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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


September 2005                        (Best viewed with fixed-width font)






*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, News Items

*  Events, Workshops


      "Unblocking Fears and Phobias With NLP" - by Robert Dilts

*  Comments, Feedback

      Win Wenger on multidisciplinary synthesis

      Win Wenger on aerostatic power stations

      Rod Sherwin on evoked sidebands

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






"The great progress in every science came when, in the study of problems
which were modest as compared with ultimate aims, methods were developed
which could be extended further and further."

                            -- John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern,

                            Theory of Games and Economic Behavior [1944]









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:




IMAGE-STREAMERS' BUDDY SYSTEM - proposed by Brian Theado, who is also

willing to host the program. The idea is that participants pair up and

email each other about once a week on their respective progress and

experiences, encouraging each other and keeping each other on target

toward their development goals. If you'd like to participate and find

a "buddy", email your interest to: 

- Brian_Theado ( )


Note from Win:  I most profoundly encourage you to accept Brian Theado's

invitation and become part of an Image-Streamers' Buddy System. Let me

urge you, in the strongest terms, to gain leverage and to provide leverage

to each other. You will expand your gains tenfold, in some instances a

hundred-fold. Such an easy way to win so much effect, and your doing so

also helps another to do so. Go for it.   ...Win ( )




BRAIN-BOOSTERS ON MP3 - Win Wenger's dynamite audio training course on

CDs, published by Nightingale-Conant, is available from Project Renaissance

now — Brain-Boosters, "20 minutes a day to a more powerful brain." - See to order the CD set plus a bonus CD.

Nightingale-Conant also published Win's runaway best-seller audio course,

The Einstein Factor. And now the entire 7-session Brain-Boosters course

is available for download on mp3, here - give yourself this treat:





Members in the Bay of Bengal area of India interested in meeting with

other members and practising Image-Streaming, please contact by email

to: Kesava Prasaad ( ).


Further note to members in the Bay of Bengal area:  Is there merit to our

idea proposed at ?  Could an early

meeting of your group there problem-solve on whether and how to get the

beginnings of such a project into public consideration? Please let us

know your findings.   ...Win Wenger ( )





A thriving high thinktank group meets once a month in Melbourne,

Australia. The purpose of the group is to initially build our individual

mastery of the Project Renaissance techniques and then apply these

skills to individual, community and larger issues. Meeting dates:

26 October, 2005

24 November, 2005

15 December, 2005

For more information:  Rod Sherwin ( )





Looking for participants for a weekly practice group. Anyone from New

York City wanting to practice some of the techniques posted here and

others as well are welcome. Both newcomers and advanced practitioners

of hypnosis, NLP, and somatics, please join us. Contact Joel

( )



I am located in Jersey, but am more-than-willing to travel.  I have

practiced ISing and similar procedures for a few months, but have yet

to experiment with a live listener(s).   Feel free to contact me. 

Saltman ( )





I would like to connect with others in the Pasadena, CA, area who are

experienced in Image-Streaming.  I am still new at it and my only

experience has been with the cassette tape, though I've had one excellent

answer!  I am in Duarte, CA, and work in Santa Ana.  If you have a group

that meets or are a single practitioner of Image-Streaming, and would

like to work together, send me an email. Jim ( )





I live in "Het Westland, Holland" and would like to Image-Stream with

others from the region of Randstad. Also, I am interested in the topical

interest groups. Not so much for a particular area of research, but for

a more general interest in creative problem solving. Please email to

Rick van Deijk ( )





My wife and I are looking for other people with knowledge or interest

in prenatal and postnatal sensory/intelligence/physiological development.

We have a baby coming, and have done a great deal of research and work

already (Thanks, Win!), but know there’s more and hope to join or start

a group based through this forum.

-- Michael Corrinet,










Next meeting:  Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 7:30PM

Let Your Own Vision Show You How To Live a Million Years! –


Be there. Discover from your own mind, like watching a movie only the

streaming video is in your necktop computer – what adaptations future

umanity  (including your own great-great-grandchildren, and maybe you

yourself) had to make in order to live on for millions of years –

adaptations and adjustments physical, social, emotional, psychological,

economic, technological, ethical, political, bio-evolutionary, and in

habitat, among other factors. Let your own deeper mind show you some

surprises.  Be there.


PS – See “Winsights” No. 76  as a moment from the very NEAR future……


Future meeting dates (mark your calendar):

Thursday, 7:30 pm, December 8

Thursday, 7:30 pm, January 5

Thursday, 7:30 pm, February 9

Thursday, 7:30 pm, March 9

Thursday, 7:30 pm, April 13

Thursday, 7:30 pm, May 4

Thursday, 7:30 pm, June 1


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 , type in

your own address including zip code, and type in the Quince Orchard

Library's address, and get directions (and map) from there.






