I’ve titled this article and video, “How To Avoid Sleep Paralysis When Learning To Lucid Dream”. Recently someone on our Twitter feed was interested in learning to have her first lucid dream. It sounded as if she had heard the horror stories surrounding sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is often times a hurdle that must be first overcome to successfully enter a lucid dream, which unfortunately can be a very unpleasant experience.
The Wake Induced Lucid Dream, also known the WILD technique, is quite literally one of the wildest and most intriguing lucid dreaming methods one could experience. When successfully achieved you can actually go from lying in your bed awake directly into an actual dream scene, never actually losing from the transition from being awake to the dream state. Unfortunately the WILD technique is known as one of the most difficult lucid dreaming induction methods to pull off, although it’s effort is well worth the payoff.
Fortunately there are several other methods one can use to completely avoid sleep paralysis when trying to lucid dream. One of the most popular common methods is called the Dream Induced Lucid Dream (DILD) technique. This method can be used to enter a lucid dream while you’re already sound asleep dreaming, and effectively past the stages of sleep when most experience sleep paralysis.
This is because it has tricked many online into believing that the method described in the tutorial, known as a Wake Induced Lucid Dream (WILD), is the only way to have a lucid dream.
There is a popular, rather creepy, viral image circulating all over the Internet. This image, titled “lucid dreaming”, explains that if you can learn to fully relax the body for about 20-30 minutes your body will eventually fall asleep while your mind is still very much awake and aware. Shortly after your body falls asleep you will encounter sleep paralysis, which for some is described as being one of the most terrifying sensations they have ever encountered. This article is actually true, however it is mildly deceiving to the uneducated lucid dreamer.
In a later discussion I will provide deeper detail and explanation of DILD and some of the other popular lucid dreaming methods and their techniques. For now I want the general public to know there are many ways out there other then this popular image has led many to believe.
Finally, I want to recommend two very good lucid dreaming books that cover the basics of lucid dreaming and all of the known techniques. Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming, by Dr. Steven LaBerge, is the best book on the market for lucid dreaming beginners. It’s also a great book for those who may be worried that they can’t have a lucid dream, and for skeptics of lucid dream science and research.
This book includes a brief scientific explanation of lucid dreaming and then quickly turns into a detailed and easy to understand tutorial which can help just about anyone to learn to lucid dream in almost no time at all.
The second book I’d like to recommend is for more advanced lucid dreamers. For those who have already learned the basics of lucid dreaming and are ready to graduate to learning to actively control and master the dream scene at this command. The Ultimate Lucid Dreaming Manual – Basics and Beyond, by Marc VanDaKeer is for you.
This book assumes you've learned the basic art of lucid dreaming. The book almost immediately jumps right into strategic tips and tactics on how to achieve ultimate experiences on your journey to lucid dreaming mastery. Both books are a must and should be on ever lucid dream enthusiast’s bookshelf. Both can be purchased in our store for a reasonably low price.
I hope this clears up any confusion about the lucid dreaming image circulating the Internet. Contrary to the images message, there are many different ways to learn to lucid dream without having to battle the terrors or difficulty of sleep paralysis.