Induction Techniques

Several techniques have been developed to induce lucid dreams. They can belong to two different categories, the wake initiated and the dream initiated and also there are the aid techniques, which are combined with others for best results.

Wake initiated

These techniques will led to a lucid dream directly from the waking state. They mostly consists of staying conscious until the dream starts

  • The most known techniques on this section are:
  • Wake initiated Lucid Dream (WILD)
  • Visually incubated Lucid Dream (VILD)
  • Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD, also known as Hargart’s induction of Lucid Dreams or HILD)
  • Hypnagogic Imagery Technique (HIT)
  • Dream chaining (also known as Dream Exit initiated Lucid Dreams or DEILD)

Dream Initiated

These techniques are only applicable for becoming lucid when you are already dreaming. They mostly consist of recognizing the dream state by questioning reality.

  • The most known techniques on this section are:
  • Dream initiated Lucid Dream (DILD)
  • Light Initiated Lucid Dream (LILD)
  • Spontaneous lucidity also fails under this category.

Aid techniques

These techniques do not belong to any particular section, and work nly as an “aid” for other techniques. They can be combined with other techniques for better results, or just performed alone.

  • The most known techniques on this section are:
  • Hypnosis induced Lucid Dream (HILD)
  • Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILD)
  • Wake Back To Bed technique (WBTB)

Techniques in detail:

Wake initiated Lucid Dream – refer to any technique that involves falling asleep consciously. For WILDs to occur, it is best for your body to be completely relaxed.

Visually Incubated Lucid Dream

It involves incubating a dream in which you do a reality check and realize you are dreaming (and become lucid).

Finger Induced Lucid Dream

The idea of FILD consists of effectively tricking your brain into entering a dream, mostly by moving your dream body. The main characteristic of this technique is moving your index and middle fingers (hence the name).

  • Here is an example of a FILD attempt:
  • I wake up after three hours of sleep. I feel exhausted.
  • I lay back and, using my middle and index fingers, alternate small motions between them. Middle finger press; middle finger lift. Index finger press, index finger lift. Similar to playing two keys on a piano.
  • After about 20 seconds, I try a reality check. I find that I am in a dream.

Hypnagogic Imagery Technique

Using it, the dreamer must be aware throughout the transition from wakefulness to sleep in this request; it can be considered a branch of the more widely known Wake initiated Lucid Dream technique.

Dream Exit induced Lucid Dream/Dream chaining

DEILD is used to induce lucid dreams. This technique can be used to have multiple lucid dreams each night. This technique relies on the fact that after awakening, your brain is still partially asleep and you can fall asleep relatively easily. If you manage to DEILD or dream chain, think of the awakening as ‘taking a break from dreaming.’

Dream Initiated Lucid Dream

DILD occurs when a person is already dreaming and uses one of three techniques to initiate a lucid dream. One of the three techniques is object recognition this technique is when someone finds an object in the dream that subconsciously tells them they are dreaming thus initiating a lucid dream. A common object people use is their hands. Finding your hands in a dream and focusing on them, then being able to move them at will triggers a lucid dream. The second technique is called TCR which stands for Text Change Recognition Text in a dream, whether on a billboard, sign, book, phone, etc, usually changes every time looked at. Recognizing this effect would tell you subconsciously that you are dreaming. The third technique known is simple. It does not have a term but can be described as finding things in the dream that are abstract and would not occur in real life. Let’s say you have a dream about a unicorn subconsciously this would tell you are dreaming may be because unicorns are not real, and if they are I would like to see one.

Light Initiated Lucid Dream

ULD is the general term for a lucid dream initiated through the use of an induction aid which flashes LED lights on and off, the most famous of which is the Nova Dreamer. These usually recognize the moment at which the user reaches the REM stage of sleep. Another lucid dream induction aid tht utilizes LED lights and is not discontinued, as the Nova Dreamer, is the Dream Maker by Wellness Tools.

Hypnosis Induced Lucid Dream (HILD)/ Autosuggestion

This technique describe how to use autosuggestion to have lucid dreams. It can be especially effective for people who are highly susceptible to hypnosis. As you’re falling asleep, suggest to your self that you will have lucid dream. You could also use autosuggestion to improve dream recall.

Mnemonic induction of Lucid Dreams

MILD is a technique developed by The Lucidity institute as a method for reliably inducing lucid dreams it involves setting an intention to recognize the dream state (as a form of self-affirmation), often by telling onself to look for dream signs, or by ensuring that the subject will do a reality Check. These affirmations are commonly known as mantras, which is a phrase that is constantly repeated. In this case, a mantra is repeated in order to achieve a lucid dream

Wake Back To Bed

Wake Back to Bed is one of the most effective ways to become Lucid. To begin with, the dreamer generally sets an alarm, timed to go off at the end of REM cycle. The last REM cycle is typically used, as it is the longest. This means setting an alarm to go off around 5-6 hours after going to sleep. When the alarm does go off, the dreamer should generally stay awake for half an hour to an hour. During this time, the dreamer can occupy themselves with dream related tasks – reading tips, writing in their dream journal, etc. After a given period of time, the user returns to bed, and often experiences a lucid dream.