How long did it take you to learn to lucid dream at will?
I just happened to catch on. When I was really little, I wasn't even trying to learn to Lucid Dream. I just happened to unwittingly induce WILDs in front of the TV, because I was so focused on the TV for several hours laying on my back after running around until 1AM, I never really happened to notice my body falling asleep. Though after about a year, I turned my induction through the TV into a habit, and used the TV every night to do that, though I would stay up late every night so I could induce them. After several years of relying on the TV, I was finally able to learn to induce them without the need of a TV. However, I did occasionally suffer from insomnia, which made it difficult. Eventually I was assigned OTC sleep pills to counter my insomnia issues.
What techniques did you use to achieve this remarkable progress?
WILD. 2 WILD techniques. Though the content in both of my WILDs is completely different.
Have you used your lucid dreaming skills to benefit you in waking reality?
Of course. Actually my very first Lucid Dreams helped me a bit with my anti-social issues (I didn't open up to anyone when I was really little), and helped me develop a little more. Then when I started controlling them, they helped with my hand-eye coordination. Then as I got older, they've helped me develop into a Multimedia designer, study for tests, and helped enhance some of my abilities. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
How much control do you have over the content of your lucid dreams?
Varies. As I said I have 2 different forms of WILD. One of them is a controlled WILD, and one of them is a Dream Body WILD, which is a bit quirkier than my other WILD (I can't really understand it myself). In my controlled WILD, for the most part I am a master controller, as long as I don't let my mood swing into 1 of the 4 negative moods (my mood tends to swing anyway though those 4 moods are bad). For the most part, anything I want is mine. I can command, summon, shift, and scape anything to my content, just like I can in Multimedia design, and it is exactly like living in a virtual reality, except I can even feel things, eat things, and touch things, which is an added bonus. And because it is a virtual reality, I can get away with anything I want just like I can in a Multimedia design, and not get in trouble for it. If I get into one of my 4 negative moods, which are Hyper, Anxiety/Fear, Overemotional/Depression, or Anger, then the Lucid Dream will really get crazy, because I end up losing all judgment and reason if any of those happen. Hyper I go into a crazed state of excitement and have endless energy, and may do crazed daredevil things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NPc08-BWvg , anxiety/fear I can no longer control my thoughts, and usually I end up fighting phobias if that emotion takes over, Overemotional/Depression I have control, but am at a very bad stage where I find things meaningless, and anger (not to be mistaken with mischief), I will be very Hades-bent on destruction and death of every visible target in my Lucid Dream without mercy.
And then there are my Dream Body WILDs which are completely different from my controlled WILDs. The entry is completely different I control my dream body, sitting it up and forcing it up the rest of the way, and upon entry, I am filled with an instant rush of energy exclusive to this WILD. The fact that I always clone myself at the start is unusual, since I usually have better control than that in my other WILDs. My human clone is in nature how a clone should be, wearing my clothes, has my hairdo, has my scaring, and even mimics the pose I made before I entered the WILD (since clones have matching DNA, it is obvious it would do such a thing). The clone is unconscious, and I keep trying to wake it up, however either I can't wake it up, or I terminate my WILD, though I am still trying. I am in a dream body quite different from the one I am used to in my other WILDs. It is pure of any scaring, always has the form of a young adult, and while I take this form, I never suffer any of the physical pain/illnesses/any ailments of reality and there are never any mood swings. It is also dressed in a white robe, and has a blue glowing sash wrapped around it. I don't consider the fact I can fly or break through the roof without it collapsing unusual. It happens in the movies all the time. And I don't consider the fact I have a high level of memorization enough that I can see my room, my clock, and much of my hometown that unusual either. Also the weather factor would be courtesy of my nose from before I had my WILD. However, there are few things that make this WILD quirky I don't seem to have a grasp on just yet. I can't seem to see my own reflection in the mirror. I can see the rest of the room, and I can see my clone in the mirror, however I cannot see my own reflection. Also the fact I don't seem to have a shadow if I try to walk on the ground is a bit peculiar. I have tried in the past to touch things, but I cannot seem to grab a handheld, open a door, or even lean on a wall (I fell trying) or in that matter, touch anything or anyone that isn't in a specific area, and I cannot seem to do any of that, which is frustrating. I can't eat either. If I try to interact with some of the DCs I find in my home town, they are rude and they completely ignore me, with a few exceptions. Despite the quirkiness in this Lucid Dream, I believe I don't need to understand the Lucid Dream to be able to enjoy it. My friends back when I was in high school had very similar Lucid Dreams like this (they had unconscious clones, and wore white robes and had glowing sashes like mine, except theirs were pink). We were able to see each other's DCs and clones, and we had fun with each other's DCs very often.