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A short history of soul flight

posted by Robert Moss

In many human cultures the most profound insights into the nature of the divine and the fate of the soul after physical death have been attributed to ecstatic journeys beyond the body in waking dream or vision. In most human […]

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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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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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The best way to understand a dream

posted by Robert Moss

The best way to grasp the meaning of a dream, and to determine what action the dream requires, is to go back inside the dream and recover more of the story. We should never confuse a dream report – what […]

Back to Basics (1) Why Dreaming Is Important

posted by Robert Moss

A dream is a wake-up call. It takes us beyond what we already know. Dreams are the language of the soul, and they are experiences of the soul. There are “big” dreams and “little” dreams, of course. In big dreams, […]

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 […]

The origin and power of the shaman’s drum

posted by Robert Moss

The shaman’s primary tool for journeying is the single-headed frame drum, the type we use in Active Dreaming circles. I am constantly astonished, though no longer surprised, by how quickly this ancient instrument can help even the most rational, cognicentric […]

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 […]

Enter lucid dreaming like a sleeping tiger

posted by Robert Moss

Chen Tuan (871-989) was a celebrated Taoist sage who lived a secluded life in mountain caves in China, where he created kung fu and a method of conscious dreaming. He was an ardent student of I Ching. He reputedly wandered […]

“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 […]

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 Boy Who Died and Came Back

posted by Robert Moss

I died for the first time in my present body when I was three years old. My mother’s aunt, the opera singer, saw my death in the tea leaves a few months before it happened. She would not talk about […]

Becoming an active dreamer

posted by Robert Moss

How do you become an active dreamer? Let’s start with baby steps. Many of us in the contemporary world have been suffering a prolonged dream drought. You want to end the drought and renew your connection with your dreams. So […]

Shamans of the breakfast table

posted by Robert Moss

True shamans are dreamers. They are typically called to their vocation in dreams, and dreaming strong – traveling in lucid dreams to help souls find their way, to diagnose and treat illness, and to scout out the future – is […]

Bringing our lost children out of the glass bubble

posted by Robert Moss

I am out in the woods in the middle of the night, on Cortes Island. I notice other figures, animal and human and hybrid, moving among the trees, taking form then fading back into the shadows. I find three clear and reliable […]

Soul loss and soul recovery: a Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

 What is soul loss? When we suffer trauma or bitter disappointment or violent shock, soul may leave the body, to escape. This produces the phenomenon that psychologists call dissociation and shamans call soul loss. It can be seen as a […]

When the door between the worlds is round and open

posted by Robert Moss

Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the threshold where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open Don’t go back to sleep. These wonderful lines from Rumi remind us that the easiest way […]

How to Give Yourself a 2-Week Dream Vacation for Free

posted by Robert Moss

Does midwinter sometimes feel gray and drab? Do you develop symptoms of cabin fever? Do you get tired of scraping ice off the windshield, and digging your car out of snowbanks? Here’s how to take a two-week vacation at an […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Memories of the future

posted by Robert Moss

You have dreamed the future. You say you don’t remember? Think again. Surely you’ve had the experience of déjà vu. The cat crosses the street in front of you, the tall guy steps into the restaurant, the light shimmers on […]

Dreaming is all about soul

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is all about soul.  This is why dreaming is true medicine for our lives and our worlds. The soul speaks to us in dreams, reminding of our purpose, our potential and our present condition.  When we listen, we begin […]

Shared dreaming as home entertainment

posted by Robert Moss

You’re separated from your sweetheart and you’d like to have some good private time together. Can you do that? Absolutely. As in the old song, “you can reach [him or her] with your mind.” The next question is: Your place […]

Claiming the gift of a nightmare

posted by Robert Moss

Dreams are not on our case; they are on our side. This is one of my personal mantras about dreams and (yes) it applies even to nightmares. In my personal lexicon, a nightmare is not only a “bad” or scary […]

Aboriginal Dreaming into the Dreamtime

posted by Robert Moss

Aboriginal Australians believe that we dream our way into this world, and dream our way out of it. “We talk to the spirit-child before a baby is born,” naturopath and traditional healer Burnham Burnham explained it to me. If the […]

