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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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Holding on to your dream handbag

posted by Robert Moss

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

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Three broad bands of dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

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

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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 […]

Dreams of losing teeth

posted by Robert Moss

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

Of shoes and souls

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream incubation and the Umbrellas of Cherbourg

posted by Robert Moss

I’m in favor of approaching both the night and the day with intention. My intention, as I approach sleep, may be simply to rest and recharge and get some quick industrial sleep. When I’m in the midst of a more-than-usually […]

The waters of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreaming in Bali, Part 2

posted by Robert Moss

Dream teacher Jane Carleton, who spent two years living and teaching Active Dreaming workshops in Bali, has contributed a second installment of her narrative of sharing dreams with Balinese. Guest blog by Jane Carleton Gathering Flowers of Sleep, and Throwing […]

Hopi dream bundles

posted by Robert Moss

I am endlessly fascinated by the etymology of the words for “dream” in different cultures. Often the root and alternative meanings of these words suggest a lively understanding that more is going on in dreams than is widely understood in […]

When you’ve got a gorilla on the back seat

posted by Robert Moss

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

How dreams wake us up

posted by Robert Moss

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

Riding spirit horses

posted by Robert Moss

Horses run through our dreams. We wake, hearts pounding, still feeling the thunder of the hoofbeats. Our dream horses are not the same, of course. Some are oppressed by dreams of a black horse that seems like a figure of […]

Reclaiming our animal spirits

posted by Robert Moss

Indigenous and ancestral shamans know that we are all connected to the world of the animal powers, and that by recognizing and nurturing our relation with animal spirits, we find and follow the natural path of our energies. Yet many […]

Marriage counsel from the hermit crab

posted by Robert Moss

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

Saving the Vatican jewels

posted by Robert Moss

A woman graduate of an Ivy League divinity school shared this illuminating dream with me: I am inside the Vatican, and the whole of the Vatican City is on fire. I am desperate to save priceless jewels that have been […]

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

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

Attack dog in the dream mirror

posted by Robert Moss

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

The Incredible Expanding Dream House

posted by Robert Moss

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

When your guardian angel is Garfield the cat

posted by Robert Moss

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

Mountain lion lifts me to the place of heart

posted by Robert Moss

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

Invoking the healing power of the Deer

posted by Robert Moss

This weekend, I am up on a mountain in the New York Adirondacks where I have been leading gatherings of active dreamers, spring and fall, for the past fifteen years. This is a place where the Deer energy is strong, […]

Daniel finds the king’s missing dream

posted by Robert Moss

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

How dreams get us through

posted by Robert Moss

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

Ancestral healing through dreams

posted by Robert Moss

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

Her date with her movie star husband

posted by Robert Moss

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

Wolf doctor and other cases of dream diagnosis

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream celebrities: Explaining Lady Gaga to a space alien

posted by Robert Moss

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

Vampire chastity belt and dreams of the undead

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dream symbols: intruder at the door

posted by Robert Moss

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

Put fish bones in the cuckoo clock & other dream guidance

posted by Robert Moss

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

Sex with Sgt. Pepper and other dream entertainments

posted by Robert Moss

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

In praise of dream fragments: tale of a red blob

posted by Robert Moss

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

Following the red horses to a Death Goddess

posted by Robert Moss

Red horses are racing above mountain tops. They are flying over the hills, immense and powerful. Plumes of steam rise from their nostrils. From the steam, men fall to the ground; they appear to be tiny stick figures in proportion […]

Fox’s edge

posted by Robert Moss

“Fox can get the red potatoes jumping for sure,” said Patty just now, commenting on my latest dream of a fox. I’ve noticed that even the mention of a fox creates a stir of excitement, blended with intrigue and anticipation, laced […]

Mark Twain contemplates dream theater for healing

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Raven Eye

posted by Robert Moss

In myth and legend, the raven is many things: trickster and creator, messenger and seer, personification of ravening greed, harbinger of death, companion or form of the Goddess. Here I want to speak about raven as an oracle bird, one […]

Heron signs

posted by Robert Moss

A great blue heron flew parallel to me, for more than a mile, as I drove to the Connecticut shore to lead an adventure in exploring the multidimensional self over the past week. This felt like a promise that our […]

Appearances of the Guide

posted by Robert Moss

The Guide can take many forms, in dreams and on the roads of waking life. Our true spiritual teachers often use shock or humor in their efforts to wake us up to the real nature of things, and they love […]

In the dream house, there are many mansions

posted by Robert Moss

What’s going on in your dream houses? I find that (to spin a famous Bible text) in my dream house, there are many mansions – extra stories and hidden rooms and basements, and wings of possibility. The state of a […]

Dream mirrors of the Self

posted by Robert Moss

One of the most important gifts of our dreams is that they put us in touch with more aspects of ourselves than we have recognized in what Yeats called our “daily trivial minds.” Among these aspects is the famous Shadow, […]

The spider in your dreams is not the spider in my dreams

posted by Robert Moss

The wonderful discussion generated by my last post on Dream Spiders brings home how we want to approach every dream as an experience unique to the dreamer, even while it evokes universal themes. Suzette reports that when she is ill […]

Dream spiders as disease markers, and possible allies

posted by Robert Moss

A woman named Jennifer recently shared a vivid and very specific account of how the behavior of a black spider in a series of dreams has given her disease markers she has learned to take seriously. As she tells it, […]

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