Ancient shamans knew something that is vital and relevant for our healing and awakening in modern times — the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss, the loss of parts of our vital energy and identity.
While we may not know we’ve experienced soul loss, at some point most of us must find the means of soul recovery in order to be whole and feel vital and passionate about life.
Soul loss has many causes...
The world seems too cold and cruel, and part of us goes away. In cases of profound trauma, splitting from our soul may be a survival mechanism.
Our soul may leave because we are compelled to make a wrenching life choice. When we take a certain road or a certain partner in one reality, another part of us rejects that choice and travels on a different road, or lingers at the place where we parted company.
We grieve the death of a beloved person, and part of us follows that loved one, even into lands of the dead.
We can lose soul because we refuse to take on the assignments that nourish and entertain our creative spirit. Soul leaves when we won’t follow dreams, for a reason stated with wonderful clarity by Mary Oliver:
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
Common symptoms of soul loss include chronic fatigue; emotional numbness; chronic depression; spaciness; addictive behaviors; low self-esteem; inability to let go of past situations or people no longer in your life; dissociation and multiple personality disorder; obesity or unexplained weight gain; abusive behaviors; absence of dream recall; recurring dreams of locations from earlier life, or of a self separate from your present self.
Some people try to fill this “hole” with relationships, addictions, success, or any number of distractions, but the truth is that the nagging sense of emptiness never goes away.
So how do we address this common malaise that shamans diagnosed so precisely millennia ago?
And how can we use this potent practice to bring greater awakening, creativity and meaning into our lives, even if we’re not suffering from a physical or emotional symptom?
One method to address soul loss, soul retrieval, refers to a shamanic operation in which the practitioner makes a journey on behalf of a client to locate lost aspects of soul, brings them back, and transfers them to the client’s body, often by blowing them into energy centers such as the heart and the crown of the head.
Soul recovery, by contrast, is a broader, gentler and mutually empowering approach in which we help each other become shamans of our own souls and healers of our own lives. It does not depend on a shaman to do the work for you.
In soul recovery, you ultimately become the shaman of your own soul.
The practice of soul recovery is, in no small part, a process of dream recovery. Many of us in modern society are suffering from a protracted dream drought. From an indigenous perspective, this is a very serious condition.
Traditional Iroquois say that if we have lost our dreams, it is because we have lost a vital part of our soul — the beautiful dreamer who went missing in early life.
When we remember dreams, we may find that they show us where our missing parts have gone, opening portals for shamanic journeys we can take in order to reclaim the energy and imagination of our younger selves.
What can we offer someone who does not have a dream? Sometimes we can help them to call back an “old” dream from childhood, or a life memory from that time, as the portal for a soul recovery journey.
In the Soul Recovery Training with renowned dream shaman Robert Moss, we’ll explore many ways to break a dream drought and we’ll travel, in group shamanic journeys, to places where we can reclaim multiple aspects of our energy and identity.
We’ll also discver how to grow a dream for someone in need of a dream through a Vision Transfer technique.
In this powerful training, you’ll be encouraged to bring back your magical child. You’ll understand how, as a shamanic dreamer, you can travel across time and play guide and mentor for a younger self who may desperately need help in her own Now time.
You’ll call in your animal spirits, one of the fastest ways to raise vital energy and discern the natural path of your energies.
You’ll be invited to participate in ancestral healing — to release heavy energy of the deceased and multigenerational patterns of addiction and dysfunction.
You’ll find yourself engaged in cultural soul recovery, bringing back knowledge from the wise ancestors of your spiritual, as well as biological, kin.
Soul recovery also becomes easier when we know we are safe and protected within the nurturing energy of a family of kindred spirits. A deeply nourishing and comforting feature of Robert’s course is that you will almost immediately find yourself deeply at home in the best of all intentional families: a heart-centered community that will support your life journey.
By creating true community, and traveling together on group shamanic journeys to places of healing and guidance in the larger reality — including our Lands of Lost Girls and Boys — we help each other to move beyond fear, to open the space for soul recovery, and to celebrate the return of vital aspects of ourselves.
The Soul Recovery Training is about more than recovering lost soul. It’s ultimately about soul remembering: reclaiming the essential things you knew on the level of soul and spirit before you came into your present body. It’s about growing soul.