Shamanic lucid dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Until recently, I was not an enthusiast for the term “lucid dreaming”, because it came to be associated with silly notions of “controlling” or “manipulating” dreams. Through dreaming, we have access to a source that is infinitely wiser and deeper […]

The portal

posted by Robert Moss

The gateways you discover in night dreams and twilight states are the best, safest and most timely starting points for conscious dream journeys, including shamanic soul-flight. With practice, you will find you can have wonderful adventures riding that dream elevator, exploring […]

Lincoln’s dreams

posted by Robert Moss

I went to see Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln today and found it mostly wonderful.  Near the beginning, we see a dramatization of one of Lincoln’s recurring dreams of being on a boat that is heading into the mist, a boat on which […]

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 […]

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, […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is not fundamentally about what happens during sleep. It’s about waking up. In ordinary life, we are often in the condition of sleepwalkers, going through the motions, trying to keep up with pre-set schedules and to meet other people’s […]

Give me a straight-up dream

posted by Robert Moss

Confused by your dreams?  You could try asking tonight for a straight-up dream. Let me explain. Some dreams take a lot of tending. We need to walk with them and around them for a while, letting different layers and possible […]

Back to basics Q&A #1: dreaming is waking up

posted by Robert Moss

How do you define a “dream”? A dream is a wake-up call. It takes us beyond what we already know. Dreams are the language of the soul, and they are experiences of the soul. There are “big” dreams and “little” […]

Dreaming is good medicine

posted by Robert Moss

Most human cultures before the modern era have valued dreams as a source of healing. It was widely understood, for starters, that dreams can diagnose what’s going on inside the body. One of the ways to understand dreams is that […]

Soul Loss and after: a short Q&A

posted by Robert Moss

Why does the soul have a hard time staying in the body?  We suffer pain or abuse, grief or shame, and part of us finds the world so cruel that we want to go away. Soul loss is also caused […]

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 […]

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, […]

Dream the future and change it for the better

posted by Robert Moss

Our dreams are constantly coaching us for challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us on the roads of life. It’s possible that we rehearse everything that will take place in the future in our dreams, though we forget most […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seeking the innermost dream

posted by Robert Moss

I’m intrigued by nights in which we slip from one dream into another, as if moving from an outer to an inner courtyard. Sometimes the shift is marked by the experience of falling asleep and waking up inside the dream […]

Active Dreaming on Coast to Coast

posted by Robert Moss

I had a grand time overnight, talking to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM for three hours about how we can use the core techniques of Active Dreaming to empower and heal our lives. Active Dreaming is a way […]

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 […]

Bringing the lost child down from the Soul Tree

posted by Robert Moss

I started a recent workshop, as I often do, by inviting the participants to imagine themselves, in standing meditation, putting down roots into the earth, like a tree. As the meditation deepened, they found themselves rising between earth and sky, […]

A marvelous day for a moonwalk

posted by Robert Moss

A young woman in my Chicago workshop last Saturday shared a dream of that morning in which the Moon appeared and came closer and closer until she could walk on it. She met a wise and good-humored guide who showed […]

Dream archaeology with gods and goddesses of Lithuania

posted by Robert Moss

Marija Gimbutas declared with urgent clarity in The Civilization of the Goddess:  “We must refocus our collective memory. The necessity of this has never been greater as we discover that the path of ‘progress’ is extinguishing the very conditions for […]

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 […]

Wanted for a real science of dreaming: research INSIDE the dream state

posted by Robert Moss

The most original and revealing scientific study of dreams – the only kind that is likely to bring us the big stuff – is research inside dreams, rather than research about dreams. Charting a path for future research, William C. […]

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 […]

At the junction between sleep and waking

posted by Robert Moss

Shiva came to Vasugupta in a dream, they say. He showed the sage the location of a huge rock in a forest at the foot of a mountain. When the rock was turned over, a sacred text was revealed on […]

Your days are full of dream residue

posted by Robert Moss

We often wake with a dream hangover, even if we don’t recall the dreams that caused it. Freud said that dreams are full of “day residue”, thoughts and memories left over from waking life. It is no less true that […]

