Some things I have learned through dreaming that wise ancestors of all traditions knew:
The doors of the Otherworld open from wherever you are.
The visible world is the skin of the invisible multiverse.
Souls can be lost or stolen.
True shamans can heal the body and call the soul home with story, song and poetic enchantments.
We are more than body and brain: we are mind and heart and spirit, and all need care and feeding.
Dreaming is traveling. You make visits and you receive visitations.
Dreams are a field of interaction between human and more-than-human.
By entering the portal of a dream, you can find your way to worlds of magic, healing and adventure, reclaim parts of your own vital soul that went missing – and meet the beloved of your soul.
Everything is alive and conscious and we are connected with all animate life.
The distance between the living and the dead is thinner than your eyelids.
The ancestors are talking, talking. We need to discern who and what is with us and which relations we need to heal, end or affirm.
Real magic is the art of bringing gifts from another world to this one. We do this when we go dreaming and bring back guidance and energy we embody in our lives, and when we wake up to the fact that the world around us will speak to us in the manner of dreams if we pay attention.
You don't need to go to sleep in order to dream. Dreaming is not fundamentally about what happens during sleep. It's about waking up to the deeper reality.
Your Big Story is hunting you. All you need do is place yourself where you are easy prey.
You are here in this world on a mission
You had a life before you were conceived, and you’ll have a life after death.
You belong to a spiritual, as well as a biological family. You have counterparts in other times and in alternate realities, aspects of your larger, multidimensional self
Nothing happens until it is dreamed. Dreaming, whether you remember or not, you help to pluck definite events out of the quantum soup of possibility.
- from "Maxims of the Hidden Poet", a work in progress
"Eye in the Sky". Drawing by Robert Moss from a spontaneous vision in the hypnagogic zone.