantum physics to the identification of different types of hermit crab. Even if we decide not to take […]

Liberia’s woman peace warrior followed a dream

posted by Robert Moss

Leymah Gbowee, the 39-year-old Liberian peace activist, told NPR that she launched her movement in 2002 when a voice in a dream told her to “gather the women of the churches to pray for peace.”  She shared this year’s Nobel […]

In the secret laboratory of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli declared that dreams were his “secret library”. He recorded dreams and shared detailed reports with Jung over the quarter century before his premature death.  Einstein, Niels Bohr, Kekule – and Newton in his own day, and […]

From mental telegraphy to mental texting

posted by Robert Moss

Mark Twain was a lifelong student of meaningful coincidence. In 1878, he gathered some of experiences and experiments in a most interesting article he titled “Mental Telegraphy.” He waited 20 years to publish it, fearing ridicule or incredulity. When public […]

You can’t find serendipity unless you get lost

posted by Robert Moss

The cardinal navigational law of serendipity is this: You can only get to the magic kingdom by getting lost. You get there when you think you are going somewhere else and fall off the maps. Take the case of Mark […]

A 2-minute history of dream creation

posted by Robert Moss

 Dreams and twilight states of consciousness have inspired great scientists, inventors, musicians, writers and liberators of human possibility throughout history. Here are some examples: Scientist Otto Loewi dreamed the experiment that enabled him to prove that nerve impulses are chemically […]

The noonday demon

posted by Robert Moss

  We learn from fairytales the importance of knowing the name of the demon that is on our case. Remember Rumplestiltskin? One of the most horrible demons that besets modern lives nearly succeeded in erasing his name from our minds. […]

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 […]

Her date with her movie star husband

posted by Robert Moss

 I am with a group of friends. Then I see him and my heart leaps. I run and jump all over him and receive the same passion in return. It’s my husband, but he looks like Brendan Fraser. He is […]

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 […]

Wolf doctor and other cases of dream diagnosis

posted by Robert Moss

Our bodies know what is going on inside them, and they speak to us about this in dreams, which often diagnose developing illness before physical symptoms are detected. By working with these diagnostic dreams, we can often deal with a […]

Nine ways dreams can wake you up

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s an open secret about dreaming. It’s not fundamentally about sleeping. It’s really about waking up. Here’s how:   We solve problems in our sleep  If you want to solve a problem, or need a fresh perspective, sleep on it. […]

Bringing Toboggan Girl, and a dead brother, to the family table

posted by Robert Moss

On a recent plane trip, I struck up conversation with the woman sitting next to me. She confided that she was very anxious about returning to her family home in the Midwest because she had “terrible” relations with her sister. […]

Dreaming to heal our lives

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 […]

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 […]

Dreaming and the new science of the Multiverse

posted by Robert Moss

Today, the agreed “laws” of physics tell us the following: – Time travel into the future is possible. – Time travel into the past may be possible. (Einstein, in his time and in my dreamtime, maintains that it is not […]

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. […]

Who’s ready for a Reverse Boggart?

posted by Robert Moss

A woman in one of my workshops is resolved to confront her worst fear. She will do this in a conscious shamanic journey, aided by my drumming, with a small group of people accompanying her as her family support. I […]

Reading the cracks as opposed to being cracked

posted by Robert Moss

My most recent post on coincidence has sparked lively discussion. One reader asks an important question: “I have seen people go hospital crazy, reading all kinds of signs in coincidences that just plain weren’t true. They see whatever they desire, […]

God’s way of remaining anonymous

posted by Robert Moss

Jung described the pairing or clustering of events through meaningful coincidence as an “acausal” phenomenon. Certainly, we do not observe causation in the play of coincidence in the way that we can say the kettle boiled because we turned on […]

“You’re dead because I spent the insurance money”

posted by Robert Moss

Tess often met her husband Bill in dreams in the three years after he died. In these dreams, she kept telling him, “You’re dead” but he paid no attention. Sometimes they met in the house they shared. Often she visited […]

Dream celebrities: Explaining Lady Gaga to a space alien

posted by Robert Moss

So you dreamed you were partying with Lady Gaga, or in bed with Brad Pitt, or being kissed by Ava Gardner, or dancing with the Queen of England. Quick pause for a reality check. We need to make a basic […]

Send yourself a postcard from inside a dream

posted by Robert Moss

Our dream memories are often like postcards or snapshots from a journey. We have an image or two from an adventure that goes far beyond what we remember. You look at a postcard from your trip to Paris and there […]

Vampire chastity belt and dreams of the undead

posted by Robert Moss

Vampires are probably more popular today than at any other time in history. And they continue to get more glamorous and sexy, thanks to TV series like “True Blood” and the BBC’s Being Human, and of course the Twilight series […]

Good Night, Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Collective challenges and catastrophes, like an earthquake, a tsunami, or a man-made disaster, roil the dream tides. Hurricane Irene is no exception. I’ve read several hundred dream reports since Irene, then rated a category 3 hurricane, was declared to be […]

It IS coincidence, and that means a LOT!

posted by Robert Moss

When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

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 […]

A good luck sign from the Speaking Land

posted by Robert Moss

The First Peoples of my native Australia talk of the Speaking Land. Listen to that phrase, and you’ll hear in it the understanding that nature is alive and conscious and will communicate with us in many voices if we will […]

A man who stands in his own way…

posted by Robert Moss

I’m thinking today about Thoreau’s wise and entirely accurate statement: “A man who stands in his own way will find the whole world is in his way.” How often do we bind ourselves and close off the paths of possibility […]

The future of imaginal healing

posted by Robert Moss

As we reclaim the skills of dreaming, imagery for healing will become central to our medicine. Advances in hard scientific research, especially in the fast-expanding field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have helped to provide the mandate, because they supply overwhelming evidence that […]

