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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Available Now: Robert Moss's Active Dreaming

Active Dreaming:
Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild Freedom by Robert Moss


New Book Shares Life-changing Techniques for Using Both
Sleeping and Waking Dreams to Discover, Create, Predict, and Heal.

More than a decade ago, Robert Moss began to call the work he did with dreamers “active dreaming” because it involves re-entering dreams, exploring the possibilities revealed in dreams, shared dreaming and consciously directing the subconscious to explore events or solve problems with dreams.

His new book, Active Dreaming is an original synthesis of contemporary dreamwork and shamanic methods of journeying and healing. A central premise of Moss’s approach is that dreaming isn’t just what happens during sleep; dreaming is waking up to sources of guidance, healing, and creativity beyond the reach of the everyday mind. As Moss describes it, our “big story” is stalking us, and if we don’t embrace that story, others will impose their own stories, little stories and “small” identities, on us.

Based on Moss’s active teaching, the techniques in this book are time-tested and playful. They help readers expand their notions of what it means to “dream” and how they can tap into the powers dormant within each of us. Like any skill, active dreaming grows with practice, while evolving and expanding into a powerful force in relationships, at work, and in pursuit of goals. A former ancient history professor and independent scholar, Moss draws from indigenous traditions, ancient and modern history, and spiritual teachings to provide examples and insight into the stories and exercises. The book explores synchronicity, self-definition, shared dreaming, working with children’s dreams, healing dreams, shamanic dreaming, and working in dream groups. Throughout, amazing true success stories and playful exercises will inspire and motivate readers to put the techniques to the test in their daily lives.

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Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original method of dreamwork and healing through the imagination. Born in Australia, his fascination with the dreamworld began in his childhood, when he had three near-death experiences and first learned the ways of a traditional dreaming people through his friendship with Aborigines. A former professor of ancient history, he is also a novelist, journalist, and independent scholar. His eight books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamways of the Iroquois, The Three “Only” Things, The Secret History of Dreaming, and Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death.  Visit him online at



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