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1  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Updated SSILD Tutorial on: February 03, 2013, 23:39:44
The SSILD technique has been upgraded and the revised tutorial can be found here: http://www.astralpulse.com/forums/welcome_to_astral_consciousness/lding_for_idiots_senses_initiated_lucid_dream_ssild-t36757.0.html
2  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: October 29, 2012, 17:48:55
i've tried the method given by the original poster for the past two days prior to afternoon naps. nothing seems to be happening. sometimes i'll see small blotches of things when looking at my eyelids, and parts of my body will go numb. but that's about it. when i start to shift into a dream, my body immediately twitches and prevents me from falling asleep. it's almost as if i'm too aware or something. basically, i end up laying there for 90 minutes with closed eyes and an empty mind.

any tips?
You are doing it entirely wrong. Please read the original post again very carefully. You should not attempt to use this as a WILD method! Just do the cycles in the most relaxed, comfortable fashion. Don't expect anything to happen while doing it. If you can't feel anything so be it. Allow your mind to drift away. Don't focus! The only thing you should focus on is to lose focus, LOL. Once you are done just roll over and fall asleep as quickly as possible, and miracle will happen afterward. Good luck!
3  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: July 20, 2012, 14:59:51

The reason for my being so adamant about pointing out this difference this is: I have read posts from very frustrated forum users (here and elsewhere) who simply couldn't do it consciously / directly. They never were given the idea that you can do the techniques (such as Noticing) as preparations and then fall asleep again with some success probabilty for later (=indirect stragegy).

That was good, Volgerie. I'm with you totally on this one. This is the reason why I suggested that the technique should be treated as a DILD technique instead of WILD.  I highly recommand you use this as a preparation and try to Phase directly upon first awakening after the exercise.  You will find it very easy to enter a phase this way.  Once mastered you will be able to Phase at will.
4  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: July 20, 2012, 04:25:06
2a) With your eyes closed, stare at the darkness behind your eyelids for 15-20 seconds.  Try to pick up any colors, lights, or images, but do not strain your eye muscle.  If you see nothing but darkness, that's fine.  Again, we are not striving to induce dreams from the waked state, so do NOT force it.  It is perfectly fine to not feel anything.   

2b) Listen to the noises in your ears for 15-20 seconds.  Chances are you will hear some light humming and buzzing sound.  See if you can hear it more clearly.  If you don't hear anything that's okay. 

2c) Notice any strange body sensations such as heaviness, tingling, and movements.  Pay attention particularly to the head, hands, fingers, abdomen, feet, and toes.  Again, it is perfectly fine if you don't feel anything strange.   

The above steps should be performed in a relaxed manner, slowly, lazily, and without any rational thoughts.  The 15-20 seconds duration is for your reference only, so do NOT count in your head!  Chances are, after a couple of repetitions you will begin to feel sleepy, to the point your mind may drift away and forget to continue the exercise.  Congratulations, this is exactly the effect we are after!  When this happens just pull your mind back a bit and resume from where you drifted away.  If you lost count of the repetitions then simply do a new set.  It won't hurt.


That's noticing.  What the difference here is... is that you're actively ALLOWING yourself to fall asleep afterwards in an effort to try to catch your awareness when you enter the dream. 

If you don't do the falling asleep part and don't let your mind 'drift away', you'll eventually Phase consciously.  It's a natural progression from keeping your mind active while doing the noticing exercise.

The difference is with one you smoothly shift into the non-physical... the other (which this is describing) might give you a break in conscious awareness as you shift.

In the end, the "HOW" you get into the non-physical fully aware doesn't matter.  The point is that you DO IT.  Smiley
Xanth,

That's well put. Below is a reply I gave on another forum. The person I was replying to suggested that SSILD works by "delayed intentions", which I did not agree. Your analysis, on the other hand, is a lot closer to what I suspected to be the cause.

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Jeff, I am the author of this technique and I just stumbled upon this thread here through googling. What you said abou setting intention is very true with many other techniques, but it actually does not apply to SSILD based on our real world observations. In the original article I claimed that I was not entirely sure why the technique works, and we too suspected it had something to do with intentions and even self-hypnosis. However, I now feel differently about this subject based on my own direct experiences as well as many other people's.

