Presented as part of a symposium with Robert Waggoner at the 34th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, June 2017

Nigel Hamilton, Ph.D, is the Director of the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, a Transpersonal Psychotherapy Training Centre and Clinic in London, and Founding Director of the Dream Research Institute (DRI). He is also the UK representative for Sufi Order international; originally trained as a Physicist, working at the MIT for the use of light in Energy Storage Research. He is the author of the recently published Awakening Through Dreams: The Journey Through the Inner Landscape (2014).

‘The Significance of Directional Movement within the Space of a Lucid Dream’


The therapeutic potential of dream space for personal and spiritual transformation is explored. In particular, by consciously interacting with the dream space in a lucid dream, i.e. by following a perceived sense of direction in their dream, a positive change in the dream and in the dreamer’s psyche occurs

The significance of consciously interacting with the lucid dream space is an under-researched topic. Results of a lucid dream experiment, in which a team of lucid dreamers carried out a series of prescribed directional dream movements and observe any subsequent changes in their dream, will be presented and discussed.


The significance of directional movements in Lucid dreaming

Results of a Lucid Dream experiment, carried out by a team of advanced lucid dreamers, will be presented. The experiment concerns the significance of directional movements in a dream, in particular left, right, up, down, going and coming out, have been studied in a lucid dream experiment.

It has been shown (Hamilton 2009-2011) that in tracking the movements over a sequence of dreams, during which there is a significant shift in the dreamers’ consciousness/attitude/or relationship to a particular problem, that an overall balancing out of direction in the dreams sequence takes place. Waking dream explorations of such dream movements show that a balancing out of intra-psychic forces is taking place in the process. Upon completion of the dream sequence, a symmetrical symbol appears, signifying geometrically, the balancing of the forces. The simplest such symmetrical figure is a square or a rectangle. More complex geometrical symmetries such as a cube, triangle, pyramid, circle, and sphere seem to indicate a more comprehensive syntheses of the inner psychic forces during the process of a psycho-spiritual awakening process.

The experiment outlined a simple protocol for studying the effect upon the lucid dreamer of consciously tracing out the shape of a square/rectangle in the dream landscape.

Such a simple movement has already been carried out consciously in a lucid dream, resulting in the appearance of the colour emerald green, which the dreamer experienced as being significant.

The parameters and assumptions made will be discussed along with the results as well as the implications for the use of directional movements in lucid dreaming and in psychological work.

Lucid Dream Experiment: Moving within a Dream, Nigel Hamilton