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Extraterrestrials or Interdimensionals?  
Not often recognized in the huge corpus of literature on alien encounters is that every night of the year, dreamers encounter Otherworld beings who would certainly rate as “aliens” (by the standards of ufology) if dreams were recognized as real experiences. These dream visitors sometimes leave physical tokens of these encounters.  It seems that because our society has denied the reality of the dreamworld, the dreamworld is breaking through into our reality.... Since we so often insist that what is “invisible”—that is, cannot be seen with ordinary eyes — is unreal, we are getting more and more bleedthroughs from hyperreality. [June 2010]
 



DREAMING INTO THE WORLD OF JOAN OF ARC AND HER PRINCE
Dreams guide us to the necessary past, the history it is useful and timely to know. Sometimes dream clues help us to get to the understory, the deeper logic of events that may be missing from the texts.  A few years ago, my dreams opened an adventure in medieval France, and a window into understanding the practice of the voyantes of ancient Gaul, who were often tree seers and to whom Joan of Arc may have belonged, at least in her natural mode of visioning.  I often dream in French, the language of my ancestors just a thousand years ago, and often find myself in France in my dreams. In 2001, I woke from my dreams with just a single word as a keepsake – the French word chantepleure. The word literally means “sings and cries”. From the dictionary, I learned that it is an old name for a kind of sieve or filter or watering can. I had no idea why this term had come through to me in a dream, until three years later...when I was caught up in a powerful vision in which I seemed to enter the perspective of a medieval French nobleman as he embarked upon his after-death experiences... [May 2010]


THE SEVEN OPEN SECRETS OF IMAGINATION
The greatest crisis in our lives is a crisis of imagination. We get stuck and set ourselves up for failure because we buy into a limited or self-defeating version of reality, and refuse to see our situation differently.  The answer lies within us, in the power of imagination. We are ruled by images; they are the “facts of the mind” (as the poet Coleridge called them) that turn us on and turn us off and program our bodies for wellness or disease. To live richer and more creative lives, we want to learn to choose the images to which we give energy and belief. We can do this by learning and harnessing the seven open secrets of imagination...[May 2010]   

 

BECOMING A FREQUENT FLIER
Your departure lounge for dream travel is open to you anytime you are ready for adventure. Do you want to go on a dream vacation or engage in a steamy romance with an astral lover? Would you like to communicate with a spiritual guide or experiment with your ability to make intentional journeys beyond the body? Or scout ahead through time to prepare for the job interview next week? Or get your own close-up view of the surface of Mars? This is the right place to begin. [April 2010]

 

A FRIEND IN THE HOUSE OF TIME
The souls of enlightened men return to be
schoolmasters of the living, who influence them unseen.
W. B. YEATS, ‘SWEDENBORG, MEDIUMS AND THE DESOLATE PLACES’

“What better guide to the Otherworld than a poet?” 

The question was put to me as I embarked on writing ‘The Dreamers Book of the Dead’ by a dead poet. I did not know, up to that moment, that a modern poet and his efforts to envision and create a Western Book of the Dead were going to figure as the central panel in the triptych my book was to become.  [March 2010]


NINE POWERS OF DREAMING
Have you ever said, “it’s only a dream”? While we often dismiss dreams, or fail to make room for them in the hurry of our daily lives, dreams can be a fabulous source of guidance, healing and juice for any day. Dreams offer us nine tremendous gifts. Check this list and see how these have worked in the lives of some very interesting people.... [March 2010]

 

DREAMLAND: A Possible Future
by Robert Moss
We are publishing a selection of documents received through oneiric channels from a future society known colloquially as Dreamland. The first appears to be an account by a sixth-grader on the daily practice of dream-sharing in her family. Other documents describe the practice of medicine, education and government in a society where dreaming is central to healing and higher knowledge, and where dream seers scan possible futures and advise on all community decisions. For the sake of balance, we append the critical report of a future investigator on the content and provenance of these papers. It is not possible to date these documents with precision, but internal evidence suggests that the establishment of Dreamland as a "Switzerland of the Mind", whose independence and neutrality were guaranteed by the world powers, followed an Earth catastrophe known as the Singularity some time after 2400 in our calendar. (December 2009)

