Ayyyyyaaaahhhhhhhhh! I was just about to post on this topic.
I have been doing this every once in a while for the past few months. For me, though, I’m not able to do it just after I wake up from an ordinary dream–it has to be after an LD.
For me, it works like this:
I am in a regular DILD, and when it ends, everything goes black, like I’m about to wake up. Instead of waking up, I am in a state of half-sleep. I can feel my actual body lying in bed, and all I see is black (because my eyes are closed). Then, I feel a little bit of “static” in my body. That static feeling is similar to the feeling you get when circulation is cut off from your foot and your foot falls asleep. The difference is that somehow, I can control the static feeling.
Once I have that static feeling, I sort of “roll out” of bed. In real life, I don’t actually move, but I feel like it’s in real life. It’s very unstable at first, but if you stand still and use some stabilization techniques, it will become fully stable. Presto! You begin a dream with full lucidity.
This may be the same thing as an “Out of Body Experience,” since the dream begins where you are in real life. After walking around, though, you will notice things are different than real life and it’s just a dream.
Some people say all of this is similar to WILD or MILD. It may be sort of the same thing, but I’ve never actually done this without having first been in an LD. I have also noticed that once I’ve “reclaimed” the dream, it is easier to do it again when I start to wake up from this new dream. That’s where the “chain” part comes in. I think my record may be four LD’s in a row. It’s funny to watch how different each LD is, especially since you start in the exact same place each time.
I’m curious about one thing, though. Is it possible to “reclaim” or “chain” after any LD, or are there certain conditions that make it more favorable? Usually when I’m in an LD, I give no thought to having another LD after it’s over. It may be that when an LD ends from something internal (like excitement), you always get a few seconds at the end to try to reclaim the LD. If you wake up from something external, like an alarm clock, I suppose there’s nothing you can do about that.
Looking back over my own personal dream log, I’m starting to think that maybe all LD’s give you a little chance to reclaim it (unless it’s at the end of an REM cycle or something). The reason I say this is because if I’ve reclaimed the dream once, I almost always do it again and again. There have been occasions where I’ve only reclaimed the dream once. But I suppose if you get in the right frame of mind it’s easier to do again, which is why we’re calling it a chain technique.
Like the original poster mentioned, this can’t be used as a primary LD technique, since you can’t do it unless you’ve already been in an LD. However, it should be useful to everyone. If you’ve had a short LD, you could reclaim it and do this continually until you’ve made it to the end of the REM cycle.