You’ll be invited to go all the way to spiritual enthronement, which is what happens when you’re ready to welcome your Higher Self to take up residence in your body and in your life.
Are you ready to call down the radiance of your Goddess or angelic self and let that light shine through all your days?
You’ll find this program exciting and mind-expanding on both intellectual and experiential levels as you draw on ancient wisdom traditions, mythology, cross-cultural shamanic practices, and Mystery traditions.
You’ll discover how to journey, with the aid of your imagination, “beyond the veil” for healing, guidance and initiation — into a way of living that’s more energized, creative and lively.
When you “re-ensoul” yourself in this way, you connect with a larger field of energy as well as with beings who can help guide your path, ranging from ancestors to guardian animal spirits to your higher Self.
Opening to the practice of soul recovery can turn your nights into a time for transformation, healing and receiving valuable guidance.
During The Soul Recovery Training, you’ll have a chance to explore the core principles and practices for soul recovery directly from Robert Moss, the bestselling author of close to a dozen books on dreaming, shamanism and the imagination as means to enhance and transform the quality of our lives.
Robert is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original method of dreamwork and healing through the imagination, which synthesizes ancient shamanic practices with modern dream science and numerous spiritual disciplines.
Robert has inspired hundreds of thousands around the world with his books and workshops during a lifetime of teaching.
As a wise elder, Robert can show you how to use time-tested principles and practices of shamanic dream journeying and use states of the imagination to access multidimensional states of consciousness that allow you to journey into the past for deep healing.
Robert also has an uncanny way of helping you shift your core beliefs and self-conceptions to see the bigger story of your life. And he uses story as a teaching tool — one of the most enjoyable aspects of his teaching, according to his students.
Robert was initiated early into the life of a modern-day shaman with his near-death experiences as a child, which provided him with early experiences in other realms. Some of his capacities also derive from his early learnings from native aborigines in his native Australia. This awakening led to a lifetime committed to mastering Dreamtime (which includes both nighttime and “waking” reality) and sharing what he’s learned.
He’s since traveled the world sharing his teachings as an independent scholar. His dozen books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination have been heralded as essential reading for those on this path.
Robert was called to his path as a dream teacher and soul healer by his visionary encounters with the ancient Native American shaman he calls Island Woman. She reminded him that the most important thing to know about dreams is that they reveal the secret wishes of the soul, and that the responsibility of decent people in a decent society is to gather round the dreamer and help her recognize what the soul wants — and then take action to honor those secret wishes.
In this profound 7-week virtual training, you’ll:
This course, like all of Robert’s work, follows a principle stated beautifully by the philosopher Plotinus:
There are parts of what it most concerns you to know which I cannot describe to you; you must come with me and see for yourselves. The vision is for the one who will see it.
This principle perfectly describes the way Robert teaches. He opens doorways to direct experience of other realms, and to ways in which we can see and remember who we truly are, where we came from, and what our greatest purpose is — both in this life and beyond.
More than anything, this course will illuminate a paradigm shift in how you relate to spiritual growth — expanding your understanding of how to open the portal between worlds as a way of gaining healing, spiritual awareness, and the courage to live as your full, authentic self.
Course sessions are on Mondays at 5:00pm Pacific.
During this 7-week transformational program, Robert will guide you through the fundamental insights, skills and practices you’ll need to recover the missing pieces of your soul to create and experience a more creative, lively and passionate life.
Each weekly LIVE teaching session will build upon the next so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles to develop advanced shamanic practices and dreaming skills for soul recovery.
We’ll start by discussing the causes and symptoms of soul loss. We’ll open a space for soul recovery through spiritual cleansing, invoking spirit helpers, and by finding the songs and stories and poetic enchantment that call soul back to the body.
We’ll learn a fun, fast way to share dreams and life stories that is mutually empowering and can make us shamans of the breakfast table. We’ll practice shamanic journeying and grow a Dream Tree — a tree of vision — we can visit again and again and use as the portal for many journeys to worlds of soul and imagination. We’ll discover how to break a dream drought and how to present our life issues to a sacred guide and healer in the night through dream incubation.
