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Mantras Induced Lucid Dreams (MILD)
Mantras Induced Lucid Dreams (MILD)
Mantras are where you keep saying phrases to reinforce an idea. They are best when always in present tense, never in future tense. For example, instead of "Tonight I will have a lucid dream." you say "I lucid dream tonight". It's because our minds interpret "I will" as the future, not now.

As an example, to induce a Dream Induced Lucid Dream is: "When I dream, I look at my hands and notice I am dreaming".

You want to say this during day along with day time training, like reality checks and all-day awareness, and then as you fall to asleep. When you're between awake and asleep, our minds are way more receptive to listening to our suggestions.

This teaches your mind by repeating mantra (affirmation) over and over to remember to notice in a dream that you're dreaming.

Other mantras are best repeated when you're falling asleep, as the last thought before you off to sleep. They can be used for almost anything.

For example...
- After each dream I wake up and remember it. (Remember your dream journal!)
- I remember my dreams when I wake up in the morning. (Dream recall.)
- My have good memory and dream recall get's better each day. (If you have trouble remembering dream.)
- I wake up with eyes closes, and do not move. (Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dream.)
- I wake up after six hours of sleep. (For Wake-Back-to-Bed, Dream Induced Lucid Dream, Finger Induced Lucid Dream, just about any method.)
- My dreams are long, stable, vivid, and easy to remember. (Dream control.)
Lucid Dream Methods: Intention Induced Lucid Dreams
Lucid Dream Methods: Intention Induced Lucid Dreams
1. After six hours of sleep, or when you wake up naturally after sleep, clearly and confidently think of your intention to remember to recognize when you are dreaming.
2. Visualize as vividly as you can that you're in dream situations that should normally make you become aware that you're dreaming. Include some of your favorite dream signs in your visualizations.

3. Along with mentally practicing to recognize dream signs, be determined to do a particular chosen action when you are dreaming. Doing a dream sign would be a great choice. For example, you can see yourself in your dream recognizing that you're dreaming. While you are doing this, make sure you firmly resolve to recognize you are dreaming next time you are.

The why for making an intention to do a certain action in the dream is that sometimes dreamers will remember to do the action before they have become lucid. Then they will hopefully remember "Hey, I wanted to do this in my dream. That means I must be dreaming!" The intended action works best when it's a dream sign.
Lucid Dream Methods: Gadgets Initiated Lucid Dream
Lucid Dream Methods: Gadgets Initiated Lucid Dream
There are quite a few electronic products that you can use to try to become lucid easily. They try to detect when you're in the REM state and then give you a light and/or sound signal. It needs to be adjusted so you don't wake up, but then enter your dream instead, where you recognize it as alerting you that you are dreaming, making you become lucid.

One of the most popular devices is the NovaDreamer from the Lucidity Institute. However, this is no longer produced, so you might need to try eBay to find this.

DreamMaker is another option, and it's currently being produced. This works almost the same way as the NovaDreamer though without the Dream Alarm feature, that tries to wake the dreamer in the middle of the REM state. It comes with a mask, circuit board with adjustable controls, batteries needed to operate it, an owner's manual, lucid dreaming workbook, and Stephen LaBerge's very popular book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming The circuit board comes supplied and ready to use, though you need to insert the batteries and put the circuit board into the mask yourself.

Another choice is the Kvasar, if you got the skill to create it yourself. For the Kvasar, you need about $20 in raw materials. This is not sold commercially, and it can be hard to operate.

Finally, if you have a cell phone, you can simply use a free alarm app that plays an mp3 file at certain times, for a few seconds and then stops, with no snooze, and during the day, train yourself to do reality checks when you hear the audio.
Lucid Dream Methods: Twin Bodies Induced Lucid Dreams
Lucid Dream Methods: Twin Bodies Induced Lucid Dreams
1. After a dream, lay on your back with your eyes closed. Tighten and relax. Let go of any muscular and mental tension, and breathe slowly and calmly. Enjoy the feeling of relaxation and affirm that you intend to consciously go into a dream; try not to have any other thoughts, worries, or concerns.
2. Then focus your attention on your physical body. Do the 61-point relaxation exercise to move your attention from one part of your body to another part, going through all points multiple times. As you do this, notice how your body feels at each point. You should get signs of strange sensations, vibrations, and distortions of your body image. These are from REM sleep paralysis coming on. Eventually you'll get sensations like these which quickly change into sleep paralysis. Here it's time to leave your paralyzed body behind and start a lucid dream.

3. When you feel like your physical body is in sleep paralysis, it's time to go. Remember, that your paralyzed physical body has a movable twin, your dream body, and you can just as easily experience yourself as being in one body as in the other body. Except when you have lucid dreams, you rarely ever notice that nightly your dream body plays a role of being your physical body. Now visualize yourself in your dream body and visualize what it would feel like to float or rollout of your earthbound twin. Let yourself go free from the immobile physical body. Jump, fall, or crawl out of bed. Sit up or sink through the floor. Fly through the ceiling, or simply get up. Now you're lucid dreaming.

