How to Have a Visually Induced Lucid Dream (Vild)

While everyone dreams, most of the time we are not aware that we are dreaming. Lucid dreams are dreams where you realize that you are dreaming. In some cases, when you are having a lucid dream, you can actively participate in it and can control what happens.

Lucid dreaming is a skill you can develop and many people feel that it is beneficial to experience this particular form of consciousness.


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    Remind yourself of your intentions. After a long day, before you retire and go to bed, remind yourself of your intention to wake up during an early arousal period of REM sleep.
    • We all have these periods every night, whether we are aware that we’ve woken or not. This has been proved exclusively through EEG measures of the brains activity during sleep.
    • These moments actually served a purpose for our more primitive ancestors who had to awake momentarily in the face of danger multiple times a night.
    • Two alternatives to setting your intention are by fumbling with an early morning alarm or drinking an abundance of water prior to sleep. Both of these methods are not as effective as the first, since they may keep you awake for a longer period of time than is desired.
    • Also, if your body naturally wakes up, you will feel a lot less fatigued than you would with a forced awakening. The goal is to not be too aware that you won’t be able to relax, but aware enough to focus your attention one-sidedly on your thoughts.
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    Continue to repeat your intention as you slowly drift back to sleep and you will be astonished by the results.
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    Direct your attention. Once you have awoken, either naturally or forcefully, you must instantly direct your attention to your thoughts.
    • Depending on how early you have awoken, you will probably feel an intense desire to just return to sleep and continue on through the natural cycle of sleep. Avoiding this urge is completely necessary with any type of WILD attempt, as you may find yourself drifting off again just as easily as you’ve awaken.
    • The only way to combat this is by bringing your attention to your mind and simply observing its intrusive nature or monotonous dialogues. Simultaneously try to relax the muscles of your body by lightly tensing and feeling the heaviness of the discrete parts of the body.
    • As you are continuously watching your mind, you may notice that you become so absorbed with your thoughts that you have completely forgotten your intention of inducing a lucid dream. This is one of the most common hurdles with any Mind Awake- Body Asleep technique in the field of lucid dreaming.
    • When you reach this phase, the most crucial adjustment you will have to perform is to gently redirect your mind to your thoughts, so that you become the observer again instead of the participator.
    • Under no circumstances should you become upset for indulging so easily into your thoughts or else you will just cause the problem to inevitably worsen. This will maintain your alertness as you gradually enter a deep state of relaxation.
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    Enter your lucid dream. Eventually, you will be able to intentionally direct your thoughts so that you will become a part of them and enter your first lucid dream. In simpler terms, you must change your perception of the thought by changing it from an image into a full-sound physical reality that you will often experience in real life.
    • This step is achieved by obsessively focusing on one particular thought and not allowing any contradictory ones to enter your mind. Begin to incorporate all your senses within the thought, but do not force the sensations to occur, let them linger for a while.
    • When you have just about fallen back asleep, your thought will take on a life of its own to the point where you don’t even need to imagine it anymore. You are not the creator of the thought, but the participator in a scene exactly connected to the one that you were just contemplating about.
    • It is challenging not to become too excited at this point since you will marvel at the bewildering works of the brain and how they can construct the precise reality that you have imagined.
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    Stay in the right state of mind. Since the experience is short lived, you must remain in the right state of mind instantly.
    1. Make sure to perform a reality check, then feel free to run around the confines of your thought induced dream world. Once the short dream period has ended, don’t move as you are likely to enter another one in about thirty seconds time.
    2. Replace yourself into the original thought and allow your senses to be naturally integrated into the scene again. You may continue to do this until you have gotten bored or have simply lost interest.
    3. To influence the dream surroundings, just simply use the same facet of your mind that you took advantage of to enter the dream in the first place.
    4. So, if feel compelled to fly, just imagine yourself doing so and believe it will happen, since it most likely will.
      • If you are struggling with dream control, it may be helpful to just put it aside or announce what you want to happen out loud. Start with something basic, such as colours, and then incrementally work your way up the ladder in your next VILDs until you have achieved full dream control. Once you’ve reached this stage, you are ready to move onto more advanced dreams, such as DILDs or full-blown WILDs. Hopefully, your control and confidence will transfer nicely in your more vivid types of dreams.


  • It is important to note that Visual Induction of Lucid Dreams is not a scientifically coined term, since it just fits into the category of a WILD. The name was invented by someone from a lucid dreaming forum and myriad people reported having the same experiences. It is not a new type of dream; it has probably been observed by people through the beginning of time but who didn’t put any name to it.
  • As with all lucid induction methods, remember that patience is of paramount importance. Without this unique attribute, you won’t be able to consistently maintain your forced thought processes for long. This is attained through repetitive practice in lengthening your focus periods and accruing awareness. Also, don’t express self-contempt or inferiority if you feel that you can’t have a lucid dream. Because of the incredibly easy nature of initiating dreams through withheld thoughts, VILDs are often the first lucid dreams that someone will have. It will give them a slight insight into the interesting characteristics of the dream world.
  • Once this technique is mastered, it can yield countless lucid dreams at will, making it one of the easiest methods to master. Consequentially, this does influence the quality of these dreams, as they are often very thought-like. This is probably because they occur at the very edge of sleep, thus making them not real dreams. Research has proved that it is possible to dream while being biologically awake, as long as certain scientific criteria are met. These can include a lack of cortical activation or input from the senses, which happens in states of deep relaxation. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting experience to have and may assist you in further adventures as you explore the greater depths of sleep.
  • Sometimes, if you aren’t succeeding in a particular skill it can be helpful to take a break from your attempts and give yourself time to think about what you’re doing wrong. If you choose this path, don’t make it a habit or you may fall into a rut, causing you to completely lose your aptitude for the technique. The skills should be quite transferable if you choose to induce a real WILD or wish to just control a basic DILD.


  • Assimilate information on the five main levels of consciousness. These stages are observed in both religious practices and scientific studies of dreams and sleep. They are important to know because if you are going to attempt to have any sort of Wake Initiated Lucid Dream, it is more comforting if you know what to expect since the things that occur can be very unsettling.
  • Some experienced practitioners of meditation, to gradual cultivation of the property of awareness, claim to be able to be conscious beyond REM sleep. This is called ‘deep sleep consciousness’ and is usually reported as a state of pure consciousness without the limitations of the ego. It is said by eastern civilizations to be like an ocean of peace and security without any immediate threat.
  • The second state is designated as the dream state, which shouldn’t be a surprise to veteran lucid dreamers. It often consists of anomalous events that we get absorbed in acting as a reflection of real life. Awareness of the dream is quite uncommon, but achieved through prospective memory techniques.
  • The first level is defined as waking consciousness, which is characterized by a preponderance of beta waves. Occasional states of relaxation may be achieved, but it is usually dominated by intrusive thoughts or the distractions of real life.
  • The third state is the imagery that happens beyond dreams, also known as hypnagogia. If entered consciously, you can observe the unique processes behind the formation of a dream. If unconscious, it represents itself as the second stage of sleep.

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