WILD Lucid Dreaming is a description for a technique used to bring on lucid dreams. If you are interested in learning how to lucid dream or are looking to make them more frequent, then it may be helpful to learn the ins and outs of the WILD technique. The methods employed with this technique have helped countless people achieve the lucid dreams they hoped to create.
WILD stands for Wake-Induced Lucid Dreams. Most lucid dreams happen as we pass through the various sleep cycles at night. We move from one to another and—typically during REM sleep—we may be fortunate enough to have a lucid dream. Sometime lucid dreams happen spontaneously, but that is not always the case. As with wake-induced lucid dreams, there are techniques and methods you can use to increase the frequency and duration of these types, as well, called DILD (Dream-Induced Lucid Dreams).
On the other hand, WILD lucid dreaming is used to take you directly from a waking state into a lucid dreaming one. You are able to because you’re already aware when awake, you move right into the dreaming state fully aware. Of course, this type of experience takes some effort and know-how on the part of the person using the WILD Lucid Dreaming technique.
WILD Technique Methods for Inducing Lucid Dreams
To be successful, you must keep your mind busy at the same time as your body is moving into REM sleep. Keeping your mind distracted helps to keep you aware while allowing the body to relax fully. There are a few different methods used to make this happen:
- The Hypnagogic State – A common method for doing this is to focus your mental attention on the hypnagogic thoughts that enter our minds as we’re in the state between sleep and wakefulness. These seemingly random images can be quite entertaining and help to keep you distracted.
- Visualization – You can focus your attention on a certain idea or symbol, even as your mind fills with hypnagogic images. Keeping this symbol in your mind helps keep you grounded and aware rather than simply slipping into an unconscious state of sleep. You can even continually remind yourself “I am dreaming” as an ongoing reminder.
- Body Awareness – Another distraction method is to allow the activities of your body to draw and keep your attention. You can focus on your breathing, or your pulse, for example, or other sensations such as the feel of the blankets on your skin.
WILD lucid dreaming can also be a result of having awoken while you were in the midst of REM sleep. If you wake enough to become aware of yourself and your surroundings, you can sometimes pass back into REM sleep while remaining lucid. To stay aware while returning to sleep, you can try counting your breaths or even making an effort to consciously leap into the dream.
Lucid Dreams Are Yours!
What you choose to do with your WILD induced lucid dream is up to you. You can spend your night exploring the depths of outer space, frolicking with a lover, or practicing your jump shot. How you enjoy your lucid dreams is your choice, and getting to have them in the first place can also be up to you. If you’re ready to set out on this adventure of lucid dreaming, the WILD lucid dreaming technique can be the key that opens the lock.
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