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More than just a dream

“Tapping the power of dreams, coincidence and imagination,” with Aussie author and dream expert Robert Moss.

How many times, when life gets a bit too strange, have you told yourself it’s “only a dream,” or “only a coincidence” or “only your imagination?”

That’s the question posed by Australian author/dreamer Robert Moss in his book “The Three ‘Only’ Things.” He suggests perhaps it’s much more than just a dream, only coincidence or just your imagination.

“The Three Only Things” is a powerful text that segues between the insights of other worldliness and the tenor of a self-help book, centered around the prospect of making your life better by listening to and acting on your dreams.

Moss believes that the dream world is interconnected with reality and through its symbolism, both literal and metaphoric, the dream world can help guide us to create our optimal reality. The trick is remembering what you dreamed the night before.

Midway through the first chapter on the power of dreams, Moss notes that people who don’t remember their dreams are suffering from a lost connection with the soul. And given that I haven’t remembered many of my own dreams in quite some time, I was intrigued. So traveled to Bainbridge to check out what this gray-haired Aussie dream expert had to say when he came to town for a book signing Sunday afternoon at Eagle Harbor.

“The world speaks to us in the manner of dreams, if we’ll only pay attention,” Moss told a standing-room-only crowd of about 30 nodding heads, as I walked in, taking a seat on the floor up front. “Dreams can show us positivity and possibility, the trick is not to leave it hanging loosely.”

Coincidence, he would go on to say, is God’s way (or whichever higher power you believe in) of remaining anonymous, while imagination, he noted, is one of the all-important factors of human existence.

The trick to reaping the values of each of these “only things,” Moss said, is evaluating their meaning and furthermore acting on the impulses which surface.

In the book the history professor in him points out the many famous figures in history who have reportedly been guided to impressive feats by their dreams throughout the ages, and connects the dots between personal and famous concidence.

While he said he feels that no one has the right to interpret another person’s dreams, or life for that matter, it was fairly obvious that that’s what most people were there for. But Moss’ emphasis was clearly to sell books and sell people on his online dream workshop community.

He did, however, note that he wanted to help everyone in the world come to a better place of understanding to save the human race from the errors of its ways in bring the world to its eco-tipping point. Then again, he equated his dreaming advice as being as valuable as at least 10 copies of the book.

I wondered was he speaking metaphorically or literally, or was this just my imagination?

For more on Moss his dream workshops and books, go to


Renowned forensic anthropologist mystery crime writer Aaron Elkins returns to Eagle Harbor with his latest book “Uneasy Relations” at 3 p.m. Aug. 17. Elkins is an Edgar Award winner and creator of the “Skeleton Detective” Gideon Oliver.

This time around the Skeleton Detective investigates his oldest bones yet at the Rock of Gibraltar. Info:

Also check out Bainbridge’s Think Green series featuring Clyde W. Ford’s book “Boat Green” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and Lori Bongiorno’s practical guide to making eco-smart choices part of your life “Green, Greener, Greenest,” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.

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