"Dreaming is undoubtedly the most universal methodology used by shamans for entering shamanic states of consciousness - more common than either ecstatic drumming or psychoactive sacraments - yet there are deplorably few books devoted to the subject of shamanic dreaming...Robert Moss covers a wealth of shamanic dream practices...
Written in a clear, easy-to-read style, this book provides numerous examples of how paranormal dream messages have been used effectively throughout history. For example, Moss relates the inspiring story of Harriet Tubman's gift of dreaming, describing how the famous ex-slave and abolitionist, who personally escorted three hundred slaves to freedom in the North, was frequently guided to safe houses, river crossings and friendly helpers by her precognitive and intuitive dreams.
For those not familiar with Moss' previous books on shamanistic dreamwork, CONSCIOUS DREAMING and DREAMGATES, it is important to note that his theories and practices are heavily influenced by many ancient dream traditions. This volume is peppered with insightful teachings from the Temiar of Malaysia, the Aborigines of Australia, the Tzutujil Maya of Guatemala, and the Mohawk of the Iroquois Confederacy, as well as from the Tibetan Buddhists and ancient Greeks. Some less familiar but equally interesting historical material on Western dream traditions is also provided. For example, Moss mentions the theories of the early Christian bishop of Ptolemais, Synesius of Cyrene (365-414), who wrote a book discussing the usefulness of prophetic, or precognitve dreams, and he discusses the dream philosophy of the great medieval Sufi philosopher Suhrawardi, who mapped out a detailed geography of the dream realms...
In Part One, 'The Art of Dreaming True', Moss devotes seven chapters to describing and exploring the basic varieties of spontaneous dreaming - his term for those dreams that come unsolicited from the dream mind or Higher Self. This section provides a particularly well-informed introduction to the vocabulary and syntax of dreamwork, and it introduces a broad range of dreamwork practices, from simple techniques for recording and understanding dreams to helpful hints on interpreting them throug dream reentry.
In Part Two, 'Seven Levels of Dreaming,' Moss postulates an innovative typology of dreaming...
In Part Three, 'Deeper Dreaming,' Moss explores how dreams may be used to catalyze much-needed changes in society. By providing examples of people who have used dreams to improve work situations and find solutions to social problems, Moss inspires readers to take action and dream new futures. 'We need community dreamers who will promote the well-being of people where they live, in every section of society, and build bridges between them."
Even experienced dreamers can learn a great deal from the countless examples of dreamwork discussed here. In fact, although I consider myself to be a seasoned shamanic dreamer, I found the book interesting, informative and even inspiring. I heartily recommend it as a 'must read' for all shamanic practitioners who do not already utilize dreams as essential parts of their practice."
- Review of "Dreaming True" by Timothy White in SHAMAN'S DRUM, number 59
In Dreaming True, Robert Moss expands his magnificent contribution to dreamers everywhere. He opens up multiple dimensions of dreaming, from practical information to spiritual guidance, physical and emotional healing, all in a way that's accessible, entertaining and inspiring to read.
Through personal experiences, traditional stories from a wide range of cultures, and the teachings of Wise Ones throughout history, he awakens us to the profound role that dreaming plays in every facet of our lives. As the opening line of his preface says, "The common wisdom of most human societies, as far back as we can trace, is that dreaming is central to the human condition." In a world where so many people feel disconnected from their humanness, and certainly from their primal roots, dreaming is a perfectly personalized path to wholeness.
This book offers myriad ways to access the guidance he's talking about. How do you catch and record your dreams so that you can use them? How do you know if you're dreaming the future? What can you do if you foresee disaster? How can dreams enhance your health? How can you transform your nightmares into joyous, healing experiences? Why do the dead appear in our dreams? Can you really change the cellular memory of your body to heal disease? How can you really use your dreaming to create the future you want? Moss deals clearly and explicitly with these issues, and more.
The most fascinating part of the book, to me, was his discussion of the Seven Levels of Dreaming: Dream Recycling (processing the day), Dream Moviemaking (showing us where we are and where our actions are leading), Dreaming with the Body (direct feedback from the physical), Psychic Dreaming (from the shared mind-field), Transpersonal Dreaming (meeting others, living and dead), Sacred Dreaming (encounters with higher beings), and Dreambringing (working on energy and imaginal levels to shape physical reality for the better). This helps me recognize the import of a dream, and gives me a framework for relating it to my growth on every level.
I'll never be without this book in my library.