It seems that cycling through the senses in a trance-like state serves as a conditioning tool. It conditions the mind/body to enter a phase more easily. When conditioned well, spontaneous phase-entrance such as FAs, DILDs, and OBEs occur frequently after the exercise. This was essentially the result we sought after when we first developed the technique. Lately, however, we noticed a very interesting phenomenon -- direct phase entrance becomes extremely easy after performing the exercise! Even when spontaneous phase entrance fail to occur after doing the exercise, upon subsequent awakenings (not FAs but real awakenings) one can quickly enter a phase via direct techniques with very little effort. Moreover, many experienced users don't even need any techniques to enter the phase other than a little bit of mental focus. And, no, I'm not talking about DEILDs or Mr. Raduga's indirect techniques. During these real awakenings you do not have to first remain still. It works even after you have moved and the effect seems to last quite a while. In fact, if one increases the number of cycles during the exercise, she can proceed directly to attempt phase entrance without first falling into sleep and wait for the next awakening (this is a little harder but is still more than manageable). By exploiting this newly discovered characteristic of SSILD we can now use it as a very effective direct phase entrance technique. Hope this is useful information for those who are trying SSILD.
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One interesting thing to note is that each cycle brings the user "deeper" toward the "inner" sensations. During the first couple of cycles one usually does not "notice" anything except the more "physical" ones such as the environment noise, light, and other physical touches. But as the user performs more cycles she begins to feel "immersed" -- the "outside world" begins to fade away, while the "inside world" becomes more apparent. At this stage, "noticing" becomes a lot easier. It seems the more cycles she performs the further her consciousness shifts away from the physical.  At this point, if she falls asleep she will have a very high chance to phase spontaneously. Or, as said above, she can consciously Phase with very little effort. This observation correspond to what you have said extremely well!
5  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Monroe Vs. Bruce on: April 06, 2012, 20:00:29
In everyone's opinion, who has the better method of AP'ing.  Robert Bruce seems to concentrate on actually getting outside of the body by concentrating consciousness into an astral body and projecting that way.  Where as Monroe's method is about achieving a consciousness phase shift by concentrating your consciousness somewhere else until you phase away from your body. 

I've been working on phasing for a few months now, and haven't achieved a phase shift yet, though I did actually have one AP about a month and a half ago, while I wasn't trying to have one either.  So who has the best method?  Should I continue to try the phase shift as I have been doing?  Or should I try the techniques put forward in Mastering Astral Projection in 90 Days?

What do you guys think?
My opinion is that neither of the two is particularly effective.  Monroe's technique is tedious to say the best, very machannial, not taking into account of the subtle conditions which the mind and body are at during different time and situations.  Bruce, on the other hand, make you go through the whole process of training for visualizations, chakras, and so on, which in reality has nothing to do with phasing.  It does have the effect of strengthing your subconscious so you will have a more stable OBE experience, but the amount of effort spent to achieve that is not so worthwhile.  When I tought people how to phase, I led them to discover what's most natural to them.  This way, on average they learn to induce the experience at will, with near 100% success rate, in as little as two months.  Phasing, is a matter of mind/body conditions, and has nothing to do with souls, energies, and etc, IMHO.
6  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: April 06, 2012, 02:53:55
Well, with this method I have managed to have some sort of lucid dreaming, right after the cycles. It wasn't lucid dreaming, since I didn't know I was dreaming. I simply dreamed about covering my self with a blanket, in my bed. And woke up 2 mintues later, realizing I wasn't covered.

I'll keep you updated, see how it goes. One thing though, it's when I wake up after 4/5 hours of sleep, I'm madly sleepy. I can only do a couple of cycles (sometimes not eaven one) before my mind starts wondering, and getting into the dreaming state. I notice it, and try to cycle again, but again, my mind starts dreaming pretty pretty quickly :p. Which I find it quite fun though, it is a little battle taking place.

