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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.

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, […]

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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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Learning about subtle bodies in the Twilight Zone

posted by Robert Moss

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

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At the junction of waking and sleeping

posted by Robert Moss

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

Adjust the dithering

posted by Robert Moss

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

Busting the bullying ex, on the night shift

posted by Robert Moss

A woman in line at my booksigning at the Boulder Bookstore asked if she could tell me a dream. When the line had thinned a little, I could give her full attention. She told me a dream confirmed by a […]

What is Active Dreaming?

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming the Song of the Lord

posted by Robert Moss

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

Singing the soul back home

posted by Robert Moss

Soul loss, says shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman, is a survival mechanism. When the pain of life gets too much, we let part of ourselves slip away. If you are about to have a head-on collision, she likes to say, the […]

Meeting and marrying the many selves

posted by Robert Moss

We are all patchwork, and so shapeless and diverse in composition that each piece, each moment, plays its own game. And so there is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and others. The quote is from […]

The sole commandment of conscious living

posted by Robert Moss

Carpe diem, goes the old Latin tag. “Seize the day.”  The sole commandment of conscious living is no less proactive, but more conscious: choose the day. We have learned that what we encounter on any day has a great deal to […]

Don’t live in other people’s boxes

posted by Robert Moss

“If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life,” as T.S. Eliot counseled, “you must accept the terms it offers you.” This requires us to withhold our consent when anyone offers us a version of reality that is […]

Courage is fear, conquered by love

posted by Robert Moss

Courage is Fear, Conquered by Love I saw this message once, on a board outside a church, while I was trying to come up with the right thing to say to a friend who seemed to me to be paralyzed […]

Bear in the secret library

posted by Robert Moss

I have a secret library in my house. It contains several rooms filled with rare and precious books, many of them beautifully bound, arranged on galleried bookcases that rise to the ceiling. It’s hard to believe, but I often forget […]

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

Riding spirit horses with a Navajo elder

posted by Robert Moss

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

We will change all things if we make imagination sacred

posted by Robert Moss

“We will change all things if we can make the imagination sacred,” Yeats wrote in his visionary novel, The Speckled Bird. “But all the images and impulses of the imagination, just in so far as they are shaped and ordered […]

We must choose every day how we use power

posted by Robert Moss

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

Flight security for dream travelers

posted by Robert Moss

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

What’s behind the green door

posted by Robert Moss

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

Portal Potties & other transits between dream realities

posted by Robert Moss

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

When soul recovery is mainstream medicine

posted by Robert Moss

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

How to talk to the Creator

posted by Robert Moss

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

13 levels of shamanic dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Ruby Modesto grew up on the Martinez reservation in southern California. Her dreams called her to become a pul, or shaman, introducing her to the eagle that became her ally, giving her wings for flight. She did not need the […]

A singing shaman called by Owl, and dreams

posted by Robert Moss

One of the classic accounts of how shamans are called to their practice by dreams comes from Isaac Tens,  a Gitskan halaait (shaman) in the Pacific Northwest. The French Canadian scholar Marius Barbeau  recorded his narrative and his songs at […]

Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman

posted by Robert Moss

It’s a saying of the Kagwahiv, an Amazonian dreaming people: “Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman.” Or, in an alternate translation: “Everyone who dreams has a little bit of the shaman in them.” I remember vividly when I […]

Social dreaming among the First Peoples

posted by Robert Moss

For many indigenous peoples, dreaming is a highly social activity, in several senses. You go places and meet people when you travel in your dream body; they may be people in the next village or campsite, or beings in another […]

Catch a plane, or a crane

posted by Robert Moss

Oakland airport The Taoist immortal “will have a garment of feathers, will ride on a beam of light or saddle a star…His bones will shine like jade, his face will glow, a halo will surround his head, all his body […]

Dreaming, we choose events that will manifest

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming, we choose events that will be manifested in our waking lives. The fact that we dream things before they happen does not mean everything is predetermined. People who are not active dreamers can get quite confused about what is […]

An experiment with Tibetan dream yoga

posted by Robert Moss

A note from my 1999 journal: After a long work day, I sat up with Tenzin Wangyal’s book on Tibetan dream yoga. Quite a lot of it appeals to me, especially the guidance on using dream states for emotional clearing, […]

Storytelling as soul healing

posted by Robert Moss

“How does one learn to tell stories which please kings?” – Fatima Mernissi, as a young girl. In Dreams of Trespass, a beautiful memoir of a harem girlhood in Morocco, Fatima Mernissi gives us a stunning example of how storytelling […]

