The Wake Induced Lucid Dream is often considered the most powerful lucid dreaming technique!
This type of Lucid Dream does exactly what the name suggests, catapulting you directly into the lucid dream state from full consciousness. They enable you to, with enough practice, have conscious dreams whenever you want, and, because there is no lapse in consciousness from waking to dreaming, they produce the most vivid kind of lucid dream!
The WILD method is also believed to generate out of body experiences or astral projection.
Having Your First WILD
Step 1 – Timing
Dreams are generally formed during the REM phase of sleep, which occurs after 45-180 minutes of sleep. Trying to induce a lucid dream using WILD when you’re going to bed won’t work. You will, more than likely, fall asleep. Instead, set your alarm clock to wake you up after approximately 5 hours of sleep. Get up; don’t turn on computer or TV or look at your cellphone (to maintain a good level of melatonin). Do not eat or drink anything either. Read a book or your dream journal if you have one. After 45-60 minutes, return to your bed.
Step 2 – Relax
Lie on your back, get comfortable and close your eyes. Take a few deep, relaxing breaths; try to exhale as slowly and smoothly as possibly. Now take a minute to notice the feeling of your body lying on the bed, relax your muscles, releasing any tension you can feel.
Once your body feels relaxed you want to make sure you don’t move it again. This stillness is going to play a key part in tricking your subconscious mind into thinking you have fallen asleep. So keep your body totally relaxed and still.
Now slowly begin to count and repeat the phrase “I’m dreaming” in your mind. “One, I’m dreaming, Two, I’m dreaming, Three. I’m dreaming” and so on. This will focus your intention.
Step 3 – Hypnagogic Imagery
After about 5 to 10 minutes you will begin to see hypnagogic imagery. The exact appearance of this will vary from person to person, but generally start off as flashes and swirls of colour, slowly coming together into patterns. Let your mind watch and follow these images without getting too absorbed by them as they develop. A relaxed yet focused state of mind is what you’re after here, if you practice any meditation or use a brainwave entrainment program this is the state of mind to aim for.
As the imagery develops, it will begin to take the form of objects, or little scenes, and beyond this almost like mini-movies that play for a few seconds at a time. These are your dreams slowly taking shape, as above just try to be aware of these without getting too involved. It is very easy at this stage to become fascinated by these images and drift off to sleep.
Step 4- Let your body fall asleep
Your body and mind are now approaching the threshold between being awake and asleep. Before completely falling asleep your subconscious mind will do a quick check that your body is really asleep. It does this by sending a signal to part of your body to move, this will start off as a feeling you want to move position, as this desire to move grows you may begin to feel quite uncomfortable.
This is where you need to trick your mind into believing your body has fallen asleep. Just resist the urge to move and stay completely still, the feeling of comfortableness will pass. As it does, your body will enter ‘sleep paralyses’. This stage can be a little frightening at first, as you will be unable to move your body and will likely feel a vibrating or tingling sensation. Don’t worry it is entirely natural, you go through this stage every night when you fall asleep, just normally you aren’t still conscious to be aware of it.
You may now also begin to hear some sounds; these again vary from person to person. Common experiences are hearing faint voices, or a buzzing/humming sound. This is the final stage as your mind switches over from receiving external stimuli from your environment to generating these internally.
Step 5 – Enter your Dream World
The Hypnagogic Imagery will now begin to come together into a full dream scene. You will be aware of your field of vision expanding, as your mind begins to create a full 3 dimensional dream environment. As you feel your peripheral vision expanding, imagine either reaching an arm or leg out into the dream scene in front of you. Since your physical body is now asleep, you will take control of your dream body.
Now you are ready to fully step into your dream scene, some people suggest ‘rolling’ or climbing out of your physical body and into the dream world, but I have found that by testing the waters with just an arm or leg first, you can simply step into the dream scene in your mind’s eye. As always play around with the different approaches and find what works best for you.
You are now standing lucid in a dream world!
And that’s how to perform a Wake induce Lucid Dream, or WILD. It does take a lot of practice because it’s not something you’ll be used to and it’s a new skill. When you do perfect it, however, it will allow you to directly induce a lucid dream!
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