As soon as you "get out of bed", you should quickly notice that you're in a lucid dream. Remember that you're in a dream body and everything is part of the dream, and yes including the bed you were just in. And that "sleeping body" you were just in, while you were thinking of it as a physical body; now it's just a dream body. Everything you see is now part of your dream. Do some reality checks. Read the same passage from a book twice, then look at a digital watch, look away, and look back at it again. Each time, you should see something different. And look at your hands!
Lucid Dream Methods: Light Cue Induced Lucid Dream
Lucid Dream Methods: Light Cue Induced Lucid Dream
If you want to use technology to go lucid, try a Light Cue. The method here is that a sleep mask that generates little red neon lights is worn over your eyes.

The movement of the eyes when REM sleep starts is then noticed by a retinal sensor that's built in to the mask. This then makes the mask lights turn on and off for a brief period (You pick the setting on how long.)

This light then goes through the eyelids and is then seen in the dream as an event.

You can see it show up as many things. It can be a simple flash of light or even a UFO.

The light showing up in the dream is usually all it takes to let you know there's something weird in the dream which then makes you become lucid.

Products: The two best Light Cue products to look at are the Nova Dreamer and REM Dreamer, with the REM Dreamer having a clever two way system for speaking back to the device makes it a better (and also cheaper) choice.
Lucid Dream Methods: The Cycle Adjustment Technique: Lucid Dreams with Cycle Adjustment Technique
Lucid Dream Methods: The Cycle Adjustment Technique: Lucid Dreams with Cycle Adjustment Technique
The Cycle Adjustment Technique, or CAT, is a way to learn how to lucid dream by simply influencing your body's chemistry. You have to adjust your sleep cycles which raise your conscious awareness during the early morning REM sleep cycles.

When used the right way, it works to generate up to four lucid dreams each week, and it can be really effective for beginners. In one study involving 10 students, the Cycle Adjustment Technique taught eight of them how to lucid dream in the first two weeks of trying this out, and they got an average of two lucid dreams during the trial.

The Cycle Adjustment Technique method was created by Daniel Love, an expert lucid dreamer from the UK. He created an in-depth book about lucid dreaming, called Are You Dreaming? The book includes a detailed write-up of Cycle Adjustment Technique (the short version is below) along with variations and other techniques that he created.


First set your alarm clock to 90 minutes before your wake-up time. Get up early every day for one week to reset your body clock. be cause of this, this method will not give you any lucid dreams during the first week.


Starting on day eight, switch your wake-up time by 90 minutes each day. For example, Monday 7 AM, Tuesday, 5:30 AM, Wednesday, 7 AM, Thursday, 5:30 AM and so on. The better you are at going to bed and waking up at the set times, the more likely it is that you'll have lucid dreams.

When you go to bed, repeatedly think "I will awake at the earlier time and do lots of reality checks." Even if you will be waking up at the later time, mentally prepare your mind for an early start.

When you get up, do whatever you want to, as long as you DO NOT GO BACK TO BED! You can also perform reality checks during the next 90 minutes when ever you can. Then have a normal day. Having more reality checks through out the day will help you have spontaneous lucid dreams

If you naturally wake up early on a sleep in day, lie still and tell yourself to do a lot of reality checks next time you're dreaming. Practice the Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dreams or Wake Induced Lucid Dream methods.

If you ever sleep in late, only do it on a "normal" waking day, not on an early waking day. Try to keep it to a minimum so that you don't mess up your new sleep cycle.

If this generates regular lucid dreams, you can keep doing this as long as you want to. Daniel Love suggests that every few months you repeat step one (getting up 90 minutes early each day for a week) to refresh the cycle.


On the normal days, your body expects you to get up early. So your mind becomes become stimulated and more likely to end up conscious while you're still dreaming. This greatly increases the odds of having many lucid dreams each week - hopefully every other day giving you four lucid dreams a week.

Give it a shot. Beginners can learn how to lucid dream in just a few weeks with the Cycle Adjustment Technique.
Lucid Dreaming Methods: One Body Induced Lucid Dreams
Lucid Dreaming Methods: One Body Induced Lucid Dreams
1. After a dream, lie on your back and keep your eyes gently closed. Tighten and relax your muscles. Let go of all the muscular and mental tension, and breathe slowly and calmly. Enjoy the feeling of relaxation and affirm your intention to enter the dream state consciously; and make sure you have no worries, thoughts, and concerns.

2. Now focus your attention on the body. Use the 61-point relaxation exercise to move your attention from one part of your body to another part, repeatedly going through each of the points. As you do, notice how your body feels at each point at each spot.

Watch for any signs of strange sensations, distortions of your body image, and vibrations. These are the signs of REM sleep paralysis. Soon you'll notice sensations that will then rapidly develop into complete paralysis of your body. Here you're ready to leave your paralyzed body behind, and start dreaming.

