Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream

Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream

2012, Society  -   72 Comments
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Of all the innumerable beliefs and hypotheses that make up our contemporary industrial perspective on life there is one that is dominant and very frequent. That's the assumption that we are disconnected, from everyone and everything. This belief configures basically all our ideas and actions. There's a crucial fallacy that we are separate. But, if there is only one, then whatever I do to you I'm actually doing it to myself, my family, and my children.

Spiritual attitude has long instructed that partition is actually an illusion. However, in the past, the narrative that's been exchanged in the modern world, whether consciously or unconsciously, has been that the world functions like a huge machine made of separate parts like a big clock. For the past four centuries, the scientific established practice has been trying to take the clock apart, and figure out how it functions, so we can use it for our own ambitions.

This rigid aspect meant that instead of realizing the relation between things, we were analyzing and taking apart those very same things. So, what developed was kind of disintegrated view of the natural world. And we became entranced with the ability that came out of this technology, and we lost our relations to each other; we lost our connection to the enigma of the cosmos.

Although the modern worldview is superior on Earth, it's valuable to identify that it's not the only worldview. Traditional, native cultures are not so concentrated on "advancement", rather they're focused on their health and persistence of the community, and they see the interdependence of all things. They try to recognize that we're related to everything... to the animals, fish, plants, trees, birds, and even to the microorganisms. Indigenous people of the world have a particularly important role to play at this moment in history. We need them to come forward and explain how they see things.

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Infinite plane
7 years ago

The earth is flat and infinate. Deal with it. Nasa has NO Photos, just CGI. Google math Powerland or any other flat earth youtube channel on FE, but not flat earth society because they are controlled opposition. Gravity is a theory that was never proven. The Holocaust never happened the way we were told, nukes are a lie and so are dinosaurs.

Blue Clue
8 years ago

Didn't Maharishi Mahesh Yogi try something similar with his movement, TM. All good ideas, but the consumption and degradation seems to continue. It takes a catalyst for us to change, and we have not yet seem one big enough to have a change impact.

8 years ago

I generally agree with this documentary, but the chart at 32:44 is misleading. $15,000 in 1960 in the US is equivalent to $120,320.78 in 2014 after adjusting for inflation (that's a 702.1% inflation). In 2007, the US income figure of roughly $40,000 correlate with the overall steady level of happiness. Studies have shown that happiness increases up to a certain point (roughly $81,000 in today's dollars), and then increases in income have much less marginal benefit in general, ceteris paribus (e.g. holding family size, cost of living, etc. constant).

You would have to use real incomes adjusted for inflation and correlate it with happiness reports, however happiness is indicated, to see how incomes affect happiness.

9 years ago

I don't know if there's a Heaven up above because I live in one, the Earth, that some men insist in "hellanize".

Jacek Walker
9 years ago

What an excuse in the age of omnipresent internet would be to the masses to remain still ignorant?

Seems most people don't want to know the truth for one reason or another. Reality is too scary, too meaningless...

Why is so much apply to sex, gambling, games, alcohol, drugs in the world? Those are all ways to escape reality. And those toys are not for free either.

I hold an opinion that people remain ignorant of reality because they have been hypnotized, brainwashed, stupefied but sometimes I am not sure.....

Kansas Devil
9 years ago

The message of this documentary has been repeated since before I was born. The information presented is nothing new.
Yet, here we are still involved in the same hedonisticly consumerist rituals.
One can suspect the human race is inherently suicidal in slow motion.
If we don't run out of resources, there is a possibility we will travel to another planet and infect it with our humanity..and on and on.
Perhaps the universe has checks and balances to deal with that.

Gabriel Forbes
9 years ago

It's nice to see that Antarctic ice is growing back, hehe.

