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The WILD Lucid Dreaming Technique


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What Is WILD Lucid Dreaming?

WILD is short for “Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming”, “Wake-Initiated Lucid Dream”, or “Wake-Initiation of Lucid Dreams”.

WILD is not a single technique but covers a variety of methods to fall asleep consciously.

In other words, you keep your minds consciousness, whilst your body goes to sleep and enter a dream.

These wake induced lucid dreams will often get you through sleep paralysis, a state where your body is unable to move and often brings other effects like buzzing sounds and all sort of funny noises with it.

Astral Projection & WILD Lucid Dreaming

I read some opinions, that suggest that WILDs are no real clear dreams but in truth, astral projections (OBEs).

What I learned from experienced astral travelers, like Nicholas Newport, makes me believe, that the induction of wild lucid dreams offers two pathways.

One will lead you to a lucid dream, and the other is the onset of astral projection. As a skilled astral traveler and lucid dreamer you recognize both and may choose, which way to head.

With the Wild Lucid Dreaming Technique, You’ll Learn to Fall Asleep Consciously.

How to Start with Lucid Dreaming Techniques as a Beginner

Here is how to start with practicing lucid dreaming techniques

  1. If you are a beginner, I recommend, as mentioned before, to start with reality checks, as well as a dream journal.
  2. At the same time, you may start practicing the MILD lucid dreaming technique
  3. Next add the wake back to bed technique to your practice, as this is the third most beginner friendly.
  4. Save the WILD lucid dreaming techniques for last as those require the most skill and experience.

When and How to Practise Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming

When you are starting to train the wild techniques, it is recommendable, to train them, like the most other lucid dreaming techniques, shortly after waking up from a REM sleep phase.

As soon as you are more skilled in wake induced lucid dreaming, you can start to train them throughout the day.

A tip to avoid a common mistake:

As described in the blog article about the stages of sleep, bedtime may be the most difficult time to apply lucid dreaming techniques, as your mind is not very alert anymore, at night. Best time to practice them is in the morning, forenoon or on afternoon naps.

Also, it is wise to apply a relaxation technique before, to get your body in the appropriate mood, for dreaming WILD

3 Variations of the WILD Lucid Dreaming Technique

Wild lucid dreaming techniques are numerous. Here, I listed three of them, beginning with the most promising one.

Wild Lucid Dreaming Technique #1: Counting Yourself into a Dream

This clear dream method served me best, while the other two may have some hindering effects that I will explain later.

Count yourself to sleep like this:

  1. Do a relaxation technique first, such as autosuggestion, meditation, brain waves (binaural beats or isochronic tones), or anyone else that appeals to you.
  2. When drifting to sleep, start to count like this: “1, I am dreaming. 2, I am dreaming. 3, I am dreaming, …”
  3. (Optional) Do this until you reached 100 and started over again.
  4. After a little practice, and counting on, you may realize at some point, when you remind yourself “I am dreaming”, that you actually are dreaming.

Sounds quite simple, and indeed it is. To me, this WILD lucid dreaming technique has proven, as the most effective one. Also, I like it for its simplicity.

The key lies in staying mentally awake while the rest of you goes to sleep.

Tip for Staying Focused:

If your mind wanders off as you doing it, cause it is too easy, to keep it occupied for longer, start to count backward from 100. Sounds like this: “100, I am dreaming. 99, I am dreaming, …”

Wild Lucid Dreaming Technique #2: Focusing on the Patterns Behind Your Eyelids

The idea behind this lucid dreaming technique is to lie down, close your eyes and focus on patterns that appear behind your eyelids, as soon as you close them.

These are the steps:

  1. Assure that the room, you are in, is entirely dark.
  2. Relax your body in applying a technique that fits you, such as, meditation, autosuggestion, brain waves (binaural beats or isochronic tones), etc
  3. Close your eyes and focus on the funny dots, wires, colors, or whatever shows up behind your lids. Try to look slightly upwards with relaxed eyes.
  4. After some minutes, try to change them at will. Start with their color, then create your own patterns.
  5. Shift and shape them until you are building a scene, through which you are finally able to enter a lucid dream.

This technique works very well for some and very bad for others (like me).

There are reports of people inducing up to 10 lucid dreams, and more in a row with this techniques. Some may even count this among the most efficient lucid dreaming techniques out there.

I suspect, the problem (for some people) with this technique is that it lures your eyes into constant movement, trying following the dots and colors, and thus not coming to rest.

This is a problem for people that generally do not go to sleep easily. As long as our body moves, it signals to our brain, that we still up to something, and therefore not ready to go to sleep.

For those persons, falling asleep easily that’s not a big deal yet for those who don’t it might be. If you are one of those, it might be better to try an exercise, which has lesser physical involvement.

