The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse (Anglais) Broché – 4 avril 2014
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I met Robert Moss in my dreams when I was nine years old and when he was nine years old, when I lived in the Southern United States and he lived a world away in Australia. I was aware that I dreamed things that came true, so I woke up from this unlikely dream absolutely knowing that the dream was real and that someday somewhere I would meet the boy I dreamed about. Thirty years later Robert Moss walked into the historic house museum where I worked and asked, "Do you know who I am?" Did I? It felt like I was meeting a friend I had known all my life. Several years later Robert asked me, "What is the first dream you remember?" I shared my dream, and he shared a story - you'll have to read the book to find out both.
But my personal story of how I met Robert Moss is just a flash, a pinpoint of light in the remarkable dreaming and waking adventure of the boy who died and came back. What a remarkable story is this one; what a remarkable experience of living and dreaming, waking and sleeping, dying, returning, writing, reading, teaching, and adventuring through the multi-verse - all of this and more pours out page after page. Robert touches lives in ordinary reality in non-ordinary ways, changes people's experiences of living, really living, and shows all of us how we can access magical places in our dreaming and waking. I look forward to all that is still to come from Robert's expansive mind and from his seemingly endless ability to make mythic connections everyday in every magical moment of living and dreaming, all originating in this boy who died and came back, laden with a vision for all of us on how we can access it all, every magical moment of it.
I even met him once and hung out with him a little bit. He's even more fun than his books. I remember at one point he laid down on the floor and put himself into a shamanic trance and it was all I could do not to go under with him. I felt like one of the life boats being sucked down after the Titanic.
He has that effect on you.
He reminds me of something I once heard said about the very young David Letterman (when he was still the startlingly irreverent young guy who followed the legendary Carson), "The problem with Letterman is he's more interesting than all his guests."
Moss is a little bit like that--he's even more interesting than all the subjects he writes about. He is his own greatest creation. So, this book is a logical development, a book by him about his life. And what a life.
It doesn't surprise me he was some sort of intellectual wunderkind since he's the most well-read human I think I've ever met. Once I was in a dank old cob-webby book store run by an old crone in a dirty bath robe with a cigarette barely hanging from her bottom lip. I squatted down and on an almost hidden shelf found an old book with a half-rotten paper cover that was written by an old British gentleman who carefully recorded all of his dreams, no matter how mundane, that came true in the next couple of days.
A few years later when I saw the same book listed in a bibliography in the back of one of Moss's books I was literally dumbfounded! Is there anything the man hasn't read? If I'm reading it, he's already read it years ago and has a footnote about it somewhere.
And this book may be his magnum opus, his best, his most fascinating work. He's one of these people, like Walt Disney or Huey Long, whose life reads like fiction only more interesting because YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE.
Some people have lives that are fundamentally fascinating, for whatever reason--they hit the genetic jackpot, have past life karma so good it glows in the dark, or just had wonderful parents. Or it could be they have just the right balance of genius and madness (Emanuel Swedenborg springs to mind). The bottom line is, I like to read about them because I'd like to live a life like that. Moss has that kind of life.
And who knows, by reading about it maybe some of that "real magic" he talks about will shimmer down on us, like Peter Pan's fairy dust.
I know that's why I enjoyed this book so thoroughly.
Lastly, I'd like to point out something that may seem strange. Ever since I met Moss I've thought of him every Fourth of July (America's independence day). Why?
Well, though he was born in Australia, speaks with an accent, gallivants around the globe more than Oprah, like a lot of people who come to live here of their own free will, he seems in some indefinable way like more an American than most Americans.
Or maybe it's just the fact that when he lets his hair grow out long it looks EXACTLY like the hair of George Washington. Hey, who knows?
We should all wish him well while we can because I have no doubt some morning we'll find he's disappeared forever into the multiverse, never to return, just like Peter Pan. In that case I'd seriously advise him to steer clear of crocodiles.
Read the book, it's a blast. Best wishes to one and all.
