Welcome to the second post in this Lucid Dreaming series. First of all, thank you for all the comments and questions on the previous post. We are going to answer some of the top questions in this post and the next. We are also going to talk more about how lucid dreaming can change your life with examples of other people’s experiences, and give you two very powerful and effective techniques to start having lucid dreams tonight. We will also dive into Astral Projection – what it is, and how it can also change your life.
In the previous post, we explored some of the possibilities that come with lucid dreaming, such as meeting your heroes and having conversations with famous people like Einstein or Ghandi, travelling to anywhere in time or space, discovering your personal life purpose, overcoming fears and phobias, and practicing real-life skills in your mind. These are just a few of the things that become possible when you learn how to have lucid dreams.
We mentioned how your brain does not know the difference between a dream and “real life”, so when you practice or rehearse a skill in your dreams, you exercise the same mental and physical muscles as if you were actually doing it in real life. This is one of the secret techniques used by famous Olympians, business owners, entrepreneurs, wrestlers and athletes.
We also gave you some simple tips in the previous post to help you increase your chances of having lucid dreams. To recap, those tips were:
ONE. Repeatedly asking yourself if you’re dreaming, or preforming reality checks. You can do this by looking at your hands, a clock, or flipping a light switch.
TWO. Getting in the habit of looking for signs or events that would be weird or impossible in real life.
And THREE. Keeping a dream journal. By putting your attention on your dreams more often, you increase the chances of having a lucid dream.
We are going to give you a few more techniques to start lucid dreaming in a moment, but first we want to tell you about other people’s experiences and also about how the tools and techniques in this kit work.
As we mentioned, we have been studying lucid dreaming for over 2 years and have done a very large amount of research and experimentation to develop a set of tools and techniques that are safe, effective, and can be used by anybody – regardless of experience. All of the feedback we received from our beta-testers was extremely positive.
We got reports of people having “life-changing” experiences, doing things they always wanted to do, accessing information they always wanted to know, and overcoming fears and phobias that they thought would never go away. People reported having conversations with famous people who have passed away, traveling to different parts of the world or even through space, and learning real-life skills without actually needing to practice those skills in “real” life. Now imagine if you could effortlessly do those same things. That is exactly what Lucid Dreaming allows you to do. According to the results from our beta-testers, it doesn’t matter if you have never had a lucid dream before in your life. The tools and techniques we are going to share with you make it easy for anybody to start becoming in control of their dreams.
Now, let’s talk about what you’ve been waiting for – more tips and techniques to help you start having lucid dreams. We are going to talk about 2 powerful techniques that are extremely effective in helping you become lucid in your dreams. The first is called MILD, or Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream. The second technique is called WILD, or Wake Induced Lucid Dream.
The MILD technique will train you to increase your self-awareness, making it easier to recognize when you are dreaming. It also involves stating affirmations inside a lucid dream, to “program” your next dream to contain predetermined dream triggers to help you become lucid.
A mnemonic is any learning technique that aids memory. In this instance, you are planting a cue in your unconscious mind which helps you remember your intention to lucid dream and recognize when you are dreaming.
This technique has four steps. The first two steps of the MILD technique can be done during the day, and the other two steps are done before you go to sleep.
The first step is improving your dream recall. There are a few ways to improve your dream recall, the first way we mentioned previously which is keeping a dream journal. Daily meditation and affirmations also improve your dream recall. Lastly, you can look into “dream herbs” and “dream supplements” such as vitamin B-6 which can increase your dream recall.
The second step of the MILD technique is Reality Checks. As we mentioned previously, you can do a reality check by getting into the habit of asking yourself, “Am I dreaming?” Alternatively, you can also look at your hands or look at a clock. If you are dreaming, they will look strange and unreal. You can also try flipping a light switch. If you are in a dream, you cannot change the lighting – so flipping a light switch will not do anything in a dream.
The third step of the MILD technique is Lucid Affirmations. You want to do this step while you are lying in bed, before you go to sleep. Mentally repeat affirmations to yourself that will help you become lucid in your dream. You can repeat one or many of the following affirmations:
- “Next time I’m dreaming, I will remember I’m dreaming”
- “The next scene will be a dream”
- “I will have a lucid dream tonight”
- “I am dreaming now”
Put real feeling into the words as you chant them in your mind. Stay focused and repeat the affirmations until you feel like you are about to fall asleep. Then, proceed to the final step.
The last step is to Visualize your Dream. You should preform this step once you are deeply relaxed and feel like you could fall to sleep quite easily. Imagine your are back in a recent dream – but this time, you are going to re-live the ending differently. Visualize the scene in as much clarity and detail as you can remember, and look for a dream sign. This is some unusual character, location or object which you wouldn’t see in real life. Then say to yourself, “I’m dreaming!”
Continue to experience this imagined lucid dream fantasy. Do whatever you would do if this were a real lucid dream. During this process, you will likely fall asleep. Two things can happen after you fall asleep. The first is that you will simply have a normal dream and have a much higher chance of becoming lucid. Or, your imaginary dream world will suddenly merge into a real lucid dream. You will pop into the imagined landscape and experience the dream with full intensity.
