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Milds technique for lucid dreaming

Before trying induction procedures, I remembered less than one lucid dream per
month. While
using autosug-gestion during the first sixteen months of my study (the technique is
presented
below), I recalled an average of five lucid dreams per month with a range of one to
thir-teen.
(The month in which I had thirteen lucid dreams using autosuggestion happened
while I was
doing my first laboratory studies of lucid dreaming, which incidentally illustrates the
powerful
effect of motivation on the fre-quency of lucid dreaming. ) However, during the
period I was
using autosuggestion to induce lucid dreams, I had no understanding of how I was
doing it! All
I knew was that I was telling myself before bed: “Tonight, I will have a lucid dream.”
But how?
I had no idea. And hav-ing no idea meant that there was little I could do to make it
happen.
Without understanding the process involved, I stood little chance of learning to have
lucid
dreams at will.

MILD prerequisites
To successfully induce lucid dreams with MILD, you need to have certain capacities.
First of
all, if you can’t reliably remember to carry out future intentions while awake, there
is little
chance that you will remember to do anything while asleep. So before attempting
MILD, you
need to prove to yourself that you can indeed remem-ber to do things while awake.
If you are
like most people, you are used to relying on external reminders and there-fore need
practice in
remembering intentions using only your own mental power. The following is an
exercise to
help you acquire the necessary skill to perform the MILD technique.
EXERCISE: PROSPECTIVE MEMORY TRAINING
1. Read the day’s targets
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file:///H|/KaZaA%20Lite/My%20Shared%20Folder/((lucid)%20dream.. keep track of your success rate. Daily Targets SUNDAY: The next time I see a pet or animal The next time look at my face in a mirror The next time turn on a light The next time see a flower MONDAY: The next time write anything down . You are aiming to notice the target once—the next time it happens. If at the end of the week. read only the targets for that day. ) Memorize the day’s targets. 2.0Stephen-- Exploring%20The%20World%20Of%20Lucid%20Dreaming. Look for your targets during the day Your goal is to notice the next occurrence of each event. If you are certain that one or more of the targets did not occur at all during the day. then you have failed to hit that target. if your target is. Keep track of how many target events you hit At the end of the day. 3. you are still missing most of the targets. Make up your own list of targets. and observe how your memory develops. say so with a note in your dream journal.htm This exercise is designed to be practiced over an entire week. “ when you hear this next. write down how many of the four targets you succeeded in noticing (you can make a space in your dream journal to record your progress with this exercise). at which time you will perform a state test: “Am I dreaming?” So. 4. even though you may notice its occurrence later in the day. note it and do a state test. continue until you can hit most of them.. If you realize during the day that you missed your first chance to notice one of your targets. “The next time I hear a dog bark. When you get up in the morning. (Do not read the targets before the proper day. Below is a set of four target events for each day of the week. Continue the exercise for at least one week Practice the exercise until you have tried all of the daily targets given below.

The next time feel pain The next time I hear someone say my name The next time I drink something TUESDAY: The next time I see a traffic light The next time I hear music The next time I throw something in the garbage The next time I hear laughter WEDNESDAY: The next time I turn on a television or radio The next time I see a vegetable The next time I see a red car The next time I handle money THURSDAY: The next time I read something other than this list The next time I check the time The next time I notice myself daydreaming The next time I hear the telephone ringing FRIDAY: The next time I open a door The next time I see a bird The next time I use the toilet after noon The next time I see the stars SATURDAY: The next time I put a key in a lock The next time I see an advertisement The next time I eat anything after breakfast The next time I see a bicycle MILD TECHNIQUE 1. or when-ever you find convenient). or after 6 a. m. no matter what time it is. Recall your dream When you awaken from a dream period. Set up dream recall Before going to bed resolve to wake up and recall dreams during each dream period throughout the night (or the first dream period after dawn. try to recall as many details . 2.

See yourself becoming lucid At the same time. concentrate singlemi ndedly on your intention to remember to recognize that you’re dreaming. If you find yourself thinking about anything else. while falling asleep. repeat the procedure so that the last thing in your mind before falling asleep is your intention to remember to recognize the next time you are dreaming. you find yourself thinking of anything else. Narrow your thoughts to this idea alone. then let yourself fall asleep.” Really try to feel that you mean it. I want to remember I’m dreaming. Tell yourself: “Next time I’m dreaming. Commentary If all goes well. when you see it say to yourself: “I’m dream-ing!” and continue your fantasy. but this time you recognize that it is a dream. you might decide that when you are lucid you want to fly. In that case. Find a dreamsign in the experience. Repeat Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until your intention is set.as possible from your dream. 5. For example. Focus your intent While returning to sleep. just let go of these thoughts and bring your mind back to your intention to remember. you’ll fall asleep and find yourself in a dream. If. If you find yourself so drowsy that you are drifting back to sleep. imagine that you are back in the dream from which you have just awakened. imagine yourself taking off and flying as soon as you come to the point in your fantasy that you “’realize” you are dreaming. 3. 4. at which point you’ll remember . do something to arouse yourself.

noting all dreamsigns. making lucidity easier to attain. Furthermore. Many people meet with success after only one or two nights of MILD. others take longer. the more times you will repeat the MILD procedure. If it takes you a long time to fall asleep while practic-ing this method. reinforcing your intention to have a lucid dream. Continued practice of MILD can lead to greater proficiency at lucid dreaming. the wakefulness may activate your brain. Many of our advanced oneironauts have used it to cultivate the ability to have several lucid dreams any night they choose. if you are a very deep sleeper. Turn on the light and read a book. don’t worry: The longer you’re awake. This is because the longer you are awake. In fact. . you should get up after memorizing your dream and engage in ten to fifteen minutes of any activity requiring full wakefulness. One of the best things to do is to write out your dream and read it over. in preparation for the MILD visualization. Get out of bed and go into another room.to notice that you are dreaming. the more likely you are to have a lucid dream when you eventually return to sleep.