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Want to Know the Key To Dream work & Transformation?

The key to dream work and transformation work is the ability to be comfortable with darkness, which refers to negative emotions and experiences. Richard explains that dreams are representations of the inner world, and negative dreams are valuable because they provide insights and information about where a person’s inner being wants to grow and transform. By being comfortable with their negative emotions, a person can transform the negative energy and develop new capacities inside themselves. He outlines steps for transforming negative emotions, including putting distance between oneself and the fear, recognizing the capacity the fear is leading to, identifying the coping behavior, and seeking outside help if necessary. The goal is to develop new capacities that benefit not only the individual but also humanity.


Imagine that you are in the midst of dream where you are about to be crushed by a tsunami or one that you are being chased by a fierce lion that is about to pounce on you. For most people who have this kind of dream, waking up from the dream is a big relief. They are happy to have it over or, in their words, happy that “its just a dream”. 

In the outer world (the material world) the dream is a representation of the inner world. If the dream were a physical experience, death would occur in the dreaming process. Because it is a representation (a symbolic depiction of an inner state), there is no need to be uncomfortable with it. Obviously, in the above two examples, you experience fear in your mind and in your body despite the fact that you are asleep. For most people just having that feeling go away in the immediate present is a big relief. This is what most people do to help children go back to sleep after a nightmare or when they imagine something negative in their room like a witch. What if you could wake up from a dream with a lot of terrifying images and say to yourself, “How great was that dream that it brought so much fear to my awareness!” “Now I can finally get somewhere in my life!” “Thank you for bringing me that fear because now I know I can get to the energy that will solve the dream and make me so much more competent.”


It is possible to love terrifying dreams if you know the secret of negative emotions. The secret to loving the negative dreams is that they give you valuable insights and information about where your inner being wants to grow and transform. Being comfortable with your dark states, your negative emotions, helps you get to the higher state that your inner being is trying to get you to. How do you do it and what happens if you don’t? If you do not do the inner work to help actualize the new potential being stimulated by the dream, then the what you saw in the inner world will manifest in the outer world. It may not be an actual tsunami or an actual lion, but it will certainly be the negative appearances that those negative energies represent. For instance, a lion could represent a fierce and abusive person coming after you, and a tsunami could be like a wave a negative criticism like what happened to Meaghan Markle from the British press after she married into the royal family. 

The dream world warns you ahead of time and, at the same time, reminds you of what fears you already have, where your weaknesses (your darkness) lies. The important thing is simply being “ok” with having the fear, that there is no shame in it. For a lot of people this can be a huge obstacle because most cultures socialize us to deny fears or try to put them aside. The dream tells you that you have it, so the best approach is to first say to yourself that it is OK to have the fear, and that it is going to be a big doorway to my transformation. 

You might be saying to yourself, “yea sure, Richard, nicely said, but it is just too scary to face.” 


The first step is to put some mental/emotional distance between yourself and the fear. During the nightmare your mind and body experience everything, but if you are going to transform the fear into a positive asset, you first need distance so that the feelings lose their intensity. The easiest way to begin the distancing process is by recording the dream on paper or through an audio recording. It is always very surprising how much fear can be lessened by expressing it. Keeping it in seems to make it more fearful. 

The next step is to make a statement to yourself like this. “I am having the dream and experiencing the fear so that I can develop a new capacity inside of myself.” “It is OK to have the fear.” “The fear is my friend because it is going to lead me to new development.” 

The third step has to do with finding the capacity that the fear is leading you to. I usually tell people to make a statement about their fear. In the tsunami dream I would ask what is the big negative wave that you are fearful of in your life. They would probably say that I am fearful of a big wave of negative criticism or gossip. If you know that the fear is a big negative wave of criticism, then you can figure out what the capacity is that their inner being is calling them to, being a big wave of positive encouragement to others. It is not good enough to think about the goal of the dream as making you aware of how fearful you are of criticism and then try to lessen the fear. Being a positive force of encouragement and support of others allows you to have a powerful impact on other’s lives which betters all of humankind. 

Step four is about finding out the kind of coping behavior that the intensity of the negative emotion causes. It is always a variation of flight, fight, or freeze. In the above dreams, depending on your personality, you could do all three. Most people are in the flight mode which makes them hide from being out there and doing positive things. The reason it is important to identify the behavior is because it will change when the fear changes. When the fear transforms, you can give the new capacity goals and tasks to do with its new energy like finding 5 people to encourage each day. 


Most people start to need outside help after step our to change the actual negative energy inside especially when the dreams bring up trauma from abusive experiences or experiences of abandonment. The important thing about being comfortable with your negative dreams and emotions is that they are leading you to a positive place where you are going to benefit the rest of humanity. How you get to the new capacity after you recognize it can be a complicated process depending on the past experiences. It is good to seek outside help. (Originally posted on www.dreamsforpeace.org)


19-Day Transformation Program

The 19 Day Transformation Program is a step by step program for inner change. Imagine that you have always felt yourself to be impatient or lazy or shy, that you have not made much progress with your character change. Now see what you would be like if you had a new energy inside like patience or endurance or boldness. Wouldn’t that just be so awesome! It is possible and this program is designed so that you can have that new energy working inside of you.



