In this article, you will discover the difference between Dream Initiated Lucid Dreams (DILDs) and Wake Initiated Lucid Dreams (WILDs).
WILDs can be a little tricky so I’ve also included a portion on how to increase your lucidity after performing a WILD.
There are dozens of lucid dreaming techniques but they all fall into one of two types of lucid dream initiation:
1 - Adding Consciousness To Dreaming (DILD)
When you “add consciousness to dreaming”, you are already dreaming when you become conscious that you are dreaming.
This is "Dream Initiated Lucid Dream" or DILD.
A DILD is a lucid dream that starts as a non-lucid dream. You notice something strange about the dream world that doesn't quite "add up" and you realize that you are dreaming. Maybe you see a flying monkey or weird-coloured squirrel. This realization triggers you to instantly become lucid, and everything becomes much more "real".
In general, DILDs are more than twice as common as WILDs. In fact, some people perform DILDs naturally - several times a week actually. You can do this too. Practice, combined with the right step-by-step guidance, can yield you several DILD-induced lucid dreams a week.
Common ways to induce DILDs: reality checks, meditation, and the MILD Technique (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams)
2 - Adding Dreaming To Consciousness (WILD)
When you "add dreaming to consciousness", you go from your waking state and directly enter your dream, WITH complete consciousness that you are dreaming.
This is called a "Wake Initiated Lucid Dream" or WILD. It involves consciously falling asleep directly into a dream. One moment you are lying down and in the next you have slipped into the dream world.
What To Know About WILD Techniques
A lot of Dream Hacking students claim to sporadically experience WILDs when they wake up early in the morning and then go back to sleep or while taking a nap in the afternoon.
Difficulty level of WILDs: High
WILDs are less common and more difficult to initiate than DILDs.
The reason they are more difficult is because they require a balancing act between being alert while at the same time allowing yourself to relax as you fall asleep.
Also, some people steer away from WILDs because sleep paralysis can occur. When attempting WILD techniques, you might experience strange bodily experiences such as electric vibrations and bizarre distortions of bodily parts. Hypnagogic hallucinations can also occur. All of these are not dangerous at all, in fact they’re positive signs of your upcoming lucid dream experience – but you may feel very strange if you have not experienced them before.
How To Raise Your Lucidity After Performing A WILD
With WILDs sometimes you will enter into in a fully formed dream and sometimes you will enter into a blurry incomplete dream environment. If you wake up in an incomplete environment that means the dream scene is still being formed so be patient. One trick is to stay calm and rub your palms together. This will keep your mind focused on the dream body long enough for your dreams to fully form.
The benefit of WILDs is that you can experience longer lucid dreams with more clarity because you are going directly into the start of a dream. Which is why even though they are more difficult they are still very much worth the effort.