Saturday, September 1, 2012

Experiencing the Creative Process

Creative Deep Listening (CDL) combines the CREEI process with Integral Deep Listening (IDL).

The CREEI process was invented in 1987 by Eugene Kovalenko in his role as engineering manager in the aerospace industry to deal with a severe problem in company morale.

IDL is a methodology developed by psychotherapist Dr. Joseph Dillard.


Below is an exercise that will allow you to find meaning in any dream:

* First do a CREEI analysis of your dream by answering the Twelve Questions.  Be sure to take notice of any "aha" moments as you answer the questions, which can be answered simply by "yes", "no" or "uncertain".

* Determine the pattern of your dream.
 Is it 1) Transformative; 2) Motivational; 3) Anticipatory; or 4) Traumatic?

* For a dream scoring "Transformative" (which is rare), there is nothing to do but enjoy it. Let it enlighten, confirm and/or comfort you. This pattern typically has a teaching in it that is clear and you will likely never forget it, whatever the subsequent circumstances.

* For a dream scoring "Motivational", consider turning it into a poem of three stanzas using this approach:

First (objective) stanza. Describe your dream in a few words (the fewer the better), such that it scores exactly as the dream.

Second (subjective) stanza. No rules here. You can ask questions of the dream. You can complain about the dream. Anything will work as you begin to change the dream in any direction you want. Again, the fewer words, the better. You are heading for the final stanza, which is:

Third (transformative) stanza. Here is where the real work begins. Change the dream in your imagination such that those "no" or "uncertain" answers now become "yes". In other words, apply your imagination to make the reworked dream score "transformative" (or "confirming" and/or "comforting"). If you do this, you will change. This is one potent doorway to the creative process and it should give you a sense of satisfaction and resolution.

* For those dreams scoring "Anticipatory" we suggest paying special attention to the images. Something may be coming that you need to be ready for. Put your imagination to work and consider what you would do to turn this dream into a "transformative" pattern. Doing this will equip you to deal with anything in this dream that may eventually manifest in your outer reality.

* For those dreams scoring "Traumatic", we suggest seeking help carrying the burden it typically presents (such as a nightmare). A good place to begin is by incorporating Joseph Dillard's IDL interview.

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1991 CREEI Institute brochure