By Eric Federici © 2018
I have always been fascinated by WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dream) techniques to induce lucid dreams. At the beginning of my practice of lucid dreaming, this way of inducing lucid dreams seemed almost inaccessible. Most of my successes were either the result of the DILD (Dream-Initiated Lucid Dream) or WBTB (Wake Back To Bed) technique. However, these techniques are often quite random in their chance of success.
In the case of DILD, lucid dreaming is initiated from a normal dream through a triggering element that causes lucidity. It can be a mental element (internal), such as an emotional shock, often negative as in the case of nightmares, or related to the dream world (external), such as an incongruous situation that raises the question, “Am I dreaming?”
In the case of WBTB, it is a matter of waking earlier than usual at night or in the morning, staying awake for a while, and then going back to sleep. This practice significantly increases the chances of having lucid dreams once one returns to sleep. It is not, however, in itself a technique for inducing lucid dreams, but only a means of increasing one’s chances of success with another technique that remains to be found.
Conversely, what is simpler and more natural than attempting to make a continuous connection between the waking state and the dream state by WILD techniques? This is the reason why I have tried in recent years to define a technique of this type that gives me the best chance of success in the induction of lucid dreaming.
The result of this work is what I call the PID or “Plunge Into the Dream” technique. It has given me very positive results, which is why I want to share it with the community of lucid dreamers.
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This induction technique is to be implemented when one is in the hypnagogic state and when random images begin to form. It is a question of literally trying to dive into these images, as one plunges into a swimming pool, with the aim of immersing oneself completely. This technique requires attention because, at first, it may be difficult to focus on these changing images, but by maintaining effort they tend to stabilize, leaving more time to attempt to plunge.
According to my experience, this can induce the beginning of a lucid dream, but it can sometimes be in its very early development, often with a very dark or completely black atmosphere. You will then have to “ask” the dream for clarity so that gradually the atmosphere becomes brighter. If all goes well, the dream should “light up” progressively.
It is also important to visualize the dynamic movement of the dive into the dream to increase one’s chances of success. In doing so, this technique can also result in an out of-body experience, because quite often you visualize yourself diving out of bed, to find yourself in the lucid state right next to it in your bedroom. From there, you can try to visualize your physical body quietly sleeping.
I share my experience hoping it will be useful to the lucid dreaming community. It would be interesting to have your feedback on this technique, to try to optimize it and increase the chances of lucidity as often as possible.
Wishing you all a good experiment,
Eric Federici, firstname.lastname@example.org