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 for a World in Need of Dreams 

The Hidden Lives of Dreams: What They Can Tell Us and How They Can Change Our World

By Melinda Powell, DRI Co-founder

Amidst a global pandemic, The Hidden Lives of Dreams offers readers the opportunity to explore how,  in such nightmarish times, our dreams can help us face our nocturnal and waking-world fears and choose how best to live.

The pandemic compels us to leave behind ways of being that no longer serve us individually or as a global community.  Such a nightmare scenario urgently calls upon us to develop the courage needed to engage with and overcome our fears.

Global crises ask us to consider the great questions of life: What matters most to us? How do we remain compassionate under duress? How might we feel, live and love more fully, less fearfully? Every night, as we surrender to sleep and dreams, we have a renewed chance to respond to these questions. By becoming attentive to our dream life, we become more aware of the limited view that we hold about ourselves and the world around us, opening the way to a more empathetic and expansive understanding of ourselves and others.

This book speaks to a world in need of dreams. Take it with you into the stillness imposed by the pandemic and you will re-emerge more attentive to the countless ways our dreams can help bring healing to each of us,  to humanity as a whole, and to the earth.

See Amazon.co.uk.

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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