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Editorial Reviews


“Robert Moss reveals a powerful map of how to recover our soul through shamanic dreaming. This is an inspiring and important book!”
Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval

“Robert Moss is one of our wisest guides to dreams and dreaming.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Power of Premonitions

“Robert Moss ignites the runway for the returning soul’s touchdown with both power and grace.”
Caitlín Matthews, author of Singing the Soul Back Home and Celtic Visions

“Since reading Robert Moss’s powerhouse of a book, my dreams have been speaking to me in completely new and startling ways. I have no idea how he imbues each page with shamanic truth that actually changes you as you read it, but he does. If you have any interest in your dream life, you will be enthralled and forever changed by this work.”
Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer and The Woman’s Comfort Book

“This inspirational and practical resource guide honors all forms of dreaming and deep remembrance of our inherent wholeness. Robert Moss demonstrates how to explore the universal language of the imagination and the soul, which together bridge the inner world of spirit and the outer world of action. Deeply healing and useful!”
Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Four-Fold Way

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"Sits at the intersection of poetry and practicality. . . . Read this book." — Peter Block coauthor of The Abundant Community

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In this extraordinary book, shamanic dream teacher Robert Moss teaches us how to become shamans of our own souls and healers of our own lives.

The essence of the shaman’s power to travel and to heal is the ability to dream strong. In our everyday modern lives, we stand at the edge of such power when we dream and remember to do something with our dreams. If you want to be a shaman, start at the breakfast table, by sharing dreams the right way with your family and friends.

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 identity — and that in order to be whole and well, we must find the means of soul recovery. Robert Moss teaches us that our dreams give us maps we can use to travel to where energy that was lost or stolen can be found and brought home. He shows us how to recover our animal spirits and ride the windhorse of spirit to places of healing and adventure in the larger reality. We discover how the ancestors come seeking us through dreams and how, through conscious engagement, we can heal ancestral wounds and open the way for cultural soul recovery.

On our roads of soul, we have a remarkable ally, if we will only accept it. Sufis call it the soul of the soul. It is the Greater or Higher Self. Moss encourages us to open our hearts to receive its guidance.

Dreamers are time travelers, and you’ll discover here how the depth of healing and guidance becomes available when you operate in that knowledge. You’ll learn how to enter past lives and future lives, and the life experiences of parallel selves, and how to bring back lessons and gifts. You’ll learn that you can connect with earlier versions of yourself in their own Now time, to provide the support and mentoring they desperately need.

“It’s not just about keeping soul in the body. It’s about growing soul, becoming more than we ever were, embodying more of the Greater Self,” writes Moss. With fierce joy, he incites us to take the creator’s leap and bring something new into our world.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608680584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680580
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Moss is the pioneer of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dreamwork. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and lively online courses for The Shift Network. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, journalist and independent scholar.

His many books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three "Only" Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination, The Secret History of Dreaming, Dreamgates, Active Dreaming, Dreaming the Soul Back Home, and "The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse." His latest book is "Sidewalk Oracles: Playing with Signs, Symbols and Synchronicity in Everyday Life."

Moss is also the author of Here, Everything Is Dreaming: Poems and Stories (Excelsion Editions, 2013).

Moss describes himself as "a dream teacher, on a path for which there has been no career track in our culture." He identifies the great watershed in his adult life as a sequence of visionary events that unfolded in 1987-1988, after he decided to leave the world of big cities and the fast-track life of a popular novelist (already the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Moscow Rules) and put down roots on a farm in the upper Hudson Valley of New York. Moss started dreaming in a language he did not know that proved to be an archaic form of the Mohawk language. Helped by native speakers to interpret his dreams, Moss came to believe that they had put him in touch with an ancient healer - a woman of power - and that they were calling him to a different life.

Out of these experiences he wrote a series of historical novels (The Firekeeper, Fire Along the Sky, The Interpreter) and developed the practice he calls Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of contemporary dreamwork and shamanic methods of journeying and healing. A central premise of Moss's approach is that dreaming isn't just what happens during sleep; dreaming is waking up to sources of guidance, healing and creativity beyond the reach of the everyday mind.He introduced his method to an international audience as an invited presenter at the conference of the Association for the Study of Dreams at the University of Leiden in 1994.

