Review by Matthew Turco
Learning Strategies Corporation
by Win Wenger and Paul Scheele
Reviewed by Matthew Turco
Over five years ago, through a brilliant book called The Einstein Factor, I was introduced to the work of Win Wenger. Since then, I''ve enjoyed many of his books and articles, some of which he has graciously allowed me to share with others on my own website.
Along with those many articles, there were a few mentions of a proposed collaboration and combination of methods between Dr. Wenger and Paul Scheele, the developer of PhotoReading. It was to be the first formal attempt to bring the related technologies of image-streaming together with photoreading. Yum!! I thought..I just can't wait!! But I did wait... and wait... and wait... and wait...
A couple of months ago, a letter came in the mail announcing the Genius Code home study course by Learning Strategies Corporation. Was this the fruit of the long-promised collaboration?
My first impression of this course was expected. It looks very similar to the other courses I own by Learning Strategies Corporation. There''s a 50-page booklet, cassettes and/or CDs, and a bonus CD. I found it rather funny that the CD duplicator mislabeled a couple of CDs, then mislabeled them again when I received the replacements in the mail. They eventually got it right, along with the apologies for inconvenience hey, it happens.
The booklet serves as the Cliff Notes to Win''s and Paul''s work, providing brief descriptions of the processes contained in the course, along with a little supplementary information.
The first CD, the introduction, is led by Paul Scheele. Like most introductions, it serves to set the stage for the course. By separating this course from typical approaches to education, Paul leads the listeners to open themselves up to the possibilities that we're all much brighter than we think.
Personally, I wish Win would have done the first tape, not only because his technology represents more of this course than Paul's, but also because I find that his natural enthusiasm sells the course a little better. Paul isn't the most charismatic speaker I've listened to, and while Win's delivery is nowhere near the "over-the-top" ebullience of the likes of Tony Robbins, I sense the child-like animation in his voice, even when he's leading the listener into a deep state of mind. Meanwhile, Paul seems to take on more of a scholarly role. Throughout the course, the contrast serves the material well. But for the introduction, I'd rather listen to Win.
Your first hands-on experience in Genius Code is with image-streaming. Win takes you through a quick exercise of image-streaming just to get your feet wet. Then he takes you through his favorite image-streaming starter the Over-the-Wall procedure.
Outside a live seminar, I've never been led through the image-streaming process by Win. I've always relied on books reading the procedure and then putting the book down to try it.
I liked having the audio cues because it is easier to engage in these experiences when you don't have to simultaneously track where you are in the procedure and what the next step is. Is this course, you pretty much leave it up to Win to tell you when to start, when to do feature questioning, when to ask for another answer to the same question, etc.
Granted, after a few runs with the CD, the process will be ingrained enough experientially that even the greenest beginners will be better off running the process on their own. But this CD isn't just for beginners. Even with all my experience, I found his guidance useful the first time around.
Later in the course, he leads you through his High Think-Tank procedure. Here, you step up to an intermediate-level experience as you image-stream about a question that you don't consciously know about. Win often challenges his readers to use this fascinating application of image-streaming for 30 straight days a profound experience for anyone who has met this challenge.
Next in the course are Paul's segments on photoreading, which are a nice introduction to the process. Although he doesn't cover the entire photoreading system, this approach might be sufficient for most people, at least initially. How? If you think of all the reasons why people read, you can pretty much cover it all in three categories:
Those whose reading falls primarily into the first category usually don't need any speed-reading tips. I personally read very slowly when I read for enjoyment because I experience the story-line through the characters in real time. I don't want that experience rushed.
If, however, you read primarily for self-improvement, Paul's Direct Learning application of PhotoReading, as expressed in Genius Code, will likely be all you'll need. Direct Learning is a process that relies more on the other-than-conscious aspects of photoreading than Paul's complete system does. In fact, with this process, you don't even get to the last two steps of "Survey Reading and Dipping" and "Rapid Reading."
By following Paul's lead, you'll photoread several books covering a single topic and then you'll be led through an NLP-esque timeline experience, where you step into your future having already mastered the material you just photoread. This is where Genius Code steps out of second-generation territory and dips its foot into the third generation of accelerated learning.
