In your dreams

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Bus driver explains how to navigate the dream world

By Mandy Marksteiner

Do you ever ride the bus in the morning, trying to figure out what last night’s dream meant? If so, your bus driver may be able to help.

“Dreams are pictures of feelings that parallel waking life,” said Eugene Kovalenko, Ph.D., a Los Alamos school bus driver who has developed a simple way to find meaning from dreams, called the CREEI Method.  

Remembering what you dreamed about can be a challenge for some people. “If you have to get up to turn on the light and start getting ready for the day, usually the dream will fade – unless it was a nightmare,” said Kovalenko, who recommends keeping a notebook by your bed, or in the bathroom, so that you can write down your dreams with the least amount of effort.

“If you make a minimum effort to wake up to record a dream, even a few key words can be like a little thread,” he said. “You pull that thread and it becomes a string; the string becomes a cord; then a line, and before you know it you’ve landed a dream fish!”

Recording dreams encourages creative growth. “Dreams are your language, your personal metaphor. Every dream has something original in it, something new,” Kovalenko said.

Kovalenko has found that dreams also solve practical life problems by giving us information that we can act on.  

While dreaming, people may uncover the solution to a problem at school or at work.  

A dream may be what leads someone to change a bad habit.  

Groups can use CREEI to build community, understanding and support. For example, the CREEI method has been used to improve employee relations and productivity in a variety of business situations, by providing a medium for managers and employees to express and resolve their conflicts.

Kovalenko believes that parents can relate to their children better by learning the language of dreams.  

He said, “Learning about your children’s dreams will help you to know where they need encouragement, protection, comfort and guidance.”  

When a dream is puzzling, disturbing or thought provoking, CREEI offers a technique to help you gain further insight:

Write a three-stanza poem where the first stanza captures the dream as you remember it.

In the second stanza you can mess with the dream — ask questions, make changes or reject certain parts. In the third stanza you rewrite the dream, bringing in heroes or outside support, so that it can bring you peace and joy.  

Kovalenko said, “The very act of writing these words actually makes changes in you and they are permanent.

Looking at dreams that will help you answer questions like, ‘Who am I? Where am I going?’ and ‘Why am I here?’”

Kovalenko offers a free online video course at www.creei.org.