When do you give up on a lucid dreaming technique because it doesn’t work?
Which one will be next? What will you do if it doesn’t work? Will you just keep trying different techniques until you get fed up because nothing works?
There is an easy way to succeed.
But first you must understand something…
The perfect lucid dreaming technique doesn’t exist
There is no such thing as a perfect technique. No technique will help you become lucid more than any other technique if you don’t implement it correctly. Stop spending your time attempting too many techniques and just focus on one.
Passing into the dream world
In order to pass into a lucid dream there are a few stages you need to go through:
- Step 1 – Silencing your inner-voice
- Step 2 – Going deeper into the trance state
- Step 3 – Passing into a lucid dream
It doesn’t matter what technique you use because they’re all the same. Let’s look at a couple and you will see what I mean:
When you’re lying in bed you stare into the back of your eyelids until you begin to see hypnagogic imagery. As you’re staring into the back of your eyelids your inner-voice is silenced. As the shapes become more intense you fall deeper into the trance until your full awareness is focused on the emerging dream scene and you pass into a lucid dream.
- Step 1 – Focusing your awareness onto the back of your eyelids
- Step 2 – Focusing on the shapes/patterns as they become more intense
- Step 3 – Focusing your awareness onto a dream scene until you pass into a lucid dream
The LDOC technique
The technique I wrote about in my book is the exact same. I focus on the back of my head until my inner-voice is silenced. I then imagine my mind sinking into the pillow and I fall deeper into the trance state. I then shift my awareness out of my body and I pass into the dream world.
- Step 1 – Focus on the back of your head
- Step 2 – Let your mind sink into your pillow
- Step 3 – Shift your awareness into the void so your body falls asleep
You can visualize a dream, play the piano with your fingers (FILD technique), etc. Everything revolves around holding onto your awareness and silencing your inner-voice until your body falls asleep.
I could go on and on…
Every WILD technique (instant lucid dream) is more or less the exact same. The 3 steps might merge together and they usually do, but you’re essentially silencing your inner-voice, going deeper into the trance state then passing into the dream world every single time. You can’t do it any other way.
Stop wasting your time changing techniques
The technique you use isn’t the reason why you can’t become lucid. The reason you can’t become lucid is probably because:
- You can’t silence your inner-voice
- You can’t go deeper into the trance state
- You can’t hold onto your awareness and pass into a lucid dream
Here is a simplified explanation of what is needed for each step:
Silencing your inner-voice
If you focus your awareness onto something for long enough you will notice something magical happen. Your mind will stop forcing thoughts into your head. You can think once inside the trance, but you choose what to think about. Your inner-voice doesn’t make you think of anything. This is hard to accomplish in the beginning, but it’s worth the effort.
Going deeper into the trance
This is the stage between silencing your inner-voice and passing into the dream. In order to go deeper into the trance state you just need to become more relaxed. I could tell you how to do it, but it will over-complicate things at this moment in time. You’re just trying to become more relaxed.
Passing into a lucid dream
Imagine you’re walking along a tightrope. You could fall to the left, or you could fall to the right. The only way to reach the other side is by staying on the rope.
- If you fall to the left you will lose your awareness before you enter the dream world
- If you fall to the right you won’t be relaxed enough which means you won’t be able to enter the dream
So you need to stay in the middle of the tightrope: relaxed enough to enter the dream, but aware enough to enter it lucidly. If you fall off either side of the rope you won’t become lucid.
Pick one technique and master it. It will help you pass through each of the steps much quicker.
A technique is like a story
If you keep switching techniques you will eventually see results, but you could see them much quicker if you think of a technique as a story.
You need a story that will take you through each step in the sequence until you enter a lucid dream. Let’s look at the story I used for the LDOC technique.
The theme of the story is your head. Everything revolves around your head and this lets you forget about the rest of your body. It makes the technique much easier to use because you’ve just wiped out about 90% of your body. Maybe less if you have short legs.
Once upon a time…
The beginning of the story is focusing your awareness onto the back of your head. Once you focus your awareness onto something your inner-voice will drop off. This does take practice, but it will become easier each time you practice.
The juicy part of the story
The middle of the story is where the magic happens. You have to switch off your mind’s brake and let your mind sink into your bed. Is your mind really sinking? No, but that’s what it feels like and it lets you follow along with the story. You’re basically using a hypnotic suggestion to fall deeper into the trance because it does feel like your mind is sinking.
“…and to all a good-night!”
The ending is where you pass into a lucid dream. Your body is on the brink of sleep and when you move your awareness out of your body it goes to sleep and you’re in dreamland. Because the story revolves around your head it’s very easy to take your awareness away from your head and move it somewhere else.
The story is easy to follow because it makes sense. The most important thing is that it takes you through each of the steps whether you realize it or not.
Make up your own story
You could come up with any story you like and as long as you passed through each step in the sequence you would become lucid. Or you can use the LDOC technique. It doesn’t really matter. The only thing that does matter is that you stick to the same story because you will see quicker results.
You’re shooting yourself in the foot
Can you see why you’re not seeing results? It took me a while you realize it was what’s under the technique that counts. I got frustrated when I attempted different techniques and didn’t see instant results, but I finally realized why I was failing.
I would attempt a certain technique and I wouldn’t become lucid. I couldn’t silence my inner-voice, but I thought it was the technique’s fault. So I tried a different technique and that one wouldn’t work. I thought it was the technique’s fault again, but I just couldn’t silence my inner-voice.
Eventually I learned how to silence my inner-voice, but I couldn’t get deep enough into the trance in order to pass into a lucid dream. Instead of focusing on this, I would switch techniques again. Talk about taking your problems with you.
Don’t do what I did
I got pretty good at passing into the dream world without losing consciousness, but I never followed any particular story. It was tough. I would just lie in my bed and wait. I would then end up inside a lucid dream. It’s definitely not something I would recommend.
Once you follow a story it makes everything easier. You’ll become lucid more often. Once you master a technique you will become lucid more often than not if you practice it every day. If you don’t practice it every day it won’t take you long to pick up where you left off.
If you can pass through each stage quickly it’s possible to become lucid within 5-10 minutes. You might be able to do it quicker than me, so who knows how fast you could do it?
You definitely won’t have to lie and wait for the best part of an hour. You won’t have to lie there not knowing if it’s going to work because you will feel yourself passing through each stage once you master your chosen technique.
This is what you should do
Take a closer look at the WILD technique you use at the moment. Work out where you pass through each of the 3 steps. You can let us know in the comments below.
If you don’t have a chosen technique yet, I’d definitely think about using the Lucid Dream On Command technique.