MILD is an acronym for a Mnemonically-Induced-Lucid-Dream. It is a method which assists in remembering to recognise that we are not awake but immersed in the dreamscape. Dr Stephen LaBerge of The Lucidity Institute created this method to allow himself to have more lucid-dreams and detailed it in his seminal work Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. It works by planting a suggestion into our unconscious mind to recognise the dream-state. It also involves programming the subsequent dream-scene to contain symbolism that triggers an awareness that we are, in fact, asleep. This method is a valuable approach to the induction of DILD's and is appropriate for beginners and more advanced practitioners alike; it is an essential weapon in the lucid dreamer's arsenal.
You must have good dream-recall. If you are unable to recall at least one nocturnal adventure each morning, you should concentrate on improving that before proceeding.
This technique is two-fold. The first stage requires the recitation of a phrase before falling asleep. Such affirmations might include:
The second stage begins when you are sufficiently relaxed. It requires visualising a recent dream-scene in which you were unaware, but this time recognising a dream-sign. If you dreamt of your boss breathing fire but didn't become aware of the fact that you were asleep, you can utilise that failure to assist you in becoming cognizant the next time. Imagine the situation in as much detail as possible. But this time visualise yourself recognising the trigger - people don't breathe fire! See yourself performing a reality-check and it failing.
This lucid-dreaming method is useful when you first go to sleep, or when you wake up during the night. If you employ this technique after waking from REM sleep, you should visualise the scene you were just in. Many lucid-dreamers find themselves in the exact situation they were in before waking, only now they are aware and in full control!