                      Capitol Creativity Network:


The Capitol Creativity Network ( ) 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:


- December 8, 2005: "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 Programs:


- Tuesday, December 20, 2005: "The Power of Being Present"

9:30am-5:00pm. Harrison Snow and Michelle James. Workshop for leaders,

facilitators, team members. Details:


- Now booking - Improviganza! Holiday Office Parties - 2.5 hours of pure

improvisational fun and games! Details:


- Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 4:00-5:30pm - IAL Conference:

"Improvisation for Dynamic Learning and Creativity"



CCN Founder and Coordinator:  Michelle James

CEO, The Center for Creative Emergence & Quantum Leap Business Improv

Creativity Cultivating, Consulting and Coaching

McLean, VA USA





Upcoming CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS in New York and 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


Join Creativity Workshops in 2006 for workshops in Europe - a wonderful

way to learn and travel, and they earn 3 university credits. Choose one

of their workshops (from June through August 2006) in Crete, Florence,

Provence, Barcelona, Prague, or Dublin. For Fall and Spring, workshops

are held in New York:



March 24 - 27

April 21 - 24

May 19 - 22

Tuition: $650



Crete: June 19 - 28

Provence: June 29 - July 8

Florence: July 9 - 18

Barcelona: July 19 - 28

Prague: July 28 - August 6

Dublin - August 6 - 15

Bruges: August 15 - 24

From $1,700 including tuition and 9 night accommodations.


More details on their website, .





Academy for Integrative Communication

Bernd Isert, President ( )


*  13th World Campus in Brazil, February 5th to 24th, 2006


Personal and professional development, with professional coaching,

NLP from practitioner to trainer, systemic structural constellation

work, hypnotherapy, mediation, and much more. Our approach is systemic,

neuro-linguistic and integrative. Here learning, experiencing, joie de

vivre and international encounters all belong to a greater whole.

Visit our English website here:

And see photo galleries of last year's events in Hungary and Brasil:





March 31-April 2 weekend, 2006. Beginning 9:00 a.m. Friday, March 31.

Where: Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., specifics to be announced.

Tuition: Only $395 for this initial offering, less various discounts.
Inquire to

Condensed into an impactful Friday, Saturday and Sunday

An Adventure in Inventing....more details coming to the website.






Feature Article:





                             by Robert Dilts



Fear is defined as "an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by

anticipation or awareness of danger."  The anticipated danger may be

either real or imagined. According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary,

there are various degrees of fear, characterized by terms such as

"dread," "fright," "alarm," "panic" and "terror."


In addition to the discomfort and anxiety accompanying fear, dread

usually includes an intense reluctance to face or meet a person or

situation, containing aversion as well as anxiety. Fright involves the

shock of sudden, startling fear. Alarm is the result of a sudden and

intense awareness of immediate danger. Panic involves an unreasoning

and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity.


Terror is the most extreme degree of fear, incorporating all of the

characteristics of fear to some degree. A phobia (from the Greek phobos,

meaning "fear") is "an irrational, obsessive, and intense fear that is

focused on a specific circumstance, idea, or thing."


As with all symptoms, NLP takes the basic standpoint that fear, and the

discomfort associated with fear, is a communication. Generally the

"positive intention" of fear is safety. Paradoxically, however, many of

the behaviors and responses that result from fear do not necessarily

lead to safety in the long run. From the NLP perspective, the issue is

not whether or not a person feels fearful, but rather what that person

does next as a result of the fear.


Fear can be considered to be the first step in a chain. The value or

usefulness of the chain is a function of where the chain ends up.


According to Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, for instance, fear is overcome

by achieving clarity. NLP has developed a variety of techniques and

procedures to help people cope with various types of fear and transform

their response to it into something more useful.  -K Dissociation, moving

to Meta Position, establishing powerful resource Anchors, altering the

submodalities of the internal representations associated with the feeling

of fear, Reframing, and Changing Personal History, are all ways of dealing

with both the symptoms and the causes of fear.


The celebrated NLP Phobia technique, for instance, uses the process of

V-K Dissociation, Submodalities and Anchoring to reduce the sense of

discomfort and anxiety produced by fear, and to help identify and transform

its underlying causes.



The NLP Phobia Technique


Phobic disorders, according to modern classification, are a subcategory

of anxiety disorders. Some common phobias involve the fear of: public

places, heights, flying, closed spaces, social situations, death, the

dark, animals, foreigners or other groups of people, meteorological

events, and electricity. One of the most widespread phobias is that of

'public speaking'. Phobia sufferers may experience a variety of symptoms,

including dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, and immobilization.


