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Lesson 10 – Inductions

1) Reflection Intention

Principle: The idea here is to form a habit that will ultimately follow you into the dream state. German scientist, Dr Paul Tholey is credited with this method, he is worth a Google.

Method: Practice reality checking several times a day, asking yourself if this is a dream and really meaning it. The habit will hopefully carry over into your dreaming life where you will test your reality and prove to be dreaming.

Doing the reality checks when you see your dream signs and first thing when you wake up in the morning will stack the odds more favourably.

Furthermore when a test proves negative, take it as an opportunity to practice some visualisation. It is a good habit at least once a day to practice what it would be like to become lucid.

Here is how to practice –

Imagine you are in a dream

Look around you as you go about your business and then recognise one of your dream signs

Now imagine you’ve just realised that this is a dream, becoming lucid

Imagine yourself reality checking positive to be sure you’re dreaming

Perform a cognitive check

Allow yourself to feel that euphoria as you imagine how this would feel, becoming lucid

Now imagine yourself carrying out your dream mission, maybe feel yourself flying away

When finished tell yourself firmly “The next time I am dreaming, I will remember to realise that I am dreaming”

Comment: This is a well worth investment of your time to familiarise yourself with some basic visualisation techniques as you can actually see the “dreamscape” around you. Although people have reported success with this method, success is probably limited but it is a good training ground to get going, when first getting into lucid dreaming.

2) Autosuggestion

Principle: Autosuggestion or self hypnosis works on the basis that we can communicate directly to the subconscious and ask it directly to follow our instructions. A little time out and a few simple rules is all is needed to carry out this method. This is best carried out as a relaxed, laid back method. Forcing the suggestion is not as effective so relaxation is key here.

Hypnosis works on the basis of the mind being uncritical in nature. The critical function is offline. Therefore it is willing to just accept anything you tell it.

There is a lot of theory on this subject and some may feel it is shrouded in mystery and maybe even fear but rest assured it is simple, effective and easy to practice.

Method: A simple rule of thumb here will give a good start – Breathing is the key to relaxation, relaxation is the key to suggestibility, suggestibility is the key to hypnosis.

This method can be employed during the day, before going to bed or in the middle of the night.

On this basis we want to relax our minds by using the exercise already described for meditation

When completely relaxed, you can commence telling your subconscious what you want

When speaking to the subconscious, always speak in the present tense e.g. “I am more than my physical body

Avoid using negative language as the subconscious can’t process a negative e.g.

“Don’t think of a pink elephant” …. What did you just think of?!

Use visualisation where possible as the subconscious can understand this better than words

Be enthusiastic and believe what you are saying as much as possible

Be realistic in your request, for example “I am running better and approaching my goal more and more every day” will be better responded to than “I can run a marathon”

Repetition is the key – repeat the gesture a number of times to really focus the intention

For the purpose of our dream induction we can use the following script:

Have a previous dream recalled

When sufficiently relaxed say to yourself “My dreams are important to me, I am

becoming more aware in my dreams, I can realise when I am dreaming”

Really feel the words

Feel sincere and positive as you carry on repeating this action for 5 minutes or repeat script 5 times

Firmly resign to your self “The next time I am dreaming I will remember to recognise that I am dreaming”

Comment: This can be an effective method to be come lucid and is certainly creating a positive intention to become lucid. Combined with good journaling activity and some day time reality checks this can trigger lucidity but I would say that it has limited results unless used as a WBTB method which we will explore later.

Furthermore, the use of autosuggestion to create an intention to remember your dreams when first starting out on diary keeping can be a great help. A simple 10 minute session at night time to intend to remember your dreams can be a great help to focus your mind on this subject.

3) MILD Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream

Principle: This method, invented by oneironaut (dream walker) Steve LaBerge, relies on the intention to remember to become lucid when we are dreaming. Though very similar to the autosuggestion method outlined above, it differs in that it focuses more so on forced prospective intent to remember rather than on gently persuading the subconscious.

Therefore a similar set up as auto suggestion is used but the majority of the session will be spent on the visualisation of becoming lucid without having to tell the mind what it needs to do. The difference may seem subtle but an almost forceful state of mind is achieved here, pushing the mind into its critical state by literally forcing memory into play.

Method: as outlined for Autosuggestion but on reaching the relaxed state, an almost forceful recycling of the dreamer becoming lucid visualisation is continued for up to 15 minutes

Visualise as follows –

Recall a dream

Look around you as you go about your business in the dream and then recognise one of your dream signs

Now imagine you’ve just realised that this is a dream, becoming lucid

Imagine yourself reality checking, positive to be sure you’re dreaming

Perform a cognitive check

Allow yourself to feel that euphoria as you imagine how this would feel, becoming lucid

Now imagine yourself carrying out your dream mission, maybe feel yourself flying away

When finished tell yourself firmly “The next time I am dreaming, I will remember to realise that I am dreaming”

Recycle this activity for about 15 – 20 minutes

If doing this in bed, continue to perform the visualisation as you gradually drift off to sleep whereby a kind of winding down the state of mind is cultivated as one goes to sleep.

