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    1. Narrative Initiated Lucid Dreaming

      by , 08-18-2022 at 11:24 PM
      NILD is the technique I learned at 9-10 years old. I’ve had thousands of lucid dreams from NILD over the course of 20 years. I discovered lucid dreaming communities a couple of years ago and have since adopted new techniques, but this is the gem I used prior. It remains my most powerful technique.


      Do you ever lay in bed imagining a story in your mind? Is there a specific scenario in mind that you would like to dream about? Then this is the technique for you!

      NILD involves starting up a story narrative while you're awake that will continue as a lucid dream after you fall asleep doing it.

      By emulating a dream in waking state, you can ease the transition into a lucid dream—this is where the magic happens!

      NILD also helps with incubation and dream control.

      WILD & DILD Combined
      WILD stands for Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming, and DILD stands for Dream Initiated Lucid Dreaming. NILD combines both WILD and DILD in a way that doesn't take away effectiveness of either. Instead, you will reap the benefits of both.

      With NILD, the lucid dream will either directly start from your waking state (WILD), or it can start at any point while you're already dreaming (DILD).

      Narrative as an Anchor
      If you've heard of WILD anchors before, then you know that a mental anchor allows you to maintain consciousness as you fall asleep. This is the main ingredfient of WILD, and what allows you to transition consciously from waking to sleep. In the case of NILD, a story narrative will be your anchor.

      Fluid Anchors
      Unlike nonchanging anchors for WILD such as the sound of a fan or visualization of a specific object, the narrative anchor embraces wandering thoughts. As you fall asleeop, your mind starts to wander off actively into apparent randomness. This is the nature of dreams and can be worked with (rather than against) to great effect with NILD.

      How to do NILD
      As you lay in bed (you can start any time), start thinking of a story that you would like to dream about. It helps to use settings and characters that motivate you on an emotional level, something that you can easily get lost in, and invest your time in without it feeling like a chore. For example, I like to imagine that I'm a dragon visiting other worlds through portals, and I go on lots of adventures.

      It can also help to include things from previous dreams you've had, though this is optional.

      Any perspective is fine, whethr first person or third person. Details like that don't actually matter, so don't worry about them. Don't bother trying to follow a detailed set of rules or make a presentable movie in your mind.

      Rather, you should start a story narrative that you can easily and comfortably follow as you fall asleep. The more enjoyable and low effort, the better.

      The goal is passive awareness, as with any WILD anchor.

      So skip on the complex decision-making, complicated plot structures, and overfocus. Allow the logic to flow on its own. Allow your story to unfold naturally, going with the first things that pop into your head, letting your mind wander freely while keeping track of your narrative.

      That said, it's fine to make edits here and there if you don't like where the story is going. Just don't over-focus on editing your story. Put emphasis on letting your mind do its thing. There can be action, chaos, plot, and excitement, but it should be easy to think about and fun!

      There will be moments, especially as you get closer to sleep, where your thoughts may veer off track—this is fine and normal. Keep doing what you're doing!

      When you get the ball rolling on a story narrative, you will start to (eventually) fall asleep consciously because you're engaged in a story that flows and wanders like a dream—creating a seamless transition.

      This process works so well because it cultivates a dreaming mind before you fall asleep. You start the dream when you're awake, you encourage dream-like thought patterns, and work with your mind (instead of against it) to enter a fully realized dream that you can stay engaged in. This will not only give you lucid dreams, but train you to have longer lucid dreams with stable narratives.

      NILD & WBTB
      WBTB is not required, but can enhance the effectiveness of NILD. WBTB stands for Wake Back to Bed, and can be done either using alarms or natural awakenings in the night. Any time you wake up in the night, go back to sleep doing NILD. 5 hours into sleep is a good recommended time if you planning out your WBTBs, but other times can also work.

      More About WILD
      If you're still looking for more details about WILD in general, such as external/internal anchors, and awareness balance, here is a link to my general WILD guide: https://www.dreamviews.com/blogs/ner...d-guide-94340/

      Updated 09-02-2022 at 07:42 PM by 99032

      Tags: mild, narrative, nild, wild
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    2. Moving/Talking During WILD Hallucination

      by , 08-17-2022 at 03:33 PM
      While falling asleep last night, my white noise machine started making an entirely different sound. it was an abrupt change, as if the setting had been switched.

      I was creeped out by this sound. My white noise machine has a few different built-in settings, and the sound didnít match any of them.

      I sat up and reached out to turn it off. This woke my SO.
      I said to my SO ďItís making a different sound. Do you hear that?ď

      My SO responded ďNo. itís still making the same sound.Ē

      I responded ďAre you sure? Because Itís making a different sound right now.Ē

      My SO said that this went on for about 30 seconds of me being utterly dumbfounded because it was definitely making a different sound for me. Turns out I was hallucinating it. This happens a lot for me when I do WILD.

      When I turned it back on, the machine went back to making the correct sound and I went to sleep.

      Confirmed everything with my SO in the morning.
    3. 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

      Tags: anchor, guide, lunar, wild
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    4. Deliberate False Awakening Experiments with V-WILD

      by , 05-30-2022 at 03:19 AM
      I saw someone needed help with V-WILD this morning, so I tried messing with the technique it to see if I could find a way to help them and also played around with false awakenings.

      V-WILD (to my understanding) is WILD but with a visual anchor.

      So I did V-WILD at 7 AM. Rather than choosing a visual, I watched the inside of my eyelids until a visual started to form (like cloudgazing). Unlike cloudgazing, the visual became more vivid as I progressed through WILD.
      The dream formed into the same bedroom I fell asleep in, and couldíve been a false awakening if I didn't know it was a dream.

      I experimented trying to speak in real life signifant other from the dream, since I've been wanting to experiment more with that lately. I did it once before and have been fascinated by the idea of controlling waking body while asleep ever since.

      My SO was asleep IRL so the experiment wouldn't have worked. I figured that would happen, am thinking of using a recorder next time.

      After that, I climbed out the window in my dream room. Thought to myself: "I wonder if I should make anything I really want to do more often be right next to the dreamed version of my houseóthis is a good way to develop PRs with more fun stuff in them."óbut couldnít think of anything I really wanted. Can always incubate this while awake.

      I noticed how a lot of things were different in my dream neighborhood like lighting and rearranged buildings. I could change them and make a replica, but donít really need to. I kind of like having the dream versions of RL locations to be different, makes the dream state easier to distinguish.

      I then tested out waking myself up in a way where itís more dream body instead of waking body sensation to help me get a feel for the difference. If I wake myself up for real, then that could help me pinpoint waking sensation. If dream wake-up, that's dreamed sensation.
      idk I was coming up with this on the spot, so it may not be a great idea for an experiment.

      So I woke up back in my bedroom.
      I assumed this was either a dream or I woke myself for real. I suspected dream, but wasn't totally sure. Tested reality check with finger through palm and it didnít work. My hands were so solid and realistic! I was pretty sure it was a dream anyway though, so I plugged my nose and breathed. It worked.

      I practiced the false awakenings a few times and was able to tell I was in a dream more and more every time I did it.

      All the while, the dreamed version of my significant other was there watching this nonsense! I told her it was a dream, and she acted mock-concerned, half-heartedly gasping with poorly acted worry.
      I responded to her playfully "Yeah, I know if you were the real one, you would be rightly concerned about me thinking everything is a dream, but since we both know itís a dream, youíre fine~"

      I eventually woke myself up for real when it felt it had been an hour because I had to get ready for a thing. Was about 8AM.

      Updated 05-30-2022 at 03:33 AM by 99032

      Tags: awakening, false, wild
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