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Dr. Clare Johnson: Lucid Dreaming For Beginners

By David Newell

Clare R. Johnson, PhD, is the leading expert on lucid dreaming. She has a PhD from the University of Leeds on using lucid dreams as a creative tool (the first doctoral work in the world to explore this topic), is a lifelong lucid dreamer herself, and is President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Her books include Mindful Dreaming and Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Lucid Dreaming. Lucid dreaming is knowing that you are dreaming while you are dreaming. Lucid dreams happen while the body is asleep but the dreamer becomes mentally alert enough to realise, ‘I’m dreaming this!’ This realisation enables the dreamer to guide the dream, go with the flow, or observe events with full conscious awareness. Dreams can help you heal your fears, resolve emotional issues, and connect to your deepest spiritual truths, but only if you take the time to learn how to communicate with them effectively. Lucid dreaming is a powerful way of engaging mindfully with your dreams to solve problems, improve your relationships, and discover who you are at the most profound level. In this discussion we talk about how to lucid dream, how to interpret what you see there, and what you need to do to realise some of the incredible insights that this technique can give.

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