Sleep Paralysis Induced Lucid Dream (SPILD)
Sleep Paralysis (sleep motor atonia) is a natural state that can act as a perfect springboard into a lucid dream.
The aim of this technique is to take advantage of sleep paralysis in order to enter a lucid dream.
Sleep paralysis is a natural phenomenon of sleep and perfectly safe, in fact it is a safety mechanism; nature's means to avoid us acting out our dreams. However, occasionally sleep paralysis will linger after one has woken, or before entering sleep. This can create a worrying state of affairs for those who are unfamiliar with the state.
Sleep paralysis is often accompanied by hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations. These multi-sensory hallucinations can be both bizarre and potentially disturbing but signal the transition into dreaming sleep.
Sleep paralysis is a unique opportunity to enter a Wake Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD) rapidly and easily and is considered a very fortunate and positive state by experienced lucid dreamers.
CASE 1 - You accidentally experience sleep paralysis.
1) Stay calm, try to resist any physical urges such as itching, movement, or strange bodily sensations.
2) Close your eyes and relax. Allow yourself to return to sleep.
3) If the conditions are favourable and you follow the above steps you should be able to enter a dream almost instantly, maintaining awareness, and therefore induce a Wake Initiated Lucid Dream (WILD).
CASE 2 - Learning to voluntarily enter sleep paralysis.
1) Lay flat on your back in your bed and close your eyes.
2) Try to keep your limbs separated; avoid the crossing or touching of your arms and legs.
3) Resist all urges to itch or move.
4) Ignore everything and remain still, attempt to fool your brain and body into thinking that you are asleep while maintaining your consciousness. This is a good time to use the IMP technique.
5) You are likely to experience hypnagogic hallucinations, such as buzzing sounds, bodily distortions, visual hallucinations, or you may feel a pressure on your body. These are natural and nothing to fear, try to enjoy the unusual experience.
6) The onset of sleep paralysis signifies the primary entry-point into the dream state. Allow yourself to continue to fall into sleep and dreams until you find yourself in a fully formed dream, or attempt to hasten the transition into your dream-body using the IMP Technique.
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Hints & Tips:
Being one of the most difficult techniques, it is inadvisable for beginners unless one finds oneself in natural sleep paralysis.
Sleep paralysis is natural and safe, do not allow yourself to give into fear. Learn to see the state as a welcome doorway into lucidity.
Sleep atonia is natural and happens invisibly during every dream. However, its occurrence during wakefulness is a sign that the body or mind are under stress, deprived of sleep, or influenced by medication. If you find yourself experiencing regular sleep paralysis, it may be worth discussing the matter with a medical professional as it may signal an imbalance in your lifestyle.