Several IASD members have written essays in response to the new Christopher Nolan movie Inception.
In this thought-provoking collection, Robert Waggoner addresses the topic of lucid dreaming while Deirdre Barrett focuses on the differences between the surreal world of dreaming and the tightly scripted world of thriller films. Jean Campbell writes about the experience of shared dreaming, as a form of mutual dreaming while Dale Graff shares his experiences with remote viewing as the former Director of the Stargate unit located at Fort. Meade, MD. As you can see, the film raises some very interesting questions about dreaming. Click here to see all of the essays.
Some Rules of the Road for Shared Dreaming
Here are some fun suggestions from IASD for working with shared dreaming in an ethical way.
1. Just for fun, if you dream clearly about a partner or friend, ask that person what their dreams were on the same night. You might be surprised. Spontaneous shared dreams are fairly common.
2. Pick a friend to practice with if you are interested in mutual dreaming. Dream ethics are same ones we practice in waking life.
a. Never be invasive; always ask permission.
b. Be as gentle and kind as possible to “the other” both in and out of the dream.
c. Be honest with yourself and those with whom you dream.
d. Set growth and creative exploration as priorities.
3. Trying to get lucid? Several useful suggestions can be found in the lucid dreaming section of this page.
4. Shared dreams can be incubated just like any other dream. Set a place to meet that you both (or all) know, and see what happens.
5. Remember there are other dreamers who have had these or similar experiences. There are a number of excellent online forums where questions can be discussed. Visit IASD’s discussion forum for a special thread on the film Inception.
For more reviews of dream inspired movies, click here to go to the IASD index of movies and documentaries.