This article will show you exactly how to use the WILD method to successfully will yourself into a lucid dream.
Not just that but we’ll also explore a combination of the WILD method and the WBTB technique, in order to obtain the best results possible.
Before we do any of that, we first have to learn what WILD really is and how to successfully perform it.
What is a WILD
A wake-induced lucid dream is exactly what you think it is; you learn how to transport yourself into a lucid dream from a waking state.
One benefit of this method is that you don’t really rely on reality checks or any other symbols to find out you’re lucid but are actually ‘forcing’ the lucid dream to come to you.
This also means that you’ll be a lot more lucid in such a dream and that you’re the one in command; you can start and end your lucid dream however you want to.
The WILD technique has five essential steps you have to follow, which we’ll explore further down below.
5 Step WILD Technique
The best place to practice the WILD technique would be in your bed, where you usually sleep at night.
Ensure that your room is isolated from any outside sounds and any visual stimuli, such as lights from a nearby store or lamp posts.
Once your room is completely dark, place your favorite crystals for lucid dreaming, if you have any.
If not, it’s not a big deal, simply start reading your dream journal for five to ten minutes (you may turn on your bedroom light for the reading session).
This is done in order to get you in the right frame of mind for the WILD technique.
Once you’re done reading your journal, lie down on your back and keep your arms and legs close to your body.
Now that you’re comfortable, perform this simple breathing technique which will increase oxygen output to the brain.
Start by breathing in for five seconds, holding your breath for seven and breathing out for five seconds.
Repeat this exercise ten times or until you feel lightheaded.
Doing this will ensure that you get sufficiently relaxed and in the right emotional state for lucid dreaming.
Once you’re done, breathe normally and start observing your breath.
Notice how it goes in and out.
As you’re doing this, start putting the focus on your heartbeat.
Observe how with every heartbeat, your cells get the vital oxygen they require for their normal functioning.
While doing all this, ensure that you’re not tense in any of your muscles, from your jaw to your shoulders and legs.
Remember to not perform any movements, not even swallowing is allowed since that will break your concentration.
Do this for around ten minutes or however long it requires for you to reach the third stage.
Hypnagogia is a completely normal state where the line between reality and dream starts to blur.
It usually happens once your brain becomes convinced that you’re about to sleep and it starts shutting down the body, essentially numbing it.
You’ll feel a warm blanket being pulled over your body and you’ll also start feeling paralyzed.
Many people also report lights flickering and hearing distant sounds, some also say that they can hear their name being called by a faraway entity.
Many newbies to lucid dreaming get scared at this point but that’s exactly what you want to avoid, since being scared only serves to pull you out of the trance.
Accept the things happening as normal and proceed as outlined below.
Now that you’re teetering on the edge of consciousness, you’ll start seeing full-blown images in your state of hypnagogia.
Start focusing on the images and don’t hold onto any image for too long, just let them pass, as you did with your thoughts.
Pick any image you like the best and start visualizing yourself inside that image.
For example, if you’re picking a forest full of greenery, you’ll visualize yourself walking on the muddy ground, surrounded by birds chirping and you’ll feel the wind blowing from a distance.
Become aware of the forest as much as you can, be actually there and feel the sensations of a person that’s actually inside a forest.
Do you hear any distant animals voicing themselves?
Where are you headed to?
Is that a cottage near the lake?
Make your dream scene as vivid as you can and always place yourself in the center of things.
It might be hard to imagine doing all this while awake but during hypnagogia, it’s going to work!
5. Lucid Dream
Your physical body is completely numb and it’s not even yours at this point.
You’re in another realm, completely separated from the physical plane.
Perform a reality check and watch reality disintegrate before you.
Congratulations, you’re now lucid and are ready to start living out your fantasies!
You can take this dream wherever you want to, the green forest is just one of your favorite induction techniques.
Important to note is that in a similar way, people practice Astral Projection.
Combining The WBTB Method And The WILD Technique
Many people new to all this fail with the WILD technique, they either succumb to their fears or they become overwhelmed by the imagery in hypnagogia.
That’s not a reason to fret as there is an easy way to overcome the first three stages outlined above.
Simply wake up after four to five hours of sleep, do something for ten to twenty minutes (no TV, phone or any other blue light source) and go back to sleep.
You’ll find yourself in the visualization stage within five minutes, simply visualize a dream scene and take it from there!
Now that we’ve shown you the WILD lucid dreaming technique, it’s time for you to start practicing it.
If you aren’t succeeding, use the combination method to your advantage.