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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

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October 2005                        (Best viewed with fixed-width font)

 

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, News Items

*  Events, Workshops

*  FEATURE ARTICLE:

      Using Sensory Associations to Intensify Your Image-Stream

       - by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback

      Michael Bierly on eye positioning during Image-Streaming

      Yolaine Stout on multisensory Image-Streaming

      Edmund Fargo on artistic inspiration from Image-Streaming

      Win Wenger on blood flow to the brain

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my

contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for

him the spinal cord would suffice."

                                       - Albert Einstein

 

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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

Or see the online archives:  http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm

 

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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 ( brian.theado@gmail.com )

 

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 (wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA:

The ImageStreaming/high thinktank group in Melbourne, Australia, started

by Rod Sherwin, is reporting an active group and interesting results. This

month's meeting will be 26 October 2005 from 6:45pm for a 7pm start. The

purpose of the evening is to help everyone explore and expand their ability

to creatively problem solve; finding solutions to some real-life problems

or questions that you can bring along. And over time develop the skills and

talents of the group to apply them to not only our personal lives but also

to community and larger outcomes. If you'd like to join in and are in the

area, please email to:  Rod Sherwin ( htt@modelthinking.com )

Upcoming dates: 24 November 2005 and 15 December 2005.

 

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From New Scientist's series on Being Human:  "11 steps to a better brain"

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/mg18625011.900

Among steps such as smart drugs, diet, Mozart, sleep, exercise, healthy

lifestyle, spirituality, paying attention, and neurofeedback, the article

lists techniques for memory training. Here's an excerpt:

 

"A team led by Torkel Klingberg at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm,

Sweden, has found signs that the neural systems that underlie working

memory may grow in response to training. Using functional magnetic

resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans, they measured the brain activity

of adults before and after a working-memory training programme, which

involved tasks such as memorising the positions of a series of dots on a

grid. After five weeks of training, their brain activity had increased in

the regions associated with this type of memory (Nature Neuroscience,

vol 7, p 75)."

 

Read the full article for the latest on increasing brain and longevity.

 

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Here are 2 websites I've found for training your working memory:

Memory Gym ( http://memorise.org/memoryGym.htm )

Digit Span ( www.dushkin.com/connectext/psy/ch07/digitspan.mhtml )

-- Contributed by Ari Haviv (aribhaviv@fastmail.fm )

 

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THE CREATIVITY GAME by George Copsey ( george@curiositycoach.com )

This 21-day e-course, delivered as daily e-mails, audio recordings and

pdf files, is designed by a professional Image-Streaming coach to help

you enjoy ever expanding creativity, greater confidence in your problem

solving skills, more joy and energy from your Image-Streaming sessions,

increased awareness of your subtle perceptions and intuition and how

to use them in practical ways, deeper satisfaction in your work & life.

Download and play the Game anytime you want - even if it's 2:00 AM.

It's like having your own personal Creativity coach, anytime you need

a tip, energy or inspiration. Here's a free 7-minute audio introduction:

http://www.viscoach.citymaker.com/page/page/1188604.htm  or enroll here:

http://www.viscoach.citymaker.com/page/page/1178345.htm

 

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Ralph Cerchione ( figment@boone.net ) has a blog, "Future Imperative",

With a broad look at human enhancement, from gene therapy to accelerated

learning, from neural implants to smart drugs, from posthuman evolution

to the wildest flights of human imagination. Check it out here:

http://futureimperative.blogspot.com

 

Truly, some of the best stuff on those topics you will find anywhere,

on or off the Web, you will find right there at Future Imperatives, and

I strongly commend it to you:  http://futureimeratove.blogspot.

... Win Wenger ( wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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EVENTS

 

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MONTHLY HIGH THINKTANK MEETINGS, 2005-2006

 

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

(240-777-0200)

 

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.

 

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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:

 

- 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:

www.creativeemergence.com/page17.html

 

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

improvisational fun and games! Details:  www.creativeemergence.com

 

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

"Improvisation for Dynamic Learning and Creativity"

 Details:  www.ialearn.org

 

CCN Founder and Coordinator:  Michelle James

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

Creativity Cultivating, Consulting and Coaching

www.creativeemergence.com

michelle@creativeemergence.com

McLean, VA USA

703-760-9009

 

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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:

 

NEW YORK CALENDAR 2006

March 24 - 27

April 21 - 24

May 19 - 22

Tuition: $650

 

SUMMER CALENDAR 2006

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 $1,650 including tuition and 9 night accommodations.

 

More details on their website, http://www.creativityworkshop.com .

