For some years, Lucidology has offered a free video course teaching wake induced lucid dreaming. In this article I’m going to review the video contents so you can see whether this might help you on your lucidity quest.
Lucidology is run by Nick Newport – a different kind lucid dreamer to myself. While I mostly work on establishing in-dream cues to become lucid (known as Dream Induced Lucid Dreams – or DILDs), Nick is an expert at inducing lucid dreams from waking (WILDs).
To the uninitiated, this may sound a bit trippy. And it is. The experience of being physically awake and aware in your bedroom, then plunging into a lucid dream world without any lapse in consciousness, is truly exhilarating:
“As I fall asleep consciously, lying on my back and totally relaxed, I imagine a white sandy beach in my mind’s eye. I place my point-of-view right inside the scene and start to manifest every single detail around me. I become completely mesmerized by the daydream-like reality of walking on that beach.
After a few minutes, I lose all awareness of physical body lying in bed and I suddenly “pop? into the dreamscape for real. I’m now lucid dreaming. I’m standing on the beach which is now a vivid 3D landscape, my toes sinking into the soft, white sand.?
What’s The Best Way to Have WILDs?
Wake Induced Lucid Dreams are tought for beginners because you have to master your own mind. It’s like a form of meditation. Remain too alert and your body won’t fall asleep. Become too drowsy and your mind will.
So your goal in mastering the WILD is to attain physical relaxation in perfect balance with mental focus. Once you get that, the lucid dream emerges almost spontaneously. But what’s the best way to achieve that?
I learned a lot about WILDs from books and none were as enlightening as Nick’s videos. By combining his narrative with animated illustrations, the concepts are easier to grasp. That’s what hit me most about this course.
The OBE / Lucid Dream TechniqueThe other point of interest is that Nick tried traditional lucid dreaming methods himself and had no success. Most people would give up at that point. Instead, he spent the next four years developing his own style of inducing lucid dreams on demand.
What did he do differently?
He went down the route of the out of body experience (OBE) – except his assumption was that it’s not out-of-body at all; it’s actually in-your-head. In other words, it’s a type of lucid dream that originates in your bedroom.
This approach changed everything. It meant he could look for biological signs that mark the lucid dream / OBE onset as opposed to belief-driven landmarks like the silver chord, the spirit guides, and the spirit engery of astral projection.
Using the scientific approach, Nick shares what he calls “body tricks? that have never been discussed in lucid dreaming literature before. He essentially developed new ways of having Wake Induced Lucid Dreams by tricking his body into falling asleep and remaining mentally focused on the subtle physical signs it gives off.
The Stop, Drop, Roll Technique by Lucidology
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Three Essential Techniques
Nick’s no-nonsense videos are well known among the online lucid dreaming community. They present three original WILD techniques, namely how to:
Use the hypnagogic state to fall asleep consciously
Enter sleep paralysis with mind awake / body asleep
Perform the OBE teleporting exit with visualizations
These methods are explained in detail in two videos:
Part I: Mind Awake / Body Asleep
First, you’ll learn how to use your body’s biology to put yourself in a unconscious focus without using any mental visualizations. This shortens the learning curve immensely.
I decided to go ahead and try this technique the next morning after watching