As I said, I'll keep you updated.
If your feel very sleepy then it is an indication that you have not had sufficient amount of sleep.  Chance for  success under such condition might be minimal.  Therefore I suggest going to bed an hour early than usual, then wait till you wake up naturally.  Get out of bed and stay awake for 5 minutes before returning to bed to begin the exercise.  You shouldn't feel too difficult about getting up, and if you do, that means you need more sleep.  In which case you might as well continue to sleep until you can get up more comfortably next time.
7  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Can this technique work? on: April 05, 2012, 08:39:40
What you described is what I call mind-body-asynchronous-sleep.  Basically, if you stay completely motionless (your eyes included), then your body begins to think that you have fallen asleep.  Typically the body falls asleep AFTER the mind does as a safeguard.  The way it will know for sure is to send some probing signals, essentially make you feel extremely uncomfortable so you will want to move.  Of course if you are already asleep you ignore these signals, but if you are awake then it becomes very difficult to resist the urge to move.  If you manage to resist it, then your body will give up at some point and you begin to experience SP, and in some case you get to experience the complete stages of falling into a dream in a very conscious manner.  That experience can be very exhilarating.  However, this method is very difficult to manage.  It requires you to have a very tired body and relatively clear mind, and the urge to move can be so irresistible.  Swallowing is also a major obstacle for most people.
8  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: April 04, 2012, 04:12:04
5 attempts and yet no exit. I'll continue anyway Smiley
I'm sorry to hear that.  Maybe if you post more detailed description of your exercise then I can help you diagnose. 
9  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: March 30, 2012, 05:30:46
Yes, I can see the Raduga influence Smiley There is a comparison between the two technqiues in this  thread.
10  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: March 29, 2012, 20:22:41
Cosimic.iron, as you know the LD world well, you know that with DEILD you are not supposed to move after you wake up. Is it the same with SILD or can you move a little ?

I did it during the night and what is curious is that I had trouble going through the circle of the 3 "non-focus focus". I used to forget what I had to do and this morning I felt terribly tired.
Sounds to me you are still treating SSILD as a WILD technique.  That is, expecting phase entrance to happen during the cycling.  If you focus on producing effects with each of the steps, chances are you will not be relaxed enough to get into a trance, thus creating unnecessary stress and feeling tired afterward.  Do not do SSILD in DEILD like fashion.  Instead, upon waking up naturally, get out of the bed and try to stay awake for 5 minutes.  Then do the cycling in the dumbest manner and do not expect anything to happen.  If phase entrance occur that's great, consider yourself lucky.  Otherwise just finish the 4 or 5 cycles and fall asleep as quickly as possible.  Be confident that phase entrance or DILD will occur some time later.
11  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: My progress so far (or lack of) on: March 28, 2012, 15:52:09
Trying to enter a phase at the time of going to sleep is very difficult.  Your mind and body are simply not at the proper condition.  Even though you have experienced lots of the preludes such as vibrations and HIs, which are exciting by themselves, you may not be able to advance beyond those sensations without the proper mind/body condition.  If you cannot afford to do WBTB, then I'd suggest some less demanding techniques such as mid-sleep dream recall plus visualization.  The way to do it is quite simple:

At the end of each sleep cycle we usually wake up momentarily.  When you wake up you should try to remain still and begin recalling your previous dream in your head, in backward order.  Do not try to analyze or summarize the dream -- you don't want any rational thoughts to enter your mind.  Try to replay the dream -- the picture, the sound, the motion, and the feelings, etc.  As you do this you may find certain scenes can be visualized more easily than others.  Hung onto these scenes and try to visualize it in more details.  The scene will eventually come alive and you may suddenly realize you are walking inside of it! 

Another technique I recommend is a new method I developed last year -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD)
12  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Difference between SSILD and Michael Raduga's phase entrance technique on: March 28, 2012, 06:40:23
This is an excerpt of my answer to a user in another forum.  For those of you who are not familiar with Michael Raduga's work I'm providing a simple explanation here: Michael is a lead OBE expert and author of several popular related books.  His method, which he calls "indirect technique", is very similar to SSILD in the way it also uses the concept of "cycling".  To use his technique effectively one needs to develop the habit that upon awakening one should immediately remain completely still and attempt phase entrance using his cycling technique.  Unlike SSILD, his technique includes a wide range of actions which you can cycle through in an a la carte fashion, such as squeezing the brain, wiggling the fingers, etc.  Michael's technique, once mastered, can be very effective.  His book offers a lot of insight, and I highly recommend it.



