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Dreaming on the Edge of Sleep | BYBS

December 7, 2008 on 10:35 pm | In Dream Types | No Comments

Awhile back I wrote about dreams and problem-solving. I don’t think I was very clear, judging by one of the comments. I think I gave the wrong impression by talking about sometimes feeling that you have worked all night instead of really sleeping.

I know that worrying can interfere with sleep. And I agree that a task or problem that seems impossible at the end of a long, hard day can seem like a piece of cake after a good night’s sleep. But that’s not what I meant.

Since then I have been reading a book, Dreamgates, by Robert Moss. In it, I ran across a passage that clarified my thoughts. As always Robert Moss says it better than I can.

Talking about dreams and “half-dream states,” Moss writes, “Active dreamers tend to spend a lot of time in the twilight zone, even whole nights….As you spend more time in the twilight zone, you will discover a notable increase in both your creativity and your psychic awareness. Going with the flow of spontaneous imagery in the twilight zone puts you into the stream of the creative process. It puts you in league with your creative source,…coming through cool and clear as a mountain stream.”

Later he writes, “You may enter the twilight zone before or after sleep, but you may also enter it wide awake, with no intention of sleeping. It is not the relationship to sleep that defines the twilight zone; it is its character as border country.”

Needless to say, Dreamgates is another great Robert Moss dream book. This one focuses more on dream journeys to imaginal worlds, but it has already covered a lot of other valuable ideas, and I’ve only read the first 50 pages. The part I just quoted was on page 10!

Since I have just started reading Dreamgates, I can’t tell you much more about it. So far, it is a fascinating book with lots of wonderful new dream lore and inspiration. I’ll write more about it later. Finding this book has been a blessing to me. 

If you have read Dreamgates, what do you think of it? Have you put any of the concepts into action? Do you have a story to share? Please leave a comment and let us all know your thoughts—and dreams.

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