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Seven Open Secrets of Imagination

posted by Robert Moss

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

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The first Valentine, from the captive prince

posted by Robert Moss

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

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Reading “what is behind”; Divination in Imperial Japan

posted by Robert Moss

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

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The scarab and the fox: how Jung navigated by synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

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

The Boy Who Died and Came Back

posted by Robert Moss

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

The butterfly model for transformation

posted by Robert Moss

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

The first Valentine, from the captive prince

posted by Robert Moss

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

Masks of the true spiritual teachers

posted by Robert Moss

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

The stronger the imagination, the less imaginary the results

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming at the breakfast table

posted by Robert Moss

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

When we become a dreaming culture

posted by Robert Moss

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

The passions of the soul work magic

posted by Robert Moss

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

What is your rescue story?

posted by Robert Moss

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

Oneiric logic, time travel and the yellow Mini Cooper

posted by Robert Moss

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

Coincidence is when the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

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

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

Why swim

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming our way to the heart of the world

posted by Robert Moss

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

May your roses bloom

posted by Robert Moss

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

Joseph Campbell on love among the wreckage

posted by Robert Moss

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

Six games to play with your journal

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming is medicine

posted by Robert Moss

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

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming requires practice, practice

posted by Robert Moss

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

Peter Jackson’s secret handshake from Hobbit country

posted by Robert Moss

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

The parable of the tiger and the goat

posted by Robert Moss

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

Choose the day

posted by Robert Moss

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

Three causes of dream drought in our modern lives

posted by Robert Moss

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

Notice what’s showing through your slip

posted by Robert Moss

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

Light from Emerson on the laws of spiritual magnetism

posted by Robert Moss

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

Imagine this

posted by Robert Moss

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

How the Creator defined humans

posted by Robert Moss

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

Are you following a life script, or creating one?

posted by Robert Moss

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

Look for the hidden hand

posted by Robert Moss

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

Undefinitis and its remedies

posted by Robert Moss

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

We live by stories

posted by Robert Moss

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

Footsteps of the Synchron-O-city Beast

posted by Robert Moss

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

Active Dreaming on Coast to Coast

posted by Robert Moss

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

To practice death is to practice freedom

posted by Robert Moss

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

Life is a slice

posted by Robert Moss

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

Churchill’s art of vision transfer

posted by Robert Moss

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

When the body knows what hasn’t happened yet

posted by Robert Moss

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

12 lights on the Achilles tendon

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

Speak in secret to your soul

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

Write your way through

posted by Robert Moss

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

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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 for our communities

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

Secret handshakes from the universe

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 […]

Breathe in, breathe out: be inspired and aspire

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

The truth may be a walk around a lake

posted by Robert Moss

“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 […]

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 […]

Your soul throws an image ahead of you

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

Messages from hawk, and other personal omens

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

The Three “Only” Things

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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. […]

Make it up as you go along

posted by Robert Moss

  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 […]

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

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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 […]

Call on the Library Angel, and check your sneakers

posted by Robert Moss

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

What is your rescue story?

posted by Robert Moss

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

The 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

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 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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tarot cards from the world

posted by Robert Moss

A frisky breeze is tossing fall leaves into the air in front of my windshield when I turn on the car radio. The commentator on a classical music station is introducing a recording of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio. He explains that […]

The Coincidence Card Game

posted by Robert Moss

One of my favorite games in my workshops is the Index Card Oracle. I get everyone in the circle to write something – a summary of a dream, an incident from memory, a reflection or a favorite quote – one […]

Turning on Edison’s lightbulb

posted by Robert Moss

Working to complete my new book – which is on Active Dreaming as a way of conscious living – amidst a constant round of travel and teaching all over the map, I have become a stranger to clock time apart […]

Remember to play with elephant dung

posted by Robert Moss

At one of my lectures, an earnest fellow asked me to “bottom-line it” for him; what is my approach all about? Remember to play, I told him. He wrote this down carefully, which suggested that he may not have gotten […]

Choose the day

posted by Robert Moss

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

Living as if everything matters

posted by Robert Moss

When I was last in London, I walked down a quiet road off Kensington High Street where I once lived and noticed that there is now a blue plaque marking the apartment building opposite my former home as a place […]

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

Unto the seventh generation

posted by Robert Moss

At the Omega Institute near Rhinebeck, New York, where I’m leading a five-day adventure in Active Dreaming this week, a striking assemblage of metal figures stands on the grass beside the library. You look through the hollow in each to […]

What’s in your name is YOU

posted by Robert Moss

When I meet someone new, I like to ask them if they know what their name means. This is a way of registering the new person’s name in my mind, so it doesn’t slip. It’s also a great conversation starter. […]

Bringing story keys from childhood

posted by Robert Moss

  Memory is mother to the muses, and in my playshop on the Healing Power of Story in Maryland over the weekend we found, again and again, that the best stories sprang from life memories, often from early childhood. One […]

When you need a glow-in-the-dark zombie finger puppet

posted by Robert Moss

Where can you find an inflatable cat-in-a-can, absinthe lip balm, zombie finger puppets and Last Supper mints in the same store? Archie McPhee’s (now in Wallingford) is a don’t-miss stop for me whenever I am in the Seattle area. I […]

The lesson of the Big O

posted by Robert Moss

Do you remember The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, Shel Silverstein’s delightful parable for kids of all ages? My youngest daughter (now 20) told me the other day that it was the best story we read together when she […]

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