The SSILD method was initially based on my own customized WILD routine, which given years of practice has enabled me to WILD at will. It was almost identical to Michael's technique plus a few extras. In the beginning we simply wanted to create a streamlined version of this WILD routine, but several revisions later we came to a very important realization -- it simply works better if we DON'T treat it as a WILD technique!

Before I get ahead of myself, lets look at Michael's method first. You were correct that the hardest part of that method is remembering to stay completely still upon awakening. In fact, if you finally manage to do this you hardly need any technique at all. Another problem is the method being very demanding on the proper mind/body condition at the time of the execution. Given the right condition, it is not impossible to have a successful WILD within minutes, even seconds! However, when the condition is not met, for example, when you are rather wide awake, the method will unlikely do you any good. You can try wiggle your fingers without using muscle but that will feel genuinely fake. You then move on to stare behind your eyelids but you will see nothing but blackness. You then try squeezing your brain but that simply feel weird... Let's face it, how are you supposed to squeeze your brain? Of course, all of these become very easy and real when you are in the phase or are on the edge of a phase, but the exercise itself is not really designed to move you toward the phase. In fact, the amount of concentration demanded by the exercise will often leave you wide awake!

Now let's look at SSILD. Like Michael's technique, if you use SSILD when you are in the proper mind/body condition, the cycling procedures will very likely result in rapidS entry into the phase. However, since it is not a WILD technique, we don't care so much about producing immediate effect! Being able to WILD is a bonus, not a must. Thus, we do the cycling routines regardless of whether they cause any sensations to occur. Here we see a fundamental difference between the two methods -- where Michael's method requires focus, SSILD requires un-focus. With SSILD it is fair to say that the only thing you should focus on is how to quickly lose focus. You want to cycle tShrough the senses in the laziest manner. You want to lose count. You want to forget where you are. You want to drag this on and on... Essentially you just want to fall asleep so much you give up on doing the exercise, which is perfect.

SSILD then works its magic after you fall asleep. You may suddenly wake up again, due to the motion caused by the cycling, and instead of awakening into reality you end up going into a phase because SSILD has already prepared your mind and body into the proper condition. If you combine SSILD with WBTB, then your chance of becoming aware within your dreams is greatly increased because the routine somehow is pretty good at messaging that little bit of awareness into your dreams...
13  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Common causes for loss of sleep after doing SSILD on: March 28, 2012, 06:23:06
Being unable to fall asleep easily after the repetitions is a common problem encountered by inexperienced users of the SSILD technique, there are several possible causes:

1. False Awakening. No I'm not kidding. What you are experiencing could well be an FA and this is very common after doing SSILD. You basically just lay there trying to fall asleep while you are already asleep. One way to work around this is to do additional repetitions when you find you are unable to sleep. Assuming you are in an FA, or sometimes a light trance, then the cycling technique will usually result in very apparent HIs, ringing sounds, vibrations, or other effects. When the effects occur you can simple do an RA, and then roll out of the bed to begin an OBE.

2. You are focusing too much on producing the effects/sensations while doing the reps. Remember, WILD and OBE are by products of SSILD. They should not be sought after. When you do the cycles, do NOT expect anything will happen. You should focus on losing focus. That's the right way to do SSILD.

3. Rational thoughts entering the mind while doing the cycles. It's fine to let your mind drift to other things, but you should NEVER analyize what you are doing! Oh, do NOT count either. You don't want precision!

4. Deliberately trying to relax. Remember, SSILD is very much a self hypnosis tool, so you should rely on that to put you into sleep. Don't mix in any relaxation techniques befor or after! And certainly do not attempt to stay relaxed during the repetitions. You just get comfortable, and leave the relaxation part to the technique.

