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            Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

     

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September 2003

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events

*  FEATURE ARTICLE: "The Big Secret to Dissolving Problems"

      by George Copsey

*  Comments & Feedback

*  Links - archives, back issues, homepage

*  Reader Questionnaire

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same..."

    -- Rudyard Kipling, IF

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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WELCOME to all new members who have joined us this month. We hope

to hear from you and to give you much food for thought. Back issues

are available upon request. Just add the month to the subject line:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

 

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAIN TO BECOME A TRAINER?  If you've enjoyed the

techniques taught by Project Renaissance and have benefited from

them, perhaps you would consider learning them in greater depth so

as to teach them to others. Project Renaissance is seeking dedicated

individuals who like to help others help themselves. There will be

trainer training in conjunction with the November Double Festival,

and we are exploring other methods for bringing training to you.

If you'd like to find out more about ths possibility of becoming a

trainer, whether full-time or part-time, please email your interest

to Project Renaissance's Executive Director and Conference Manager,

Tijl Koenderink, at mailto:tijl@dare2b.nl?subject=Training

 

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BOOKS FOR BABIES:  One little board book, which does the best job

I've ever seen of catching and holding the attention of very young

babies, is published by Ladybug in England. "Toys" can be obtained

by going to

http://books.ladybird.co.uk/Book/BookFrame/0,1007,,00.html?id=0721481787

 

That book and a similar one from the same publisher, called "Animal,"

is now very much brightening the life of my three-and-a-half-months-

old grandson.

 

These two books with their bright, geometric designs are a perfect

match for the amphibian pons phase of brain development. Any parents

expecting, or with newborns (since it may take some days or weeks to

get the books across the Atlantic), would do well to get this into

use as soon as possible.   ...Win Wenger

 

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SUBSCRIBER OR MEMBER? If you currently only subscribe to The Stream,

you can upgrade your participation in Project Renaissance to full

membership, free. Membership in Project Renaissance entitles members

to additional benefits. If you're not yet a member, please register

now, here:  http://www.winwenger.com/regmem.htm - or from link on

the homepage, http://www.winwenger.com .

 

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DUPLICATE MAILING? If you received two (or more?) copies of this

issue of The Stream, please let us know by replying to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=duplicate

 

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How you can participate...

 

* You can post messages on Project Renaissance's discussion board

about any Project Renaissance topic and join any ongoing

discussions. No log-in required. Please visit the homepage at

http://www.winwenger.com and click the Discussion Board link.

To post a message right now, click here:

http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage

 

* The long-established, popular Image-Streaming egroup is here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imagestream - requires Yahoo sign-in.

 

* Submit articles, comments or questions for possible inclusion in

The Stream:  mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=TotheEditor

 

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SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS:  If you have ever presented at a Project

Renaissance conference, such as the annual Double Festivals in

November, and are interested in presenting at this year's Double

Festival, please let us know of your availability. This year's

theme is "Problem-Solving in the Global Village". Email your

interest to Project Renaissance's Executive Director and Conference

Manager, Tijl Koenderink, at mailto:tijl@dare2b.nl by the end of

September, with a brief description of your proposed topic.

 

If you have not previously presented at a Project Renaissance

event but would like to, email your proposal to Win Wenger at

mailto:wwenger101@aol.com by September 30, 2003.

 

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EVENTS

 

Free monthly meetings of High Thinktank...Open to the public.

Upcounty Regional Services Center -- Room C

12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD.

After the summer recess, during which Win was away teaching,

meetings will resume Tuesday, September 30, 2003

7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. promptly

 

Fall schedule:

 

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

 

Meetings begin at 7:30pm sharp. New topics each time.

Please check the Project Renaissance website calendar

for details and directions, at

http://www.winwenger.com/events.htm

 

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DOUBLE FESTIVAL XII - November 2003...

 

Project Renaissance's annual conference, Double Festival XII, will

take place November 14-20, 2003, in the Washington DC area. It

will begin with a condensed course of Beyond Einstein training

(Friday, Nov. 14) and conclude with four days of trainer training

(November 17-20). The main events will be on Saturday and Sunday,

November 15-16, 2003. Attendees can choose to register for some or

all of the sessions.

 

The theme is "Problem Solving in a Global Village". As always,

there will be many formal training sessions that give thorough

background information on the theme by a variety of highly skilled

speakers. These topics will be delivered in Dynamic Format, which

allows for much interaction by the participants.

 

During these days you will learn not only from the speakers but

also from each other. Each participant is a student and a teacher

at the same time. As a group we will address several world

problems, and try to bring them down to a personal, "what can I do

about it" level.

 

Watch the website, http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm

for further details.

 

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Feature Article:

 

             THE BIG SECRET TO DISSOLVING PROBLEMS

 

                     by George Copsey

                

Let's look at what problems really are...because if you keep

thinking, feeling and doing what you've been thinking, doing and

feeling, you'll likely keep getting the same results...more problems.

 

99.99% of people attempting to solve problems in their lives are

making the same MAJOR "mistakes" over and over again...

 

*  Mistakes that are costing them a lot of money, time, grief,

   frustration, aggravation and energy. 