Core techniques of Active Dreaming include

The "lightning dreamwork" process, designed to facilitate quick dream-sharing that results in helpful action; the use of the "if it were my dream" protocol encourages the understanding that the dreamer is always the final authority on his or her dream
Dream reentry: the practice of making a conscious journey back inside a dream in order to clarify information, dialogue with a dream character, or move beyond nightmare terrors into healing and resolution
Tracking and group dreaming: conscious dream travel on an agreed itinerary by two or more partners, often supported by shamanic drumming
Navigating by synchronicity: reading coincidence and "symbolic pop-ups" in ordinary life as "everyday oracles".
Dream archaeology: melding the arts of shamanic dreaming with scholarship and detective work to access other times and cultures and bring back fresh and authentic knowledge that can be tested and verified.
Exploring the multiverse and the multidimensional self.

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Robert Moss has written a number of books on dreaming and I have read and treasured them all. These are some of the best books on dreaming for dreamers that exist. It is clear that he has been exploring the great potentials of dreaming and imagination, tracking the ways in which dreamers can grow and heal not only themselves but their culture and the world at large. For me these books are not only great teachings, but are full of practical things you can do right now to change the path of your life and live a larger, fuller life.

Anyone who follows the dreamer's path, or any other sincere inner work, will likely reach places where healing is needed. Perhaps there is a personal trauma or some event in family history, or even just some vague sense of the loss of energy or vitality. Perhaps we see our own potentials and feel we are falling short and wonder why it happens. For whatever reasons our impulse to heath and growth and reaching our potentials can take us to the place where we need to recover that lost part of our soul and reach for wholeness. That is the subject of this book, and, as suggested, it is full of stories and teachings and practical advice for the one seeking wholeness.

One of the best lessons I have learned from Robert Moss is that working with dreams really is one of the most practical things you can do for yourself. There are many ways to use dreaming for healing, but we can also dream while awake, using the great power of imagination and riding the great magical flow of the world as it plays out the cosmic dramas of life. In your own quest you might find the ideas and exercises in this book useful and practical for dealing with the specifics of healing.
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Every time Robert Moss publishes a new book, I pre-order and devour it cover to cover. Each book sends me in new dreaming directions, and refreshes older dreamwork lessons. This one is no exception, and like his others, I will re-read to garner even more treasures.

This book is not really a book, however, but a Time Travel Machine. Using examples of his own dreams, and that of other dreamers in his circle, Moss teaches us how to connect with our younger selves, and even with past life selves. Unlike many other shamanic practitioners, Moss instructs readers with a plethora of techniques for doing this on our own. We do not need to pay large sums of money to someone else for the experience. Furthermore, he points out that the past is not necessarily linear. Perhaps our "past" lives are instead alternate realities happening right now, concurrently.

On page 148, Moss offers an exercise, to ride a Spirit Horse to the House of Gifts. His stories and instructions reminded me that I used to have a herd of invisible (to others) horses. I managed to put the book down, grab my drum, and head for the fields. Drumming, I called my horses. They came galloping across the field in my internal vision. I claimed one as my own Spirit Horse, and rode off to seek the younger Me who had ridden these horses so long ago. I found her. She did not know what to make of the adult Alice, astride a beautiful horse named Aphrodite, but was willing to join me, on another, Star.

Another day, I again drummed, and rode off in search of an Ice Age self, who had long been on the edges of my awareness. I found him, hungry and alone. I spent time with him in my wide awake dream, and later realized the energy of him had shifted and matured.
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DREAMING THE SOUL BACK HOME takes a favored place among the exquisite books written by Robert Moss on dreaming and the imagination. As Robert often states, "It is all about soul." Growing, healing, exploring, and finding ways, practical, imaginal, and wonderfully enjoyable, to mine the vast treasures of our imagination, is what gives us power, energy, and the ability to live fully in the moments of our lives.

There are many great gifts in dreaming; but one of the most exuberantly satisfying is that moment of regaining "loss," either in the spontaneous dream or in the purposeful journey, which places you in the position of becoming shaman and healer of your life. Robert Moss shows you the way to do this in your own life in this fabulous book.

Robert shares his vast knowledge of history and indigenous cultures; and, as always, grants the reader accessibility to that knowledge in the experience of dreamers, easily identified as people with lives not unlike our own, who share the imaginal journeys and dreams that have brought them in touch with a deeper soul wisdom, soul-recovery and access to remarkable healing and wholeness. Imaginal locales provide special places for exploration and healing; the dreamer is invited to make each of them their own and allow their imagination to be their guide.

We all live in a world where chaos, terror, war, and abuse are brought closer to us than ever before. Technology increases access and creates more horrific weapons for the male and female soldier on the field of battle; media heightens the more ordinary means of losing soul and losing dreams. Pieces of our hopes, dreams, and small losses lie strewn about seeking rebirth in something greater and more valuable in the larger vision of who we are. This book is a gateway to returning whole and safe; an antidote to soul loss; a requirement for those in need of healing.
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