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Saturday, 04 September 2021

Ways to lucid: WILD vs. DILD (Wake Initiated Lucid Dream versus Dream Initiated Lucid Dream)

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In the previous "Ways to lucid" articles, we presented the most popular methods and their tutorials of lucid dreaming. You can already read about WBTB (Wake Back To Bed), MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming), or SSILD (Senses Initiated Lucid Dreaming) techniques.

We are going to answer the following questions in this article:

What is WILD?

What is DILD?

What are the major differences between DILD and WILD in terms of lucid dreaming?

Which one is more difficult?

Which one is more effective?

Short pre-history.

Both terms appeared in Stephen LaBerge's book "Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming." The terms distinguish the two core types of lucid dreaming: one deriving from wakefulness and the other from dreaming.

What is WILD?

WILD can sound familiar to those who have earlier performed lucid dreaming with MILD, SSILD, or WBTB. Like other techniques, WILD works best when paired with WBTB or when you're just napping – it's not easy to go straight to dreaming if you haven't rested well enough.

If you're not familiar with WBTB, it is simple. You wake up in the middle of the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) state, during which you are dreaming the most (around 4.5-6 hours into sleep); get out of bed and do something stimulating for 15-60 minutes; go back to bed with the intention of inducing a lucid dream.

What is DILD?

Dream-initiated lucid dreams (DILDs) arise within the state of dreaming. There is no waking up in the middle of the night or particular practice. DILD is performed when one becomes aware he is still dreaming and passes to the state of consciousness within a dream. Sometimes it is our inner need to dictate the action within a dream, and suddenly we understand that we are controlling it. It can lead us to unwillingly ending the dream as well. These bits are a sign that one is able to perform DILD.

What are the major differences between DILD and WILD in terms of lucid dreaming?

WILD induces a conscious dream from the beginning one falls asleep and starts dreaming, while on the contrary, DILD can be more spontaneous. If you are a beginner or an unaware lucid dreamer, then you may have never taken control of your dream consciously. The good news is that the skills can be improved. An advanced lucid dreamer can dominate his dream, whereby DILD is also more flexible when talking about its commencement.

WILDs are perfect for those people who want their lucid dream to be projected by themselves, whereas the DILDs are for those who wish to discover their subconsciousness and dream world. Also, DILD does not require you to wake up and disrupt your sleep. On the other hand, WILD requires less preparation and can have faster results.

Which one is more difficult?

Judging from forums and blogs about lucid dreaming, WILD is more complicated than DILD. DILD is more natural, and hence it is more prone to happen. Indeed, you may have experienced one already but never recognized it. (Have you ever felt the power of getting to do something exciting in a dream, and then it ended? Well, you may have been lucid dreaming by becoming conscious within your dream.) However, if you've never had a lucid dream, WILD can prove to be more effective in having your first lucid dream as soon as possible.

Which one, DILD or WILD, is more suitable for beginners?

As long as something works for you, you should not worry about it. Nonetheless, it is a bone of contention whether one or another is better. DILD can be extremely difficult to experience if you hardly ever know when you are dreaming. Theoretically, doing a reality check within a dream seems to be a lot easier. But practically, it can never come up to the consciousness of some people while they are sleeping. When performing WILD, the dreamer goes from wakefulness straight to a conscious dreaming state. It may prove to be much easier for inexperienced people. DILD generally requires weeks and months of filling your dream journal, performing reality checks, etc., to have your first controlled dream, which happens spontaneously. All in all, WILD is more suitable for beginners.

Which one is more effective?

The two ways aim for the same result: to become aware that you are dreaming. Both have been debated over for a while. Some claim DILD is more effective as it is more instinctive and unstimulated. Others claim WILD works perfectly for them. There is no correct answer, and there are no boundaries regarding lucid dreaming and ways to induce it.

We can presume that, even though DILD is more common, WILD seems to be more effective in purposely simulating a lucid dream. Why is that? The studies have proven that conscious dreaming increases alongside the practice of WBTB (morning naps back then). Read about it in the pre-history of WBTB.

No matter what category of techniques you may use, they all maintain the same purpose: to achieve consciousness while dreaming. The good news is you can experiment and find out which one works best for you specifically.