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The Secret History of Dreaming Hardcover – December 16, 2008

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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. Our understanding of consciousness can never be adequate without taking into account the dream events chronicled by Robert Moss in The Secret History of Dreaming. Moss describes how we can acquire accurate information in dreams about future and distant events. This terrific book strikes the perfect balance between information and entertainment. Moss is a storyteller par excellence.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

The Secret History of Dreaming is a masterly survey and exploration of how inner, dreamed realities have generated core historical realities across time and space. A great and very informative read.”
— Iain R. Edgar, PhD, professor of anthropology, Durham University, and author of A Guide to Imagework

“Robert Moss is a dynamo in dreaming. A modern-day Waymaker, he guides us as travelers through the sea of dreams, starting at the source in ancient times, and challenges us to a consciousness shift into a future safe harbor as a dream-appreciating culture. Robert’s research reveals a treasury of secrets never before published in any book on dreams. Robert makes dreamers such as Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Mark Twain, and Winston Churchill come alive. A brilliant, must-have book!”
— Rita Dwyer, past president and executive officer, International Association for the Study of Dreams

“Robert Moss is a brilliant teacher of the immense and intimate field of dreaming. Nearly anything imagined, from invention, to strategy to poetry, has its roots in dreams. Moss deftly and powerfully demonstrates that dreams are the spirit body from which this world emerges. The Secret History of Dreaming is an essential text and should be included alongside any study of human history or scientific inquiry.”
— Joy Harjo, poet, musician, and author of How We Became Human

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731638X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,922 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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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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This book is a must for anyone interested in dreaming. It is interesting and insightful. Ever wondered about your dreams, why we dream or what to do with your dreams? If so, this book is a good place to start exploring the world of dreaming and the work of Robert Moss. Moss writes about many famous people and how they used their dreams for guidance. After this book I recommned Conscious Dreaming, also by Robert Moss. Happy dreaming!
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In The Secret History of Dreaming, Robert Moss takes us down the historical pathway of dreaming. He shows us that throughout time (from the first recorded dream in Sumer nearly 5,000 years ago) dreams have been an important part of every culture; they have been valued and honored.

We are a culture who dreams quietly and in secret. We have all experienced "big" dreams; a dream that changed us in some way, yet we quietly move through life in doubt - believing that our dreams are "only dreams" and that we need to shake off that feeling that some mysterious force is trying to connect with us.

I have always been a dreamer. I started keeping a dream journal when I was 15 years old and when I was 19 years old I had a precognitive dream that changed my life. Yet even through the years of dreaming I have still had my doubts. Then one day, through a synchronistic event, I was introduced to Robert Moss through his book, "Conscious Dreaming." Not only did I find validation for my dreaming, but also the much needed support and encouragement that I'd been looking for!

"We cannot grasp the true nature and causes of events unless we study the 'inner side' of history, which involves the workings of coincidence as well as dreams and imagination. Inner and outer causes are always at play together in the world." From the book - page 74.

He talks about how dreams influenced Emperor Constantine and the shaping of Christianity, how the dreams of Muhammad brought Islam into being, and how dreams and dream interpretation have been important to these religions.

He talks about how dreams shaped the war between the French and English, and how the Spanish had a talented dream "spy" who provided them with valuable inside information during their war in the late 1500s.
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