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“This splendid book is destined to become a classic, one that transcends disciplines and provides an agenda for the role that dreams can play in ensuring human survival.”
Stanley Krippner, PhD, coauthor of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them

“Erudite, brilliant, and delightful...the first history to pay serious attention to the sacred art of dreaming as practiced worldwide by women as well as by men.”
Barbara Tedlock, PhD, author of The Woman in the Shaman’s Body

“Robert Moss is dragging us, kicking and screaming, into a new vision of consciousness, space, and time....This terrific book strikes the perfect balance between information and entertainment. Moss is a storyteller par excellence.”
Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

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Evolution, Science, Religion, Literature, War, Politics, Medicine, and Survival — How Dreams Drive the Human Adventure

What do the first major oil discovery in Kuwait, Mark Twain’s fiction, and Harriet Tubman’s success conducting slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad have in common? They were all experienced first in dreams.

Dreaming is vital to the human story. It is essential to our survival and evolution, to creative endeavors in every field, and, quite simply, to getting us through our daily lives. All of us dream. Now Robert Moss shows us how our dreams shape world events and why deepening our conscious engagement with dreaming is crucial for our future. He traces the strands of dreams through archival records and well-known writings, weaving remarkable yet true accounts of historical figures who were influenced by their dreams.

In this wide-ranging, visionary book, Moss creates a new way to explore history and consciousness, combining the storytelling skills of a bestselling novelist with the research acumen of a scholar of ancient history and the personal experience of an active dreamer. With eloquent prose, Moss describes beautiful Lucrecia de León, whose dreams were prized by powerful men in Madrid and then recorded during the Spanish Inquisition, as well as the fascinating dream correspondence between Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli. Building on the foundation of decades of original scholarship, Moss explores the past yet also reveals lessons that can help us create a better future. The Secret History of Dreaming addresses the central importance of dreams and imagination as secret engines in the history of all things human, from literature to quantum physics, from religion to psychology, from war to healing.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1St Edition edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577319016
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robyn Johnson on January 7, 2009
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Trailblazer Robert Moss has written a masterful combination of scholarship, story, historical fact, and guidance for living in our turbulent current times. It's an important addition to his previously published books, all of which I've found to be excellent. The "understory" of how dreams have shaped history not only makes for fascinating and enlightening reading, it also fosters imagination about how we can create a positive future by tending to our dreams in a consciously active way. I'm especially inspired by the chapter about Joan of Arc and the Tree-Seers, with its story about how this remarkable peasant woman drew her strength from nature and dreams. And the epilogue left me feeling encouraged and empowered by the power of dreaming--humanity's common denominator.
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This fascinating and entertaining book is for everyone, and is especially informative for anyone who may doubt the value of dreaming. These are true accounts of amazing events, many that have directly influenced the lives of countless people in complex ways. If you believe in the power of dreams and the importance of taking action on your "Big Dreams", you will be inspired. If you haven't taken your dreams seriously, after reading this book you will find yourself introduced to a world of possibility you've never imagined, a real source of wisdom within us all. A beautiful read.
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THE SECRET HISTORY OF DREAMING is an absolutely "must have" brilliant book that touches that place in our soul that most wants to understand all that is and all that has brought us to where we stand today and where we are going tomorrow.

Robert Moss - standing firmly on the foundation of original scholarly research - peels back the shallow skin of history, made dry and brittle in the omission of dreaming, and reveals the secret places in the mind where the creative imagination comes alive. Robert synthesizes a vast repertoire of historic records from the oldest dream of Dumuzi through a fluid time-line of spies, statesmen, writers, scientists, warriors, and creative artists, restoring the roots, rhythm and role of dreaming as the missing dimension that drives our understanding of science and literature, war and religion, medicine, romance and intrigue, the most beautiful and the most terrible events that chronicle our survival and the survival of our world - and with superb clarity delivers the past we need: the lessons and knowledge that will serve and sustain humanity and further its evolution.
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The Secret History of Dreaming gave me so much concrete information on people we know who used their dreams to change history. I had no idea how much Harriet Tubman used her dreams for the underground railroad. Mark Twain and Winston Churchill and many others really paid attention to their dreams and the happenstances of their lives. It was so interesting. I also learned a lot about going to my own dream library and seeing what is there and what I can use in my own life. Thank you , Robert Moss, for another great book.
Valerie McCarney
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This book is brilliant! Being a dream scholar and former professor of ancient history, Robert Moss is the perfect authority on this subject. No wonder the book is fascinating, entertaining, easy to read, and hard to put down. What more can you ask for?
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Let me say first off I appreciate the fine job Robert Moss did researching and writing the Secret History of Dreaming. Stories which include Synesius of Cyrene, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Aleksei Remizov, Joan of Arc, Lucrecia De Leon Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and many others will definitely keep your attention. I found myself wanting to read more of their histories.

There are many nuggets in this book related to dreaming which resonate with me. For example, "Working on a dream is not about laying bare some hidden message, but about giving a pitch-perfect voice to what is there, in front of you (117). Like many of those featured in the book, I keep a dream journal or at least try to reflect on my dreams upon waking. No need to go to a dictionary of dream symbols.

Problem for me is, this book has less to do with what I normally associate with normal dreaming than it does with divination, visions and visitations (angelic, demonic, visitations from the dead, etc.). Dreams according to Moss transport one out of the body, can frequently be vehicles for prophecy and predicting the future, for spying in wartime and political situations, image healing, etc. Often the dreams of the dreamers include dream guides. But who or what are these guides in reality?

In the epilogue Moss concludes with how "we need to revive and nurture the true art of seership." This includes those who function in the role of 1) "receivers" (waking or sleeping) who communicate with dream guides which often include the deceased 2) "travelers" who literally go to other places in this world or possibly other dimensions in their dreams and 3) "far-seers" with expanded perspectives.
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Robert's book brings to life the rich history of how dreams have shaped our cultures and our world throughout history. It brilliantly details many cultures and individuals who honored their dreams and honored the gifts they were given. By detailing this rich history we can fully understand that we, today are just like these individuals in history. Dreaming is a gift of spirit and a way for us to connect to our deeper self and our souls desires. By understanding the deep, rich history of dreaming we can better understand how desperately we need to bring a dreaming society back into the now. Robert is a creative story teller and detailed historian. He knows how to bring history to life. It's hard to put the book down.
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