Time to open the strongbox of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

In her dream, Carol is pulling a long drawer out of an immense locker. As the drawer slides out, she realizes it is a safe deposit box. It is lined with velvet and filled with sparkling jewels — diamonds, sapphires, […]

More brushes with the fox

posted by Robert Moss

Synchronicity can be a kiss from the universe, or a secret handshake, or a slap in the face. It can also tickle like a fox’s whiskers, or its brush. In California this week, I am feeling the play of fox […]

Meeting the dream guide inside a stone

posted by Robert Moss

A widespread practice among ancient and indigenous peoples is to open contact with spiritual guides and allies by seeking a dream at a special place in nature. The vision quest at puberty is an essential life passage in many traditional […]

India’s dream travelers

posted by Robert Moss

In Hindu tradition, dreaming is the key to other worlds, and the literature and sacred writings of India are a treasury of tales of dream travel, clearly grounded on experience. The Yogavasistha, a vast Kashmiri compilation from the first millennium […]

Delicious soles in the rain

posted by Robert Moss

Not everyone may catch the resonance of “soul” and “sole” in their personal symbology, but the world was again speaking to me in sole language this morning. Back home for a day between adventures in Colorado and California, I returned […]

Of souls and Sole Sisters

posted by Robert Moss

When I hear dreams of shoes, I often ask whether they mirror what is happening to the dreamer’s soul. Shoes have soles, and we hear the echo. When they are missing or damaged or mixed up or don’t fit, we […]

Befriending our blocks

posted by Robert Moss

What do you feel is blocking you in life? If you see an open road ahead, without obstacles, carry on! However, most of us experience serious blocks or obstacles on our life roads, some of which recur again and again, […]

Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion

posted by Robert Moss

Boulder, Colorado Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion. This is one of the reasons I enjoy travel, despite (and sometimes because of) missed airline connections, delayed bags, cramped seats and other perks of getting around the world. When we […]

Dreaming and the Art of Memory

posted by Robert Moss

Memory takes you home. If you can only remember a place you have visited, beyond the Shadow World of ordinary cognition, you are halfway there. If you can recall the place in vivid detail, and enter it fully with your […]

Dancing and drawing with the Bear

posted by Robert Moss

I am reading a stream of dream reports this morning involving bears. A woman dreamer is nervous when she sees huge brown bears on her lawn, and rushes around trying to secure windows and doors. Then she finds two sweet […]

Scanning a dreamer’s life

posted by Robert Moss

  In my handwritten journals, I let the boy artist in me out to play. I have started scanning some of the images. Here are a few from my journal for the spring of 2003.   “Sea Gate to the […]

Becoming the eagle

posted by Robert Moss

A woman dreamer finds herself in a different body, traveling with her clan beside a river in a primal landscape untouched by the ax. She knows the lives and relations of these native people intimately, and feels the coming of […]

Van Gogh’s dream road to the stars

posted by Robert Moss

Seeing the reference to Van Gogh sunflowers in my poem “A Way of Creating” – which was  inspired by a dream encounter with Van Gogh reported by an artist in one of my workshops – a friend reminds me that […]

Dream Show LIVE on Tuesday May 10th

posted by Robert Moss

Way of the Dreamer Radio Show   My next radio show is LIVE, Tuesday, May 10.  Listen and call in at 9am-10am Pacific Time (Noon-1pm Eastern Time). Please call in with dreams and questions to share.  We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork […]

A Way of Creating

posted by Robert Moss

              A Way of Creating   The buried city bursts from the earth as Van Gogh sunflowers. The stem sustains the fruit.   This is a way of magic: to write names of power […]

Dreaming with kids in schools

posted by Robert Moss

More on the theme of dreaming with kids. Dream teacher Jane E. Carleton interviewed me on the subject of bringing dreaming to schools. Here is part of our conversation: JC:  In bring dreaming to schools, to say a school assembly, […]

The first things to know about children’s dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

When the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

Coincidence is where mind and matter meets. We have something on our mind and then something rises up in the world around us, which mirrors back at us that issue or sometimes dramatizes it in a way which feels meaningful. Through meaningful coincidence […]

The best divination deck ever

posted by Robert Moss

Today the tulips are blazing red and gold, pink and purple, in my local park, and soon it will be Tulipfest. My mind goes back to a coincidence card game we played in one of my recent evening classes. A […]

The White Queen Gambit: when the body reacts to an event before it happens

posted by Robert Moss

First the adventure, then the discussion. Here is a personal experience of a phenomenon that has long intrigued me: how the body sometimes seems to “know” about a future event and responds as if that event has already taken place. […]

