How To Lucid Dream Tonight By Yelling! (YILD Technique Tutorial)


🌙 Written by Stefan Zugor, international lucid dreaming expert and teacher. Learn how to lucid dream in 7 days or less.

Ever wondered if you can experience lucid dreaming by simply asking your subconscious? Well, that is true. You can, in fact, induce lucid dreaming through yelling. Yelling induced lucid dreaming (YILD)  functions by subconsciously asking your brain to lucid dream.

In fact, the dreamer can simply induce their lucidity by affirming phrases such as “make me lucid dream no matter what and thank you in advance”, then, experience themselves lucid dream when they go to sleep.

The process of talking to your subconscious is what is literally referred to as yelling at your subconscious.

Yelling at your subconscious simply responds to your determination to doing something.

In this case, you want to lucid dream, so, the yelling is represented through subvocalizing dream-related plans to yourself repeatedly.

It doesn’t mean that you literally shout out loud – but rather do so in your head.

Remember, your subconscious is really not a person you can talk to. 

In fact, YILD is practiced as affirmations or mantras – with some dreamers repeating the affirmations for up to 30 minutes.

There many techniques such as WILD, FILD, and reality checks that can help induce lucid dreaming.

In fact, in some cases, these techniques can even be combined.

Nonetheless, the YILD technique is still successful and reliable on its own.

What Is The Yelling Induced Lucid Dreaming Technique?

The YILD technique simply involves you telling yourself to lucid dream, doing it like affirmations as you fall asleep and then, end up lucid dreaming.

Yelling-induced lucid dreaming integrates a vast selection of DIFFERENT techniques, at the same time. It really doesn’t matter what technique you go for – What’s important is that the technique should work for you.

Similar to other techniques, you still want to stick to some basic principles.

During lucid dreaming, you can participate in the dream or simply be an observer. However, you don’t want to wake up.

In some cases, many dreamers can’t control themselves during lucid dreaming, therefore, they may find themselves waking up often.

To counter this problem and prevent from losing your dream, there’s a technique you can employ.

For example, you can look down at your feet and rub your hands together when you realize you are dreaming.

This will help to ground you; stabilizing your dream and take you back to the dreaming state.

Furthermore, several factors play a role in determining how someone experiences lucid dreaming.

After all, lucid dreaming is widely affected by your mental processing – particularly those influenced by areas that are activated during the dreaming process.

Therefore, your day-to-day life impacts how you experience lucid dreaming.

The following practices are important in making it easier to lucid dreaming even by inducing it through YILD;

  • Critical thinking such as meditation and playing puzzles
  • Memory awareness
  • Experiencing events – especially emotional ones

Limitations of Yelling Induced Lucid Dreaming Technique

Some scholars argue that the YILD technique isn’t an isolated technique on its own – but rather, a loose version of MILD.

This is because they share the same fundamentals.

1: How Does MILD Relate To YILD?

MILD refers to the mnemonic induction of lucid dreaming. Whilst MILD is distinctive from YILD, the two techniques still hold the same fundamentals. The MILD technique itself is described as a memory technique designed to assist in helping you plan and carry out the intention to remember that you are dreaming.

The word mnemonic refers to assisting or the intention to assist in memory.

In layman’s terms, a good example for explaining the principles of MILD is your ability to remember day-to-day tasks.

For example, remembering to stop by the grocery store after work to pick up ingredients for preparing your dinner.

One way you can link the similarities of MILD and YILD is through the example below;

You are struggling with remembering to put the milk back in the refrigerator every night before you go to bed after dinner.

To help you remember, you can mentally rehearse your routine at night – which includes putting the milk back onto the fridge – making it likely for you to remember to do so.

When looked at in the MILD technique perspective – you are mentally rehearsing. However, looking at it from the YILD perspective, you have to tell your brain to remember – in the form of affirmations.

As mentioned above, the yelling induced lucid dreaming technique works through affirmations – yelling to your brain to induce lucid dreaming during sleep.

