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Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby Basikx » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:12 pm

*This is not my work, but credits to Skrillex from HF (not going to advertise here) for taking the time and work in making this.

What is a "Lucid Dream"?

A lucid dream is a dream in which the sleeper is aware that she or he is dreaming. When the dreamer is lucid, she or he can actively participate in and often manipulate the imaginary experiences in the dream environment.

A dream state in which one is conscious enough to recognize that one is in the dream state and is then able to control dream events.

Complications of Lucid Dreaming!

There are many methods of inducing a lucid dream. Some methods work better for me while other methods may work better for other dreamers. It is best to try different methods in order to discover which ones work best for you. Before you try any of these methods be sure your dream recall abilities are sufficient (you should be able to recall at least one dream per night), otherwise you may not remember your lucid dream experiences. Let’s go through a few of the most common lucid dream induction methods.

The three common methods.

Dream Initiation of Lucid Dreams (DILD)

Well, by definition DILD is a method of attaining lucidity while dreaming. Unlike the other methods laid out here, the DILD method relies on the dreamer going into the dream with no intention of becoming lucid and somehow becoming lucid while asleep. This happens fairly often to me but it is not very predictable when I will have a lucid dream if no active steps are taken before going to sleep.

A good example of a DILD that happened to me was one in which I was walking through a park having a conversation with an old man. I was not lucid at the time but the man asked me how it felt to be dreaming, at which point I became lucid and instantly had some control over the situation and replied “I know I am dreaming but how do you feel knowing you don’t exist?” This stumped the old man but then he smiled and replied “I feel fine. The same way you will feel when you are awake. How do you know you truly exist?” This indeed was an interesting lucid dream and one that caught me by surprise.

Pros: Great way to become lucid.
Cons: No way to practice. Unreliable.
Best for: Those not trying to LD.

Despite DILD being a common method of attaining lucidity, there aren’t any reliable techniques to achieve lucid dreams using this method. Spend your time practicing other methods but hope for a DILD when those fail.

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)

The MILD technique, developed by Stephen LaBerge, involves setting an intention to carry out while dreaming in order to recognize one is dreaming or to notice a dream sign. The MILD method requires the dreamer to make a habit of doing something during waking life in order to carry the same habit into the dream state. The goal is to realize something is askew while in the dream and come to the conclusion that you must be dreaming.

A classic and proven MILD technique is to count yours and other people’s fingers while awake. If you do this often you will get into the habit of reaching the same number each time as well as have a good idea of what normal fingers look like. Once dreaming you may attempt to do the same thing but run into an issue (e.g. missing or too many digits, odd looking hands, hands that change after you look away), then you’ll realize you are asleep.

Another MILD technique involves paying close detail to common objects (such as a watch or clock) while awake. Make sure you look twice at these objects each time you observe them. Once in a dream, you may do the same but realize that the object seems distorted or changes once you look away (time rapidly changing) and hopefully conclude that you must be dreaming.

One technique I use often is to repeat the following phrase in my head “I will recognize I am asleep and remember my dream.” I repeat this mentally a few times during the day and repeatedly before I go to bed. I find that it helps me attain lucidity when practiced. A variation of this technique is laid out in Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming byStephen LaBerge.

Pros: Simple. Easy for beginners.
Cons: Can be a bit boring.
Best for: People with good prospective memory.

Using the MILD method can have very positive results. I find that the MILD method is the easiest for beginners since you can practice it all the time in waking life and hopefully attain a lucid dream within a few weeks or even days of starting.

Wake Initiation of Lucid Dreams (WILD)

The WILD method is my personal favorite method of initiating lucid dreams. The WILD method is when you fall asleep while keeping your consciousness and go straight into a dream. This is often achieved by using relaxation and meditation techniques to relax your body and seamlessly transition into a sleep state while keeping your mind focused on entering the dream world.

For WILDs to occur, you are going to want to keep your body as relaxed as possible. Now tense and relax your body, starting from your shoulders and working downwards, then back up to your face. Doing this (or a similar relaxation, meditation, or trance technique) should make your body feel slightly heavy and relaxed.

There are many different ways to induce WILDs, but they all involve simultaneously attempting to keep the mind aware while attempting to have the body fall asleep.

I find that WILDs are easiest to achieve right before an afternoon nap or after waking up earlier than expected. This has to do with sleep cycles, as REM periods can continue immediately when falling asleep if a REM period was missed or stopped abruptly the night before.

