Sunday, March 27, 2016

Russian Easter in Long Beach Third Ward

Posted: Reflections today on Easter in Los Alamos. 
Updated:  5 April 2016

 Long Beach Echoes.
Russian Orthodox cathedral
In 1989, just before the fall of the Soviet Union, two Russian Orthodox young women came directly to Long Beach, California, as their first stop in America after receiving permission to leave their country for the first time. We were their hosts in Long Beach as they had been ours in Moscow only months earlier.

It just so happened that they chose to come on Russian Easter Sunday and asked if I could take them to an Orthodox church to celebrate their tradition, which generally begins at midnight. Fortunately, I found a Russian Orthodox cathedral not far from our home.

Later that same day, as I prepared to attend the LDS Third Ward sacrament meeting, they asked to come along. I was delighted to take them.

A few weeks before our Moscow guests arrived, I had written and presented a paper for the 1989 Sunstone West Symposium titled "Mormon Mission to Moscow". After our guests' subsequent visit, I realized with wonder that their visit could now be called "Moscow Mission to Mormons"!
Never will I forget the transformation that happened to me in that ward with those two devout Russian believers during that special communion in the Third Ward. Unbeknownst to me then, it portended a similar event this very Easter 2016 day in a Protestant service in Los Alamos, my current home. 

Here is my verse about that 1989 event:


Russian Easter
(n Long Beach Third Ward)

“Is it permitted?”
Ask our two Moscow guests
On a Long Beach bench
As sacred emblems pass our way
“We are not members
Of your church.”

“Yes,” I whisper,
“All are Christians
And believers here.”

Then we three as one
 With tear-stained smiles
And Slavic souls communing
Took thus the broken loaf
And through the Ancient date
A Mystery rose to fuse
The Awful Fission.

Long Beach
30 Apr 89 




Thursday, March 24, 2016

Working with the Structure of Dreams: 1st DRAFT

Posted: 24 March 2016
Updated: 27 Mar 16, Easter Sunday

26 Mar 16: On early Good Friday morning (25 Mar 16) I awoke from the most terrible dream I'd ever had in my life! It was hard to believe it belonged to me and it sent me reeling! It was so bad that I dare not disclose its substance to anyone, let alone to this blog. HOWEVER, I discovered to my comfort that I can talk about it in terms of the CREEI Process without disclosing its contents. Yes, this stuff works!

Because of this horrific dream, Bob and I will have to add a PS or special note to some of the concepts and terms used and developed in this manuscript at its final edit.

See further blog post updates at the end of this draft.

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The first draft of our manuscript "Working with the Structure of Dreams" is now among editors.

DRAFT
(13 March 2016)

THE CREEI PROCESS:
WORKING WITH THE STRUCTURE OF DREAMS
An Introduction to Tracking Your Dreams

The CREEI Process provides simple, powerful tools for locating and transforming areas of inner tension and conflict into opportunities for personal and professional growth in individuals, groups and institutions.
By
Eugene N. Kovalenko, PhD and Robert J. Thomsen, MD

Table of Contents:
• Prologue (The Process – Do this First)
• Forward – Joseph Dillard, PhD.
• Introduction – Listening to Your Core Self with The CREEI Process
Part 1 – The CREEI Process – How to Apply it To Dreams
-First Step - Remembering and Recording Your Dreams
-Basic CREEI Principles – The Underlying Basis for CREEI
-The CREEI Process – The Questions and Scoring
-Examples of Dreams and Their Scoring
-CREEI Patterns - Unlocking the Creative Process
-Working with your Personal Dream Content
-Transformative Dreams
-Motivational Dreams
-Anticipatory and Traumatic Dreams
-Old Dreams, Repeating Dreams, and Nightmares
Part 2 - Applications of the CREEI Process beyond Dreams
-Knowing Self – A Pathway to Personal Growth
-Reactions to Life Events
-Knowing Another Person more Deeply - The Dreams and Experiences of Others
-Understanding the Dreams of Historical Figures
-Knowing the Group – Group Interactions and Awareness
-Dream Groups
Part 3 –Valuing Feeling and Thinking Equally – Achieving Acceptance of CREEI
-Sources of Resistance to Dreams
-Six Aspects of Human Behavior
-Jung’s Four Functions
-The importance of the Paradigm Shift from “dominator” to “partner”
Part 4 – The Next Step – Practical Aspects of Teaching the Process
-Conducting a Dream Introductory Workshop
-Conducting Dream Seminars
-Group Interactions and the CREEI Process
Part 5 – Endorsements - How the CREEI Process has affected individuals
Part 6 – The Back Story- Origin and Development of the CREEI Process
Appendix
List of Figures
-CREEI Main Work Sheet
-The CREEI App – Look for it
-Sample Workshop Schedule
-Kiersey Temperament Sorter
-Jeremy Taylor’s Dream Assumptions
-Aids to Dream Recall
-More Dreams from Leo Tolstoy
-More of Freud’s dreams
-Jung's dreams
-Wilford Woodruff's dreams (1840 to 1897)
-Helen Schucman's dreams (prior to her receiving 'The Course in Miracles')
Joseph Dillard – Integral Deep Listening
References
About the Authors
Index of Ideas and Terms
Index of Dreams
General Index
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One of the things that most Mormons love to do is boast about their persecuted past. Joseph Smith did that in spades. Brigham in clubs. Who else? Maybe more recently with the late Harold B. Lee or the late Boyd K. Packer…. You’ll probably think of others.
These TBMs (True Blue Mormons) seem to see the enemy “out there everywhere” rather than “in here right now” and wring their hands hoping the guy on the White Horse will finally show up. And when I say “in here” I don’t mean within the church membership per se', but within our own personal selves.
Ironically, I began developing this work for the Long Beach Third Ward Elders Quorum back in the mid 1980s when I’d been called into the EQ presidency, having returned to the Church ten years earlier, after having been ex’d ten years before that. I was the oldest guy in the presidency and low man on the totem pole.