5. Interruption. This is the single biggest killer. If you are repeatedly interrupted, whether by sudden noises, discomforts, or others, you should seize doing the exercise and go to sleep right away. You can always do it again later, so do not force it.
14  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / SSILD related resources on: March 28, 2012, 06:19:43
In this thread I will post additional information regarding the SSILD method.  The main SSILD thread can be found here: LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD)
15  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Sensations Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD) on: March 27, 2012, 04:45:19
I just finished a Phase session where I used your cycling technique. In about 5 minutes I felt my physical focus waning. Then the strangest thing happened. I was was doing step 3 (which is to notice any strange body sensations) and all of a sudden I had a full vision of my body. It dark in the area and I was kind of like outlined in white energy. Then something that looked like a "pac-man" head started to gobble my toes and work it's way up my leg, it did the same to the other leg and kept going higher. Piece by piece my physical body was being devoured. There was no pain or gore, since my body was just an outline. The sensation was incredible, the next thing I know my entire body is gone and I am in a land with the most vivid scenery and colors I have been too yet. The sensations of watching my body disappearing and then leaving me as just "total 100% conscious energy" was the most exhilarating I have ever had. The mental picture of this really drove that point home.
That's awesome! This is truly a unique experience!  I will record this in my forum as well. Smiley
16  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Boosting vibration/frequency on: March 26, 2012, 16:43:26
Old school astral projection methods are usually very complex, requiring a lot of foundation works, and IMO, mostly ineffectual and definitely not for the faint hearted.  I suggest you try some simpler methods first so at least you get some first hand experience, then build on the success.  Otherwise it might be a long way before you will get a taste of astral travel.
17  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Sensations Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD) on: March 25, 2012, 14:27:31
I have to say with 2 days of practice attempting 2 twice per day I found your "cycling" technique to actually work quite well for Phasing as well. I wasn't sure about step 3, which is the focusing on the body, since Phasing is all about losing the focus on the body. But, I didn't find it to be a hindrance at all. I  successfully Phased in under 10 minutes all 4 times.  smiley
 
Yes Lionheart, the cycling technique is very effective at deepenning the phase.  Prior to inventing SILD, I always used cycling as part of my own custom WILD routines.  It appears that Michael Raduga also uses a variation of this in his "indirect techniques".
18  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Sensations Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD) on: March 24, 2012, 06:52:44
Some users may find it difficult to fall asleep after doing the cycles.  Below is a list of the common causes:

1. False Awakening. No I'm not kidding. What you are experiencing could well be an FA and this is very common after doing SILD. You basically just lay there trying to fall asleep while you are already asleep. One way to work around this is to do additional repetitions when you find you are unable to sleep. Assuming you are in an FA, or sometimes a light trance, then the cycling technique will usually result in very apparent HIs, ringing sounds, vibrations, or other effects. When the effects occur you can simple do an RA, and then roll out of the bed to begin an OBE.

2. You are focusing too much on producing the effects/sensations while doing the reps. Remember, WILD and OBE are by products of SILD. They should not be sought after. When you do the cycles, do NOT expect anything will happen. You should focus on losing focus. That's the right way to do SILD.

3. Rational thoughts entering the mind while doing the cycles. It's fine to let your mind drift to other things, but you should NEVER analyize what you are doing! Oh, do NOT count either. You don't want precision!

4. Deliberately trying to relax. Remember, SILD is very much a self hypnosis tool, so you should rely on that to put you into sleep. Don't mix in any relaxation techniques befor or after! And certainly do not attempt to stay relaxed during the repetitions. You just get comfortable, and leave the relaxation part to the technique.