Now, having extensive training in third-generation technology such as HPE, I know there's a LOT that can be added to Paul's Direct-Learning protocol to further enhance it and make it more accessible. However, this course serves as a great introduction for those who'd like to get a taste of things to come.
For those readers who fit primarily into the third category (reading for work or school), you might be best served by going beyond Direct Learning and taking Paul''s PhotoReading Whole Mind System home study course. Nevertheless, I still recommend that Genius Code be your first photoreading experience.
I love technology. I have tons of gadgets, gizmos, and yes, even an iPod. And I always love to read about what's next. For years, what was supposed to be "just around the corner" in wireless technology was this thing called 3G, or third-generation GSM cellphone technology. However, to date, it still isn't quite ready for primetime. So in the meantime, everyone is gearing up for something they are calling 2.5G, which isn't quite as fast, or feature-rich. But it does the job for now.
Twenty-five years ago, Win started experimenting in using image-streaming with various modeling protocols. His two most popular products of those experiments are "Borrowed Genius" and "Advanced ToolBuilder."
These two procedures round out the Genius Code program. Win takes you, step by step, through each of these remarkable experiences. First, you use your imagination and image-streaming to waft into a genius. Second, you do the same inside an advanced civilization.
Meanwhile, you continue along the progressive state elicitations that began on tape two and gradually intensify with each exercise, enabling you to go deeper and deeper into a relaxed, receptive state each time you run through the experience. If you haven't had much other training in state elicitation (such as HPE), this process used throughout Genius Code can really help you experience these learning states quickly and easily.
Once again, I enjoyed being led by Win's voice. And even though I've done these procedures many times on my own, I found it useful to be led. And like before, once you have the process ingrained experientially, you will begin to use them on your own...eventually modifying them specifically to meet your needs.
Win closes by graciously inspiring his listeners to take this whole course as just the beginning of your journey. If you use what you've learned, you will be creating your own procedures soon enough (building your own tools, so to speak) and delving into uncharted regions of the second and third generations of accelerated learning.
Perhaps you'll see fit to share them with the world.
In addition to the plentiful instruction, each segment in Genius Code ends with something called Fast Finish, where additional information is spoken at a couple hundred words a minute through digitally speeding up the recording (but not altering the pitch) and removing some of the silences between words. In short, I absolutely LOVED the fast finish segments. It was such a neat way to gain a load of information in a different way. I wish I could get more books on tape this way.
The whole course was arranged almost perfectly, leading the listener from the quick and easy image-streaming experiments to the profound and universe-altering experiences of Borrowed Genius and Advanced ToolBuilder. And, along the way, you get photoreading, lucid dreaming, and more.
Genius Code is without a doubt a homerun in this field. It represents the best of what Win Wenger and Paul Scheele have to offer. I'm giving this program my highest recommendation. It is the quintessential course for learning and mastering the second generation of accelerated learning.
If you feel you are ready to delve into this area, this is where you should start period, end of discussion. And even if you are well-versed in any of these methods, Genius Code is still worth its modest purchase price to further reinforce these skills and to introduce new methods. Moreover, it is great to have Win on CD leading you through his procedures for the first time.
I do suggest that people supplement this course with Win's book, The Einstein Factor, and Paul's book, The PhotoReading Whole Mind System. The additional information will help you understand more of the technology inside Genius Code.
The Einstein Factor contains a few more of Win's other methods plus some great stories of the origins of the technology. The PhotoReading book covers the other steps of the photoreading system that aren't covered here in this course. In fact, the books and Genius Code might be all you need to master both Direct Learning and the full PhotoReading Whole Mind system.
There are almost no requirements for starting this program, other than time and curiosity. If you cannot devote at least four one-hour blocks of time per week for four weeks, then I would wait until you can. before purchasing this program. Like many learning endeavors, these skills will develop more quickly if you can invest the time consistently.
Additionally, although this should go without saying for anyone reading my website, this program does require a bit of curiosity and a passion for learning and solving problems. This program isn't just for your listening pleasure, but a series of experiences that you must apply in order to achieve the promised results.
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