Unfortunately, those efforts flopped. The younger guys saw no need for this stuff because they had been divinely appointed to these priesthood positions and therefore didn’t feel the need for anything else.
That’s why it’s taken this long to bring this book to the attention of the Mormon Stories Podcast Community with its assortment of real and potential excommunicants.

My earliest vision about this was not unlike University of Utah Architecture Professor Erin Silva’s current strategy about solving the near-crisis air pollution problem in the Great Salt Lake Basin by starting locally. The Church used to do this with many of its successful programs, such as its legendary Welfare System, instigated by Harold B. Lee at a stake level when he was its stake president and before he took himself more seriously. Whether he got his idea from someone under him I don’t know, but he got the credit. Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn could probably give us accurate insight on this.

On 27 March 2016 Joseph Dillard and I exchanged messages regarding my dream of 24 March....

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Nick and his Brink of Death Experience

Posted: 21 March 2016
Updated: 23 Mar 16


Oldest son Nick Kovalenko at 57

At the second monthly session of the newly formed IANDS*-Los Alamos group, son Nick was the invited guest via telephone conference call to tell the group his story of almost not making it in August 2001. It has taken this long for him to find the kind of language that makes sense to others. This is a typical dilemma for those having had an NDE (near death experience), which are so different from regular earth mortal experience that NDErs usually struggle to tell their stories coherently. That is, if they dare to tell them at all.

*International Association of Near Death Studies

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Andrew's UFO tattoo following "Remembering Ken"


Posted: 20 March 2016
Updated:


Andrew's Tattoo 2015 Christmas gift from roommate 
As serendipity would have it, only three days after I published my poem "Remembering Ken" on the previous post, I received an email from Andrew, a young podcaster-film maker from Montreal, Canada, asking to become acquainted. He explained that his girlfriend was the great niece of a woman named Patti Pratt, in whose Santa Monica garage I once lived after her husband Russ and she had met me at Big Sur Hot Springs (now Esalen) the previous October. She told this to Andrew only after seeing the flying saucer tattoo on his arm and then showing him several old photos of flying saucers, which I had given her back in January 1966! [Note the reference to "Orson or Parley Pratt" in "Remembering Ken"] See also this life-changing post about UFOs.

The photo I gave to Patti, which she gave to Andrew


To be continued....

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Remembering Ken

Posted: 2 March 2016
Updated: 12 May 16


Remembering Ken

It all began with Gene England’s letter
Containing Dialogue’s first edition
In early ‘66, urging me back to
Church recently denounced, while
Living homeless in a friend’s garage.  
Ken’s name and place were listed
With the editors, close to where I was
With descendants of Orson or Parley Pratt. 
I called. Deon answered, Ken took the phone
And quickly engaged me as a brother,
After which came others:
Clark Rex, Ellsworth Johnson,
Bob Rees, Kent Lloyd.
Such fine loyal friends. 
In ‘84 Ken and Clark met Rex Mitchell
(from Berkeley days) and soon
The Crystal Group was born
With electrifying synergy! 
 
We met monthly after that
For 31 years! On Saturdays
At each other’s homes (I no longer homeless)
Or by conference call. 
Our last meeting together
On Thanksgiving last.
How glad I traveled there
From New Mexico:
Like old times it was!
I sensed we would not meet again. 
Ah, great friend and counselor!
Who never wavered as a brother.
What adventures did we share! 
Our loves and marriages
Wilderness periods
Two of our kids almost hitched
My two excommunications
Your PD challenges in LA and LB;
Clark’s enterprises, art and writings
Rex’s quiet, steady wisdom
Your recent book of quotes
While puzzling over poetry. 
Your suggestions for my special work
Beginning with “Creative Dreaming
And Spiritual Awakening” at UCLA.
Your discovery of the Independence Temple
With your note: “This one will stagger you!” 
And your last inspiring words
As you struggled to stay awake that last Saturday:
“Publish CREEI,
It’s implications: greater than you think!”
 
It was a quite a ride, my brother!
We’ll see you in our dreams.
Los Alamos

March 2016

















Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Crystal Group Past & Present (1984 & 2015)

Posted: 7 Dec 2015
Updated: 1 Mar 2016



(2 Mar 16) Sorry to report that Ken passed on a couple of weeks ago. His funeral was held at his home ward in Culver City. Our "Crystal Group" has been significantly diminished! Grateful to have been together this past Thanksgiving. Having come from New Mexico for that holiday, I sensed this would be the last time I'd see my old friend, whom I have known for 50 years! 


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 We four friends had been meeting monthly since January 1984.


Circa 1984 (Clark, Eugene, Ken and Rex)







Thanksgiving 2015 (Clark, Eugene, Ken and Rex)