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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


December 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)






* Quote of the Month

* Win Wenger's Special Message for the Season

* Announcements, News Items

* Events, Workshops


Brain Development and Undevelopment - Win Wenger

* Comments, Feedback

Kate Jones on motivation and goal-setting

Lothar Jost on breathing techniques

Dennis Vargo on "What do we know"

* Organizational Notes

* Links






"The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in the world is to

discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices."


- Frederick the Great







The human race is now looking at a possible pandemic outbreak of human-

transmittable avian flu - just as we were looking at a possible SARS

outbreak at this time last year, one that did not happen as human resolve

and human ingenuity managed to prevail instead.


In fact, the human race has made it through to December 2005 despite

forty years of near-certainty, ending only in 1992, that humanity was

going to destroy itself in a strategic nuclear exchange between the

USA/NATO and the Soviet Union. Along the way, we saw Argentina and

Brazil drop their own nuclear arms race. Last year we saw nuclear-armed

India and Pakistan step back from the brink, resuming negotiations which

still have far to go, but which have come a long way, the best relations

between the two countries since the 1948 Partition Riots which separated



Human dedication, ingenuity and good will can and do make a difference.

Yes, we have problems and shortcomings. But we have seen resolutions as

well, some of them little short of miraculous. We can be heartened by

the knowledge that our own dedication, ingenuity and good will can make

a difference in 2006, in small affairs and maybe large; in our own lives;

and in the lives of those whom we care about.


There can be not only negative-prevention miracles, but positive miracles

as well. Fifteen years ago, what did the Internet mean to you? Yes, the

Internet is somewhat a mixed blessing, but definitely for the most part

a blessing. Among other things, it enabled a greater redistribution of

information-access and power than even the invention of printing, which

gave us the modern world. Greater changes from that will necessarily

follow. And now we are told of equally major revolutions in information

technology about to come to us.


Even a decade ago, how realistic did Google's declared goal, to take all

of (printed) human knowledge and make it accessible by search engine

through the Internet? Yet now we all Google, and look how amazingly far

along we are toward that goal. If only we could so capture all of human

wisdom as well! Wikipedia shows promise of leading towards that frontier,

as well.


If we can make it through the next few years, the human race may indeed

have unbelievably good times ahead for us all. Yes, we live in unsettled

times - but, by definition, that's when it's easiest for even one

individual to make a meaningful difference, when situations are indeed

unsettled. Heading into that extraordinary year 2006, let us go, you and

I, to make some of that meaningful difference.









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 - hosted by Brian Theado. 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 ( )


Win Wenger says: I most profoundly encourage you to become part of the

Image-Streamers' Buddy System. 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 ( )




CREATIVITY TOOLS / TOYS - invented by Rory O'Connor,


* The Inner Vision Deck -

Rory used Win Wenger's Sidebands method of creative problem-solving to

develop this deck. He posed the question: "How can I create a tool that

will engage a skeptical and business-minded bunch of people in the use

of creative problem-solving in a format that is portable so that people

can use it to solve problems instead of simply talking about them?"


Each card contains a word or phrase, such as unite, bail out, tightrope,

bottomless pit, flow, new pathway, borrowed time, and over 60 more. Use

them to get ingenious answers to questions and problems, or to play a

revealing party game. Online instructions include solo, coaching and

group problem-solving. Printed in the UK.

"Don稚 under-estimate this no-frills brainstorming tool. The Inner

Vision Deck is simple, powerful and inexpensive. 4 out of 5 stars"

-- Chuck Frey,

Order online in Europe through The Creativity Hub, at and in the U.S./Canada from for $20.


* Rory's Story Cubes - published by Kadon Enterprises, Inc. in USA.

Using Win's BeachHead/BaseCamp invention process, Rory O'Connor invented

Rory's Story Cubes as a problem-solving, story-telling and creativity-

enhancing tool. The 9 cubes carry 54 images, all carefully chosen to

evoke the widest range of ideas and associations. To solve a problem,

roll the 9 cubes and create a story that weaves all 9 images into its

plot. Now ask - how do the characters, themes, events and locations in

my story provide an insight or answer to the question? Simple in their

design, Rory's Story Cubes are awesome in metaphorical powers to reveal

answers and insights, and to delight both storyteller and listeners

with the surprising depths of the imagination. For ages 6 and up.

