Tips for WILD Beginners

If you’re having trouble with Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams, try out some of these tips. You don’t really need a specific amount of sleep before performing WILD, and the only requirement is that you must be exhausted enough to hit the sack. I recommend that you use WILD in tandem with the Wake Back to Bed technique, because both of these techniques involve a lot of daydreaming.

Have you ever sat in a classroom, waiting room, bus, or plane – and found yourself really, really bored? You’re not concentrating on any one thing, and your mind is drifting off from one topic to the next. You haven’t fell asleep yet, but these multiple scenarios of random thoughts keep coming in going, like mild breezes in the air. Most people call this “daydreaming”, and in a literal sense it really is daydreaming. During this bizzarre state of mind, you are neither conscious nor unconscious, but with your mind’s eye, you’re kind of visualizing a myriad of random occurrences.

You’re not actually seeing these images, but it’s kind of similar to having a song stuck in your mind – you don’t actually hear the song, but your cognition will passively acknowledge its tunes, due to your subconscious mind acting up. It remembers the melodies, it remembers the lyrics, it remembers the rhythm.

You should apply this same passive-acknowledgment-concept to daydreaming. You should try doing this with your eyes open in the beginning. It might feel counterproductive, but I really recommend it. Daydream of anything. Try to visualize this in your mind’s eye, while you have your physical eyes open and staring non-discriminately at a wall or object. Start by visualizing something small. Do this in an isolated environment with no audible or visual distractions. You can also do this in the dark, or a room with diffused lighting – just not in a room with fluorescent soul-sucking lights turned up to the max. That’s just my preference, but do whatever works best for yourself.

Think up of a scene. Imagine a scene that you want to visit in a lucid dream, but if you’re still a beginning lucid dreamer, make sure to start with something basic, like a beach shore. WILD won’t really work for you if you try to daydream too much at one time. The first time I tried this mental exercise, I wasn’t attempting to perform Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams – I just wanted to daydream. I imagined a simple ice skating rink. It was very plain, completely desolate, and had nobody around skating or playing. The main thing for this technique, and especially the WILD technique, is to concentrate specifically on each intricate detail. Try to paint as detailed a picture as possible in your mind’s eye. Pretend as if you were a painter, painting an intricate mental landscape. Even the best painters don’t magically paint every single detail all at once. They do it one step at a time, painting the details which have higher priority first, before moving on to smaller, successive details.

To give you an example, when I was daydreaming this ice skating rink, I visualized taking a seat on one of the benches, while at the same time tying my right skate. I mentally painted a used pair of ice skates, which had scratches embedded in its plastic, and fuzzy worn shoelaces. I tried to paint every single intricate detail of the scratches and marks on both ice skates. As soon as I was done with that, I then mentally concentrated on how the cuff of my left blue jean pant pressed against the ice skate. I then visualized a chewed-up red wad of gum, stuck to the ground near the skating rink. Then, I walked up to the ice, and mentally sketched out countless curving lines across the ice, where previous ice skaters had glided before me. I envisioned the slew of scratches across the protective plexiglass, the circular marks for hockey games, and even the glare on the ice from the lights above.

I then shifted my attention to how cold it felt. Because I’m not a really good ice skater, I also mentally rebalanced myself. You should strive for a similar degree of realism, as if everything in your mind’s eye is actually there. You can close your eyes after some time has passed, and eventually you’ll just transition into this dream scenario without much effort on the part of your conscious mind. I was able to successfully enter into a lucid dream from this particular ice rink, but I shifted my dream body too soon – thus moving my physical body.

This is basically just a somewhat easier approach to Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams. If you’re having trouble with WILD, you should first try this daydreaming technique. Using this technique in tandem with Wake Back to Bed and Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreams will yield impressive results, and it is excellent for those who aren’t too keen on using wild – such as myself, from time to time. You can perform this technique basically anytime and anywhere throughout the day. I sometimes do it on a whim, and though I really really hate WILD, I hope that this much less convoluted variation of WILD will be helpful for many of my readers.

I hope that I’ve explained enough to make it seem that WILD is a lot easier than it sounds. Many of my readers have emailed me about how difficult it is to perform WILD, which might give way to mental blocks for beginning lucid dreamers when they try to pull it off. They’re always subconsciously assuming that maybe WILD is too difficult to perform. I hope that this article can encourage you to give WILD a try, and may you have much success with this technique. Pleasant dreams.

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