I discovered this site recently and as a consequence have been using a lot of the techniques and done TONS of research. I probably read every single page on here a few times at least... I do constant reality checks (pushing fingers through palm, looking at clocks, looking closely at my hands, etc...) I also keep a dream journal and have greatly improved in my dream recall. I also when I first go to bed, meditate and say my mantra (Next time I dream I will know I am dreaming) over and over again until I feel the pins and needles, see the lights, and ultimately sleep (I am not ready for REM sleep yet.) After this I wake up about 6 hours later and try again. This is about the time I start dreams.
I have yet to achieve a WILD. My first time trying it was unsuccessful, and my second time I used a hypnotic induction video with TONS of good reviews. I stayed awake through all 1 and a half hours of it:(... The next night, I tried again without the audio, and didn't get a wink of sleep past 4a.m. (6 hours after I go to bed.) I kept using the mind's eye to visualize the dream happening, to taste, feel, hear, and see the dream (I am very good at that... I am also a musician who plays by ear so the sound is great as well!) Once during that time, I actually started to see the hypnagogai (yes, as you see I DID do my research) turn my vision completely white, and I started to see the mental scene I kept replaying come to life. I saw and even heard it, still completely aware, but nonetheless a second later I was looking at the top of my bunkbed. (I don't have another person in the room, I just still have a bunkbed...) I almost got into a lucid dream, but not quite.
My first lucid dream, however, was the next night... I was running around as a soldier in WWII, and as I ran down some stairs, immediately noticed I wasn't a soldier anymore, and was on the main lvl of my house. I immediately sat down and did a reality check, and became LUCID!!!!! However, 2 seconds later, I was literally thrown (as if someone in star wars used the force to push me) backwards towards my front door and as I hit it I noticed I was awake. Did another reality check, and was really awake.
The next night was last night... I had no lucid dream, but 2 dreams I remember in great detail, and WAY better than I ever have remembered a dream (which says a lot, as I would remember easily an hours worth of detailed dreaming all the time throughout my earlier childhood... I am 16 now, and the past few years I haven't remembered dreams quite as much...)
So there you have it. You see all of my methods, you see the two examples of lucid dreams/almost lucid dreams I have had, and now I wanted to see if I could get more advice.
Have you tried waking up at 4am...wake up fully, write in your journal, have a warm drink (small one so you don't wake up bursting for the loo!), maybe read a bit of fiction, really, for 45 mins - 1hr...then re-enter sleep in a relaxed meditative way, just be mindful of the hynogogic visions, but don't try too hard. Be natural. This is my now my fool proof way of entering lucid dreaming on demand, I've got to say (lazily) with very little effort) but I've only been doing it for a few weeks. And i don't try it every night as some nights I'm too tired to wake up as my job means i have to get up really early some mornings. I have had 2 (accidental) WILD experiences doing this, the 2nd one so powerful it woke me up! But what tends to happen is i almost immediately enter lucidity after a brief dream entry. Or, the OBE thing just starts to happen, I reality check, and fly out of the window and enjoy my lucid dream.
At first i did this lying on my back, as i thought i'd gain more awareness, but now I know it doesn't matter if i'm on my side. In fact i remember one morning just being 'lazy' giving up and rolling over, then to be followed by 2 lucid dreams.
I learned this from Charlie Morley's book 'Dreams of Awakening' (suits me cos i like to meditate). You've probably read that too yeh? It's a form of WILD he calls 'The Hynogogic Drop In'...but i think i'm doing a version of his version, as the hynogogic state doesn't link seamlessly to the dream state...although it has, and then I WILD'ed...
You'll find what works for you in the end, but might be worth a try.
Anyways I am going to continue meditating when I first get in bed (10:00) as if entering WILD (which doesn't work, but it gets me meditating practice...) and hopefully waking up early to actually WILD. Also I always tend to have lucid dreams (again, haven't had one since I actually researched it) on Saturday mornings because of all the REM sleep. I end up waking up, realizing what I just had was a dream, and trying to get back in the dream. Basically I have for years been practicing the DEILD method without realizing it!
Thanks again for the post... Will keep you posted!
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