The Dream Research Institute (DRI)

The DRI is for those who are curious about the nature of reality, consciousness and dreams. Do dreams have a purpose? Can our dreams influence our lives, our health, and our wellbeing? Do they lead to spiritual awakening?

The DRI is part of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education Trust (CCPE), located at 2 Beauchamp Lodge in Central London. The DRI explores the relationship of dreams and wellbeing from the spiritual perspective, offering public events and a unique archive, as well as teaching videos and educational courses.

The Charitable Trust

The DRI was co-founded in 2012 by Dr Nigel Hamilton and Melinda Powell  under the auspices of the CCPE, the foremost transpersonal training centre in the United Kingdom and one of the few independent charitable trusts in the world supporting research into dreams from the spiritual perspective. More about the Trust.

DRI Research

The DRI promotes research into the relationship of dreams to physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. We are interested in supporting research into dreams from the spiritual perspective and also the use of dreams in research.

In conjunction with the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC), the DRI is currently collecting accounts of people’s spiritual or religious experiences in dreams. If you have ever had a spiritual or religious experience in a dream, and are 18 years or older, you are invited to take part in our ‘Dream States, Spirituality and Wellbeing’ research project. Click here to take part in the survey.

The DRI is sponsoring an NHS-approved study. This research examines how the exploration of dreams can support the emotional wellbeing of patients suffering from autoimmune disease.

More about our Dreaming-autoimmunity Project

We are also involved in collecting data for three ongoing studies on:

  1. The relationship of dreams to wellbeing in therapeutic practice
  2. Dream states, spiritual experience and mental health
  3. The personal and therapeutic significance of moving and interacting within the lucid dream space.

New Book on Lucid Dreaming 

Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of the Soul in Lucid Dreaming

By Melinda Powell, DRI Co-founder

When we become lucid in a dream, what is it we wake up to? The popular Western definition of lucid dreaming describes a state in which the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming and can control the dream narrative. Yet, in lucid dreams, as in life, we can be distracted by the continually changing surface layer of experience, becoming caught up in the thrill of the ‘virtual’ world of dream lucidity. However, beyond the desires that captivate us, spiritual traditions across the world teach that within the dreaming state there resides a more serene experience of pure consciousness — one of profound joy. Unlike the turbulent emotions of the ego, this is our original soul nature.

Melinda Powell approaches lucid dreaming as a means to soul-awakening, a path she calls ‘Lucid Surrender’™. This book derives from Powell’s first-hand experience as a lucid dreamer, her professional work as a psychotherapist and her researches into lucid dreaming. Her application of Carl Jung’s alchemical model to Lucid Surrender brings new dimensions to our under- standing of alchemy, therapeutic practice and dream lucidity. She describes how stages similar to the alchemical process can also be consciously initiated in a lucid dream, with powerful therapeutic effect. Powell further develops Jung’s teachings on light, revisioning the reader’s understanding of darkness by illuminating the phenomenon of Black Light. She shows how lucid dreams can open us to the realm of the transpersonal.


The path of Lucid Surrender unveils a radically new approach to exploring the realm of lucid dreaming. A must read for those who seek a direct encounter with the eternal part of their being-ness.
Robert Waggoner, author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and co-author of Lucid Dreaming Plain and Simple.

With loving kindness and depth, the author invites us to surrender to the bright darkness of lucid dreaming. Through this Black Light, we discover the soul medicine to heal and awaken to our true nature.
Rosemarie Anderson, PhD, author of The Divine Feminine Tao Te Ching.

Through a process that the author calls ‘Lucid Surrender’, she reveals how immersion in the Light of pure Spirit can lead to profound spiritual awakening.
Nigel Hamilton, PhD, Director, Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy Education, Co-founder DRI and author of Awakening Through Dreams: The Journey Through the Inner Landscape.

Dream Research Institute Archive

The DRI Archive has an extensive literature on dreams from the transpersonal perspective. The archive also features instructional videos, offering a wide selection of dream contents together with therapeutic interventions.

The DRI Archive has been established to provide insight, information, and instruction to all who seek to understand dreams and their role in wellbeing. Numerous readers have registered for the site, including academics, scientists, students, health professionals and members of the general public. More about the Archive.

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