Last week, I outlined why I believe there is value in dreams. This comes as no surprise to therapists, dream analysts, or anyone even remotely familiar with Jung. The novelty here comes with looking at many dreams, and finding patterns and trends therein–something that hasn’t been practical until the age of the internet, and people publishing and sharing online.
Though it hasn’t yet been executed successfully (at least publicly), the “aggregate dream analysis” concept is not new and, in fact, an app named “Shadow” has even garnered investment from a Kickstarter campaign and from Silicon Valley VCs. I don’t know Hunter and Jason or the team there, and while they seem like well-intentioned folks, I don’t immediately rejoice at the idea of handing over such a window into the human collective consciousness to any investors or corporations. They just don’t have a good track record, as is by now evidenced by the world around us. (And, frankly, to name such an operation “Shadow” is really questionable! Come on!)
The human psyche is not something we as a species can allow to be tapped and patented by the first corporation that accesses it via dreams.
Our aggregate “Dream Data” offers a quantitative window into the timeless world of the subconscious that we all share. A world that is fundamentally already available to us all, but is not easily accessed by most of us who have not extensively trained our consciousness in shamanic journeying, lucid dreaming, reading the Akashic record, or any other of myriad approaches. More than anything, I believe our dreams should be open source–not the intellectual property of some corporation beholden by law only to profit and shareholders. Just imagine how much Edward Bernays would pay to get access to trends in dreams. In this light, the data is recognized as quite potent.
For those who think that technology is a distraction from spiritual development and a poor substitute for raising one’s awareness: I actually tend to agree. However, I also think that at this point in the development of human consciousness, we need to reach for every weapon in our arsenal to help get us past the self-destructiveness of our species’ spiritual adolescence.
So, why collect dream data? Why pursue a straight-lined, methodical, analytical, computational model of our non-local and fundamentally metaphysical collective consciousness?
For one, even a beautiful mandala can be created using enough straight lines.
For another…see tomorrow’s post, the conclusion of hacking dreams.