You’ll receive from this module:
When shamans embark on soul travel and soul healing, they operate under the protection and guidance of animal guardians. Forging a close relationship with one or more power animals is invaluable in maintaining healthy boundaries and defending psychic space. A conscious connection with the animal guardians shows us how to follow the natural paths of our energy. A strong working connection with the animal powers brings the ability to shapeshift the energy body and project energy forms that can operate at a distance from the physical body. Our ancestors believed that we are born with a connection with a particular totem animal. On a shamanic path, you may develop connections with many animal spirits.
In this module, you’ll discover:
You are now ready to make a shamanic journey to meet younger aspects of yourself who checked out of your life when the world seemed too hard or indifferent, and to support others as they make their own journeys. You may be astonished to find that a child self of you has been held safe all these years in a different dimension, like the Land of Lost Boys in Peter Pan — or has been hiding out in an old place. We’ll travel together to an extraordinary location in non-ordinary reality where you will have access to many aspects of yourself, and their gifts.
You may discover that you are also a time traveler and can journey to a younger self in her own Now time. As a voice in her mind, you can provide the encouragement and counsel she may need at a time of unbearable pain or challenge. You can be the friend and protector she lacked when her need was great. From this can flow tremendous healing for both of you, for you in your present time and for her in her own time.
In this module, you’ll be encouraged to:
A self-scan of the energy centers is a wonderful tool for self-diagnosis. Journeying through the energy centers with the help of guided meditation and shamanic drumming, facilitates the deep shift in consciousness that is required for accurate self-diagnosis and takes us far beyond diagnosis into realms of healing and empowerment. The journey opens gateways for soul recovery and release from life blockages. It can raise tremendous life force and channels the movement of energy into harmonious, unrestricted flow.
In a series of 7 short journeys, you’ll:
In Celtic tradition, you can sing the soul back home. Gwydion, the shapeshifting shaman-poet of the Mabinogion, sings a lost soul down out of a tree by chanting a poem he composes. Guarani shamans perform soul healing by giving you the right words. When a shaman is talking to you, they say, he or she is giving you soul. Their words are soul, and the Guarani actually have a term, ayyu, that means “word soul." This comes alive in you when your heart is touched, and the magic words enter you and change you.
We can learn to be soul singers and word doctors for each other. We can learn to grow a dream — a healing image, a soul story, a song that calls back soul — for someone who does not have a dream.
In the class you will be invited to learn the arts of dreamgrowing, story swapping and poetic enchantment for the benefit of others. You’ll learn Robert’s powerful and original Vision Transfer technique, which has brought fire and spirit to many. You’ll rejoice when you see it working in the life of someone you’ve been concerned about through the brightness of returning soul shining in their eyes.
In this module, you’ll discover how to:
Of all the guides and mentors that may become available to us in a lifetime, the most important is a friend of the soul that will never lie to us and will never judge us. It is the Higher Self, which the Sufis call, beautifully, the soul of the soul. Ultimately we can only make peace between the many aspects of ourselves by opening a direct and conscious connection with the Self on a higher level — the Self that is no stranger.
When we have opened a space in ourselves for healing and transformation, it is sometimes possible to bring through an aspect of the Higher Self that we have not previously embodied in this life experience. This goes beyond soul recovery or soul retrieval. It can be called spiritual enthronement: the enthroning of a larger spiritual presence in the body and personality of the receiver.
What is enthroned is in no way alien to you; it is an aspect of your own deeper and fuller identity. This may bring the memory of many life journeys, and of the character and structure of the multidimensional self. It may be perceived as an angelic being, or as a deity or goddess. Fusion with an aspect of the Higher Self produces a quantum leap in the evolution of individual consciousness, and brings through radiant energy and Light. This class will be an extraordinary journey.
You’ll be invited to:
When we are passionately engaged in a creative venture — love, art or something else that is really worthwhile — we draw support from other minds and other beings, seen and unseen. We draw greater support the greater the challenges involved in our venture. Great spirits love great challenges.
When we bring something fresh and new into the world, we entertain the spirits and delight our own creative genius, and our lives are infused with natural magic, confirmed by the play of synchronicity. Soul claps its hands and sings when you find what you love and make that your calling. You discover that the world can be your playground, not your prison — and the child and the creator in you come out to play with you.