Be your own dream interpreter

posted by Robert Moss

Don’t let anybody tell you what your dream, or your life, means. Dreams are power-full, and you don’t want to give this kind of power away. Similarly, an awakened life requires us to become the authors of meaning in our […]

The best way to understand a dream is to go back inside it

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 […]

Dream symbols: intruder at the door

posted by Robert Moss

Someone’s at the door. It’s the middle of the night; this can’t be right. You’re trying to hold the door shut, but what’s on the other side is strong. You try to call for help, but maybe they don’t hear […]

Put fish bones in the cuckoo clock & other dream guidance

posted by Robert Moss

Last night I received a ton of help in bringing my books on Active Dreaming to a wider audience. We launched a new multimedia project and several e-books, I filmed an important documentary, and I still had time to give […]

Sex with Sgt. Pepper and other dream entertainments

posted by Robert Moss

I’ve been leading online e-courses in Active Dreaming  for almost four years, and I am still amazed and delighted by what wonderful fun and discovery we share, especially in the highly interactive forums, which bring together a passionate global community […]

What If? Healing regrets over paths not taken

posted by Robert Moss

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

In praise of dream fragments: tale of a red blob

posted by Robert Moss

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

When the war is inside your body

posted by Robert Moss

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

Hummingbird Medicine: retreats that are good for the heart

posted by Robert Moss

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

St Jerome Bewitches Dreams and Dreamwork

posted by Robert Moss

For many centuries, the pretext for official Church hostility to dreams and dreamwork was the deliberate mistranslation of a Hebrew word in the first Latin version of the Bible. This was known as the Vulgate, and was the official Catholic […]

Source Code and the soul’s code

posted by Robert Moss

“Source Code” is a superior sci-fi action thriller, satisfying as entertainment while getting us to think about such small matters as what happens after death and whether the past can be changed. Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), a US Army […]

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 […]

Active dreaming to help the dying

posted by Robert Moss

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

Soul recovery for lawyers

posted by Robert Moss

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

Neutralizing psychic attacks

posted by Robert Moss

In the last post on this blog, we examined the signs of psychic attack. If you suspect a psychic attack is under way, how do you respond? There are four key elements:   Hang up on the Intruder.   Remove […]

Signs of psychic attack

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s a cheerful but necessary theme:   Psychic attacks and intrusions occur both consciously and unconsciously. Because thoughts are things and because we are psychically connected, we can reach people over any distance – for good or ill – unless […]

Defining and acting on your personal truth

posted by Robert Moss

When our backs are against the wall, we learn what we truly believe in through the way we call for help. It’s good to get this clear before we find ourselves in an extreme situation. “To thine own self be […]

The screen between the worlds

posted by Robert Moss

She notices there is a huge glass screen on the wall of a house, to her  left. The glass reminds her of the wall of an aquarium. Things are moving behind it. The scene on the other side is intensely […]

Making creative friends

posted by Robert Moss

We need to avoid feedback felons (the people who bring us down by picking holes in our efforts to give birth to something new) and nourish the kind of creative friendship that supports us through change.  Feeling short on creative […]

Low maintenance plan for psychic well-being

posted by Robert Moss

It’s really quite simple: Stay grounded. Spend time in nature. Stay connected with the elemental powers of earth and air, fire and water. Check your boundaries. Be careful what you invite into your space, in every sense. Remember that like […]

Seeing with Hawk & other dream drawings

posted by Robert Moss

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

Secrets of creation: Be ready for the flood

posted by Robert Moss

Stefania Pandolfo’s beautiful, polyphonic Impasse of the Angels: Scenes from a Moroccan Space of Memory (University of Chicago Press) evokes the landscapes – imaginal more than physical – of rural Moroccan villagers for whom dreaming and poetry are vitally important, and […]

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 […]

Sidewalk Tarot

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes we don’t have to look very far to get a message for the day. In my neighborhood on the Fifth of July, the legacy of Firecracker Day included not only the husks of rockets and catherine wheels and multi-chambered […]

In praise of the shelf elf

posted by Robert Moss

Arthur Koestler spoke of the Library Angel – that bookish spirit that makes texts appear at just the right time. I wish to speak now of a lesser, but highly active, spirit of stacks that we may call the Shelf […]

Spiritual gravitation

posted by Robert Moss

Your own will come to you. AE (the visionary writer and artist George Russell) summarized the law of spiritual gravitation in this phrase.  I find this a vital practical truth. He also wrote: I found that every intense imagination, every […]

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 […]

The Lightning Paths

posted by Robert Moss

Before lightning strikes feeders unseen to the ordinary I travel possible paths through the air to find the right way to bolt to earth. Before the secret green cells in the leaf drink from its suncatchers, light walks all paths […]

Mark Twain contemplates dream theater for healing

posted by Robert Moss

In “Which Was the Dream?”, a story begun the year after his beloved Susy’s sudden death from meningitis, Mark Twain attributes a series of terrifying dreams to a child character called “Bessie”. There is good reason to think that Bessie […]

A Confederate girl dreams messages in the stars

posted by Robert Moss

I invited my friend Wanda Burch, the author of She Who Dreams, to contribute a guest article for this blog today. She is both a dream teacher and a trained historian who grew up in the South. She has been […]

Read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot: Stephen King on writing

posted by Robert Moss

I don’t read many books on writing, but Stephen King’s On Writing, by a consummate practitioner of the craft, is one I return to. I warm to his insistence that stories are “found objects” that must be excavated with care, […]

Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine: Jung heals with a song

posted by Robert Moss

Jung agreed to see a woman who had “incurable” insomnia that had resisted all previous treatment. In her presence, he found himself remembering a lullaby his mother had crooned to him in childhood. He started humming it aloud. The song […]

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