How A Piano Helped Me Control My Dreams

December 21, 2007 at 11:23 pm 5 comments

Dream Piano

Usually, a piano is used to create beautiful music. It has been used in many different genres of music, from jazz to classic, but I would have never guessed that a piano could cause lucid dreams!

The funny thing is… I dont know how to play the piano. I’ve never owned one, and the only time I remember playing one was just messing around in school. The thought of learning how to play one has crossed my mind a few times, but I never pursued the dream. Or… did I?

“I never pursued the dream“….. The dream!

Thanks to the world of lucid dreaming, you can live out all of your dreams. While browsing through the forums at LD4all (a great lucid dreaming forum), I came across a technique called the FILD (Finger Induced Lucid Dream). Basically, the FILD technique makes you pretend that you are playing the piano! You go through the finger movements and everything! So far, this has been the most successful method that I have came across to induce lucid dreams!

Here is how to do it:

  • When you are really tired, and ready for bed, set an alarm clock for about 5 hours from the time that you fall asleep. Waking up after 5 hours usually guarantees that you wake up after a REM stage of sleep.
  • When your alarm clock goes off 5 hours later, and you wake up, remain in your bed. If you are not already on your back, roll onto your back. If you are already on your back, roll to your side. The reason that you roll is so that your body slightly wakes up.
  • Once you are comfortable, put your hand to your side, and begin to slightly move your middle and index finger, kind of like you are playing the piano
  • While doing this, put all of your focus on your two moving fingers. Notice the power of your mind and its ability to make them move. Do not even think about falling asleep. Think of nothing but your fingers.
  • After an uncounted (do not count in your head) 20 to 30 seconds, do a reality check. In most cases, you will already be dreaming, and a reality check will confirm that you are indeed dreaming! Most of the time, I enter a dream where I play the piano, and instantly become lucid! I know I dont have a piano, so that is the perfect indication of a dream!
  • If the reality check proves that you are not dreaming, just try to go to sleep normally. Most of the time, because lucid dreaming is on your mind, you will enter a DILD (Dream Induced Lucid Dream). If not, try again when you wake up in the morning. Most of the time, you leave the REM stage shortly before you wake up in the morning.

Any time that you wake up in the middle of the night, whether you set your alarm to go off or not, try to do this method. The idea of setting your alarm clock for 5 hours later is just to assure that you are in the middle of, or just finished with a REM stage of sleep. If you wake up without an alarm clock in the middle of the night, chances are, you were dreaming. Try the FILD technique then, and you will have a great chance to go into a lucid dream!

I can not finish this post without giving credit where credit is due. Hargart, a member of the LD4all forums came up with this technique. It almost guarantees me a lucid dream every time I remember to do it, so this person basically gave me lucidity in a box! Hopefully, this post will do the same for you! Post comments and let me know how it goes!

Until Next Time,

Happy Dreaming!


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Now I'm Sad  |  January 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    This technique didn’t work for me. 😦
    I thought it would be too good to be true because it sounds so easy.

  • 2. sooz  |  January 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    well maybe you should try it again.
    lucid dreaming is not a guarantee… especially the first attempt.

    but i think the reason this FILD technique might work is because you are just waking up after a REM stage.

    it could be just as effective for you (depending on the person) just waking up after this REM stage and going back to sleep but the finger technique might add some kind of extra awareness I’m not sure.
    A lot of my lucid dreams actually happen if im sleeping for the night and wake up for an hour or two and go back to sleep.. this is actually a LD technique. but sometimes yeah they’ll happen in the middle of the night if I wake up during a dream and go back to sleep.
    The trick I think is to find the technique that works for you. good luck!!

  • 3. Namine  |  May 26, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    you know, a piano helped me have one of my first lucid dreams as well. i became intrested in playing the piano a few months ago, but i never thought that i would actually get one. i desired a piano/key board ect. so much. infact, so much that i dreamt i woke up right next to a fancy key board. i was so excited, i began to touche the keys. but then i realized – wait a minute, this is to good to be true,”oh wait, this is just a dream.” and the ironic thing about this whole dream, was that at the time, i had no idea about lucid dreams. although, i woke up right after i realized i was dreaming – and haha when i did i said to myslef “im so stupid! why did i have to say i was dreaming!?” and that was the last lucid dream i’ve had so far. i remember saying that to myslef (“oh wait, this is just a dream”) in a few other dreams before the piano one – but i dont remember what they were about or what they looked like. the discouraging thing is that i got my piano key board in real life months ago. [maybe 4-6 if you’re wondering], as i stated before, that was the last lucid dream i had; atleast one i remember. BUT the good news is that im going to try your technique, maybe it’ll work – but the only problem is that now i actually DO have a piano, and i play it almost everyday when i have the chance – so it will be hard to notice that im dreaming. but i’ll give it a try anyways for sure! thanks for the tip. im planning to comment again on how it went, if you dont mind 🙂 i’ll be posting word soon enough!

  • 4. Poop  |  April 20, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Nice, it worked!

  • 5. killerchaos  |  May 29, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    i am going to try this tonight. even tho i really do have a piano so it will be kind of hard to notice. lolz…. but ya.


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