How to break a dream drought

posted by Robert Moss

As I embark on a new round of media interviews, lectures and bookstore events associated with the launch of my new book, Active Dreaming, I am being asked again and again: Why don’t I remember my dreams? In our society, […]

Seven Open Secrets of Imagination

posted by Robert Moss

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

Here on this earth to present a report on it

posted by Robert Moss

I am savoring these lines from a poem titled “Consciousness” by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz: I think that I am here, on this earth, To present a report on it, but to whom I don’t know. As if I […]

Dream prisons

posted by Robert Moss

A woman dissatisfied with her work situation asked for a dream of guidance and saw herself visiting prisons. She wants to know how this dream responds to her intention. There is no doubt plenty of work to be done in […]

Two kinds of people

posted by Robert Moss

As I get older, I divide people into those who have a sense of humor and those who do not. I once stated this in a public lecture, and a fellow who could have played Uriah Heep put up his […]

When you dream someone else’s future

posted by Robert Moss

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

Four reasons we must bring back the dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

I am going to start posting some of my responses to questions on dreams and dreaming that I am constantly being asked to field.  This first set of questions (from a high school student writing a paper on dreams) cover […]

Dreaming with the animal spirits

posted by Robert Moss

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

When your marriage bed is a launch pad

posted by Robert Moss

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

Trans-temporal healing through Active Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

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

I’ll teach you in my dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

A dream is a place you can visit again

posted by Robert Moss

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

Stuffed toy of the day, Dreaming in the Magic Mill

posted by Robert Moss

I’ve been writing in this space about the ways the world gives us messages through synchronicity and symbolic pop-ups, some of which can be so in-your-face that even the dullest imagination finds them hard to miss. To categories like Vanity […]

Finding your bigger and braver story

posted by Robert Moss

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

Crazy T-shirt of the day

posted by Robert Moss

We can get a message for the day from the first vanity plate we glimpse on a car in the street, as recently discussed in this space.. So why not from the first crazy T-shirt spotted in a day? Here’s […]

Saving Spock – a dream way to handle the inner skeptic

posted by Robert Moss

“I dreamed I was Captain Kirk, in command of the starship Enterprise.  Spock was outside, and in trouble. I went to his aid, though I realized when I got through the airlock that I wasn’t wearing a spacesuit. I sucked […]

Vanity plate of the day

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite ways to get a message for the day is to notice the first vanity plate that I see on a car after going outside. Today, the first vanity plate I noticed read SNAKEGUY. The car was […]

Dream theater – pinnacle of improv, power for healing

posted by Robert Moss

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

How to stop dreaming dead men’s dreams II

posted by Robert Moss

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

How to stop dreaming dead men’s dreams I

posted by Robert Moss

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

A writer’s way

posted by Robert Moss

Writing, like anything else you want to do well, is a practice. Having something you really want to say is important, but it may never come through without a practice that supports delivery. Here are some of the elements of practice […]

We dream the future – all the time

posted by Robert Moss

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

Jung and the April fish

posted by Robert Moss

In many parts of Europe, an April Fools prank is called an “April fish”. The term poisson d’Avril first broke surface in a French poem in the early 1500s. The oirginal, smelliest, version of such a prank was to attach […]

New and ancient friends

posted by Robert Moss

I’m savoring a couplet from the French Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé, who has appeared in several of my dreams. He’s famed for his obscurity, but these two lines, from a poem about friendship, bring a bittersweet sense of something entirely familiar: […]

Memories of the future, from the dream self

posted by Robert Moss

Our dream selves are forever traveling ahead of us, scouting the roads that lie before us. They can show us challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, of which our waking minds know little or nothing, if we are willing to […]

The Timekeeper at the Way Out of a Dream

posted by Robert Moss

A friend of mine who is a generally prolific dreamer was puzzled as to why she felt she was losing the memory of some important dream experiences. “Sometimes I go deeper than deep,” she told me. “I go down through […]

In the room of golden serpents

posted by Robert Moss

She shows me the story of her life, in a room richly decorated with golden serpents. I am fascinated by the fine definition of their scales. Some project from the walls like water spouts, others are coiled, some interwined, each […]

Place of the Lion

posted by Robert Moss

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

The Deer, the Christ and the magnetism of symbols

posted by Robert Moss

The heartfelt responses to my post on the healing gifts of the Deer lead me to talk today about how the power of this  living symbol brought outer and inner events together in a magical way. Several years ago, I […]

