Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs)

Wake Induced Lucid Dreams (WILDs) are one of two types of lucid dreams. The other is know as a Dream Induced Lucid Dream (DILD).

Imagine being able to fall asleep and going immediately into a dream - one in which you are lucid from the very start. Well, that's exactly what a WILD is.

Forget needing to practice dream incubation, dream recall, or remembering your dream signs. WILDs shortcut all these steps, but can take a little extra effort.

WILD Techniques

Here are a few techniques that you should practice in order to experience Wake Induced Lucid Dreams:

What You Will Experience


The hypnagogic state occurs in the transition from waking to sleep. Most people are never aware of this experience because they "shut down" for the night.

Since you are in a heightened state of awareness when attempting to have a WILD, you may experience:

Shapes, letters, objects. Even though your eyes are closed, you can experience a brilliant visual display of geometric patterns and shape shifting objects. This is known as hypnagogic imagery.

Strange noises. Some people experience voices or whispering sounds. Most likely you will hear something that probably isn't there. These noises might be from the dream world, since as you are basically on the doorstep. 

Vibrational Stage

I experience this stage every time I attempt to have a WILD. 

For me, I start to experience a strong vibration that oscillates throughout my entire body. It feels as if a surge of electrical energy is pulsing through me.

The first time it scared me so I sat up in bed to make it stop. Once I got past that initial experience, I learned to relax and enjoy it.

This stage lasts anywhere from 5-15 minutes for me, until I am relaxed enough and enter the dream world.

Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is natural and occurs every time you fall asleep. Your body essentially shuts down and paralyzes itself as a protective function to prevent itself from moving while you dream.

During sleep paralysis you are only able to control your eyes and breathing so it can be very scary if you aren't prepared for it.

If you experience sleep paralysis and don't want to continue, close your eyes and take slow deep breaths. This manual breathing will alert your body that you are still awake, and reverse the paralysis.

If you want to continue into a lucid dream, try one of these methods for entering a dream from sleep paralysis:

  • Float. Imagine that your dream body is floating out of your physical body. 
  • Roll out. In one swift motion, rotate your entire body in one direction, as you attempt to roll out of your physical body.
  • Pull up. Imagine a rope hanging from above you. Now imagine your arms grabbing that rope and pulling yourself up and out...into the dream.

With a little practice with some of these techniques, you should experience Wake Induced Lucid Dreams in no time at all. Once you have a few experiences under your belt, it will become easier to enter lucid dreams in-between snoozing your alarm and even when taking a nap



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