If you become consciously aware of dreaming, can you lucidly enter another person’s dream and/or bring them into your dream? If dream characters share unknown information with us, would this provide evidence for a shared or mutual dream? And if that information proves to be valid, what does that say about the nature of dream reality? Christopher Nolan’s new film Inception featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as a skilled “extractor” stealing government secrets through dreams explores this phenomena. But to truly find out the facts about lucidity and dream sharing you can now peruse the International Association for the Study of Dreams new web page on this fascinating subject at www.asdreams.org/inception.
According to new research conducted by Bay Area’s Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., a solid majority of Americans (64.9%) say they have had a dream in which they were aware of dreaming, and 34.4% say they have had a dream in which they were able to control the dream. For more on this study, see www.kellybulkeley.com. Lucid dreaming researcher, author and pioneer, Robert Waggoner, explores shared or mutual lucid dreams further in his book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. An experienced lucid dreamer with more than one thousand lucid dreams, he is the immediate past President of IASD, and current Chair of the Board. He co-edits the quarterly e-zine, The Lucid Dream Exchange at www.dreaminglucid.com. Robert writes “To achieve the sudden realization, “This is a dream!” requires a bit of effort, persistence and focus. You can use the power of suggestion to set up a lucid dream before going to sleep. Inwardly become quiet, let go of the day’s event and repeat, “Tonight in my dreams, I will be more critically aware. When I see something strange, I will realize I am dreaming and become lucid.” Robert shared a lucid dream experience he had involving a friend from San Mateo whom he sees in a lucid dream with direct tie-ins to the film Inception:
Basically, I became lucid, sat in a restaurant, see Moe saunter in, and try to convince her, “This is a lucid dream!” I pick her up and levitate to prove it, but she still has that non-lucid, head rolling look (the drunken sailor syndrome). Finally, I decide to make a peace sign with my fingers, and place it right in front of her eyes, while saying, “Moe, do you see this peace sign? You can use it to become lucid, anytime you want. See, it’s a peace sign?” Anyway, the next day I do not hear from Moe, and wonder if she experienced any thing. Months later, I’m in the Bay area on business and call Moe to see if she would like to have lunch. We agree to meet at a restaurant, and I arrive there early. Standing on the sunny corner, I see Moe walking down the sidewalk. Just as she gets to me, she suddenly makes a peace sign and shoves it into my face! Stunned, I ask, “Moe, why did you do that?” She nonchalantly replies, “I don’t know. Just felt like it.” So this “true story” tie-in with Inception is the idea that a lucid dreamer might be able to “implant” (their term) an idea into another’s subconscious mind, as Leonardo has to do at the end of the movie to gain his “freedom.” To read more on Robert Waggoner and lucid dreaming please visit www.dreaminglucid.com.
Other IASD researchers to explore are Bay Area’s dream researcher, professor and author, Ryan Hurd, past IASD president, author and dream activist, Jean Campbell, Harvard psychologist and past IASD president, Deirdre Barrett, researcher, writer and artist, Sheila Asato and lecturer, writer and researcher in Psi topics, Dale E. Graff who have all contributed their research and dream expertise on the film Inception. If you have more questions you can join the IASD’s bulletin board discussion forum and in two weeks the Psiberdreaming this year’s online conference “We are the Stuff that Dreams are Made of” from September 26-October 10, 2010. Join IASD between July 15 and September 15 to receive a free pass to Psiberdreaming 2010. Dream research has never been so progressive and timely as it is now!
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