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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
published formerly as Capital Ideasmiths
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Editorial - Win Wenger
* FEATURE ARTICLE: "You Are Not Your Map" - Harman Benda
* Addendum - Win Wenger
* Comments & Feedback
* Links - archives, back issues, homepage
* Reader Questionnaire
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Each of us has the right and responsibility to assess the roads
which lie ahead and those which we have travelled. And if the future
road looms ominous or unpromising and the roads back uninviting,
then we need to gather our resolve and step off that road in a
new direction." -- Maya Angelou
by Win Wenger
You are seeing, in this new and more frequent newsletter, one of the
first steps we are taking to make this truly a membership society. We
expect another step or so when one or several special services become
available. Some of you have already been over at our discussion board,
http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage - or the specialized
ImageStream@yahoogroups.com, and that's only a beginning. There is
evidently an extraordinary wealth of insight and information and
- dare I say it, wisdom - represented among the sixteen hundred or so
people now participating and/or reading this newsletter!
Which means - as this becomes more truly a mutual membership society,
more and more of this newsletter and more and more of the services and
exchanges will be coming from you and not from some central program.
This newsletter itself can be a vehicle for some special services and
programs: we'd like to hear from you what you'd like to have here. We'd
also like to hear from you as possible volunteer associate editors
proposing specific services, programs and departments, and willing to
We'd also, and very especially, like to hear from anyone willing to host
and/or organize a co-explorations group or thinktank in your own
community. And we'd like to hear from anyone in south
ImageStreaming, Beachhead, Windtunnel, Over-the-
Genius" and all these other wonderful experiences are SO-O-O-O much
better with a live partner than with only a tape recorder... One of the
best things this society can do is to facilitate its members' getting
together in person to enjoy such explorations and for mutual support.
Contact Win Wenger, <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Your registrations remain private. We are using them only to provide
you news and to help those of you who wish to find listening partners.
Lastly, a huge part of our work here has come into a really simple but
powerful focus. We hope before the end of 2003 to offer you a new book
on Socratic Method. Meanwhile, for a foretaste of this focus and book,
help yourself to examining the contents of:
"Winsights" Nos. 55, 56, 57, 63 and 33 -
and the "Feed-the-Loop" article in "T & L Techniques," -
to discover what I believe to be one of the most fundamental of human
NEEDS, and one of the most practical.
With warmest best wishes for you in 2003, ...Win ~~~
Welcome to all new members who have joined us this month. We hope
to hear from you, and we hope to give you much food for thought.
THE STREAM is coming home...
The December 2002 issue of THE STREAM was the last one to be posted
on the Yahoogroups newsletter site (Capital Ideasmiths). Subsequent
issues are being emailed to members directly from Project Renaissance.
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We appreciate your participation in suggesting new names for this
newsletter. After much consideration, we've decided to stay with
THE STREAM as the shortest yet most encompassing.
Free monthly meetings of High Thinktank...
Check the Project Renaissance website calendar
for details and directions, at
Annual Conference of IAL...
International Alliance of Learning (IAL), http://www.ialearn.org
January 16-19, 2003, in
The International Alliance of Learning is the one professional
membership society in
of better methods of teaching and learning - the one organization
comprised of teachers and educators and education-related people
which isn't a teacher's union. In it are represented a half dozen or
more major systems of accelerated learning and learning-enhancement,
including Lozanov's Suggestopedy (popularized here by Ostrander &
Schroeder's best-sellers "Superlearning" and "Superlearning 2000");
brain-gym/edukinesiology, PhotoReading, team-cooperative learning,
Preferred Learning Styles, and, of course, Project Renaissance.
Find out the current state of accelerated learning at THIS year's
annual conference. Also, I need your help there if you can make it,
to help persuade the membership and Society to perform some of the
needed scientific research that will advance the acceptance of these
better methods of teaching and learning.
Check their website, http://www.ialearn.org to get a look at the
Society itself, then click on "Conference". We hope to see you
there. -- Win Wenger
DOUBLE FESTIVAL 12 - November 2003...
Mark your calendars now for Project Renaissance's famous annual double
conference on Creative Problem-Solving and Accelerated Learning:
Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2003
followed by Trainer Training, November 17-18, 2003
at a private facility in
Watch the website, http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm
for further details and for Call for Presentations.
YOU ARE NOT YOUR MAP
By Harman Benda
Why are there so many paths to being successful? Why can brilliant,
successful people hold such varying views on topics such as right and
wrong, the purpose of business, the environment, and helping others?
In Bill Harris's "Thresholds of the Mind", I found a possible answer.
Each of us develops maps that we use as roadmaps to living life. We
each have our own unique maps of how to deal with reality. Our maps
are cobbled together based on our experiences and the "truths" we
have been told by our parents, teachers, friends, advertisers, etc.
Our map performs 5 critical functions:
1. Our map shows us how to get where we want to go. For example, if
I want a raise, I consult my map and see that I must work harder, put
in more hours and impress my boss. However, I have a friend who, when
she wants a raise, meets with her boss and tells them that it is time
for her to get a raise. Everyone's map is different. What do you do
when you think it is time for a raise or time to make more money?
2. Our map also tells us what we can and cannot achieve. Running an
8-minute mile is possible for me while a 4-minute mile is impossible
(at this time.) It is impossible for me to flap my arms and fly.
