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      Naiya's Simple MILD Technique

      Naiya's MILD Technique



      Introduction



      Most of my lucids are MILDs. Even though it is probably one of the less popular methods, in my opinion it is one of the most reliable and versatile things you can do. The great thing about MILD is that you don't need to remember to RC or build up daytime awareness, and it doesn't require you to lose any sleep. All you need is a few minutes before bedtime. MILD is also complimented by WBTB and reality checking, but it can do very well as a stand alone method.

      A lot of people who are new to LDing ask what the easiest induction method is. It's hard to answer that question because different methods work for different people. Having said that, I have always thought that MILD is the perfect method for beginners. It is much more forgiving than, say, WILD, because as long as you keep trying, there really is no wrong way to do it and you will eventually succeed.

      A word about consistency: one of the biggest pitfalls I see is when a person tries one method for a week or two, then decides it's not working, and switches to another method. They jump from one method to the next and believe that nothing is working for them. It's very important to understand that lucid dreaming is a skill. While some people might start out with a talent for it, the rest of us have to build up from being beginners. So switching methods would be akin to trying to learn piano one week and then trumpet the next. You never give yourself the chance to master any of them. The mind needs time to internalize what you are trying to learn before it can give you good results. With lucid dreaming, even though you may not have lucid for the first few weeks, just affirm to yourself that you ARE making progress.

      Practice and consistency are extremely important with MILD. To get the best results, you should be doing it every single night. If you wake up in the morning with no lucids, don't think of it as a failure. If you did the MILD before bed, then consider it a success because you got your practice done. Your lucids will come when your mind has begun internalizing your practice.




      Preparation



      Before you begin, it's best to make your environment conducive to MILDing. For starters, you will need to set aside at least 5 minutes just before bedtime for the MILD. If you want the best results, I recommend a little more time, maybe 10-20 minutes total.

      It's important to make your attempt when you feel relaxed and your mind is free of daily worries and nagging thoughts. Spend a minute or so (or more if you are a meditator) letting go of any thoughts and worries. Make it an ironclad rule to not worry about your daily life when it's bedtime. If you need to, jot down your worries and thoughts (i.e. "I need to get gas tomorrow") in your dream journal so you can read any reminders or worries in the morning. You might try imagining that you are throwing your troubles and your thoughts away in a well or a box near your bed. If you are still being plagued by worries and thoughts, affirm to yourself that the best thing you can do for yourself and everyone around you at this moment is to get a good night's sleep and be relaxed and happy in the morning.

      The next part depends on how easily you fall asleep. If it takes you a long time to fall asleep (10+ minutes), then you may lie down and get comfortable as usual, and do the MILD as you fall asleep. Don't worry about trying to keep it up to the very last moment you fall asleep, because that will keep you awake. But try to make sure you keep your mind on it for at least 5 minutes before letting your mind wander or dropping off.

      If you are the type who falls asleep within a few minutes of hitting the pillow, you may not want to lie down for the MILD. Instead, turn off the lights, sit comfortably on your bed, and after at least 5 minutes, go ahead and lie down to sleep, keeping the MILD going as you fall asleep.


      On WBTBs
      : If you wake up naturally during the night, it would increase your chances of getting lucid if you repeat the MILD when you go back to sleep. If you have the need or want to, you can set an alarm or two at night to increase your chances. It's not necessary, but it can help a great deal. Don't worry about being consistent in the number of MILD attempts per night--it only matters that you do at least once per night total.


      It's very important to keep a dream journal for MILDing, especially if you are coupling it with reality checking. When you keep a dream journal, your recall gets better, and with that, it will be easier to MILD.



