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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (December 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594770344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594770340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Before the European invasion of North America, advanced systems of knowledge had been amassed over the centuries by indigenous people. One of the most remarkable aspects of the Iroquois tradition was the process by which they worked with dreams. In this entertaining and informative book, Robert Moss has made these 'dreamways' available to contemporary readers, who will be inspired by the spiritual insight and practical advice that is still applicable today.” (Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., co-author of Extraordinary Dreams)

"Timely and significant, this is a powerful and richly satisfying combination of myth, history, dream-tellings, stories, poems, and practical tools for 'reaching for the sky.' It provides answers for improving the everyday discipline of dreaming in a culture that has all but lost its soul by forgetting to dream." (Bobbye Middendorf, ForeWord, Mar-Apr 2005 )

“One of the more active players in the modern field of dreams is Robert Moss. He has been an exemplary explorer of dreamworlds and a prolific sharer of his discoveries. He dives into his dreams and accepts the invitations into other realities which they provide him. He is not so much an interpreter of dreams as an explorer; he talks less about what dreams mean and more about the dimensions of consciousness they reveal. In Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul (Destiny Books), he tells us the story of his spiritual initiation by the spirits of Native Americans that occurred in his dreams, and his synchronistic daytime interaction with indigenous dreamkeepers. He shares what he has learned from these dream encounters about the soul’s journey in consciousness, a story similar to Edgar Cayce’s “mythistory” (to use one of Moss’s terms) of the soul’s creation by, separation from, and reunion with the Creator. It would be fair to say that to Moss, the important thing about dreamwork is for us to use it to remember our true spiritual nature as soul. I’ve adopted a similar idea in an attempt to summarize Cayce’s view: the purpose of dreaming is for us to empathize with our soul, the treasure within. Ideally, dreamwork would make soul awareness, which is usually dormant except while we sleep, more a part of our waking consciousness. Moss repeatedly admonishes us that a dream is a call to action. We need to act upon the dream to honor the soul that brought it to our awareness. One of the actions he values most is to sing the dream! Imagine doing that. Attempting to sing a dream, as I can attest, does put one in touch with the dream’s mood, the shadow of soul. Singing creates a spell in which the enchantment of soul expressed in that dream can be experienced. It is more an experience of energy than insight. Being in touch with soul energy may seem impractical, but with experience, one comes to realize how important it is to be able to approach the world with a non-material consciousness. Dreams are essential to bring a sense of intuitive, timeless being into a co-creative relationship with the unfolding experiences of one’s lifetime. The alternative, as in Moss’s horrific dream, of a modern man amnesic for soul leading a lifeless, mechanical existence, is completely impractical. Creating from the impulses of soul--whether it be an artistic or inventive work, an attempt to refashion a relationship, or a new way of honoring the awareness of Spirit--is the evolving style of today’s active dreamwork.” (Henry Reed, “A Dream is a Call to Action” in Venture Inward, March 2006)

"Dreamways of the Iroquois is at once a spiritual odyssey, ...a guide to healing our lives through dreamwork,...and an invitation to soul recovery." (Branches of Light, Spring-Summer-Fall 2005)

"...reveals the connections between dreams, spirit, wishes, and healing." (The Midwest Book Review, June 2005)

"...an insightful discussion of how dreams can be used to reclaim the vital energy of the soul itself." (The Midwest Book Review, June 2005)

“Robert Moss opens ancient and modern pathways into the realms of the soul, giving us insights into our deep humanity and into our American heritage. As a spiritual teacher he is world class.” (David Spangler, author of Everyday Miracles: The Inner Art of Manifestation)

“Reveals the sacred art of dreaming that belongs to all of us, showing us how to navigate the web of dreams for the good of the world soul.” (Caitlín Matthews, coauthor of Walkers Between the Worlds)

“Robert Moss offers us powerful and much needed medicine for our time, combining well-researched and fascinating Iroquois legends and history, the wisdom of his ancient and contemporary guides, and his own truths and teachings to inspire us to once again walk the path of soul and spirit, remembering and honoring our dreams. Highly recommended!” (Rita Dwyer, past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams)

“Moss’s book reminds us of the spiritual magic awaiting each of us tonight when we cross the dreamgate to personal discovery. On the wings of his shamanic adventure, we follow Red-tailed Hawk, Dancing Bear, Silver Wolf, Wounded Stag, and his other guides to encounter the Ancient Mother who teaches him, and us, the ‘way of the heart.’ His practical tools help today’s readers reclaim these ancient Dreamways for our own paths to healing and soul remembering.” (Patricia Garfield, Ph.D., author of Creative Dreaming and co-founder of The Association for the Stud)