Each of us has limits, many of which are self-imposed via our maps.
How many things are impossible for you to do, become or achieve?
3. Our map contains contradictory information. Much of our failure
to achieve our goals is the result of the contradictory information
in our maps. Some people's maps show the attractiveness of being
wealthy as well as the pain of having people asking for a loan or
being considered greedy and money-grubbing. Some women have maps
that show the joy of being thin coupled with the fear of being
treated as a sex object if they are thin.
4. Our map tells us how to respond. When someone sneezes, we say
"God Bless You" automatically. When we see flashing lights in our
rearview mirror, we know to pull over. Our maps are critical for
helping us to negotiate daily life.
5. Our map is constantly changing. Throughout our lives we are
tweaking our map. Reading this article may be changing your map.
While reading this article, you have consulted your map to determine
whether the author is right or wrong, brilliant or an idiot, stating
the obvious --
After we have consulted our map repeatedly for something, we begin
to respond automatically and no longer consciously consult our map.
This can be seen when comparing a new driver and an experienced driver.
The new driver must do everything consciously. An experienced driver
gets into the car and seemingly in one motion is able to fasten the
seatbelt, check the mirrors and start the car. A new driver is almost
constantly in a state of overwhelm. An experienced driver thinks
nothing of talking on the phone while driving, doing their make-up or in
some cases reading!?!
When we bgin to do something automatically (i.e., driving, doing our
work, being in a relationship), we have made a huge transition, which
we do not notice. The process has become unconscious and we come to
believe that we are our maps. In effect, we think that our response
or approach to the world is really who we are.
When we believe that we are our maps, change becomes threatening. Our
very being is at stake! A key to our freedom and growth is to realize
that we are not our maps. We need to remember that our maps are
representations that we have developed or that have been given to us.
As Mr. Korzibsky pointed out, "the map is not the territory." You are
not your map.
If I am not who I think I am (my map), who am I? There is no simple
answer to this question. Each of us must find our own answer.
My map says that realizing that we are not our maps and being able to
change and create new maps for ourselves is what we are on earth to
discover and then master. In my work on recognizing that I am not
my map, I initially felt as though I was nothing--a void. The feeling
was quickly replaced by the uncomfortable feeling that I was much,
much more than I had ever anticipated. I realized that if my map was
authored by me, then I have the capability to rewrite it. Which means
I could write almost anything. My world is full of possibilities.
Each of us must discover the most effective ways for us to work with
our maps. Some approaches that I find helpful are Win Wenger's Image
Streaming, Borrowed Genius, and Over-the-
meditation. These techniques help me to become more conscious by
uncovering my images, thoughts and feelings. As I become more
conscious, I am able to see my map more clearly and then begin to
change and create a new one.
Once I have identified items that I want to change, I am using the
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), meditation, affirmations, Borrowed
Genius, energy work and imagination to make changes.
For those times when I am unable to change my map, I have learned that
I need to explore my attachment to the item. What part of my life is
attached to the image, idea, or feeling? When I take the time to
discover the energy that is holding a map in place, I can use EFT to
Once we recognize that we each have our own individual maps, we quickly
become aware of the phenomenal opportunity and responsibility that we
have been given. It is up to each of us to recognize that we are not
our maps but the authors and creators of our world.
To learn more about Image-Streaming, Borrowed Genius,
or EFT techniques or to consult about your map, please contact me
To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:
ADDENDUM - Win Wenger, Ph.D.
I think that we got fooled into thinking we are our maps in part
because of short stories, novels, biographies, autobiographies, and
maybe movies and TV. These necessarily abstract and highlight one
event in ten thousand, one aspect in ten thousand, one experience
in ten thousand, and string a person, a character out of that
abstraction, ignoring the other 9,999 pieces because they don't
conveniently fit the story we've selected on. It's wonderful that
real human beings are infinitely more complex and involved -
including ourselves - than we are accustomed to thinking from
our stories and our Gestalt simplifications. This could be much
fun for further exploration. Thank you again, Harman! ~~~
COMMENTS & FEEDBACK
[Re: Win Wenger's
"Healing with Love" - December 2002]
"As for the last sentence, I understand the point you
were trying to make...but I do not believe healing force, or love,
or call it what you will, is available without the stimulus of
desire, openness, and receptivity. There is a physical streaming
from the heart, that for me, IS love. For me, 'love' is a full
spectrum event, the perception of which, indeed, changes the energy
environment. I wonder at people (not you) who are so emotionally
stingy they are loathe to use the word. If you have a closed heart,
in my experience, you do not generate much juice..."
"Well, for what it's worth, in my experience, few people operate
with closed hearts all the time. Going about my daily business, I
see people responding differently to me than I see them responding
to others. Some people with what Win might call "closed hearts" avoid
me. But most people just sense something different--a warmth or quiet
acknowledgment beyond business at hand. Maybe it comes from attention
to them and to what they are about--a kind of "we" factor, or
receptivity. I don't consider myself a holy person by any stretch,
but I enjoy just being out there, seeing people doing different
things or making choices in my presence that surprise them. ...
What Najma calls "sharing love" I might call "intuitive intimacy."
I don't "do healing" as a job, but I think that when I burn a strong,
creative, humorous, aware, and receptive candle, it just lights life
a little differently around me." ~~~
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