But don’t let this encourage you!
You are not me, and maybe it turns out to be just the ideal method for you!

Please be sure let me know of your experience with this technique in the comment box below.
I am dying to know some other opinions on that one!


Wild Lucid Dreaming Technique #3: Summon Hypnagogic Imagery

The term Hypnagogic Imagery refers to the scenery or little “films” that start to run in our minds, shortly before we fall asleep.

When you close your eyes in a dark environment and relax, tiny colored dots and wires (like mentioned above) will emerge from the dark. These forms tend to change and shift, until, eventually they transform into sequences, which appear to run on their own.

For some people, like my flatmate,  these films start to run, soon after they close their eyes, and whilst they are still conscious. Most people, however, become unconscious, before they can make out the onset of these dream scenarios.

With this lucid dreaming technique, you opt to stay awake, until those settings jell, and you are able to directly enter a lucid dream, through them.

This method is very similar to the “Eye-lid-patterns-technique” above. Only this time we skip the part where we concentrate on dots and instead try to directly induce the onset of a dream.

How to stimulate the onset of Hypnagogic Imagery, to enter a lucid dream:

  1. Make sure that you are as relaxed as possible, before trying to go (back) to sleep.
    Use your favorite relaxation technique, like for example meditation, autosuggestion, brain waves (binaural beats or isochronic tones), and so on…
  2. Gently notice how your mind calms down and tries to unfocus. For me, this feels like becoming mentally airborne.
  3. This step is a little tricky now. Gently (very gently), imagine random pictures( any that come to mind), without thinking about them, and without holding onto them.
  4. Flip through these images, until they get a momentum of their own. Until fractal-like pictures arise that you have not willingly summoned but seem to appear on their own, out of nowhere. That is the onset of the so-called Hypnagogic Imagery.Here you get an idea what the onset of hypnagogia looks like
  5. Observe these images as delicately as possible, without concentrating too hard on them. For me, it’s like observing them from the corner of my eyes. Hypnagogic Imagery evaporates if you are focussing too hard on it, because it re-alerts your mind, and wakes it up, too much.
  6. Tenderly watch as these pictures shape into scenes, and become like a film that plays out within your mind.
  7. Let yourself be drawn into this film. Don’t try to step in actively, but keep on observing as detached as possible until the scene draws you in.
  8. When you are pulled into the dream, you have to do a balancing act. On the one hand, you need to stay alert enough to remember, that you are lucid dreaming now. On the other hand, you need to stay as passive, as possible to not to wake you up again.

A similar conflict, as mentioned with the WILD lucid dreaming technique #2, may also arise with #3, for people that have difficulties with falling asleep.

Permanently switching your attention requires concentration (even if it is a very light level). If you are a beginner with WILD lucid dreaming techniques, you may tend to concentrate too hard. But then you will even have more problems with falling asleep, than usual.

Switching my attention image to image, is what my head usually does, at night, if I let it.

What it causes me is insomnia. I have to deliberately choose, not to think too much but to let go, if I want to sleep. So like described above this technique does not work for me either.

BUT, what I found out, and might work for you as well (regardless if you are an easy sleeper or not) is another technique, I accidentally stumbled upon. This WILD technique also summons hypnagogic imagery, but in a different way. Maybe it works for you, too.

Triggering Hypnagogic Imagery: a Variation I Stumbled upon
While Practicing

 I discovered this method when I tried to relax, and send sleeping signals to my body. This included to keep my eyes still, too, so my brain would think my body was already asleep, and finally shut down.

As my eyes would not keep still, after being busy all day, I tried to find a position in which they would stay, as I positioned them.

Straightforward was a fail. Down to my cheeks, too. Straight up to my forehead proved also to be ineffective, but when I shifted them so that they would point diagonally up to my right temple, my eyes finally gave up and kept still.

Not only was It more easy to keep them calm up there, but after a while of staying perfectly motionless, I noticed little patterns wave in front of my oblique sight. If I kept still, these patterns would finally wave into images (mostly landscapes at first) and then into a moving scenery.

As soon as I focussed to hard on them or made my eyes move they would disappear again. But as long as I held still, and relaxed my eyes (a feeling like squinting with my eyes in the direction of my temples), they would play on and finally wave a dream.

This, I just discovered recently, so I had not had time yet, to fully explore its potential. As I was not able to summon hypnagogic imagery before I am quite new to this lucid dreaming technique.

More often as not, I am simply washed away by sleep when training. The trick seems to be too relaxed, but at the same time not too much, or otherwise, the dream sucks you up, without you recognizing it as a dream.

I will train on to achieve the right level of balance. Do you want to join? Use the comment box to let us know about your experience!

Here are some examples what the onset of hypnagogia may look like:

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