Dreaming to heal our lives

posted by Robert Moss

In our dreams, we have access to a personal doctor who makes house calls, provides an impeccable diagnosis of our physical, emotional and spiritual condition, and doesn’t charge a cent. If we are not in touch with our dreams, we […]

The gods drink at the heart like a deer in a river

posted by Robert Moss

I come again, like a deer (or a big cat) to the water, to some lovely lines in Secrets of the Talking Jaguar, Martin Prechtel‘s remarkable account of his apprenticeship and practice as a shaman of a Mayan tradition. He is […]

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 […]

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 […]

How many of your 12 lights are on?

posted by Robert Moss

“I want to tell you my personal experience of dream healing,” Bonnie Horrigan said when she joined me for a conversation on my Way of the Dreamer radio show today. “I was in hospital with a serious liver condition. It […]

The goddess says, “I come from inside you”

posted by Robert Moss

Lin’s intention was to meet her spiritual teacher. In her dream, as she reported it to me: I go to the cemetery where my brother is buried. We meet and hug each other. It’s very loving. He wants to come […]

Dreaming as soulcraft and survival tool in Iroquois tradition

posted by Robert Moss

“The Iroquois have, properly speaking, only a single Divinity – the dream. To it they render their submission, and follow all its orders with the utmost exactness.” –          Father Jacques  Frémin, S.J., 1669-70 Long before the first Europeans arrived in […]

To the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

You are called to the temple of healing, often by a dream. You may be driven by desperation: you are suffering in body or mind, and you have found nothing that relieves your pain or heals your symptoms. So you […]

What we can offer Hawk

posted by Robert Moss

One of the readers of yesterday’s blog essay on “Messages from Hawk” asked a provocative question:  “Seems we could learn much from Hawk. What do we have to offer Hawk?” I am going to respond here rather fully, from my […]

Dreaming in amber

posted by Robert Moss

I have been privileged to lead dream workshops in Lithuania three times, at the invitation of my friend Rita Baniene, and each visit has been a grand adventure and a deepening encounter with the spirits of the land. When I […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s an open secret: dreaming is not fundamentally about what happens during sleep. It’s about waking up. In ordinary life, we are often in the condition of sleepwalkers, going through the motions, trying to keep up with pre-set schedules and […]

Hunting power

posted by Robert Moss

You say you are hunting your power But your power is hunting you. I’ll go up to the mountain, you say. I’ll fast and live on seaweed I’ll hang myself on a meat-hook Under the hot sun. I’ll give up […]

Dreaming as a survival tool in Iroquois tradition

posted by Robert Moss

“The Iroquois have, properly speaking, only a single Divinity – the dream. To it they render their submission, and follow all its orders with the utmost exactness.” –          Father Jacques Frémin, S.J., 1669-70 Long before the first Europeans arrived, the […]

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 […]

Remembering your sacred contract

posted by Robert Moss

In the middle of the night, I am roused by a knock on the door. I go reluctantly to answer, and find a smiling man with a strangely innocent face standing outside in the moonlight. He says, “I come from […]

Open secrets of the Dreamtime

posted by Robert Moss

Here are the open secrets of the Dreamtime. These insights, shared by many dreaming traditions and indigenous peoples, challenge the ruling paradigms of a culture that confuses the real with thephysical. They free us from the delusion that dreams are by-products of brain […]

The need for dream archaeology

posted by Robert Moss

Marija Gimbutas, the great Lithuanian scholar of Old Europe and its Goddess traditions, declared with urgent clarity in The Civilization of the Goddess, her chef d’oeuvre:  “We must refocus our collective memory. The necessity of this has never been greater […]

Paleopsych 101

posted by Robert Moss

At a benefit dinner, the wife of a bank president asked me, “What exactly is it that you do?” I told her, “I’m a paleolithic psychologist.” She nodded respectfully, possibly associating me with the clinical psychiatrist seated above the salt. […]

The dream shaman’s road to soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

