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Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) technique
Having lucid dreams the quickest is using the most widely recognized lucid dream induction technique that is around today, called the WBTB technique (i.e. Wake-Back-To-Bed technique). The main idea is already in the name.
It constitutes three basic skills: (1) you need to be able recall dreams, (2) be able to discover dreamsigns from analyzing your dream records, and (3) be able to recognize those dreamsigns in tonight's dreams.
If you take a look at the WBTB matrix on the left, you will see these three skills mentioned as procedural stages on top of the columns. In this tutorial program we will follow through these stages in detail, elaborating on each of the 9 steps that constitute the WBTB technique procedure.
The WBTB matrix
The WBTB matrix summarizes the 9 steps that constitute the application of the WBTB technique during a particular night in which you would like to have lucid dreams. It is all part of one singular attempt that consists of 9 steps to walk through sequentially. Complete these 9 steps and you have completed the WBTB technique. For background information on effect studies with regard to the WBTB technique, please visit the Lucidity Institute website.
If you look even more closely, you will see that these 9 steps in the WBTB matrix do not only concern mind-related skills, but also include things like using your body and feelings (see the related icons depicted on the far right side of the matrix). To succeed in inducing lucid dreams, you need to assume a holistic approach: lucid dreams do not appear only through applying your mind, but also as much as through applying feeling to the task. Keep that in mind.
The WBTB technique
In this video I introduce you to the Wake-Back-To-Bed technique and give a summary of its execution.
Its aim is to interrupt your morning sleep for about 30 to 90 minutes, to rehearse your lucid dream plan, and to then return to sleep while visualizing yourself becoming lucid in one of your most recent and vivid dreams that you recalled.
It is important that you have an idea of what you would like to do specifically the moment when you turn lucid in your dreams. Why are you interested to have lucid dreams in the first place? What kind of lucid dream experiences would really excite YOU? Think about this carefully.
Many student lucid dreamers fail having lucid dreams because they merely strive for having a "lucid dream". That is not something that your mind can get a hold of. A "lucid dream" is an empty concept. You need to focus on an awesome 'dream experience' that you can vividly imagine to attain USING lucidity. Meeting a friend, flying like you favorite superhero, visiting another planet or overcoming a fear. Whatever gets you excited, articulate on it carefully.
The more you focus on specific lucid dream experiences, the better your mind is able to focus, be goal-driven and motivated. Be as specific as possible in this respect. Paint, watch related movies or listen to music that inspires you to have that particular lucid dream. Get inspired.
Start with the weekends
The WBTB-technique requires you to have some extra time in the morning. If you plan to stay awake for 30 minutes during the night and would like to enjoy as much dreams and lucid dreams as possible, you need to sleep as long as possible.
This most likely means that you have to plan those WBTB attempts in the weekends for practice. Be sure to have the time and room to regularly apply all the techniques comfortably without anyone or anything disturbing you. It would only take a couple of successful attempts before your mind starts to get what inducing lucid dreams is all about. At that point, you do not need to make exclusive use of WBTB to induce lucid dreams.
For training purposes it is okay to practice each individual step in the WBTB matrix separately. But remember that all 9 steps are part of one holistic attempt to induce lucid dreams during a particular night. As one big 9 step procedure.
Alright, good job. You should get the main idea of the WBTB technique. Let's continue and learn how to recall dreams.