The new Leonardo DiCaprio movie – Inception – is riveting from start to finish. It’s all about dreams, about planting ideas in dreamers, about – not said this way – lucid dreaming, where you know you’re dreaming, and act on that knowledge. The motivation for all this, in this case, is about money. (As most of us now believe all motivation is about money/power/stuff. This is actually a fairly recent phenomenon.) Leonardo’s motivation different, and more in line with the mythic / hero story.
As the team works with deep, deeper, deepest levels of dreams, I am fascinated by how much material is in here. And with how their awareness allows them to move among the levels, and to communicate across those stretches.
Having been in a dream group for a long time, we are always aiming toward awareness in dreams. And often choose a theme to ask for dreams about. For instance, we have asked ‘What does the Universe need from us now?’ Currently, that theme is healing.
Here’s the standard stuff in the movie: A big cast of characters, scenes on a plane, in a Board room and in a hotel, and in an Arctic fortress. Tough corporate guy, and tough hoodlum guys. Plus a chase scene in perhaps a bazaar somewhere in the Middle East. A fair amount of what I think of as ‘boy stuff’, now that I’ve been listening to 20-something friends talk about guys. Mayhem of all sorts, guns getting bigger and better. Which, in my time listening to lots of people’s dreams, I have never heard much of – in men’s or women’s dreams – so that was the least real part of the film for me.
The story thread about the wife and beautiful children is often very dreamlike, as is the perceptiveness of the woman architect on the team. She leaps to answers, as dreamers often will. Not a straight line logical process at all.
Maybe all of this is necessary to get us to think about our inner Universe, and how all the different levels of ourselves grow and evolve and shape each other. Whatever gets us thinking about dreams, and knowing more about who we are, is just fine with me! And this is a pretty fine film on every level.