We can all agree that lucid dreaming is a rather strange phenomenon.
It sounds odd – a dream, in which you know that you are dreaming!
The best part of it is that everyone who is committed can learn it, by using proven techniques, by taking supplements and by educating yourself about the matter.
After all, the most important is – discipline and patience.
In this article, I will share with you tips and step by step guide of the MILD technique (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams), including some interesting findings from a recent study!
So, at the end of the article, you will know how to use the method in order to induce lucid dreaming, as well as:
– Who invented Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams?
– Is it proven to work and why you should try it?
– How does it work? (including a pairing technique from a recent study!)
– STEP BY STEP GUIDE
+ Adding the improvements from the recent study
So, let’s begin with…
Who invented MILD technique?
He is specializing in the scientific study of lucid dreaming, and he developed the technique to enable himself and other researchers to enter a lucid dream state!
He did plenty of experiments, and in the end, it was proven that the method works.
It is very practical and ideal for beginners.
If you are curious, you can see our review of the book HERE.
Is it proven to work? Why should you use it?
You should use it because, YES, it was proven that it works in 14 days!
Furthermore, another benefit is the fact that it quite simple! By that I mean:
It is aimed at beginners, and you should not have any special skills or qualifications.
But of course, it is important to remember that you should give it a try at least for 2-3 weeks.
In the actual study, which you can find below, the people were writing for a week their dreams in their dream journals, whereafter for another week they were trying the method.
So, that brings results in two weeks of trying.
“Mnemonic” is a term that is in connection with any learning activity that assists in remembering something.
The MILD technique will help you to increase your self-awareness, making it easier to recognize when you are dreaming.
Simply stated, you are planting in your unconscious mind the intention of having a lucid dream and recognizing it when you have it.
How does it work?
In the newest research, that was done in Australia, at the University of Adelaide, Dr. Denholm Aspy tried to combine the technique with some additional methods, aiming better results.
The 2 MAIN parts of the methods are number 3 and 4. The first 2 are essential for every other induction technique.
So, overall, part 1 and 2 are additional procedures. They are recommended and they will simply increase your chances of inducing lucid dreaming.
So, the essential parts in order to perform the method are:
Part 1: Remembering your dreams (Dream Recall)
Part 2: Reality Checks
Part 3: Lucid Affirmations
Part 4: Visualize Your Dream
Furthermore, the added technique from the study was:
– Wake-Back-to-Bed (WBTB)
Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams:
This is essential for lucid dreaming.
It goes with EACH and every method that you decide to try! But especially for MILD, it is really important.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
- Simply write down your dreams in a dream journal every morning!
Moreover, don’t worry if at the beginning you cannot remember them very well, that simply means that they are not vivid.
If you make the dream diary a habit and if you write every morning – your dream recall will improve drastically within weeks!
The key here is being consistent and patient!
Give it some time and see by yourself.
However, if you have real trouble with remembering your dreams, or you simply want to improve your dream recall faster, check:
Below you can see my dream journal as well as some examples of cool dream journals that you can use!
Part 2: Reality Checks
Next stop – reality checking! It is a simple physical action, that will help you to tell the difference between a dream and the reality.
By doing reality checks, you will notice whether you’re awake or dreaming!
Additionally, simply asking yourself “Am I dreaming?” is a really good way to focus for a short period on the environment around you.
Is it weird than usual? Is it too calm? Were the walls of the room THIS color? 😀
Ask yourself similar questions throughout the day. It may sound like a weird way that won’t work, but believe me, its worth it!
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Find the Reality check you like the most and do it a few times throughout your day!
*you can also check our FULL guide – How to do reality checks in YOUR DREAMS*
Reality Check ideas:
1) Try to push one finger through your palm – this one is super fun 😀 or just look at your hand! You might be surprised when you see that you have one additional finger?!
2) Look carefully in the mirror – if you are dreaming you will notice some weird details around you or even in your face/body.
3) Try to read something – Not with everyone, but usually reading while we dream is a very hard task.
You will be able to see immediately if you are dreaming, just by looking at writing on a paper or a book – if it’s shifting around, and if it is blurry, then you will be sure that you are dreaming.
4) Look at your ring or your bracelet (if you have one) – Simply, use it as a reminder. So, when you look at it, remember to do a reality check!
The trick is that in a dream things are different, unusual and sometimes weird.
For instance, if you use a bracelet as your reminder, most likely in your dream this object is going to be a different color, it might look in a strange way, etc.
Part 3: Dream Affirmations
Now, we start programming your next (lucid) dream!
This is the part, where you have to repeat in your mind (you can do it out loud too) statements that you BELIEVE IN & that will help you to become lucid.
It is something like “programming” your mind with commands that are going to be recalled later on, in your dreams.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
- Throughout your day, also when you go to bed, have this specific thought in your head.
Lucid Affirmations Ideas:
“I’ll have a lucid dream tonight”
“I’ll realize that I am dreaming tonight”
“Next time when I dream I will become lucid”
“Next time I’m dreaming, I will remember that I’m dreaming”
Anything similar to this could work!
Part 4: Visualize your dream
This is an essential element of the MILD technique.
In this part, you have to simply visualize and imagine the dream you want to have.
Try to think of as many details as possible.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
- During this step, people often are falling asleep which is okay. You should perform this step in a deeply relaxed mode.
- For example, if you want to fly in your dream – visualize it! It is also pretty easy to visualize yourself in a recent dream.
- Think about the place, the people and the scene that was happening and try to remember as many details as you can.
Do not underestimate this step!
It is really important because it is something like a training for your mind.
By visualizing the scene you want to have, you will prepare your subconscious for the actual lucid dream.
Remember the study that we mentioned before?
Let’s add the improvements from this new research!
The team of scientists from the University of Adelaide came up with some interesting tips on how to maximize the chances of inducing a lucid dream.
The present study provides a thorough examination of lucid dream induction techniques — reality testing, MILD, and the third method was:
The results showed (check below for proof) that the combination of these three methods was effective at inducing lucid dreams.
Several factors influenced the effectiveness of the MILD technique, including general dream recall and the amount of time taken to fall asleep after finishing the technique.
Moreover, let’s briefly reminded you how to do WBTB:
This method is also simple, you just have to interrupt your sleep with an alarm. Simply wake yourself up after 5 hours of sleep. You should bring yourself to full consciousness for a few minutes.
After you wake up, do this:
Repeat in your head your Dream Affirmations!
Think about lucid dreaming and what you are going to do in inside your lucid dream!
Then, go back to sleep by calming yourself down, and even meditating until you fall asleep.
Reminder: While relaxing, don’t forget about your affirmations!
Tip: if you have trouble waking up during the night, you can move your alarm somewhere far from you, so you would have to go out of the bed to stop it.
Results from the research:
All in all, easy tasks, like Reality Checks and writing down your dreams are fundamental and extremely important for lucid dreaming.
They should be the first steps you do if you want to learn to become lucid. Once you master these, you can explore more methods!
Even if you decide to use another technique (check our favorites here), keep doing the Reality checks and keep your dream diary updated!