Hello and welcome. I’m Dr. Clare Johnson, and I was the first person in the world to do a PhD on lucid dreaming as a creative tool.
For this original doctoral work, I interviewed fiction writers, artists and poets to discover how lucid dreams sparked their creativity, and I wrote my own lucid-dream-inspired novel. Learn more about my PhD here.
I’m the past President and CEO of a global dream community, the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
Thousands of people all over the world now use my original lucid dreaming techniques, including my well-known Lucid Writing technique for creativity and transformation.
For over 25 years I’ve been researching, writing, and teaching on diverse lucid dreaming & sleep-related topics. I developed the Six Stages of Hypnagogia, investigated the pranic nature of the lucid dream body, categorised different levels of dream control and their usefulness for creativity, created the Rainbow Theory of Consciousness… and much more. Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming goes into all these points and beyond, into deep lucid dreaming, the lucid void and how physics works (or doesn’t work!) in lucid dreams.
I recently taught a lucid dream video course with over 5000 participants. A TV show in which I discuss different aspects of lucid dreaming was released in 20 languages. I also appear in the Superpower US docuseries, which explores the superpower of intuition we all have.
Lucid dreaming is the simple fact of knowing that you are dreaming, while you are dreaming. It’s an incredibly creative state of consciousness with vast healing and transformative potential. It’s also tremendous fun, and a life-long passion of mine.
In the past 40 years I have had many thousands of lucid dreams. I have developed the art of Lucid Journeying, a blissful lucid dream induction technique I teach in my video classes and in-person workshops.
I’m English and speak four other European languages. I appeared on a Paris TV show where I spoke about lucid dreaming in French. For over fifteen years, I’ve spoken at conferences and international multi-media platforms on lucidity, sleep disorders, and the role of lucid dreams in healing, dying, and the grief process.
I am happily launching a series of video and audio courses in which I share my best tips and practices for all areas of lucid dreaming and blissful sleep. If you sign up for your mini-course on lucid dreaming, and other gifts, you’ll receive details as each new course comes out. Here’s a little video about my beautiful Power of Dreams 30-day video course.
My newest book is The Art of Transforming Nightmares, a radical and practical book to help people to find the healing gifts in upsetting dreams, and experience peaceful sleep and well being.
My comprehensive guide to lucid dreaming (the size of three normal books!), Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming, came out in 2017. Read some review comments by top people in the field of dream studies here. I am a qualified yoga instructor and bring bodywork into my lucid dreaming practices as it is excellent for healing, integration, and energy work.
I run lucid dreaming ocean retreats in beautiful Portugal. Come for a lucid holiday with me. These are deliberately small groups for an optimal experience. Now with an optional extra day for those who wish to go even deeper. Sign up to my newsletter to be first to know the 2024 dates – I am writing a new book so things are still up in the air.
I also offer online transformative lucidity groups and workshops, and private mentoring on lucid dreaming, nightmares, and dream therapy.
My 2020 lucidity guide is The Art of Lucid Dreaming, a super-practical book with a Lucidity Quiz and many Lucidity Programmes so readers can fast track their way to lucidity as unique sleepers and dreamers. This book was an Amazon #1 bestseller in France.
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 books. Dream Therapy: Dream your way to health and happiness, was published in the US as Mindful Dreaming. This book has been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Thai, Romanian and Italian.
I had my first flash of lucidity in a nightmare when I was three. When I was a student at Lancaster University in the UK, 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, UK, 2006). I also wrote two lucid dream-inspired novels, Breathing in Colour and Dreamrunner (Little, Brown, 2009 & 2010) under my novelist name of Clare Jay. I am 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 travelled 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. Enjoy exploring!
- 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?