 

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METAFORUM INTERNATIONAL

Academy for Integrative Communication

Bernd Isert, President ( team@metaforum.com )

 

*  13th World Campus in Brazil, February 5-24, 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: http://www.metaforum.com/english.html

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

http://www.metaforum.com/english/soca04-gallery/index.html

http://www.metaforum.com/metaforum/winter2005_galerie/index.html

 

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IPSI CONFERENCES  ( mont2006@ipsiconferences.org )

Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research

January 8-11, 2006 - Hotel Stanford Terrace, Palo Alto, CA, USA

January 5-8, 2006 - Hotel Beacon, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA

February 19-13, 2006 - Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain

March 23-26, 2006 - Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi (Naples), Italy

April 27-30, 2006 - Hotel de la Cite, Carcassone, France

May 4-7, 2006 - Hotel Hostal de la Gavina, S'Agaro, Costa Brava, Spain

June 30-July 3, 2006 - University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada

 

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A WILD AND WOOLLY WEEKEND INVENTING

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  wwenger101@aol.com

Condensed into an impactful Friday, Saturday and Sunday

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

 

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Feature Article:

 

 

                      USING SENSORY ASSOCIATIONS TO

                       INTENSIFY YOUR IMAGE-STREAM

 

                              by Win Wenger

 

 

For those who may have experienced difficulty in getting good results from

their ImageStreaming attempts, I want to remind practitioners and would-be

practitioners and experimenters that the description of the imagery needs

to be sensory, that you won't get anything like the desired results if your

descriptions aren't rich in colors, textures, shapes, position-referencings,

motion, descriptions especially in the visual senses and the touch senses,

and it won't hurt to get sound, taste and smell in there, too.

 

The reason:  sensory associations are the working language of that 60% to

90% of your brain, beyond your ordinary 2% verbal-conscious brain, that

you are trying to consult in ImageStreaming and related processes. Engage

that larger resource WITH and build connections WITH that ordinary 2%

verbal-conscious smidgen. This makes a huge difference! How can I say

this any more plainly?

 

Yes, there are other benefits from ImageStreaming aside from, and many

of them more significant than, building intelligence. But most of the

controversy has been over intelligence, so let me address that for a

moment. You can see that "IQ" as a (rather flawed and limited) measure

of intelligence is an expression of the verbal left brain, with a few

inputs from the positional and visual senses.

 

You can also see that to link in some of the resources of the sensory-

imaging brain, which is 40 times greater by volume than that verbal 2%

smidgen, adds considerably to the resources from which that 2% verbal

smidgen can express, and not only on IQ tests.

 

You can see further effects on "intelligence," as expressed through the

2% verbal smidgen, when you consider that the verbal is penned into the

false-to-reality structures of our language such as the subject-predicate

relationship, which made us think that the universe is organized in one-

way linear cause-&-effect relationships when the reality is so much richer

and more holographic, effects going every which way and impinging from

every which way. Our sensory-associating brains have been giving us a much

more realistic and holistic picture of how things actually work. This is a

form of "intelligence" that doesn't show up on IQ tests but is no less real

in any meaningful definition of that quality.

 

Further, there is a concrete sensory core to all our thought and all our

levels of abstraction. Abstraction is a huge convenience, manipulating

large classes and groups of actions at a time in our minds. But the higher

the level of abstraction without referring back to the sensory and concrete,

the higher the incidence of error until "noise" begins to drown out the

useful signals.

 

Whether with interior imagery as with ImageStreaming or by exterior senses,

the more and the better you can connect with your senses and with sensory

experience, the clearer and more effective you will be, whether or not one

calls that "intelligence."

 

Another way of rebuilding your powers of actual in-depth understanding, in

any particular subject or generally, is found with an ImageStreaming

derivative process at www.winwenger.com/part44.htm .

 

Further, there is a numinous quality to experience which one misses out

on and is far the poorer for missing, if one doesn't tune in at least a

little to this vastly greater part of one's brain (40 times greater by

volume than that 2% verbal smidgen).

 

And beyond that:  how can you possibly think that such brush with the

numinous that you've had is all there is, that you know what we're

talking about here? What if you tune in to a little more than that little

bit?

 

I do not denigrate our language and that 2% verbal smidgen: we absolutely

need that. The focusing power of language made us human. The extent to

which we can articulate our thoughts and perceptions is the extent to

which we can focus on them our faculties and our actions. I refer to that

2% verbal smidgen, one-fortieth of the size by volume of our sensory

processor, to attempt to convey a realistic sense of proportion. We need

both types of brain chunk. The more connected we can become between these

two vital regions of our brain, the better.