Shamans understand that soul loss is the root of much illness and confusion in our lives. It may be caused by pain or trauma or heartbreak, by wrenching life choices, or by wimping out on our best and bravest dreams. It […]

Solstice poem

posted by Robert Moss

Eyes of the Goddess   From a vision journey to Newgrange   The poet waits for me in his countryman’s cape And shows me the map in the gateway stone: Twin spirals to get you in, and out, of the […]

In the temple of dream healing

posted by Robert Moss

The dreamgates open paths to spontaneous healing. This was the shared wisdom of the ancient world. It calls to us again, in our dreams, to move beyond our fixation with physical symptoms to the spiritual causes of wellness and illness. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Go back inside your dreams

posted by Robert Moss

When I started living in ruralNew York, I dreamed repeatedly of a huge standing bear. Though the bear never menaced me, it made me uneasy because it was several times my size. I realized that I needed to face the […]

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 […]

Dreaming with Hawk, and the Mohawk

posted by Robert Moss

When I moved in the mid-1980s to a farm in upstate New York, in order to get away from the clutter of big cities, I was called to learn a new language. It started with a red-tailed hawk who turned […]

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 […]

Making a dream date

posted by Robert Moss

You’re separated from your sweetheart and you’d like to have some good private time together. Can you do that? Absolutely. As in the old song, “you can reach [him or her] with your mind.” The next question is: Your place […]

Making Death your ally

posted by Robert Moss

I recommend getting to know Death, and approaching life’s choices with the clarity that the presence of Death brings. Saint Ignatius Loyola, the warrior-father of the Jesuit order and no slouch at visualization, recommended the following means of making a […]

Wake up and dream

posted by Robert Moss

The bumper sticker on my car reads WAKE UP AND DREAM. I am not the first to realize that dreaming may be a way of waking up. The Egyptian word for dream is rswt. It literally means “awakening,” and in […]

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 reentry in the Mabinogion

posted by Robert Moss

Reading the great cycle of Welsh epics known as the Mabinogion with the eye of a dreamer, we can discern an ancient account from the British Isles of the technique I call dream reentry – going back inside a dream […]

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 […]

What If? Healing regrets over paths not taken

posted by Robert Moss

Have you ever wondered what would have happened had you made a different choice – or had the world made a different choice for you – at an important crossroads in your earlier life? I’m sure all of us have […]

When the war is inside your body

posted by Robert Moss

In one of my workshops, a  woman I’ll call Lois shared a dream titled “War”. She was very agitated and upset as she retold it.  I am on patrol with six women dressed in green uniforms. We are all riding […]

Seeing with Hawk & other dream drawings

posted by Robert Moss

Drawing from dreams is a fabulous way to get their energy moving. Giving spontaneous expression to our visions in this way brings out the child and the artist inside us. It also provides a fun record of our inner life, […]

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 […]

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 […]

At the junction of waking and sleeping

posted by Robert Moss

Looking over old journals as I cull experiential material for a new book, I am reminded just how many of my big experiences of inner and other worlds have taken place in a liminal state of consciousness, on the cusp […]

What is Active Dreaming?

posted by Robert Moss

Active Dreaming? The phrase is a provocation, designed to shake us free from the assumption that dreaming is a passive activity. I am grateful for the gift of spontaneous sleep dreams, the ones we don’t ask for and often don’t […]

Community soul healing: bringing our lost children out of the glass bubble

posted by Robert Moss

I am out in the woods in the middle of the night, in the midst of leading a workshop on Cortes Island in British Columbia. I notice other figures, animal and human and hybrid, moving among the trees, taking form then fading […]

Riding spirit horses with a Navajo elder

posted by Robert Moss

In one of my workshops in Boulder, Colorado, I was privileged to go on shared journeys into the dreamworlds with a Navajo (Dine) elder named Abraham. He told me he had driven up from Flagstaff because, “I have heard that […]

Flight security for dream travelers

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming is traveling. In our dream bodies we get out there, leaving the physical body behind. This goes on every night whether we intend it or not. Lucid dreamers, intentional astral travelers and shamanic journeyers embark on these excursions consciously. […]

