How to Lucid Dream Like in the Movie “Inception”

Have you ever fantasized as to how to lucid dream like in the movie “Inception”? Well, this film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead does deal with the subject of Lucidity in a fascinating manner.

To begin with, the movie shows its characters using totems for reality checks to test whether they are in a dream or reality.

For instance, Leonardo DiCaprio (Cobb) uses a spinning device that normally stops rotating after a while but continues being in the state of motion when spun during a dream.

So, you could come up with a pretty interesting totem yourself for performing reality tests. However, make sure it is small and simple, like a watch, tiny mirror, or a piece of paper with some text scribbled on it.

If you choose to use a watch, you will find it difficult to see the time displayed (especially on a digital watch) as it is likely to exhibit blurred and obscured figures that won’t make much sense. In case you use a mirror, it will show distorted images in dreams.

When reading text in a dream, you will experience that the letters tend to change and wriggle when you glance at them. If you do succeed in reading it, you will find the text to have changed entirely on rereading it.

Besides, the movie emphasizes on the aspect of dream control and hence, inspires one to gain greater control over one’s dreams through lucidity.

The concept of shared dreams or dream within a dream, however, is complex and not easy for beginners as it requires layers of lucid awareness.

Moving on, lucid dreams are extremely vivid. So, you can try a number of things like flying, playing adventure sports, etc. in such dreams and experience a natural high. Plus, conscious dreaming has several other benefits that assist you in understanding yourself more deeply.

Moreover, the movie illustrates that dream characters, although created by your own subconscious mind, tend to act independently even in lucid dreams.

On the other hand, the concept of limbo shown in the movie (getting trapped in a dream for years), is intriguing, but it has not been proven scientifically.

Further, while taking hints on how to lucid dream like in the movie “Inception” try to assess the whole concept from a spiritual point of view as well.

The movie draws our attention to the possible disturbing consequences of engaging in conscious dreaming done without removing emotional and psychological troubles from the mind.

Recommended Reading: Astral Projection, Lucid Dreaming, Out-Of-Body-Experiences & Dream Yoga

Adventures Beyond the Body: How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel - William Buhlman

Astral Dynamics: The Complete Book of Out-of-Body Experiences - Robert Bruce

Astral Projection for Beginners: Six Techniques for Traveling to Other Realms - Edain McCoy

Astral Projection for Psychic Empowerment: The Out-of-Body Experience, Astral Powers, and their Practical Application - Joe H. Slate PhD

The Astral Projection Guidebook: Mastering the Art of Astral Travel - Erin Pavlina

Dreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming And Mindfulness Of Dream And Sleep - Charlie Morley

Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation - B. Alan Wallace

Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light - Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

Dream Yoga: Consciousness, Astral Projection, and the Transformation of the Dream State - Samael Aun Weor

Explorations in Consciousness: A New Approach to Out-of-Body Experiences - Frederick Aardema

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming - Stephen LaBerge

Far Journeys - Robert Monroe

A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics - Dylan Tuccillo

Journeys Out of the Body - Robert Monroe

The Llewellyn Practical Guide to Astral Projection: The Out-of -Body Experience - Melita Denning

Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life - Stephen LaBerge

Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self - Robert Waggoner

Mastering Astral Projection: 90-day Guide to Out-of-Body Experience - Robert Bruce

Meditation, Transformation, And Dream Yoga - Gyatrul Rinpoche

Out-of-Body Experiences: How to Have Them and What to Expect - Robert Peterson

Realities of the Dreaming Mind: The Practice of Dream Yoga - Swami Sivananda Radha

The Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep - Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Ultimate Journey - Robert Monroe

A Witch’s Travel Guide to Astral Realms - D.J. Conway

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"Some call the alternative world a fantasy or an illusion; still it is hardly any different from our shared physical reality. Both are created from thought and both exist only in our minds."

― John Magnus
Astral Projection And the Nature of Reality: Exploring the Out-of-body State

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"There is another world we may enter through dreams, which is sometimes called the Dreamtime, or The Dreaming. This is a psychic realm we share with all other dreamers, both human and non-human, and it has its own established landscapes and geographies. Within The Dreaming are the countries of Faerie, the Afterworlds of all faiths, the realms of gods, spirits, and ancestors, and all the fantasy worlds of myth and story.


As you master the skill of lucid dreaming, you will eventually be able to set a course within The Dream- ing to particular Astral realms, places, times and dimensions—such as Faerie, the Afterworlds, historical eras, or even the lands of myth and fantasy. This is called shamanic journeying. You will be able to fly to such places by levitation, or even transport yourself instantaneously by teleportation. You will be able to seek out, meet, and converse with anyone you wish— living or dead, real or imaginary — including dragons, totems, spirits, Gods, and Goddesses.”

― Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
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