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Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams – DEILD Technique Guide

DEILD comes from Dream Exit Initiated Lucid Dream and is basically a shorter WILD. You can also find information about this technique under the name of FILD (Finger Induce Lucid Dream).

This has the potential to give you more lucid dreams every night and has the advantage that, being awake from a dream, the brain remains in the dreaming state for a few moments in which you must not move.

Since the brain continues to be in the REM cycle, you can go back into a dream without having to trick your body to fall asleep. However, if you are at the end of REM cycle, you will not be able to have a successful DEILD.

The method first appeared for quite some time, but many who have tried it have stumbled into it. Stephen LaBerge has also presented this method in some of his books.

Preparation for Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dreams – DEILD

In order to succeed a DEILD, you have to remember dreams very well. Not just to remember the dream in case you succeed, but also to be aware when a dream just ended. Before trying this technique, it is recommended to remember at least 10 dreams per week.

Since DEILD relies on your ability to wake up when a dream ends, it is clear that you must do this regularly. All people wake up after each dream, they are just not aware. There are several ways to be aware of these awakenings.

Some people use the alarm to wake up at night. You need an alarm which stops after a few seconds because less is better, it mustn’t bother you too much. Set it after 3 and 6 hours of sleep.

You need to experience it yourself, in order to find out which is the best time for you. After 3-6 hours, if you want to increase your chances of getting out of a dream, you can set the alarm every half hour.

If you don’t like the idea of an alarm, you could go to sleep for a few hours earlier. Many people wake up during the night several times more than usual.

Other people train themselves to recognize the appearance of closed eyes because it can be a sign that they woke up. To do this, close your eyes before sleep and look inside the eyelids for a minute.

In time you will be able to automatically recognize, even if you are dizzy or half awake if your eyes are closed and can use that as a sign that you just woke up from a dream.

Another way is autosuggestion. Using this method, say a short sentence or phrase (called “mantra”) reflecting your desire, in this case, to wake up after each dream.

An example of a mantra is: “I will wake up after each dream.” To make sure autosuggestion succeeds, repeat your mantra several times each day. The more you repeat it, the faster and better it will work. A good way would be to repeat it every time:

  • You take a shower;
  • You stand in a line or when you have free time;
  • You prepare for sleep;
  • You are in bed before sleep.

How to have a successful Dream Exit Induced Lucid Dream

Once you remember your dreams well and you are aware when you wake up between them, you are ready to try! The whole process should take less than one minute, from waking state to a lucid dream.

You wake up after a dream. Now stand still! Do not open your eyes. The less you move, the greater the chances of success are because moving can cause the brain’s exit from the REM cycle.

You have to keep your mind awake, but to remain in that dreamy state, between reality and dream. Now a dream will form around you. Since DEILD is a form of WILD, at this stage you might feel a paralysis. It usually occurs under 1 minute, but it can be faster, somewhere around 5-10 seconds.

Suggestions to stand still

  • If you find it hard to remember to stay motionless after you wake up, try autosuggestion to implant the idea in your brain.
  • Another method would be to set 2 alarms, one 50 minutes after the one used for trying DEILD. When the first stops, you go back to sleep, but you tell yourself that the next time you wake up you will not move.

Suggestions to enter a dream

  • You can enter a particular scenario you chose and imagined while sitting still, waiting for the dream to form. It’s harder than if you entered a dream again.
  • You can re-enter the last dream simply by thinking about it. Most people find this to be the easiest way to have a lucid dream using DEILD.
  • Beware of false awakenings. Most WILDs start with one. If you think you have failed in trying a DEILD, use a reality check.

Why is it also called FILD?

The techniques are known to be similar, but FILD is recommended to those who wake up overnight anyway and probably believe they will not fall back to sleep.

What to do in an FILD?

Do the same, except when you wake up you have to move ONLY the pointer fingers at the same time, very slowly, just like playing the piano. Normally, the dream will form around you.

If not, you’re out of the REM cycle and you may wake up. If you cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes (whether you try lucid dreaming or just to sleep) your body suffers. You better wake up and do something else for an hour, then go back to bed.


 This can be a tricky method to get the hang of at first, especially remembering to stay still as soon you wake.