5. Interruption. This is the single biggest killer. If you are repeatedly interrupted, whether by sudden noises, discomforts, or others, you should seize doing the exercise and go to sleep right away. You can always do it again later, so do not force it.
19  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Sensations Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD) on: March 24, 2012, 06:49:37
this technique got me my first lucid dream
Glad it worked. Please share your experience in more detail.  These experiences will help us improve the technique!
20  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Sensations Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD) on: March 24, 2012, 06:47:59
Hello Cosmic.iron and Welcome to the Astral Pulse. Thank you for sharing that technique with us. I can see a lot of similarities in there to other approaches, that tells that you are right on track. It's good to see that you have been helping other people for years to experience to the Astral World. I think we will have to put this one in the archives here as well.
 Thanks again!  smiley
Thank you Lionheart!  I am also thrilled to make this forum my new home.  Your forum provides some of the best materials which can't be found elsewhere, The Frank Kepple archive for example, and I'm glad to be able to contribute some of my own -- good or bad, LOL.  since I'm new I'm not yet too familiar with the forum rules, so if I do something wrong unintentionally please point it out for me. Smiley
21  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: LDing for Idiots -- Sensations Initiated Lucid Dream (SILD) on: March 24, 2012, 06:42:15
Hi,
If you read the free e-book from obe4u.com sobt.pdf, you will find similarities in your methods.
Its obviously a winning combination for any novice to have such information available to them, presented clearly and in an understandable manner. The questions that will arise from this will be easily interpreted and a solution can be found for that individual practioner which will save them possibly years of unsuccessful attempts.
Some of us are borm with the ability and its so natural but still have dead times that can last several months. Even skilled practioners suffer this. The best solution IMHO is the NEW ( new energy work) .
This info can be found on the Astral Dynamics site, again a free download.
This has been around since the dawn of time and does help in getting out.
I tried it out in disbelief of any result and found it cleared the dead times within a week. You also feel more refreshed physically too. I've not done any primary work yet either so it is speaking for itself.
Hopefully useful too.
Yes SILD shares many similarities with Michael's indirect technique.  The main difference is in the goals.  Whereas Michael's technique aims to enable its users to enter a phase directly, SILD does not.  In fact, we find that by deliberately NOT expecting anything to happen during the cycling of the senses it often yields better results.  There are many more subtle differences which I will highlight in latter posts.  The NEW solution you mentioned sounds very interesting.  I will definitely check it out!  Thank you for sharing!
22  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / LDing for Idiots -- Senses Initiated Lucid Dream (SSILD) on: March 23, 2012, 14:53:50
Guys, the SSILD technique has been revised and an official tutorial can be found on my blog: http://cosmiciron.blogspot.com. I'm also posting the text below, but for future updates please refer to the blog. Thanks and good luck!


Background

SSILD is a modern lucid dreaming technique. It is easy to learn, highly effective, and produces consistent results over period. I developed this technique in 2011 in order to teach lucid dreaming to fellow dreamers on a Chinese forum. The first written version of the technique was published under the title "太玄功", which literally translates to "A Very Mysterious Technique". This is rather fitting because at the time no one had the faintest idea why it worked. Despite this lack of theory, the feedback on the technique was overwhelmingly positive. Within just a few months we gathered many hundreds of success stories!

Building on this initial success, we continued to refine the technique, and it essentially became a collaborated effort among hundreds of people. The tutorial went through a few revisions, and with each version we saw improvements in ease of use and effectiveness. A year later I wrote the first English version of the tutorial and published it on a few lucid dream online forums. This time I chose the name "Senses Initiated Lucid Dream", partly to conform to the unofficial but widely accepted naming convention of LD techniques, and partly due to increased knowledge and understanding gained during the past year.

While people on these forums appear more slow to embrace a brand new technique, the result was nonetheless quite promising. Between DreamViews and LD4All, there are more than a hundred success stories recorded in 9 months, within only two threads.

Today, SSILD has become one of the most popular LD induction techniques on the Chinese forum, which has grown to host more than 80,000 members. The numbers of success stories are too numerous to count. Another exciting aspect is SSILD's long-term sustainability. Whereas many techniques appear to become less effective over period as the users' initial enthusiasm wane, SSILD delivers consistent performance, turning novices to experts, and experts to masters. For example, more than a dozen members on my tiny personal forum are able to induce LDs on a daily basis. One of them even logged nearly 500 LDs/OBEs in full detail within less than a year, a remarkable achievement by all means.

Design Philosophy

SSILD is designed from the ground up to be simple, "idiot-proof" even. It does not utilize advanced techniques such as relaxation and visualization, and stays away from delicate, non-measurable mental exercises. It despises the notion that lucid dreaming is more "art" than "technique". It does not require you to be gifted or creative, in fact, there is little room for improvisation. Just follow the simple steps outlined here and you should be all set. SSILD is made so concise that if you mix in other stuff you may actually end up creating negative impact on its performance.

The "Cycle"

The core component of SSILD is called a "Cycle". Each cycle consists three steps:

Focus on Sight: Close your eyes and pay attention to the darkness behind your closed eyelids. Don't strain your eye muscles though. Your eyeballs should be resting, totally relaxed. If you don't see anything that's only normal. Do not attempt to spot visuals by moving your eyes around.

