DEILD stands for Dream Exit Initiated Lucid Dream. DEILD is also sometimes called "Dream Chaining." A DEILD is basically a shortened WILD
. DEILD has the potential to let you have multiple lucid dreams each night. This technique takes advantage of the fact that as you awaken from a dream the brain remains in dream mode for a few moments, provided you don't move too much. Since your brain is still using REM waves, you can easily slip back into a dream without having to trick your body into falling asleep. However, if you are at the end of a REM phase you won't be able to DEILD. If you hit the right timing and are able to keep yourself conscious while you drift back to sleep, you'll find that it's relatively easy to enter in a dream lucid.
The DEILD technique had been around for a while. Many lucid dreamers have stumbled across this technique in their own in their pursuit of LDs. Dr. Steven LaBerge outlined this technique in some of his books.
In order to DEILD you have to have good dream recall. Not only so you won't forget your DEILD adventures, but also because you need to be aware enough of your dreams that you know when one has just ended. It is ideal to establish decent dream recall since it can be much easier to reenter the dream if it is still clearly recalled once you wake up, as opposed to visualizing a completely new one (which you may also do if you prefer).
Since DEILD relies on your ability to wake up as a dream ends, you obviously need to be able to do this on a regular basis. Many people wake up briefly after each dream already, but are unaware of it. There a few ways to become aware of these awakenings:
- Some people use an alarm of some kind to wake them up during the night. A vibrating cell phone can be used, too. You will need an alarm that turns itself off after a few seconds. The shorter the duration of the alarm the better, as you don't want it to disturb you too much. Set it to go off after between 3-6 hours of sleep. You'll have to experiment to find the best time for you. If you want, you can also set it to go off every half hour after that, to give you a greater chance of waking from a dream.
- Some people train themselves to recognize the look of their closed eyes, because this will signal that they have just woken up. To do this close your eyes while going to sleep for the night. Spend about a minute looking at the backs of your eyelids. Over time you should start to instantly recognize, even when groggy and half-awake, that your eyes are closed and that is a signal that you have just woken from a dream.
If you don't like the idea of an alarm waking you up you can try going to bed a couple of hours early. Many people find this causes them to wake up during the night more than they normally do.
Another way to skip the alarm is to use autosuggestion. With this method you come up with a short sentence or phrase (your "mantra") that sums up your desire, in this case to be aware of waking up after every dream. An example of a mantra you can use is, "I will be aware of waking after every dream." To get the most out of autosuggestion repeat your mantra over and over several times a day. The more you do it the faster and better it will work. A good way to make sure you do it enough is to repeat it:
- Every time, the whole time as you use the bathroom.
- Whenever you wait in line or have other "down" time.
- Whenever you walk through a doorway.
- As you get ready for bed.
- For several minutes as you lay in bed.
How to DEILD.
Once your dream recall is good and you are aware of waking after many of your dreams you are ready to start DEILDing! When done properly the whole process generally takes less than a minute from awake to a lucid dream state.
You awake after in a dream. Now try to hold still and avoid if possible opening your eyes. Even though scratching your nose or moving a bit does not end your chances, excessive wakefulness can cause your brain to come out of REM. You need to keep your mind awake, but still in that dreamy, in-between state.
Now a dream will form around you. At this stage you may feel some Hypnagogic Hallucinations
, since DEILD is a kind of WILD
- If you find it is hard for you to remember to stay still as you awake you can use autosuggestion to plant that goal in your mind.
- Another useful way of staying still is to set two alarms, one fifteen minutes or so before you attempted to DEILD. When it goes off, go back to sleep, but affirm that next time you wake up you will stay still. Because you did your affirmation so closely to the DEILD attempt, it is very fresh and your mind.
Hints on Entering the Dream
- You can enter a dream scenario of your choice by imagining it while you lay still waiting for the dream to form. This is harder to do than dream reentry.
- You can reenter your last dream by simply thinking about it. Most people find this the easiest way to shape a dream while DEILDing.
- If you are more of a tactile person, you can imagine the sensation of movement or of touching something to help you get into a dream. As an added bonus, when you actually can "feel" the movement or object you know your dream body is feeling it and you are in the dream. This acts as a built in RC.
- Be aware of the false awakenings. Most WILDs will start with one. If you think you've failed the DEILD, make sure with a reality check.
Many people use DEILD not as a technique to become lucid, but as a method for staying lucid. Dreamers (especially ones who are new to lucid dreaming) tend to wake up soon after becoming lucid. The DEILD technique allows the dreamer to go back into the dream and continue it. The way to perform is right when you realize that the dream is about to end. You might know this depending on the time you started your DEILD, or if you can't seem to prevent the scenario from fading. At this point, you want to focus on your intention of waking up and remaining motionless, while also keeping focus on any dream imagery residue that might allow you the opportunity to enter in the next dream.
*This tutorial is a collective effort of Dream Views Team from 2008, edits by DV Team 2012, 2013