 

*  Mistakes that are keeping them from being, doing and having the

   things they want.

 

In my opinion, there is absolutely zero benefit to holding in mind

the view that something is a "problem."

 

Let me repeat this. It's critical.

 

There is absolutely ZERO benefit for you to believe something is a

"problem."

 

In fact, it can actually get in the way of having what you want...

even hurt you.

 

Here's why - let's walk through this together.

 

First, there is no one set of circumstances that EVERYONE would

agree is a problem.

 

If something were a problem in itself, then everyone would agree

it is a problem. Yet, for virtually anything that someone believes

is a problem, someone, somewhere, would say they think it isn't.

 

Notice from your own experience that others, at times, have seen

something as a problem ... and at the same time you have not. You

may even have seen it as something easy and enjoyable.

 

EXAMPLE:  Rollercoasters - some people say they will never go on a

roller coaster ride - it would be too scary.

 

Yet, others are willing - even eager - to pay to enjoy the same

experience the first group is unwilling to have.

 

Notice, then, that what some people view as a problem is actually

wanted by others.

 

If someone wanted to go on a rollercoaster, they don't have a

problem with it ... they have a goal ... the goal of experiencing

the kind of exhilaration that others are afraid of.

 

To repeat, then - there is nothing, in and of itself, that is a

problem.

 

The mind is a problem-solving machine. It eats problems for break-

fast. Just about everybody's mind is bent on one thing, at all

costs - surviving. It invents "problems" to give it the illusion

that it has something to do - something to keep itself busy - so

that it experiences survival.

 

This may be difficult to accept, but think about this...when things

are going really well for you, what do you tend to start thinking?

 

"This can't last"..."the other shoe is going to drop"..."it can't

be this easy"...or "this is too good to be true"... all of which

are ways your mind "argues for" the point of view that there are

problems... and your mind loves to be right, doesn't it?

 

The way to dissolve "problems", then, is to look at the assumptions

you're making that are creating the point of view that there is a

"problem".

 

Those assumptions are rarely provably true. They are almost always

about something that MIGHT be a certain way, in the future... and

you don't want it to be that way.

 

How does it hurt you to believe in "problems"?

 

When you view something as a problem, there is a very strong

tendency to be far less resourceful, less relaxed and more limited

in our view of things - narrowing our experience instead of opening

it up, limiting our options - instead of expanding them by looking

at opportunities.

 

Simply put, you make poorer choices when you believe in "problems"

... and don't even see other, better choices you could have made.

 

Make a choice, now, to experiment with the view that there are no

problems, by looking at the assumptions you've made that contribute

to a "problem". Hold those assumptions up to the light of day,

notice how easy it is to let them go - and learn to live in a world

with no problems.

 

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About the Author:

 

George Copsey has been focused on living in a world with no

problems since discovering the Impossibility Transformer.

 

He has recently written the e-book, "Live In a World With No

Problems," to teach others how to dissolve their problems and

get results in the real world, in their work and life.

 

You can learn more about living in a world with no problems at:

http://www.live-in-a-world-with-no-problems.com

 

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To send feedback privately to the author, email George Copsey at

mailto:George@live-in-a-world-with-no-problems.com?subject=NoProblems

 

To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=NoProblems

 

To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:

http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage

 

 

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COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

 

It's back-to-school time, and several students have written to ask

about accelerated learning, how to make learning fun and fast so

that more time will be available for other campus pursuits. Here

in a nutshell are Win Wenger's tips to students:

 

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Check out the following, free to you on the Project Renaissance

website:

 

1)  Chapter One of "Beyond Teaching And Learning," at   

http://www.winwenger.com/ebooks/btal1.htm

 

2)  Image-Streaming, at http://www.winwenger.com/imstream.htm and

    the ebook, "Two Guaranteed Ways to Increase Your Intelligence",

    http://www.winwenger.com/ebooks/guaran4.htm

 

3)  Freenoting, in the "CPS Techniques" section,

    http://www.winwenger.com/freenote.htm

 

4)  Toolbuilder, also in "CPS Techniques",

    http://www.winwenger.com/toolbld.htm

 

Let some of your response to this revolve around two basic

considerations -

 

*   To learn something more effectively, find ways to increase your

    neurological contact with it. What is the bandwidth of what you

    want your conscious mind to store, retrieve and apply?

 

*   Every awareness you've ever had in your lifetime, conscious or

    unconscious, is apparently still with you in unconscious memory,

    coloring your thoughts, actions, choices.... Nearly everything

    you are trying to learn, ALREADY IS right there. If you can bring

    conscious what you already know about a given subject or skill -

    and this is remarkably considerable, by the way - then what

    remains to be learned, by whatever means, integrates readily and

    rapidly around that already-known core.

 

The rest is detail.

 

- Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=Accelerate )

 

 

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LINKS

 

*  Back issues of THE STREAM by email upon request from

   mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

 

*  Archived copies of Capital Ideasmiths are here:

   http://www.debateit.net/projren/newsletter/index.htm

 

*  Project Renaissance homepage:  http://www.winwenger.com

 

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