@Sealife: Death and Dreaming

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Spectral Moon: Death and Dreaming

Author/s: Sunwolf
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Each moon, through the Star Foundation, the Sea Life and First Earth Dreaming School forums run a fun mutual dreaming adventure or research project to learn more about our world, and the evolutionary path before ourselves, and our planet. During the Spectral Serpent Moon, we’ll be exploring a subject full of cultural taboo Death and Dreaming. Shall we investigate what death really is, through our dreams, and perhaps end some fear and open up some discovery? :grouphug:

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Death and Dreaming
[color=darkblue][b]Our culture today is geared towards health and youth. We hide our old and sick in nursing homes, and usually people die without dignity. People spend a lot of money to avoid death and usually families are estranged from one another until a loved one is on the death bed. Robert Moss actually writes a great deal about death, and how dreaming is a training ground for our afterlife, or in-betweenlife. A great many cultures of the past, from the Vedic, Egyptian, to Mayan and Incan believed in the power of dreaming and a greater expression of death and dying than our materialistic culture, which fosters fear around death (yet our culture embraces war and killing?). We deny the uncomfortable things from ourselves and point fingers at others, making them the enemy and the dark ones for reminding us of these things that upset our comfort zones.

In Egyptian mythology, the human soul is made up of seven parts: the Ren, Sekem, the Akh, the Ba, the Ka, the Sheut, and the Sekhu. (in fact this season on the opening of the SOPRANOS, they had William Burroughs reciting this 7 parts of the Egyptian soul).


The Chinese believed in two parts of the soul. They also believed that one could unify the two parts of the soul before we die, and if we did, then the two parts of the soul wouldn’t split and go their separate ways at death. [/color][/b]

[color=red][i][size=134]There is a list of questions for each participant to answer, as a way of affirming we are jumping into this moon’s project.

  1. Do dreams about death mean the dreamer or someone that they know is about to die?

  2. Do you think dreams could teach us about death and dying?

  3. Why would one want to know about death in today’s world?

  4. Do you think ancient Shamans and healers worked with dreams to guide those who have passed on, or healing those close to death?

  5. Does death have something to teach us about life? What are some things you think it could show us?

  6. Are you afraid of death? Could dreaming actually help you find peace around this life issue?

  7. Also let us know where you are at on the thinking about death scale…” (a.) I never think about death. (b.) I think about death occasionally. (c.) I am obcessed about death. (d.) I have had a friend or family member die recently or in the last year or two. (e.) Other.”[/color][/i][/size]

[size=117][b][color=darkred]We live in a dualitistic culture, society divides everything up into good and bad, male and female, healthy and unhealthy, black and white. Socially, as a modern world, if we were sane, we wouldn’t divide our life up like this, especially between life and death. People struggle with wholeness, and we hide huge portions of our mind from ourselves. We live in a culture of materialism where everyone wants to feel comfortable more than discovery deeper truths and the nature of consciousness. We want to feel good, not learn about life. If we were whole, just as we know the stages of dreaming are part of life, so the stages of death are probably mirrors of the stages of life too. How we face death is how we face life. As Carl Jung speaks of finding our SELF, achieving a level of integrity and impeccability where we don’t hide things from ourselves, we achieve a level of psychological and spiritual maturity that can endure and survive many of life’s ordeals and lessons. A lot of times a person’s dreams of death are about lessons in life.

Robert Moss began speaking about dreams as teaching us about death and dying in his book “Conscious Dreaming.”

“We don’t need to go to psychics to have contact with departed loved ones”, says Robert Moss

He now has written a whole book on the whole subject:
The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead: A Soul Traveler’s Guide to Death, Dying, and the Other Side

Book description
“We yearn for contact with departed loved ones. We miss them, ache for forgiveness or closure, and long for confirmation that there is life beyond physical death. In The Dreamer’s Book of the Dead, Robert Moss explains that we have entirely natural contact with the departed in our dreams, when they come visiting and we may travel into their realms. As we become active dreamers, we can heal our relationship with the departed and move beyond the fear of death. We also can develop the skills to function as soul guides for others, helping the dying to approach the last stage of life with courage and grace, opening gates for their journeys beyond death, and even escorting them to the Other Side.

Drawing on a wealth of personal experience as well as many ancient and indigenous traditions, Moss offers stories to inspire us and guide us. He shares his extraordinary visionary relationship with the poet W. B. Yeats, whose greatest ambition was to create a Western Book of the Dead, to feed the soul hunger of our times. Moss teaches us the truth of Chief Seattle’s statement that “there is no death; we just change worlds.”

Other resources:
Peter Novak’s site