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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
February 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Checklist Creation Challenge, by Win Wenger
* Comments, Feedback
Deepening States: The Stairstep Method - Win Wenger
My Four Pillars of Knowledge - Mastaky Salim
A Dual Experiment - George Copsey
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"The urge to be useful is probably more important to [humans] than
survival, or feeding, or propagating, or anything else."
- Lewis Thomas
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:
Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm
Our issues for January through April will be appearing out of sequence
till we catch up. Don't miss any of the feature articles in those back
issues. They are always of current interest.
Natural enzyme helps mice live longer in study - Mice genetically
engineered to produce a human antioxidant enzyme lived 20% longer than
normal mice, which U.S. scientists cited as evidence that antioxidants
can counteract the effects of aging and disease. Read the full article:
PORTLAND, OREGON, INTEREST GROUP - Members of Project Renaissance, would
you like to form a local group in the Portland area for discussions,
practicing creativity and problem-solving, and enjoying mutual listening?
John Arrowwood will coordinate. Please contact him by email at
The University of Illinois at Chicago unveiled today the world's most
powerful magnetic resonance imaging machine for human studies, capable
of imaging not just the anatomy but metabolism within the brain. See:
This advanced technology ushers in a new age of metabolic imaging that
will help researchers understand the workings of the human brain,
detect diseases before their clinical signs appear, develop targeted
drug therapies for illnesses like stroke, and provide a better
understanding of learning disabilities.
Dr. Keith Thulborn, director of the UIC Center for Magnetic Resonance
Research, said, "If we can understand how children learn, we can tailor
educational programs to better teach them, regardless of whether they
have learning difficulties. By understanding the different ways that the
brain learns, more efficient and effective learning programs can be
produced for such skills as reading, music and mathematics."
Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training (B.E.S.T.)
The full, basic-skills workshop
May 20-22, 2005
Pasadena, Maryland, U.S.A.
Tuition: $495, including all 3 days
Complete details about Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training 2005 -
Registration Form (printable) - www.winwenger.com/may05reg.htm
Online Registration - www.winwenger.com/may05best.htm#Register
Travel Directions and Lodging - www.winwenger.com/travel.htm
Register online or use the printable Registration Form to send $495 by
check or credit card number to Project Renaissance, P.O. Box 332,
Gaithersburg, MD 20884-0332 USA.
You may inquire to Win Wenger by phone (301-948-1122) or email
( firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=MayDiscount ) about discounts for spouse,
teachers, students, and corporate associate(s).
High Thinktank Session - May 19, 2005 - 7:30 pm
Quince Orchard Public Library, Room "A"
15831 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Directions: From Route 270, take Quince Orchard Road to just beyond
the intersection with Route 28, about four miles or so. Or take Route 28
West about five miles, just barely to Quince Orchard Road left. Either
way, the Library is on your left. Just feet beyond the intersection,
look for the nameless little spur of a road off Quince Orchard which
leads into the Library parking lot. Or go to www.MapQuest.com , type in
your own address including zip code, and type in the Quince Orchard
Library's address, and get directions (and map) from there.
For anyone who has any experience at all in some of our techniques, this
"further reaches" session is a must to attend.
UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS - Capitol Creativity Network
The Capitol Creativity Network (www.capitolcreativitynetwork.com ) meets
on the second Thursday of every month. Time: 7:00-9:30pm. Fee: $10 at
the door. Location: Social Room of Van Ness East apartment complex;
2939 Van Ness St., NW; Washington, DC.
We explore and experience different facets of creativity - from corporate
to expressive to scientific, etc. Each meeting is interactive, and
designed to have the participants experience their own creativity in real
time. CCN's got a little something for every kind of Creator in 2005:
~ May 12: "Embracing the Dark: Violence, Creativity, and Compassion in
America" by Dr. Juliet Bruce, Founder and Director of the Institute for
Transformation through the Arts
~ June 9: "Creativity in Business: Techniques for thinking 'outside the
box' to bring new creative energy to your business endeavors" by Joey
Coleman, Creative Principal of Blue J Marketing & Design.