I remember thinking at some point that Robert's near death experiences, as difficult and traumatic as they were, were what opened him up to the gift that he was meant to bring into this world in this lifetime. And what a gift it is! Robert's ability to move easily between ordinary and non-ordinary reality is phenomenal. His expansive view of reality - past, present, future; this world and the "multiverse"- encourages everyone who is fortunate enough to be in his sphere of influence to move beyond any limited assumptions of reality they hold. He is passionate about dreams and the need for all of us to honor, explore, and act on what we come to understand from them. His energy, enthusiasm, and brilliance are truly awesome.
The book is filled with Robert's essential understandings about dreams, but what I loved most about it was the honesty with which he told his personal story. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable in public, in writing, and Robert has demonstrated these characteristics in a profoundly moving way. I highly recommend The Boy Who Died and Came Back.
Robert Moss is a master storyteller. The many stories about dreaming adventures in his new book open new windows for anyone interested in lucid and conscious dreaming. The book offers possibilities like dreaming our way into ancestral realities that can be accessed through the parallel universes of dreaming where all time is NOW.
It’s a very easy read, especially for someone who finds dreams and dreaming a fascinating topic. Robert Moss began teaching his own dream approach “Active Dreaming” in the mid-80s and has been refining this rich synthesis of modern dreamwork with ancient and shamanic dream practices ever since in the workshops that he teaches around the world and in his numerous books on the subject.
This book allows us to travel into the dreaming of people around the globe; it’s global Active Dreaming in action. As a certified and practicing teacher of Active Dreaming, I appreciate the many examples of journeys he’s led in so many lands because they inspire new dream plans for my own workshops. As a dreamer, I appreciate the inspiration I’ve found in these pages for conducting further experiments of my own in the dream worlds
From this book, I’ve also come away with a deeper reverence for Nature and learned new ways to connect with Her in waking and dreaming. Many of the stories Robert shares illustrate how we can dream with the land we inhabit. What some might call Eco-dreaming today is part of Active Dreaming as a practice remembered from indigenous peoples, ancient and contemporary, around the world. Nature speaks through signs, symbols and dreams, listening to these helps us attain the balance our race must reach and maintain if we’re to survive on this planet. If we pay attention, we dream with the land we inhabit and perhaps we visit the lands our ancestors inhabited in order to return with wisdom and healing to apply in our waking lives and in our communities.
Robert calls his method “Dream Archaeology.” My favorite chapter on this wonderful theme is chapter 40: “Dreaming with the Goddess” where he pays tribute in beautifully compelling and poetic prose to both the Goddess, Mother of all Lands and all People, and to the great scholar of ancient Europe and Goddess traditions, Marija Gimbutas. The stories of his dream adventures conducting workshops in Gimbutas’ native Lithuania in this and the following chapters are among my favorite in the book.
“Dream archaeology gives us ways to grow her (Gimbuta’s) vision, to enter into authentic communication with keepers of ancestral wisdom, to find clues to meaning and leads for original research – and to help heal the collective and cultural soul loss that blights our age.” RM P. 284
“The Boy Who Died and Came Back” is both a dreaming primer for beginners and an esoteric dream map for seasoned dream explorers. It’s a rich read for the senses, too; his descriptive prose is beautiful. Telling us about a dream circle he led in the Adirondacks, on a wonderful Garnet Mountain during a lunar eclipse he writes:
“We danced until the return of the light. The sun’s light, reappearing at the bottom of the moon’s disk, rolled up like a drop of liquid gold over the face of a bronze mirror.” P.292
As a long time student of Robert’s, I know that a central focus of his work is resurrecting the Art of Dying for our modern Western society. Making Death your ally is an ancient teaching and one that he writes and teaches about frequently. This book takes you “Through the Moongate” and into the Multiverse. It lights the way in the cultural darkness that is our Western heritage to the possibilities that await us once we learn we are infinite spiritual beings living in these finite physical shells, but living with a purpose, a story, a contract we came to fulfill. Robert shows us how his dreams led him to this knowledge and how our own dreams can enlighten us.
Here’s the endorsement Robert receives from the renowned author of “Life After Life” Dr. Raymond Moody: “Robert Moss' extraordinary life story, told with beauty and passion, confirms that there is life after life and will inspire all who read it to transcend the fear of death and live richer deeper lives."