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    1. Lunar's WILD Guide

      by , 06-01-2022 at 08:09 PM
      What is WILD?
      WILD stands for "Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming" and is an old, well known technique for going to sleep consciously. By maintaining awareness during the transition from wakefulness to sleep, you can directly enter a lucid dream.

      WILD is a skill that may take time to develop initially, but once you get familiar with it, it become easy, quick, and highly effective!

      When should I do WILD?

      WILD is best done in combination with WBTB (Wake Back to Bed). This means that you should set an alarm (or wake up naturally) during sleep. Usually 4-6 hours into sleep is recommended.

      How long you stay awake during WBTB depends on you. Some like doimng it for only a few minutes and others go longer. If you fall asleep too fast, lengthen the time. If you have trouble going back to sleep, shorten it.

      Make sure to adjust your sleep schedule accordingly to ensure that you are getting enough sleep.

      Although WBTB is recommended, it's not required. Any time you go to sleep is an opportunity for WILD. This includes other wake up times during the night, daytime naps, and before bed.

      How to Do WILD

      Summary of Steps for WILD
      1. Get in bed and get comfy. Go to sleep like you would normally (this is the majority of WILD).
      2. Start falling asleep.
      3. Put passive awareness on your anchor until you enter a dream (the anchor can either stay the same or change throughout the process).

      Performing WILD
      Make yourself comfortable in whatever position you normally fall asleep in and prepare to go to sleep like you would normally. Whatever sleeping position is most comfortable for you is the best for WILD. When you start to fall asleep, put gentle awareness on an "anchor" to keep your mind from drifting into unsconsciousness.

      Choosing an Anchor
      An anchor is simply something (a subject or thing) to help you be aware so you don't fall asleep unconsciously. There are many types of anchors for WILD.

      Here are two main categories of anchors:
      - External, such as fans, noise machines, or the feeling of a blanket. These consist of real things in your environment and real physical senses and are easy to keep track of in the beginning stage of WILD. However, it's possible to lose track of them as you enter the later stage, so you may want to switch to an internal anchor at that point in the WILD process.
      - Internal, such as watching imagery form on the backs of your eyelids, imagined visuals, imagined movement, or any sort of thoughts or imagined senses. Internal anchors are things of the mind. They can stay with you as you transition into a dream, so they're easy to keep track of in the final stage of WILD. You can use them to finalize the process and enter a dream.

      What does awareness mean, though?
      Awareness is simply a perception of something. For example, you are currently aware of this guide and the shape of the letters written in it. You are probably thinking actively about the contents of the guide, but the shape of the letters is a more passive type of awareness.

      You are aware of things all the time, except when you're unconscious, which is why WILD works.

      Finding The Balance
      Falling asleep consciously for WILD is a balance, but the balance is not 1:1. It's heavily skewed more in the direction of falling asleep. If you find yourself unable to sleep, you may be focussing too hard on your anchor. Lower it to a more gentle, passive awareess.

      If you continue to maintain gentle passive awareness, you will enter a lucid dream.
      The rest of this guide is just further explanation and tips.

      Extra Tips

      What is Hypnagogia?
      Hypnagogia are imaginary visuals, sounds, and other sensations that may happen as you fall asleep, but not always. These can vary widely, but are completely harmless. You can even control them in the same way dreams can be controlled, and use them as an anchor to enter a lucid dream.

      What to Do With Wandering Mind
      As you fall asleep, you may notice your mind wander. This is a sign that you're about to fall asleep (a good sign that WILD is working) and here are two ways of proceeding with it:
      - When you mind wanders, gently bring it back to your anchor.
      - Allow your mind to wander, but follow it. Stay passively aware as you go with the flow.

      Wandering thoughts are also common in dreams and can be embraced by the WILDer. What makes anchors work is the ability to keep your mind from losing consciousness completely. It doesn't mean you have to stick with the same thing throughout the whole process. It's perfectly fine to let your mind wander, as long as you're keeping track of it.

      Moving Anchors
      Your anchor doesn't have to be stationary. It can move fluidly and change through the process of falling asleep. For example, instead of imagining an apple on a desk, you can imagine yourself picking an apple from a tree, going into town, and proceeding to go on an adventure unrelated to apple picking—this is the nature of dreams and is a very powerful tool for WILD! By emulating a dream narrative before you fall asleep, you can transition easily and quickly into a real dream (since you're already engaging the dreamstate mindset). The more you match a reaming mindset, the better.

