- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Lonebird Publications (1 January 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993546609
- ISBN-13: 978-0993546600
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
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In the book, a single basic method for inducing lucid dreaming from a waking state is described. That method is presented clearly and succinctly, along with a couple of good relaxation techniques, and from what I know of WILD, it does seem to be a good method. However, the book only describes the author's personal method of WILD induction, and doesn't cover any other WILD induction methods (I know of some others).
One problem with the book is the speculative claims that go along with the basic WILD method presented. It irritated me how he repeatedly attacks DILD in ways which seem unnecessary and even factually incorrect. At times the author seemed willing to admit that DILD and WILD are merely two different routes to the same state of mind, while at other times he strongly implies that the state of lucidity obtained with WILD is somehow qualitatively superior, without ever stating exactly how. In my own considerable experience, I have found that DILDs can be just as coherent and as conducive to rational experimentation within dreaming as WILDs. I also disliked how he ignores most of the current scientific research into dreaming, and how he often did not provide references for factual claims made. So even as he offered a decent method for WILD, he also spread a bit of misinformation about dreaming in general, swept most scientific results about dreaming under the rug, and speculated a bit grandiosely on some hypothesized eventual "importance" for lucid dreaming, without ever explicitly stating exactly what he believes that "importance" might turn out to be.
Another good aspect of the book is that no particularly far-out claims are made, such as that from inside a dream state one can "see the future" or do "out of body remote viewing" (as is asserted in many books on lucid dreaming), although such possibilities are not totally rejected. In that respect, the book portrays a level-headed perspective.
Another weakness of the book is that inadequate tribute is paid to how one's personal expectations heavily shape lucid dreaming experiences, and sometimes without sufficient evidence the author seems to assume his personal experiences reflect general truths. For example, he implies that initiating dreaming while lying on one's right side vs. the left side results in entirely different "types" of dreaming (an assertion that is empirically unverified and could merely reflect his own personal expectations / theories). One major thing I have learned in my own lucid dreaming practices is that one's personal expectations are of *primary importance* when inhabiting a virtual reality your own mind creates.
The author does make clear that the major advantage of WILD - provided one is able to master it - is the ability to do lucid dreaming virtually at will, and to remain aware throughout the entire process, and that is truly an advantage. But in my opinion he seriously exaggerates both the ease of mastering WILD, and the overall importance of the achievement if one does succeed, for in the end, as exciting and interesting as it can be, even lucid dreaming is still only... dreaming.