Intentional/lucid dreaming and shared dreaming, as seen in Hollywood blockbuster Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio, are indeed possible, and lucid dream induction technology akin to what is unveiled in the powerful new scifi action movie Inception currently exists, claims professional dream analyst Craig Webb.
The film, directed and written by Chris Nolan, stars 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", says 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.
Following a study by Webb, of over 1000 participants, 70 per cent have experienced lucid (i.e. conscious) dreams, with 73.5 per cent of all the male dreamers within the study having become consciously aware during a dream at least once, being slightly higher than the percentage of females (65.5 per cent) that have dreamt lucidly.
But lucid dreaming does have its benefits including the ability to learn new skills, resolving nightmares, healing, gaining new creative insights, solving problems, and enjoying unparalleled adventure.
Risks, just like the film include the possibility of privacy invasion, and not being as solidly grounded in normal waking life.
With practice, focus, and certain techniques, it has been demonstrated that lucid dreaming can be learned by virtually everyone claims the dream expert.