Sleep Monsters & Superheroes: Empowering Children through Creative Dreamplay
Clare R. Johnson and Jean M. Campbell, Editors

If just one dream can give a child solace after bereavement or self-worth after abuse, what might be possible when we help children to work and play with their dreams on a regular basis?

Children can feel powerless in waking life, a fact that is often reflected in their dreams. This book shows how to take an active role in guiding children’s dreams to help grow their con­fidence and improve their coping skills for real-life difficulties. An all-star team of expert contributors provide simple techniques to help children to do dreamwork for creative discovery and empowerment.

Each chapter includes case studies and methods for working in practical ways with children, explaining what may trigger nightmares for children and how “monster” dreams can be guided to become “superhero” dreams. Experts discuss dreams of trauma, dreams as part of emotional and physical development, dreaming in the community, spiritual or religious dreams, lucid dreams, dreams during wartime, and dreams of death, among others. Dreams are shown to be teaching aids for use in art therapy, storytelling, and self-empowerment.

Published 2016 by ABC-Clio/Praeger, USA.

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.

Gregor, Slovenia

“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.

Cornelia, Austria

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.

Willie, US

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