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WILD Technique For Lucid Dreaming

Updated on May 1, 2014

Lucid Dreaming Made Easy?

Have you had issues with lucid dreaming? Do you go to bed with the intent to have a lucid dream, and then wake up the next morning without even coming close to having one?

The WILD technique sounds - well, wild! But really it is just a relaxed and calm way to induce a lucid dream without having to go to sleep first. It stands for Wake Induced Lucid Dream. Essentially, you are entering straight into the lucid dream from a waking state!

Note: The biggest thing to remember with the WILD technique is that just because it doesn't work the first, second, or third time, doesn't mean it won't work the fourth.

Sometimes distractions will be too distracting to fall into a lucid dream, and other times you will just fall asleep because you are too tired. Once you find a balance that works for you, then you will be able to successfully do it over and over again.

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4 Important Steps of The WILD Technique

Step 1 - Get Tired and Relaxed

You know your body well, and you know that there is a certain point that you can't prevent yourself from falling sleep. You need to use this technique before you are so tired that you are going to fall asleep, but during a state of complete relaxation. This feeling will be similar to before or after bed drowsiness. Once you feel yourself getting into this state, then you know it's time to try the WILD technique.

You can also bring yourself into the perfect state for the WILD technique by listening to music, or binaural beats, which are designed to get you into the alpha state. The alpha state is what is associated with before and after bed drowsiness.

Remove distractions, shut out the light, and get relaxed and ready to participate actively in your dream!


Step 2 - Affirm Your Intention

Part of the WILD technique is telling yourself, "I will lucid dream!" and allowing your entire body to believe it. Essentially, this intention will help your energy align itself towards having a Wake Induced Lucid Dream.

It is very important to get your mind and body focused on the intention so that it doesn't wander over to your to-do list for tomorrow, or on the other end of things, fall asleep completely.

Step 3 - Go With The Flow

Don't try to fight any feelings, noises, images, or thoughts that come into your head while engaging in the WILD technique. Whatever comes is a natural process of entering a Wake Induced Lucid Dream. If you fight the flow of your feelings or thoughts with resistance or fear, then you will snap yourself out of the state and become fully alert.

You may experience:

  • Vibrations or twitches in your body.
  • Images of faces, shapes, or patterns.
  • Sounds such as voices or humming.

All of the things just mean that you are on track towards having a lucid dream.

Instead of trying to feel, see, or hear them - let them happen like clouds passing through the don't try to control the clouds...instead you observe and let them move freely across the sky. Let these feelings, noises, and sounds do the same.

Step 4 - Keep Focused On Your Intention

Try to keep your mind focused on your desire to have a lucid dream. For instance, if you start to see images appearing in your minds eyes, then try to shift the images to what you personally want to have a lucid dream about. With some effort, you may be able to master this, and you can instantly enter into the dream scenario that YOU wish to enter into.


Tips and Tricks To Successfully WILD

While engaging in the WILD technique, you may feel sleep paralysis at some point. Sleep paralysis is your body’s way of stopping you from acting out your dreams (certain sleep disorders lose this paralysis.) This means that without sleep paralysis, you would likely snap out of the Wake Induced Lucid Dream that you worked so hard to get into, or you could hurt someone or yourself during the dream by acting it out. So remember, the paralysis may feel a little weird at first; however, it is completely normal and for your protection. If you view it that way, then you will feel much safer while employing the WILD technique.

You may hear buzzing or feel vibrations while engaging in the WILD technique, or you may see images and hear weird sounds. All of these things indicate that you are close to your lucid dream and they should not be a distraction, but rather a welcoming moment. Embrace the sounds and feelings and 'just go with it'. If you do, then you will have a much easier time with the WILD technique.

False awakening is possible. This is when you open your eyes and look around your room and say, "Crap, I'm awake!" but in reality you are still asleep. Do certain things to prove to yourself that you are actually awake. For instance, push against a wall to see if your hand goes through it, or look around the room to make sure that everything actually looks like it should. Often you may see something funny or wonky that will let you know that you are, in fact, having a lucid dream!

Do not get excited! Once, I had a lucid dream, and I was so excited that I ran around telling everyone in my dream that I was dreaming...and within seconds I was awake. You do not want to go through all the work of the WILD technique only to wake yourself up! If you get too excited, then you can shift your brain to a more alert state and, therefore, wake yourself up. So take it easy in your lucid dream and stay in control of yourself and your actions as best as possible.

In the end, if you want to experience a lucid dream, but have not been successful during sleep, then the WILD technique may be the answer that you are looking for. Remember, attempt the process in a state of relaxation but not exhaustion, affirm your desire to have a lucid dream, and don't fear the noises or images that come. Embrace all parts of the WILD technique, including the sleep paralysis, and you will be on your way to participating in the dream that you desire.

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    • Relationshipc profile image

      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Interesting ay; however, I've read in my dreams, and I am no superhuman - so in my experience...not true. Maybe I just use different parts of my brain than you do if I can read in dreams but you can't. Not sure about that either ;)

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      Intriguing. I had heard before that the dreaming section of the brain and the 'reading words' part of the brain are actually completed unrelated and thus you "can't" read while you are dreaming. Not sure if it was true though. Thanks, Relationshipc.

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Not sure exactly what you mean, but yes - letters are still letters in lucid dreams...unless you want them to be something different. And you can definitely still read.

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      Oooh...lucid dreaming sounds like so much fun!:-)

      Hm...can you read letters in a lucid dream the way you would in real life?

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Yep aykianink, except you don't need superpowers. Lucid dreaming can be achieved by everyone. Not extraordinary, just human.

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      aykianink 5 years ago

      I'm not sure I followed everything. Is this that thing where you can 'control' your dreams while you're dreaming? Like having super powers or something else extraordinary like that?

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      There is nothing like lucid dreaming - hope this technique works for you.

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      RichusFridum 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Loved this hub. Ive been trying to master lucid dreaming off and on for some time and the info here makes sense