Living Bones: The Deer and the Gift of Regeneration

posted by Robert Moss

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

Low maintenance plan for psychic health

posted by Robert Moss

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

The doors of Philip K. Dick

posted by Robert Moss

I like the doors in “The Adjustment Bureau”, the latest movie based on a story by the scifi great Philip K. Dick. They are by far the best way to get across mid-town. Turn the handle, and you might step […]

Personal mythology through Active Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

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

In the forest of living symbols

posted by Robert Moss

We want to be more literalist about dreams and more symbolist about waking life. Dreams often show us events that are manifesting, or will manifest in the future, in the external world. Big dreams may be experiences of another reality […]

Dinner and dreams: building an active dreaming family

posted by Robert Moss

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

Notice what rhymes in a day

posted by Robert Moss

To live as wide-awake dreamers, concious of the deeper logic of events, we want to notice what rhymes in a day. Here are some examples from my travels to Chicago on Thursday. When I arrived at my home airport, I […]

Dreaming for the benefit of others

posted by Robert Moss

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

In praise of circumambulation

posted by Robert Moss

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

Night of the blue bird

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream Show LIVE on Tuesday, March 8

posted by Robert Moss

Way of the Dreamer Radio Show My next radio show is LIVE on Tuesday, March 8.  Listen and call in at 9am-10am Pacific Time (Noon-1pm Eastern Time). Please call in with dreams and questions to share.  We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork […]

Soul healing through the portal of an “old” dream

posted by Robert Moss

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

The Journey to Absolute Knowledge

posted by Robert Moss

Travelers are preparing for the journey into the desert, beyond the maps, beyond the cities and the last outposts of consciousness. There are many roads that lead away from absolute knowledge, only a few that will bring the traveler to […]

Dreaming in foreign languages

posted by Robert Moss

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 more than a few steps in […]

Childhood passions and adult creations

posted by Robert Moss

The young Charles Darwin developed a passion for collecting and classifying beetles, that deepened when he was able to tramp around the wet Welsh shore during a soggy vacation, aged ten. He was a boarder at a school (Shrewsbury) where […]

Scottish dreaming: an ancestral call

posted by Robert Moss

My Scots ancestors have been on my case for a while. In the mid-1980s, when I started dreaming in an archaic form of Mohawk, in contact with a woman healer of long ago, I found myself obliged to study the […]

Soul recovery and licorice sticks: making deals with our younger selves

posted by Robert Moss

She was there, before I thought of her, a beautiful little girl with flame-red hair. She looked very like her adult self, except that in the adult the flame had dulled, and a great loose rampart of flesh had been […]

Dream roads from soul loss to soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

Soul loss, as shamans know, is at the root of many of our existential complaints – of chronic fatigue and depression, of addictions and autoimmune problems, of creative blockage and even “bad luck”. If we are missing vital soul energy, […]

Soul loss: the shaman’s diagnosis of our existential complaints

posted by Robert Moss

The greatest contribution of the ancient shamans to our medicine and healing today is the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss – the loss of parts of our vital energy and […]

Don’t let the words go away

posted by Robert Moss

Just a thought for today, which underscores the need for us to claim our voice and say what we need to say. It’s just one sentence from Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” on what happens when we […]

Of divination

posted by Robert Moss

The world’s great divinatory systems – I Ching, Ifa, Tarot – are more than tools for fortune-telling. In their design, the hexagrams, the odu and the cards bring together symbols representing all the forces and processes at work in the […]

Dreaming your exam questions ahead of time

posted by Robert Moss

I used to do very well in high school exams. One of the reasons was that I frequently previewed the exam questions in my dreams. When I mentioned this at a talk to the Bermuda Rotary some years ago, a […]

An everyday mantra from the Egyptian Book of the Dead

posted by Robert Moss

I have not obstructed water when it should flow. Today, I find inspiration in the Egyptian Book of the Dead.  The statement above is one a soul traveling beyond this world was expected to be able to make when it […]

The Istikhara app and everyday dream incubation

posted by Robert Moss

If you are a Muslim in need of quick guidance on a decision, you can now order an app for your cell phone that gives you the Istikhara prayer. As described here yesterday, Istikhara is a method of praying for […]

“Seeking the best”: dream incubation in Egypt

posted by Robert Moss

I am reading a wonderful contribution to the anthropology of the imagination by Amira Mittermaier, a professor of religion at the University of Toronto. She has spent many years studying the way that Egyptians today dream and interpret dreams and […]

Fairytale Erotica (and other genres you can select for your life story)

posted by Robert Moss

If you were looking for your own life story in a bookstore, what section would you go to first? If you are stumped for an answer, think about a movie or a story that struck a chord in you. It […]

