Chapter 2 : Q and A
Is WILD hard ?
For some it is, for some it isn’t. I can only say that you can’t do it without effort and patience. It’s as hard as you make it.
Is there a best position for WILD ?
Yes, and no, one that is thought to be the best is to lay on your back. But you can use your normal sleep position, as you are used to it, and it’s kind of a signal you are ready to sleep. For people who fall asleep easily any position can work, for others it’s better to use their position they always sleep in. Just try not to cross your legs and arms too much.
How long does it take before you learn WILD?
It, again, depends on a person, some learn it on first night, and for some can take months, even years. If you feel you can’t do it just give a try to some other technique, and try again later.
When should I attempt WILD ?
You should do it after two or more REM cycles, and not in the night when you first go to sleep as REM isn’t close and it’s much harder if not impossible for some people to do it. It’s best to wake up after five or six hours of sleep, wake up your mind so it’s not asleep, but not too much, and try WILD.
I try to WILD but I start to feel really uncomfortable, roll over, and fall asleep
Well, conveniently, it’s called the “roll over signal”. It’s sort of test your body preforms in order to know if your mind is still awake, so it can go to sleep. You just have to bear with it. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it isn’t.
I start seeing HI, but when I realize what’s happening it just disappears
Then you have to observe it passively, you can try to shape it, stabilize it, whatever works for you, there are quite a few tutorials on WILD with different approaches, so find what suits you best.
I don’t experience HI at all
Well, not all experience HI, and those who do, do not always experience it. I guess the way for you to go is to find some dream entrance technique that doesn’t involve HI, like sinking trough the bed or similar.
After some time my eyes start twitching
You are experiencing REM onset; it doesn’t mean you are in REM already, but rather that you may soon enter the REM stage. Do not focus on that, or it will just make you more awake. It’s a good indicator that you are close to WILD.
Sometimes when I try WILD I see my room with my eyes closed
That is not uncommon, it could be an impression from light, or it could be HI. Whatever the case you won’t see it for too long. And if your eyes are closed it definitely isn’t real…so enjoy the new experience.
What should I use as a focus for WILD?
You can use virtually anything. You can listen to music or count your breaths. The feeling of falling and HI could work as focus as well. There are more possibilities; you just have to see what works best for you. Try to find something which is easy to focus on as it needs to keep you aware without making you more awake. It’s best to try all approaches and then decide what is best for you. If, in the process of trying out the approaches, you succeed with one, you should stick with it.
I get to but I can’t go any further
Mostly the problem is that you are too conscious. When you get stuck in some stage of WILD, you must not concentrate on it, just let it “go”. A lot of people make a mistake by concentrating on symptoms of WILD rather than on the technique.
If you get stuck in some of following stages:
Vibrations - Wait for them to become stronger then exit your body.(rolling over etc)
Strong HI - Try “zooming” into scene you see.
Feeling of falling - Try to sink through your bed or float off of it.
If nothing works, go to sleep and try tomorrow. Remember to let go. When trying WILD, don’t focus on the symptoms rather than on the process of falling asleep.
You should not react to anything that is happening to you. Just observe.
When I practice WILD my leg/arm/something suddenly twitches and wakes me up a little
It’s called “hypnic jerk” or “hypnagogic jerk” and it’s involuntary myoclonic twitch that happens when you are in state of hypnagogia. Considering WILD, it is probably the case that you are going in and out of SP or that your muscles are not relaxed enough. Try using some relaxation technique before attempting WILD and don’t focus on your body. Another explanation is that your mind interprets wrong the feeling of relaxation of muscles, and that results in feeling of rapidly falling, so you twitch by instinct to regain your balance.
When I try WILD I feel rather dizzy
It’s same as the feeling of falling. It’s a sign that you are getting closer to sleep.
If I move a little will it ruin my attempt?
Most probably yes. When attempting WILD you should pretend you are dead, no conscious movements at all. Only move if you really have to, because no one can guarentee that you will be able to continue where you left off.
When I get really close to WILD I hear a loud noise like somebody is ripping paper right next to my ear
It’s an transition stage between waking and sleeping. Just wait few more seconds
and you should be sleeping, remember to stay calm as it’s really easy to wake up.
When that few seconds passed get up and do an RC !
How long should I stay awake during WBTB when I attempt WILD?
You should stay awake so long that you clear your mind a little, but don’t wake up your body to much. In general it means trip to the bathroom. If you usually have hard time falling asleep, don’t even get out of bed.
If I sleep on my back I can’t fall asleep, and if is sleep on my side I fall asleep too fast and vice-versa
Then you should find the middle, like sleeping on your front, trying different leg and arm positions, just be sure not to cut the blood off from your arms and legs, as it will result in an unpleasant feeling.
I can’t seem to focus on anything, and when I finally do I can’t fall asleep
Try to do WILD with WBTB if you where doing it at bed time. Just let go. When exhaling say to your self “Let go”, that will help you to get to more relaxed state.
When I get vibrations, how long until I enter the dream ?
It’ shouldn’t take long, considering you didn’t loose focus or focused on wrong thing. After the vibrations start, you will probably, like most people do, see a bright spot which will come closer as you watch it, when it’s close enough for you to look in in you will see a dream-scene inside. When it “zoomes” in you will be in a dream.
I woke up and I was in SP
It is not uncommon for people who are practicing WILD to wake up in SP. It means that you woke up before your body did. It is the same as the SP you can experience when trying WILD. You can either use it for another WILD or try to get out of it. To get out of it, try moving. If this doesn’t work, try to pay attention to your breathing and start breathing in an unnatural manner. This should give your body a signal that you are awake.
Whenever I try WILD I just give up after some time
Well, don’t ! If it was because roll over signal, try to overcome it, it won’t last forever. If you where to tired, try it when you are feeling better. In whatever way you think you failed, you didn’t. You learned a little about that process and that knowledge will be useful for other attempts. Remember: patience and effort is the way to successful WILD.
I would like to WBTB but my parents/brother/etc is sleeping in room with me so I can’t use alarm clock
This isn’t tightly associated with WILD but it’s common problem as WILD is best to practice with WBTB. The solution: you must learn autosuggestion. The alternatives are an alarm clock with headphones, or if you are light sleeper set your alarm on mobile phone and set to vibration, but far best method is the autosuggestion and it’s not that hard.
I can’t keep my eyes closed
Either you are too awake or you put too much awareness to them.
Try closing them tightly and move them in wide circles 3-4 times in one direction then in the other. After that slowly relax them and they should stay closed easier.
And as same as for everything , don’t focus on them.
When I WILD my heart and/or breathing goes crazy
That is common for people starting with WILD as you aren’t used to all of the sensations and you get really excited. It will go away with practice. Note that it can’t hurt you and you can’t die either. It may feel exactly like that, but that’s just part of the experience.
Written by Spider
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