So we have all heard about the romantic technique to induce lucid dreams, otherwise known as a WILD. The internet is filled with information about how to achieve this lucid feat, however no one has actually explained what a pile of shit it really is! My aim, by the end of this article is to give you a better idea of what the WILD is and also to dispel some of the ideas people love to hyperbolize.
For over a year and a half, I have been delving into the world of lucid dreaming with moderate success. Going from an excitable beginning, into a more mature viewpoint on the subject, I have lost nearly all the initial novelty that I once had to motivate me to lucid dream. One of the more frustrating parts of lucid dreaming I found, was indeed the WILD technique. The WILD stands for “Wake Induced Lucid Dream” if you didn’t already know, and is the idea that one can simply lie down, have a strange transitional period and then walk into a dream scene. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth, and I feel it actually totally de-motivates hordes of lucid dreaming hopefuls from reaching their full potential. The reason for this seems far more complex than it actually is, because of the nature of the WILD and how attractive it is to new lucid dreamers.
The technique doesn’t lend itself very well to Oneironauts in general, as it involves pretty much laying as still as possible until reaching your body’s natural progression into sleep. This is boring…but due to the vast amounts of videos on the net, people seem to only be interested in this side of lucid dreaming. I can see why too! You put no real effort in, and suddenly gain some of the greatest experiences in your life! Almost sounds too good to be true right? Exactly.
The WILD is a VERY difficult thing to achieve when aiming to achieve it. If this sounds confusing I shall try to break it down for you. When I first started lucid dreaming I was fascinated with the technique, I would research all evening and try all the different methods to finally have a WILD. Nothing worked. Ever. Now you could say I was just a poor lucid dreamer and I wasn’t fulfilling the technique correctly, but then, a few weeks down the line when I had completely given up hope of ever having a WILD, it happened…and it was fucking AMAZING!
Now why was it that when I stopped trying so hard to WILD I finally managed to have one? After the hours of research and wasted WBTB’s I managed to have one of lucid dreaming’s most coveted experiences. I thought pretty hard about this, and finally came up with this theory. WILDS are a load of dogshit! Yes, it was awesome and yes, I yearned to to experience more but to actually lie down and attempt a WILD was a huge waste of my time.
I found that eventually you will just catch yourself falling asleep one day and literally drop into a dream. As it is a natural thing to fall asleep every night, attempting to do just that was actually the worst thing you could do to increase your chances of a WILD. It’s like cycling to work everyday and not thinking about it once, then someone tells you that your technique is wrong and suddenly cycling doesn’t come as naturally any more. You draw more focus to it and put more pressure on yourself, causing more stress on that morning cycle, even though you were fine doing it before. This is the same with the WILD “technique”. You fall asleep perfectly fine every single night of your life, but now that you are totally focusing on it, you end up completely mucking it up! Its almost an anti-technique, because it stops you from even falling asleep, and we all know you cannot dream when not asleep!
It’s not all bad of course, trying to WILD can prepare you for that time you do finally catch yourself drifting off, and allow you to stay calm in the heat of the moment. But the biggest tip I can give to any aspiring WILD chaser, is to stop WILD’ing all together! It would help you far greater in the long run!
Much Love and Juice,