A date in the Moon Cafe: Dream roads to the afterlife

posted by Robert Moss

“I don’t see why we can’t go on seeing each other after I die,” a thoughtful elderly New England woman called Dorothy told her daughter Meg. “We’ve always enjoyed each other and I’d like to stay in touch and help […]

In praise of black dogs

posted by Robert Moss

In Praise of Black Dogs I am in favor of personal superstitions. Not the kind Granma mumbles Or the stuff of fright-night moves But the ones that grow on you When you notice which incidents in a day Are shadows […]

Action plan for poets of consciousness

posted by Robert Moss

When we honor our dreams through poetic acts, we put ourselves on a path of natural magic. Let’s get clear about magic. Real magic is the art of reaching into a deeper reality and bringing gifts from it into this […]

Making poetry from dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Poetry sometimes comes dancing out of dreams, in fully-formed words. My life was changed in 1987, during a visit to Maya country, when I woke with these mysterious, cadenced lines echoing in my mind and (it seemed) in the room: […]

A dream is what makes me dive in headfirst

posted by Robert Moss

Shamans use poetry, sung or spoken, to achieve ends that go deeper than our consensual world. They create poetic songs of power to invoke spiritual help; to journey into nonordinary reality; to open and maintain a space between the worlds […]

Poets 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 […]

Thoughts that breathe, words that burn

posted by Robert Moss

Hark, his hands the lyre explore! Bright-eyed Fancy, hov’ring o’er, Scatters from her pictur’d urn Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. The lines are from Thomas Gray’s Progress of Poesy. The image is derived from William Blake’s illustration, originally […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

Contrary to what we are often told, dreaming is not fundamentally about what happens during sleep. It’s about waking up.  In ordinary life, we are often in the condition of sleepwalkers, going through the motions, trying to keep up with […]

Releasing and farming the Inner Winds

posted by Robert Moss

It’s never been said better than in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do […]

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 […]

Mare’s Way: a horse dream carries a single mother to rebirth

posted by Robert Moss

I’ve been writing a lot about women and horses recently, for example in my recent essay here on Dream Horses. I received a beautiful account of a horse dream that carried a woman through the pain of a bruising divorce. […]

Every profession has its own anxiety dream

posted by Robert Moss

The great ancient dream interpreter, Artemidorus, insisted that the meaning of a dream symbol is connected to the life situation, and especially the occupation, of the dreamer. Losing a tooth or having sex in a certain position means something different […]

The She Bear of Old England awakes

posted by Robert Moss

A huge, woolly bear in fierce warrior guise is storming through many scenes of battle. Her footfalls make thunder in the earth. Soldiers of an ancient army crumple before her, as if a mountain has fallen on them. I have […]

Laugh till you can hardly breathe (and other essentials for a soul food diet)

posted by Robert Moss

What is it that nourishes the soul? This is a marvelous question to ask any day, and in relation to any life choice. I have put the question to quite a few people. Here are some responses: Puppy breath swing dancing like my […]

Dreaming with Žemyna: Active Dreaming for Cultural Soul Retrieval

posted by Robert Moss

I have been privileged to lead Active Dreaming workshops in Lithuania three times. Each visit has been a grand adventure, a deepening encounter with the spirits of the land, and a lesson in how we can use the arts of […]

In praise of blocks

posted by Robert Moss

I come not to bury blocks, but to praise them. I am talking about the speed bumps we encounter on the roads of life. Sometimes they look like solid brick walls, or mountains set in our way. Sometimes we feel […]

Opening the dream door for others, to communion of spirits

posted by Robert Moss

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

Ancestral healing and adventure through dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

Pay attention to dream hangovers

posted by Robert Moss

Even when we don’t remember our night dreams, we are likely to wake with a dream hangover. This can be a good thing. For example, we rise with renewed energy and a sense of clarity and direction about a life […]

Google co-founder’s Rx for success: when a great dream shows up, grab it!

posted by Robert Moss

Larry Page, co-founder of Google, has just bought himself a 193-foot yacht, the Senses, for a cool $45 million. It’s a modest craft compared with, say, Paul Allen’s Octopus, which is valued at $200 million and carries its own submarine. […]

Dream symbols – Tsunamis and Monster Waves

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream show LIVE on Tuesday January 10th

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming without conscience: Raskolnikov comes to Tucson

posted by Robert Moss

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

Liminal complaints: demons, night hags and sleep paralysis

posted by Robert Moss

I’m fourteen years old and I’ve never been kissed. In the middle of the night, I feel a presence in my room. It’s a woman, and she’s coming towards me. She’s little more than a dark cloud to begin with, […]

