Have you seen the film, ‘Inception’? No?
It doesn’t matter, because you’re about to learn a GREAT induction technique known as the totem induced lucid dreaming method.
It’s called the TILD technique for short, and involves using a ‘totem’ to test whether you’re dreaming or not. Get ready to learn a technique which will make you feel like some sort of dreamwalking ninja warrior!
This technique is closely tied to lucid reality checks.
What is the totem induced lucid dreaming technique?
The totem induced lucid dream involves using OBJECTS to test whether you’re dreaming or not.
It’s like a reality check on steroids, and it’s much more fun!
It was made popular by the movie; Inception. Since then, many people have started using totems to induce lucid dreams and to make their reality checks that bit easier to do. It’s also made way for a few companies to start producing awesome products like the spinning top totem from the film!
Oh by the way click here to check out the totem in the picture above; it’s from the movie Inception. (It will open in a new tab don’t worry).
The technique and idea behind it is really easy to grasp. Let’s get into it!
How to perform the TILD technique
To perform the TILD technique, you need to pick an item.
We’ll give you a list of totem ideas soon, but for now let’s just assume you’ve chosen something simple like a poker chip.
This is now your lucid totem.
Don’t let anyone touch it, play with it and keep it WITH YOU at all times.
This will only work if you take it seriously and really make this object something special that you’re going to keep safe and focus on. Attach an expected POWER to the object! Now you’re going to decide on a special SKILL or action that this totem can DO.
It can be anything, so let’s start with this example –
The poker chip totem – My poker chip totem floats in mid air when I throw it up in the dream. It just floats and slowly rotates in mid air. In waking life of course it just falls to the ground or into my hand.
So the ACTION is that the poker chip will float in mid air above my hand when I throw it up. What I’d do is ‘test’ this by throwing the poker chip up every time I do a reality check during the day (Which should be fairly often). As you’re doing it, REALLY EXPECT it to do the chosen action.
So in this example, when you throw your poker chip, fully believe it will float in the air, and you’re in a dream. ONLY believe you’re not in a dream when the poker chip falls to your palm. This is where most people get stuck..
You NEED to expect it to do the thing, otherwise it will just do what it’s always done and fall to the ground.
Make habit of looking at the object
So now all you need to do now that you’ve chosen your totem and the action you’ve attached to it, is practice! Every time you do a reality check, use your totem and test your reality with it! We have a list of the best times to do reality checks which would apply just as well to using totems.
That’s it! Practice it, and you’ll find that it’s a lot more fun than just normal reality checks. Now, keep reading to find out a bit more, and for a list of totem ideas!
List of 8 lucid dreaming totem ideas
Here is a list of 8 totems ideas along with some pictures, and how they would work in the dream!
After that we’ve got some tips and warnings for you..
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A poker chip. This is sort of my example for this post, but it would work very well.
A dice. You’d roll it and in the dream it would always land on a certain number.
A chess piece. This one’s from Inception – In the dream it would always bounce back after being toppled over.
A watch. In the dream it could always show the same time.
A tattoo. If you have a tattoo on your arms, every time you look at it in a dream it could move or turn into something.
A pen. It doesn’t write in the dream.
A marble. In a dream the marble could never roll around when dropped, it just sticks to one point.
A ring. In the dream the ring could enable you to fly.
Make your totem unique to you! – No matter which totem you pick, make sure it’s something that’s unique to you and unmistakable. Something that couldn’t just be an ordinary object that you’d find in your pocket. This will help you to feel that it’s something special and adventurous.
Tips and warnings
Some things to think about if you’re going to try totem induced lucid dreaming..
– You must really expect the totem to do the action
– Use a totem that’s unique to you and unusual
– Don’t let others play with your totem
Thoughts for the future (Shared dreaming)
If shared dreaming becomes possible in the future, using totems will be very important because you’ll need to be able to tell who’s dream you’re in. Just like in Inception, you need to know that you’re not in someone elses dream.
It will be a whole new science and there will probably have to be new laws written about shared dreaming and ‘idea stealing’.
Totems will probably have their use if this happens though. Click here to see the spinning top totem used in Inception!