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Lucid Dreaming WILD
Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming WILD is quite an interesting concept. People have been lucid dreaming for centuries, it is really nothing new.
But WILD? Is it some kind of wild type of dreaming, something with animals, nightmares or similar?
Far from it!
Lucid dreaming means that you become aware during your dream that you ARE dreaming. You become conscious and you say to yourself 'Aha, nothing to worry about, it's just a dream, I'm in it and nothing can hurt me.' After this you usually either forget about it or wake up. It happens unconsciously and randomly.
WILD means that you cause a lucid dream from waking consciousness. You are NOT asleep. You are fully awake, and bypassing sleep you get in a dream - and you are conscious about it. How cool is that!
WILD can be achieved, although it's not as easy as letting a lucid dream happen on its own by accident. On the other hand, if you leave it all to happenstance, who knows WHEN you will have a lucid dream.
So it's worth at least exploring the possibility of having a lucid dream while you're resting in the afternoon, or evening for about half an hour or so just to be aware in your dream that you are dreaming and not even have to sleep before hand!
If you've ever tried astral projection techniques (out of body experiences) and could never have one, the best way to do it IS from a lucid dream. It's the easiest way ever!
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming - by Stephen LaBerge
While people were WILD lucid dreaming for centuries, the person who coined this term Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming was Stephen LaBerge.
He also wrote the authoritative book on the subject of lucid dreaming. If you're interested in learning more about it and even try it, this book is a must. If you buy just one book on lucid dreams, this should be it. It's quite cheap at Amazon and you can even buy it second hand for less.
Free WILD Lucid Dreaming Tutorials
The WILD lucid dream is maybe one of the most difficult types of lucid dreams to master. It has been found that different things work for different people, so lots of guys and girls who have finally managed to induce a WILD have written tutorials based on their own experiences.
These are all tutorials coming from real people who have 'been there, done that' and want to share what worked for them. If something doesn't work for you, try one of the other tutorials here until you find the one that 'clicks'. But don't just switch techniques after a few days. Make sure try one technique for at least a month before giving up and moving on to another WILD inducing technique.
Main WILD Lucid Dreaming Technique
The basic premise for the Lucid Dreaming WILD technique is that you don't fall asleep.Your body does, but your mind remains fully awake.
The problem is, it's not that easy to reach the body asleep, consciousness awake stage. Afterall we are so conditioned to fall asleep with body and mind working together that if you try, you'll find it's not an easy feat at all.
There are many people who can't even stay awake for 5 minutes before falling asleep when going to bed.
So here is one way to go about learning to have a WILD lucid dreaming experience.
You might not get it right the first time, but like with everything else worthwhile, practice is the key to success.
Steps To Achieve Lucid Dreaming WILD
- Make sure you have some time alone without any interruptions. Take the phone off the hook, tell everyone you don't want to be disturbed. Or do the technique when you're home alone for about 30 minutes to one hour.
- Sit in your favorite recliner or couch and make yourself comfortable. Avoid going to your bed because this is the place your body knows that it's time to go to sleep. And you will fall asleep very easily unless you have training with lucid dreaming.
- Start to focus on your breathing through your nostrils, in and out. If any thoughts come to your mind, just gently acknowledge them and let them pass. Don't try to consciously think of anything else but focusing on your breathing. Let your worries behind, you will pick them up anyway once the practice is over.
- Now the main idea from here on is to trick your mind into believing that your body is asleep. Usually the mind has various checking mechanisms that it will throw at you. For example, you will feel twiching, you need to clear your throat, you need to swallow, you will feel your body tired and will want to change position.
- The trick is to try to keep yourself from doing anything. Don't move your body at all, even if you feel you have to shift positions. Avoid the temptation. It can be done.
- Eventually you will start to feel a tingling all over your body. This is the first step that your body is getting into a very relaxed state. Once you have this feeling (it's similar to the feeling when your body is 'numb', except it isn't), try to focus on this feeling, while ignoring everything else.
- Your body will start to become heavier and heavier (before that you might have a feeling that it becomes lighter, it can happen, but not always).
