IM NEW TO LUCID DREAMING AND OBE'S I HAVE CURRENTLY WATCHED ALL OF "LUCIDOLOGY 101" AND READ A BOOK HOWEVER HAD ONLY HAD 1 SUCCESS BUT THAT WAS BEGINNERS LUCK BECAUSE IT WAS COMPULSIVE AND ACCIDENTAL WHERE I BECAME CONCIOUSE IN MY DREAM. MY QUESTION IS FOR THE WILD TECHNIQUE WHAT EXACTLEY DO YOU DO? WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS AM I RIGHT TO SAY:
1) LIE DOWN ON YOUR BACK WITH YOUR ARMS AT YOUR SIDE AND YOUR LEGS SLIGHTLEY SPACED APART
2) CLOSE YOUR EYES AND OBSERVE THE HYP.... IMAGERY (CANT SPELL IT)
3) NOW, DO YOU STAY AWAKE BUT STAY AWARE OF THE SENSATIONS ON YOUR BODY OR FALL ASLEEP INTO ONE OF THE IMAGES AND IF I DO WILL IT BE LUCID???????????????/
Next, you do technically fall asleep but you will want to stay aware of you doing so through the entire process.
Sleep paralysis is a warm, heavy sensation. It will feel like a blanket has been tightly tucked around you, or as if you are sinking into the surface of your bed. If feel this and are unable to move, you are in SP
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(Did you know that you enter SP every night while dreaming? It's just your mind is asleep so you don't feel it.)
However sometimes you can be so focused on the dream world emerging that you don't even feel the SP. I have had WILDs where I was meditating one minute and popping into the lucid dream the next - I felt no paralysis because I wasn't focused on it.
Other people go through feeling the SP fully every time because that's part of their process. I don't think we really have a huge choice in the matter, it depends in how the induction works for you and what you're used to focusing on. I have felt sleep paralysis on other occasions, so I know it happens. I think if you can pop right into an LD without being aware of extensive SP, you are better off - for me it just feels like an easier transition.
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If your new to Lucid Dreaming then i wouldn't recommend attempting WILD at all until you have experience using beginner techniques such as DILD/MILD. I personally prefer WILD but initially i started with a WBTB/MILD combo to rack up some experience but then realised that my 'body and mind' preferred the WILD technique. It may be the same for you but from what ive seen and learned its not common. Most report success with DILD as there main induction technique.
Also, just on a side note, theres almost universal agreement among academics that OBEs (pseudoscience) and Lucid Dreams (scientifically validated) are the same thing (especially when induced using WILD) so unless your kinda 'new agey' i think it would be beneficial for you to consider them as one and the same.
You should also remember the fact that some people, you might be one of them, never or seldom feel any sensation during sleep paralysis. Which is a good thing mind lol.
hope i helped
I have written out many of the most popular lucid dreaming techniques in step-by-step format on the site:
As a beginner I think you should focus on:
- dream journaling
- reality checks
- daily breathing meditation before bed
- MILD / incubation
If you have time you should try the sleep cycle adjustment techniques like WBTB and CAT as these are very effective for everyone, including beginners.
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