3. When you feel that your physical body's now in a profound state of sleep paralysis, it's time to go. Remember that the body image you're currently noticing as a paralyzed physical body can't move, in mental space, since sensory information is telling your brain that the physical body is motionless. When sensory input get's cut off, when you go deeper into REM sleep, there will not be any information, except memory, indicating that your body's still in the position it was at. Now you can feel movement of your body image or dream body without having any contradictions from your sensory systems. Your body image can move without reference to the actual physical body, just like it does naturally in dreams. Also, if you are getting sleep paralysis, inhibition of sensory input is very close. Just imagine that your body image can move. Imagine being somewhere else other than sleeping in bed: anywhere else, any other position or situation. When you notice that your dream body is out of bed, won't feel the sensations from the paralysis of your physical body any longer.

Once you "step out of bed", you should recognize that you are now dreaming. You are now moving in your dream body and everything around you is a dream thing too. What you see is your dream.
Lucid Dreaming Methods: No Body Induced Lucid Dreams
Lucid Dreaming Methods: No Body Induced Lucid Dreams
1. When you wake up from a dream, lie on your back and keep your eyes closed. Tighten and then relax your muscles. Completely let go of muscular and mental tension, and breathe slowly and calmly. Enjoy being relaxed and affirm your intention to go in the dream state as a lucid dream; do not have any other thoughts, worries, and concerns. If you've just awakened from sleep, you are most likely very well relaxed.

2. While going back to sleep, concentrate on the thought that when you are asleep, you will not feel your body.

3. When you can no longer feel your body, think that you are a point of awareness from which you perceive, feel, think, and act in the dream world. Float in the dream world as if you are a moat upon the sunbeam. Some people feel that life as a disembodied spark leaves something to be desired. Luckily, there are more than enough vacant dream bodies ready for you to occupy. You can also concentrate on the hypnagogic imagery. If the dream scenery is established, then just travel into the scenery.
Lucid Dreaming Methods: Clock Induced Lucid Dreams – CILD Technique
Lucid Dreaming Methods: Clock Induced Lucid Dreams – CILD Technique
Clock Induced Lucid Dreams involves using a clock or watch to generate a lucid experience. It works like this. In a lucid dream, things like digital clocks and watches, behave erratically. You look at the time, and then if you look away for a second and then look back at it, the time's changed.

Clock Induced Lucid Dream technique for lucid dreaming

You can use this to induce lucid dreams when ever you look at a clock when you to do a reality check. During waking like, do a reality check when ever you see a clock any where. Or look at your digital watch every hour.

By doing this you will match the 'trigger' of seeing a clock to a reality check. Now, every time you then see a clock in a dream, you should then remember to do a reality check. Another thing you can do is use clocks as your dream sign.

Any time you see a clock anywhere, use the clock as the reality check. This looks the same as the instructions above, but it's a tiny bit different. With the first method you just using a clock to REMIND you to do any reality check. But here, you actually use the clock AS your reality check.

Look at the clock or watch. As you doing this, be aware of yourself and you're surroundings. Look at the EXACT time, to the minute and second. (This is easier when using a digital clock, since you notice the numbers have changed).

Next look away from the clock or watch for a few seconds and then look back at it to see if the time is the same. If you're looking at a digital clock, in the dream, the time should always be different, which should hopefully make you become Lucid. If the time isn't the same, then you can just do a normal reality check making sure, and then continue on with your day.

This can be done with mobile phones as well, although it's harder because mobile phones are easier to mis-read. With a normal digital clock, it's easy to notice if the numbers have changed when you look back at it, though with phones, it's harder to tell sometimes because the clock numbers are smaller.

Each phone is different, though you can make a custom phone screen background to ask yourself if you're dreaming. Then you can easily remember to do a reality check each time you look at it, which is probably frequently.

Clock Induced Lucid Dreams is not to be confused with the Wake Back To Bed method, where you use an alarm. Instead of using an alarm with the Clock Induced Lucid Dream, you are using the changing of time to test you reality.
Lucid Dream Methods: Finger Induced Lucid Dream – FILD Lucid Dreaming
Lucid Dream Methods: Finger Induced Lucid Dream – FILD Lucid Dreaming
Finger Induced Lucid Dream is a great technique to use when you're lazy. Before you try Finger Induced Lucid Dream, first you need to have developed a habit of doing reality checks. Finger Induced Lucid Dreams are harder to do if you haven't been practicing reality checks regularly.

With Finger Induced Lucid Dream, you can almost immediately have a lucid dream, on demand. The downside to this, though, is that this is only effective when you are very tired, or are falling heavily back to sleep.

How Finger Induced Lucid Dream works

First wake up after several hours of sleep, 4.5 or 6 hours, so that when you wake up, you are very tired and want to go right back to sleep. When you wake up, the very first thing to think of should be doing the Finger Induced Lucid Dream method. Go back to sleep as you normally would, but as you are going back to sleep, move your index finger and middle finger on one hand very slightly, like you would if you were pressing gently down on two piano keys.

You can practice this on a computer keyboard. The pressing motion should be so light that you only move your fingers up and down about one millimeter max. You should only feel the soft tugging of your finger muscles. After doing this for 20 to 30 seconds, do a reality check. A good one to use is the breathing test, plug your nose shut and try to breathe. If you can breathe, lucid dream away!

Just make sure you do stabilization techniques to avoid waking up once you do Finger Induced Lucid Dream.

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