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MILD Lucid Dreaming


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What Is MILD Lucid Dreaming?

MILD is short for “Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams”. When using the MILD lucid dreaming technique you try to trigger a lucid dream by using affirmations and visualizations.

The  MILD technique was invented by Stephen LaBerge, a famous lucid dreaming pioneer and published in his book Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming.

MILD is best applied when falling asleep and after waking up during the night. In both circumstances you visualize yourself becoming lucid and affirm, that the next time you are dreaming, you will notice that you are dreaming.

The MILD technique determinates the mind to remember to recognize dreams, for what they are, throughout the night.

It is my all-time favorite method because for me it has worked well from the beginning. Also MILD is a very beginner friendly method. All it requires is to entrain your brain to remember.

MILD is short for “Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreams”

How to Perform the Mild Lucid Dreaming Technique

Exercise the mild lucid dreaming technique, like this:

  1. Before falling asleep lie down at night, and relax your body with techniques, such as meditation, autosuggestion, brain waves (binaural beats or isochronic tones), or anyone else, you feel comfortable with.
  2. As soon as you feel relaxed and drowsy, resolve that you will wake and remember every dream, from every sleep circle, throughout the night.
  3. When you wake at night, remember as many dreams and details (especially from your last dream). Write them down into your dream journal if this does not wake you up in a way that you won’t be able to fall asleep again.
  4. On going back to sleep affirm again, and again “Next time I’m dreaming, I want to remember I’m dreaming.” Really mean it!
  5. Visualize the last moments of your most recent dream, only this time with you, recognizing that you are dreaming. Do this, until you fall asleep.

Tip on Phrasing Affirmations Correctly

Though a lot of people frame their affirmations like with the words “will”, “want” or “next time”, I may add, that it might work better for you, if you cut out these words, or substitute them with other ones.

Why? This has three interrelated aspects:

  1. The “want” not really false, of course yet this simple word may set up the false thing within your brain. Want is like to wish for something. Like to hope for an event, that is not sure to happen.Yet affirmations work best, if they are stated as present, and absolute, as possible. As if they were already real.

    After experimenting with this, I found out that for me “Next time I am dreaming, I remember, I am dreaming”, works much better for me.


  2. There is a similar reason for the word “will”. Will, is of course grammatically, just fine. Yet this word hints more at a possibility than an absolute fact.I, for example, am German. Translated into my language, will-future is connected to words, like probably, or even worse possibly.

    Same must not necessarily count for you, yet if it does, I suggest changing the sentence, even if grammar goes down the tubes.

    You may try “Tonight,  I notice that I am dreaming.”, Or “I always notice, that I am dreaming. Experiment a little, to find your ideal phrase!


  3. You may even cut out the “Next time”. Next time is not now, Next time is sometime else. A vague point, somewhere in the future.Like:
    Q:“Did you learn for the test tomorrow?”
    A:“Nahh, did not manage it. But never mind, I’ll learn next time!”
    (We are all familiar with that one, aren’t we? 😉 )

    But, I guess, you do not want to Lucid dream next time, you want it right now, probably always. So why not try to change the affirmation to “I always, recognize, that I am dreaming!”

    I experimented with this, too, and concluded that (for me at least), this works much better.

In no way, I am opting to refute LaBerge’s or somebody else’s words. What I opt for, is to encourage you, to play a little with the possibilities of framing, to see if tiny adjustments can help you, to get more out of your efforts.

There are no two same humans after all, and what is working for one has not inevitably the same effects for another. Especially, as we do not share the same way of interpretation.

For a wider analyze and more instructions on this lucid dreaming technique, I may again recommend Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming, by Stephen LaBerge.

It’s an awesomely illuminating one in many, many ways!

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