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There are two basic categories of lucid dreams: DILD (Dream Induced Lucid Dream) and WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dream). The key difference between these two techniques is whether or not you have a period of dreamless sleep before the lucid dream (DILD), or whether you pass directly from the waking state into the lucid dream (WILD).
MILD (Mnemonically Induced Lucid Dream)
This technique was created by Dr. Steven LaBerge who wrote about it in his book Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming. It can often overlap with reality checking because the goal is to do a reality check in your dreams. Typically, though, this technique involves spending a little time every night doing an affirmation or visualization that you will have a lucid dream as you fall asleep.
EILD (Externally Induced Lucid Dream)
This technique relies on some sort of external cue to help you get lucid as you are dreaming. The most famous of these is probably the NovaDreamer, a device you would wear on your head which emits soft blinking lights that you will see in your sleep. Unfortunately, this equipment is hard to find and is generally expensive. There are other devices and signals which are more cost-effective, such as vibrating alarms. These will work for you if you are very familiar with your sleep cycles and will be able to accurately guess when you will be dreaming.
Originally posted by TheBirdisDone
I think I should have expanded my answer to say you are not alone in having a divine experience in the midst of heavy pleading prayer - why this thread is all over the place because of the pot use is interesting, meanwhile there are published accounts of what you describe. I have had friends suddenly convert to Chrisitanity after an experience like you described because they do whole heartedly believe it was the savior. I like that you didn't automatically just assume it was God but instead have poundered on and been mystified by the experience.
In most cases where I have heard this happening it is not really spontanous - it is requested in the form of asking, even pleading with a "higher source" and that is interesting. I have a book on my shelf thats titled "How God Changes your Brain" - it is argued even thinking for or against a God has an impact on the way the brain is wired. I had a friend near sucide who pleaded with "God" and had an experience as you described - this is a pragmatic female friend who is skeptical and leary of the "woo-woo" and does not do drugs. She was at a place of complete loss in her life and so . . . prayed - and she describes an experience similar to what you shared.
Many faith sets have an explaination for what you describe, there is possibly even some scientific explaination, and if you stretch you can attribute the whole experience to drug use - though these are mild drugs in that respect. What ever it was - it was a beautiful expanding experience - and you are fortunate to have known that in life. Peace!!!