      MILD & WILD
      WILD can be combined with MILD (another technique for lucid dreaming) for stacked effects. To combine them, do MILD first, then WILD. OR you can incorporate MILD into a narrative WILD anchor for double effect. That way, if you don’t fall asleep conscious, you’re still likely to have lucid dreams. To do this, make your story narrative involve the concept of you being in a lucid dream.

      Here's a MILD guide that I recommend: https://skyfalldreams.net/guides/skyfalls-mild-guide/
      You can also do MILD during the day (any time) separately from your WILD times.

      Visualization Anchors
      Visualization anchors with WILD (also known as V-WILD) are one of the most popular. There are multiple ways you can use a visual anchor:
      - Use an external visual like a light or something else in the room.
      - Create an internal anchor from a visual in your mind.
      - Gaze at the backs of your eyelids, you might or might not notice imagery forming.
      - Use imagined imagery that forms while you're falling asleep (like hypnagogia).

      Visuals tend to become more vivid the closer you get to entering a dream. It might stay the same or morph, and you can control it or go with the flow—either way is fine, as long as you maintain awareness of it while falling asleep.

      Imagined Movement & Sensation Anchors
      You can use any sense for anchors, such as:
      - Imagining yourself walking, flying, or swimming.
      - Imagining a calm energy flowing through your body.

      These can also arise either from hypnagogia or just simply imagining them. They work similarly to visual anchors in that the sensation can become more vivid the closer you get to entering a dream.
      There are endless anchors you can use for WILD. Don't feel like you need to limit yourself to what's listed here!

      Sometimes you can do WILD by emulating the mindset you have in dreams, escpecially if you've lucid dreamed before. You can even walk yourself through a dream that you want to have, and fall asleep doing this as your anchor.

      Falling Asleep Signs
      If you're unsure whether your WILD practice is working, these are the signs that it is:
      - Your mind may start to wander more than usual.
      - Your breathing and/or heartrate may slow down.
      - You may feel a jerking motion in your hand or other part of your body (hypnic jerk).
      - You might make a small sound, like a mumble.
      - Your might suddenly feel cold and need to pull up a blanket (body temperature decrease).
      - Sounds, visuals, touch, or other sensations in your environment may become dull or vanish completely.
      - You may start to hear sounds, see visuals, or feel sensations that aren't really there (hypnagogia).

      If you experience any of these signs, it means you're about to fall asleep. This is a great time to start doing WILD.
      Noticing these signs also means you are being aware of the falling asleep process! Even if you didn't enter a dream in the later stage, look at what you're doing correctly to get these signs and do more of that.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What do I do if I have to scratch an itch, move, or swallow during WILD?
      A: Do so! Act just like you normally would going to bed. You can move around, scratch itches, and swallow all you like.

      Q: Are the lucid dreams you get from WILD more/less vivid than lucid dreams from other methods?
      A: No, the technique you use doesn't determine vividness (lack of vividness is a recall/dream control issue).

      Q: How long does it take to do WILD?
      A: WILD can be done in the same amount of time that it takes you to fall asleep. This can vary by the person, but can be done in minutes.

      Q: How long does it take to LEARN how to do WILD?
      A: The time it takes to learn and start having successful WILDs varies. It can happen on the first night, or it could take days, weeks, or more to train. Keep in mind that training doesn't mean repetition—you need to adjust your practice until you figure out the balance.

      Q: I can't relax and go to sleep! What do I do?
      A: Let go of racing thoughts, worries, or focusing on things that can keep you awake. Meditation like slowing your breathing and other relaxation techniques can help.

      Q: What do I do if it's not working?
      A: If you're falling asleep unconsciously, raise the awareness level. If you're staying awake, lower it. Make other adjustments as needed rather than just repeating the same thing (if it's not working).

      Q: How do I stabilize the dream?
      A: Stabilization isn't needed. You can stay in the dream simply by going off and doing dream things!

      Q: Does WILD cause sleep paralysis/do I need sleep paralysis?
      A: WILD doesn't involve sleep paralysis (this is often mistaken for hypnagogia).

      Q: Is WILD the most difficult technique?
      A: WILD is not a difficult technique. It's very easy once you learn to do it!

      Updated 09-02-2022 at 08:45 PM by 99032

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