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 40 years I have had many thousands of lucid dreams. For 20 years I’ve been researching lucid dreaming academically, and I was the first person in the world to do a PhD on lucid dreaming as a creative tool. For over a 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 Vice President of a large and wonderful global dream community, the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD).
My transformative Lucid Writing technique can resolve nightmares, dissolve creative blocks and initiate healing. It’s like a waking version of lucid dreaming and can have similar therapeutic effects. Step by step guides to my most powerful practical techniques can be found in my new books. Dream Therapy: Dream your way to health and happiness, was published in the summer, and my comprehensive guide to lucid dreaming, Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming, has just come out. Read some review comments by top people in the field of dream studies here. My retreats combine a range of practical lucidity tools and creative dream therapy with yoga, mindfulness, art, and nature walks.
I had my first flash of lucidity in a nightmare when I was three, and my dreamlife has always been very vivid. When I was a student 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 led me to do my PhD on the role of lucid dreaming in the creative writing process (University of Leeds, 2006). It also led me to write two lucid dream-inspired novels, Breathing in Colour and Dreamrunner (Little, Brown, 2009 & 2010) under my novelist name of Clare Jay. I am also co-editor of Sleep Monsters & Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay, a practical resource to help children to thrive in their inner world of dreams and nightmares.
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 creative blocks when writing my first novel; and 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 that appear 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.
- How do I get lucid?
- What can I do in my lucid dreams?
- Is lucid dreaming dangerous?
- What are the pros and cons of lucid dream sex?
- How can I stop my nightmares?
- How can I help my child with his/her nightmares?
- How can I stay lucid for longer?
- Is an out of body experience the same as a lucid dream?
- How can lucid dreaming help me to heal?
- Can I improve a sports skill in a lucid dream?
- Do I have a sleep disorder?
- How can lucid dreaming inspire me creatively?
- How should I engage with lucid dream figures?
- Can lucid dreaming help in the dying process?
- How do time, space and physics work in lucid dreams?