Whilst the mnemonic induced lucid dreaming technique follows the exact same principles, it functions slightly differently.

The MILD technique offers a series of guides through a series of steps to help you plan to notice that you are dreaming – thus, strengthening your intentions to lucid dream and achieve a productive lucid dreaming experience.

The MILD technique works by following the 3Rs.

These include;

  • Rescript
  • Rehearse
  • Remind

1: Rescript

The rescript step allows you to resequence your dream events during lucid dreaming.

This allows you to recognize a dream sign that indicates you are in a dream.

2: Rehearse

The rehearse step allows you to imagine yourself in a dream.

This, in turn, allows you to experience a newer and rescripted version of the dream where you become lucid.

In this step, you continue to visualize how your dream should be as many times as you can until you see yourself in the dream – whilst still remembering that you are dreaming.

3: Remind

The Remind step on the other end sets up a mental reminder that you should return to dreaming as soon as you sleep.

In this step, you tell yourself that you will become lucid when you dream next.

To help you realize you are dreaming, you may encounter the dream sign from the first step – allowing you to focus on the intention before you sleep.

Both the MILD and YILD techniques can be executed in the nighttime and daytime. However, remember that the YILD technique is like a reminder and affirmation that you will lucid dream when you sleep.

The MILD technique works when you wake from dreams and before returning to sleep.

As stated in the 3Rs, when you awake from a dream, you memorize it through a dreamsign, apply the intention-setting skill, and repeat the steps as many times as possible until you fall back to sleep.

As a general rule of thumb, the YILD technique establishes lucid dreaming, whilst the MILD technique helps to reinforce it.

Nonetheless, their principles and fundamentals are all the same.

How To Make The Most Of YILD

You can pair the YILD technique with other lucid dreaming inducing techniques such as meditation.

We’ve already established that you can induce lucid dreaming by using the YILD technique alone.

However, many dreamers tend to pair the YILD technique with other practices to make the most of it and ensure they actually lucid dream.

Amongst these practices include;

1: Meditation

Meditation offers a perfect means to empty the mind to help you achieve a focused state of awareness. 

The practice can be used to promote different methods for inducing lucid dreaming – including YILD, MILD, and WILD.

As you continue to meditate, over time, it helps you to easily dissociate from your physical body sense and awareness to the outside world.

You can sleep better consciously and even project full awareness of yourself into your dream body.

Basically, with meditation, you can easily start lucid dreaming.

Generally, people who meditate enjoy lucid dreaming through YILD much easier than those who don’t.

This is why;

  • People who meditate have reduced REM sleep which gives them higher dream recall – making affirmations during YILD much easier
  • People who meditate generally have more lucid dreaming experiences than those who don’t – even after controlling them for recall
  • People who meditate experience cognitive learning that helps separate details from surrounding context – which is essential for lucid dreaming.

If you want to start meditation to help complement your YILD technique efforts, you can do so through a choice of two key routes;

  • Mindfulness meditation by clearing your thoughts and enjoying a sense of inner peace to make it easier to communicate with your subconscious mind
  • Concentration by listening to hypnotic voices or visualizing your desired dream whilst reinforcing your intentions through communication with the subconscious.

2: Concentration Is Important

Concentration helps to focus the mind during the YILD technique

You must remember that affirmations/ consistent communication with your subconscious is what helps you to achieve lucid dreaming through the YILD technique.

Especially for a beginner, it is easy to lose this focus, whether it’s by getting carried away by other tasks or falling asleep during the process.

The key is to continue being consistent and practicing the technique until you master it. Make your environment more conducive for you to execute the technique.

3: Write It Down

You can complement this step with practices such as writing down a rescripted version of your dream or even describing a new narrative of a dream that you want to be lucid.

Some people who want to lucid dream may even choose to make use of alternative and complementary methods. Again yelling induced lucid dreaming allows you to ask and remind your subconscious to lucid dream.

Alternatively, whilst “yelling at your subconscious” and reaffirming that you want to lucid dream – you can simultaneously complement this effort by jotting down your affirmations on a journal