By Clare Jay (Dr Clare Johnson)
The story –
Her husband’s dreams are her family’s nightmare…
This is the story of a mother’s choice: to save her marriage or protect her child.
When Olivia’s husband Carlos begins having violent nightmares in which he leaps, fighting, from his bed and rampages through the house, her family’s idyllic life in Lisbon is shattered. Things escalate when Carlos unwittingly injures Olivia and Leo, their seven-year-old son, and they can no longer hide their bruises.
But what is causing the warm-hearted, gentle Carlos to have such explosive nightmares? While Leo retreats further into an imaginary world, it’s a question that sends Olivia – desperate to protect her son and rescue her floundering family – into the depths of her husband’s childhood, where she uncovers a secret so shocking it has held Carlos in its powerful grip for almost thirty years.
A novel about past trauma, the power of dreams, and the gift of lucidity.
Published 2010 by Little, Brown, UK.
It was intense, it was deep, and it was fun. Sharing dreams is an intimate experience, and I quickly got a feeling of connection to the other group members. Clare is a wonderful mentor, and she shared her treasure trove of tips and techniques with us. The group energy has boosted my lucidity. In the 5 nights after the workshop, I had 4 lucid dreams, while I usually average 1-2 per week. I was also able to get deeper insights from my dreams with the lucid writing technique we learned.
“Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place” – Rumi. In our case, the place was our Zoom-meeting-room. Clare filled this virtual room with her lucid energy and led us through the fascinating realm of lucid dreaming. It was so lovely to connect with people from all over the world. Every participant nourished that place with soulful energy. So I felt very well and deeply enjoyed all the writing prompts, exercises and conversations offered at a weekend full of lucidity.
Thank you Clare for giving of your energy and knowledge and wisdom and compassion, you really managed to foster a feeling of group-through-zoom and across time and space, and to give everyone time and space to speak... I hope to meet you again someday, in whatever dimension, and I want to learn about that mountain in your dream [Mount Kailash], I think that mountain was mentioned in your dream as a gift for all of us in this group.