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Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church

posted by Robert Moss

Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people derive their knowledge of God from dreams” urged Christians who found themselves in captivity, perhaps on the way to […]

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Jumping off the high board with Jesus

posted by Robert Moss

Kathy wrote to me just before Easter about what happened when she started practicing the exercises for meeting a spiritual guide in my book Dreamgates. Lying back in bed, fully conscious of her intention, she had the following experience: I […]

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Dreamwork, the antidote to the League of Fear and Contempt

posted by Robert Moss

Why do so many adults in Western society deny that they dream or insist that dreams do not matter? These attitudes are partly the work of societal pressures, and of the authority we have assigned to two kinds of authority: […]

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“Nothing happens until it is dreamed”

posted by Robert Moss

The memory of a dream is the memory of a journey. It may have been a short visit to a neighbor’s place or a date with the lover you will meet three years from now. It may have been a […]

Let’s rescue our dreams from the League of Fear and Contempt

posted by Robert Moss

Why do so many adults in Western society deny that they dream or insist that dreams do not matter? These attitudes are partly the work of societal pressures, and of the authority we have assigned to two kinds of authority: […]

The Angel That Troubles the Waters

posted by Robert Moss

The pool of Bethesda is famous. Its name has been borrowed by countless hospitals and medical centers, and by a town in Maryland that is a bedroom community for WashingtonDC. One of the distinctions of Bethesda, MD is that it […]

Celtic dream healing with Sequana

posted by Robert Moss

Tonight, in a journey into Celtic Dreaming I am leading at a beautiful private retreat center in the foothills of the Cascades, it is our group intention to dream with Sequana, the “fast-flowing” Celtic patron of dreams and travelers. At […]

In Search of the Antlered Goddess of the Ways

posted by Robert Moss

The British visionary artist Chesca Potter says that when she moved to London, she had a vision of an immense goddess figure, dressed in green and gold, over the church of  St Pancras. This is the oldest church,  in the […]

Full Moon in Cancer, and the spirits of dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Full moon in Cancer (my birth sign) tonight. Good time to recall the connection between the moon and dreaming. We notice the lunar ebb and flow in the cycles of our body and blood, in our mood swings, and also […]

Dreaming in Bali

posted by Robert Moss

I had the pleasure of conversing with my friend Jane Carleton about her rich experiences of living in Bali, sharing dreams with Balinese people, and teaching Active Dreaming workshops there. Jane is a certified teacher of Active Dreaming, a gemologist, […]

Prophecy, dreams and possible futures: Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

Do we dream mass events and earth changes in advance? We humans are living on the planet and in a sense nothing that is human or affects the planet is really foreign to us.  We might think it is but […]

How spiritual guides appear in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

  In the passage in Dante’s Purgatorio where he encounters his radiant guide in the form of a lovely woman called Beatrice, she reproaches him for not heeding the dreams in which she sought him, over many years. The message […]

When your guardian angel is Garfield the Cat

posted by Robert Moss

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

Saving the Vatican jewels

posted by Robert Moss

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

The morning after the night in the dream temple

posted by Robert Moss

In previous articles, I described the experience in the temples of dream healing of the ancient Mediterranean. After an encounter with the sacred healer – who might appear as a figure of living gold, or a dog or a snake, […]

Literature begins in dreams of the Goddess

posted by Robert Moss

The raw sexuality of her call to her lover is wild and shocking.  He plunges into her like a wild bull. When they couple, he is the green life of all growing things and she is the Queen of Heaven. He […]

Your beloved is calling

posted by Robert Moss

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

The dream is our key to half the total universe

posted by Robert Moss

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

Why we dream #2: A Southwestern version

posted by Robert Moss

We dream to wake up to our larger Self: to the memory of who we are and what we are meant to become. There is a wonderful Dine (Navajo) teaching story about this.  In the Fourth World, the Hero Twins […]

Egyptian ritual for dispelling bad dreams

posted by Robert Moss

An Egyptian dream book inscribed in the reign of Ramses II, in the 13th century  BCE,  contains a ritual for turning away the negative energy of “bad” dreams and the psychic forces at play in them. The hieratic papyrus classifies […]

What if the dream angel spoke to you tonight?

posted by Robert Moss

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

How dreams saved Jesus, according to Matthew

posted by Robert Moss

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

Dreams are your personal oracle, said the Bishop

posted by Robert Moss

We have direct access to sacred knowledge, in our dreams. Our dreams are a personal oracle that reveals the future and helps us prepare for it. We must not let anyone tell us what our dreams mean or stand between […]

How dreams and visions made Christianity the religion of the West

posted by Robert Moss

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

How spiritual guides appear to us in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

In the passage in Dante’s Purgatorio where he encounters his radiant guide in the form of a lovely woman called Beatrice, she reproaches him for not heeding the dreams in which she sought him, over many years. The message is […]

Exploring past lives

posted by Robert Moss

Belief in reincarnation is common to most of the world’s spiritual traditions. It was shared by some of the early Church Fathers — especially in Alexandria, where the influence of Basilides and his fellow gnostics ran strong — though it […]

Iroquois dreaming: for survival, soul, and good luck

posted by Robert Moss

Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Six Nations of the Longhouse, or Iroquois, taught their children that dreams are the single most important source of both practical and spiritual guidance. The first business of the day in an Iroquois […]

The Egyptian art of dream travel

posted by Robert Moss

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

Daniel, an active dreamer in the Bible

posted by Robert Moss

In yesterday’s article, we saw how Daniel found a dream that King Nebuchadnezzar II claimed he had lost. Scholars suspect that the content of the symbolic dream of the composite statue was invented in Hellenistic times, perhaps around 200 BCE, […]

Daniel finds the king’s missing dream

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

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 […]

Dreaming Back: Yeats on how the dead get their stories straight

posted by Robert Moss

To understand the important things and live that knowledge, we need poetic clarity. When I was writing my Dreamer’s Book of the Dead, I turned for that often to one of my favorite dead poets, W.B. Yeats. Yeats’s fullest account […]

Dream archaeology: the Assyrian priest who solved a mystery

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams guide us to the necessary past, to the history we need to know and use. Dreams may also trigger and direct specific lines of research, as in the case of an archaeologist whose dreamed the solution to a mystery. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The Books of Night and Day
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 us and the direct experience of ...

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Lucid dreaming and astral travel in the early Church
Early fathers of the Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that  “most people ...

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