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Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole [Paperback]

Robert Moss
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12 July 2012
In this extraordinary book, shamanic dream teacher Robert Moss teaches us how to become shamans of our own souls and healers of our own lives. The essence of the shaman s power to travel and to heal is the ability to dream strong. We stand at the edge of such power when we dream and remember to do something with our dreams. Shamans understand that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss, loss of vital energy and identity. To be whole and well, we must find the means of soul recovery. Our dreams give us maps we can use to travel to where energy that was lost or stolen can be found and brought home. Moss shows us how to restore our animal spirits and ride the windhorse of spirit to places of healing and adventure in the larger reality. We discover how through shamanic dreaming we can heal ancestral wounds and accomplish cultural soul recovery. It s not just about keeping soul in the body. It s about growing soul, embodying more of the Greater Self, writes Moss. With fierce joy, he incites us to take the creator s leap and bring something new into our world.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (12 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608680584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one 9 April 2013
By Wendy
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I already had Robert Moss's Dreamgates and wondered if this would be more of the same. I have to say I enjoyed this book more. Its both anecdotal and a work book. Each chapter gives the reader insight into how the soul has been lost and can be found using dreamwork and dreamwork meditations. Robert gives suggestions on how to encourage our souls return and then nuture our souls once they are back in our physical bodies so that they want continue to be with us in the here and now.
His work suggests that our lost soul and our selves in the present live parrallel lives and our present selves can watch our found souls change their own history making it better/different.
Robert's meditations into the dreamworld is both clear and precise allowing the reader to gain access to other realms of their own lost worlds. Would I buy other book by this author - most certainly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 8 April 2014
By Hanna
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No objective criticism - the book does offer a lot of practical information, exercises on journeying and shamanic meditation, good range of visualizations and insights. However, I felt that it is just a pale shadow of writers such as Sandra Ingerman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming Ourselves Whole Again 20 May 2012
By F. Kostella - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Moss has written a number of books on dreaming and I have read and treasured them all. These are some of the best books on dreaming for dreamers that exist. It is clear that he has been exploring the great potentials of dreaming and imagination, tracking the ways in which dreamers can grow and heal not only themselves but their culture and the world at large. For me these books are not only great teachings, but are full of practical things you can do right now to change the path of your life and live a larger, fuller life.

Anyone who follows the dreamer's path, or any other sincere inner work, will likely reach places where healing is needed. Perhaps there is a personal trauma or some event in family history, or even just some vague sense of the loss of energy or vitality. Perhaps we see our own potentials and feel we are falling short and wonder why it happens. For whatever reasons our impulse to heath and growth and reaching our potentials can take us to the place where we need to recover that lost part of our soul and reach for wholeness. That is the subject of this book, and, as suggested, it is full of stories and teachings and practical advice for the one seeking wholeness.

One of the best lessons I have learned from Robert Moss is that working with dreams really is one of the most practical things you can do for yourself. There are many ways to use dreaming for healing, but we can also dream while awake, using the great power of imagination and riding the great magical flow of the world as it plays out the cosmic dramas of life. In your own quest you might find the ideas and exercises in this book useful and practical for dealing with the specifics of healing. My own path has led me into a number of dark corners and places of wounding, but in nearly every instance I have used my dreams, at times with healers open to the power of imagination and intent, to heal both body and soul and to find, as Robert Moss says, "whole soul goodness" and all that implies.

I believe you will find that this book covers the topic of soul loss and soul recovery very broadly and goes into detail on how dreams and imagination can be used to facilitate healing and a return to wholeness. It includes a number of exercises that the reader can do to gauge their inner state and detect parts that are missing, and many exercises for healing and discovery, along with time-tested actions for preparing the ground and ideas for how to coax reluctant parts back home. I find that most people will benefit from these inner journeys and can find things there that will improve their lives in so many ways. Once we get over the need to edit and judge our inner experience while experiencing it directly we can start to harvest the great bounty our inner selves offer us.

I can recommend this book without reservation to dreamers and those seeking healing and wholeness. And I want to highlight two things that I learned here: ask for help when it is needed, and celebrate your healing with joy and delight and fun! For me, that's what this is all about!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Book, but a Time Travel Machine 14 Jun 2012
By Alice Finnamore - Published on Amazon.com
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Every time Robert Moss publishes a new book, I pre-order and devour it cover to cover. Each book sends me in new dreaming directions, and refreshes older dreamwork lessons. This one is no exception, and like his others, I will re-read to garner even more treasures.

