How to Achieve Lucid Dreaming

How to Achieve Lucid Dreaming you ask? Well there are many different techniques.

For me personally, wake back to bed (WBTB) works best, although I've been known to WILD (see below) as well. Basically that means I wake up, usually 2 hours before I intend to get up, and I stay up for about 20 minutes. Then I go back to sleep. When I do this, I tend to get lucid at least 30-40% of the time. This is best for people who want to strengthen other techniques, or who wake up in the middle of the night anyway. Naps are another good way to have lucid dreams.

Other techniques that are well known are:

Auto-suggestion - Let yourself genuinely believe that you'll become lucid—without intending to become lucid—so that you really will.

As you are falling asleep, suggest to yourself that you will have a lucid dream either that night or in the near future. You can use a mantra (such as “I will recognize that I'm dreaming”) if you want, but make sure you don't try too hard to get a lucid dream. Instead of putting intentional effort into the suggestion, try to genuinely expect to have a lucid dream. Let yourself think expectantly about the lucid dream you are about to have, but be patient if you don't get one right away. Best for people who are susceptible to hypnosis or practice meditation.

Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD) - Fall asleep while focused on your intention toremember that you are dreaming.

With the MILD technique, as you are falling asleep, you concentrate on your intention to remember to recognize that you are dreaming. Repeat a short mantra in your head, such as “Next time I'm dreaming, I will remember I'm dreaming”. Think about what this means (i.e., that you want to remember that you are dreaming—in the same way you might go to a grocery store and suddenly remember that you need bread), and imagine that you are back in a dream you've had recently, but this time you recognize that you are dreaming. For example, if you recently dreamed of flying, imagine realizing that it is a dream because you are flying. Keep repeating and visualizing the mantra until you are sure that your intention is set in your mind or you fall asleep. If you stop repeating and visualizing the mantra, then still try to make sure the last thing in your mind before falling asleep is your intention to remember to recognize that you are dreaming.

Best for people with a good prospective memory (remembrance of future intentions).

Wake-Initiation of Lucid Dreams (WILD) - Keep your consciousness while falling asleep and go straight into a dream.  This can put you in a state of sleep paralysis.  This is an EXCELLENT way to launch into a lucid dream or out of body experience, IF you can get past the fear.

For most people, they are far easier to induce in the early morning after waking up or in afternoon naps, as the sleep cycle will continue with a REM period. Once you are experienced with inducing WILDs, you can try to induce them at other times.

For WILDs to occur, it is best for your body to be completely relaxed. When you go back to bed, lie down comfortably. Now tense and relax your body, starting from your shoulders and working downwards, then back up to the face. This (or similar relaxation, meditation, or trance techniques) should make your body feel slightly heavy and relaxed.

There are many different ways to induce WILDs, but they all involve simultaneously attempting to keep the mind aware while attempting to have the body fall asleep. A few techniques are detailed below.

Best for people who want to reliably have lucid dreams.

Visual Induction of Lucid Dreams (VILD) - By repetitive visualisation, incubate a dream in which you do a reality check.

First, make sure you are relaxed. You can use the relaxing technique mentioned in the description of the WILD technique. You can also imagine your brain emptying out and becoming sleepier. If you have a hard time falling asleep quickly, it should help to read a book (preferably about lucid dreaming) for a while before you go to sleep, until you feel very sleepy.

Now, you need to visualize a dream which you had prepared earlier. Here is an example of a prepared dream:

I am in a red room with one door. A friend next to me asks me to show them what a reality check is. I do my reality checks (which show that I am dreaming), tell them that I am dreaming, and head towards the door.

Make sure you know exactly what the dream would be like, such as which friend, the exact words they say, and which reality checks you do. Reality checks that require no props, such as books or clocks, are recommended. Visualize this dream slowly three times, to make sure that you know every detail. Then, start going full-on and visualize the dream over and over. You should visualize the dream as though you are looking through your own eyes, not from a third-person perspective. If you find your thoughts drifting, ignore them and continue to visualize the dream continuously. You will need patience for this — don't just give up if you think it won't work.

Best for people who have good visualization skills.

Cycle Adjustment Technique (CAT) - Adjust your sleep cycle to encourage awareness during the latter part of your sleep.

  1. For one week, go to bed at the same time each night and get up 90 minutes earlier than you usually do. Spend those 90 minutes doing reality checks every 2–5 minutes.
  2. Thereafter, on alternate days: follow the routine from step one, and set the intention to do your reality check routine at its regular time, while getting a full night sleep. This will cause the reality check conditioning to kick in during REM prime-time.


Best for people who  have a very regular sleep cycle.

There are several other techniques as well, so do your research and find out what works best for you.



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