Portal Potties & other transits between dream realities

posted by Robert Moss

All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream – Edgar Allen Poe I’ve been thinking about how we travel between different levels of dreaming, consciously or unconsciously. I recently quoted the statement of Ruby Modesto, […]

When soul recovery is mainstream medicine

posted by Robert Moss

Ruby Modesto’s first personal experience of soul recovery came when she was ten years old. She went so far and so deep in a dream odyssey that she could not find her way back to her body. As she tells […]

13 levels of shamanic dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Ruby Modesto grew up on the Martinez reservation in southern California. Her dreams called her to become a pul, or shaman, introducing her to the eagle that became her ally, giving her wings for flight. She did not need the […]

A singing shaman called by Owl, and dreams

posted by Robert Moss

One of the classic accounts of how shamans are called to their practice by dreams comes from Isaac Tens,  a Gitskan halaait (shaman) in the Pacific Northwest. The French Canadian scholar Marius Barbeau  recorded his narrative and his songs at […]

Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman

posted by Robert Moss

It’s a saying of the Kagwahiv, an Amazonian dreaming people: “Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman.” Or, in an alternate translation: “Everyone who dreams has a little bit of the shaman in them.” I remember vividly when I […]

Social dreaming among the First Peoples

posted by Robert Moss

For many indigenous peoples, dreaming is a highly social activity, in several senses. You go places and meet people when you travel in your dream body; they may be people in the next village or campsite, or beings in another […]

Catch a plane, or a crane

posted by Robert Moss

Oakland airport The Taoist immortal “will have a garment of feathers, will ride on a beam of light or saddle a star…His bones will shine like jade, his face will glow, a halo will surround his head, all his body […]

An experiment with Tibetan dream yoga

posted by Robert Moss

A note from my 1999 journal: After a long work day, I sat up with Tenzin Wangyal’s book on Tibetan dream yoga. Quite a lot of it appeals to me, especially the guidance on using dream states for emotional clearing, […]

Meeting the dream guide inside a stone

posted by Robert Moss

A widespread practice among ancient and indigenous peoples is to open contact with spiritual guides and allies by seeking a dream at a special place in nature. The vision quest at puberty is an essential life passage in many traditional […]

Becoming the eagle

posted by Robert Moss

A woman dreamer finds herself in a different body, traveling with her clan beside a river in a primal landscape untouched by the ax. She knows the lives and relations of these native people intimately, and feels the coming of […]

Dreaming with the animal spirits

posted by Robert Moss

When shamans go dreaming, characteristically they operate under the protection and guidance of Animal Guardians. Forging a close relationship with one or more “power animals” is central to developing the arts of shamanic dream travel and tracking. It is invaluable […]

Trans-temporal healing through Active Dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

Dreaming, we are time travelers. We step outside linear Chronos time into a more spacious dimension, from which we can descend into times past or times future. When we wake up to what is possible, we can travel consciously into […]

I’ll teach you in my dreams

posted by Robert Moss

It’s not unusual for me to receive 10-20 dream reports a day in which the dreamers have encountered me. These reports come from complete strangers and from intimate friends, from people engaged in live workshops where we are practicing conscious […]

Living Bones: The Deer and the Gift of Regeneration

posted by Robert Moss

I heard from a friend just now that she dreamed of the Deer overnight and woke feeling blessed relief from the cruel back pain that had been oppressing her. I have come to know the Deer as a remarkable ally […]

Dinner and dreams: building an active dreaming family

posted by Robert Moss

Here’s a plan for growing a dream family. Get a few friends together and practice the Lightning Dreamwork technique, the fun and fast method for everyday dream-sharing you’ll find explained in detail in my new book Active Dreaming and in […]

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 […]

Scottish dreaming: an ancestral call

posted by Robert Moss

My Scots ancestors have been on my case for a while. In the mid-1980s, when I started dreaming in an archaic form of Mohawk, in contact with a woman healer of long ago, I found myself obliged to study the […]

