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Unlocking Lucid Dreams With FILD: A Step-By-Step Guide

The Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD) technique represents an innovative approach in the spectrum of lucid dreaming induction methods.

Known for its simplicity and effectiveness, especially when you're teetering on the edge of sleep, FILD leverages minimal finger movements to usher in lucidity.

Note: If you haven't yet, be sure to start your lucid dreaming journey at the beginning with our first article here: What Is Lucid Dreaming? The Definitive Guide To Learning How To Lucid Dream

The FILD Technique: Ready To Play The Piano?

Not to worry, no musical expertise required here - just the imaginative use of your index and middle fingers.

ust picture your index and middle finger (on either hand) being placed on two piano keys right next to each other. Press your middle finger down slightly on the imaginary key, then press your index finger down slightly on the adjacent key. When your index finger is pressed down, lift your middle finger to its starting position, then lift your index finger. Perform this sequence repeatedly.

This delicate movement is the heart of FILD, designed to be performed as you're drifting to sleep.

Mastering Minimal Movement

Before attempting this in bed, get a feel for the motion on a keyboard or touchscreen, focusing on the sensation without actually depressing the keys. The goal is subtlety—a gentle engagement of the muscles without significant finger movement.

Got the movement down, now when/how do I use it?

FILD is most effective if used when on the verge of sleep. For example, it can be quite useful to perform FILD if you wake up later in the night or in the morning. Once you wake up, lie very still, relax completely, and begin falling back to sleep while thinking about FILD. As you feel that you've reached the very each of re-entering sleep, begin moving your fingers back and forth as described above.

Continue this action for 10-30 seconds. Don't worry about counting the exact number of seconds or movements, as this will keep you awake. After approximately 10-30 seconds, take your other hand and perform a nose reality check (simply pinch your nose and try breathing in through it). If you can breathe through your nose, congratulations! You're lucid dreaming!

If not, simply relax and continue to fall asleep until you're on the edge of sleep once again. You can even wait a few minutes before starting the movements again. Use the finger movements again, then perform another RC. If the second RC doesn't work, don't stress. You may want to fall asleep/try another induction method, as continuing to use FILD over and over will possibly wake you up even more.

In the event that you are successful with FILD, your dream environment will likely begin exactly as your waking environment. So it's very important to RC to check if you're dreaming, even if you're sure you're awake.

Next Steps: MILD (Mnemonic Induced Lucid Dream)

To learn about MILD, another lucid dream induction method, read on.

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