The Secret History of Dreaming

April 16, 2012

Book review

The book eloquently reveals the necessary past that can help us create a better future.

by Robert Moss

Far more than being just a book about dreams, this is a history of dreaming, a term Moss uses in an expansive sense to encompass not only night dreams but also waking visions, the interplay of mind and matter that is sometimes called synchronicity, and the solution-based use of imagination.

The book restores a missing dimension to our understanding of what drives the human adventure: the vital role of dreams, coincidence and imagination. On the foundation of decades of original scholarly research and synthesis, the book eloquently reveals the necessary past that can help us create a better future.

Moss begins by offering a fresh and riveting account of the role of dreaming as a “secret engine” in human evolution and survival, war and politics, literature and science, religion and spirituality, and sports and entertainment, from the earliest shamans to the mind-body doctors and visionary educators of today and tomorrow.

He then goes on to present six great individuals whose lives were driven by dreams, imagination and the play of coincidence. Several are household names, but their lives have never been told quite like this before.

This is both a manifesto and a challenge, showing how dreams of all kinds can and do change the course of history, and how it is possible to reclaim and use that power.

$23.95 hardcover — New World Library, 14 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA 94949.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 28, Number 2, April/May 2009.

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