A Lucid Dreaming induction technique is simply a way to become lucid. They are used in combination with reality checks, without relying exclusively on reality checks. There are many, and you can even make up your own, but i’ll go over the basic and most widely-recognized ones.
|DILD: Dream Induced Lucid Dream
This is the most common way to become lucid. It’s when you are in a dream and realize you are dreaming — you’re lucid! It’s very simple. Once you get into a routine of performing reality checks, you’ll do one in a dream, and BAM! lucid! You should also look for dream signs (i know you’re doing that already!). When you see something strange, for instance a purple room when you’ve never been in a purple room before, do a reality check.
MILD: Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream
This is used in combination with a WBTB. Tell yourself before you sleep that you are going to have a dream, and that you’ll wake up right after your dream. It differs from a standard WBTB in that you don’t set an alarm to wake up; you wake up naturally. You’ll be waking up after a period of REM sleep, so you’ll remember your dream. Take a moment and think about the dream you were just having. Then go back to bed and envision yourself back in the dream you just had, doing a reality check and becoming lucid. You’ll be asleep pretty soon, and skip right back into a REM state. Since you are visualizing the dream you just had and becoming lucid, that’s the dream you’ll be having, and you’ll become lucid!
|WILD: Wake Induced Lucid Dream
This is the hardest, and the most sought after, induction technique. That’s because it’s the most vivid and realistic, and will ensure that you become lucid. This is when you allow your body go to sleep and keep your mind awake. Use this in combination with a WBTB — set your alarm clock for 3-5 hours after you go to sleep.
You’ll wake up around your REM period. Stay awake for about a half an hour, allowing your mind to wake up completely. It helps to read something about lucid dreaming – you usually dream about the things you’re doing right before you go to sleep. Make sure there are no noises or distractions when you go back to bed. After your mind is awake, lay back in bed. Any position you want is fine but laying on your back is the most helpful position. Allow yourself to relax; this is paramount. Try a relaxing technique, such as the 61 point relaxation technique. Memorize those points and concentrate on each one before you move to another. After you are relaxed, concentrate on your breathing — try breathing in, counting 1, and say, “i am dreaming.” Keep counting up as you breathe in and repeat “i am dreaming” as you exhale. If your mind drifts, don’t worry, just make sure to keep concentrating.
Soon you will start to see hypnagogic imagery. You’ll see colors and shapes. These colors and shapes will start to transform into ideas, images, and sensations. Your body will start to get numb and you’ll feel a rush over your body accompanied by some pressure in your head. This is sleep paralysis. Don’t be afraid; this happens every single night, you’re just not aware of it since you are asleep. The hypnagogic imagery will become more complex and your body will start to vibrate. You will lose all perception of your body. Soon you will see scenes you have no control over. I can’t explain well what happens in this next stage, since it’s a matter of knowing, and you will know when you get there — you’ll find yourself pulling into a dream, completely conscious and extremely vivid.
Try out these techniques, they help immensely when trying to become lucid. Start out with a DILD; it’s the easiest. Remember to keep doing your reality checks, and keep up your dream journal!
For next time: Stabilizing your lucidity and Dream Control!