Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD) WILD
man! Don't let anyone tell you that WILDs aren't the holy
grail of lucid dreaming. In a nut shell you lay down on
your bed or in a comfy chair, close your eyes, relax,
go through the WILD process and your there! You're in
a lucid dream "whenever you want." Some people find it
easy. Some find it impossible, but WILD's are what we
all would like to be able to do on demand.
WILDs can be done on demand I would add that you need to
be in a relaxed state of mind to begin with so having a
stressed day and thinking "you'll have a go" won't
really work too well. Try to clear yourself sometime in
the day to try this technique.
a window, place your face next to the glass. Like this image
left you can see the outside, your reflected face, and the
interior of the room you're standing in.
will help you to play with the hypnagogic imagery you'll
get when you are in the stages of relaxation before leaping
into a Lucid via WILD.
though a traditional SLR camera
at a large expansive landscape. You can use the focusing
ring to either make the "whole scene sharp"
or "just the background sharp" or just
the "midground or just the foreground".
Human vision works the same way but its automatic.
You can refocus
your eyes to make different parts of what you are seeing more
prominent. Focus into the distance to see the outside (fig1).
Focus on your reflection (fig2) or the room behind you (fig3).
It's strange when
you focus on one layer; It's like the others have failed to exist.
This tuning of the images will focus your real eyes behind your
closed eye lids better and trick the brain into thinking your
seeing a full three dimensional scene.
Find a quiet room. Make it dark, but not pitch black. If it's
noisy outside, use ear plugs (I find ear plugs great because it
focuses attention to your breathing, heart beat etc). The best
time for WILD is just after eating midday, this is a natural time
for a nap as a human.
Lie down on your back or in a reclined comfy chair. Wear loose
clothing or use a cover so your body so its not cold but not too
hot, basically get comfortable.
Now close your eyes and think to yourself, "I will lucid dream.
I will move from waking to lucidity". Its very unlikely that what
you'll see behind your closed eyes will be pitched blackness.
What you might see is random flashing and streaks of colour. Look
carefully at this blackness. You'll find it's a complex layered
space. This is all the beginning of the hypnagogic imagery. You
need to watch this imagery but do not focus hard, your vision
needs to be relaxed, your eyelids should gently be closed not
the bottom of this page is a hypnogogic animation to help you
visualize what I mean.
Patterns in the random space might start to appear, shapes could
form, let your mind be a blank canvas (don't let your mind wander).
Just relax and passively observe what you see. You
might have noticed that your hearing has switched off and you
have become deaf to the outside sounds, this is good you are getting
6. More solid objects or scenes might start to appear.
They could randomly flash up in very quick succession or they
could slowly float around. The shapes and patterns that you were
viewing before can now auto suggest the images you see now. Your
body might feel slightly different, the normal feedback from your
body is lost and replaced with imaginary sensations that are difficult
The images could take life, like short films they could overlay
or be clear, they can change quickly and flow into each other.
Imagine at this point in the sequence above and left you are seeing
a trees spring blossom swaying in the breeze. This turns into
a a sad cartoon fish swimming in his bowl. The sad fish turns
into Millets painting of two peasants who are grieving the death
of their child. These two figures become the receptionists at
the Lucid Crossroads, Glad and Clem.
You might also
be experiencing a sort of vibration. This could feel like chills
or warm water or static sweeping all over your body. They can
get intense, but stay focused on the images.
At a point like this the images can spring to life infront of
your eyes, its as if someone just turned on the lights in your
dreams. The images you see are sometimes described as being like
watching a film on a screen but its like a screen of clear glass
with a real 3 dimensional world living and breathing beyond, its
Reach out and step beyond its surface and become part of the scene.
You will zoom into the scene like a camera zoom in a Hollywood
film, and you'll be there, lucid and ready to enjoy.
You are now in one of the
most unusual and amazing states of being you can ever imagine, its very
difficult to describe to anyone who has not done it before. I think
the fact that you were awake only minuites before only helps to intensify
image below is a link to a flash animation of the above sequence
of hypnogogic illustrations. The animation goes far too quickly
but it gives you an idea of how it all flows together even though
the time has been compressed. The flash movie is 500KB in size
and you need to have flash installed to play it.
Gatekeeper technique is based on an combination of different techniques
that have worked for me over the years but it is most firmly based
on WILD and Buddhist clear light practices. Click left to see a
full page illustrated guide with animation to teach you the gatekeeper
to How its done where you will learn the general ways to get lucid
including DILD's, MILD's and reality checks.
section is used to explain a little of the science and history behind
lucid dreaming as well as talking about dream guides and what they
Lucid Crossroads Guides and Sleep Paralysis.
This page details the phenomenon known as old hag and also teaches
you how to turn this nightmare to your advantage in order to summon
a Lucid Crossroads guide.
page addresses issues about, the Crossroads experiment, my own
dream, thoughts about psi/paranormal, scientific
proof, why the
Crossroads might work and how do I confirm a shared dream?