The She Bear of Old England awakes

posted by Robert Moss

A huge, woolly bear in fierce warrior guise is storming through many scenes of battle. Her footfalls make thunder in the earth. Soldiers of an ancient army crumple before her, as if a mountain has fallen on them. I have […]

Dreaming with Žemyna: Active Dreaming for Cultural Soul Retrieval

posted by Robert Moss

I have been privileged to lead Active Dreaming workshops in Lithuania three times. Each visit has been a grand adventure, a deepening encounter with the spirits of the land, and a lesson in how we can use the arts of […]

Call of the Chinese oracle

posted by Robert Moss

Oracles have their own life, and can call you even when you are not calling on them. Last night my dream self was test-flying some new games involving the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle. These involved identifying a “life […]

The First Santa – Epilogue

posted by Robert Moss

Dear James: Whoever gives in a spirit of love and joy on this special night has Santa inside him, or her.When Mommy and Daddy were stuffing your stocking, Santa was there with them. Now, I know that when you’ve seen […]

The First Santa III – Bear Brother

posted by Robert Moss

When the ice broke up, monsters appeared in the inlets where the Reindeer People went to fish. The monsters reared from the waters with the heads of leering dragons, then disgorged terrible iron-clad men bent on killing and plunder. The […]

The First Santa II – Drum Rider

posted by Robert Moss

I don’t know how much you know about drums. The dreamer’s drum was not the kind of drum you see at a concert, or in a marching band, or in a toy shop. It was the kind of drum you […]

The First Santa – Introduction

posted by Robert Moss

In this holiday season, I received this cri de coeur from the mother of a young boy named James: James found out that his parents stuff his stockings each year instead of Santa Claus. He is crestfallen. I asked him […]

The trees call for speakers

posted by Robert Moss

A woman named Laura reports this dream from last night: All the trees the whole world over had been bulldozed down. They were scattered into big piles on a ground of different shades of red and brown, and small fires […]

To be redeemed from fire by fire

posted by Robert Moss

Fire is a great ally in psychic cleansing. In our gatherings on a very special mountain in the New York Adirondacks, we perform a ritual of fire releasing that is simple and profound. During the day, preparing for the first […]

The dream that is a song that is a road

posted by Robert Moss

The Temiar people of the Malaysian rainforest live very close to their land. Their stilt houses are walled with bamboo poles, laid horizontally so there are gaps between them. There are also gaps between the bamboo slats of the floors. Earth and […]

Lucid dream reentry to claim the key of song

posted by Robert Moss

I am walking in deep, springy grass, humming a little hum, a bit like Winnie-the-Pooh.. Ahead of me, near a fine lake, is a great tree, and I know that important things are waiting for me if only I can […]

Healing with the Deer of the Mountain

posted by Robert Moss

This weekend, a gathering of frequent fliers will assemble on a mountain in the New York Adirondacks for our 15th year together. The heart of this mountain is garnet fire. The ancestral spirits of this land are of the branch […]

Lucid dreams inside lucid dreams

posted by Robert Moss

I haven’t much favored the term “lucid dream” – though I’ve been a lucid dreamer all of my life – because of past associations with agendas for “controlling” or “manipulating” dreams. But as the discussion matures, especially since the publication […]

Bear sightings

posted by Robert Moss

You stood in the middle of a country road to make me stop and listen. I got round you and said, when my heart slowed, that a bear in the road is just coincidence.   So you came over in […]

Shamanic lucid dreaming

posted by Robert Moss

I’m not enthusiastic about the term “lucid dreaming” because it has often been associated with silly notions of “controlling” or “manipulating” dreams. Through dreaming, we have access to a source that is infinitely wiser and deeper than the everyday ego, […]

Shamans and dreamers

posted by Robert Moss

What is a shaman? The word was borrowed by anthropologists from the Tungus Siberian people. Correctly pronounced, the long As (“ah”) are given equal weight (“shah-mahn”); the magic of the word is in its resonance. The word came into widespread […]

Song of soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

When I am asked why I do what I do, I sometimes respond, “Because I love to see the light of spirit coming on in the eyes of someone who has recovered part of her soul.” Whatever the titles and […]

Dreaming like an Egyptian

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 the […]

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