One of the most famous techniques for lucid dreaming is Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming (WILD). In a nutshell it involves keeping your mind awake while your body falls asleep (seems cool, eh!). It’s not an easy technique and it will require some training, but it usually leads to the most vivid dreams and has a high success rate when you master it. So, let’s begin!
Note: If you read the Wake Back to Bed tutorial already, you might notice these two techniques are quite similar. In fact, the only main difference is that Wake Back to Bed happens after waking up during the night, while Wake Induced L.D. takes place when falling asleep in the evening.
When you fall asleep, it’s actually your body and your mind that are falling asleep simultaneously. When you lucid dream your mind wakes up, to a certain extent, while your body stays asleep. What we want to do in this technique, is to keep your mind awake while your body falls asleep and to transition directly into a dream. This allows you to have vivid lucid dreams directly when falling asleep, which is quite nice.
So how do we keep our mind awake while falling asleep? Well, we relax, we meditate, and we don’t move our body. At all. Not an inch. And for a duration which can vary from minutes to hours, we stay in this state. This, dear reader, is what is going to need some practice.
First of all, since you’re going to do nothing while your body falls asleep, you probably want it to be as short as possible — especially if you're not familiar with meditation. The more tired you are, the quicker your body will fall asleep, so you might want to try this technique when you go to bed late or you haven’t sleep in a while. Keep in mind, however, that alcohol, drugs and long exposure to screens degrade the quality of your sleep and will decrease the probability of having dreams.
Okay so it’s the night, the day, whenever you want, and you’re going to sleep. You want to have as little distraction as possible, so close the window, the curtains, turn off the light, have no one talking next to you. Once there’s no more light or sound prone to distracting you, lay down on your back, close your eyes, relax your arms and your legs, so that you have a comfortable position. It’s very important, since you’re not going to move at all.
Now is the time to relax completely. Focus on breathing deeply and slowly. If a thought pops up in your mind, observe it and let it go; don’t enter a thinking process, such as what you did today or what you’ll eat tomorrow. The good thing here is that this meditation step will also decrease your stress and improve your mood and your productivity in your daily life — it is recommended to meditate on a daily basis anyway. As a side note, we invite you to learn more about meditation, as it is really beneficial in several aspects of your life. Remember, don’t move a muscle, even the small muscles on the face!
After about 20 minutes (again, it depends) of relaxing and meditating, your body will start to fall asleep. Now it’s time to start creating the dream, with hypnagogia. Try to visualise patterns by looking at your closed eyelids. At first it will be really discrete, you might identity some shapes, but the deeper you go, the more intense the shapes and the colours will be. At some point you may start to hear sounds and feel physical sensations.
Now it’s just a matter of time before you start lucid dreaming. Focus on staying conscious, don’t let your mind fall asleep. Soon you will enter the dream.
The first few times you enter a lucid dream, you might get overly excited, and break the dream after a few seconds only. It’s normal, because the lucid dream state is really fragile. When you enter a lucid environment, you will have to “stabilise” the dream. Stay calm, do a reality check, focus on every detail and sensation. Admire the beauty of this state and the power of your mind.
This method works best when combined with the Wake Back to Bed technique: after waking up in the night, you relax and do this procedure. You will be more likely to enter lucid dreams when you’ve already been sleeping a few hours.
If you are using Capture, the Wake Induced feature provides different background sounds to help you visualise and enter lucid dreams. You can choose the duration of the sounds so that it doesn’t continue whilst you’re sleeping.
And that is all for Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming! Remember, it’s a hard technique and it will take some time to learn. But it’s totally worth it, as it is a very powerful method for lucid dreaming…
~ Capture team