“In this remarkable book Robert Moss participates in Native American cultural knowledge directly--via his own dreams. His experiences delving into the Iroquois spiritual world along with his use of fascinating historical materials combine to make a rich literary feast. Dreamways of the Iroquois suggests that we profoundly coexist with those who live, or have lived, in our landscapes. It also offers valuable dreamwork techniques for understanding ourselves.” (Charles Stewart, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, University College of London)

"Dreamways of the Iroquois is filled with wonderful stories of dreamers who are time travelers and shapeshifters in their sleeping dreams and waking visions." (Susan LosCalzo, Lofty Nations, New Age Retailer, Holiday 2005)

"This is a wonderfully written, intensely engaging and spiritually important work. . . . Not only is this a great book about dreaming, it's a fascinating exploration of the Iroquois peoples and an illuminating adventure into the world of shamanism." (Dawn Brunke, Alaska Wellness, Jan 2006)

From the Back Cover

NATIVE AMERICAN SHAMANISM / MYTHOLOGY

“Robert Moss opens ancient and modern pathways into the realms of the soul, giving us insights into our deep humanity and into our American heritage. As a spiritual teacher he is world class.”
--David Spangler, author of Everyday Miracles: The Inner Art of Manifestation

“Reveals the sacred art of dreaming that belongs to all of us, showing us how to navigate the web of dreams for the good of the world soul.”
--Caitlín Matthews, coauthor of Walkers Between the Worlds

“Robert Moss offers us powerful and much needed medicine for our time, combining well-researched and fascinating Iroquois legends and history, the wisdom of his ancient and contemporary guides, and his own truths and teachings to inspire us to once again walk the path of soul and spirit, remembering and honoring our dreams. Highly recommended!”
--Rita Dwyer, past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams

The ancient Iroquois people believed that dreams are experiences of the soul. In dreams we may travel outside the body, across time and space, and into other dimensions--or receive visitations from ancestors or spiritual guides. Dreams reveal the wishes of the soul, calling us to move beyond our ego and the web of other people’s projections into a deeper, more spirited life. They call us to remember our sacred contracts and reclaim the knowledge that belonged to us, on the levels of soul and spirit, before we entered our present life experience. In dreams we also discover where our vital soul energy may have gone missing--through pain or trauma or heartbreak--and how to get it back.

Robert Moss was called to these ways when he started dreaming in a language he did not know, which proved to be an early form of the Mohawk Iroquois language. From his personal experiences, he developed a spirited approach to dreaming and living that he calls Active Dreaming.

Dreamways of the Iroquois is at once a spiritual odyssey, a tribute to the deep wisdom of the First Peoples, a guide to healing our lives through dreamwork, and an invitation to soul recovery.

ROBERT MOSS is a lifelong dream explorer and creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of dreamwork and shamanic techniques for empowerment and healing. A former professor of ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a novelist, shamanic counselor, and author of Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, and Dreaming True. He teaches courses in Active Dreaming, creativity, and the Mystery traditions throughout the world. He lives in upstate New York.

More About the Author

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 a lively online dream school. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a best-selling novelist, journalist and independent scholar. His nine 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 and Dreaming the Soul Back Home.

"The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in gthe Multiverse," Moss' personal narrative of his experiences of dying and coming back and seeking to live consciously in the multidimensional universe, will be published in March 2014.

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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I trust we will hear more from Island Woman.
Karen Silverstein
In this remarkable book, Robert Moss creates a rich tapestry of Iroquois history and his own dreaming experiences.
Carol Davis
Moss shows us how to follow the dream clues back to our selves, so we can become whole and healthy again.
Alice Finnamore

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Alice Finnamore on January 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Last night after finishing Robert Moss's new book, Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul, I fell asleep with the intention of finding a dream to prepare me for writing this review. I woke in the wee hours having dreamed of a computer screen of sorts, but with the feeling of a map, dotted with symbols representing various dream locales. The symbols reminded me of hyperlink buttons; I could focus my attention on one and instantly be in that dream locale. My night's task was to travel between two dream situations ensuring that events there were unfolding properly toward completion.