In this state, the sleeping mind is continuously, gently stimulated with the last conscious thought as being “The next time I am dreaming, I will remember to realise that I am dreaming”

If any other thought tries to populate the mind at this point, just let it pass gently as you resume the intention to remember to become lucid as you fall asleep

I personally practice the mental rehearsal on my back and then turn over on to my side for going to sleep

Comment: As said earlier, this is not dramatically different from the Autosuggestion method, but when applied in bed, especially with the WBTB method (below), this can be considered one of the most powerful tools for achieving lucidity.

This method, when combined with the WBTB method can yield lucid dreams with 100% certainty. Spend time with it and mix it up with other methods to increase your success rate.

The ultra relaxed state (MABA), achieved in this and the autosuggestion state is a bit of a mental tightrope act. Falling asleep is a real temptation and though ultimately this is exactly what we want, make sure to set your intention to become lucid properly before allowing yourself to nod off. Furthermore the temptation to drift off into another subject in your mind will also be real threat, just allow the thoughts to pass as you resume your intention to become lucid, don’t try to force the other thoughts out, just allow them to untangle as you focus your attention again on your intention to become lucid.

With practice the workload of these techniques will reduce significantly until it is almost possible to just set your intention to become lucid. This will vary for everyone so don’t rush.

4) Wake Back To Bed (WBTB)

Principle: This really is the method of choice for serious oneironauts. Without a doubt, this is the best method to become lucid. The method can be used in combination with any other method for terrific results.

In effect, this method relies on a number of factors which we will look at individually after outlining briefly the method. The method (detailed below) relies on breaking up a regular sleep cycle by getting up a few hours earlier than normal, staying up for 45 minutes and then going back to bed to catch a lucid dream.

The first reason, this works is brain biochemistry. During the day the body builds up large amounts of serotonin, largely to light exposure to the retina. Serotonin is a hormone with many properties, among them is the ability to cause the mind to become more alert. As the night winds down, the light stimulation to the retina is gradually reduced, triggering the body to convert serotonin to melatonin. Melatonin has the opposite effect to serotonin and helps the body to relax and go to sleep. This is why, for example after a long day’s relaxing in the sun, we are so tired and need to sleep even thought we’ve pretty much slept all day all ready!

As light increases in the early morning, the retina is again triggered to cause a reverse of this process, gradually converting the melatonin back to serotonin. In terms of sleep activity, this means that in the early morning your muscles are deeply relaxed from the presence of melatonin and that your mind is becoming more alert due to the increasing availability of serotonin. This is the perfect time to create that MABA conscious state, we need to become lucid.

For the above reason of retinal stimulation, causing the mind to become alert (even with the eyes closed), we need to wear a sleep mask as we may experience light change in the early morning hours, which could trigger our minds to wake out of the dream.

The second reason is REM Rebound. This is a simple concept. When the body is deprived of an REM period, it responds by making the next REM period longer and more intense. So, if we block, for example Sleep Cycle 4, we will have more intense REM in Sleep Cycle 5.

Thirdly, the timing for intention setting is best at this time. If we intend to do something in 10 minutes time, we are more likely to be mentally focused on the event than if we were supposed to perform the same duty in, say 5 hours time. Intention setting only at bed time therefore has serious limitations.

Fourthly, by getting out of bed we are physically alerting the mind. This process of physically getting out of bed fires up the mind to wake up, lighting up the critical function to come on line.

Method: Have a regular 8 hour sleep cycle for at least 3 days prior to WBTB

Set your alarm to wake up approx 3 hours earlier than normal (because of natural daylight hours 04.45 is a good time if on a 12 .00to 08.00 sleep cycle)

Get out of bed for at least 45 minutes (must actually get out of the bed)

Go to the toilet if needed

Walk around and wake yourself up properly, a splash of cold water may help

A very light snack may be eaten, like a biscuit

Spend 30 minutes or so working your mind around the subject of Lucid Dreaming by reading, writing in your diary or going on a web site to do some research (TV is not recommended as this will trigger the brain into Alpha (non critical) mode)

Keep lighting low – this will prevent too much serotonin build up

Get exited!!! This I can’t stress enough, know that when you are going back to bed that you have a big adventure to look forward to. Try to physically feel the adrenaline in your stomach. This is a really good tool, so use it!

