To some degree or other, our dreams are all made up of things on our mind, and things that we’ve been thinking about that particular day. The closer you get to sleep, the more your thoughts have an effect on your dreams. This makes setting up dreamscapes, or “dream scenes” very simple to do. Much like the MILD, or mantra induced lucid dreaming, we can use a mantra to induce any type of dream scene, including or not including lucidity. That said, it is unlikely that repeating a paragraph long mantra about how your dream is going to take place will be that effective. Instead, run through mental visualisations. If your visualising capabilities are poor like mine, that’s OK too – when it comes to things like this, it really is the thought, or should I say intention, that counts.
Your visualisations should be as accurate and powerful as possible, and if you can base them in any way on a real memory that you have and that you are trying to incubate as a dream, then even better. Run through the visualisation over and over, trying to picture the finer details of the scene you are trying to create. For lucidity, picture yourself within these visualisations actually lucid and performing constant reality checks.
As you feel yourself slipping into sleep, hold on to the visualisation and continue running through it. As it’s night time, it’s unlikely that you’ll fall into a WILD however it’s never impossible! The plan is that you fall asleep with your visualisations in tact, and they become the basis for one or more of your dream scenes that night.