I’ve been trying WILD out for the past few nights. Prior to three nights ago, I had never attempted WILD. I’m sharing my experiences so far, in the hope that someone experienced with the technique can offer some pointers to help me tune mine I’ve been listening to BWGen presets most times I’ve tried WILD.
On the first night, the art of staying perfectly still seemed almost unattainable - I’d feel like shifting slightly to get into a ‘better’ position every few minutes. No progress on this night whatsoever
Then on the second night, things started to get interesting. I was listening to a BWGen preset, and was relaxed in bed. I decided to try experimenting with visualising a computer game I’ve been playing a lot of lately. I found this much easier to visualise than the ubiquitous stairs that I’ve been reading about everywhere, and I felt things beginning to happen. A numbing sensation swept through my body. Shortly afterwards, I started feeling significant vibrations, and it felt like my heart was beating much faster and harder. Since I’d read about such things happening to other people on these forums, I wasn’t overly surprised, and kept my cool so as not to rock the boat too much. It was still an exhilarating sensation though
After a minute or so, I felt like I had reached some form of plateau - I didn’t know where to go from here. I had seen no hypanogic imagery, only the visualisations that I had created myself, so there was no obvious ‘enter dream here!’ portal. I decided to open my eyes and perform a reality test. I did, and discovered to my disappointment that I was still awake. At least I’d make some progress…
That attempt was made when I was first going to sleep. Later in the night, after six hours of sleep, I tried again. Given the sensations I had encountered earlier, I was fairly confident of success - adjacent a REM cycle and more tired than I was at the beginning of the night, how could anything go wrong?
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be that straight-forward! My throat seems sensitive lately - I found that breathing while I was attempting WILD irritated it, and every few breathes, I would have to either swallow or cough to get rid of the sensation. This was EXTREMELY DISTRACTING!
I found it too difficult to continue on account of this, so I gave up on the attempt for that night.
Then last night, I ended up trying it three times - all after the important six-hours-of-sleep-attained mark. Each time, I would attain a reasonable feeling of relaxedness throughout my body, but I would never ‘take off’ - ultimately I’d get uncomfortable/frustrated and stop after 45 minutes to an hour. On my final attempt, I tried integrating three pointers I had read on these forums - focus on the spot in the centre of your forehead, pay attention to your breathing, and attempt to slow your breathing more and more. I attempted all of the above (though I found focusing on the centre of my forehead awkward), but to no avail.
If you’re still with me at this point, congratulations! My problem has been made evident. I seem to attempt WILD, get relaxed, reach some form of ‘plateau’ beyond which I run out of tricks to try, I encounter no hypnagogic imagery, and have no way into a dream. Has anyone got any ideas as to how to break out of this situation? Is making my own visualisations a good idea, or should I just stay blank and try and find some real hypnagogic imagery to gawk at?