The Secret History of Dreaming

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New World Library, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 329 pages
Evolution, Science, Religion, Literature, War, Politics, Medicine, and Survival How Dreams Drive the Human Adventure
What do the first major oil discovery in Kuwait, Mark Twain s fiction, and Harriet Tubman s success conducting slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad have in common? They were all experienced first in dreams.
Dreaming is vital to the human story. It is essential to our survival and evolution, to creative endeavors in every field, and, quite simply, to getting us through our daily lives. All of us dream. Now Robert Moss shows us how our dreams shape world events and why deepening our conscious engagement with dreaming is crucial for our future. He traces the strands of dreams through archival records and well-known writings, weaving remarkable yet true accounts of historical figures who were influenced by their dreams.
In this wide-ranging, visionary book, Moss creates a new way to explore history and consciousness, combining the storytelling skills of a bestselling novelist with the research acumen of a scholar of ancient history and the personal experience of an active dreamer. With eloquent prose, Moss describes beautiful Lucrecia de Leon, whose dreams were prized by powerful men in Madrid and then recorded during the Spanish Inquisition, as well as the fascinating dream correspondence between Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli. Building on the foundation of decades of original scholarship, Moss explores the past yet also reveals lessons that can help us create a better future. The Secret History of Dreaming addresses the central importance of dreams and imagination as secret engines in the history of all things human, from literature to quantum physics, from religion to psychology, from war to healing."
 

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Contents

SECRET ENGINES OF HISTORY
1
EARTH SPEAKERS AND DREAM TRAVELERS
3
INTERPRETERS AND DIVINERS
27
DIVINE DREAMING
51
THE ANGEL THAT TROUBLES THE WATERS
83
FROM THE DREAM LIBRARY
101
HOW DREAMING GETS US THROUGH
123
MASTERS OF THE THREE ONLY THINGS
143
MARK TWAINS RHYMING LIFE
193
THE MAN WHO BLEW THINGS UP
211
WINSTON CHURCHILLS TIME MACHINES
233
THE FUTURE HISTORY OF DREAMING
255
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
271
NOTES
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
300
INDEX
317

JOAN OF ARC AND THE TREESEERS
145
THE BEAUTIFUL DREAM SPY OF MADRID
163
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD OF DREAMS
177
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
329
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Robert Moss was born in Australia, and his fascination with the dream worlds dates from his childhood, when he had three near-death experiences. He is the pioneer of Active Dreaming and leads popular seminars and trainings all over the world. He is also a novelist, journalist, and independent scholar. His many books include Conscious Dreaming, Dreamgates, and The Three ?Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination. He hosts the Way of the Dreamer radio show and leads a lively online dream school. He lives in upstate New York. You can visit his website at www.mossdreams.com.

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