Inception has been one of the most successful movie of this decade. But what is the basis of this movie? James Hillman a Swiss Psychiatrist who studied with Carl Jung in the 1950s. Author of twenty books taught at Yale after retiring from Jung Institute in Zurich. His research in psychology is a ‘milestone’ in the history of psychiatry. He was widely a threatening figure to then established psychology. Because he included the soul factor in his application. Which was demeaning among the community of renowned Psychologist. He wrote, taught and lectured all over the world about “the soul code”.
In his own words, “the Self is the Interiorization of Community.” This means that at the very core of our self we are indistinguishable from other life forms. This understanding is deeply rooted in our ancient times. Philosophy’s of Buddha and Vedanta also point out same. But why is the very core of our existence inaccessible?
Zhuangzi’s Butterfly Dream
“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamed I was a butterfly,fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly I awoke, and came to myself, the veritable Chuang Chou. Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamed I was a butterfly, or weather I am butterfly dreaming I am a man. Between me and the butterfly there must be a distinction. This is an instance of how transformation happens.”
As translated by James Legge, and quoted in the Three Religions of China. Chuang Chou poses the greatest question which now virtual reality inventors are asking. Hobson’s report in the year 2004 supported the idea that the emotional content prevalent on the face of a dreamer is visible. Therefore can be used to contemplate the core of the psyche of the one who experiences.
Mostly we forget what we dream because the part which induces memory is sleeping. But when the one who experiences a dream remembers it becomes a phenomena. Dreaming is a universal experience and offers a unique view of consciousness and cognition. A number of integrative researches have been followed up since the last two decades.
The neural bases of Metacognition
Lucid dreaming is a state where one is aware that they are dreaming. In an experiment conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. Upon 69 volunteers with experiment on Lucid dreaming. Concluded that, “The corresponding patterns of brain activity might be more distinct between conditions for participants in the high lucid-group than in those participants in the low-lucidity group.”
In another experiment of Lucid dreaming a group of participants are asked to write a synopsis of their dreams. To use symbolic trans-formative dreams concerning wholeness. When the stories are combined in a way that individual dreams contributed the narration. The dreams fall into a sync with each other like a puzzle having its pieces distributed to each individual.
Is Inception possible?
The synchronicity that is experienced by the participants of common lucid dreams, evaporates the illusion of being born separately. Once the awareness of the relation between ones body and the integrated dream forms. The underlying factor behind an individual’s motivation becomes eminent. Mutual dreaming takes place not only in articulation of language but also through images.
There has been numerous instances where an artist or inventor received the idea of their work through dreams. For example German chemists Auguste Kekule’s dream of a snake biting its tail led him to realize the ring structure of the Benzene. Tesla explained how the rotating sun dream made him realize the basis of AC motor. Artists such as Learnado Da Vinci along with Mark Twain all point to a particular dream which pushed them to do what they actually did in their life.
So we should ask this question to ourselves. Are we able to send our thoughts or images through dreams to others? Most importantly are we able to receive the same?
Footnotes: 1. Dreaming and the brain: Toward a cognitive neurosciences of conscious states - Study, Cambridge University 2. Meta-Cognitive mechanism Underlying Lucid Dreaming - Max Planck Institute for Human Development