Pioneer of 'active dreaming,' an original synthesis of shamanism and modern dream-work, Robert Moss, discussed nightmares, lucid dreaming, and how we can direct our dreaming and use it to gain knowledge about ourselves, and find direction in our lives. Interestingly, he views nightmares as a kind of gift-- "dreams are not on our case, they're on our side," he said, explaining that nightmares are pointing out something that is unresolved that you are running away from, and if you can learn to face the fear in the dream, you might find empowerment in your waking life (view related video). The idea of active dreaming concerns harnessing dream information to improve your life, as well as "becoming conscious dreamers in everyday life...and looking at the world around you as a set of signs and symbols from which you can take guidance," he continued.
Moss spoke about how shamans have traditionally tried to heal soul loss-- bringing back missing aspects of the soul or identity that are lost during traumas, addictions, or difficult events. However, "we can become the shamans of our own souls, the healers of our own lives, by learning in particular to use dreams that provide clues where the rest of us that's gone missing may be found...so that we can become whole or find the energy that we need," he offered. Moss said he'd experienced some soul loss during illnesses as a child, and later during a failed romance, and was able to get those parts of himself back and felt the "influx of energy, life, passion and joy that came with them."
Dreams often have a precognitive nature, and we can use that information as a kind of personal radar to alert us to situations in the future, particularly dangers that we might be able to avoid, he noted. Another fascinating notion he addressed, is that you can contact parallel dimension identities that may be aspects of yourself in the dream world and impact one another, as well as future and past versions of yourself.
Oddities Around the World
First hour guest, author John Oldale shared various oddities from around the world. For instance, Saparmurat Niyazov, a Turkmenistan dictator once tried to ban old age, libraries, circuses, and gold teeth. In France, it is legal to marry a corpse in the case where a fiance dies in a war or accident, while the country of Bhutan has established a Yeti sanctuary, he detailed. He also mentioned the weird natural phenomenon of underwater lakes off the coast of Mexico-- where due to the density of the lakes' brine, they don't mix with the normal Gulf seawater.