my thoughts on DREAMING (or a review of Waking Life)…

The basic plot of the film is based on a physiological phenomenon known as “lucid dreaming”. Lucid dreaming means dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming. The term was coined by Frederik van Eeden who used the word “lucid” in the sense of mental clarity. Many of the dream state idiosyncrasies described in the film, such as the inability to read time on a digital watch or the tendency of light switches to malfunction, are described in studies authored by Dr. Stephen LaBerge of Stanford University, the leading American authority on lucid dreaming.

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I think it’s interesting that is was created on mostly consumer equiptment, proving that you don’t need to spend lots of money to make good art (however I am the proud owner of the new Nikon D7000 haha).

I LOVE the quotes in the movie. I was trying to tweet everything but there wasn’t enough time. Some of my favorites were…

Dreaming is destiny.

Judge not lest ye be judged.

As one realizes that one is a figure in someone else’s dream, that is self awareness.

On really romantic evenings of self, I go salsa dancing with my confusion.

…that’s what I loved the most, connecting with the people. Looking back, that’s all that really mattered.

…we all know the function of media has never been to eliminate the evils of the world, no. Their job is to persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them.

I had some interesting thoughts of my own as well. I think i’m gonna use them to make an art film though so stay tuned : D

I really want to learn more an experiment with ludic dreaming and this whole realm of ideas.

PS: There’s a HOW TO for everything these days : P

What we really are…

I’m going to preface this by saying that I believe we each create our own reality. Our world and everything we know is made up of perceptions which we create and control in our own minds. The way we experience life is defined by the way we view the world and the various lenses we see it through.

Shadow Puppets

via Cayusa

Last night I had some really amazing thoughts. It is interesting how we create our experiences of the world. I think that if you make yourself comfortable and take yourself to a certain mental state, you can experience the world and your thoughts in a different way. But what does that mean, right?

Example. I am sick right now. I have congestion which is making my experience of life a little different right now. Standing and walking feel funny, sounds take longer to find my ears… I am aware of this new way of experiencing life I have been pushed into. Because of this sickness I did not sleep right away, but rather drifted in and out of consciousness. I could hear noises filtering into my room from the rest of the house, not really aware of what I was dreaming and what was “reality” (though because I create my own reality, I suppose it was all real). Because of the experience I was having I allowed myself to be more in touch with my imagination.  The shadows on the walls communicated with me. I had a conversation with a mosquito, which was actually a conversation with myself…

The way we view and perceive other people is really just an extension of how we perceive ourselves. When you chose to like or dislike a quality in someone else, you are really judging and creating your own character/personality. When someone else gives you an idea, you are really giving yourself an idea, via your perceived projection of them.

The mosquito was really just an extension of myself that I was communicating with, a projection of my own thoughts and energy.

Because I believe we each create our own reality I feel that the way we create this reality is very important. For example, if I consciously decide to be a point of positive energy and manifest joy in the world, that will become my reality. It’s sort of a “you are what you eat” situation. By choosing positivity and joy I become positivity and joy. I kept thinking about this. In my mind, I often find myself creating metaphors and ironic situations to explain and interpret the events in my life. It is quite the comedy in my head. Last night I took this further though. If I create metaphors and irony, I become metaphors and irony.

If I am a metaphor, what do I stand for?

What is the irony of Jenni?

I guess the beauty of it is that I get to decide : )

I find it interesting that I felt like I was “on something” but really I had just conditioned myself to being open to having that sort of experience. If you make yourself open to things and live consciously you can have any experience you desire, just by connecting with certain parts of yourself. So, what are you open to? What do you want your experience to be?