Available from for $25.





We'd like to hear from anyone who is gifted and/or talented, and anyone

who is working with or interested in the gifted and talented... for a

cluster of reasons:


1) Education of the gifted and talented has been moribund since the

early 1980s, yet civilization is built mainly from the contributions of

just a relatively few such people.


2) The basic human nutrition is appropriate feedback upon one's own

interests, initiative and actions. By their exceptionality, the

exceptionally gifted are most deprived of this essential nutrition, and

many, for that reason, to say nothing of their educational neglect since

the early '80s, don't get to make that significant contribution to our

science, our culture and our society, thus limiting the lives and well-

being of us all.


3) Some of our methods are a pretty direct avenue to genius in each of

us, yet it is clear that, given a chance, "the rich get richer." The

brighter someone already is, the easier it is, with a little application

of our methods, for them to develop a lot further.


4) Our intended service is to everyone. Our resources and methods are

meant to enable everyone to move forward. It begins to look like our

greatest movement forward, and/or most rapid movement forward, may result

if we give a little special additional attention to the needs of the

already pretty gifted.


In addition: Long ago, most of the unannounced part of my education

major was that of educating the gifted. Two of my best friends and

mentors were, for a long time, two of the world's leading experts on

education of the gifted - Virgil S. Ward and John Curtis Gowan, and some

of my classmates under Ward are among today's leading experts.


Something a little extra for the gifted may turn out to be the little

extra we need to get the wobbling wheels of our civilization's chariot

securely back on and things moving forward again. If you are, or know

of, and/or are working with, the gifted and/or talented, please write

me. Thank you.

-- Win Wenger ( )





Professor Kader is researching creative behaviors recognition and its

enhancement. Please send any updated information and references on this

field, including how creators manifested creativity in their early





GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS - Books make wonderful gifts for everyone you

care about. See the Books section, , of the

Project Renaissance website, for a wide selection of Win Wenger's works

for making your life better through more creative coping skills.




Sean Collins offers Win Wenger's Beyond OK as a 6-week home-study

course, sections delivered once each week. Available as basic text only

or as complete text plus audio (mp3 or wma format) downloadable program.

See details on Sean's website, .
This package makes a great holiday gift, too.





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. Next meeting date:

15 December, 2005

For more information: Rod Sherwin ( )











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





FREE CONFERENCE CALLS - International Alliance for Learning


During December and January, IAL is waiving the normal $5.00 fee to

non-members; everyone can participate at no cost. Meet and share the

knowledge of distinguished conference presenters:


Lyelle Palmer , Ph.D. 末 December 6, 2005 - 8:00PM EST

Lyelle is Professor Emeritus of Special Education (Accelerated Learning

and Learning Disabilities) at Winona State University.


Chuck Bubar 末 December 8, 2005 - 8:00PM EST

Chuck is President of The International Institute for Educational

Excellence, Inc., and a member of the board of the International Alliance

for Learning.


Bill Wilson 末 December 13, 2005 - 2:00PM EST

Bill has been involved in the training and performance improvement arena

for over 30 years. He is the President of Limitless Learning, Inc.


Win Wenger 末 December 19, 2005 - 8:00PM EST

Win has created more creativity methods, over a wider range of types and

effects, than has anyone else in the world; authored 48 books and three

best-seller audio courses; taught and trained worldwide and pioneered

methods of better teaching and learning. This evening's topic: Find Much

More of Your Intelligence Outside Than Inside the Focus of Your Attention!


Sharon Promislow 末 December 20, 2005 - 8:00PM EST

Known worldwide for her synthesis of specialized kinesiology, stress

management and accelerated learning strategies, Sharon presents to school

districts, teacher in-services, education conferences and corporations.

Author of Making The Brain/Body Connection, Putting Out the Fire of Fear,

The Top Ten Stress Releasers, and professional training materials.


