Dr Clare Johnson

Lucid dreaming is not only tremendous fun; it’s an incredibly creative state, and for me it’s a life-long passion. Over the past almost 40 years I have had many thousands of lucid dreams. For the past 20 years I’ve been researching lucid dreaming academically. My newest books, Dream Therapy and Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming, will soon be available.

When I was at Lancaster University, my lucid dreaming practice exploded, along with spontaneous sleep paralysis experiences. I was so fascinated by what was happening that in 1995 I did an independent undergraduate project on lucid dreaming. This eventually led to me becoming the first person to do a PhD on lucid dreaming and the creative writing process (University of Leeds, 2006). It also led to me writing two lucid dream-inspired novels, Breathing in Colour and Dreamrunner (Little, Brown, 2009 & 2010) under my novelist name of Clare Jay.

"40 Years of Personal Lucid Dreaming Experience", at the Dream Research Institute, London

“40 Years of Personal Lucid Dreaming Experience”, at the Dream Research Institute, London 2015

For the past decade I’ve spoken at conferences and international multi-media platforms on lucidity, sleep disorders, and the role of lucid dreams in healing and dying. I’m on the Board of Directors for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD). My retreats combine lucidity tools and creative dreamwork with yoga, art and nature walks. I am the co-editor of Sleep Monsters & Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay, a great practical resource to help children to thrive in their inner world of dreams and nightmares. My Lucid Writing technique can transform nightmares, dissolve creative blocks and initiate healing. It’s like a waking version of lucid dreaming and can have similar therapeutic effects.

Over time I’ve repeatedly seen the positive influence lucid dreaming can have on people. Becoming lucid in a dream and engaging consciously with deep unconscious imagery can help people to overcome trauma, cure recurrent nightmares, deepen creativity and learn new skills. Lucid dreaming has helped me in so many ways – when I was a student stuck in rainy Lancaster I was able to travel to the south of France in lucid dreams to practise my French in the sunshine; years later a lucid dream of filling my fist with orange sand helped me to break through blocks when writing my first novel; and five years ago a powerful lucid dream of a doll helped me to recover from the trauma of the near-death of my baby daughter.

People have so many questions about lucid dreaming. On this site, I share tips for all the questions below and many more.  I’d like to help others to discover their own potential for happiness and creativity through a deep experience of lucid dreaming. I’ve created Deep Lucid Dreaming with that goal in mind.


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