This book is not really a book, however, but a Time Travel Machine. Using examples of his own dreams, and that of other dreamers in his circle, Moss teaches us how to connect with our younger selves, and even with past life selves. Unlike many other shamanic practitioners, Moss instructs readers with a plethora of techniques for doing this on our own. We do not need to pay large sums of money to someone else for the experience. Furthermore, he points out that the past is not necessarily linear. Perhaps our "past" lives are instead alternate realities happening right now, concurrently.

On page 148, Moss offers an exercise, to ride a Spirit Horse to the House of Gifts. His stories and instructions reminded me that I used to have a herd of invisible (to others) horses. I managed to put the book down, grab my drum, and head for the fields. Drumming, I called my horses. They came galloping across the field in my internal vision. I claimed one as my own Spirit Horse, and rode off to seek the younger Me who had ridden these horses so long ago. I found her. She did not know what to make of the adult Alice, astride a beautiful horse named Aphrodite, but was willing to join me, on another, Star.

Another day, I again drummed, and rode off in search of an Ice Age self, who had long been on the edges of my awareness. I found him, hungry and alone. I spent time with him in my wide awake dream, and later realized the energy of him had shifted and matured. I expect to be riding my Spirit Horse on many journeys from here on.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which seems to be Moss's most personal to date. I feel like I know him better, as he shares more and more of his own journey to the man he is today. Thank you, Robert.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Recovery for Healing and Wholeness 20 May 2012
By Wanda Burch - Published on Amazon.com
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DREAMING THE SOUL BACK HOME takes a favored place among the exquisite books written by Robert Moss on dreaming and the imagination. As Robert often states, "It is all about soul." Growing, healing, exploring, and finding ways, practical, imaginal, and wonderfully enjoyable, to mine the vast treasures of our imagination, is what gives us power, energy, and the ability to live fully in the moments of our lives.

There are many great gifts in dreaming; but one of the most exuberantly satisfying is that moment of regaining "loss," either in the spontaneous dream or in the purposeful journey, which places you in the position of becoming shaman and healer of your life. Robert Moss shows you the way to do this in your own life in this fabulous book.

Robert shares his vast knowledge of history and indigenous cultures; and, as always, grants the reader accessibility to that knowledge in the experience of dreamers, easily identified as people with lives not unlike our own, who share the imaginal journeys and dreams that have brought them in touch with a deeper soul wisdom, soul-recovery and access to remarkable healing and wholeness. Imaginal locales provide special places for exploration and healing; the dreamer is invited to make each of them their own and allow their imagination to be their guide.

