Monday, June 24, 2013

Eugene's blog access to change on July 1.

Posted: 24 June 2013

On July 1, 2013, this blog and all my other blogs will change their access. Those readers interested in continuing may write to me at on or before July 1. Otherwise, all my blogs will no longer be publicly accessible.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Edward Snowden:

Posted: June 13, 2013
Updated: June 14
Edward Snowden

It has been less than a week since Edward Snowden identified himself as an NSA whistle-blower and sent the Internet a buzz. The whole world knows who this young man is and what he says he stands for. I see him as someone brave enough to follow his "Inner Compass" and to be transparent about it. At this point I see no reason not to take him at his word.

Snowden was faced with a dilemma. What does any of us do when the chips are down and we face a moral conundrum? The public now knows what he has done and the reasons below that he has given. There are those who immediately dismiss his expressed motives. I'm not one of them.

A friend sent this link listing 27 quotes by Snowden about why he did what he did.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dream Letter from Vic Cline

Posted: 12 June 2013
Updated: 15 June

Letter from Vic

How curious to receive a dream letter from Vic Cline this morning (6/12), he having left this mortal life earlier this year (1/15). Although hazy, I sense the dream content holds important personal information, which I intend to mine.
As I examine an envelope from Vic to determine when and from where it was sent, the postmark is too indistinct to tell. The letter is handwritten on both sides of a single sheet of paper in small, but clearly legible script. There is something colorful about the letter, but it is not clear whether it is the stationery or the script that is colorful.
Furthermore, in reviewing my correspondence with outer Vic over decades, the handwriting on the dream letter does not seem to resemble Vic's in a note from him in May 1992 (below). That clearly prompts me to keep that in mind while processing this dream. (BTW, I just now notice that the date on this note is my father's 89th birthday, whatever that means.) Also note that Vic is responding to my plea for support regarding an upcoming Mormon ecclesiastical court on charges of "apostasy" that I was facing. Notice here how different Vic's counsel in his '92 note below compares to what actually happened during the court the following month, on June 4, 1992, as reported by Crystal Group member Rex Mitchell, the only friend of many who showed up in support, who was eventually allowed to sit with me during the proceedings.

Vic's note dated 15 May 1992
The CREEI score for this dream is: ?+??+-//+++/+?+  "Anticipatory" pattern.

An IDL interview of the envelope is next. Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Responses from two best friends

Posted: 4 June 2013
Updated: 12 June 2013

As if in direct response to my recent "Faith Crisis in Mormondom", I received independently challenging writings from two of my best friends, one an active Mormon psychologist, the other a Buddhist-leaning dream worker. Both encourage and help people to know their truest selves, which is all I could ever hope for!

Kendall O. Price, Ph.D.
Becoming Yourself
Front cover

The first friend is Ken Price, whom I have known since January 1966, when he was on the board of editors of newly published Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. Becoming Yourself, published only this year 2013, is his first book, which is a collection of quotations gleaned over a life time. His credentials and experience are briefly described on the lower part of the back cover.

What I would like readers of my blog to experience from Ken's book is his audio presentation of one of its most important quotes, which can be accessed here. Ken and I, together with two other Mormon professional men, have been meeting monthly for the past thirty years in a "mastermind" group called the Crystal Group, which has been a continuing opportunity to share ideas, encourage professional contributions and clarify feelings and goals.  (See p 15 in his book.)

Becoming Yourself
Back cover

Joseph N. Dillard, Ph.D.
The second friend is Joseph Dillard, whom I have known since 1987, after noticing a published article of his in a popular magazine about dreaming. In contacting Joseph I learned that he was at the beginning of a promising psychotherapy career and we developed a fast friendship. At that time I was an engineering manager for an aerospace company in Southern California and had just introduced my newly invented CREEI Process to the company. [Note: BTW, this process was originally developed for the Elders Quorum of the Long Beach Third Ward when I was a member of its presidency. It didn't survive in the elders group, but did surprisingly well in the engineering company.] Joseph, then living in Phoenix, Arizona, came to California to meet the Crystal Group and to discuss my dream-work experience with the engineering company. Even though Joseph is well over a decade younger than I, it is no exaggeration to say he is one of my most important mentors. 

Joseph Dillard's concept of conscience

See Dillard's latest Dream Yoga post on Conscience and the Drama Triangle.

In his post, Joseph develops his concept of the "Inner Compass", with which I heartily agree. In 'Mormoneez' terms, I would call it the 'Personal Liahona'.

Shortly after this post earlier this (6/4) morning, Joseph Dillard replied:
According to the Book of Mormon and other Latter Day Saint movement sources, the Liahona (/ˈliː.ə.ˈhoʊ.nə/[1]) is a brass ball that operated as a type of compass with two spindles. One of the spindles was said to point the direction Lehi and his party should travel after their escape from Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon states that the Liahona also contained periodic written instructions from God. According to some sources, the Liahona was among the Book of Mormon artifacts Joseph Smith said were found with the golden plates.[2][3] [4] So what would the Mormon hierarchy have to say about a "personal Liahona?"
I responded:
In November 1975, after having rejoined the Mormon Church after a decade out of it, I wrote a letter to then Church president Spencer W. Kimball decrying a statement I'd just heard made in an Elders Quorum meeting. The statement by the quorum president was, "When it comes to matters of ultimate authority, the Prophet's (i.e., president's) conscience supersedes our own." My immediate response to the quorum leader's comment was "NO!, Absolutely not!", which effectively ended further discussion that morning. (My diplomatic skills were a little rusty then.) President Kimball, who was well acquainted with my family name, did not answer my letter directly, but a year later gave a conference address to the international Church about the "Our own liahona". See:
Joseph Dillard replied again: 
Dear Eugene, I am assuming that the concept of "Personal Liahona" has not made much of a dent in the church's understanding of conscience, essentially viewing "Personal Liahona" as conscience. Correct or no?
To which I again responded: 
Exactly so, Joseph! That was the point on which I was excommunicated for the second time in 1992 after raising my hand to oppose sustaining the newest set of leaders [including John Birch Society supporter Church President Ezra Taft Benson] for what appeared to be an official policy of intimidation of the Mormon intellectual community--not at all unlike how the Soviet Union behaved toward its intelligentsia. Obviously, President Kimball's 1976 voice went unheeded and then that unheeded voice became anchored. That is my on-going complaint of the current system, which you can see on my blog.
 The next day (6/5) Joseph Dillard replied:
I'm gonna need some more information to overcome my skepticism about your last point! I have no problem with individual initiative being at the center of Mormonism. What I don't understand is where and how anything like the inner compass is. The reason I am skeptical is because "inner compass" or "personal Liahona" are just words that can mean anything - conscience, intuition, God's will - unless they are defined operationally by some method that makes them falsifiable. My claim is that IDL does that with its definition of "inner compass" by defining it as the consensus priorities of high scoring interviewed emerging potentials which, when tested through application in one's life, increase, by one's own estimation higher average scores in the six core qualities.
To which I replied:
I think the concept of the 'Personal Liahona' as an operational image is ideal for the IDL model. I like your model because it blends well with the Liahona image of inspired images appearing on the surface of the mystical globe part of the Liahona instrument when the family (or the person) is in harmony. Without a sense of operational harmony between family members (Lehi's family, for example) or some kind of harmony within the IDL dreamer, the inspirational surface is simply blank--i.e., without information.
On June 6, Joseph Dillard responded:
Interesting! You're right! It does blend well! You obviously need to write an article on the expansion/practical application of Liahona for Mormons, stealing liberally from IDL!
To which I replied:
A great idea!! We will collaborate!