by Robert Moss
Dreams not only show us what the soul wants but also show us where it has gone” – Robert Moss
Have you ever read a book which opens up in you, a world of endless possibilities? Allowing you to expand and think in ways you have felt could be possible, yet never really tapped into? Robert Moss’ book, Dreaming The Soul Back Home, allowed me to do this and I have a huge suspicion, if you are at all curious about dreams, dreaming, and soul healing, this book will delve you into a greater understanding of the hidden world of dreams and yes, daydreams, often called lucid dreaming. This book led me to review the way I look at my dreams, my client’s dreams, my past, my present and my future.
You need not be a dream interpreter to read this book. You need to be a dreamer, and everyone dreams. Robert Moss states: “.. I hear people say, “I don’t dream”, I decline to despair. I remind them that all they are saying is: “I don’t remember”. If they insist that they have no dreams, I encourage them to consider carefully whether this is entirely correct…. Even the most dream-deprived among us often retain something from the night, a wisp, a fragment… “ p. 96-97
In his book, Robert Moss literally takes you on a tour of Shamanic healing and Active dreaming (for more on Active Dreaming go here. ) While reading, I never felt this was a “self-help” book and truly it isn’t. This book is about being willing to tap into our dreams on a deeper level, and allowing ourselves to become self-healers and shamans, along with other dreamers: -“to go to places where lost souls can be found and reclaimed..” p. 9
This book is about soul-recovery, a similar process I once learned long ago but practiced in a different way. In the 1990’s I learned all about “reclaiming my inner child” if you are familiar with this, then you have an idea how one can recover one’s soul in a dream. Reclaiming a piece of yourself you may have left in an old home, or place you once lived, is only small part of what Moss is referring to in Dreaming The Soul Back Home. It involves, trust, healing and love mixed with sparkling compassion and most importantly an understanding of one’s ability to dream and go beyond.
You are not alone:
While I read Dreaming Your Soul Back Home, I felt as if my soul opened up to a mystical Universe, a place or places I wish discover immediately! My passionate self wants to roam and find places I have never seen and experience them. I wish to meet my guides, my animal spirits, and hopefully experience my dreams with a dream-tracker or partner. Moss defines dream tracking as:
“a method of interactive shamanic lucid dreaming explained in depth in my books, especially Dreamgates, Dreamways of the Iroquois andConscious Dreaming. As applied for soul recovery, we place the focus on locating and reclaiming lost aspects of soul energy that may have surfaced in a dream or a life memory.“ source
Moss also speaks about cleansing unwanted energy, and clearing our space. He confirmed my suspicion that we never travel alone while dreaming, and many of us (like many of my clients) have animal dreams often guided by animal spirits. Moss states: “The dream animal may prove to be a power animal and a guide and protector for other forms of soul-recovery for ourselves and others”. p. 84
This book awakened parts of me, almost increasing life’s magic tenfold. I felt transported into what Moss calls “parallel lives” , time travel, and the possibility of maybe even traveling to distant countries or eras, in order to visit ourselves, or even our ancestors. On p. 214, Ancestral History: “these travels may eventually lead to “clearing unhealthy legacies and energy attachments” by experiencing dream archaeology ( p.15.)
“Spontaneous night dreams can open doors between the worlds and take us into imaginal realities inhabited by the Gods, demons and ancestors of different cultures – even if we have little knowledge of those cultures” – Robert Moss
Dreams Give us Research Assignments
I truly felt like a wide-eyed child, when I read about the prospect of a “secret library” a place of infinite information. Is there a book waiting there written about you? There is a book written about me, I saw it in one of the several exercises and meditations Moss provides throughout the book. I was also able to tap into my lost self. Kimmy, 8 or 9 years old, is on a dock, by the water, at my aunts cottage in Magog. Right now she is happily trying to catch fish with the rod she made with an old stick, where on a string, hangs a piece of bacon as bait! This recent recovery is, in fact, still ongoing as I have not yet been able to bring her back home. I know I will, with my therapist, when she is ready and I am prepared to receive her.
This book guides you deep into your dreams. It awakens excitement into observing the past, present and even the future or what Moss calls multi-verses. Are there other “yous” living out there? Maybe you never had children and decided to have a career first. Maybe you are traveling somewhere in a parallel universe, while your “now” self is working hard to pay the bills? He explains:
“While you are living your present life, on your present time line, cowalkers are walking beside you, nearby or far away, along their own paths, which branched off when they made different choices or took a different turning… What if it were possible to reach some of these alternate selves and share gifts and life experiences with them in mutually supportive ways?” p.235
Blows the mind!
There is so much I love about this book, from the experiences of the dreamers Moss writes about, their stories, and the knowledge, that I am guided several times in my dreams to reach my Greater Self. The index in the back is a great reference tool you will love to use as you return to it again and again. I know I will, my work and soul-recovery now depends on it. Also, Moss provides an elaborate bibliography. Very informational if one wants to read much more on Shamanic dreaming, Carl Jung, Animal guides, totems, and so much more.
There are whole worlds in this book than I cannot describe in 1000 words. I highly recommend it to anyone who is experiencing vivid dreams, dream-deprevation, soul-loss, depression or anxiety, and especially if your dreams have always made you question: “What are the really trying to tell me?”
They may be saying much more than you can ever imagine.
Dream Intuitive and Literary blogger
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and ancient shamanic techniques for healing and journeying. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a three-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming and a lively online dream school. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he is a bestselling novelist, journalist, and independent scholar. His nine books on dreaming, shamanism, and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three “Only” Things, The Secret History of Dreaming, Dreamgates and Active-Dreaming.