Updated: 24 Mar 16
|Cover of our new book|
Working Table of ContentsForeword/Introduction [begin with audio experience]
Part A: Experience
Part B: Explanation
On March 11, 2015, shortly before Bob Thomsen and I agreed to co-author this book, I received a surprising, serendipitous email from Patrick P, a colleague who had been with the company where and when the CREEI process was invented. He was looking to contact old co-workers portrayed in a nostalgic photo from those days that he keeps on his office wall, but at a different company. I was one of those co-workers. Here is the photo:
|Engineering Department, Wintec Products Div., Brunswick Defense Corp.|
|ENK (me--engineering manager) second from right; Betty Moore (drawings manager) front center; Gene Chang (design engineer) in back and left of ENK; Linda B (engineering secretary) in back row second from left. Betty, Gene and Linda are key initial figures in the history of CREEI development. (See Origin of CREEI Process.) Email sender Patrick P is the one peeking from behind Betty M.|
Fr. Gary Baldwin, Episcopal priest (June 2015)
Prior to my ordination into the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, I had been trained and served as a licensed psychotherapist. Part of my training was a significant introduction to Jungian Dream work. I often found using this training quite helpful, especially when my work with clients encountered periods of impasse. Almost without exception, the therapeutic process became richly productive and healing.
This was also true in my vocational preparation to become a priest. I worked for a period of time with a Jungian therapist to better understand and grow in my spiritual maturity. Many sessions were spent in the rich exploration of my dream world.
Shortly after arriving at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico, I was introduced to Dr. Eugene Kovalenko. I had been called to serve in this parish as their Priest in Charge during a time of intense transition following the twenty-seven year service of their former clergy. My role was to assist the people of this parish through this transition by carefully looking at where they had been, where they were now, and where was God leading them into the future. This was especially difficult as many of the parishioners were in various stages of grief. Eugene showed significant interest in my work. He suggested and offered to me the availability of a process he developed called CREEI. It was a process that allowed groups to explore their dreams in a group setting that promoted cohesion and growth.
At first I was not sure as to how such a process would be accepted in this parish full of scientists. He then set up a special workshop to introduce me to the process for my evaluation. Skeptically, I attended. Sitting in the room were four or five other people I had just met or had only known a short time. After introducing the process to us, each of us was invited to share a dream. I found it somewhat intimidating sharing a dream, as it was like disclosing a very intimate aspect of me to what amounted to be strangers. Each of us, however, was, figuratively speaking, in the same boat. Shockingly, one person shared a dream he had the night before that was about me! In the dream he described me as a father with six children. I was a bit stunned for I have no biological children. Later, in a private meeting with Eugene, the parts of this dream became more apparent, as I am a priest in a church denomination that refers to me as “Father.” I was presently serving in my sixth parish as a priest. In a sense then, I am the Father of six children. Such information was not available to the conscious life of the dreamer. Further discussion revealed some other information that was significant about my current circumstances.
After a period of time I asked for volunteers within my parish to participate in the CREEI process. We started out with twelve persons who came to the initial workshop. Four stayed on regularly for weekly meetings in which we put the process into action. What I found so very helpful was using a process that easily identified the types of dreams we shared, as well provided a tool to measure our changes and progress. It was interesting observing the changes in each of our dreams and lives over the period of the next several weeks. Mine went from traumatic dreams to transformative dreams. Part of this process was nurtured along with individual sessions of deeper dream exploration with Eugene. I became more aware of my personal spirituality strengthening, as my relationship with God deepened. My work as a priest in this intense setting became more effective. I also observed this in the lives of the others who were availing themselves of these sessions
The CREEI process has been a strong addition to my understanding of dreams, as well as how this can be significantly applied in group settings. We who allowed ourselves to participate in this type of intimacy found our relationships becoming profoundly rich and unifying in the mysterious life of the Divine. I am a better priest and person because of it. Little did I know that when I first met Dr. Eugene Kovalenko how my life would be truly enriched and a profound new friendship began.
The Rev. Dr. Gary Lee Baldwin
Priest in Charge (2013-2015)
Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church
Los Alamos, New Mexico
See: 24 March 2016: First DRAFT manuscript Table of Contents.