Winsights No. 48 (March 2001)|
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and/or link to a basic Einsteinian procedure
you can also experiment with
The basic free-association process occurs at many levels throughout the brain and mind, drawing upon many, many times more resources than the conscious mind can ever get to directly.
The point of this experiment, which I'd very much like to hear back from you on, is if the conceptual and memory-association level draws on enough such resources to compare in power and accuracy with the results we've come to expect from Einsteinian, sensory-mental-imagery levels such as with Image-Streaming and High Thinktank.
After experimenting with yourself, and with a live partner or so (or friend, co-worker, neighbor, or other innocent by-stander!), to make this comparison, note that after concluding a BAP, people are more apt to be able to learn and undertake the imagery-based procedures as well.
As we've been casting about for ways to broaden the outreach of this self-help technology to more human beings including some who present a greater variety in terms of the quality of attention and intention which they can currently bring to bear we've come up with a simple counterpart to Over-the-Wall.
We still like "Wall" because, for most of us, it is easier to get a running start with visualizing and describing a beautiful garden. But "Wall" also takes longer because it has to be frontloaded with information and explanations.
Three Doors, below, has little of that and is tighter and more specific. What I need to learn from you and your experimentation, in this instance, is whether those advantages outweigh the advantages of starting with a garden. Also, by the time one is through both BAP and Three Doors, one is well on the way to learning in this entire wonderfully productive context, and can go on to the other, stronger or wider-ranging procedures.....
(Read to your hapless bystander:)"You know how two eyes can see better than just one. How, if you've got both eyes functioning together reasonably well, it's easy to see in three dimensions, to discern what's near and far and in-between."
"Well, here's a little problem-solving technique to try with the mind's eye that's somewhat similar. And that is also somewhat different."
(Elicit agreement to proceed.)1. "Please identify a problem or question that you'd really like an answer to, but which so far you've not consciously found a really great or satisfying answer for."
2. "Now please imagine a hallway with three closed doors. Each of those doors, when opened, gives on a view in which, somehow, the truly great answer may be discovered. Each of these three views seems totally different from each other, and each of these three views at first seem totally unrelated to the problem or question. Yet when we put these three different views together in enough detail, you'll discover your answer. So let's take this step-by-step. Ready?"
3. "Good. Put the question or problem aside for now. Richer, deeper parts of your mind already have a great, truly ingenious answer all you consciously have to do is relax and let that be shown to you. But we can help that along this way:"
4. "Please imagine that hallway, with three different doors. These three doors for now are closed. Please describe the hallway to me, in some detail."
5. "Good, thank you. Now let's go up to that first door. Don't open it yet, don't "sneak a peek" yet as to what's behind that door, just gather impressions. Tell me as much as you can about this hallway, and about this first closed door."
6. "Good. Thank you. Now let's go up to the second door. Don't open this one either, yet, don't sneak a peek yet as to what's behind that door, just gather impressions. Tell me as much as you can about this second door."
7. "Good. Thank you. Now let's go up to the third door and likewise gather impressions without sneaking any peeks yet. Tell me as much detail as you can about this third door...."
8. "Good, thank you. Don't sneak any peeks yet, when the time comes to open the door and go through, we want to catch by surprise our first impression of what's beyond that door in answer to your question. So we'll want to go through suddenly to catch that first impression, WHATEVER it is. Meanwhile, here we are on this side of your closed third door open it suddenly!!! (lightly rap table or thump floor) jump through that opened door, land on your feet, what are you wearing on your feet? ..... What surface are you standing on? ..... Starting with what's directly in front of you and then looking around and further, tell me in detail what the scene is here beyond this third door....."
9. "Good, thank you. Behind each of the other two doors are what at first seem to be entirely different scenes, but somehow each of these different scenes also contains the same great answer to the same question, even though at first everything appears to be different. Let's come back to the hallway now and come back to Door #2. Don't sneak a peek yet except there is a color to the light that's coming under the door, can you name that color? Thank you. Now we want to catch by surprise whatever impression or scene holds somehow your great answer to your question. That answer somehow is beyond this Door #2 also, so open the door suddenly NOW!!! (thump) What's directly in front of you, first impression?...."
10. "Good. Now please come back to the hallway and turn attention to what was originally Door #1. Don't sneak a peek yet, but when you're ready, please as suddenly as you can then open that door abruptly and catch by surprise whatever your first impression is on the other side of it. Whenever you feel like it, but do it suddenly for the surprise. OK..... tell me what you are doing..."
(If your partner hasn't jumped through in 2-3 minutes, mildly encourage him or her to do so. If he/she still holds back from doing so, then elicit the reasons or excuses for not doing so, make a written record of his/her stated reason or excuses as reasons, and leave him/her that written record as the product of this experiment. Most people will, however, willingly enough charge on through in a minute or so, and go on to discover a grand answer.)11. "Now: each of these three scenes is seemingly different, yet it somehow contains the same great answer to the same original question you had. For now, let's just find some element or elements, some aspect in all this detail about one scene which in some way is like an aspect or detail in one of the other scenes...."
(Encourage your partner to find elements-in-common between two or even three of the scenes.)12. "Good. Thank you. Now in what pssible way or ways might this element-in-common (or common theme) conceivably bear upon your original question or problem?"
Final note: all additional persons who are enabled to better solve the problems, opportunities and difficulties they find around them, increase in some measure the chances that some of the great problems of common concern will, sooner or later, also get solved.
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