      The Method



      Once you have settled down your mind and you're comfortable, turn your attention to lucid dreaming. Recall your most recent dream, in as much detail as you possibly can. Imagine yourself exploring the dream as if you had been lucid in it. Believe that you are back in the dream again, only lucid. Believe that, in only a few minutes, you will soon be dreaming again, and imagine yourself knowing it's a dream, doing whatever you want. You can come up with any scenario you wish for this. It may be helpful to imagine yourself completing whatever tasks or goals you have. If you can't recall a recent dream, you can use any other dream you had, as long as it was vivid enough to remember it with a good amount of detail. This can be really helpful if you want to go back to a certain dreamscape.

      Another variation of this is to use a movie, video game or book. You can make up a completely imaginary environment, perhaps something from your daydreams. Imagine yourself lucid in the environment, doing whatever you want to do. It helps if you see yourself doing fun or interesting things, because it keeps you motivated.

      You don't have to imagine the same thing in every MILD attempt.
      If you did, things might get boring and your mind will not be in an active state. So don't be afraid to change it up, use a different dream memory, or imagine new things.

      If you have time during the day and you want to give your MILD a boost, you can practice it in the middle of the day. Simply daydream yourself into a lucid daydream. It will help build up your visualization and creative skills, which are useful for not only MILDs, but dream control.



      Using Autosuggestion



      Using autosuggestion or mantras, either alone or with the visualization, will help you MILD. Remember that the mind ignores negation when you are coming up with mantras to use.

      For example, if you use this mantra:

      "I will not fail to lucid dream tonight"

      Your mind will perceive it as:

      "I will fail to lucid dream tonight."


      One of my mantras used to be "I will have a lucid dream tonight." I was confused when I starting having only one lucid per night, when I normally have a few. Then I changed it to "I will have many lucid dreams tonight," and I began having more lucid per night again.

      Some of my favorite mantras:

      "I'm dreaming" --> the best for coupling with visualization, really drives it home.
      "This is a dream"
      "I will wake up in a dream" --> to promote FA's. Remember to couple with RCs every time you wake!
      "I'll be dreaming soon."
      "I will have lucid dreams tonight."


      Conclusion


      This method is pretty simple, but it can be powerful once it's mastered. Anyone can master it if they put in the time to practice it. You can do MILD while you're exploring other methods, so that if the other methods don't work well for you, there's always that guarantee of getting lucid eventually from your MILDs. Typically I recommend doing MILD for at least 2 months to give it sufficient time to work, but for some it may take more time. Sooner or later it will work--it's just that for whatever reason it takes longer for some people.

      Good luck and happy lucids!
      Last edited by Naiya; 07-25-2011 at 02:32 AM.

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      Awesome tutorial, really helped me! Thanks
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      Anyone who suggests visualization (which you do) is on the correct path! Very nice article Naiya. I bend the rules just a bit when I MILD as I visualize seeing the words 'This is a Dream' on a placard or signpost.
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      Very nice guide Naiya. Thanks for this resource.

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      Quote Originally Posted by faceonmars View Post
      Anyone who suggests visualization (which you do) is on the correct path! Very nice article Naiya. I bend the rules just a bit when I MILD as I visualize seeing the words 'This is a Dream' on a placard or signpost.
      Oooh, nice idea.

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      Thank you, good tutorial I have been doing this already without knowing its a method as well as DILD.

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      Damn you naiya! I am currently writing a MILD tutorial.

      Just kidding. This is a great tutorial! Mine is a bit different though and goes a little further than this one. I will be sure and hyperlink yours when i post mine!! I bet they will coincide well.
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      Quote Originally Posted by dakotahnok View Post
      Damn you naiya! I am currently writing a MILD tutorial.

      Just kidding. This is a great tutorial! Mine is a bit different though and goes a little further than this one. I will be sure and hyperlink yours when i post mine!! I bet they will coincide well.
      Cool, a linkback would be much appreciated!

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      Thanks for the great tut! I've been trying to learn to WILD consistently without very much success. It would be a great idea to use MILD at the same time, so i'll have another technique to fall back on.

