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Ways to lucid: Senses Initiated Lucid Dreaming (SSILD)

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No matter how hard we would try to neglect our primitive nature, we would always be affected by our senses. Usually, we attribute their importance to human relations and falling in love.

You probably have heard the saying, "Men fall in love with their eyes, and women fall in love with their ears." Believe it or not, senses do have an impact on our decisions, expectations, and faith.

Although we rarely sense when we are dreaming, it is possible to do that within lucid dreaming. The issue intervenes when we are not able to perform conscious dreaming, and there is a great likelihood for that.

Inducing conscious dreaming is possible, but it takes some time and effort to achieve the goal. It can be done by following different approaches and studying the experiences of diverse lucid dreamers. 'Ways to lucid' is a series of articles simply explaining the most notable and frequent methods to use for the best conscious dreaming experience. In this article, we are introducing the SSILD technique. You can also find articles about MILD and WBTB methods.

What is the main idea of SSILD?

The method's purpose is to induce a lucid dream better and alleviate the experience of generating it. Many lucid dreamers recommend the technique, especially for beginners, and argue that SSILD requires no imaginary trained mental skills.

The baseline of the SSILD is the "Cycle. "

What is the "Cycle"?

The Cycle consists of three sense practices: seeing, hearing, and touching (feeling). It is the core of the SSILD practice and has to be performed after WBTB (Wake Back To Bed).

Once you start doing it, the technique becomes a simulation for lucid dreaming experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in it. Pay attention to your mind. You have to be relaxed and should not spend time constantly thinking about the result. As the creator himself claims, it is best not to expect anything from it.


The technique was first discovered by accident. One Chinese blogger with the nickname cosmic iron, an active lucid dreamer, had used it once, and it worked for him. The first version of the method appeared in a Chinese conscious dreaming forum. Back then, the creator called it "太玄功" or, in English - a very mysterious technique. Hence, the method started to receive positive feedback. Cosmic iron developed the technique in 2011. A few years later, it was renamed Senses Initiated Lucid Dream.

How do I perform the "Cycle"?

  1. Start from the sight. It can sound a little bit supernatural, but try seeing without actually seeing. Close your eyes and observe the environment that you are in currently. Do not trick yourself and try to grasp light physically. Relaxation is crucial not only for the brain but also for your eyes, likewise concerning the state of falling asleep.
  2. Continue with the hearing. Now pass the focus on the sounds. Perhaps you hear yourself breathing, your heart beating, something in the background moving. Everything is okay. Once more, do not forget to relax your whole body and focus on the specifics of each step (in this case - trying to hear something particular).
  3. End the "Cycle" by working with the somesthetic senses (touch). Notice how your body is situated, pressed. Is it heavy or light? You can try discerning the texture of your clothing, your head resting, or something else that triggers the somesthetic senses.

How much time should I spend on each particle of the "Cycle "?

Not too long. The time should not exceed more than

a minute for each step. The reason behind this is that any boredom or distraction can lead to failure. Distraction is common, but if you are extending the timing for too long, at some time, it could get on your nerves, whereas boredom can cause falling asleep. Also, you should never actually count the seconds. Try to feel when the minute has passed.

What if I fail in doing the "Cycle"?

Please make sure you are not forcing yourself physically and mentally to cause conscious dreaming. SSILD is a technique that helps you increase the chances of becoming lucid while dreaming, but it does not mean that every step should be accomplished accurately. It is barely realistic to do everything the right way, namely when we are talking about the field of lucid dreaming. It takes some time and effort to master any method. Sometimes using only one technique may result in being ineffective. To sum up, it is utterly natural not to succeed the first time you try the method.

What distinguishes SSILD from other techniques?

Many lucid dreamers acknowledge SSILD as one of the simply applicable techniques. It is also a pretty new one, unlike MILD or WBTB. However, unlike the others, this one has been spread by amateur lucid dreamers and readers among various forums regarding conscious sleeping. So, there is a clutch of doubt in it. There is not much research done about the method.

From the technical side, the main difference between SSILD and other techniques is the performance of the "Cycle."

Slow "Cycles "are more important than the quick ones, but without the warm-up, your mind would not be prepared to fix on interior sounds or visuals.

The original SSILD tutorial for lucid dreaming:

1st step.

Set your alarm. Your goal is to wake up during the state of REM when most of the dreams occur – around 4 to 6 hours into your sleep, depending on how much time it takes you to fall asleep. Some sources may declare that the body has to be recovered enough, and 5-6 hours of sleep may be necessary. Sometimes you need to experiment to find the chief answers that appeal to your body and mind.

2d step.

Get out of bed. Now you are awake, and your task is to become more conscious than sleepy. But not too sober, so that further on you are unable to fall asleep. Getting out of bed is one of the ways to attain this matter. The creator, cosmic iron, recommends staying awake for 5-10 minutes, during which you get out of the bed, stretch and walk a little, visit the bathroom and rinse your mouth.

3rd step.

Return to the bed and choose an unusual position for your body. Apparently, before performing the "Cycle," you should not be in your comfortable position due to high chances of falling asleep pretty quickly.

4th step.

Rapid "Cycles." According to the updated original tutorial, one should perform quick "Cycles." Though the inventor does not mention how long should one Cycle endure, a short cycle likely lasts less than 10 seconds (around 2-5 seconds). Warm-up by doing the "Cycles" 4-6 times.

5th step.

Slow "Cycles." Originally, slow in SSILD is equivalent to 30 seconds. Do not set time to follow the course of practice because you will feel it. Slow "Cycles" are more important than the quick ones, but without the warm-up, your mind would not be prepared to fix on interior sounds or visuals. Slow "Cycles" should be more effective. Repeat 3-4 times.

6th step.

Go with the flow (sleep). As the author mentions, you might be starting to yawn already, being distracted within the time and falling back to sleep. It means you are relaxed. Continue and finish the practice. Fall asleep as you always do, avoiding any unnecessary thoughts.


The International Lucid Dream Induction Study has revealed that MILD and SSILD methods work alike. That is already worth mentioning in terms of productivity. MILD is the traditional and scientifically proven method for lucid dreaming. Therefore, SSILD is respectively fruitful and promising.


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