In the film Inception, the character Ariadne tells Leonardo DiCaprio’s character to “remember yourself” just before he plunges into a dream state of indeterminate length. The film does not explore the nature of the Self, however.
The idea that the world is an illusion or dream can become an infectious meme. As we see in the character of Mal (Leonardo DiCaprio’s character’s wife), a kind of self-destructive madness results, if the ego claims ownership of the world-dream, rather than seeing it as an aspect of the Supreme Self.
According to Advaita philosophy, the world is a dream if seen as separate from the Subject; real if seen as the Subject.
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