 

ImageStreaming and its related procedures are but one way among the many

ways possible for building those better connections, but it appears to be

one of the two strongest and most rapid ways we presently know of.

 

Complete free instructions - indeed, an entire curriculum including how to

easily teach entire groups at a time, if you click through to each of the

articles as you come to them - is waiting for your action, beginning at

www.winwenger.com/imstream.htm .

 

Hey, good people, let's move forward from here. Get your own toe into some

very nice waters.

 

-- Win

 

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To send feedback privately to Win Wenger, email him at:

mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=Sensory

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

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Sensory

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

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

 

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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK

 

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Michael Bierly ( mbierly@epix.net ) writes:

Has anyone experimented with eye positioning during ImageStreaming?

Some research indicates that looking up and to the right (eyes open

or closed) is not only an automatic physical response to attempting

to construct new images, but that it also may help one to construct

new visual images. Up and left indicates and facilitates visual memory.

Of course, this may be flipped in some people and some look straight

ahead, but those are exceptions to the rule.

 

As a test, have someone ask you the following questions (or ones like

them) and have them record which way your eyes go as you search for the

answer. Once you have that answer, try placing your eyes in that position

as you ImageStream (unless you ImageStream for a really long time... my

mother always said my face would freeze that way and I don't want you to

risk that).

 

Questions -

*  Can you describe to me what your ideal house would look like?

*  If you could create a place that was a cross between the mountains and

   the beach, what would it look like?

*  Regardless of your religious beliefs, what do you imagine heaven would

   look like?

*  Describe what you think you will look like 10 years from now.

 

Actually, it isn't the specific questions, but just questions that

cause the responder to construct rather than remember a visual image.

Let me know what you think and, if you try it, if it has any impact.

-- Mick ( mbierly@epix.net )

 

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Yolaine Stout ( ystout11@cox.net ) writes:

I use all the senses as an aid to having very vivid mind experiences,

rather than just seeing images. I find that these multisensory

experiences also reveal a greater depth of meaning. I started doing

creative visualizations in the 1970s, but it wasn't until the Einstein

Factor that Win taught us that we can ask questions and get answers!

Talk about an inner eye opener!

 

In the 1980s I began experimenting with different approaches to make my

inner experiences become more and more vivid and also to see to what

extent I could control my mind and my body. What worked for me was

activating my awareness of all our other senses BEFORE visualizing. Then

it  occurred to me to use a similar sequence in perceptual development

of infants and young children. I then experimented with adjusting those

sensations, in order to see what was within my control and what was not.

 

 

This is the method that brought me the most vivid images.

1. awareness of breath - adjust breath to deep, rhythmic breathing

2. awareness of physical sensations (weight of body, air currents,

   tingling, warmth, coolness) - magnify those sensations, or alter

   them - try feeling lighter, heavier, cooler, warmer - make your

   hands feel tingly, make them stop, etc. - (takes practice)

3. awareness of inner sound, sound of swallowing, breathing - to

   imagining sounds of wind howling, raindrops, mom calling your name

4. awareness of taste in mouth - to imagining the taste of warm cocoa,

   for example

5. awareness of smell - imagining smelling that warm cocoa

6. seeing that cup of warm cocoa in exquisite detail

7. feel the emotion of it

8. integrate a multisensory event such as this: - a memory of being

   hungry, being called in to eat, mom cooking, sitting down to eat,

   tasting, feeling -

That vivid multisensory experience in my mind's eye is more vivid than

just watching something on a screen.

 

Now try seeing your question in the same way your mind thinks - ask your

question as a metaphor rather than in words. If you want to know what

your obstacles are to a certain problem - get into how you feel -  see

your multisensory self walking down a path, you turn a corner - what

obstacle appears before you? Experience your obstacle with all your

senses. What you experience can be interpreted with the same associative

process as night dreams. - It really works for me. 

-- Yolaine ( ystout11@cox.net )

 

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Edmund Fargo (Edmund_Fargo@hotmail.com ) writes:

As a painter, I have found the ImageStreaming technique most useful in

conjuring up subject matter. It seems every time I go into the Image-

Stream, I find the most incredible subject matter.

 

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"Blood flow to brain may be clue to certain dementias"

www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-08/rson-bft082305.php

 

Well, people, they've worked their way around a little bit more toward

what we've been saying about improving circulation to the brain and the

consequences of that for brain function, and there are certainly some

known and demonstrated ways to do that improving of circulation...  I

wonder how many more years we have to wait for them to put two and two

together to come up with at least three?

-- Win Wenger ( wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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To send your comments to The Stream for possible publication here, write

to: mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Comments

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL NOTES

 

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