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Several years ago I found myself at the bottom of an escalator in an airport. The airport had windows all over it without walls. There were faeries with pastel colored wings, flying in groups with a distinct sense of purposefulness and haste with regard to where they had come from and where they were going. A dear friend of mine was coming down the escalator. Once he reached the bottom of it, he hugged me and said, "I must go now, I have no choice. I love you." I was thirty years younger than I was at the time.
Then I woke up. It was 4:30 am and my friend's daughter called to tell me her father had a major heart attack and was being rushed to the hospital. Within days of my vision/visit/dream he died. Although a good deal of the dream made sense to me at the time, after having read Robert Moss's book The Secret History of Dreaming I wonder about it now. The night before I started reading this book, the friend in my vision appeared again, he had glasses on and pointed to a door in the room that opened without anyone at the doorway as a stream of light mysteriously passed through it that I was supposed to pay attention to. Having just finished Robert Moss's book I can see why I had that dream/visit.
Active dreaming, astral travel, dream interpretation, dream-catching, dream travel, dream visitations, visionary experiences, divine dreams, dreams as omens, dream guides, dream healing, diagnostic dreams, incest dreams and more about dreams than you may have known existed thread their way through The Secret History of Dreaming from beginning to the end of Moss's book.
In this lively book Robert Moss informs us of the ways in which sleeping has been addressed in many different cultures for thousands of years. He includes the Aztec empire, West Africa, Australian Aborigines, Adaman People, Bolivia, Greece, France, England and so much more that you may feel as if you are traveling through time and place to place with him as you read. Moss also incorporates psychology, philosophy, physics, politics and religion through the fascinating stories of Harriet Tubman, Charles De Gaulle, Mark Twain, Joan of Arc, Winston Churchill, Rachmaninoff, the Prophet Mohammed and many, many more notables throughout our history.
But The Secret History of Dreaming is not only about others. Is it full of facts that affirm your own dream life. You will see that the symbols in your dream life are not simply the result of an over-active imagination but indicators of what you may be moving through and in some cases beyond in your life. It also touches base with prophetic dreams that give you a heads-up about what is coming your way so you can change the direction of your lives if that is what you'd like to do.
To illustrate this point further I'd like to share with you the conclusion of my own dream/visit from the friend I wrote about in the beginning of this review:
A year after my friend's death I saw him again. I was in a hi-rise apartment with large bay windows all around. It had been a business office and was in transition. His sisters were waiting for me and I thought 'Oh, no! This cannot be another wake for him? We went through that already.' Then I went into another room. He was laid out in a coffin in a wonderful, contemporary-styled suit. He began to speak to me telepathically asking me to tell his daughter she must get rid of his ashes as he had asked her to a year ago, "She is holding on to them for too long and it's holding me back," he said. But he had no eyes in his sockets so I went up to his face and said, "Please, you have no eyes in your sockets. I need eyes. This is really too much for me! He answered "Oh? I am surprised to hear that. I thought you were beyond that already." And immediately the faeries from the airport appeared but now they were so tiny you could barely see them. There were thousands of them creating eyes for him. I breathed a sigh of relief. Once they were finished he looked over at a door to another area. It was cracked open a bit and the faeries were all waiting for him to guide him on his journey wherever it was he needed to go next. I told him I will give her his message and he thanked me.
I called his daughter and told her about it. She gasped, because she said she had kept the vase with his ashes in a closet and kept taking it out those past few weeks trying to muster up the courage to let them go over the Long Island Sound, as he had requested and a week after our conversation about his visit with me she did just that. Several days later he appeared to her to thank her and she was relieved that she could move out of the stage of grief she had been holding on to that was also holding her back. It seemed as if they both needed each others permission to move on.
Perhaps Robert Moss would be pleased with this information. He guides you through so many avenues of knowledge as a most thoughtful and generous writer and through the knowledge he imparts you may recognize how deeply connected to each other we truly are and have always been. Dreams you remember, which may have seemed coincidental could require more consideration and attention from you than you had thought. As for what the origin or the source of these connections between us may really be that remains for you to decipher. All Robert Moss seems to hope for through his work is that we recognize the visions within us that may contribute to meaningful events in our lives and the well-being of those around us.
© 2009 Kaolin
Kaolin is the author of a forthcoming book from Crandall, Dostie and Douglass Books, Inc. titled Let's Talk About Race. You can read more of Kaolin's reviews and about her work on her website http://www.spiritjourney.biz .