Charlene Wrighton 末 January 3, 2006 - 8:00PM EST

In 1985 Charlene co-developed a kinesthetic language-arts program called

Zoo-phonics. It uses the eyes, mouth, ears and body to teach the alphabet,

phonemic awareness, reading, spelling and writing. See


Please check the IAL website regularly so you won't miss a single





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



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 $1,650 including tuition and 9 night accommodations.


More details on their website, .





Academy for Integrative Communication

Bernd Isert, President ( )


* 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:

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





March 31-April 2 weekend, 2006. Beginning 9:00AM 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.




CREATIVITY WEEKEND: Creating Creativity - reclaim your innate creativity

May 6th and 7th, 2006

Oakwood School, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

Details from: Nina Guilfoyle ( )

NRG Learning Consultancy:

Empowering Learning

T. +44()01243 776063







Feature Article:




Less than 1% - fact or folklore?


by Win Wenger



It's time to debunk the question of how much of the brain is actually

used and not used. The literature hasn't been entirely helpful in either

regard, but the original study, the one that practically every workshop

leader tosses off as gospel a la folklore, without ever bothering to go

to source or naming source, is that by J. Z. Young, published in 1964 in

his "A Model of The Brain" (London: Oxford U. Press). He did the actual

sampling and counting, and concluded that somewhere between 5% and 10% of

the brain was developed, based upon what proportion of the sampled brain

cells showed any development at all.


Other researchers since then have quarreled with his sampling strategies

but apparently did not come up with substantially different conclusions.

None of these that I know of factored in the DEGREE of development. Degree

can be physiologically demonstrated two ways - thickness of the myelin

sheathing which insulates the nerve cell, making it easier to build up a

charge difference between the insides and outsides of the cell so it can

fire; and the number of dendritic connections the cell makes with other



The number of dendritic connections is more easily counted as an indicator.

Some cells have been counted with more than sixty thousand connections with

other cells; we can mark that as a kind of potential ceiling even though we

don't know what actual ceiling exists except that it has to be that high or

higher. Most brain cells that are developed at all have only a dozen or so

connections with other cells.


So, factor in the DEGREE of development with the percentage of cells that

actually developed and we are already looking at well under 1% development

of the brain - in fact well under 1% of 1% - just in physiological terms



If we turn to behavioral aspects, especially conscious and unconscious,

we find similar considerations - for just the developed parts of the brain

that we are using. For example, the apparent long-term permanent storage

of either all, or at least an astronomical many, of our experiences dates

back to infancy and even some in the womb. Yet we have conscious access to

but a tiny portion of these without the use of drugs, hypnosis, or some

of our non-drug, non-hypnotic, non-intrusive processes that we routinely

use in Project Renaissance. Factor that together, in turn, with this --


At arm's length distance, please hold up your index finger and stare at it

fixedly. Without moving your eyes from your index finger, notice how much

more of your surroundings you can see and make sense of. Your index finger

is about the span of your visual focus, and it represents nicely the still

larger issue of the span of your attentional focus for all ongoing sensory

awarenesses and experience.


The behaviorists all the way back to Watson demonstrated that that

"lateral" information coming in also registers and goes into long-term

data storage and whatever processing is engaged there - either all of it,

or at least a great amount of it.... Factor this focus-vs.-background

factor together with the enormous beyond-conscious data storage, together

with the physiological less-than-1%, and I have to conclude - -


1) The proportion of mind and brain that we have developed and are

consciously using is very substantially less than that 1%, and -


2) We do have some room for improvement.


In addition, we in Project Renaissance have had a lot of experience in

bringing not only data, previously beyond-conscious, on line with full

verbal conscious focus, but also functions. It is, moreover, clear to us

that we haven't even begun to scratch the surface.


I cannot answer for Tony Buzan's literature which, I think, has somewhat

different premises. But I'm afraid I have to stick to my earlier statement
that the 1% proposition was something of an understatement.


Any of you who DO teach or train workshops, in which you've been using

that piece of 5-10% folklore, copy down my J. Z. Young reference above.

