How many times have you wished that you knew exactly step by step how to change your life or the particular action that would lead you towards success? That perhaps someone would drop off a nice manual (with full colour illustrations) detailing exactly what you need to do to live a healthy, happy, fulfilled life. Likely, far too many.
Unfortunately, there is no such text. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't an excellent resource available to us. The truth is that we have all the guidance we need right here and right now. No guru is necessary and there's no fancy equipment to buy. To make full use of this resource, we only have to delve into three things: our dreams, coincidence, and imagination.
The Only Three Things asks the reader to become aware of themselves, their unique potentials, and open to all that the world has to offer. So often in our striving, we lose track of our original intention. We forget that happiness isn't defined by having the most toys. Our views of life and living become narrow. We become closed to the opportunities that life brings.
I felt lighter after reading this book. I used the author's exercise asking for guidance on a particular problem that has been on my mind of late. I was pleasantly surprised by the result. Within half an hour, the universe gave me three very strong reactions. Even in my stubbornness, I couldn't dispute the answer.
Robert Moss is one of my favourite authors. I love his writing style with his delightful stories from his seminars, clients, and those he meets and chats with on his travels.
In this book he tells us about dreams, coincidences and imagination.
We are given the nine powers of dreaming, the nine rules of coincidence and the seven open secrets of imagination.
Everything in life has connection with everything else. Moss dreams about Churchill and has a novel about Churchill with an Indiana Jones touch with him to read on his flight; then he sees a man at the airport dressed like Indiana Jones, and this is the person who sits beside him on the plane after switching places with someone else. The man informs him that his clothes and gear were made by Churchill's bodyguard.
It turns out that when he was 14, Winston dreamt that one day he would lead the country and “save the capital and the empire”.
The author is extremely erudite, a former Professor of ancient history, and gives us the benefit of his vast knowledge by means of continued references to famous dreamers and dreams in history. In indigenous cultures, dreaming is about waking up – to a larger truth and a larger reality than are accessible to ordinary consciousness.
The Seneca Iroquois Indians say “The dream world is the real world”. Dreams “offer a place of encounter between humans and the more-than-humans, and they may be prophetic, revealing events that lie in the future”. Among the Iroquois, to dream is to bring yourself good luck, and a dreamer is also a shaman, a healer, and a physician.
We solve problems in our sleep. Dreams coach us for future challenges and opportunities, and warn us of future problems.
Octavian, the great-nephew of Julius Caesar, was saved from a surprise attack when lying in his tent by a friend who had dreamt of what would happen. He listened to the warning, left his tent, and was saved: shortly after, soldiers burst into the tent and “plunged their swords into his camp bed, shredding it to ribbons”.
In Spain, in the time of Philip II, a young noblewoman called Lucrecia de Léon became renowned as a vidente (seer). She dreamt of the destruction of the Spanish Armada and the death of its admiral a year before these events. In her dreams she functioned as a psychic spy, travelling to the home of Sir Francis Drake in England “to eavesdrop on the plans of Spain's enemies”.
Moss gives us examples of dreams that saved both his own life and that of others.
Dreams diagnose possible health problems before physical symptoms are detected. Dreams give us the right prescriptions – tell us what to do.
When the author Wanda Burch was a child, her father dreamt that a prescribed tonic was poison. He took it back to the pharmacy, and it was found that there had been a mix-up and the tonic was rat poison.
This same lady, Wanda, was scheduled to have surgery to get a mole removed from her foot, which surgery she did not wish to undergo. Before sleep she asked “Why do I have to go through this? Isn't there another way?” In a dream a hand appeared and with a pencil drew a circle around the mole, whereupon it popped off and disappeared. On awakening, she checked and the mole was gone.
Moss gifts us with several accounts of inventions and discoveries instigated by dreams.
The illustrious writer Robert Louis Stevenson was given his stories by dream Brownies, and when the bank began to plague him with requests for money, his Brownies worked overtime and provided him with many marketable stories.
Moss offers us the “Lightning Dreamwork Game” which we can play with two or more people, and also explains to us the Dream Re-entry Technique.
In a chapter about the nine rules of coincidence, we are given innumerable stories of amazing coincidences (we would probably term them “synchronicities”) that have happened both to the author himself and his clients and contacts.
And this book contains much, much more!
I don't think I could name a more fascinating story-teller than Robert Moss, and this book is a prime example of his talents.
I highly recommend that you read this book if you are at all interested in dreams, “coincidences” or imagination!
The Three Only Things are extraordinary resources for seeing the field,and give us fabulous ways to play it.When someone you meet on the road asks you what this is all about,you could simply say,"It's about playing better games";to quote Robert's last paragraph in the book.