The Boy Who Died and Came Back by Robert Moss

The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse by Robert Moss — Review by Cheryl Shainmark

Part memory, part dream, and part invitation to another world, The Boy Who Died and Came Back is Robert Moss’ most autobiographical effort yet. Readers of Moss’ other books will recognize snippets of his story from earlier works but find new details in this book and an enriched understanding of how the inventor of Active Dreaming grew up and came to choose this career path. Filled with adventurous dream trips to the past, present and future, the reader is led into the other-worldly “multiverse” of Moss’ reality.

And boy, are there some adventures! From almost dying several times through meeting shamans, teachers, ancestors, as well as both friends and foes, Moss illustrates the rich and exciting world of journeying through one’s dreams. He also vividly portrays the links between the waking state and the dream state and how they affect each other. Moss’ world is one in which synchronicities are commonplace, time ceases to be a barrier, and the conscious dreamer can affect reality.

The best part though is that Moss is our willing and able guide to these states and gives numerous tips and examples for navigating through one’s own dream journeys. As he writes in the introduction regarding his tips for conscious living,

“We dream to wake up. Dreaming is not fundamentally about what happens during sleep. It is about waking up to a deeper order of reality. Dreaming is a discipline; to get really good at it requires practice, practice, practice.”

His advice and teachings are powerful and will open up new realms for the curious or those working at their own spiritual emergence. The Boy Who Died and Came Back is a wonderful and accessible handbook to dreaming (and living!) consciously.

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by Cheryl Shainmark