Human adults, on average, spend about 7-8 hours of sleep per night. A significant portion of that time is spent in REM sleep, during which dreams occur. Even if you don’t remember them, you dream about 4-5 times in an average night of sleep.
Dreams, whether you feel they are purely biological in origin or that they are profound spiritual experiences, are always very personal and can offer a great amount of insight, understanding, and meaning for the dreamer. By learning to explore and harness the power of your dreams, you are opening the door to fully living your life’s experience, whether you are awake or asleep.
Dream exploration has been a part of human culture since the dawn of human culture itself. Dreams and visions have had a significant role in major events in science, art, philosophy and politics. Dream traditions have existed in many cultures since the dawn of civilization itself, and possibly even before.
Lucid Dreaming allows us to explore our dreams with awareness and consciousness. The difference between a lucid dream and a non-lucid dream is that in a lucid dream, the dreamer is aware that he or she is dreaming, and can interact with the dream in a conscious way, instead of merely watching the dream as an observer. In a lucid dream, you can fly, shapeshift, explore dream images in detail, interact with dream characters in meaningful ways, and re-enter troubling dreams to change their outcome and to bring resolution or healing to the dreamer.
Lucid dreaming can be taught and experienced in many ways, but I’ve found that the easiest, surest, and most beneficial way to experience lucid dreaming is through a practice pioneered by Robert Moss called Active Dreaming.
Active Dreaming encompasses much more than just the lucid dreaming experience. It is a shamanic system of working with dreams of all kinds, and includes (but is not limited to):
- verbal, dramatic and artistic exploration of dreams in a one-on-one or group format
- dream re-entry, to further explore interesting or troublesome dreams
- tracking of dreams with, or on the behalf of, others
- dream travel to other times, locations, and dimensions
- shared dreaming and group dream travel
- dreaming to future or past selves to uncover insight or wisdom.
- dreaming for soul recovery
- dreaming of the dead, whether they are friends or family recently deceased, ancestors, or even significant historical figures.
For those with difficulty with dreaming, Active Dreaming can help to safely explore frightening or re-occuring dreams, and can also help those who feel that they’ve lost their power to dream to experience a full dream-life again.
For those who seek to find out how dreams can enrich our lives, inspire creativity, and help to find solutions to vexing problems, Active Dreaming provides an opportunity to analyze dreams, uncovering their personal meaning, and to enter dream states with full consciousness, experiencing them with full fidelity, with the ability to interact with dream characters and bring detailed accounts of the dream to the waking self.
We are fortunate to have two Active Dreaming teachers in our midst:
- Eron Hennessey has been studying lucid dreaming since 2003, and working with Active Dreaming techniques since 2006. He is certified by Robert Moss to teach Active Dreaming to assist and expand the community of conscious dreamers in our society.
- Nicole Torres, a psychological anthropology doctoral candidate, is also certified by Robert Moss to teach Active Dreaming.
We lead dream circles, in which we can explore our dream lives in a group format, and also offers individual dream consultation by phone or teleconference (via Skype or Facetime).
To contact Eron about dream circles or for individual consultation, e-mail email@example.com.
For more information about Active Dreaming, visit http://www.mossdreams.com/.