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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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Walking Your Dreams

posted by Robert Moss

Janice likes to walk dreams, as you or I might walk the dog. Sometimes she walks her own dreams. As a teacher of Active Dreaming who plays guide for others, she often walks other people’s dreams, like one of those […]

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The scarab and the fox: how Jung navigated by synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

Jung’s life practice of paying attention to coincidence and symbolic popups in the world around us is a model of how to navigate by synchronicity. In his work with patients, he paid close attention to the interplay of dreams and signs […]

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Cracked or creative: speaking of coincidence

posted by Robert Moss

Coincidences are homing beacons. They are secret handshakes from the universe. They are extraordinary sources of guidance and direction. The great psychologist Carl Jung lived by coincidence. and achieved a profound understanding that through the study of coincidence we will […]

Onieric logic, time travel and the yellow Mini Cooper

posted by Robert Moss

A yellow Mini Cooper is becoming another of my personal markers, like the friendly black dog or the red-tailed hawk. There is an oneiric logic to some of its appearances, on the roads of more than one world. It makes […]

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 […]

Coincidence is when the universe gets personal

posted by Robert Moss

When we experience synchronicity, we often have the sense that powers beyond our ordinary perception have come into play. Coincidence is when the universe gets personal. Heraclitus said (in paraphrase) that the deepest logic of our lives is a child […]

Shamans as dreamers

posted by Robert Moss

What is a shaman? First and last, the shaman is a dreamer. Shamans typically receive their calling in dreams and are initiated and trained in the Dreamtime. The heart of their practice is the intentional dream journey. They may incubate […]

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 […]

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, […]

Look for the hidden hand

posted by Robert Moss

It’s been said that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. One of my rules for navigating by synchronicity is: look for the hidden hand. While Jung described synchronicity as “an acausal connecting principle”, we often feel that there is […]

Footsteps of the Synchron-O-city Beast

posted by Robert Moss

Nothing happens in which you are not entangled in a secret manner, for everything has ordered itself around you and plays your innermost. Nothing in you is hidden to things…The stars whisper your deepest mysteries to you, and the soft […]

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 […]

April fish

posted by Robert Moss

Catch any fish today? In many parts of Europe, an April Fools prank is called an “April fish”.  In Dutch, it’s apriivis; in Italian, pesce d’Avrile. The term poisson d’Avril first broke surface in a French poem in the early 1500s. The original, […]

Secret handshakes from the universe

posted by Robert Moss

When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

God’s way of remaining anonymous

posted by Robert Moss

It’s been said that coincidence is God’s (or Goddess’) way of remaining anonymous. When we experience meaningful coincidence, we often feel that a hidden hand is at work. In his famous essay on Synchronicity, Jung described the pairing or clustering […]

Einstein demonstrates the secret of synchronicity

posted by Robert Moss

When we go dreaming, we travel through the curtains of our everyday understanding, beyond the walls of our physical reality; we get out there. Through synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence, the powers that live in that deeper reality come probing or poking through […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Reading the cracks as opposed to being cracked

posted by Robert Moss

My most recent post on coincidence has sparked lively discussion. One reader asks an important question: “I have seen people go hospital crazy, reading all kinds of signs in coincidences that just plain weren’t true. They see whatever they desire, […]

God’s way of remaining anonymous

posted by Robert Moss

Jung described the pairing or clustering of events through meaningful coincidence as an “acausal” phenomenon. Certainly, we do not observe causation in the play of coincidence in the way that we can say the kettle boiled because we turned on […]

It IS coincidence, and that means a LOT!

posted by Robert Moss

When do you say, “What a coincidence”? You think of someone, and they call you on the phone a minute later. You dream of a bear, and a black bear walks onto the road in front of you on a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Enchantment is the oldest form of medicine: Jung heals with a song

posted by Robert Moss

Jung agreed to see a woman who had “incurable” insomnia that had resisted all previous treatment. In her presence, he found himself remembering a lullaby his mother had crooned to him in childhood. He started humming it aloud. The song […]

Jung and the April fish

posted by Robert Moss

In many parts of Europe, an April Fools prank is called an “April fish”. The term poisson d’Avril first broke surface in a French poem in the early 1500s. The oirginal, smelliest, version of such a prank was to attach […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dream tigers in the cathedral for isomorphy

posted by Robert Moss

  The physicist dreams that a major war is being waged. He wants to send news to his colleagues but his messages are censored. Then a mathematician he knows and trusts appears with his wife. The mathematician says to the […]

Why Jung belonged to the Bear Clan

posted by Robert Moss

When Jung visited the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, they asked him what clan he belonged to. He explained that the Swiss people do not belong to clans and did not have totem animals. Jung’s native hosts listened politely. Later, […]

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 […]

The Mystery of Pauli’s Chinese Woman

posted by Robert Moss

 Coincidence multiplies when we are in motion. By “coincidence”, I mean the intersection of an external event – or series of events – with an inner sense of meaning. Case in point: When I was on book tour in San […]

Jung on the American sixth sense for the genuine

posted by Robert Moss

I just came upon some memorable counsel from Jung on how to talk (or rather not talk) to the English as opposed to the Americans, in which he speaks of the American “sixth sense for the genuine”. I find this quite fascinating: […]

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