The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Consciousness, Lucid Dreaming and Color with Bob Hoss

Near death experiences (NDEs) provide evidence that consciousness exists outside of the body. We speak today with scientist, lucid dreamer and instigator in-chief at the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Robert J. Hoss.

Bob shares evidence from his study of over 4000 published NDEs suggesting near universal experiences around death independent of religious or cultural background. Bob then relates his own lucid near death experience which was one of the factors that woke up in him his abiding interest in dreaming.

We then talk about Bob’s research into the psychological effect of color in both waking life and in dreams. Color often contains concealed emotions in dreams. Bob describes his research with over 4000 dreams from one subject tracking their emotional life with color in dreams. Check out Bob’s free Color Questionnaire at

We take a call from Lucille from Cambria who wonders if she only dreams in black and white. Bob quotes studies that suggest we all dream in color and says we can learn to pay attention to the colors that are there.

Bob and Katherine talk about what they are most looking forward to about the July Tucson IASD conference.

BIO: Robert Hoss, MS is an IASD Director, past President and Conference Director, directs the Dream Science Foundation for research grants and is a Haden Institute faculty instructor. Author/editor of 4 books: Dreams; Dreams that Change Our Lives; Dream to Freedom; Dream Language and is published in 12 other books and journals.

Bob Hoss’s website: where you can download the free book there called Dream Language as well as the color questionnaire.

Website for the IASD:

Join us at the 2022 IN PERSON dream conference in Tucson July 17-21. Register and learn more at

Outro music is Everything by Mood Science. Today’s ambient music is called The Sky Divided and was created by Rick Kleffel. (The audio can be found sprinkled throughout the blog at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on June 11, 2022.


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