Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreaming (MILD)

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The Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams technique (MILD) is one of the most often mentioned lucid dream induction techniques. Developed by Dr Stephen LaBerge during his PhD dissertation, it is one of the simplest methods available. However, its effectiveness is somewhat sporadic. 

The core principle utilizes prospective memory - the ability to remember to perform a future task, so as to prepare yourself to remember that you dreaming whilst dreaming. Therefore, it is wise to develop your prospective memory skills during your waking hours, to increase your chances of success.

MILD is almost always taught in a way that completely misses the original and very simple principle, often with all manner of additions and omissions.

Learn even more with our complete MILD video tutorial here

The Technique

  1. When going to bed at night, set the intention to recall your dreams whenever you awaken during the night.  

  2. When you awaken naturally from a dream in the early morning, rehearse it several times until you have memorised it. 

  3. As you lay in bed, returning to sleep, focus singlemindedly on the thought "The next time I am dreaming I will remember to recognise that I'm dreaming". This is NOT a mantra and may be worded in any way that you find suitable. You are setting an intention via prospective memory, to recognise that you are dreaming in the next dream.  The mentality is similar to that of when you need to remember to buy a certain item at a store, or when setting your "internal alarm clock".  

  4. At the same time as performing stage three, imagine yourself back in the dream only this time you'll notice an inconsistency (dreamsign) that should have cued you into lucidity. When you see this, rewrite the remaining dream as if it were lucid. In other words, re-imagine your last dream, as if you had become lucid. 

  5. Continue steps three and four until your have clearly set your intention or you return to sleep. If your mind wanders to any other thoughts while falling asleep, repeat the procedure. 


Dr. Stephen LaBerge

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DILD (possibility of WILD)

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Hints & Tips:

If you awake from a dream and find that your mind is too drowsy to perform the technique, take a moment or two to clear your mind by doing something that requires full wakefulness. For example, you could take the time to write down your dream. Just be careful not to wake yourself so fully you find returning to sleep impossible. 


MILD is a great technique for those who want to attempt lucid dreaming without investing too much effort, however, as such, the results can be somewhat hit and miss. Ideally it should be used as part of a more developed and comprehensive lucid dreaming strategy.

Expand your understanding of MILD further with our complete MILD video tutorial here. 


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