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Active Dreaming: Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild Freedom Paperback – April 1, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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— Publishers Weekly
This book sits at the intersection of poetry and practicality. Robert Moss speaks to a world we each inhabit and only dimly understand. Read this book.”
— Peter Block, coauthor of The Abundant Community
Active Dreaming is a jewel of a book! It not only helps us to personally transform our lives but also provides a path to transform the world we live in.”
— Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval and How to Thrive in Changing Times
A life cut off from dreams is a life half-lived. Robert Moss is one of our wisest guides to dreams and dreaming. Highly recommended.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Power of Premonitions and Reinventing Medicine
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The book is filled with inspiring stories and practical exercises. Personally, my favorite section is the appendix, "Dreamland: Documents of a Possible Future." This dreamland has nothing to do with Area 51 (thank goodness), but shows a neutral society, or "Switzerland of the Mind" which has come into existence after a technological Singularity wreaks soul loss and ecocide across the planet. The Priestess-Scientists who guide this community are using the power of dreams to help repair the planet. This book will certainly benefit those who take the time to not only read it, but work with the material laid out in its pages. It is accessible to the beginner in dreamwork, while also giving some new games to the frequent fliers who have already been playing at this stuff for awhile. Coming from one of my favorite publishers, the dream elucidated between these covers really does give a road map to a new world.
Something new in this volume is a chapter on working with children and their dreams. Moss offers nine keys to helping children access the power of their dreams, concluding with instruction on what NOT to do with a child's dream. Never say it is "just" a dream, and never try to interpret a child's dream.
Many people ask how to become a lucid dreamer, that is, how can we wake up inside our dreams and do whatever we want. Like Robert Moss, I do not seek so-called lucid dreaming. As he puts it, "The easiest way to become a lucid, or conscious, dreamer is to start out lucid and stay that way: in other words, to enter conscious dreaming from a waking or semi-conscious state" (p. 49). This is the essence of Moss' work, to teach us how to dream while awake.
As I read this book, I knew I would be back into it many times, to find inspiration and instruction for my own dream adventures. Meanwhile, I was jotting down thoughts and quotes for further research and contemplation inside my journal.
Thank you, Robert, for another excellent read.
His take on lucid dreaming was of great interest. It's very very hard to take control of ones nighttime dreams, and Moss seems to consider this both unnecessary and of potential harm. I've had some great lucid dreams, the greatest being triggered on spiritual journeys to "power places", specifically Teotihuacan and Lake Titicaca. Those were great and empowering dreams, but going into dreaming from an awakened state with accompanying shamanic drumming, or just a really powerful spontaneous daydream are also empowering ways to dream.
If the reader is not conversant with this world he or she will probably be amazed at the nonchalance with which Moss describes shared or communal dreams. The first time I shared in such a dream it completely shattered what was left of my mainstream worldview. By pre-arrangement I met my friend Nicole on top of the Pyramid of the Sun, a place with which we were both familiar. The plan was to merge the hands of our energy bodies, which we did, but then I was filled with a feeling of joy and peace which transcended my expectations. Later I called her and told her what I had felt. She cracked up. I exclaimed, "You merged completely." She said, "I couldn't help myself." There it is. We met by prearrangement, but she did something totally unexpected and I got it immediately.
Don't want to go on too long about personal experiences, except that they are available to all, and Moss can teach you how to get there.