The WILD method tends to give me the most vivid lucid dreams, nearly as real as waking life. Some of the WILDs have even seemed realer than real life (if that makes any sense), since I’ve been able to control nearly every element of the dream.

However, there are some risks involved with attempting to use the WILD method.

Sleep Paralysis (SP) is the most common issue I have had to deal with when using this method. SP occurs when your body is asleep but your mind is awake. SP is when you feel completely paralyzed (you literally cannot move) but your consciousness is fully intact. But wait, doesn’t that happen every night? Indeed it does, but we normally are not aware of it when it happens. SP can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes (I’ve had what seemed like a 15 minute episode) and can be the most frightening experience of your life. I usually hallucinate when in SP, sometimes about demons standing beside my bed and attacking me or I feel like I’m falling into an infinitely deep pit. Despite having some bad experiences with SP, I’ve learned to focus my energy on positive thoughts and use SP to launch straight to a lucid dream. I actually enjoy SP now as it is a full-proof method to enter a LD or an astral projection episode (arguably the same as lucid dreaming but I’ll discuss that further in another article).

Pros: Vivid lucid dreams, induced at will.
Cons: Difficult to master. Sleep Paralysis and other scary things can happen.
Best for: Experienced dreamers.

Despite the scary stuff that may happen, this is the most effective method of attaining lucid dreams. If you really practice the WILD method you will be able to enter a lucid dream whenever you desire.

So there you have it. These 3 methods are the most common ways people experience lucid dreaming. These, of course, are not the only methods available but I find them to be the fairly easy to pull off (well not DILD) and proven to work. If you choose to try the WILD method, whatever you do don’t let Sleep Paralysis scare you! Only think positive thoughts and don’t let your fears come out of else you will have a bad experience. Maybe a few scary SP experiences are necessary for you to learn how to control your mind, but I digress.

Questions and Answers!

Q: What are bad side effects that can happen with Lucid Dreaming?

A:in very rare cases, it can carry similar negative psychological side effects of psychedelic drugs (mushrooms and lsd). this is exponentially less common than with said drugs, and is known as a lucid nightmare. however many lucid dreamers have the ability to awaken themselves. when a dream turns bad enough, the dreamers react by ending the dream. this is extremely rare, and is usually only occurring with those who have a genetic predisposition to paranoia or schizophrenia. all in all, dont worry about it unless you have a family history of either of those conditions

other than that, there are no known side effects

Q: Is there any possible way to force yourself out of the dream and to sleep like you normally would?

A: I have found that killing myself, can induce me into regular sleep, or wake me up.

Q:Say I was running in my lucid dream, would my body do any actions that I may be doing within my dream?

A:There is a chance you could have some moving around; but nothing major.

Q: Should you close your eyes or not, when trying WILD?

A: It may help sometimes; but don't focus on anything.


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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby PiCiNk0 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:25 pm

Really nice and helpful guide! Now i really want to achieve a lucid dream because a looong time ago i had one and it was one of the best dreams i ever had :) I didn't ever forced my self to have a lucid dream or wanted to have one but when it comes I'm just glad it happened :) Now i think I'm gonna try one of these techniques :-D Again, really helpful, thanks ;)
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby Basikx » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:28 pm

No problem. With me, lucid dreaming is awesome, I wouldn't mind lucid dreaming every day. I just feel really weird when I wake up :\
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby SadLittlePony » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:48 pm

Well it is nice that someone finally wrote this cause there are a lot of people out there going "I cant do it."
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby Basikx » Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:56 pm

Thanks, appreciated.
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby Legalize It » Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:18 pm

I know this is a really late post but this guide is great!! Keep up the good writing!
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby Qwazz » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:58 am

Always when i try to lucid dream i get that stupid Sleep paralysis after 10min so i get mad and after 30seconds i can move again xD... i just cant do it
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby badpup » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:41 am

The best results are achieved with the combination of the wild AND mild techniques...
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby CrypticNothings » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:58 am

Wow, I want your dream about the old man asking you about the dream. That would be interesting. I found that usually around the time I wake up I'm in a half and half state...still dreaming but half awake and able to have some control over the dream. Doesn't happen alot but it's great when it does.
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby idoser » Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:24 am

Make sure to watch the official lucid dreaming tutorial here:
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Re: Guide To Successful Lucid Dreaming

Postby Kre8tiv » Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:08 pm

That was a very interesting and informative post! Lots of information there...... :-D
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