Mnemonic Induction Of Lucid Dreams (MILD) Technique
The Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams was created by Dr. Stephen Laberge of The Lucidity Institute. Dr. Laberge invented this technique while at Stanford University with the purpose of having lucid dreams on command. This is one of the top lucid dream techniques used to lucid dream and is ideal for novice oneironauts.
Mnemonic is any technique that aids in memory. You are planting an anchor or incubating your subconscious mind in a way that will aid you in remembering your intention to remember your dreams, recognize your dreams, and become lucid.
The MILD technique will help train your mind to increase self-awareness and develop extended states of metacognition. It basically involves incubating a dream with affirmations and intentions to program your next dreams to contain predetermined dream triggers to induce lucidity.
How to Have a Mnemonically Induced Dream:
There are five basic steps to having Mnemonically Induced Dreams. The first two you can do at any moment, the last two you do throughout the day and before bed.
1. Dream Recall
Learning how to remember your dreams is one of first things you should improve when you're first learning how to lucid dream. To have MILDs, it's important to at least be able to remember one dream per day or you may end up having a lucid dream but not remember it! Trying to remember your dreams also anchors the idea into your subconscious that your dreams are important and something that you should be aware of.
2: Reality Checks
Are You Dreaming? No really, are you? (You should have just done one right now...)
Throughout the day you have to pause, take a moment to observe yourself and your surroundings, and ask yourself that glorious question: "Am I dreaming?" Then do a physical action, i.e. a reality check to determine if you're dreaming or not.
The Top Reality Checks are Breathing, Reading, Palming, and using Lucid Dream Rings.
For example, to do a breathing reality check, every thirty minutes to an hour throughout the day (we recommend as many as you can) you should pause and take a moment to ask yourself if you are dreaming. Then plug your nose and try to breathe through it.
In a dream, when you try to plug your nose and breathe through it, unlike in waking life, you are still able to. (Obviously because you are asleep in your bed just a breathin' away). The reality check confirms that you are in a dream and will further increase your lucidity.
By doing this mnemonic induction throughout the day, and having the intention to do it at night, your subconscious will perform these actions while you are dreaming. You will question the dream, do a reality check, and realize you are dreaming, becoming lucid...
TIP: Try not to use watches or timers to remind yourself to do the reality checks. This doesn't help your prospective memory, which is required to truly remember to do them throughout the day and at night.
#3 Media and Material Mnemonic Induction
We have all probably experienced watching or falling asleep to a movie or show and having a dream about it later on. The same thing can happen with music and books, media content appears in our dreams. Using media content throughout the day can help mnemonically induce the notion of lucid dreams into your subconscious.
This same principle also applies for materials that remind us of dreams or lucid dreaming. For example, having a dream-catcher hanging in your living space. Every time you pass it, it can remind you of dreams and lucid dreaming, prompting awareness and reality checks.
- Use Dream Totems and Accessories to aid in lucid dreaming. (i.e. Lucid Dream Ring)
- Try checking out these Lucid Dreaming Movies and Shows (i.e. Inception)
- Throughout the day try listening to this list of Lucid Dreaming Music (i.e. Lucid Dreams- Franz Ferdinand)
- Read these Articles or Books (i.e. Exploring the World of Lucid Dreams by Stephen LaBerge)
Before you go to sleep, while you are lying down, go over in your mind your lucid dreaming affirmations. Program commands into your subconscious to be remembered and called upon in dreams.
Tell yourself before bed:
- "I need to remember my dreams in the morning"
- "I need to recognize that I am dreaming"
- "I need to become Lucid"
It's also important to stress the emotion behind the need. You have to actually be feeling that way so the thought is intimately tied to the desire within the subconscious. Repeat these affirmation many times before you go to bed, remember to put real feeling into the words.
TIP: Do these affirmations throughout the day as well, and especially after reality checks
#5. Visualizing a Dream
Before bed, after you have said your affirmations, and/or while you say your affirmation, begin visualizing a dream scene.
You must be in a deeply relaxed state, close to the state between waking and dreaming. Here you may be experiencing hypnagogia or the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep. Mental phenomena that occur during this "threshold consciousness" phase include lucid thought, lucid dreaming, and hallucinations like moving color/lights and sleep paralysis.
When visualizing, imagine you are in a new or recent dream. As you’re visualizing it, imagine seeing everything as clearly and vividly as possible, and as detailed as you can think of or remember.
Afterwards, visualize seeing a dream sign, or something unusual in the dream that will indicate that you are dreaming. Imagine becoming lucid and say out loud, "I am dreaming!" then continue to play out your lucid dream intention or whatever you would do if it were a real lucid dream.
During the visualization you will most likely fall asleep. The cornerstone of a Mnemonic Induction is having lucid dreaming be the last thing you think about before falling asleep. In the morning or later that night you have a higher chance of becoming spontaneously lucid.
Every now and then, while trying this, your visualized dream may actually turn into a real one. Your body will have fallen asleep, but your mind, entranced and captivated by the visualized dream, remained aware.
You gently led yourself into the dream and can now experience in full lucidity the intensity of going from waking state directly into dreaming state. This is known as the Wake Induced Lucid Dream(WILD) technique, one of the most powerful induction techniques.
Try both in combination. Either way, continuing to use the MILD Technique will greatly increase your chances to always be Livin' Lucid Dreams...