Sex in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

You’re in bed with someone you’d never consider having sex with in regular life. You have the biggest orgasm you’ve ever experienced while peeing in church. You broke off a relationship seven years ago, but again and again you find […]

NYC dreaming: duel with the demon, then into basic black for my lecture on dream sex

posted by Robert Moss

Just for fun, here’s my dream report from early today: I am in Manhattan, and have a big lecture scheduled to start at 7:30 PM at a center on the Upper East Side, I think in the East 70s. I […]

Thrills and abundance in 2011

posted by Robert Moss

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

Honor the Gatekeeper at the New Year

posted by Robert Moss

Are you ready for January 1? Maybe you want to spare a thought for what the ancients who named the first month, and made January 1 New Years Day, believed is going on at this time – and for who […]

Dreaming in the New Year

posted by Robert Moss

As we approach the New Year, this is a good time to think about making the conscious decision to let your dream self scout out what 2011 may hold for you. By my observation, the dream self is forever traveling […]

Flights of the lonely swan: dreaming in Indian sacred texts

posted by Robert Moss

The epics and sacred texts of India are filled with dreams.  The earliest Indian references to dreams, in the Rig Veda (c 1200 BCE) aren’t cheery. They involve scary things – being robbed, being attacked by a wolf, being raped […]

Dream Satisfaction: Keith Richards dreams a hit song

posted by Robert Moss

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” may be the Rolling Stones’ best-known hit; it has certainly set millions writhing. Ironically, it was the product of dream satisfaction, a creative nocturnal episode described by Keith Richards in colorful detail in a recent […]

Placebos work even without deception, if you please

posted by Robert Moss

So you want to get well. Are you sure? Okay, I’m going to give you a pill for that. What’s in it? Oh, a little sugar and glucose. Who cares, exactly? You can see the name on the pill, Placebo. […]

Santa’s Belly: Food dreams in holiday season

posted by Robert Moss

Food is going to be a major theme in many Western families over the next week or so. While the original Santa, a reindeer shaman, was probably a lean and wiry fellow, our holiday habits have projected a copious belly […]

Dream tigers in the cathedral for isomorphy

posted by Robert Moss

  The physicist dreams that a major war is being waged. He wants to send news to his colleagues but his messages are censored. Then a mathematician he knows and trusts appears with his wife. The mathematician says to the […]

When Massachusetts banned Christmas

posted by Robert Moss

The Grinch stole Christmas in Massachusetts – for 22 years. The Puritans banned Christmas and its observance was illegal from 1659 until 1681. Their motivation was stated by the Reverend Increase Mather as follows:  “The early Christians who  first observed […]

Earth guardians, calling back moon and sun

posted by Robert Moss

The night of a lunar eclipse – when the wolf eats the moon – is a time of extreme psychic dangers, for my blood ancestors in Europe and for the ancestors of the land where I live.  On a mountain […]

Dreaming on the longest night, when the wolf eats the moon

posted by Robert Moss

The winter solstice is one of the great ritual events of the Northern year. At Newgrange, the great megalithic site in Ireland, older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, a light box was constructed so that at dawn on […]

Call of the Chinese oracle

posted by Robert Moss

Oracles have their own life, and can call you even when you are not calling on them. Last night my dream self was test-flying some new games involving the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle. These involved identifying a “life […]

Catch a one-liner with your morning coffee

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite coincidence games is also one of the very simplest. It’s to catch a one-liner for the day from what the world gives you. This may be the vanity plate on the car in front of you, […]

Drink time with your dream double

posted by Robert Moss

In some of my big dreams, I’ve encountered a second self, who has knowledge and skills that are lacking in my waking self. He inhabits a different kind of time. He does not suffer from the illusion that the rules […]

To love God without mediator or veil

posted by Robert Moss

“Let me admonish you, first of all, to go alone; to refuse the good models, even those which are sacred in the imagination of men, and dare to love God without mediator or veil.  “[Make] yourself a newborn bard of […]

The language of the birds

posted by Robert Moss

Just back from California to the snowy Northeast, I find a dozen books I recently ordered waiting for me.  I open the largest, the handsome new Book of Symbols from the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism. It falls open […]

Dream show LIVE on Tuesday December 14th

posted by Robert Moss

My next radio show is LIVE on Tuesday, December 14.  Listen and call in LIVE at 9am-10am Pacific Time (Noon-1pm Eastern Time). Please call in with dreams and questions to share.  We’ll play the Lightning Dreamwork game and explore the […]