That’s it for the MILD technique. Now, lets talk about the WILD technique, or Wake Induced Lucid Dream.
The WILD technique stems from Tibetan Dream Yoga, a Buddhist philosophy used as a path to enlightenment. It can be done by anybody but is much easier if you frequently meditate. You’ll see why in a moment.
The key to the WILD technique is getting to know your body’s sleep signals. Once you can identify the natural triggers and responses to falling asleep, you can easily use this process to have lucid dreams. The WILD technique is a 3 step process. It is most effective when done after waking up from 4 to 6 hours of sleep.
The first step is to lie down on your back with your arms and legs spread out, and let your body become very relaxed and loose. Empty your mind and gaze into the blackness of your closed eyelids. If any thoughts pop up, just observe them and send them on their way. Don’t interact with your thoughts or let your inner monologue kick in. Just let all of your thoughts float by.
Breathe slowly and deeply. Focus on breathing in to the count of four, holding for seven, then breathing for eight counts.
Do this ten times. You will be totally relaxed.
Eventually, you will begin to notice phosphorescent patterns flowing behind your closed eyelids. This is called hypnagogia.
The second step of the WILD technique is to observe your hypnagogia. Allow yourself to become mesmerized by the color play and let it draw your awareness inwards. You can interact with it, if it draws you deeper into the meditation. Some people prefer to ignore it, allowing what’s beyond the hypnagogic imagery to produce the dream instead. As you go deeper, you may even hear sounds or music and feel physical sensations like floating or tipping out of bed. This is all normal. Often, your mind is asleep by this point. Hold on to your conscious awareness, you will need it to go lucid.
Soon, the internal dream world will start to evolve, either directly from the hypnogogic images or from the space beyond it, beyond you field of vision. Wherever it comes from, embrace it.
Silently repeat the mantra, “I’m dreaming.. I’m dreaming.. I’m dreaming..” At this point, the temptation to let go and fall asleep is the strongest, but hold on just a bit more.
If you’re startled by any unusual hypnagogia, remember it’s just the dream world poking through into reality. On rare occasions, this includes the onset of sleep paralysis. This is a normal body function that is designed to keep you from actually “acting out” your dreams while you are dreaming. During sleep paralysis, you are lucid dreaming but your awareness is stuck in your physical body instead of the dream body. However, because you are lucid dreaming, you are in control of it. Simply choose to float, sink or swing out of your physical body. You can also say to yourself something like, “I’m going to the forest now” and teleport to anywhere you want.
More often, you’ll find that your body becomes a distant memory… you can no longer feel it in bed, and your mind will start to make leaps into other realms. Enjoy this feeling, the dream is close.
The last step is to create a dream scene. If you feel the dream state coming in and out, you’re ready to start this step. If not, then enjoy the hypnagogia for a little longer.
Begin to visualize your desired dream scene in your mind’s eye. Create the landscape, or recall the face of a desired dream character. Make it vivid. You can either program the images into your visual hypnagogia with your willpower, or draw the imagery from beyond your field of vision. As the scene intensifies in your imagination, put yourself right in the middle of the action. Explore your surroundings in a calm, peaceful manner and immerse your awareness as fully as possible.
Move around. Kinetic sensations such as walking, running or riding a bicycle are a great way to “teleport” your awareness into a dream body. Allow your body to fall asleep altogether. You do this by forgetting – or even denying – it’s existence. It should be a distant memory of an old body. With complete dissociation, the moment of transition is unmistakable. You will pop into your daydream, now a highly vivid dream world, surrounding you in three dimensions and fully tangible and interactive. You are now lucid dreaming!
Sometimes you are so swept up in your hypnagogic meditation that your body falls asleep before you have the chance to visualize a dream scene. No big deal.
When this happens, you will find yourself in your bedroom. Except, you are lucid dreaming. It is a dream bedroom, and you are lying in a dream bed. It will look incredible lifelike, so look for a sign that confirms you are in a dream.
If this happens, you may be able to climb out of bed normally and explore the dream world. However, more often, it’s hard or impossible to move your limbs. But because you are lucid dreaming, you are still in control. Simply sink, swing or float out of your body. You can also visualize a new dream scene and teleport yourself to wherever you want. You’re in control of your dream!
That’s it for the WILD technique. Both the MILD technique and the WILD technique are extremely effective, it’s up to you to decide which one works best for you. These techniques can be hard to remember because of the amount of information, so we are including a downloadable PDF guide with these techniques. You can choose the technique that sounds better to you, or try both and decide which one you prefer.
In the next post, we are going to answer the top questions we’ve been getting about Lucid Dreaming. We are also going to look at what’s really possible with Lucid Dreaming, and we are going to look at how you can use lucid dreaming to access life-changing information from your subconscious and how you can use lucid dreaming to take your life to the next level.
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