Not all techniques are for everyone. Some people are very good at DILDing, while others can WILD every night and achieve results consistently. There are some techniques that do not rely heavily on RCing, such as WILDing and FILDing. These do require an RC, but not in the context in which you seem to have trouble. I personally reccommend FILDing, as I have had some success with this method. However, only you can find out what technique is most efficient for you.
It is good that you are dedicated to LDing. Motivation is the key to achieving lucidity. Don’t get frustrated, no matter how discouraging your limited results are. Just experiment while keeping a calm, determined attitude and you should see some progress. Mabye you should consider taking a break from the ritual techniques. Ironically, some people have actually achieved success just by not thinking about LDing.