The First Santa – Epilogue

posted by Robert Moss

Dear James: Whoever gives in a spirit of love and joy on this special night has Santa inside him, or her.When Mommy and Daddy were stuffing your stocking, Santa was there with them. Now, I know that when you’ve seen […]

The First Santa III – Bear Brother

posted by Robert Moss

When the ice broke up, monsters appeared in the inlets where the Reindeer People went to fish. The monsters reared from the waters with the heads of leering dragons, then disgorged terrible iron-clad men bent on killing and plunder. The […]

The First Santa II – Drum Rider

posted by Robert Moss

I don’t know how much you know about drums. The dreamer’s drum was not the kind of drum you see at a concert, or in a marching band, or in a toy shop. It was the kind of drum you […]

The First Santa I – Making a Reindeer Shaman

posted by Robert Moss

Long ago and far away, where the sun shines all night on Midsummer’s Eve and never shows its face at Midwinter, a boy they called Dreamer lived with his family among the Reindeer People. They were a simple folk who […]

How dreams might have saved John Lennon

posted by Robert Moss

Today, on the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I am thinking about how his dreams might have saved his life, had he been able to do more with them. Late in 1979, Lennon was troubled by a dream in […]

The First Santa – Introduction

posted by Robert Moss

In this holiday season, I received this cri de coeur from the mother of a young boy named James: James found out that his parents stuff his stockings each year instead of Santa Claus. He is crestfallen. I asked him […]

Of smoke and fire and what belongs to us

posted by Robert Moss

He was a beautiful man, but he had a haunted look, as if he felt something was shadowing him. He couldn’t stay at the lunch table very long without rushing out for a cigarette break. I remarked at one point, […]

The play’s the thing

posted by Robert Moss

I watched a silly but entertaining film, “The Man Who Knew Too Little”, on DVD. It’s a spoof of the James Bond genre. The Bill Murray character thinks he’s playing a role in a reality show being enacted in the […]

Why Jung belonged to the Bear Clan

posted by Robert Moss

When Jung visited the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, they asked him what clan he belonged to. He explained that the Swiss people do not belong to clans and did not have totem animals. Jung’s native hosts listened politely. Later, […]

The biography of a dream symbol

posted by Robert Moss

If you are keeping a dream journal, a great game to play from time to time is to track the evolution of a familiar symbol or theme.  You’ve been dreaming of the bear, or the fox, for years; how has […]

The Game of Three

posted by Robert Moss

I recently offered a simple and fun way to grow awareness of what rhymes in a day. It goes like this: choose a finite interval of time (a lunch break, for example, or the evening commute, or half an hour […]

Mr. Fox was just here

posted by Robert Moss

I am receiving such an interesting stream of stories of encounters with the fox in dreams, in the natural world and in folklore, movies and literature that I see I shall need to write more on this theme. For now, […]

Dream clues in foreign languages

posted by Robert Moss

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

What rhymes in a day

posted by Robert Moss

I make it a practice to notice what rhymes in a day. When we experience a run of incidents or sightings that resemble each other, it can be a strong indicator that something from the deeper reality is breaking through […]

The trees call for speakers

posted by Robert Moss

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

We can bring magic

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream archeology in southern France

posted by Robert Moss

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

The Double on the Balcony

posted by Robert Moss

You are not my shadow.You stand closer to the sun.Of all my doubles, you are the most interesting.You are watching when I forget you.You are with me when I don’t notice.You are not my judge, or my guardian angel.You are […]

Around you lies a universe whose center you are

posted by Robert Moss

A thought for today from Thomas Mann: The world has many centers, one for each created being, and about each one it lies in its own circle…About you lies a universe whose center I am not but you are….Our universes […]

The Mystery of Pauli’s Chinese Woman

posted by Robert Moss

 Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion. By “coincidence”, I mean the intersection of an external event – or series of events – with an inner sense of meaning. Case in point: When I was on book tour in San […]

The drive to create

posted by Robert Moss

I recently came upon a statement by Raphael Soyer that wonderfully conveys the nature and the power of the drive to create. Born into bitter poverty in a Jewish family in Russia in the time of the pogroms, Soyer (1899-1987) […]

Dreams require action

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream symbols – Naked in public

posted by Robert Moss

It’s your first day on the new job, and you’ve done your best to be ready. But wait – you forgot to put on your pants. You’re in church and the minister is clearing his throat, ready to start the […]

