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(DILD) = is a dream-initiated lucid dream
Unlike many of the other techniques in which one consciously enters the dreaming sleep, DILDs are lucid dreams in which people become lucid after falling asleep unconsciously.
As quoted from: Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming;
"These two kinds of lucid dreams differ in a number of ways. WILDs always happen in association with brief awakenings (sometimes one or two seconds long) from the immediate return to REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The sleeper has a subjective impression of having been awake. This is not true with DILDs".
There are many aspects and levels of lucidity and how to obtain them. DILDs are probably the most common way that a lucid dreamer becomes lucid. It is therefore particularly difficult to associate DILDs with an absolute technique.
With practice other techniques can offer the possibility of mastering and achieving lucidity a good portion of the time. DILDs on the other hand are not quite as predictable. DILDs, while maybe more frequent as a natural way to obtain lucidity, has some steps you can practice. This can you help aid in the probability of becoming lucid while you are already asleep.
Since DILDs are not a direct entry to the dream realm one must learn how to realize he/she is dreaming while in a sleeping state.
Some common practices are:
To become AWARE. Such a broad statement. Yet when practiced, this will not only help with DILDs and any other technique you may try but by consciously making a daily effort to be more aware of your surroundings this will enlighten your senses and enable you to achieve a greater sense of yourself and everyone and thing around you. Very important.
A dream journal or diary.
This will aid in a couple of ways. 1. To become efficient at lucid dreaming one must first have the ability to recall a good portion of their dreams. By diligently writing down your dreams after waking up from one will help you recall your dreams better. Look at the Dream recall Tutorial by Wasup for helpful tips on dream recall and keeping a journal.
2. In association with the step above, a dreamer can begin to pinpoint what is called dream signs. These are characteristics in your dreams that become common in nature. This provides you with a window of opportunity to remember these signs while you are in a dream. Then giving arise to the fact that you are in a dream.
Pre-sleep preparation. This could include several things such as learning to clear your train of thought and concentrate on dreaming. The 61 point relaxation technique as well as other forms of relaxation. Yoga & breathing practices to name a few.
Many people use a repetitive sentence to try and incubate a lucid dream. My favorite one is (I AM GOING TO REMEMBER TO RECOGNIZE THAT I AM DREAMING.) These could be changed at ones own discretion but keep in mind you must also do this with conviction like reality checks. And the sentence should include something in the manner of remembering and of course, dreaming.