We all live in a world where chaos, terror, war, and abuse are brought closer to us than ever before. Technology increases access and creates more horrific weapons for the male and female soldier on the field of battle; media heightens the more ordinary means of losing soul and losing dreams. Pieces of our hopes, dreams, and small losses lie strewn about seeking rebirth in something greater and more valuable in the larger vision of who we are. This book is a gateway to returning whole and safe; an antidote to soul loss; a requirement for those in need of healing.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are many paths to enlightenment. 2 Jan 2013
By Toni Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
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There are many paths to enlightenment. One such path is the inner journey, the dreamer's journey, a journey that consists of levels of consciousness beyond what we know as waking reality. These levels of consciousness contain the images of fierce and gentle creatures, young and old selves, past and parallel lives as well as a multitude of abstract multisensory experiences. In this great little book, the author Robert Moss teaches the reader to use the mysterious dreamtime. He touches on recognizing symbols and synchronicity and leads us through the dreamer's world, showing how to connect the dots between our inner imagery and our life stories.
In the introduction Robert Moss reminds us that we are more than our body and brain. He shows by examples that we have stories going on in our heads during our current circumstances and that those stories guide us in our life. He says that somewhere along the line of living, we forget our life's purpose and get lost. It is then that we run into all kinds of trouble. Because bad things happen to us, we lose our vital essence and we may feel bad and want to die. It is during the tough times that a part of us may actually succeed in dying. This is what is known to shamans as soul loss and to the mental health professionals as dissociation. From a lifetime of independent scholarship and experience and a quarter of a century of dedicated practice, the author gives the reader an antidote to this problem.
Robert Moss begins by giving us the history and practice of shamanism. Basically, the shaman is a spiritual practitioner who has mastered the art of journeying beyond the body to communicate with spirits and souls of both the living and the departed. He/she does this to facilitate their healing. Typically the shaman are dreamers, who receive their calling from dreams and become frequent travelers to the Dream time. For instance, they may use their dreaming to diagnose a patient and select appropriate treatment. Moss describes the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung as a shaman of the West and goes into detail about how Jung used information from the unconscious mind to craft a depth psychology in which dreaming is central.
Moss provides us with a history of dreams and perspectives from several cultures from the Old English and Scottish to the Hawaiian. As a plus, the author writes about, Carol, his dream partner of twenty years and tells how they work and dream together.
There is a section on understanding soul loss. Briefly, he says at our interior, we have a multitude of selves and we must build helpful bridges between them in our self-healing. Dreams reveal these selves that are aspects of psyche that may have been dormant or missing from waking consciousness. The dream itself is your doorway into a past situation that caused the soul loss. Reentry into the dream is important to reclaiming your vital energy and becoming whole.
The author helps the reader learn to use techniques and images of the tree in raising consciousness and in grounding. The use of projection of the animal spirits is also covered, illustrating the power of transfiguration in the reshaping of our energy bodies into animal bodies for the purpose of using their instincts for life learning. One chapter is all about horses in our dreams. There is a discussion about the condition of a horse in a dream as symbolic to the state of our bodies and our vital energy.
Moss' book discusses soul loss in terms of trauma in early childhood. Another chapter's theme is how to find and talk to the lost inner child ensuring that they return to your body in present time. There are tips on how to welcome the lost part home and how to use dreams after the recovery. The author tells of inner guides and mentors, which come to our aid during the dreaming.
The author describes how to use ritual and dreams in deep ancestral healing; healing all the family across multiple generations. The author states that our ancestors live in our bodies and that their templates may control our habits and behaviors unless we recognize and break the pattern or mold. The goal is to cherish soul connections to wise ancestors, and even have relationships with them, but we must start by clearing unhealthy legacies and energy attachments.
Part of the book is devoted to entering a secret library, a portal, from dream or memory that will allow you to move in your imagination to a place where you can access any kind of information that interests you, and any subject that attracts your attention. You may even be able to look in your "Book of Life", the book that will help you know more of who you are, including your connection with personalities and sacred contracts in other lives, past and future. The reader will also learn how to use Tarot cards to trigger images of past lives and to "free our imagination and expand our understanding of the many aspects of the self."
Then there is information on Dream Archaeology, which involves melding the best tools of analysis and scholarship with the experiential techniques of active dreaming. Moss claims that we can enter the life situation of personalities in the past or future who may be related to us in various ways--as ancestors or descendants, our larger spiritual families and as embodied aspects of ourselves living in other places and times. Moss claims that we embark on these journeys of the imagination "becoming more than we ever were before, embodying more of the Greater Self." He ends with a discussion on "spiritual enthronement" and says that growing the soul requires courage and an open heart to take the creator's leap and bring something new into our lives and our worlds.
Throughout the book there are multiple meditation exercises. For example, there is a journey to the cave of the animals and one about birds that is used for time travel. The chapters also include many stories to entertain and teach the reader. Not only does this book deliver, but it is easy to read and the stories and meditation exercises illustrate the author's dreaming processes. This book is a "must read" for the intermediate student of the inner realms, the experienced practitioner looking for more.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Your Own Dream Shaman 24 May 2012
By Adelita Chirino - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Moss' new book is a timely gift to all soul seekers everywhere. It's a map for dreaming our own souls back home and for healing our relationships, our communities, our culture and our planet. In this valuable book, Robert generously and openly shares story after story of people around the world healing with shared shamanic dream re-entries in his Active Dreaming circles. Genuine soul transformations are evident in each story, leaving no doubt that what he's telling us happens, not just in one culture, but globally. Here's what I found in this book:

A clear explanation of soul recovery through Active Dreaming
Diverse and authentic examples of the process in action
Deep scholarship presented in a jargon free, straightforward way
Exercises and meditations anyone can use in solo or group dreaming adventures
Inspiration, encouragement and enthusiasm to dream soul recovery on every level

By combining his extensive studies and experiences in ancient shamanic and modern psychological traditions, Robert has created a science of soul for our time. His latest book is a laboratory for anyone who wants to explore dreaming as a path of soul recovery, a path to living with renewed joy and vitality.
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