Julie Asked: Lucid Dreaming – Tips for WILD technique?
So I've been studying and attempting Lucid Dreaming for about..eh, give or take 3 months? I'm REALLY determined to do it. I've been studying every aspect, every technique, every tip, and even started to meditate. I studied what I need to do and now I'm practicing! The WILD technique ALWAYS stuck out to me. For some reason, my mind thinks this is the best way to fall into a lucid dream. Shockingly I feel like it is the easiest!
Since I have to take driving classes in the summer now (I'm 16), I wake up at 8. When I get home from class it's usually the afternoon so I decide to catch up on some sleep. Two days ago I went to take a nap and decided to try out the WILD. I ended up getting to the point where I was half awake/asleep and my body started twitching. My eyeballs started moving back and forth. I believe I was in REM, right? I couldn't really focus, but I heard a loud POP in my ear like a gun shot. I assumed it was a loud noise from the bar across the street. Idk, that's what my mind thought it was at the time! I jumped suddenly and my eyes saw a table of 6 glasses of water almost being knocked out. Hallucinating?Unfortunately I panicked.
I've tried again yesterday (late nap) and found myself in light REM. But I keep getting scared because my body twitches and I don't know.. something comes over me like I'm ready to fall into a nightmare! I try to visual peaceful scenery, where I'd like to go, but find myself still frightened!In the dark a very, very bright white light was turned on beneath my closed eyelids and I was so scared that I jolted myself out of my attempt.
Sigh. I need advice. Good advice; not "try to relax, nothing can hurt you." I need genuine tips here!
I've been listening to beats in my ears and have gotten to the point where the instant I hear the beats my body just instantly relaxes. I don't even have to try. WILD has been scaring me now that I'm really getting close to actual dreaming. I keep thinking "Omg do I really want to do this!?" when I'm falling. I do keep a dream journal to help with other techniques, but WILD just really appeals to me especially now that I've made some progess.
The only 'lucid dreaming' I've ever had was when I was like 9 or 10 and I had a false awakening. I still remember it to this day. Everything was so real, lifelike…It was heart-stopping to see my closet door fling open and a blue, furry monster crawl out. I woke myself up after that. Really, this is my motivation: the feeling I had in that false awakening, the real feeling of it.
I plan on trying again tonight.