Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD)

The Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD) technique is used to achieve a Wake Induced Lucid Dream (WILD). It is similar to the DEILD technique in that it can be used to re-enter a dream, but it has a very different approach.

If you find that you struggle with setting your intentions, visualizing, or remembering your dreams, it might be time to try this method.

This technique originated from a forum post online and has taken on a few adaptations ever since. Here is how I do it:

Finger Induced Lucid Dream Steps

1) Awaken from a dream

This can happen one of two ways:

  1. You naturally woke up from a dream.
  2. You woke up to an alarm that you set before you went to bed. If you do this, set the alarm after either 4.5 or 6 hours of sleep.

Note: It's not required that you just woke up from an actual dream, but it is much more likely that this will work if you are in a REM cycle.

2) Relax to the point of sleep

This technique works best when you feel so tired that you are about to drift off at any moment.

Stay in the same position you woke up from and take your time to relax to the point of falling asleep again. There should be nothing running through your mind.

Move onto the next step only if you feel that you are about to fall asleep.

3) Move your fingers

Choose one of your hands for this technique. Keeping it relaxed, imagine that your index and middle fingers are on two different piano keys. Alternate pressing down each finger as if they were playing the keys (index down & middle up, then middle down & index up, etc).

Now, imagine this same motion except pressing down ever so slightly. So slightly that the keys don't go down. You want to feel the muscles contracting with very little movement of your actual fingers. This movement is what you want to repeat as you are falling asleep.

Keep your focus on this movement and nothing else. 

4) Perform a reality check

This part will probably blow your mind.

Almost every time that I've been successful with this technique, I still think and feel as if I'm lying in my bed trying to fall asleep, still moving my fingers. But I'm actually dreaming!

If you were successful in entering a finger induced lucid dream, you probably won't be able to tell right away either. That's why reality checks are so important here.

After 30-60 seconds of moving your fingers, it's time to try one (or both) of these reality checks:

  1. Plug your nose with the hand you're not using. If you can still breath, you're dreaming.
  2. Try pushing your other hand through your body or the bed. If it passes through like a ghost, you know you're dreaming.

If you find yourself dreaming, get up and start your lucid dream! :)


Don't count the number of repetitions of your fingers or the 30-60 seconds! This will keep you awake. Just move your fingers and focus on that motion. After a short period, perform a reality check.

If this doesn't work, you're probably not close enough to falling asleep. Go back to step 2 and try again.

› Finger Induced Lucid Dream


Share this page:
Want to link to this page?...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

E-mail Address
First Name

Privacy Policy: We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe.