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Clare Johnson PhD on the Promise and Peril of Fear and How to Work with It in Lucidity

The promise and peril of fear, how to work with it, and how to use it for growth and more.

In this interview with Clare Johnson PhD, reknowned lucid dream author and researcher, Andrew and Clare explore a deep dive into the world of lucidity. This wide-ranging conversation begins with a close look at the promise and peril of fear, how to work with it, and how to use it for growth. The discussion then moves into a look at dream sex, dream violence, and a “code of ethics” in terms of how to relate to dream characters – which are essentially aspects of your own mind. Dreams are the “children” of your mind, treat them with love.

Clare then shares her remarkable experiences with lucidity in deep dreamless sleep, and the luminosity that shines below all dreams. She advises us to look for the beauty and luminosity in our dreams and in our life, and to move towards that light. The conversation then turns to a discussion of how lucid dreaming not only leads to lucid living, but to lucid dying. The nocturnal practices have removed all fear of death for Clare, and she shares why. This interview with Clare Johnson closes with a look at how to work with discouragement, and Clare’s “go-to” methods for inducing lucidity. Dr. Johnson is a shining star in the world of lucid dreaming, and this conversation will show you why.

About Clare Johnson

From her website: “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.”

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