Life feeling a bit grey? Sounds True talks to shamanic dream explorer Robert Moss, pioneer of “active dreaming,” who explains the power of dreaming techniques to help yourself and others:
When people think about dreams in our society at all and try to talk about them, they typically talk as if dreaming is a passive activity. You go to sleep and you have a dream or maybe a dream has you.
But we can be active dreamers in a couple of very interesting and important senses. We can learn to be active about entering the dream state—this approach goes beyond the more familiar version of lucid dreaming by teaching us how we can start out conscious or lucid and enter the dream state from that conscious level and stay conscious through the whole experience.
You learn to reenter that dream consciously, go back and find the dream, talk to a character, resolve a problem, go beyond a terror—learn how to use your personal dreams as portals to places of healing and imagination and doorways into the multidimensional universe.
Active dreaming is also about the idea that we want to go about this world and everyday life with a symbolic sense, a poetic sense of the dreamer, looking at signs as symbols around us as a language of the soul, noticing that what happens around us in the form of coincidence or synchronicity is significant. And we can receive remarkable navigational guidance for life by learning what rhymes in a day by noticing the patterns of echo or resonance. So it’s about being active as a dreamer in the everyday world around you.
Indigenous, ancient people understand something that Western psychology still wrestles with. They understand that there’s a survival function to dreams. Dreams show us challenges and opportunities ahead. It often seems, to me, as if the dream self is forever travelling ahead of the waking self, checking out the roads ahead.
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