I've done some of your homework for you.


For those of you who are currently practiced in Image-Streaming, one

very nice "past history" process you can do this very minute, if you care

to research this topic experientially, is detailed for you in Winsights

No. 44 ( ). That one is not set up

specifically for retrieving deep past memories - it is set up for another

purpose - but it should be utterly easy for you to use that to retrieve

some of your very deep, very beyond-conscious offline memories if you

should care to. Additional deep-retrieval procedures, more directly

useful for that purpose, are contained in my book, "Beyond O.K." -


- Win Wenger ( )



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Jennifer Haggerty's article on goal-setting in the March 2005 issue of

The Stream - - inspired these musings:

Using perceived/remembered emotions to reverse-engineer motivation and

goal direction (and desired success) relies on a mechanism that few seem

to have recognized and understood. Emotions are not primaries. They are

diagnostic tools reflecting a deeper well of internalized values. They

are value judgments, responses to stimuli - effects, not causes. They

are the subconscious mind's sentries, the underground guardians that

send their alarms throughout the entity's nervous system and emotional

receptors, but they only judge by what they've been programmed to

believe. It is that program we should be looking for and looking at,

and then every motivation, goal and action would become clear.

-- Kate





I've been looking into breathing and its relation to mental functioning.

Win Wenger has written pages of brilliant stuff about breathing techniques,

and Dennis Lewis' 'The Tao of Natural Breathing' seems to occasionally

refer to how breathing affects the brain. Here's a technique I find

useful: Between two activities set aside one minute for breathing, and

if an activity lasts too long, let your breathing return to normal now and

then and take in some uninterrupted breaths. After a couple of hours this

produces noticeable positive changes, even without making these breaths

deeper than natural. (of course, it might still be much better to make

them as deep as possible, but for some reason, to me, it feels better to

make them just natural.)

- Lothar




WHAT DO WE KNOW - Dennis Vargo ( )

[Response to questionnaire in The Stream, May 2005 - ]

I would rephrase and define these complex concepts much differently.


Real world: that which exists independently of us and what will remain

after we are gone. We are a part of the real world - we live in it and

we are perceivers, interpreters and manipulators of it. Our efforts,

thoughts, energies and intentions, etc., influence the real world. By

our existence, our thoughts and our actions, we change the earth, albeit

usually indirectly, 'weakly,' probably usually immeasurably. It is

difficult if not impossible to determine/identify that influence. In

addition, there are many influencing beings, so individual contributions

to distant events are very difficult to tease out, especially as it is

rare for individuals to try to influence such things in a unified (and

perhaps not canceling) fashion.


I tend to conceptualize three degrees, or types, of 'truth': 'what is

true,' the truth, and THE TRUTH.


'What is true' is immediate and personal, although democratic by

convention. That being said, different people may have different

concepts of 'what is true.' [For example, Christians believe 'it is

true' that Jesus is the son of God.]

'The truth' is our current understanding and interpretation of THE

TRUTH - it has a lineage and progression (although we make mistakes

and sometimes back-track from THE TRUTH; nonetheless it is a progression,

if only irregularly). Scientific laws are examples of 'the truth.'


THE TRUTH exists in 'the real world' and is absolute and independent of

our volition. All of THE TRUTH is not even entirely known or knowable.

Much of what we are is part of This TRUTH. In general, as we become more

educated, we get a bit closer to This TRUTH. [The best, albeit not

foolproof, example of this is the statement, "God is." If, indeed, God

does exist.]


In other words, if humans never existed, there would still be a 'real

world' and it would have THE TRUTH, which would be composed of historical

fact and immutable scientific and natural laws. Life significantly

complicates, embellishes, expands this TRUTH. As cognizant human

thinkers, we are able to deduce/induce/intuit/etc., 'the truth' and

'what is true' - individually and as society - and maybe even get closer

to THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH is universal. 'What is true' and 'the truth' are

frequently and largely individual and can change - and frequently do

change and progress. Because of this, the real world and THE TRUTH are

much more complex and are embellished by living creatures, especially

human beings.

- Dennis Vargo ( )




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