Wake Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD)

Wake Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD) is an advanced lucid dreaming technique that empowers dreamers to transition from the waking state directly into a dream state with full consciousness.

Unlike most other techniques, WILD does not require you to fall asleep unaware, only to recognize a dream after it begins. Instead, it ensures the unbroken transfer of consciousness from waking to dreaming and hence intensifies the lucidity of your dreams.

How to get started with Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming (WILD)

Wake Initiated Lucid Dreaming requires patience, practice, and understanding of its unique steps fully. It involves harnessing the power of your mind to enter a dream state consciously, a truly transformative experience once mastered.

Here are some initial steps to guide you on your adventure into lucid dreaming.

Step 1: Find your REM sleep schedule

Sleep stage patterns are somewhat individual, but for most the frequency and length of REM-sleep increases at the end of the sleep cycle.

Looking at the below hypnogram, you can see this visualized in that the REM-stages are both longer and more consistent after 03:00.

A sleep Hypnogram depicting the optimal stage for lucid dreaming REM stage

Step 2: Practice Reality Checks

Counting fingers to do a lucid dream reality check

Step 3: Initiate Sleep Paralysis

To initiate a sleep paralysis, relax your body entirely and keep your mind awake while allowing yourself to drift closer to sleep.

Step 4: Create a Dream Scene

A depiction of senses, sight, hearing and touch, all important in creating a dream scene

Once you’ve entered sleep paralysis, it’s time to start constructing your dream world. Begin visualizing a dream scene. It can be anywhere you want. Engage all your senses in this visualization – what do you see, hear, smell, touch, taste?

The more immersive your dream scene, the easier it is to transition into a lucid dream.

Step 5: Transition into the Dream

As your visualization becomes more vivid, you’ll start to notice dream signs — these could be sounds, sights, or sensations that indicate you’re about to enter the dream world. Don’t rush this process. Let it occur naturally.

Once your dream scene is fully formed, step into it. Congratulations, you are now in a lucid dream!

Getting started with WILD tonight

To begin your journey with the Wake Initiated Lucid Dream technique tonight, start by observing your dream patterns and performing reality checks throughout the day.

Right before sleep, set your intention to retain consciousness as you transition into your dream state.

Below you’ll find a quick recap of the components that WILD consist of.

1Find your REMIdentify your sleep pattern, and learn when you are in REM.
2Reality checkingRegularly question reality, turning it into a habit.
3Sleep paralysisRelax your body while keeping your mind awake.
4The dream sceneVisualize your dream as vividly as possible.
5Enter the dreamCalmly enter the dream, don’t rush it!

Remember, practice makes perfect — stay patient, and with time, the extraordinary world of lucid dreaming will open up to you.