Go back to bed and practice MILD

Getting back to sleep here can be a bit of a chore so try to allow yourself a late morning in bed as well in case you struggle getting back to sleep

A comfortable sleeping position, warm bed clothes, bed socks and an eye mask can be a great help here, especially the eye mask to reduce light change distractions

A dark room will be best here as any light can stimulate wakefulness

Lying extremely still and not responding to the mind cues to roll over can be a clever way of tricking your body into falling asleep here

Keeping your eyes extremely still has a similar effect, tricking the body to sleep

A rather curious condition known as Sleep Paralysis can occur here. This is something that happens every night to our bodies when we are asleep. The brain stem releases a polarising neural discharge down the spinal chord that causes the body to become paralysed excluding the involuntary muscles (breathing, heart etc). During any mind awake body asleep process, this state can be entered while still awake. This can leave the dreamer in a rather alarming state of temporary paralysis, while still awake.

This is easily tackled by just shifting your breathing to a deeper longer breath and gradually allowing life to shift back into your body, without panicking. In fact, it can be a good time to try a direct transition if one knows how so don’t see it as so much of a problem as a possible opportunity for some very interesting experiences.

Comment: No mistaking, this method is fundamental to anyone who really wants to get lucid. Stick with it, try combining it with different methods, but it is an essential practice. If one has a nine to five job, try weekends or just make a sacrifice on a week day. A few days solid sleep in advance can reduce next day fatigue so don’t miss out on this method.

5) Binaural Beats

Principle: This is a concept under much scientific development at the moment and well worth doing a little research on.

The principle is that when 2 different sound frequencies (pure tones) are played in an ear each, say right ear 400Hz and left ear 408 Hz, for example, the brain will vibrate at the intermediate frequency as a kind of illusory beat.

This is loosely due to the Law of Conservation of Energy and was first pointed out by German scientist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839. This is now being used extensively by mediators and dreamers alike as it has wonderful advantages to help focus conscious activity.

We’ve already seen that in REM sleep and dreaming that there is a high incidence of alpha and theta brainwave activity. The theta frequency (4-8Hz) is very prevalent in lucid dreaming so by focusing the brain at 8 Hz, the conscious state most prevalent in lucid dreaming is kept sustained.

Mediation employs a similar method, by using a vocal exercise (mantra), vibrating the vocal cords at the 4-8 Hz frequency to cause the brain to perform a similar duty, hence shifting to theta state.

Spending sessions with binaural acoustics on your ears for, 10 – 20 minutes a day is an effective way of achieving the a light MABA state as a training exercise for future activity so maybe consider a few sessions a week here.

Method: Beats can be downloaded from a number of sources

Play during the day, bed time or WBTB for best results

Headphones are essential for best results

Day time training with beats can be used for visualisation, relaxation and self hypnosis training

Combine with other methods and experiment for best results

Comment: This is an area well worth a look, but beware as there are many sites selling a lot of garbage – “Get Lucid Immediately” type sites. The only person that can get you lucid is you, these are training products with, at best varying results so please do not look for quick solutions with these, they simply don’t exist ….yet!

6) Light Cue

Principle: This is simply one of the best methods to become lucid, make no mistake. Developed by Steve La Berge, the principle here is that a sleep mask with little red neon lights is worn over the eyes.

The movement of the eyes at the onset of REM sleep is then detected by a retinal sensor (built in to the mask). This in turn triggers the mask lights to turn on and off for a brief period (variable, think of an average time of 7 seconds)

This light cue is shone through the eyelids and picked up by the sleeping mind, which in turn is incorporated into the dream as an event.

It can appear as many things, e.g. a flash light or a UFO. I’ve used this for years and have had many strange encounters.

The appearance of the light in the plot is usually enough to alert the sleeping mind to presence of something weird happening in the dream and cause the person to become lucid.

Products: Look online, the Nova Dreamer and REM Dreamer are both well worth looking at, the latter having a clever two way system to speak back to the device makes it a better (and cheaper) buy.

Comment: Simply super induction method that can be just as much fun for an experienced dreamer. This is not a short cut, MILD will be needed and preferably WBTB to make it effective.

At 200 Euros approx this is in my opinion and experience, a great investment.

Hit Method

Hybrid Induction is probably best referred to as a philosophy. It is simply states that all methods have relevance as long as we have understanding of how they work as opposed to just grinding away aimlessly, with outdated practices.

For this, I encourage the use of the critical loop theory, I opened with. This is a great fundamental rule of thumb for lucid dream practice and has helped me explore some very advanced induction work which we will be exploring in the advanced section. The neuromodulation approach that will be discussed in the advanced module is not exclusive and the methods advocated in this section can and should be employed even when one is introduced to the advanced principles. Even an expert martial artist still recognizes the fundamental need to practice basics even when a high level of skill has been achieved.

The floor is open here as this is the purpose of my teaching; we are all constantly learning and adjusting. The Hybrid Induction Theory is exactly that, a hybrid, constantly evolving and open to any oneironaut to offer his/her insight to bring us all a step closer to the lucid experience.

Hybrid practice is whatever you make it, mix and match the various techniques to whatever works best for you.

Persist and believe and you will achieve!

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