P1. In the arena of lucid dreaming, WILD is an acronym for Wake Induced Lucid Dream. Think about it… To be able to slip into lucid dreaming directly from a waking state opens up all sorts of fantastic possibilities, since it is essentially lucid dreaming “on-demand”.
And just to be clear here, a lucid dream is one in which the dreamer is aware they are dreaming when they are dreaming. This allows them to participate or even control their dream.
However, wake induced lucid dreaming does take some serious practice to master, but the rewards are huge. I find it’s a good thing to practice each and every morning, if you have the time.
WILD’s vs DILD’s
In lucid dreaming, WILD’s or DILD’s are the main methods of achieving that lucid state
In a recent survey, in was found that 68% of lucid dreamers achieved their lucidity by using some kind of dream induced lucid dreaming (DILD) technique. A DILD involves the dreamer in recognizing that they are dreaming because of some anomaly or other in their dream.
So that means that in remaining 32% of the successes of lucid dreaming, a wake induced lucid dreaming technique (WILD) or some other method was used.
Many researchers say you should choose the method that suits you best. But my own experience is that there is a difference in the quality of the awareness of my lucidity, depending on the way one becomes lucid. WILD’s usually produce a clearer thinking quality and are more realistic lucid dream in every sense. Whereas in a DILD, the lucidity is more variable and can often be rather sluggish and lack intelligence.
Basic Steps to WILD
Step 1. Best time is when you are fully relaxed in the early morning about a couple of hours before you usually wake up. If you wake up remembering your most recent dream then so much the better because that has been found to be a good time.
Step 2. As with all dream recall, it’s best to just lie still and remember also that this is when you are going to try for your early morning wild. So relax, and start to watch the hypnagogic images come and go.
Step 3. Close your eyes and start to say to yourself that this is going to be when you slip back into a lucid dream. I always use a kind of mantra like, “This is a dream”, because very soon it will be.
It is the process of dreaming that you want to focus on. If you focus on the content and get caught up in the dream you will get lost easily, but focusing on the how the dream develops is the key to maintaining your witnessing state and allows you to become the puppet master rather than a player.
You don’t want to be in the lucid dreaming wild west, but instead develop for yourself some rules and patterns of behavior.
Imagine you are blind, that you are deaf and dumb and have no smell or taste or touch. Go there inwardly. There is such a realm. For me it is inside me or behind me or in the waters at the base of the brain. I cannot pinpoint it with description, but I know where it is. It is the place to begin the journey that starts with a meditation to bring consciousness into that realm. I think of it like the sea because it has depth.
Just Let Go, While Observing
Step 4. Just let your body go to sleep as you silently rehearse your mantra. After a while you will probably start to see images come and go, or lights scintillating in your imaginary field of view. You may also hear strange noises like an alarm clock going off in the distance, or whistling or whooshing sounds. Don’t be alarmed or bothered, because it’s common pre-dreaming imagery. You may also experience bodily jerks or twitches as your body goes off to sleep, but keep hanging on to repeating your mantra.
You want to listen carefully for a sound like a silver thread that will guide you to the edge of the dark waters of your dreaming mind. Similar sounds were reported by Pythagoras when he discussed the music of the spheres in antiquity.They were sounds that only he could hear.
At this threshold, you will find the coincidence of opposites. This has often been symbolized in mysticism, as a pair of triangles, with one pointing up and the other down. It has many names including the hexagram and has also been used in many religions both of the Middle-East and India.
To proceed further you must hold on to the thread of sound as you cross this divide. The main obstacle is, of course, sleep. Just imagine there is a threshold guardian that will attempt to turn you away. This has been described as the highest spirit of reason that obscures the way.
As you continue to hold on to that sound thread, you will overcome your reason and you will proceed, like King Arthur’s knights in quest of the holy grail into your dream world, or like Alice going down the rabbit-hole. It’s a kind of trap-door that leads to the psyche and even further beyond even to where eventually, your spirit may be released from your ego, if that is your desire.
Step 5. After a little while you may start to see the images join up into more familiar dreams, and you may notice you have lost touch with your bodily sensations. It’s now that you need to gently and mentally step metaphorically into those dreams “like leading a child by the hand”. If you have held on to your mantra you will experience a blossoming realization that you are now in a lucid dream.
You may find your lucid dream is very convincing, and so much so that you may feel you are not asleep at all, but are simply still awake in your bed. It’s best to try some reality tests to see if it is a dream or not. More than one is a good idea because your dream will try and trick you into believing you are awake.
I find switching a light on is a great idea. I have a light on my alarm clock and, if that works, then I am probably awake. But try something else. My alarm clock is digital so I then try to make the time change or let the light go off and switch it on again to see if the numbers have changed. Many reality tests are possible, and these are just a couple that work for me.
What Can Possibly Go Wrong?
It takes a fair amount of practice to get successful with wilds, and even then you are unlikely to be successful all the time.One time in five tries is pretty good, I think.
The most likely things that go wrong are:
- Losing your mantra and letting your mind drift off to sleep
- Not achieving relaxation sufficiently to get your body to go to sleep
- Engaging with the hypnagogic imagery or dream imagery too much, or engaging with your dream imagery too early. You have to wait for it to come to you and drift into it rather than pushing things too hard.
- You get into the dream and lose lucidity. So you need a recovery plan that you have practiced in waking life many times. That is, you need to be prompted to carry out some reality tests or some other specific actions in order to re-engage with the dream.
- If you push too hard to enter the dream images that appear you will lose them. You have to be patient and passive and watch the process of dreaming unfold before it draws you in.
- Not having fun. If you find all this hard work then you are unlikely to be motivated to continue long enough for it to work well. You need to be able to see progress over time and enjoy the process.
- Don’t set goals: So if you set a goal to have a lucid dream tonight just based on luck, you ae setting yourself up for disappointment. Formal goal setting actually has a negative affect on your ability to enter into a lucid dream state. Instead, adopt the processes described above and you will feel successful and excited each day. Because measuring some progress each day is a real motivator, and having fun with it is an even better motivator.
- In lucid dreaming, wild and crazy things can and do happen so be ready for the fun in advance. Be prepared.