Although my dream takes its structure from today's technology, Robert Moss has reached into history, into the dreamways of the native peoples of North America, to reclaim for modern men and women the techniques and understandings of the ancients. To some, it would appear that he is sticking his white head into things that are none of his business. Nevertheless, he bravely shares his dream journeys so that those who still travel the ancient paths can recognize him as coming with the blessing of the wise ones of the past.

Dreamways is a book in four parts, and in four voices. Part One reads like an autobiography. Moss discloses more of himself than he has in his earlier dream books, with stories that may fascinate, amaze, or even shock or frighten the reader, as he shares his journey toward the day when Island Woman introduced herself in a dream.

In Part Two, he narrates the Iroquois stories of beginnings, in a voice quite distinct from the rest of the book, drawing the reader into tales of how duality entered the world, and how we must not forget that all that is dark holds a little light in it, and all that is light carries some dark.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Katharine on February 22, 2005
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If you are interested simply in astonishing and vivid storytelling, the originality of Robert Moss's remarkable personal story is given in all its splendour in this new book. Characters he has met in both dreaming and waking life are brought to life with vibrance and dynamism, as are the startling series of occurrences in Moss' life, and the retelling of ancient Iroquois legends.

If you are interested in this particular area of study - of aboriginal or Iroquois dreaming practices - the scholarship is excellent, and the bibliography alone worth the price of admission.

In Moss' work, dreams are a rich world of not only imagery, but communication of knowledge - far far beyond the limited set of Freudian symbols, or the mere scumble of detritus dreams are commonly considered to be.

As a teacher of techniques to encourage dream awareness, Moss is accessible, fun, and thoroughly helpful. While I've kept a dream journal for some 10 or 15 years, it is only from working with Moss' suggestions, developed through years of workshops, that I've begun to really get some sense of more constructive things I could be doing with the riches of insights and communications at my disposal every night.

I know already this will be one of those lifetime companion books.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Burch on January 17, 2005
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"We will bring you our best words," Hazel Dean-John, Seneca linguist, told Robert Moss on his quest for the meaning of the energy and power surging through his personal dreams of the Iroquois - and in particular of Island Woman - who were nightly testing him, bringing him ancient words and a vision for a greater quest of spirit and soul.

In DREAMWAYS OF THE IROQUOIS Robert Moss reaches deep into the dreams that eventually led him to the New York frontier and then into the ancient dreamways of the first people, back again and again to their own story of Sky Woman and the warring twins and to the powerful story of Hiawatha. In re-telling these stories - through his own vision and narrative genius - Robert brings through the poetry and refines it for all audiences. He unravels the real magic of these ancient stories - a path for teaching the connection between dreaming and soul remembering.

Like the Speaker who must put his or her head into the Sky World and look into the mirror with Hiawatha to see the radiant face of the guide in order to understand the story, each reader - each dreamer - must make the ancient stories their own and find their own sacred story in the inner meaning and in their own de-coding of the words. Robert repeats the admonition of a Yaminahua shaman - that if you try to fly in nonordinary reality with only ordinary words, you'll crash; you need fresh words - your own words - to make a story live inside you and reveal its message.

Then - in the manner of the best story-teller with his own fresh words - Robert brings the dreamer tools pulled from the mythic stories and from the teachings of Island Woman, whose wisdom permeates her dreambook/soulbook.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Susan Morgan on January 30, 2005
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I am glad I live in this time,knowledge is so accessible. For me this book is a gem of insight and information on how the Iroquois ( and really many other Native tribes) dreamed, how it was incorporated into their daily lives and how this is relevant to us now~whatever culture we are in. Robert Moss presents this all in a manner that is fitting of a master storyteller, with humor laced throughout. This is not a dry esoteric read,it is quick and lively and it kept my attention well. While reading the ancient story of Hiawatha I lost track of time. Did I read for 1 hour, or 1000 years...this book carries with it a transportive quality. I have strong dreams, including dreams of Native people and their stories. I have ancestors that are Native, and I would love to see more of us learning how to use the gifts and tools that our ancestors used. It is vital we reclaim what has always been true and only recently forgotten. At this point in my life I do not need to read from another 'expert' on how to live and what is truth. I do need to learn and share with others what is true to them, experientially, and Robert Moss accomplishes this in Dreamways of the Iroquois. He opens his heart and shares his extra ordinary experiences. So many books are a slightly different version of things popular at the time, I get bored. This truly is a book of fresh words...perfect for Spring!
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