Friday, 24 September 2010

The W.B.T.B. Technique (Wake Back To Bed)

The WBTB (Wake Back To Bed) Technique is aparently the most successful technique. Although I have not tried this yet.
  • Fall asleep.
  • Set your alarm clock to 5 hours after you fall asleep.
  • After you wake up, stay up for an hour with your mind focused on lucidity and lucidity only.
  • Go back to sleep using the MILD technique.

The M.I.L.D Technique (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming)

The MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming) is suggested by Stephen Laberge. He seems to be the leading voice in this area of Lucid dreaming. This is how I had my first Lucid Dream.
  • Set your alarm clock to wake you up 4 1/2, 6, or 7 1/2 hours after falling asleep.
  • When you are awakened by your alarm clock, try to remember the dream as much as possible.
  • When you think you have remembered as much as you can, return to your place of rest, imagining that you are in your previous dream, and becoming aware that you are dreaming. Say to yourself, "I will be aware that I'm dreaming," or something similar. Do this until you think that it has "sunk in." Then go to sleep.
  • If random thoughts pop up when you are trying to fall asleep, repeat the imagining, self-suggestion part, and try again. Don't worry if you think it's taking a long time. The longer it takes, the more likely it will 'sink in,' and the more likely you will have a lucid dream.

The W.I.L.D Technique (Wake Initiated Lucid Dream)

The WILD (wake initiated lucid dream) technique. Basically what it means is that when you fall asleep you carry your awareness from when you were awake directly into REM sleep and you start out as a lucid dream.
  • The easiest way to attempt this technique is if you take an afternoon nap or you have only slept for 3-7 hours.
  • Try to meditate into a calm but focused state. You can try counting breaths, imaging ascending/descending stairs, dropping through the solar system, being in a quiet soundproof area, etc.
  • Listening to Theta binaural beats for an amount time will easily put you into a REM sleep.
Please note that attempting WILD may cause you to suffer from sleep paralysis, rapid vibrations and noises that don't really exist, floating and other out-of-body experiences, and hypnagogic hallucinations/images. There is no reason to be afraid, as Sleep Paralysis happens every night - you just sleep through it. Hypnagogia is just your mind being overactive. Remember that with lucid dreaming you are aware and can always wake yourself up if you feel overwhelmed.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Diary of a Lucid Dreamer

I have decided to start this blog as I have recently discovered Lucid Dreaming. Having Experienced two since I started learning about it I thought I would post my experiences and findings.

What is Lucid Dreaming?

A lucid dream, in simplest terms, is a dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. The term was coined by the Dutch psychiatrist and writer Frederik van Eeden (1860–1932).
A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes it is a dream, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state, with no apparent lapse in consciousness.

I will post more information and resources as I find new things.