You Never Remember the Beginning of Your Dream… My Personal Inception

You know the feeling when you’re in a dream and realize you’re dreaming?

This wasn’t that.

This was the regular sort of dream where you don’t realize you’re dreaming until you wake up.

But in this dream, I woke up slowly… over several years.

The twist is that this dream was my life.

The only reason I know I’m awake now is that when I look back, the only way I can describe the difference in my feeling and awareness is that I used to be asleep.

Don’t get me wrong, growing up homeschooled with parents who worked for themselves and went against the flow in other ways, I had a head start compared to many people. I already looked at life and the world much differently.

When I think about it, it’s almost like I’ve been waking up my whole life, but somewhere around 2012 it started to accelerate.

What I’m not sure about is what triggered the acceleration… I would wonder if it was being in my 30s, but I observe people in their 20s who seem to be more awake than I was at that age, so I don’t think that’s it.

You Never Remember the Beginning of Your Dream... My Personal Inception

I feel that it may be tied to several other things, perhaps a combination of them:

  • time
  • the internet
  • spiritual truths


It seems many other people started to notice a shift in 2012. (You can look it up if you’re curious.)

I wouldn’t say I necessarily noticed it at the time, but looking back I can point to 2012 as the start of a shift for me.

That’s the year we became aware of minimalism and began implementing it in our lives. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I guess you could say it was a sharper departure from the norm at the time – like a greater detachment from the “dream”.

The Internet

There’s nothing that propelled humanity forward more or faster than becoming connected by the internet.

  • We’re able to communicate with a greater variety of people.
  • We’re able to share and access vastly more information.
  • We’re able to be more aware of what’s going on in the rest of the world as it happens.
  • Etc. etc.

In my opinion, the way the internet and time connect together as a catalyst for waking from the dream points to the rise of smartphones.

Smartphone adoption in the US reached 50% in late 2012.

By the end of 2013 it was only at 22% globally, and in 2019 it’s still under half of the population, though children who wouldn’t have phones should be considered in that equation.

Although people had access to the internet long before 2012, most weren’t truly connected to it before smartphones.

Even after smartphones became more common, it still took some time for the majority to become conditioned to using it as the constant/instant source of information we rely on today.

Spiritual Truths

In the midst of all this, I felt pulled to keep seeking deeper truth.

There were many ups and downs as I explored the rabbit hole, and I continue to reorient myself even now, to some extent.

I’m also aware that I may still be in a higher level dream.

(We finally watched Inception over the weekend. I know we were only about 9 years late, but we just don’t really do movies.)

Anyway, it was timely and I could relate.

The question is, how many levels of the dream are there, and whose dream am I in?

Are some people really projections? There are those who do believe so.

Personally, I believe we’re in God’s dream, though I wouldn’t call it a dream, more just his consciousness. We’re held together in him, and the more we renew our minds to his ways, the more we wake up…

Humanity is on an interesting journey, that’s for sure.

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Tico & Tina

David & Christina are recovering "lack" addicts who share tidbits of their minimalist, digital nomadic life at The Liberation Collective.