 

Dream Mirrors of the Self

 By Robert Moss

One of the most important gifts of our dreams is that they put us in touch with more aspects of ourselves than we have recognized in  what Yeats called our “daily trivial minds.” Among these aspects is the famous Shadow, composed of parts of our selves we have repressed or denied (and tend to project on to others in regular life, till we awaken). But we encounter much more than the Shadow. We encounter a whole family of aspects of ourselves, and as we recognize them and bring them together we become much more than we were. (November 2009)


EYE IMAGINE: A Personal Experience of Imaginal Self-healing
by Wanda Easter Burch
Six months ago I went in for a routine eye exam for a new pair of contact lenses, an every two year ritual under my health insurance plan. During the exam, my doctor noticed what he thought was a “floater” in my left eye....(October 2009)




Dreaming with my neighbors

by Wanda Easter Burch
Keep a Journal. That is the first rule of good precognitive dreaming recall – and then go back again and again for that feel-good confirmation that we do dream the future; and the future can range from the next few moments after a dream to days, weeks, months, and years. Recognizing that dreams often find solid ground in waking,  right down to the most minute detail, I immediately shared one such “yes, this could happen” dream with my neighbor... The dream dated to more than two years ago – the spring of 2007....(August 2009)


THE BISHOP OF DREAMS: Synesius of Cyrene
One of the wisest books ever written on dreams, coincidence and imagination was composed in the fifth century by Synesius of Cyrene, a bishop of the Catholic Church.  Synesius was a most unusual bishop. In his life and work we find — alas, only briefly — a confluence between the best of the ancient practice of philosophy and the new religion of the Roman empire. (July 2009)

 


TIME FOR THE SHARK GOD
The Shark God is a Pacific travelogue; the book’s title refers to an encounter with an island saltwater shaman who works with the shark spirit. Because the shark does not get cancer, the idea of the shark can help people who are challenged by the disease. I have found, many times over the years, that the shark can be a powerful imaginal ally in these waters. If you can picture the shark swimming through your body devouring the cells of your disease, you can do yourself some real good. The more strongly you can see and feel and believe that the shark is with you and inside you, the more good you can do. Call the shark inside you, and you may find that what has come is more than a picture. If your need – and your courage – are great enough, you may even find you have called a shark god. (June 2009)


DREAMING FOR SOUL RECOVERY
For ancient and indigenous shamans, the chief cause of many of our complaints – fatigue, low energy, excessive vulnerability to illness and allergies – is soul loss. The understanding is that in any human life, we may lose part of our vital energy and identity through pain or grief, shame or abuse or wrenching life choices. The cure is to try to find that missing piece and bring it back and put it where it belongs. (March 2009)
 

 

DR. FREUD'S DREAM DIAGNOSIS
The most famous of all the dreams Freud analyzed was one of his own, the Irma Dream. In The Interpretation of Dreams he gives a lengthy account of this 1895 dream and his work with it. In the dream, he inspects the mouth of a patient called Irma and discusses her condition with several doctors. His work with this dream, by Freud’s own account, led him to invent psychoanalysis. (March 2009)

 

(Excerpted from The Secret History of Dreaming by Robert Moss)

 


 

DREAMING OIL
He lived with his large and imposing wife Violet in a blue and white house overlooking the Arabian Gulf, with a verandah on the upper level to catch the sea breezes. Under the fierce desert sun, he went shooting in gaiters and country tweeds, and may have looked, in his florid bulk, the model of the type of colonial Englishman who does not go native. But Colonel Harold Dickson was very far from a stereotype. Born in what is now Syria, he was Bedouin as well as British – in the eyes of that desert people – from the time he suckled at the breast of a Bedouin wet nurse. As he rose high in the ranks of the colonial civil service, becoming British Political Agent in Kuwait from 1929 to 1936, he hunted with the Bedouin, and counseled with them over innumerable cups of cardamom-flavored coffee, and dreamed like them. (January 2009)