After reading through the section in EWLD on MILD for the first time again in a long time, I came up with a very nice idea.
He says that the basis of MILD is remembering to do a task (having a lucid dream) but can be greatly helped by linking that thought to dreamlike situations. Such as “Next time I see a door, I’ll realize I’m dreaming.”
Now, keeping that in mind I realized something else. You know how when you are drifting asleep those rushes of random thoughts come along? It is usually stuff such as what happened during the day, tasks that must be done, or other random thinking. These thoughts are the exact thoughts that are about to become the base of a dream once you enter REM. Therefore, that means these specific thoughts are much more likely to be in your dream once you fall asleep.
Putting all this together with an old meditation I once used frequently, I developed a nice MILD variation that got me 3 LDs over the past 3 nights so far. Here’s a basic rundown of what I do, its nothing fantasticly complex, but I find its working for me.
-Get comfortable and relax your mind a bit. Not a whole lot, but just comfortably calm.
-First, recognize your intention to have a lucid dream.
-After your intention is set, open your mind a bit and listen to the thoughts that come naturally. Don’t cling to the thoughts or force them to come, just see what goes on when you lie there queitly.
-You might notice that some thoughts come and go quickly, but then others will captivate you for longer than usual.
-Now begin setting intentions for each thought. If you find yourself thinking of Bob, say “Next time I see Bob, I’m dreaming”. Or if thinking of work, say “Next time I’m at work, I’ll be dreaming” and so on…
-Repeat this until you cover a good amount of the random thoughts flowing in your head.
Sooner or later that night you will dream of at least one of those things you were thinking of while drifting to sleep. Lucidity will occur almost automatically out of nowhere. I think its the fact that you are remembering to do so many things at once, but all with the same goal. It also is the concept that you dream whats on your mind so this should make it easier to hit dream signs head on. Lucid Dreaming is all about finding what works for your own mind. I don’t know how many others think like me, but anyone who finds themselves thinking alot before going to sleep should have good results with this. Please give some feedback, as I’d like to know how this works for others.