Is Leonardo DiCaprio's Dream Hacking in Inception Really Possible?

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Professional Dream Analyst/Author/Researcher Craig Webb shares new research and describes interactive dream technology and its implications. He confirms that intentional/lucid dreaming and shared dreaming are indeed possible, and that lucid dream induction technology currently exists, akin to what is unveiled in the powerful new scifi action movie Inception, directed and written by Chris Nolan (“Dark Knight”, “Memento”) and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a corporate spy able to hack into people’s dreams.

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Sleep lab subject employs lucid dreaming to master actual swim techniques, (c) 2010 The DREAMS Foundation

"Evidence points to something akin to an invisible 'Innernet' that connects us all, much as the Internet links us in the physical world, and shows that more and more people are using dreams and lucid dreaming to explore this fascinating inner frontier"

Professional Dream Analyst/Author/Researcher Craig Webb shares new research and describes interactive dream technology and its implications. He confirms that intentional/lucid dreaming and shared dreaming are indeed possible, and that lucid dream induction technology currently exists, akin to what is unveiled in the powerful new scifi action movie Inception, directed and written by Chris Nolan (“Dark Knight”, “Memento”) and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a corporate spy able to hack into people’s dreams.

As lucid (i.e. conscious) dreaming becomes more popular, there are increasing reports of shared dreaming, dream intrusions, as well as information gathering via dreams and dream-related practices like remote viewing. There is also ongoing research about what practical benefits are possible, what risks are present, and how dream-related technologies can help induce what may quite possibly be the most important and exciting area of mind-body exploration for humankind. Explains Webb, "Evidence points to something akin to an invisible 'Innernet' that connects us all, much as the Internet links us in the physical world, and shows that more and more people are using dreams and lucid dreaming to explore this fascinating inner frontier and tap its amazing potential."

Lucid dreams allow the dreamer to be not just an unconscious actor as in most dreams which are remembered only after waking, but instead to consciously guide the action, to varying degrees, while the dream is happening, like becoming director and producer in their own nightly movie.

With over a thousand lucid dreams of his own, Craig Webb, Executive Director of the non-profit DREAMS Foundation, decided to conduct a new online study in collaboration with his SyFy column. The results shows that from over 1000 participants, a somewhat surprising 70% have experienced lucid (i.e. conscious) dreams, with the 73.5% of all the male dreamers having become consciously aware during a dream at least once, being slightly higher than the percentage of females (65.5%) that have dreamt lucidly.

While involved with pioneering Stanford University dream research, Webb designed interactive/lucid dream technology called the NovaDreamer that is now used worldwide. The device is a sleep mask that monitors a dreamers' rapid-eye-movements (REM) and gives visible and auditory feedback cues with two goals in mind. The first is to improve dream recall by awakening the dreamer after a dream is detected. However the main and perhaps most interesting function of the mask, somewhat like the PASIV device in the Inception movie, is to trigger lucid dreams without awakening the dreamer. In this powerful state of lucid dreaming, like Leonardo DiCaprio and other characters enter into in the new movie Inception, many surprising benefits and some little-known risks come to light. Benefits include learning new skills, resolving nightmares, healing, gaining new creative insights, solving problems, and enjoying unparalleled adventure. Risks include the possibility of privacy invasion, and not being as solidly grounded in normal waking life.

"Once someone becomes conscious in a dream, they realize that physical life may really be just one station on the larger dial of total possible experience," says Webb. "With this discovery comes great potential and some risks. It's important to explore what's possible and also to proceed wisely at a balanced, organic rate."

With practice, focus, and certain techniques, it has been demonstrated that lucid dreaming can be learned by virtually everyone. Whether people will take advantage of this powerful tool of mind for beneficial goals or for less positive pursuits remains to be seen, but most people including clients that Webb works with such as professors, best-selling authors, celebrities and CEOs have found concrete ways to apply dream skills to improve their lives and to help others.

Craig Webb has directed the non-profit DREAMS Foundation since it was founded over 15 years ago. He has consulted for major motion pictures, Fortune 500 corporations, and offers public and academic seminars internationally, as well as dream training and workshops online about Applied Dreaming, lucid dreaming and Lucid Living, during which he teaches proven, learnable techniques to recall, analyze, consciously guide, and practically benefit from dreams.

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