A number of theories have been advanced about the causes of phobias: 

that phobias result from conditioning stemming from a single frightening

encounter with the thing feared (the behaviorist perspective); that phobias

mask anxieties dating from childhood (the psychoanalytic interpretation);

that phobias are "learned" gradually, over a long period of time; and that

phobias come from distorted thoughts about the thing feared (the cognitive



Various treatments have been developed to help bring relief to phobia

sufferers, based on the different theories about their causes, each with

similar (relatively high) levels of success. Behaviorists, for instance,

may use one of two treatments -- gradual exposure to the thing feared

(systematic desensitization), or intense exposure (flooding), which

creates a type of desensitization by oversaturating the feelings.

Psychoanalysts strive to help their patients remember suppressed thoughts

about childhood traumas. Cognitive psychologists seek to alter the way

their patients think about what they fear.


The NLP approach to dealing with phobias incorporates aspects of each

of these other perspectives. There have been a number of NLP methods

developed which effectively treat phobias, that have similarities to

each of these various modalities of phobia treatment. In fact, one of

the most well-known and successful NLP techniques is its celebrated

'10 minute' Phobia Cure.


From the NLP point of view, a phobia is a classic "neuro-linguistic

program." Phobias result from generalizations about the world that

include our fight-flight response. NLP views the basic structure of

a phobic response essentially as a single-trial learning experience

(similar to the behaviorist perspective) that can become complicated by

other beliefs and events (similar to the psychoanalytic and cognitive



In fact, people's abilities to establish or change phobic responses

rapidly have often been used as an example of how quickly we can learn,

when the intensity and timing of a response or state of attention leads

it to be associated with a particular stimulus.


Regardless of the manner in which such programs were initially established,

however, they can often be addressed in a similar fashion. From the

perspective of self-organization theory, for instance, a phobia is an

example of a 'simple-stable' pattern. (It is "simple" because one

particular stimulus is always paired with a particular response; and

it is "stable" because the stimulus and response always occur together.)


The phobic stimulus is a type of "attractor." The most effective way to

address such a process is to interrupt or destabilize the existing pattern

related to the current 'attractor', and then to establish or install a new



One of the main ways in which NLP treats phobias is by helping to interrupt

the phobic pattern or "program" through techniques like V-K Dissociation,

in which a person becomes a disconnected observer of himself or herself.

From this perceptual position, the person can dispassionately watch his or

her behavior during a phobic reaction. The phobic pattern can be further

destabilized by imaging the earliest event associated with the phobic

response as a 'black-and-white' mental movie and running it backwards.


In some cases, additional techniques which address and restructure

particular past events (such as Change Personal History), and help to

update limiting beliefs (Reimprinting), are necessary to address deeper

issues and replace the problematic 'attractor'. The technique of Reframing,

which explores finding other choices to satisfy the positive intention of

the fear, has also been used with success in the treatment of some phobias.



Steps of the NLP Phobia Process


The following is a summary of the general steps taken in the NLP approach

to phobia treatment:


1.  Identify the stimulus or context associated with the phobic response;

i.e., seeing the insect or animal, sitting in an airplane, speaking in

public, etc. (e.g., a wasp). Notice the physiological reactions that occur

in response to remembering or imagining the stimulus or situation.


2.  Clear your mind and enter a relaxed and calm state. Look up and

visualize a blank movie screen out in front of you, as if you were

sitting in a movie theater. Your eyes should be looking upwards at about

a 20 degree angle; your breathing should be shallow and in the chest

area, shoulders back, with little or no tension in facial muscles.


3.  Now, imagine that you are floating above and behind yourself, as if

you were watching yourself sitting in the movie theater, looking at

yourself from the perspective of the projection booth of the theater.


4.  Imagine that, from the projection booth, you can see a movie of a

past incident associated with the establishment of the phobic response

being projected on the movie screen (e.g., accidentally stepping in a

wasp's nest as a child). If you need to, you can move the picture farther

away, make it black and white, or alter the brightness to ensure complete

detachment from any fearful feelings.


5. Make a 'safety sandwich'. From your perspective in the projection

booth, you can know that there was a time before the event happened that

you were safe. There was also a time following the event that you were

again safe. Make sure that you can view the whole 'movie' of the event,

starting with the initial point of safety, through the frightening

experience, to the later point of safety. It was an event that happened

and is over.


6.  Now, run the movie 'backward'. See all of the events going in reverse.

Do this several times, as quickly as you can.


7. Explore the positive intention or purpose of the fear. What other

understandings, resources, and choices of behavior do you have that you

could bring into that situation? Imagine that you could "edit" the movie

and see the positive effects that these new understandings, resources

and choices would have on that past situation.


8. Float down from the projection booth back into the you who is sitting

in the movie theater and watching this new movie. If the scenes in the

new movie stay in their updated form, you can also put yourself into the

movie and experience what it would be like to have the new understandings,

resources and choices in that situation.