In our final class, we’ll play wonderful new games together, and you’ll be inspired to:
In addition to Robert’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions. These bonus sessions are being offered to complement what you’ll learn in the course — and take your understanding and practice to a deeper level.
Any Active Dreamer’s repertoire will be enriched by these three tools for deepening their experience. For your convenience, we’ve gathered together these fundamental resources from Robert’s previous courses at The Shift Network and offer them to you as the basic toolkit for Active Dreaming.
This 12-minute drumming track was created by Robert to complement your Active Dreaming practice.
The Lightning Process for Sharing Dreams & Life Stories
Audio Recording and Transcript
The Lightning Dreamwork Game, invented by Robert Moss, is a fun, fast way to share dreams and life stories, receive helpful feedback, and encourage each other to move towards creative and healing action.
Audio Recording and Transcript
In this powerful recording, Robert Moss offers you many fun games to play with your journal, from formulating your daily one-liner... to reading signs and symbols from the world around you... to turning reports into poems, stories and scripts.
Author and dream teacher Wanda Burch knows death quite well. She was traveling in Africa, decades ago, when her deceased father approached her in a dream and told her, "Go to a doctor. You have cancer." She followed her father’s advice, and when breast cancer was detected she entered an ordeal that lead to healing and recovery through what she calls – in her brave and beautiful memoir She Who Dreams — a "healing cocktail" of modern treatments and Active Dreaming. Full healing required her to enter and survive a terrifying encounter with the council of her own death, in which she was able to renegotiate her life contract.
Following her contract, she has become a remarkable advocate and healer, guiding retreats in which she melds music and performance with the core techniques of Active Dreaming, which she has studied and helped to develop over the many years of her friendship with Robert.
Wanda Burch, author of She Who Dreams a Journey into Healing through Dreamwork, is a long-term breast cancer survivor, alive because of vivid dreams of warning and diagnosis. Wanda presents healing retreats for women surviving chronic illness and for women veterans. Her programs use dreams and music as gateways for claiming easily accessible gifts of the imagination that can help those suffering from illness, trauma, pain and everyday anxiety find a place where souls and hearts can mend. Her current book is The Home Voices Speak Louder Than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs.
In this series of four journeys, Robert will take you on explorations that will help you discover the geography of the Dreaming and open direct portals to the other side. These journeys are excerpted from various courses with Robert at The Shift Network.
Guided Journeys with 12-minute drumming:
Nobody does it like Robert Moss! Any Robert Moss class is an enlightening and amazing experience. You gain so much, in both education and growth via journeys and dreamstates, you hate to see the class end!
— Lynniah, Erie, Pennsylvania
I loved this course. If you are a dreamer this is a great way to connect with your dreams in a very intriguing way. And there are many wonderful people to share your dreams and experiences with through taking this course.
— Jennie, Snohomish, Washington
Eye-opening experiences with so many tools and techniques that could be used in everyday waking and dreaming life. Robert’s connection with invisible realms is so strong and full of amazing synchronicities.
— Vedran Vulicevic, City of Smederevo, Serbia
Taking dreamwork courses with Robert Moss has opened up my mind, heart and spirit to the potential inherent in myself and in the multiverse. A truly amazing experience!
— Kia Kotsanis, Toronto, Canada
I have learned things about traveling in other realms that I never learned in my shamanic training... In the process, I’ve shifted old standing patterns that had stubbornly hung on. Robert Moss is an amazing instructor, highly knowledgeable and worth every penny.
— Janice Dietert
This course gave me a powerful and amazingly simple awareness of my connection to guides and ancestral spirits that are ever near. I gained a deep and abiding realization that my world of guidance and inspiration is so much larger and more easily accessible than I ever knew...
— Lauren-Miranda Gilbert, Brentwood, California
This course helped me to deepen my journeying practice, and to clarify the focus for my professional, creative and spiritual work... And I always enjoy Robert’s wonderful story-telling style of teaching!
— Marta Aarli, Boulder, Colorado
I loved the course. It awakened me to deeper dimensions of dreamwork, and I began to deepen my experience of both dreams and waking reality as aspects of one united consciousness.
