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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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As Lady Sarashina crossed a bridge of dreams

posted by Robert Moss

From a thousand years ago, in a slim autobiographical novel gusting with moonlight and desire, we have a dozen dreams of an anonymous Japanese woman who was born in Kyoto in 1008. The book itself is untitled; sometimes it is […]

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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 […]

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Rabbi Zalman joins the Dream Assembly

posted by Robert Moss

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi related a wonderful teaching story about interactive dreaming in The Dream Assembly.  A bunch of Hasidic rabbis are discussing the goals of prayer. Instead of joining the debate, Zalman says, “I would like all of you to […]

The Secret History of Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

What is one thing people should know about the role dreams have played in history?  Dreams are part of our human survival kit, part of what has kept us going, and evolving on this planet. Across history most people have […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

Solving things in the Solution State

posted by Robert Moss

As I lay in bed early on a rainy Saturday morning, it occurred to me that the drifty state after waking can sometimes be – quite literally – the Solution State. I did not initially have narrative dream recall. Instead, […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Renaissance magus’ Rx for true dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Many things unknown, and unwished for, nor ever attempted by our minds, are manifested to us in dreams, also the representations of unknown places appear, and the images of men both alive and dead, and of things to come are […]

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 […]

Happy birthday to the dream shaman of Switzerland

posted by Robert Moss

Happy Birthday to Carl Jung, who reminded us that psychology should be about soul, and that dreams are the easiest and best ways to understand what the soul wants in a life. In my book Dreaming the Soul Back Home, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soul in the multiverse: you can travel across time to play mentor to a younger self

posted by Robert Moss

I suffered major soul loss as a young boy in Australia. I died for the first time within this life, aged three, during a brutal winter in Tasmania, when I succumbed to pneumonia in both lungs and lost vital signs […]

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 […]

Perform your vision, or something bad will happen

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams require action. As I observed in Conscious Dreaming, in indigenous dreaming traditions, dreamwork is always oriented toward action. The principal task of the shaman, as a dream specialist, is to confirm the meaning of the dream and clarify the […]

The soul is only partly confined to the body

posted by Robert Moss

“The soul is only partly confined to the body, just as God is only partly enclosed in the body of the world.” The author is the Polish physician, alchemist and philosopher Michael Sendivogius (1566-1636), in his tract De Sulphure. The […]

Drink from your bowl of sky

posted by Robert Moss

Everyone has their own bowl of sky. I woke with this beautiful and mysterious line echoing in my mind. At first, I could remember nothing more from the dream that had delivered it. But as I lay in bed in […]

A cat’s eye on the 12 lights

posted by Robert Moss

There has been tremendous interest in the work my advanced groups have been doing with the 12 lights as a possible new model of imaginal and energetic healing, so I am going to post occasional reports on what we have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Writers dreaming, dreamers writing

posted by Robert Moss

Writing and dreaming are closely related as daily practice. Writers who keep journals and record their dreams are giving themselves a warm-up, flexing the creative muscles that will work on the larger project. Writers who may not record their dreams […]

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 […]

Mouse gives a lesson in creation theory

posted by Robert Moss

I am sitting on an airplane next to a round-faced little girl in pink. Her mother calls her “Mouse” and isn’t interested in talking to her, but she’s full of curiosity about everything from the ventilation system to the creation […]

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 […]

Why we dream

posted by Robert Moss

“Why do we dream?” asked the blue butterfly girl, looking around the circle of animals she had invited to her tea party by the garden gate. “You dream so we can always be together,” said Bear, without hesitation. “You dream […]

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 […]

Churchill’s art of vision transfer

posted by Robert Moss

It’s June 1940. England stands 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The dream secret of Celtic inspiration

posted by Robert Moss

Awen – inspiration – was, as Caitlin Matthews reminds us, “the supreme preoccupation of Celtic poets, especially among those who had inherited the ancient prophetic and visionary arts of the ovate or faith – probably the earliest form of Celtic shaman.” [1] The word awen derives from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Learning about subtle bodies in the Twilight Zone

posted by Robert Moss

When I lie down in the early hours, I have the deep sense of contact with a Higher Self. I feel lightness, clarity and well-being. I am encouraged to shift my attention, and entered the vision space. I see brilliant […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s behind the green door

posted by Robert Moss

A green door in a white wall, with a  creeper trailing about it. You push the door, and find it unlocked. You enter, and discover yourself in a garden of surpassing beauty, where a lovely friend takes you by 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 […]

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 […]

Dreaming for the benefit of others

posted by Robert Moss

We can dream for others. Sometimes this means catching an advisory that can be helpful for another person if we can find the right way to pass it along, something that may require tact and subtlety. We don’t want to […]

The Journey to Absolute Knowledge

posted by Robert Moss

Travelers are preparing for the journey into the desert, beyond the maps, beyond the cities and the last outposts of consciousness. There are many roads that lead away from absolute knowledge, only a few that will bring the traveler to […]

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: […]

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 […]

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. […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Techno-tilisms and astral mind traps before “Inception”

posted by Robert Moss

The maze constructed in the movie “Inception” to ensnare the mind of the target is far less sophisticated than ancient astral traps described, most memorably, in the vast Urdu fantasy cycle of Hoshruba. In their dastangos itinerant Urdu storytellers – […]

Opening the Dream Gates

posted by Robert Moss

Welcome to a path of limitless adventure, healing and possibility. The Aborigines of my native Australia believe that our personal dreams may open doorways into the Dreamtime, the deeper reality from which the events and circumstances of our lives are […]

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