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The Secret History of Dreaming Paperback – August 10, 2010
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— 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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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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I love this book. There's so much information I'll have to read it several times to get it all. I didn't know just how important dreams were.Published 8 months ago by Paula Frighetti
Can't wait to get to this one...other Robert Moss books are great. Looking forward to read this one, also.Published 13 months ago by Pat Holland Conner
Superb writing, as I've come to expect from Moss, and inspiring subject matter. It's rare to find such a successful and earnest mix of scholarship, prose and positive intent.Published 20 months ago by Aaron in Portland
I love this book! Reading about Mark Twain, then Jung and Pauli encouraged me to buy this. I borrowed from library first. Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by Jenny Lens
I read this book for a course and ended up really liking it. There were unexpected details about the lives of some famous people in history. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Annette M. Marcus
This is a very exciting book! Moss takes us through the stories of a number of different people throughout history, showing how dreams transformed not only their lives, but also... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Catherine A. Birdsall
I had to buy this book for a class, but I read the entire book before the semester started because I couldn't put it down once I started reading. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by composer