Patrick Adrien Varencaus
9 years ago

The title should rather be (cause its truth/fact)not a theory!
**Why have we have forsaken God!!!? **

Janeen Clark
9 years ago

identifying an objective causality.
1. domination through the use of reward and punishment and competition at the heart of the systems and mindset of people until today due to real or imagined scarcity .
identifying an objective solution.
1. holistic understanding through the use of co-operation empathy and compassion at a social level.
2. establish a systems approach to civilization where the emphasis is placed on abundance and empathy.
3. open source type methodology getting everyone evolved in the restoration process of society and the planet , by allowing people to excel at participation coupled with scientific method and a holistic framework where "spirituality" of oneness can be captured in the underlining open source architecture.

9 years ago

The reason that things are falling apart is a little complex. It is set of reasons, but population growth and the attendant issue of technological growth are primary. But, IMO, the major driver of collapse is the capitalist ideal of sustainable growth. I think that the monetary structure is very much to blame. The idea of money as value is outdated. It's value is left to speculators and charlatans.

We have the technology and resources to create only that what we need in a sustainable format. I call this format nature. IIn this format we use only what we need and then we replace what we used with new seeds, plants, animals, resources, products, etc etc etc. Make the cycle of consumption a closed loop. You can only take out what you put in. I believe it is possible but we have a great deal of work to do. with over 200 years of propaganda to overcome. There is far more than that, but it is a start.

Mars Sentinel
9 years ago

Religion is the "B" tool of control, chosen by the rulers to manage - you. Money is the "A" tool.

9 years ago

The grim reality is that people still gave huge amount of Christmas presents during the Holidays despite the fact that we are in debt, that the earth is suffering, that the deprived (3rd world as we feel comfortable calling them) are still losing their resources and gaining nothing in return.
This makes me think that IF the natural reality is a product of our consciousness, in other words if there is a unified consciousness that assembles energy into particles into the physical reality we see, then the title of this movie may be more meaningful than expected.
The "crackpots" of science, those called the pseudo-scientists, those who dare think that there may be more than MATTER may in fact have the solution at the tip of their thoughts.

9 years ago

Even if the cynics are right and we manage to destroy ourselves, it won`t change the fact that many millions of people believed we could become all that I believe we are meant to be. With hope we have a future, without it we never had anything..........Peace : )

9 years ago

Once you get past the first few minutes which play like a Wether's originals ad then this documentary is quite good and makes for a compelling watch, provided you're not already too jaded of course.
It's nice to see a doc with so much hope on here. Round of applause for the "one fool standing" :)

9 years ago

I saw a doc somewhere where there were so many of this particular creature that that was its survival mode; meaning after the "storm" there would be some that survived just because there are so many?

one hundered years ago there 1.5, billion people on the entire Earth - today there are 7, billion people one the entire Earth - Do you think maybe our population explosion was put into place so as to make sure that there would be some of us left when the stuff hits the fan?

There is a lot of diversionary thinking in this world because of the compact evolution of synthetic mental masterbation - tinker toys and mary-go-rounds? But at core level there is just one of us a life form

Didn't anyone read "Chicken Little"

Do you actually believe anyone is going to give up their "play station" and go back to yo-yo's


I have said this before on here; "What difference does it make if we die one at a time or all at a time"?

I don't know about you but i am sick and tired of being sick and tired of listening to this horse tihs in the mean time i have just enough left to pack my one hitter - my man will be back in town tomorrow!

9 years ago

"the spiritual attitude has long instructed that partition is actually an illusion."

Actually, no. This is in fact the scientific view. It is Religion and its conservative friend Business which long set humans (and particularly men) apart from the world. By focusing on what is real instead of imagined or advertised, our interdependence becomes obvious.

At the smallest levels, we are all atoms, everything on this planet.
At the largest levels, we are all irrelevant.
On the human scale, the planet matters.
But on the planetary scale, humans are irrelevant, except to the extent we may accelerate the extinction period that started before recorded history.
Further, the planet is not a system like a clock. It doesn't strive for balance. It doesn't favor life. It is chaotic. And it just is, while it is.

While there are obvious large benefits to slowing progress and taking a more thoughtful pace, we need not adopt a bunch of magical nonsense to do it.

What is lacking is not knowledge of what to do, but the will to do it.