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No. 44 (August 2000)

Build Your Ability to Understand Everything!
by Win Wenger, Ph.D.

Many or most of you reading this already have learned how to Imagestream. Many of you have even practiced it at least some — and experienced at least some degree and form of nice little mental tuneup from it. The subject of this month's excursion here involves just one use, one application, of Image-Streaming which may be absolute dynamite.

We've just been creating a new course on tape which contains this remarkable application. This new course is to become available this November (2000) from Nightingale-Conant, for whom I've been recording these past few days. [Editor's note, May 2001:   See the review of the completed tape.]

Those of you who have not yet learned to Imagestream, this is now your occasion and reason to go to my free online-published quickbook, You Are Brighter Than You Think. Follow the instructions given, in the last third of that quickbook, for Imagestreaming. Save to file or print out those instructions. With them, save to file or print out the instructions following below.

The instructions below are for rebuilding the very foundations of your understanding, ready once you've practiced an accumulated several hours' worth of Imagestreaming. Build some skills and experience with Imagestreaming if you have not already done so. Then you can use the procedure below to target directly on, and immensely strengthen, your ability to understand, appreciate, and be enriched by everything around you and by everything in your experience, outer and inner.

This next page or so gives you the means to do exactly that, to understand far more about everything that's going on, to see matters of all kinds in depth which previously had little or no meaning for you, and generally to experience your life profoundly more rewardingly.


The Sequence and Structure of Understanding
We've written briefly before (in Winsights No. 28) about a Swiss biologist who became the founder of cognitive psychology and perhaps a half-dozen other sciences regarding human development. Jean Piaget, closely observing infants and young children, found that our human powers of understanding grow from a sequence of more basic experiences. Our current ability to understand rests upon more basic earlier understandings which, in turn, rest upon even more basic sensory experiences.

For example, as babies we needed a lot of experience in things like peek-a-boo to discover that things are still there whether we're looking at them or not. Once that was understood, in turn, as young children, we needed a lot of experience playing with quantities of objects, and with pouring fluid into different containers of different sizes and shapes and volumes, before coming on our own to realize that how many of something is key, or that the volume of the fluid and the volume of the container is key, regardless of the shape of the container.

That seems awfully elementary — because it is. This principle Piaget called the "principle of conservation" — conservation meaning constancy. This principle of conservation of quantity, in turn, builds within each of us, from personal discovery through play that generated a lot of basic sensory experiences and observations, the basis from which we could understand some further matters and issues. As little kids, we needed that understanding of constant quantity pretty well, in order to become able, in turn, to come to understand that some actions are reversible...that you can pour water, say, from one container to another and then pour it back.

We also needed a lot of play and sensory experience, exploring how some actions are reversible and that some actions can go back and forth, before we could come to understand that some actions are irreversible...that some actions go only one way, like pouring water out on the ground, or mixing hot and cold, or having a glass fall and shatter.


Gaps in the Structure of Our Understanding
If we missed some of these basic experiences along the way for whatever reason, that gap in our structure of understanding makes it harder for us to understand now what's around us and what's going on. For example, if we never really got, by first-hand sensory play experience, the fact that the volume of the water stays the same regardless of the shape of the container, we were eventually taught that information as someone else's fact instead of our finding it in our own immediate sensory experience.

If such a gap happened along our path of development, we'd never really dig how some of the stuff going on around us is reversible, that it can go back and forth and be adjusted to suit...and that some of the stuff going on around us can't be undone. That's a lot of stuff to have weak understanding on! And it applies in some fashion and in some degree to nearly everything!

Actually, we all have gaps, key points in our developing structure of basic understandings where we were simply taught as facts various key principles which we would have done better to have discovered for ourselves through our own immediate sensory experience.


A Nice Little Dilemma
The more basic the principle, the further away it is from our current conscious attention. But the more basic the principle, the more it applies to and bears upon nearly everything. So the more basic the gap, the more contexts there are within which our understanding is weakened, and the greater its negative difference in our lives...and the harder it is for us to track down through our conscious memories and information, much less try to repair such a gap. And the greater positive difference it would make throughout our life, were we somehow to do so. We propose now that you do so, now and freely, with the rather simple procedure we've set forth here, following below.


To Repair Those Gaps and Strengthen
All of Your Structure of Understanding

The purpose of the instructions below is to help you discover one of your key gaps, to repair that gap, and to strengthen thereby all of your powers of understanding regarding all matters upon which that more basic understanding bears.

With even that little of an explanation, your beyond-conscious mind already knows and has selected for you one of those critical gap points in your development — and a strategy of Imagestreaming experience with which to show it usefully to you! So:

Have a friend read the following instructions to you, with appropriate pauses long enough for you to answer back with a detailed description of your experience where indicated. Or, you can record these instructions onto tape, with those pauses, then on playback have the tape cue you through these experiences with you answering back your descriptions out loud to the voice on the tape. With these instructions being cued to you instead of your having to look over to see what step is next, you can more fully enter the experience, keeping your eyes closed to see more freely.

Anything you describe to a listener in detail while examining it, you discover more and more and more about. Describing thus aloud these experiences that follow, these elements of your Imagestream will develop them far further for you and show you much more than would otherwise be possible.

Arrange a space within which to pursue this major experience for a while with fullest focus and attention, a good half hour or so, without being interrupted.


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