~ July 14: "Empathic Nature Writing: The Power of Empathic Connections"
by Karen Rugg, President of Karlynne Communications
~ August 11: "Creating Ourselves by Performing Who We are Not" by Joe
Mancini, Jr., Ph.D., Gestalt Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Creator of
RoundTable Theatre and Liz Birney, Ph.D., business consultant and co-
facilitator of RoundTable Theatre.
~ September 8: "Creative Thinking Techniques" by Dr. Win Wenger,
Founder and Director of Project Renaissance; author "The Einstein
Factor" and over 40 other books.
~ October 13: "New Working Models: Using storytelling, improv and visual
techniques to extract relevant data and design functional working models"
by Michelle James, Principal of The Center for Creative Emergence;
business creativity catalyst.
~ November 10: "Visual Mapping" by Nusa Maal, President of SenseSmart.
~ December 8: "The Courage of Your Yearning: Using the principles of
creativity to create a life lived from your deepest gladness" by Juanita
Weaver, creativity consultant.
The Center for Creative Emergence, www.creativeemergence.com
Consciously Creating What's Next
McLean, VA USA
Upcoming CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS in Europe
Creativity Workshop Studios
245 East 40th St. 25th floor
New York, New York 10016
Tel: (212) 922-1555
Contact: Vivian Glusman
Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, directors
Early Registration Promotion: With just a $50 deposit you can get $100
off on Summer Creativity Workshops in Europe. Offer expires: January 15,
2005. See their informational website, Road to Creation.
Join Creativity Workshops this summer in Europe in their 12th year of
workshops! A wonderful way to learn and travel. Choose one of their
workshops (from June through August 2005) in Crete, Florence, Provence,
Barcelona, Prague, or Dublin.
Island of Crete June 19-28, 2005
From $1,750 including tuition and accommodations.
Provence June 29-July 8, 2005
From $2,150 including tuition and accommodations.
Florence July 9-18, 2005
From $1,750 including tuition and accommodations.
Barcelona July 19-28, 2005
From $2,300 including tuition and accommodations.
Prague July 28-August 6, 2005
From $2,300 including tuition and accommodations.
Dublin August 6-15, 2005
From $1,850 including tuition and accommodations.
More details on their website, http://www.creativityworkshop.com .
CHECKLIST CREATION CHALLENGE
Volunteers needed to write up action steps
for Project Renaissance procedures
by Win Wenger
There is a major, important way you, as a trainer, can help us to improve
our general service to the public, and to your own clients.
For years I've known that each of the hundreds of procedures we've
published would be much more useful to people - and used by them - if we
appended to the end of each a checklist wherein one can check off what
one did and did not do in trying out that procedure. Most of the time,
for most people, for most procedures, that was OK; but sometimes one
might miss a key instruction, not get the desired results, and
consequently conclude that that method - or even the entire program -
simply wasn't any good, or at least not good in this case.
For example, if I published a basic checklist for "Borrowed Genius," it
might look something like this, and catch crucial missed steps which
make a mighty difference:
( ) Did I describe out loud, to a live partner or to an audio recorder?
( ) Did I describe sensory textures, colors, feelings, other sensory
details instead of explaining what I recognized I was seeing?
( ) Once the flow of imagining-and-describing in the garden was started,
did I let myself be shown and surprised instead of deciding in
advance whom or what I was going to see?
( ) Did I follow what I was seeing as it developed, or was I trying to
"stick to a story" once I had a narrative started?
( ) Did I closely compare in sensory detail what the genius was seeing
of the garden or space, once I had become that genius, with what I
had seen of that garden or space on my own?
( ) Did I do much of that sensory comparison before moving on into
whatever the genius is a genius at?