Dream symbols – Excremental issues

posted by Robert Moss

“Shit is good!” The elderly Italian grocery store owner’s eyes twinkled as she bagged tomatoes and homemade pasta. “If you crap in your dreams, it means money.” Her reading is an ancient one, still alive in many family traditions. The […]

What if? Exploring our parallel lives

posted by Robert Moss

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

To be redeemed from fire by fire

posted by Robert Moss

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

The dream that is a song that is a road

posted by Robert Moss

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

Lucid dream reentry to claim the key of song

posted by Robert Moss

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

Jung on the American sixth sense for the genuine

posted by Robert Moss

I just came upon some memorable counsel from Jung on how to talk (or rather not talk) to the English as opposed to the Americans, in which he speaks of the American “sixth sense for the genuine”. I find this quite fascinating: […]

Healing with the Deer of the Mountain

posted by Robert Moss

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

Lucid dreams inside lucid dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

Bear sightings

posted by Robert Moss

You stood in the middle of a country road to make me stop and listen. I got round you and said, when my heart slowed, that a bear in the road is just coincidence.   So you came over in […]

An Irish story for Halloween

posted by Robert Moss

The best Halloween stories come from Ireland. I am going to retell one of my favorites. It is a thrilling and twitchy tale that brings us awake. If it is in any way exotic, it is only because we have […]

Cross-gender dreams

posted by Robert Moss

I am in the body of an older woman. She’s smart, well-educated and funny and unconcerned about appearances. Her skin is heavily wrinkled but she doesn’t bother much with makeup. She’s wearing a skirt but it’s of heavy fabric, paired […]

Shamanic lucid dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream Symbols – Snakes

posted by Robert Moss

A woman enters a clear mountain stream to bathe and finds it is teeming with snakes. She regards snakes as allies rather than adversaries, but there are so many in the water that she becomes fearful. When a huge snake […]

Dream compensations

posted by Robert Moss

“I had a full-body orgasm last night,” reports a woman who divorced several years ago and has not dated since. “I thought I had given up sex, but in my dreams I’m with a series of fantastic lovers, doing it […]

Smiling Death on another plane

posted by Robert Moss

I’m at the departure gate for the first leg of my journey to Charlotte, en route to a conference up in the Blue Ridge Mountains where, inter alia, I’ll lead a workshop on “Dreaming with the Departed.” The cover of […]

Play is something you don’t want to stop doing

posted by Robert Moss

I went to an improv workshop yesterday, a pleasant break from regular sessions at a conference where I’m presenting up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We were coached to loosen up by saying our names in silly […]

Shamans and dreamers

posted by Robert Moss

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

Creative Rx: The right kind of Brownies

posted by Robert Moss

Robert Louis Stevenson received some of his best-beloved stories in dreams and a twilight state of “reverie” in which benign visitors he called “Brownies” helped him to compose, and we have lots to learn from his practice.  RLS described the […]

Song of soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

When I am asked why I do what I do, I sometimes respond, “Because I love to see the light of spirit coming on in the eyes of someone who has recovered part of her soul.” Whatever the titles and […]

The dog park oracle

posted by Robert Moss

“This isn’t a game.” I turn from my puppy, who is straining his leash to dark at squirrels and falling leaves, to see the speaker. He’s on a rise in the park, above the service road. His words are the […]

The Dream Show LIVE on Tuesday October 12

posted by Robert Moss

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

The breakfast buffet oracle

posted by Robert Moss

“Sometimes you find the universe has a different plan.” These words give me pause, as I transfer pieces of cut melon to my plate at the breakfast buffet at the Omega Institute, where I am leading a workshop this weekend. […]

Dreaming like an Egyptian

posted by Robert Moss

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

What’s in your dream mirror?

posted by Robert Moss

Have you ever dreamed that you looked at yourself in a mirror and noticed you were quite different from the way you think of yourself in waking life?  While we look in a mirror in some of our dreams, the […]

When the daimon loves us best

posted by Robert Moss

When we give the best of ourselves to a creative project – accepting the risks that creativity involves – we draw the interest and engagement of supporting intelligences from beyond our ordinary field of connection. There is a passage in Yeats’s essay […]

Spiritual gravitation

posted by Robert Moss

“Man attracts spirits according to his own temperament,” as William Butler Yeats observed. To “the sanguine, the spirits of fire, and the lymphatic, those of watery nature, and those of a mixed nature, mixed spirits.” While observing that like attracts […]

What the bleep do you know that you don’t know you know?

posted by Robert Moss

What the bleep do we know that we don’t know that we know? A sudden shift in your energy or feelings in the presence of a stranger – or a life memory that floats to the surface – may be […]

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