Active Dreaming: Journeying Beyond Self-Limitation to a Life of Wild Freedom is more than just another book about lucid dreaming or dream interpretation. Moss has taken the Aboriginal practices of his native Australia and developed a living practice wherein one treats the world, whether waking or sleeping, like an lucid dream. Through drumming circles, sharing and self interpretation of dreams, choosing your names and how you define yourself, practicing mindful creativity, noticing synchronicities, journaling, storytelling, creative visualization (and more), Moss invites the readers to fully live their lives and to “wake up”.
Some of the concepts in this book were a bit beyond me at this time- things like shared dreams or visions in which, theoretically, you invite another person into your dreamspace to help you address whatever is going on or instructions on how to start Dream Groups. Active Dreaming is a call to action, but in so many directions that it is difficult to really know where to start. I think I’m going to cherry pick a few of Moss’s techniques and see how I do.
Robert Moss’s definition of Active Dreaming: “You are going to learn an approach to life that I call Active Dreaming. This approach includes paying attention to night dreams, but it is not only, or even essentially, about what happens at night. It is a method for conscious living. When you become an active dreamer, you’ll notice that the world speaks to you in a different way.” pg xii of the introduction
Moss provides many meditations and suggestions for shifting your consciousness. Here are some of the benefits of practicing Active Dreaming: “The journey opens gateways for soul recovery and the release of life blockages. It introduces and strengthens connections with the animal guardians and brings their vitality, tracking skills, and healing energies richly alive in the body. It encourages spontaneous art and creativity and offers rich personal mythology, which is healing in itself. Properly conducted, the journey raises a tremendous amount of life force and channels the movement of that energy into harmonious, unrestricted flow.” pg 98
And finally, a passage that really resonated with me: “You must know your story and tell your story and have your story received. This is a central teaching of the Sefer Yetzirah, a seminal text of Kabbalah. Learn to do that, and you can survive the worst nightmares of history and bring heart and healing to others…”pg 134 Tell your story. I can do that.
This review has really only touched the tip of the iceberg that is Active Dreaming. Read this book if you want to adjust the lens with which you perceive reality or if you just want to read a book that is completely different from anything else that you’ve ever read. Robert Moss is not for everyone, but, if you can set aside any preconceived notions about what this book should be, I think that you’ll find at least some chapters that will speak to you. If you’re looking for more books like this, look no further than another of Moss’s titles: The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse.
If you’re interested in reading more vision walking or dream work, check out my own experiences HERE.
Thanks for reading!