Shared Dreaming - Real Life Inception
By Ian Wilson
(2010) Public Domain No Copyright
or Mutual Dreaming
mentioned by Stephen LaBerge
 and Lynda Lane Magallon
 is a type of dream where
two or more people share the same dream content
from the their own perspective
. Upon waking the participants are able to recall the
same details, settings and even conversations they had with each other during the mutual dream.
writes in his book "Lucid Dreaming"
 that "Accounts of "mutual dreaming
," (dreams apparently shared by two
or more people) raise the possibility that the dream world may be in some cases just as objectively real
as the physical world. This is because
the primary criterion of "objectivity
" is that an experience is shared by more than one person, which is supposedly true of mutual dreams. In
that case, what would happen to the traditional dichotomy between dreams and reality?"
 who worked at The Monroe Institute
 in Virginia writes in his trilogy entitled "My Big Toe"
 that during
their exploration phase at the Monroe Labs during sleep; himself and other participants practising the skill of being consciously
the body is asleep
were able to verify a mutual meeting that would be recorded in a control room.
The Monroe Institute
is a research centre founded by Robert A. Monroe
 for the purpose of researching a phenomena that occurs during
sleep called the Out-Of-Body experience
 or OOBE and OBE. Robert A. Monroe
has been one of the leading pioneers in consciousness
research spanning over 40 years
in the area of waking lucid awareness
while the body slept.
Other research organizations have catalogued their own evidence of shared dreaming. The International Association for the Study of Dreams
has had yearly dream telepathy
 contests which have yielded positive
mutual dreaming accounts along with other phenomenological
dream experiences. Many of the researchers have themselves had mutual dreams with each other. The IASD
compiled a list of researchers to
discuss the movie Inception
where many of the researchers commented on the reality of mutual dreaming.
Lynda Lane Magallon
published a book entitled "Mutual Dreaming"
 where she covers history of this phenomena and personal accounts
with people involved with dream research. The president for the IASD, Robert Waggoner
recently published "Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the
 where he touches on mutual dreaming.
As the author of this article, I have also enjoyed the rare opportunity
to have shared dreams with people in my 23 years of dream exploration.
It is for this reason that I feel compelled
to share some of my insights into the phenomena based on personal experience
and what I have
read in regards to theory.
In 1988 I would have my first confirmed shared dream with a friend during a time when I had no idea that such a phenomena was possible. This first
hand experience with shared dreaming
seemed incredible. This friend and I would have several shared dreams in the time that followed.
The journey to have these wilfully was met with a high level of uncertainty and challenges. I will share what I observed and learned from these
explorations. For a more detail account, read the interview with Robert Waggoner as I discuss many of the expeirences with dreaming in greater detail
for the Lucid Dream Exchange Magazine 55th June Edition.
The first question you must have as a reader is how is this possible
? Clearly the above list of researchers and investigators have made some
very startling claims. It would be easy to dismiss this as fantasy and move on; however I encourage you to have open minded scepticism when moving
forward into understanding the mechanics involved in sleep related phenomenology
If mutual dreaming
was common or easy
; many more people would be reporting this with each other, however you may be a person who has
told a friend or family member about a dream; to have it confirmed by them that they too remember the same dream if not something very similar.
Is the dreamstate objective?
That is the first question you have to really ask when trying to discern if shared dreaming is possible at all.
The evidence from personal experience is compelling indicating some type of objectivity within dreams. Carl Jung
 famously spoke about a
collective unconscious that we were all accessing during sleep.
A collective unconsciousness
suggests that in the sleeping state; we are all part of one collective unconscious system. Buddhist believe in
Indra's Net or Web which describes that all phenomena is interconnected. Tom Campbell expands on this concept in his trilogy, "My-Big-Toe"
where he describes a Reality Wide Web
or RWW that we all access as consciousness and download experience in the form of data.
It is through this interconnectedness
that we have the mechanics that surround the reality of Shared Dreaming. Another theory of
interconnectedness stems from Quantum Mechanics
Quantum entanglement is when two or more objects are linked and affect each other in a non-localized way when separated. Considering the Big
and the existence of a singularity
; it is theoretically plausible that everything coming from the singularity has varying
degrees of entanglement affecting the entire system.
Consciousness functions at quantum states and itself may be subjective to the same quantum mechanics that affect photons. As a result of being part
of this interconnected system, our consciousness may be linked through entanglement with all other systems at these finitely small levels.
Just recently scientists were able to teleport
information through quantum entanglement range of 10 miles. This in itself is a remarkable
feat of practical use of quantum states. The human brain already naturally use these quantum states as is evident in Pemrose-Hameroff Orch Or
. If science can teleport quantum information 10 miles; who is to say that the human brain is not already able to achieve this type of
Shared dreaming is already demonstrating that some type of information sharing is possible and the more we understand this interconnectedness; the
more we will be able to unravel how the mechanics of information exchange work between these quantum systems.
Quantum Mechanics proves that information can be teleported between entangled photons. The human brain uses photons in the alpha-beta tublin as part
of the information processing (Penrose-Hameroff)
. The human brain is natures quantum super computer.
It seems based on shared dreaming evidence that some type of information exchange is possible during sleep. From a singularity to a massive expanding
Universe one would at least expect that anything is possible. Interconnectedness is quantum fact; not just Buddhist belief. As to what scale or
magnitude this represents is a matter for science to resolve. Shared dreaming is just the tip of the iceburg for how information has organized itself
within the Universe.
If we can't accept Indra's Web
, or Tom's Reality Wide Web
; we can at least accept science fact that there is interconnectedness
within quantum states; and to what degree of entanglement exists since the expansion of the singularity should intrigue the minds of people like
If we came from one; are we not all part of one? With the collapse of the Universe we inevitable become one again; or at least the quantum soup that
we formed. Where consciousness begins and ends within quantum states may be completely entangled with what photons are. Photons after all; are the
functioning energy driving the quantum computer called the human mind. We may not measure consciousness, but we know photons play a role in
facilitating the existence of consciousness within the human brain.
Now that we have this theoretical muse done with let's get back on topic with the reality of shared dreaming.
Limitations in Mutual Dreaming
Let's first examine what obstacles affect the majority of the population in regards to dream related phenomena. The first obvious flaw in the Human
Condition is we are not active dreamers en mass. The truth is we are passive dreamers with little or no development in this area of skill. The
population of the planet for the most part is dream illiterate
Dreaming is not a belief
; it is an experience
that has the potential for participation. It predominantly is the realm of the unconscious
self; and our waking self tends to drift off into altered unconscious states affected by the random mindless direction of irrational
When we sleep; we enter into five stages of sleep ranging from 4 stages of NREM (Non-REM) and 1 stage of REM. Most of our dream recall occurs
during the REM stage of sleep. Even though we are in unconscious states during NREM, evidence in sleep laboratories have confirmed that we are at
least still dreaming. However, oblivious to what ever that information may be.