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Where Homeric singers appoint their successors in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

How you know a dream matters among the Kyrgyz One of the markers of the dream that is also ayan, an omen, is that sensory impressions are unusually strong, including the sense of smell or taste, and that these impressions linger […]

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Back to Basics (3) The dead are alive in our dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Contact with the deceased, especially in dreams, is natural and easy if we are open to it. It’s a very common experience. Our dead may still be around, because they have not yet moved on and that can be problematic […]

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Advice from a dead movie star created the star of “I Love Lucy”

posted by Robert Moss

On the day the Obama administration announced that it intended to seek to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, a friend reported dreaming of Lucille Ball, the star of “I Love Lucy.” She wanted to know why she was dreaming of […]

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The departed are dreaming with us

posted by Robert Moss

One of my driving purposes in writing The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead was to help  some of the many people in our society who are hungry for confirmation that communication with the departed is not “weird” or “unnatural”, let […]

Jung’s underworld journey

posted by Robert Moss

Let’s be candid: Jung’s Red Book is not for the faint-hearted. Yes, there are passages of incandescent beauty, perhaps beyond any other of his writings. There are also vertiginous falls into places of rank terror and screaming madness. In my […]

William James and the psychic dreamer on the bridge

posted by Robert Moss

Bertha Huse, a teenage mill girl, goes out for a walk in the cool morning mist of a New Hampshire fall. This is her habit, but her family worries when she does not return for breakfast and does not show […]

Dreaming with the deceased

posted by Robert Moss

Many of us yearn for contact with departed loved ones. We miss them; we ache for forgiveness or closure; we yearn for confirmation that there is life beyond physical death. This is one of the main reasons why people go […]

Where the Hidden Folk can stop a highway or name a baby

posted by Robert Moss

Icelanders make a practice of listening to the larger reality. Construction of a new highway south of Reykjavik is currently on hold while the supreme court considers a law suit filed on behalf of elves. A group called the Friends […]

Dreams for All Souls: Why the dead come calling

posted by Robert Moss

In dreams, our dead come calling. They call us on the phone, they email, they show up at the door, they appear right inside our bedrooms, or meet us in a familiar or unfamiliar space.  It happens any night, or day. Let’s […]

Dreams for All Souls: Her dead father has grown young again

posted by Robert Moss

 I dreamed my father appeared beside me and he looked to be about thirty five, very healthy and youthful.  He said smiling, “Don’t worry about me.  I am happy and healthy, feel good and will never have to be sick […]

Dreaming is ancient wisdom and everyday practice for our contemporary lives

posted by Robert Moss

Most human societies have valued dreams and the dreamers for three principal reasons. They have recognized that in dreams we see the future, and this can help whole communities as well as individuals to make better choices. They have understood […]

Dreaming, we are at home on the Other Side

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is the best preparation for dying because in dreams we travel the same roads, out of the body, that we will take after death, when we no longer have physical bodies. In our dreams, we are released from the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Civil War dream diary of a Confederate lady

posted by Robert Moss

The recent release of Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln, which opens with a dramatization of one of Abraham Lincoln’s dreams, may have helped to remind us that in an earlier America, dreams were widely respected and shared. People – including those […]

A dream warning from a dead smoker

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s a spooky but instructive story of a dreamer who received a caution about her cigarette smoking.   She approached me for help with a dream that had scared her during one of my workshops. In her dream, she is with […]

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 […]

How Bull became a believer in dreams

posted by Robert Moss

  The thing most likely to bring people awake to the importance of dreams is a visitation from the deceased. The number one reason why people of every background have chosen to share dreams with me, over the years, is […]

Talk to the dead; they are alive and available

posted by Robert Moss

Many of us yearn for contact with departed loved ones. We miss them; we ache for forgiveness or closure; we yearn for confirmation that there is life beyond physical death. This is one of the main reasons why people go […]

The world’s oldest female bodybuilder – because of a dream visit from her dead sister

posted by Robert Moss

Ernestine Shepherd is 75 and is the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder. She starts her days by running 10 miles. Never athletic in early life, she decided to start exercising when she and her sister went to the beach in their […]

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 […]

“You’re dead because I’ve spent your insurance money”

posted by Robert Moss

“I’m forever meeting my husband in my dreams,” she told me. “But he died three years ago. I keep telling him, ‘You’re dead’, but he won’t listen to me.” I asked where her dead husband appeared, in these dreams. Sometime […]

The shadow of Mark Twain’s precognitive dream

posted by Robert Moss

Great humor often sparkles on the surface of a dark tide of challenge or tragedy. Mark Twain, still America’s most beloved humorist, was stricken by many terrible events in his life and that of his family – the loss of […]

Hollywood versions of the afterlife

posted by Robert Moss

Hollywood has given us some very interesting versions of what may go on after death and how the living and the deceased interact. The recent film Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, explores patterns of connection between […]

How the deceased grow green again

posted by Robert Moss

In most dreams, the departed appear to be living, and very often the dreamer is unaware that the person he or she encounters is “dead” until after waking. The reason is that the departed are indeed alive, though no longer […]

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 […]

Healing ghost sickness in Vietnam

posted by Robert Moss

Where do you go if you are bothered by angry ghosts? Traditionally, in a country like Vietnam where animism is strong, you would go to a diviner or medium to get a correct diagnosis of who is causing your problem, […]

Angry ghosts of Vietnam

posted by Robert Moss

At night, Sam shakes so violently in the bed that his girlfriend is thrown out. He screams in a language not his own, “Give it back, give it back, give it back, motherfucker, or I’ll eat your mother’s soul.” He […]

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 […]

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. […]

“You’re dead because I spent the insurance money”

posted by Robert Moss

Tess often met her husband Bill in dreams in the three years after he died. In these dreams, she kept telling him, “You’re dead” but he paid no attention. Sometimes they met in the house they shared. Often she visited […]

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 […]

The screen between the worlds

posted by Robert Moss

She notices there is a huge glass screen on the wall of a house, to her  left. The glass reminds her of the wall of an aquarium. Things are moving behind it. The scene on the other side is intensely […]

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 […]

How to stop dreaming dead men’s dreams II

posted by Robert Moss

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

How to stop dreaming dead men’s dreams I

posted by Robert Moss

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

Opening the dream door for others, to communion of spirits

posted by Robert Moss

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

An Irish story for Halloween

posted by Robert Moss

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

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 […]

When the dead are still with us

posted by Robert Moss

Quite frequently dreams reveal that the departed are present because, quite simply, they never left. A California woman dreamed she entered her living room and found her departed boyfriend on the sofa watching, TV. Surprised, she asked what he was […]

Dreaming with the departed

posted by Robert Moss

The number one reason men talk about dreams, in my experience, is that they have dreamed of someone who has died and the experience seemed so real that they desperately need help in understanding what is going on. I’m not talking […]

Previous Posts

A short history of soul flight
In many human cultures the most profound insights into the nature of the divine and the fate of the soul after physical death ...

posted 12:09:30pm Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Reading and releasing psychic cords
The essential things to know about life are usually simple - but can be sticky. One thing we need to know, to maintain our health and sanity, and work the true law of attraction, is that there are threads of psychic energy running between us and ...

posted 12:33:56am Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 10:00:45am Apr. 10, 2015 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 5:17:18pm Apr. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Jumping off the high board with Jesus
Kathy wrote to me just before Easter about what happened when she started practicing the exercises for meeting a spiritual guide in my ...

posted 4:08:14pm Apr. 02, 2015 | read full post »

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