- You might even feel that your heart beat starts to accelerate, you might feel suddenly cold or warm.
- At some point, if you stick with it, you will get what is called "sleep paralysis". This is a feeling that can be quite frightening IF you don't know what it is. It is a very natural state that the body experiences every single night when you fall asleep (except you're not conscious of the fact).
- Simply focus on the feelings with a mild curiosity (but don't become excited about it!) and simply breath normally and let everything happen. If you're here, you're doing great.
- The next thing you will feel (not everyone feels them though but it's extremely common) is vibrations. Vibrations are a kind of buzzing feeling, sometimes even hearing various voices (I usually hear a popping sound, like a cork pulled out of a bottle).
- Once you get to the vibrational stage, you are this close to either a lucid dreaming or an out of body experience (depending on which you want to have).
- At some point you will find youself in a dream. It will be quite sudden but the difference is that you KNOW that you are there. You are conscious.
- You can now direct your dream anyway you please (don't forget, it's YOUR dream), or exit into the astral if you want to have an astral projection. Again, it's up to you.
Do you find the WILD method of lucid dreaming interesting?
Tips To Achieve Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming (WILD)
Having learned the technique to WILD Lucid Dreaming, now you need to practice every day if possible.
Avoid trying to practice in an environment with strong noises around you because they'll just keep your mind busy and alert.
Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol, or smoking before your practice. Your mind must be fully alert.
There are people who prefer to wake up 1-2 hours before it's time in the morning, so they can practice their WILD. That is also OK. But be prepared to keep at it. The lure to sleep is too big for many and they succumb to it - and the detriment of learning to lucid dream.
One of the best ways to relax your mind and body is by following various relaxation techniques such as meditation. If you are a regular meditator, you are well on your way to have great success early on. If you are not yet meditating, now it would be a great time to pick it up. Meditation is also useful for many other things, including stress relief, headaches and migraines ease-up, etc.
You can WILD from any position you like. If you are in bed, you can lay on your back, on your side, even stomach if this feels comfortable to you. It really doesn't matter as long as you learn to keep your mind awake (else you just fall asleep).
If you do have a strict working schedule and you have to wake up early in the morning, it is recommended that you do not WILD during the night. This is because WILD means you lose some time from your sleep. And going the next day all groggy and sleepy to work might not look favorably upon you!
Are you willing to try WILD?
Additional Things To Pay Attention To When Attempting Lucid Dreaming WILD
Try to avoid talking to yourself in your mind (having an inner conversation). I know that we are our own best friends and we talk to each other constantly, but right now, this will only spoil your WILD.
Don't be afraid. Many people are afraid of the various aspects of a lucid dream. Either because they've heard negative things about it, or because they are feeling new things in their body and that scares them. Sleep paralysis is one of them. Just think that it is very normal, and it happens practically every night anyway when you are sleep. You're just not aware of it.
Don't try to WILD if you're hungry, thirsty, and most of all don't try it if your bladder is full. Just make sure you are fully comfortable in your skin before you attempt lucid dreaming.
Lucid Dreaming Or Astral Projection
For most people lucid dreaming and astral projection (also called OBE - out of body experiences) are one and the same. In general they are, however there is a subtle difference which is mostly noticed only by those who actually do either of the two practices.
Basically when you are lucid dreaming, you are conscious however it's all in YOUR mind. You direct the dream, you can change it at will. If you want, you can even dream that you're flirting with a Hollywood movie and it's ok, you can do it with ease.
On the other hand, when you have an astral projection, you are walking in an outside environment that you can't easily control. It is not in your mind. It is really out there (in another plane of existence, not in the 'real world', but it is out there, it exists).
For example, when you are lucid dreaming, you can simply whisk away the dream (just by saying "awareness now") and the dream fades away You don't wake up, but instead, if you so choose, you move into the astral plane.
So in many cases if you're trying to astral project and you can't do it easily (some people try it for years before they get there), you can shortcut this by first lucid dreaming (which people can achieve relatively in a short time) and then astral project directly from within the dream.
© 2011 Marika