It’s one of those awkward techniques that is extremely simple in principle (fall asleep while maintaining a bit of conscious awareness), but the way in which it manifests itself is completely weird sometimes.
I don’t practice this technique very consistently. I’ve had a number of successes in the past, but most of the dreams were very short. I think I had one WILD that lasted about ten minutes and one that lasted around five. The other were all very short.
This morning something happened that I didn’t even think was possible for someone like me. I had eight WILD’s, all in very quick succession. I don’t quite remember how the first one started, but it lasted no more than ten seconds. After I woke up from that one I didn’t move at all and just decided to go straight back into another WILD. My mindset was peculiar. I knew it was going to happen, and I knew it was going to happen immediately. And it did.
#2, as short as the first one. I end up in my dark bedroom, and the whole dream feels unstable from the get-go. I wake up again. Once more, I decide to just hop straight into another dream from there. #3 isn’t much different. Once again I end up in my bedroom, still dark and disoriented. I think I may have actually gone into the backyard through my window that time. Woke up again in a matter of seconds.
#4, same thing (roughly) happened.
I had four more after that, all induced in the same way, directly after waking up from the previous one. The last three lasted longer, though. About a minute. And the last two were even somewhat vivid, although lucidity was relatively low.
Every time I woke up from one of these, I thought to myself “oh man, I’m gonna get right back into another dream and stay in it this time.”
I don’t even recall very strong or unstable emotions during these WILD’s, because I’ve had them before, so I don’t get overly excited about them anymore either.
I tried several times earlier that night, as well as a few times after those 8 WILD’s happened, but then I seemed to not be able to maintain awareness while falling asleep anymore. It’s good to know that slipping into a dream from a waking state can be so incredibly easy that you can do it in quick succession…
But what annoys me is that I couldn’t stay in those dreams, as well as the fact that I was unable to replicate the feat later on, despite me having more dreams after that. I’m not even counting them as 8 LD’s in this month’s tally because, frankly, all of them sucked except for the last two. I’m just adding one to this month’s count.
WILD is weird. lol