— Fiona, Northern Ireland
This course has given me tools and confidence to take the information given to me in dreams and symbols and bring them into my waking world in a way that enriches my life... I am much less afraid to live or die, as this practice is leading me to discover that there really is no separation.
— Patricia Vassart, Manitoba, Canada
Robert is a fascinating teacher, making the dream subject fun and very inviting. Through his teaching I was able to heal and reclaim parts of myself and start dreaming again. His effervescent personality continues to influence my life.
— Suzanna, Charlotte, North Carolina
Seven 90-minute Class Sessions With Robert Moss
Experience a rare opportunity to be mentored and learn with author and dream shaman Robert Moss — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session guides you create the specific skills and abilities to empower your dreaming and your life. Course sessions are on Mondays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If you’re unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about deepening practices, interact with your fellow students, and get access to additional resources to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Soul Recovery Training Bonus Collection
We feel honored that Robert Moss has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with an internationally renowned dream shaman whose powerful insights and transformational work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.
Through this powerful online format, you’ll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals — which would cost thousands of dollars), you’ll also be able to benefit from Robert’s incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home, at your own pace!
If you’re serious about discovering the powerful shamanic-inspired principles and practices for soul recovery to reclaim the lost parts of your soul – – vitality, creativity and joy – – then you owe it to yourself and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
Robert Moss reveals a powerful map of how to recover our soul through shamanic dreaming.
— Sandra Ingerman, MA, Author of Soul Retrieval
Robert Moss is one of our wisest guides to dreams and dreaming... [He] is dragging us, kicking and screaming, into a new vision of consciousness, space and time.
— Larry Dossey, MD, Author of The Power of Premonitions
Robert Moss demonstrates how to explore the universal language of the imagination and the soul, which together bridge the inner world of spirit and the outer world of action. Deeply healing and useful!
— Angeles Arrien, PhD, Cultural Anthropologist and Author of The Four-Fold Way
Transcends disciplines and provides an agenda for the role that dreams can play in ensuring human survival.
— Stanley Krippner, PhD, Co-author of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them
Robert Moss is a weaver of worlds... He shows us how conscious dreaming can lead us into the non-space-time regions of the inner universe, where all things are connected — from whatever time, place or reality.
— Julia Assante, Author of The Last Frontier
What Robert Moss does — again and again and with such clarity and greatness of heart — is remind us that magic is a breath away and that everyone has the capacity to tap into the heritage that is truly ours.
— Manda Scott, Bestselling Author of the Boudica Novels
Robert Moss opens ancient and modern pathways into the realms of the soul, giving us insights into our deep humanity and into our American heritage. As a spiritual teacher he is world class.
— David Spangler, Author of Everyday Miracles: The Inner Art of Manifestation
If you have any interest in your dream life, you will be enthralled and forever changed by this work.
— Jennifer Louden, Author of The Life Organizer and The Woman’s Comfort Book
Robert Moss is the consummate guide to this grand multiverse in which we live.
— Bonnie Horrigan, Author of Red Moon Passage
Robert Moss teaches us all to be citizens of a larger and inexhaustibly mysterious universe. In his work we discern the phosphorescent trail of the shaman, yet all can learn from it. He leaves no scholarly or experiential stones unturned in his quest for knowledge of the soul from within.
— Stephen Larsen, PhD, Author of The Mythic Imaginationand Co-author of A Fire in the Mind: The Authorized Biography of Joseph Campbell
Robert Moss is the creator of Active Dreaming, an original synthesis of modern dreamwork and shamanism. Born in Australia, he survived three near-death experiences in childhood. He leads popular seminars all over the world, including a 3-year training for teachers of Active Dreaming. A former lecturer in ancient history at the Australian National University, he’s a bestselling novelist, poet, journalist and independent scholar. His dozen books on dreaming, shamanism and imagination include Conscious Dreaming, The Secret History of Dreaming and Dreaming the Soul Back Home. His latest book is Sidewalk Oracles: Playing with Signs, Symbols and Synchronicity in Everyday Life.
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I have never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon to participate. I haven’t seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
– Claudia F., Medford, MA
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