What is Active Dreaming?
Active Dreaming? The phrase is a provocation, designed to shake us free from the assumption that dreaming is a passive activity. I am grateful for the gift of spontaneous sleep dreams, the ones we donít ask for and often donít want. They hold up a magic mirror in which we can see ourselves as we truly are. They serve as a voice of conscience. They preview challenges and opportunities that lie in our future. Sleep dreams show us what is going on inside the body, diagnose developing complaints before medical symptoms present themselves, and show us what the body needs to stay well. We solve problems in our sleep. And, as the First Peoples of my native Australia teach, our personal dreams may be a passport to the Dreamtime, the larger reality in which we can meet the ancestors and our authentic spiritual teachers.
I work with sleep dreams in all these varieties, and many more, and
welcome them to work on me. But Active Dreaming is far more than a
method for decoding sleep dreams. While the techniques involved are
fresh and original, they are also very ancient. They involve ways of
seeing and knowing and healing that were known to our early
ancestors, kept them alive on a dangerous planet, and enabled them
to communicate with each other and with other forms of life in the
speaking land around them.
Active Dreaming is a discipline, as is yoga or archeology or particle physics. This is to say that there are ascending levels of practice. In any field, the key to mastery is always the same: practice, practice, practice.
Active Dreaming offers three core areas of practice.
Second, Active Dreaming is a method of shamanic lucid dreaming.
It starts with simple everyday practice and extends to profound
group experiences of time travel, soul recovery and the exploration
of multidimensional reality. It is founded on the understanding that
we donít need to go to sleep in order to dream. The easiest way to
become a conscious or lucid dreamer is to start out lucid and stay
that way. As a method of conscious dream navigation, Active Dreaming
is not to be confused with approaches that purport to ďcontrolĒ or
manipulate dreams; it is utterly misguided to seek to put the
control freak in the ego in charge of something immeasurably wiser
and deeper than itself.
To live consciously is to accept the challenge to create, which is to move beyond scripts and bring something new into the world.
This approach is not only for individuals and friends and families, but for communities and for our deeper attunement to the cause of the Earth. Active dreamers become Speakers for the Earth, and rise to full awareness of the truth of the indigenous wisdom that we must be mindful of the consequences of our actions down to the seventh generation beyond ourselves. Active dream groups can offer a model of intentional community, and can foster a new mode of leadership that empowers each member to claim her voice and play guide to others as they learn to speak and embody their own truth.
© Robert Moss 2010