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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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Rumi-nation

posted by Robert Moss

A quick way of getting a message for any day is to open a book at random and see what is in front of you. The fancy name for this process is bibliomancy. The favorite book that has been used […]

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Six games to play with your journal

posted by Robert Moss

When you write in your journal, you are keeping a date with your Self. I’m giving “self” a big S because I’m talking about something bigger than the everyday mind, so often prone to distraction, or mixed-up agendas, so driven […]

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Journaling from journals

posted by Robert Moss

Thoreau journaled all the time. He wrote down his observations of nature, his thoughts and dreams, his notes on his constant reading. Most interesting, he journaled from his journals, picking over old volumes, plucking out promising bits and pieces, copying […]

Why swim

posted by Robert Moss

 I’m heading out along the bobbing dock to swim south along the shore of Lake Champlain for a couple of miles in my leisurely version of the Australian crawl. I have a book to work on this week, and I’m […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Six games to play with your journal

posted by Robert Moss

When you write in your journal, you are keeping a date with your Self. I’m giving “self” a big S because I’m talking about something bigger than the everyday mind, so often prone to distraction, or mixed-up agendas, so driven […]

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 […]

How to become an original writer in three days

posted by Robert Moss

I like Julia Cameron’s suggestion in The Artist’s Way that if you want to become a writer, you start by doing your “morning pages”, three pages you’ll write without worrying about content or consequences. However, I must note that Julia […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dreams of George Orwell and “1984”

posted by Robert Moss

A dream changed the mind of one of the greatest political writers of the twentieth century. George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) reached a watershed in his thinking in the summer of 1939, when he discovered that – despite his deep […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

A writer’s way

posted by Robert Moss

Writing, like anything else you want to do well, is a practice. Having something you really want to say is important, but it may never come through without a practice that supports delivery. Here are some of the elements of practice […]

Fairytale Erotica (and other genres you can select for your life story)

posted by Robert Moss

If you were looking for your own life story in a bookstore, what section would you go to first? If you are stumped for an answer, think about a movie or a story that struck a chord in you. It […]

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 […]

Thoughts that breathe, words that burn

posted by Robert Moss

Hark, his hands the lyre explore! Bright-eyed Fancy, hov’ring o’er, Scatters from her pictur’d urn Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. The lines are from Thomas Gray’s Progress of Poesy. The image is derived from William Blake’s illustration, originally […]

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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

posted 4:55:30am Mar. 29, 2015 | read full post »

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
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 wh

posted 10:40:02am Feb. 26, 2015 | read full post »

The first Valentine, from the captive prince
Why the day of Saint Valentine is associated with romantic love is a mystery. A couple of sainted Valentines, both martyred, are known to the early church but what little is known of them has nothing to do with romance. They are so obscure that the feast of St.Valentine was removed from the General

posted 2:17:39am Feb. 14, 2015 | read full post »

The best way to understand a dream
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 we remember and can say about a dream - with the full experience of the dream itself. Even a very

posted 10:59:39am Jan. 22, 2015 | read full post »

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