Focus on Hearing: Further relax your eyes and shift your attention to your ears. If the room is quiet enough you might be able to hear some noise inside your head or the sound of your heartbeat. However, if you can't hear anything it is okay to listen to external sounds too.

Focus on Somesthetic Senses (Touch): Direct your attention to your body. Feel it and see if you spot any unusual sensations such as tingling, heaviness, lightness, spinning sensations, and so on. If nothing like these can be felt, you can also try to feel the weight of the blanket, your heartbeat, temperature of the air, etc.

The repeated stimulation on the senses enables SSILD to condition our mind and body into a subtle state that is optimized for lucid dream to occur naturally. We should keep this in mind so we don't make the common mistake of "trying too hard" during the cycles. Beginners usually want to see things, hear things, and feel things. When nothing unusual happens they become discouraged or even desperate. Avoid this mistake at all cost! One should not expect to experience anything phenomenal during the Cycle. In fact, it is better to expect NOTHING at all will happen.

The Steps

1. Go to bed early, preferably before 11pm. Set your alarm to wake up after 4 or 5 hours.

2. Get out of bed and stay awake for 5-10 minutes. I suggest you visit the bathroom, rinse your mouth, and walk around or stretch a little bit. Try not to become too awake though.

3. Return to bed and lie down in a comfortable position, preferably different from the one you usually use. This is to prevent you from falling into sleep prematurely. However, if you are the type of person who requires extra effort to fall asleep, you may want to use the usual position instead.

4. Perform the "Cycle" quickly, repeat 4-6 times. This serves as a warm-up exercise so each step should be very short, a few seconds should be sufficient.

5. Perform the "Cycle" slowly, repeat 3-4 times. This step is the most important one. You should take extra time during each step. Thanks to step 4, at this point you should have become sufficiently relaxed and you will find focusing on the senses become much easier. For example, your eyes will feel more relaxed, and you may get visuals such as lights, colors, or movements. You might also notice that the external sounds seem to be fading into the background. Do not get excited though. You should observe quietly and after a while move on to other senses. As far as timing goes we are flexible, but in general each step should take no fewer than 30 seconds.

During the slow cycles, you may become distracted by a lot of random thoughts. This is a good indication that you are close to falling asleep. Do not try to suppress these thoughts -- they are your friends. Imagine they are gentle waves and let them carry you and wash you away from the shore of reality. You will occasionally become alert and realize you have lost track of your exercise. No worry, just start from the beginning of a cycle and you should be fine.

6. Return to the most comfortable position and allow yourself fall into sleep as quickly as possible. Do not think too much and do not worry if it will work. The quicker you can fall asleep the more likely it will work. Have faith!

What happens next

One key characteristic of SSILD is that it is neither a WILD nor DILD technique. It is a hybrid. As such, it is important to become familiar with all the possible scenarios so you will maximize your chances.

1. Hypnagogia: when we enter a dream consciously, we often encounter various unusual hypnagogic sensations. These include the sensation of falling, floating, seeing lights and images, hearing sharp noises, and many more. In fact, sometimes you may encounter sensations so strange that they are beyond words. When we encounter these sensations, chances are we are already in a dream, or getting really close. SSILD is known to cause hypnagogia during the Cycles (although this effect should NOT be sought after). It's also not uncommon for you to wake up suddenly while being bombarded by intense hypnagogic sensations. When this happens you should not become excited. Be a passive observer and wait for the sensations to amplify. You could also nudge them a little bit mentally, but do not overdo it. As soon as the sensations become clearly identifiable you should be able to perform a successful reality check and get up. Typically the dream will start from your bedroom because subconsciously that's where you expect you will be. You can also stay in bed longer and use visualization to create a dream scene manually. In any event, it is important for you to stay calm when encountering hypnagogia. Do not speak to yourselves or analyze it mentally as doing so can cause the sensations to fade and eventually wake you up.

