I am going to show you how to perform Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (aka MILD) which was first created by Dr Stephen LaBerge of The Lucidity Institute. Dr LaBerge created this technique while studying at university in order to produce lucid dreams on demand. It is a very effective technique and ideally suited for those just learning about Lucid Dreaming.

The MILD technique will help you to increase your self awareness, this makes it easier for you to be able to recognize when you are dreaming. It also involves cultivating a lucid dream with certain affirmations. This programs your next dream to contain pre-determined triggers to help induce lucidity.

A mnemonic is any learning technique that helps to boost your memory. For our use, you are placing a cue within your unconscious mind. This will help you to remember your prior intention to lucid dream before you went to bed and it will help you to recognize when you’re dreaming.

The following Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams tutorial is focused towards beginners. You don’t need any special skills or knowledge. It’s broken down into four parts:

Dream Recall
Reality Checks
Lucid Affirmations
Visualize Your Dream
How to Have a Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream

You can perform the first two steps of the MILD technique right now. The two latter steps are to be performed just before you go to bed. The last two involve meditation and visualization, these work best when you are both physically and mentally relaxed and ready for sleep.

Step #1 – Dream Recall

What’s important to note is that its really important to have a good percentage dream recall rate. This means that you are able to not only remember but also write down at least one dream every morning.

If you wake up and are struggling to remember your dreams, then they are probably not very vivid. If they aren’t vivid enough then the likelihood of you becoming lucid within them is pretty poor. What’s more, even if you are able to spontaneously become lucid within a dream then you will not even be able to remember it!

There are some quick and simple ways to improve your dream recall already posted on this blog, so have a search and you will easily find the articles in question.

Step #2 – Reality Checks

Throughout your day you should be constantly asking yourself “Am I dreaming?” and trying to distinguish whether you’re awake or dreaming with a simple action,  called a Reality Check.

The best way to do this is to set an alarm on your phone every hour. When it rings I try to push my hand through a solid surface while asking myself “Is this real?” If I’m awake then obviously nothing happens. But if I’m dreaming, my hand goes right through the surface!

This causes me to become lucid within my dream and everything begins to move into focus. I become self-aware and conscious within my dream and I’m able to control it.

Reality Checking is a simple way to trigger this moment of introspection. It also helps to switch checks as well, for instance; sometimes I try to float, sometimes I just simply look at the palms of my hand (within a dream paying close attention to detail can also prompt lucidity). Sometimes I just look at my phone as numbers and letters are often jumbled in non-lucid dreams.

You can choose any reality check you like, just ensure that the waking result will differ from the result within your dream. By constantly checking your reality, you are priming yourself for greater self-awareness in dreams. I usually perform at least 10 reality checks every day, sometimes more.

Step #3 – Lucid Affirmations

Begin by lying in bed and just before you go to sleep go through some lucid affirmations in your mind. This really is where the term Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams comes from as you are going to program commands into your memory ready to be recalled later on in your dreams.

Repeat one or more of the following affirmations in your head:


Next time I’m dreaming, I will remember I’m dreaming
The next scene will be a dream
I will have a lucid dream tonight
I’m dreaming now

When you say these words in your mind you should really feel the words as you say them. If at any time your mind begins to wander just draw it back to the topic of lucid dreaming. You need to stay focused and repeat the affirmations until you’re just about ready to drop off to sleep (how long this takes depends on you personally; it may be 2 minutes or 10 minutes). Then proceed to the final step.

Step #4 – Visualize Your Dream

Once your mind is ready for sleep we can begin the visualizations; personally this is my favourite part of Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dreams. You should only perform this step once you are deeply relaxed and feel you could drop off to sleep quite easily.

Try to imagine that you are back within a recent dream but this time you are going to mentally act out the ending differently. You must visualize the dream in as much detail as possible, then look for a dream sign. A dream sign is usually some unusual character, location or object which reveals the dream to be fantasy and not fact; something or someone you wouldn’t expect to see in real life. Once you see the sign say to yourself: “I’m dreaming!”

Even though you are just day dreaming and not lucid dreaming continue to experience an imagined lucid dream fantasy. Do whatever you would do if this was in fact a real lucid dream. You might decide to fly and explore the landscape, or go in search of a fantasy dream character.

It’s during this process that you will likely fall asleep, and that’s ok. The main purpose of Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams is to ensure that your very last thought before you drift off to sleep is about lucid dreaming. Later the same night you will have a much higher chance of becoming spontaneously lucid.

Occasionally, something brilliant will happen. The imaginary dream world that you are fantasising about will suddenly merge into a real lucid dream. Your body has fallen asleep but your brain is so preoccupied by the imagined dream world that you actually remain conscious. You’ll find yourself within the landscape and can experience the dream with full intensity. When this happens, your MILD attempt has become what’s called a WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dream).

Tips on Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams

During the 1970s, when Dr Stephen LaBerge was developing the MILD technique, he found that certain interruptions of regular sleep patterns can improved success rates. These interruptions included waking up to have sex, vomit or meditate. This led him to conclude that: wakefulness, interjected during sleep, increases your chances of becoming lucid.

So, if you wish to have more lucid dreams by using the MILD technique then you may want to wake yourself up in the night and bring yourself to full consciousness for just a few minutes. It can be something as simple as spending 20 or so minutes reading about lucid dreaming. As you return to sleep, perform the MILD technique again.

Another way to use this example is to practice MILD during afternoon naps. I find this most effective when I am a little sleep deprived from the night before. This makes it easier to fall asleep during the afternoon. However I am not suggesting that you endure forced sleep deprivation; simply make use of this principle if you just so happen to be particularly sleepy during the day.

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