Just as the movie Inception explores layers of dream worlds, we are exploring layers of Christ that can be seen within this film.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious, and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for a seemingly impossible task: “inception”, the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious.
Cobb (DiCaprio) and his team infiltrate a person’s subconscious by entering a shared dream world. The film begins in one of these shared dreams, but the subject is actually testing Cobb. His business competitor of an energy conglomerate is near death and will pass the business on to his son. Cobb is being recruited to enter the son’s subconscious and plant an idea (“inception”) that will lead him to dissolve his father’s conglomerate. In exchange, Cobb’s criminal past will be erased and he will be able to return to his life with his children.
Cobb accepts the mission and assembles his team. They begin to brainstorm about how to go about this task.
They discuss that the implanted idea must be the simplest form of the idea in order to “stick”. It cannot be too complicated.
The idea also needs to seem as if it is the subject’s own thought, from his own subconscious.
They then build a dream world to lead the son to this thought: Be your own man. In other words, they want him to believe that his father doesn’t want him to run the business the way he did, so breaking up the conglomerate would actually be acceptable to his father (and hugely beneficial to his competitor).
I think this movie is a beautiful picture of the only true Inception, the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us.
Through this shared Spirit, God’s own thoughts can be implanted into our spirit – into our subconscious.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. (John 16:13a)
The Spirit of truth came to us inwardly at Pentecost. We are able to think the thoughts of Another as if they were our own.
In fact, all of the believers together can share this one mind!
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32)
complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (Philippians 2:2)
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. (Romans 12:16)
Also, just like the movie, I’ve found that God’s thoughts are very simple.
You are loved. You are My son/daughter. You are part of God’s family.
You are valued. You are cherished. You are part of Me.
Love others like I love you. Give up your life to gain it. Do not be offended.
Look at My Son and hear Him. Spend time with Me. Jesus is true life.
You don’t need any special degrees to hear the Lord’s voice in you. He speaks simply and plainly to His children.
But, there is an enemy that likes to try and copy what God does, and he succeeds in planting his own inception into Adam and Eve.
“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it [the fruit], and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)
Adam and Eve likely thought that God simply loved them and wanted the best for them. But the serpent leads them to another idea: be your own man and woman. Make your own decisions. Don’t follow what the Father wants; make your own way.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Brothers and sisters, if you live by the life of Christ, His thoughts are in you, and they are always good thoughts! They are good thoughts about God, good thoughts about yourself, and good thoughts about others.
But, there are other forces active in this world (even our own flesh) that want to implant thoughts that are not God’s. Unfortunately, we frequently receive these thoughts and live from them instead of from God’s Truth.
I encourage you to let God’s Inception grow in you.
Follow the Life!