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In the dream kitchen

posted by Robert Moss

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

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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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Rumi-nation

posted by Robert Moss

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Dreams that Comfort and Heal

posted by Robert Moss

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

Of Dream and Art

posted by Robert Moss

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

The 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, […]

Nine Ways Dreams Can Wake You Up

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming with Robert Louis Stevenson in his birth city

posted by Robert Moss

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

The passions of the soul work magic

posted by Robert Moss

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

The shaman as poet of consciousness

posted by Robert Moss

Poets, it’s said, are shamans of words. True shamans are poets of consciousness. Journeying into a deeper reality with the aid of sung and spoken poetry, they bring back energy and healing through poetic acts, shapeshifting physical systems. When we […]

There is one direction in which space is open to us

posted by Robert Moss

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

Why you want to keep a journal

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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 […]

The spirit of Rachmaninoff

posted by Robert Moss

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

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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 […]

How to become an original writer in three days

posted by Robert Moss

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

Creating from the double life of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

Your departure gate for adventures beyond the body

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

Loving the 12 lights

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreams of George Orwell and “1984”

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Daydreams of science: the benzene Ouroboros and the Clapham omnibus

posted by Robert Moss

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

Make it up as you go along

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 […]

What makes me dive in headfirst

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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 […]

A museum rises from the sea of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

The dream people and the birth of a novel

posted by Robert Moss

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

In the secret laboratory of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

A 2-minute history of dream creation

posted by Robert Moss

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

Take the plunge into the sea of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

Seeing with Hawk & other dream drawings

posted by Robert Moss

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

Secrets of creation: Be ready for the flood

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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