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Finger Induced Lucid Dream (FILD, but also known as Hargarts' Induced Lucid Dream) is a lucid dream induction technique. It is a sub-type of the Wake Initiated Lucid Dream method. FILD can also be used for chaining dreams. It was originally posted on Dream Views by a poster with the username Hargarts.
FILD, if practiced effectively, tricks your brain into entering a dream, mostly by moving your dream body. You must generally be very tired to FILD. The main characteristic of this technique is moving your index and middle fingers.
Here is an example of a FILD attempt:
- I wake up after three hours of sleep. I feel exhausted.
- I lay back and alternate movements of my middle fingers and then my index fingers, like playing two keys on a piano. Middle finger press; middle finger lift. Index finger press; index finger lift.
- After about twenty seconds, I do a reality check. I find that I am in a dream.
- Do not count the movement of your fingers in your mind or counting the time, because this will likely keep you awake.
It is important to note about the above example that the finger movements should not be pronounced; were the fingers performing the FILD technique place upon keyboard keys, they should not even press the keys down. The movement should be as slight as one can make it while still maintaining movement.
FILD is generally acknowledged to be among the easier lucid dream induction techniques, and is ideal for beginners wanting to get a taste of lucid dreaming without investing large amounts of time and effort. However, it can be a very powerful technique even for experienced oneironauts. A particularly bothersome downfall of FILD is the relatively high level of exhaustion required for it to be effective. If one even stretches ones' muscles while lying in bed upon waking from sleep, their chance for an effective FILD may be ruined. However, it can work excellently for chaining dreams. To ensure this high level of exhaustion, it is ideal to awaken after approximately 2.5 or 4.5 hours of sleep, when not in or exiting a REM cycle. This may seem counterintuitive, but the temporal proximity of a REM cycle is not required for this technique to be effective.
An extremely common occurence when FILDing is that of a false awakening. FILD can produce highly convincing false awakenings, leading many who attempt it to believe they've been unsuccessful. A very useful tip for making this technique work is to always do a reality check after 30 seconds to one minute of finger movements. A more general tip is to always perform an RC upon awakening. If it fails, simply go back to sleep, as the technique will no longer work.
Hargarts' post on the technique: