Social Media of Dreams - Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'
With the opening of Christopher's soon-to-be classic movie 'Inception,' the actual science behind dreaming indicates his tale may be rooted more in reality than fiction. And there is evidence to believe that we can actually social network when we dream.
Scientists working in the field of 'lucid dreams' or 'nova dreaming' have actually found ways to control one's dreams and cognitive neuroscience techniques now allows researchers to view three-dimensional brain scans during dream states.
This YouTube video will provide you with an overview of "lucid dreaming" and some tips as to how stimulate this type of dreaming.
According to an ABC report, Deirdre Leigh Barrett, professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and editor of "The New Science of Dreaming" notes that " the potential to image human brains non-intrusively is growing," and there are ways to actually see what the content of dreams looks like. For instance, it is now possible to see when a person is contemplating certain topics where technology can "both manage what's going on in a dream and influence what people dream about," she adds.
This leads to dream-sharing capabilities where individuals can social network with others while engaged in the subconscious experience. "You'll find it in mystical works going back thousands of years," said Dr. Matthew Edlund, author of "The Power of Rest." "You'll find in some cultures that priests are thought to be able to enter into people's dreams, like a Shaman can enter into a sick person's dream and help them with their illness."
So think about your dreams as a sub-conscious think-tank where you can journey with others who are on the same dream path. Carl Jung, the famed twentieth century psychologist wrote about how our dreams are not contained within our own brains solely. According to Gary Toub, director of training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, "we dream each other dreams," because there is "some kind of fluidity in the unconscious."
Dream-sharing is like social networking. In both arenas, you select certain followers because they are like-minded. Often you are able to post a status update on Facebook and Twitter and continue a thread of conversation regarding a particular topic. Apparently, you can do the same thing with those followers when you dream.
Christopher Nolan, who also wrote and directed the epic mind-boggling thriller "Memento" about short-term memory loss has been working on the concept of lucid dreaming for almost eight years. Dreams as "another state of reality" can be manipulated according to Nolan and problems and issues can be resolved either on an individual basis or collectively.
For those naysayers that don't believe you can social network when you dream, follow Barrett's tips known as "incubation," and ask others in one of your social networking circles to do the same. Pick a problem or challenge to resolve and follow these steps:
1) Write down the problem as a brief phrase of a sentence and place this by the bed.Sometimes the incubation also involves:
2) Review the problem for a few minutes just before going to bed.
3) Once in bed, visualize the problem as concrete image if it lends itself to this.
4) Tell yourself you want to dream about the problem just as you is drifting off to sleep.
5) Keep a pen and paper -- perhaps also a flashlight or pen with a lit tip -- on the night table.
6) Upon awakening, lie quietly before getting out of bed. Note whether there is any trace of a recalled dream and invite more of the dream to return if possible. Write it down.
7) At bedtime, visualize yourself dreaming about the problem, awakening, and writing on the bedside note pad.
8) Arrange objects connected to the problem on the night table or on the wall across from bed if they lend themselves to a poster.
Then cross-reference with your social networking followers and see how similar you came to their resolutions, or if there are any common threads that surfaced amongst the group. If not, perhaps you chose the wrong group of followers. Or perhaps you are 'dream-challenged' and are only meant to social network in the real world - not the dream state.
In any event, welcome to the world of 'Inception.' See you at the movies and in my dreams!