( ) Did I experience AS the genius, what the genius experienced in what
s/he or it is a genius at, or was I mainly "watching from outside" or
conceptualizing what I think such a genius would experience?
( ) Did I capture what the genius FELT like in his/her/its body while
doing genius things? Can I wear those very same feelings, expressions,
posture and characteristic movements now while engaging in the same
activity in real-time myself?
( ) Did I play back the genius's memories as my own and revisit whatever
experience it was that got the genius started on being a genius at
this chosen activity - what made everything in that context start to
come together and make sense - what got this genius excited about
( ) Am I wearing the patterns of feeling, posture, etc., of the genius
while I putter in realtime in the chosen activity and context, and am
I sustaining those feeling patterns while I do so?
( ) Am I going back and forth repeatedly between the experience of being
the genius, and working in realtime in the chosen activity, a few
minutes at a time each in inner genius and outer realtime work, back
and forth toward where the two types of experience become one?
We will try to keep these checklists fairly concise, highlighting those
steps most critical to generating a successful outcome. We may decide,
you may decide, whether additional items like these should be included
* Getting/feeling "permission" from the genius before starting the
merger. If you feel a no,' quickly bring in a different genius from
whom you feel a yes.' Usually the consent is automatic and implicit
if the genius shows up for purposes of giving you the experience of
genius on this occasion - especially if you let whoever or whatever
surprise you in that capacity instead of pre-deciding you're going to
bring up Beethoven and then working with Beethoven.
* Using a full-length mirror as a device to separate completely from
the genius after that initial (and subsequent) experience. That hasn't
seemed to be necessary, but it makes various people (with various
religious and cultural backgrounds) feel a bit more secure.
* The dialog with the genius after the separation.
There might be other points, upon your review of the procedure, which
you may feel should go into a checklist - if so, please advise me before
we engrave anything in marble, and give me some sense of why you feel
that those points should be included.
There is another, even greater necessity in which I need your help.
As mentioned above, I've known of the need for such checklists for some
years now. I've never had the time to sit down and write them out to be
appended to the procedures now online and to procedures in our subsequent
hardcopy publications. At this special point in our development and
expansion, it is especially crucial to drive success rates for people
even closer to 100% than now prevails.
At this juncture, even more than before, when someone looks in on us and
tries out a procedure, we want to make it way more assured of results,
way more likely to meet with success and to begin/sustain a surge of
positive personal growth and development for that person.
So I need you. I need you to look at various of our procedures and to
compose checklists for them. And maybe you can edit or comment on
checklists composed by other members of our happy fellowship and
For some of the procedures, maybe most of them, the steps to checklist
are pretty obvious, mostly a matter of sitting down and writing it out
from the instructions.
Which procedures to checklist first?
(1) Whichever one catches your attention and gets you started thinking
(2) We are soon to bring out quickbooks on:
* Image-Streaming, including the various uses of Predictive Image
and High Thinktank and eliminating Writer's Block;
* Our A-ha book on problem-solving, including Windtunnel, CrabApple,
Woodswalk, Freenoting, and DIDA from the Image-Streaming family;
* The cluster of experimental procedures now associated with
* Borrowed Genius in several of its forms;
* A student's handbook currently in preparation, about which I
hope to say more soon.
(3) Any and all of our online procedures in the Project Renaissance
website ( http://www.winwenger.com ). Most of these are found in one
or another of the following sections:
* Winsights - http://www.winwenger.com/winsight.htm
* Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) Techniques -
* Teaching and Learning (T&L) Techniques -
* "Creativity for Scientists" procedures -
including the four given under the heading, "Idea Generator" -
Those are my present priorities, but I'll profoundly appreciate your
generating and/or editing checklists on whatever procedures you care to
address. I also request your permission to credit you by name for any
work we publish that you do or which derives substantially from your
Besides checklisting our published procedures, what else can we do to
make our publications as much of a positive service to people as
possible? Your thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks.
- Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Deepening States: The Stairstep Method - Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Someone very recently expressed a desire to "actually converse with his
subconscious mind," and as a visual person to actually see himself
talking with another person who represented that "subconscious" mind.
That writer was looking for advice on achieving such a state.
The "Stairstep Method" is useful for this purpose and for pursuing your
own objectives. Here's how that method works:
Start with 3 or 4 rounds of practice with the "Borrowed Genius" technique
( http://www.winwenger.com/borrow1.htm ), followed by further rounds of
that, this time introducing another version of yourself as the genius.
Use "Stairstep Method" for getting into a deeper trance state each time.
(1) Do whatever you do or should do, the first time, to establish as
deep a special state as you can.
(2) Mentally photograph that state in all sensory detail (also "anchor"
it as in NLP - Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
(3) Deliberately come out of the state, then or at the end of the
current round of "Borrowed Genius."
(4) Next time in, FIRST re-establish that deep special state strictly
from your mental photograph of it, and from your "anchor."
(5) Then use what you usually do to create such states, instead to
work your way distinctly deeper from what you've already established by
memory, mental photograph and anchor.
(6) Mentally photograph and anchor the new, deeper state... repeating
this cycle in a succession of distinct "stairsteps" deeper each time.
I hope this helps.
In other words, whatever effect you are reaching for, you can extend as
a series of deliberate, specific concrete steps - working to enter the
state, photographing/anchoring it, deliberately leaving that state; re-
establishing that state first specifically from that memory/photograph;
then working to drive that state further and deeper, then "photographing"
that, and so on. By turning such efforts into a series of discrete steps,
if you have the patience to come back several times, this is a way you
can achieve some remarkable ranges of experience.
- Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
My Four Pillars of Knowledge - Mastaky Salim (firstname.lastname@example.org )
What I came to name 'My Four Pillars of Knowledge' are:
* The Brain Marathon (of which I just now have a theoretical experience).
With all these, I can no longer blame someone else for my mental and
Remember what Da Vinci taught?
1. Develop your senses, especially Vision
2. Study the science of Art
3. Study the art of Science
4. Connect things
These 4 Da Vincian elements are closely related to my 4 Pillars. So, I
have decided to have a serious grasp of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
and Biology. I want this process to lead me to complete understanding of
the Human Body. Imagine what I could achieve (for Humanity) once this
Vision is materialized!
Try this experiment: The next time you are listening to someone or to
piece of music, pay more attention to the lower part of the back of
your head, where you have your Cerebellum (small brain) located. Keep
concentrated on it and nothing else. If you are like me, you should
notice the shift in your understanding of what is said or played!! Why?
The reason might be the way the information through the sound reaches
our bright Cerebrum (Big brains): first through the ears, then captured
by the Cerebellum and finally sent to the fore side of our head.
- Mastaky Salim ( email@example.com )
A Dual Experiment - George Copsey ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I've had an idea for an interesting application of PhotoReading (see
http://www.photoreading.com ) and Image-Streaming (see
http://www.winwenger.com/imstream.htm ), and would like to know the
reader's experience with it. Here's the format:
1. PhotoRead a book that you haven't consciously read at all, preferably
about a subject you know very little about. Don't activate the material.
2. Wait for 24 hours after PhotoReading, if you like, or however long
you usually do, if you do at all. (I often activate immediately after
PRing and have found this to be VERY helpful for comprehension.)
3. Using Win's Instant Replay technique, listed on pages 84 and 85 of
"The Einstein Factor," Image-Stream the experience of PhotoReading the
book and, once in the experience fully, begin opening yourself up to
more abstract insights (Part #5 of Instant Replay format). In other
words, use the Instant Replay format as an activation method.
4. Once done, consider how this experience differs from other activation
techniques you've used.
I'll wait until we've gotten some results back here first before
discussing further. Suffice it to say I think you'll find it interesting.
I look forward to your replies.
- George Copsey ( email@example.com )
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