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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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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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 we become a dreaming culture

posted by Robert Moss

I have a dream: that we will again become a society of dreamers. In a dreaming culture, dreams are valued and celebrated. The first business of the day, for most people, is to share dreams and seek to harvest their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How a dream fragment can lead to wholeness and soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

From the shaman’s perspective, soul loss is the root cause of much illness and affliction in our lives. We suffer deep grief, abuse or trauma – or succumb to negative habits and addictions – or are torn apart by wrenching […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dreaming to heal your life

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soul recovery for lawyers

posted by Robert Moss

Gretchen Duhaime JD is a teacher of Active Dreaming who works with lawyers. I was delighted when she told me that, because she is often asked about the value of our work, she has come up with a “bullet list” […]

Singing the soul back home

posted by Robert Moss

Soul loss, says shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman, is a survival mechanism. When the pain of life gets too much, we let part of ourselves slip away. If you are about to have a head-on collision, she likes to say, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Storytelling as soul healing

posted by Robert Moss

“How does one learn to tell stories which please kings?” – Fatima Mernissi, as a young girl. In Dreams of Trespass, a beautiful memoir of a harem girlhood in Morocco, Fatima Mernissi gives us a stunning example of how storytelling […]

Of souls and Sole Sisters

posted by Robert Moss

When I hear dreams of shoes, I often ask whether they mirror what is happening to the dreamer’s soul. Shoes have soles, and we hear the echo. When they are missing or damaged or mixed up or don’t fit, we […]

Here on this earth to present a report on it

posted by Robert Moss

I am savoring these lines from a poem titled “Consciousness” by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz: I think that I am here, on this earth, To present a report on it, but to whom I don’t know. As if I […]

In the room of golden serpents

posted by Robert Moss

She shows me the story of her life, in a room richly decorated with golden serpents. I am fascinated by the fine definition of their scales. Some project from the walls like water spouts, others are coiled, some interwined, each […]

Night of the blue bird

posted by Robert Moss

Sometimes all we need from our dreams is one simple image, bringing clarity and direction. In the midst of my recent Soul Recovery training in France, I set the intention of dreaming on behalf of the group.  In the middle […]

Soul healing through the portal of an “old” dream

posted by Robert Moss

“I don’t know what I’m doing here,” Eva declared early in my recent Soul Recovery workshop in France. “I’m not a dreamer. I haven’t remembered any dreams since I was seven years old.” I suggested, gently, that this situation was […]

Soul recovery and licorice sticks: making deals with our younger selves

posted by Robert Moss

She was there, before I thought of her, a beautiful little girl with flame-red hair. She looked very like her adult self, except that in the adult the flame had dulled, and a great loose rampart of flesh had been […]

Dream roads from soul loss to soul recovery

posted by Robert Moss

Soul loss, as shamans know, is at the root of many of our existential complaints – of chronic fatigue and depression, of addictions and autoimmune problems, of creative blockage and even “bad luck”. If we are missing vital soul energy, […]

Soul loss: the shaman’s diagnosis of our existential complaints

posted by Robert Moss

The greatest contribution of the ancient shamans to our medicine and healing today is the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss – the loss of parts of our vital energy and […]

Don’t let the words go away

posted by Robert Moss

Just a thought for today, which underscores the need for us to claim our voice and say what we need to say. It’s just one sentence from Tobias Wolff’s “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs” on what happens when we […]

A dream is what makes me dive in headfirst

posted by Robert Moss

Shamans use poetry, sung or spoken, to achieve ends that go deeper than our consensual world. They create poetic songs of power to invoke spiritual help; to journey into nonordinary reality; to open and maintain a space between the worlds […]

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 […]

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 […]

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In the dream kitchen
In my night dreams, the place of creation is often a kitchen. I don’t do a lot of cooking, but I love the image of the kitchen — where we are fed and nourished and we mix things together and cook things up — as the creative center. I especially like to think of the creative process as being

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Seven Open Secrets of Imagination
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 lies within us, in the power of imagination. We are ruled by image

posted 11:34:19am Mar. 07, 2015 | read full post »

As Lady Sarashina crossed a bridge of dreams
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posted 10:40:02am Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

The first Valentine, from the captive prince
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posted 2:17:39am Feb. 14, 2015 | read full post »

The best way to understand a dream
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