      Offtopic: I was watching comic con on tv today and they had a bobble head TARDIS. As soon as i saw that, i thought Naiya on DV would think that was cool, lol.
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      My visualization skills are horrid, does visualizing help that much?

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      Quote Originally Posted by dark_grimmjow View Post

      Offtopic: I was watching comic con on tv today and they had a bobble head TARDIS. As soon as i saw that, i thought Naiya on DV would think that was cool, lol.

      Ohh, I want one of those!


      Quote Originally Posted by rynkrt3 View Post
      My visualization skills are horrid, does visualizing help that much?
      It'll get better with practice. Also, it helps to remember yourself in your last dream, because you don't have to create a whole environment. Either way, don't worry about it--the intent is really what's most important, not how well you can visualize yourself in a dream. But if you want, you can just stick to the mantra.

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      Great guide, Naiya! It gets straight to the point, but it's thorough at the same time.

      I find the part about the negatives especially helpful; I've used them a few times before and didn't have good results, so there's definitely truth in what you say - negative additives are ignored by the mind.

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      I've been waiting for you to post this for weeks. XP

      Awesome stuff. I'm going to be replacing/supplementing my current daily MILD 'technique' with this one. I know, not exactly consistent, but what I'm doing now can hardly be called a technique anyways and it's been almost two months now with no significant results. I'll let you know how it goes. ^.^

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      Thanks for this Naiya, really useful, really has simplified MILDs It's also good for me because one of the things I really want to improve is my visualising because I used to be epic at daydreaming but my skills kind of declined around the age of 15.

      I think the one of the good things about this guide compared to some others is the emphasis on routine and practice. Also the bit on the meanings behind mantras is useful too
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      "LD Count: 1789" ... damn this must be working ! I'm trying it tonight.
      Thank you Naiya!

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      Great guide Naiya, this may help me achieve some more lucids since I've been stuck at 3 for a couple of months now. I think I'll couple this with some ADA and I should be set for a lot of great lucids in the very soon future.
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      Hm.. I will be sure to try this. I have been doing MILD already, but so far it's been more WBTB and Mantras, but only bits of both, never really tried hard enough for each. I will certainly do this for a few months, it looks promising.

      ......

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      Fantastic tutorial, Naiya. I'm so glad you are active again

      I like to tell myself, "The next thing I see will be a dream. The next thing that happens, will be a dream. The next person I meet will be a DC, ect." I think I stole this from you! It helps me remember that the very next experience I have, no matter what it is, will be a dream.

      I think this method snowballs once you get started. Once you get a lucid dream, focus on the feeling of the lucid dream so you can later reproduce it during your MILD visualization. Try to imagine yourself becoming lucid. Recreate that feeling.

      If you wake from a dream in the middle of the night, use it immediately as the base for your MILD. This is similar to how you remember your dreams. Even if your memory seems blank, once you start to imagine a recent dream it comes back quickly and vividly.

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      Really confident for tonight
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      This tutorial gives me hope

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      Yet another great tutorial from Naiya

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      I'm liking this a lot! I've been looking for a technique that I can consistently use alongside ADA, while also trying other techniques.

      Also, this'll encourage my mindufulness meditation practice at night, when I usually don't have the motivation to do so.

      Thanks again for another great tutorial,

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      Thank's maybe I will stick to this, but i can't make my decision. I wan't to learn MILD or DEILD. And I don't know what should I stick to?? Any solutions? Im beginer (2weeks). I havent Lucid not event once. So What you think would be better to start with. I will practise It for a long time, until i se results. So help me make my desicion. What should I choose to start learning MILD or DEILD?? What is easer and giving nearer results? Please answer this

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      Trying to get back into LDing, and I think I will stick to MILD from now on. I used to switch methods every few days before and I'm pretty sure that's why I never really got it down. Awesome guide, thanks!

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      Just figured I should post here... I think it was this technique that helped to give me two more lucids over the past couple of days, so thank you very much Naiya! This really works!
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