Exploring Our Ego and True Self through Dream Analysis

Explore the power of your dreams and learn how they can help you understand your lower and higher nature. Our dreams use metaphors to guide us towards self-transformation and personal growth.

In this article, we’ll take you through a reflection exercise that can help you understand your own psyche and how it relates to your lower and higher nature. By practicing this exercise regularly, you can gain deeper insights into yourself and use these insights to improve your relationships with others.

This exercise was first published in “Unlocking the Power of Your Dreams,” a 30-page Ebook filled with practical steps and tips for understanding your dreams which is included in The Dreamer’s Toolkit for Self-Discovery.

As the image depicts a person sitting in a relaxed position in nature, it suggests the idea of meditation or reflection. This image could be used to represent the introspective nature of dream interpretation and the importance of taking time to reflect on one's inner thoughts and emotions.  it may evoke a sense of calm and serenity, further emphasizing the idea of inner exploration and self-discovery.
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Four key principles of my approach to dream interpretation is that 1) human beings are equal 2) we all have a lower & higher nature [ego & true self] 3) our dreams guide us to transform our lower natures and develop our higher nature 4) dreams use metaphors to give these messages.

Our dreams can be a reflection of both our lower nature and higher nature. In this article, we’ll explore a dream you’ve had and see how it relates to your own understanding of these concepts.


  1. Take a few moments to think about a dream you’ve had recently. If you don’t remember any, try to recall one from the past that left an impression on you.
  2. Write down a brief summary of the dream. Don’t worry about including every detail, just focus on the key elements that stand out to you.
  3. Now, take a moment to reflect on the dream. How did you feel during the dream? What emotions did you experience? Did any particular symbols or images stand out to you? Write down your reflections in a journal or notebook.
  4. Next, consider how the dream relates to your understanding of lower nature and higher nature. Did the dream involve any behaviors or actions that you associate with your lower nature? (Behaviours caused by fear, anger, jealousy, hurt, etc) Did it involve any moments of empowerment or strength where you did something in the dream that was helpful that could be seen as representative of your higher nature? Write down your thoughts in your journal or notebook.
  5. Finally, think about what you can learn from the dream. Is there a message or lesson that you can take away from it? How can you use this understanding of your lower and higher nature to improve your life and relationships with others? Write down any insights or intentions that come to mind.

By exploring your dreams in this way, you can gain a deeper understanding of your own psyche and how it relates to your understanding of lower nature and higher nature. Keep practicing this exercise regularly, and you may find that your dreams become a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth.

This reflection exercise was first published in “Unlocking the Power of Your Dreams” a short Ebook with practical steps and tips for beginning to understand the metaphors in your dreams. This Ebook and more can be found at my Book Store.

Interpreting Dreams: How a Plane Crash Reveals Your Strength

Several people on TikTok shared similar dreams with me in a short period of time. The dreams all had a common theme and scenario. The dreamer was in their house, looking out the window, and saw a plane crash. Where it crashed was different in each dream – either into the house, or the front yard, or down the street. And how people reacted was different too. Here’s a broad interpretation for dreams about planes crashing.

In dream interpretation, flying is often associated with having a positive vision for the future. It’s about having a lot of enthusiasm and “UP” energy. Your house in a dream represents your SELF. The fact that you were looking out the window of your house in the dream indicates that you are currently in a place of self-reflection, contemplating your future and what you want to achieve.

However, the plane crash in your dream suggests that someone else is interrupting your positive vision for the future. This person’s negative behavior is affecting you and causing you to feel strong negative emotions like disappointment or frustration, maybe even fear or hurt.

Since the plane crashed into the yard suggests that this negative behaviour is impacting you on a deeply personal level. You may feel like your sense of self is being threatened, or that your hopes and aspirations are being derailed. An example of this would be if your employer has a different vision of the future than you do. If the company decides to “go in a new direction” it could feel like a plane crash into your Self.

However, the fact that you ran out to help in the dream indicates that you are ready and willing to confront this challenge. You are not one to sit idly by while your positive vision for the future is being threatened. You are prepared to work through the negative emotions and come out stronger on the other side.


To solve this dream, reflect on what are some of your most important life goals right now. Where do you see your Self in a year? Or 5 years? When you imagine your Self living your best life in 5 years what comes to mind when you ask your Self who or what stops you from going for that vision. When you figure out who or what is stopping you then you’ll see what you need to do in real life to remove the obstacle and go for your goals.

The skill a dream like this is calling you to develop is the ability to hold a positive vision of your future for a long time. When you can do this, you will have a lot of strength and empowerment and you will achieve your goals.

Overall, this dream is showing you that you are capable of facing the challenge of someone else’s negative behavior and still achieving your positive vision for the future. It may require some emotional work and introspection, but you are up to the task. Remember to focus on the positive and keep moving forward.

If this was helpful consider reading more about “Unlocking the Power of Your Dreams” in the newly released Dreamer’s Toolkit for Self-Discovery.