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Thursday, 19 August 2021

Ways to lucid: MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming)

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After reading the title, you might be confused or have found the exact topic you have been researching. Either way, we have to start from the basics. Lucid dreaming and its techniques can sound complicated and scientific for some of us. 'Ways to lucid' is a series of articles simply explaining the most notable and frequent methods to use for the best lucid dreaming experience.

How can you induce a lucid dream?

Inducing conscious dreaming is possible, but it takes some time and effort to achieve the goal. This can be done by following different approaches and studying the experiences of diverse lucid dreamers. In this article, we are going to discuss only the MILD.

What does mnemonic mean?

The adjective "mnemonic" has a couple of definitions. However, we have to set one meaning right now.

'Mnemonic - helping you to remember something.'

(Definition of mnemonic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Pre-history.

In 1980 American psychophysiologist Stephen LaBerge was writing a doctoral dissertation. In his work, the scientist gave the name to his established lucid dreaming technique called MILD. S. LaBerge would have only 1 or 0 natural conscious dreaming experiences per month. With the help of induction studies, namely the MILD method, his consciousness during the state of sleeping rocketed. After discovering mnemonic induction and applying it, he would have approximately 20 lucid dreams a month.

What distinguishes MILD from other techniques?

The technique is one of the oldest of all. Presumably, the first famous book dedicated to lucid dreaming was published in 1968. MILD was established in 1980.

Also, it is one of the few techniques that helps focus on the imagery and subconscious mind. It is grounded on the idea, persuasion, and imagination.

How do you perform MILD?

According to Stephen LaBerge, the author of ‚Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming 'and the brains behind the MILD technique, people have to develop their prospective memory primarily. What does that mean? Prospective memory refers to being capable of recalling intended actions in the future. Working on prospective memory is not that easy. We often forget upcoming tasks, celebrations, and things we want to say. For MILD, one has to acquire and enhance this type of skill.

The original MILD tutorial for lucid dreaming:

1st step.

Practice improving prospective memory. It can be done through games, communication, the same daily tasks. One of the reasons for which you are unable to remember important things in the future is on account of distraction. Try paying more attention to details that could help you indicate the things you have got to remember.

2d step.

Pay more attention to your dreams and capture them. Forgetting dreams is usual and indeed instinctive. Scientists say that we remember our dreams the clearest while still laying in bed with our eyes closed (awaken, but not moving too much). The more action we induce, the more dreams start to fade. So, keeping a dream journal or another way of recording dreams is the best way to remember them.

3d step.

Wake yourself up in the middle of deep sleep, in other words, the most vivid dreaming state REM (Rapid eye movement). That is to say, about 4.5-6 hours into your sleep.

4th step.

Try to remember your dream, details of it, the ambiance, your feelings. If you cannot do it, go to the next step.

5th step.

The keyword to MILD is belief. It means attracting an action by proving yourself that it is already happening. Stephen LaBerge has quoted the sentence for you: "Next time I am dreaming, I want to remember I am dreaming. You have to be honest to yourself and genuinely believe what you are saying. Why? You may ask. The subconscious mind is more clever than your conscious mind. Any sort of doubts or feelings you have, do sink with the words you are repeating. After all, not being convinced signifies that the gut feeling itself will prevent you from the experience."

6th step.

If you succeed in being lucid through the upcoming dream, try to do something extraordinary that in real life is not possible. That is going to be your reality check. A reality check helps you to realize you are only dreaming. It is vital to remind yourself that you are lucid dreaming, as, with the MILD technique, the aim is to remember that you are within a dream.

Effectiveness

Nowadays, we know more techniques to boost lucid dreaming, and we, well, are becoming more impatient. So, if something does not work at first, we rapidly switch to the other. Sticking to MILD might mean that you are trusting the process and possibly are being successful with it. Based on S. LaBerge's practice, it seems to be effective and beneficial for future generations.

The International Lucid Dream Induction Study has revealed that MILD and SSILD (Senses initiated lucid dream) methods work alike. However, both techniques rely on WBTB (wake back to bed) to prepare the induction of lucid dreams.