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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
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
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
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
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 ( email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org )
The ImageStreaming/high thinktank group in
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 ( email@example.com )
Upcoming dates: 24 November 2005 and 15 December 2005.
From New Scientist's series on Being Human: "11 steps to a better brain"
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
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org )
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Ralph Cerchione ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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
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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 ( email@example.com )
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
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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;
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!
improvisational fun and games! Details: www.creativeemergence.com
- 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
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Tel: (212) 922-1555
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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
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
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
Hey, good people, let's move forward from here. Get your own toe into some
very nice waters.
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Michael Bierly ( email@example.com ) 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
* 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
* 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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Yolaine Stout ( email@example.com ) 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,
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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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.
"Blood flow to brain may be clue to certain dementias"
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 ( email@example.com )
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