Notice how this process incorporates aspects of the behaviorist,

psychoanalytic and cognitive approaches. It does presuppose, however,

knowledge of the stimulus that triggers the phobic response, and at

least some knowledge of the initiating circumstances behind the phobia.


Some phobias and anxiety disorders, such as a generalized 'fear of the

unknown', are missing both types of information. Typically, in something

like a snake phobia, information about the trigger of the fear, namely

snakes, is external and in "objective" or "consensual" reality.


A 'free floating' fear of the unknown most likely has an internal,

"subjective" trigger that is probably out of conscious awareness for

the individual.


Working with this type of fear would first involve helping the person to

conduct a "transderivational search" through his or her personal history

to explore the situation surrounding the beginning of the fear. Many

times, such phobic reactions spontaneously change (become "reframed")

when the person becomes aware of the conditions in which the reaction was

first established. The use of metaphors and symbols is also an effective

way to treat 'free floating' anxieties.





Encyclopedia of Systemic NLP. Dilts, R. and DeLozier, NLP University

Press, Santa Cruz, CA, 2000.

Frogs Into Princes. Bandler, R. and Grinder, J., Real People Press,

Moab, UT, 1979.



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Win Wenger ( ) adds:

Many of you already know that Robert Dilts is recognized as one of the

world's leading experts on removal of fears and phobias, and that some

consider him to be THE leading such expert.


The rest of you should know that it is NOT "too good to be true," that

lifetime fears and phobias can be removed in a matter of minutes - even

if, traditionally, patients go to a therapist for years, or even a

lifetime, and still not emerge free of these problems. I myself cured

myself of a "lifetime block" in math, in about twenty minutes, mostly by

using breathing patterns to recondition stimuli (see the Calm Breathing

Patterns in "Winsights" Nos. 28-29, ). Some of

you know the tapping procedures in the Emotional Freedom Technique which

likewise very quickly dispel undesired states. Others of you know that

the Rapid Eye Movement procedure rapidly clears away various stress

disorders in minutes, and some of you know Kinesiology's way of finger-

resting either side of the pre-frontal lobes which likewise has similar

success. Dilts, of course, has had long, extensive success results with

the NLP approach described above.


In other words, the aberration is not that some program or method can

cure such things in just a few minutes. The aberration is that therapies

costing hundreds of dollars per hour continue to be the politically and

legally enforced medical standard. They require years to treat such

conditions and often fail altogether to heal them.


What I would very much like to see, and what Robert Dilts has expressed

to me some interest in seeing, is a multidisciplinary conference of all

relevant programs and disciplines, seeking not to prove who is right or

wrong but finding a higher and even more powerful synthesis.

Representatives of each program would problem-solve together before a

larger audience, mostly using special information processes such as our

many CPS methods, rather than conventional group discussion, in search

of synthesis and consensus.


What I would also like to see is some sort of Consumer's Guide to such

methods, techniques and programs. This would require some research to put

together accurately, but think of the incredible benefits! Not to mention

also that a rising tide lifts all ships, and if reliable research were

featured for these "alternative therapies," a much broader portion of the

public would become that rising tide.


Anyone interested in helping either that multidisciplinary synthesis-

seeking conference or such a human-process Consumer's Guide to happen,

please contact me. Thank you.

... Win Wenger ( )




Win Wenger ( ) writes:

A current story in Reuters tells about a Norwegian attempt to locate

windmill farms out at sea - where there's more wind, and where they'd be

out of sight of land-dwellers:


Supported by tethered hydrogen balloons, such farms would also be

essentially out of sight if high enough in the sky. The tethers would be

visible at each ground station but quickly disappear as they rose. The

winds are also greater in the sky than at ground or sea level. High

enough farms could also support banks of solar power panels in perpetual

sunlight, once the cost of solar power comes down a little more. Lastly,

there should be some recoverable power in the difference in electrical

potential between ground and the upper atmosphere.


Tethered and cross-tethered for stability by balloons, these aerostatic

power stations could also serve as a back door for development of our

inexpensive space launch system ( )

using such tethered balloons to support a very long, gentle-g mass-driver

track, allowing hundreds of miles over the top of the atmosphere in which

to build orbital velocity without expending reaction mass. Thoughts,


-- Win Wenger ( )




Rod Sherwin ( ) writes:

I'm having great success with the Sidebands area of exploration

[see the feature article by Win Wenger on Sidebands in the August 2005

issue of The Stream, ].

Just recently I was working hard at my finances, trying to create some

more cashflow, and after several hours gave it away and went to bed

reading an unrelated book. As I was reading, all these amazing ideas for

my finances kept popping into my head. At first they would flit across

my awareness and I would almost ignore them. Then I realised how good

some of the ideas were and started writing them down as they occurred.

Fascinating stuff!! -- Regards, Rod




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