Dream Initiated Lucid Dream (DILD) Technique
A Dream Induced Lucid Dream (DILD) is any dream in which your lucidity is spontaneously prompted by the dream. You may consciously recognize the bizarre and strange nature of the dream, incongruous with your waking life, which causes you to realize you're dreaming. DILD's are the most common type of lucid dream.
You could be traveling to Mt. Kunlun and think to yourself, "Wait, Mt. Kunlun's not a real mountain, this is a dream!" Bang Bang... spontaneous lucidity. Kansas has gone bye-bye, your fuzzy dream-like reality has now turned into a vivid, hyper-real, life questioning, virtual reality.
How To Have Dream Induced Lucid Dreams
There are four basic types of DILDs. Adept to Master level lucid dreamers often naturally have DILDs out of pure metacognition. They can become lucid simply by knowing what it feels like to be dreaming or by noticing the slightest incongruity with their waking life. Again, DILDs are the most common type of lucid dream. Anyone beginning to lucid dream should work on developing these 4 types of DILDs to drastically improve the quantity and quality of their lucid dreams.
1. Reality Checks
Doing reality checks like plugging your nose and trying to breath, or looking at your hands and asking yourself if you are dreaming questions your conscious experience, even though you seemingly know you're awake. When you questioning yourself inside your dreams you can trigger a DILD.
2. Dream Signs & Themes
A dream sign or theme is any type of indicator that exposes the dream reality for what it is: a dream. Everyone has dream signs, and lucid dreamers have developed the skills to be able to recognize them. Increasing your awareness of dream signs helps induce a DILD.
3. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (MILDs)
The MILD technique combines some of the DILD skills described here. It uses dream recall, reality checks, affirmations, and visualizing to induce lucidity by aiding memory and planting cues and triggers into the subconscious.
4. Increasing Awareness
The type of awareness you have during the day is the type of awareness you'll have in your sleep. Improving memory and the ability to be aware is crucial to having lucid dreams. Increasing awareness involves two things:
Improving Prospective Memory- Being able to remember to remember something.
Improving Metacognition - The ability to be aware of being aware.
These lead to drastically more DILDs
DILDs are some of the most common, useful, and natural ways to become lucid. Use them, and continue on your journey to keep Livin’ Lucid Dreams...