2. False Awakening: SSILD is known to cause a lot of FAs. Not any FA, but some super-realistic ones! A typical scenario goes like this -- you finished doing SSILD and fell asleep. Then suddenly you wake up. No lucid dreams, perhaps not even a normal dream! Feeling disappointed you get out of the bed... then you wake up again! It was all but a dream! SSILD's ability to frequently create this type of FAs have been well-documented by now. Therefore, you should definitely develop the habit of performing a reality check upon each awakening after doing SSILD, no matter how convinced you are about your not being in a dream. Another possible scenario is that you slip into sleep during a SSILD cycle, and an FA immediately takes over. When this happens you may suddenly feel awake and it seems you are about to suffer insomnia. Some users complained that SSILD was causing them to lose sleep, only later found out they had been doing SSILD cycles in their dreams! Once you learn to catch these FAs your chance of success will be greatly improved.

3. DILD: When you fall asleep from SSILD, you enter your dreams with heightened awareness. As a result, lucid dreams occur. This is called Dream Initiated Lucid Dream (DILD). With heightened awareness, you may be able to spot oddities in dreams and in turn become lucid. It is also very common for spontaneous lucid dreams to occur -- you suddenly become lucid for no apparent reason.

4. Real Awakening: You wake up again after doing SSILD. You do a reality check and this time it is real. Do not despair. You still have chances. Try to stay still, and immediately relax your head, allowing the back of it to sink into the pillow. Then you need to perform a few extra medium-paced SSILD cycles. At this stage it is quite possible for you to encounter strong hypnagogia sensations. If not, just finish the cycles and go to sleep. You will have a much higher chance to succeed this time.

FAQ

Q: Can I do SSILD when I go to sleep?
A: Yes you can, but it won't work. When you go to bed you typically start with a lot of NREM sleeps which are not ideal for lucid dream to occur. The level of acetylcholine (an important neurotransmitter which is a major driving force for lucid dreams) is also at lower level. Trying to lucid dream with any technique at this stage is a waste of time, even though this is the favorite mistake virtually every beginners make.

Q: I'm used to go to bed late or have to get up early, can I still use SSILD?
A: I suggest you do SSILD only when you have sufficient time. Even though it does not take up a lot of time to perform, you WILL be losing some sleeps. As such, for people who never get enough sleep, your best bet is to do SSILD at leisure.

Q: Can I combine other breathing, meditation, relaxation techniques during or prior to doing SSILD?
A: No. As mentioned earlier, SSILD is all about "conditioning". You condition your mind and body to the most optimal state for lucid dream to occur. This state, however, is very delicate. Mixing in other techniques will likely interfere with this state and cause negative impact on SSLID's performance. You're free to create your own routines once you master the technique, but for beginners I expect you to adhere to the instructions in this manual.

Q: I get this itch... how am I supposed to stay still?
A: You are not supposed to stay still! If you have an itch just scratch it. If you want to roll you roll. With SSILD you need to stay as comfortable as possible! Just do an extra cycle to compensate and you will be fine. This is in fact a major advantage over virtually all other methods.

Q: My eyes strain/hurt when focusing on visions...
A: Remember, you should NOT expect to see anything, so relax already! Do not strain your eye muscles. Your eyeballs should be resting, if not staying still. Performing a few quick cycles will also help you relax.

Q: I can't feel anything when doing the cycles...
A: We cannot stress this more -- it is OKAY to not feel anything, and it is WRONG if you actively pursue it and expect things to happen during the cycles. With the cycles you are setting a timer for the bomb to go off. You don't expect a bomb to go off WHILE you are setting the timer do you? Sure, it does go off occasionally...

Q: I got insomnia after doing SSILD...
A: Actually, performing SSILD correctly is likely to cure your insomnia. There is a remarkable resemblance between SSILD and Betty Erickson's self-hypnosis routine! Now back to the question. We need to first identify if we are taking about "real insomnia" or "false insomnia". Remember, SSILD likes to create these super realistic false awakenings. It is very possible for you to enter an FA while still performing the SSILD cycles. In this case you will be trying to fall asleep while you are already sleeping! Next time you find yourself unable to fall asleep during a cycle, you should definitely perform a reality check, no matter how convinced you are! For people who indeed suffers loss of sleep due to SSILD, I suggest you tweak your routines in two areas: 1. Reduce the amount of sleep before waking up for SSILD. 2. Reduce the time you spend on staying awake prior to the exercise.
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