In 2020, a concept about using ‘dreams’ to shift-reality emerged and went viral on TikTok that claimed a person could ‘shift’ to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts as an actual reality where Dumbledore, Harry Potter, Muggles, Hogwarts are actual real, or any desired ‘shifted-reality’. They further distort dreaming claiming you can take permanent residence in this shifted-reality never to return here rather you leave a clone running a script that takes over your waking life as you frolic with muggles or what ever other non-sense they claim would be another reality.
The body of works they use stem from classical lucid dream techniques such as yogic dreaming, Robert A. Monroe who founded the Monroe Institute and studied consciousness during sleep fusing this with known published articles on the effects of pop-culture, video games and other influences on our dream content which show up in content-analysis studies spanning decades to produce a cult-minded false-narrative of what dreaming actually is.
As a private dream researcher spanning 22 years with a heavy investment into dream neuroscience, dream psychology, neuroscience, psychology and having used source-material extensively since 1980 for interactive-replay it is very clear both in scientific literature and experience that the phenomena of hippocampal-replay to compose very realistic compositions of influences from our waking life is nothing more than dreaming. We cover this extensively in the Science of Dream Memory and Recall which you can read here:
Why is this dangerous? If you study how mental health issues can develop over time when someone confuses dreams for reality especially for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This condition is known as Dream Reality Confusion Psychosis (DRC) and happens when a person confuses dreams as reality. Here is an article I recommend reading on this topic, and we never teach our students that the dreams we are composing are actual themselves reality, rather they are simulations produced in the brain based on learned memories gained from waking-world influences.
Dream-reality confusion in borderline personality disorder: a theoretical analysis
- Unit of Sleep Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
This paper presents an analysis of dream-reality confusion (DRC) in relation to the characteristics of borderline personality disorder (BPD), based on research findings and theoretical considerations. It is hypothesized that people with BPD are more likely to experience DRC compared to people in non-clinical population.
We do not teach or promote the idea that you can leave your body to take residence in a dream and never return to your real life here. That kind of thinking is what can also lead to other forms of dissociative personality disorders, and psychosis. Not a healthy concept to teach people interested in having fun with what dreams can do when developed as a skill.