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Setting the Stage
5. "Let's set the stage for our Mind's Eye now. Because our physical universe is so very large both in time and space, it likely has more worlds which are inhabited than we can count. Even if it did not, imagining that it does gives useful routing instructions for the inner workings of subtler reaches of our brain. This routing or use-code provides our subtler faculties a way to bring their subtler information to our consciousness."
Setting more of that stage,
6. "European world civilization since the Dark Ages is only about a thousand years old. The history of our modern Euro-American portion of it is only a little less than that and, through classical Mediterranean civilization before it, draws on a continuity of recorded experience running back only about ten thousand or so years. Yet nearly everything discovered or invented in the scientific, technological phase of our civilization has come within the last two hundred of those years.

"Billions of other civilizations throughout our universe, some of them resembling our own people and our own civilization and some of them quite different from us, are bound to have been, or still can be, in a scientific and technological stage. Some of them may have been in a highly productive, rapidly evolving, scientific and technological stage for thousands or millions of years and still accelerating, while others may be just coming into that stage."

7. "In this experience, let's imagine visiting one such civilization. While we're there, we'll stumble across or find devices there in common use which would be new inventions back here on Earth. As our inner minds' way to show us new inventions, let us experience them as devices we stumble across in our inner vision, as devices in common use throughout the highly advanced civilization we will visit in this experience. There we'll take a good, detailed look at the device, in enough detail that when we come back here we can 'copy' and rebuild it back here on Earth as an invention."

8. "Because there are so many civilizations out there to choose from, we have many potential inventions out there, in fact, and many forms of any given invention to choose from. So:  whatever invention we get in this experience, might as well be in its simplest, most understandable form, and in a form that is harmless and which brings the most benefit to any or all who are affected by it or involved with it. And:  we might as well get whatever that invention is, in a form which can be readily built back here from off-the-shelf components and materials and techniques, the simpler the better. —Inventions we can readily construct from the resources we have immediately available. How do we get from here to the experience of that highly advanced, real or imaginary, civilization which has this most suitable invention lying around for us to come across?—"

The Experience
9. "For this experience, let us use an imaginary elevator —because we are used to the experience of movement in elevators, and because elevators are partly automatic and take us where we want to go without our having to pay too much attention to the driving. Anything, though, will do to provide for us the experience of getting from here to there—car, plane, bus, train, a Star Trek transporter with its Federation technology on loan to us, or even just a mirror—whatever you like.

"For convenience, this time I'll suggest the elevator which we'll use to ride us to the highly advanced civilization. To begin with, with your eyes closed, please imagine pushing the call button on an elevator. Because the elevator is coming from so very far away and we have a long wait before it arrives, we have time for this next step.—The next step being to imagine that as you're pushing the call button you are looking at the back of your own hand in that act, seeing the skin color and texture, the fine hairs, the nails and knuckles, the hints of the underlying structures of muscle, tendon and bone.—Notice also the feel of your hand pushing that call button....."

10. "Imagine now stepping back from that elevator door and looking at that elevator door, real or imaginary. Perhaps that door is familiar or it's one you've never seen before. In the two minutes or so before I announce arrival of the elevator, please use richness of detail in your description to make your elevator door as utterly real as possible to your partner, while your partner—whenever you have to pause for breath—makes his elevator door utterly real to you. Try to make anyone listening see and experience your door through the rich detail of your description, and while your partner is trying to make you see his or her door. It's pretty much O.K. if you end up seeing the same elevator door, but it's probably best to stay with your own. So pretty much stay with your own elevator door experience but in any case, don't allow any air-time to lapse between you. In the two minutes or so before I announce arrival of the elevator, please force the utter reality of your elevator door into your listener's experience by describing your door in as rich a detail and in word-pictures as you can, beginning now....."
Allow 2 to 3 minutes or so. Check that everyone is actually participating, but under-manage rather than over-manage, to make sure you don't intrude on anyone's process. You may be surprised to discover that if you, yourself, run a similar picture in your own mind's eye describing it silently or very softly to yourself, your group will work even better. Running this experience in your own mind's eye also will automatically improve the quality of your instructions to your group thereafter.....

After several minutes, or when there's let-up in the ongoing buzz-murmur, lightly sound your chime or water-glass once, softly saying words to this effect,
"Half-minute's notice, keep on going but a half minute from now be ready to hear the next instruction."
Even said quietly, your words ride the chime sound as if it were a carrier wave. After another half-minute or so or with the next let-up in buzz-murmur, lightly sound your chime three times, saying,
11. "Thank you. Eyes still closed, staying with this experience, moving even deeper into this experience:   some of you may already have experienced the elevator arriving. If not, let it arrive now, and let's all of us step into our respective elevators now. To save time I'll describe a little about this elevator. Whatever the door looked like from outside, notice that from inside it looks like there is some sort of window set in it and you can see out. When we get where we are going, you will see a color flash beyond the door. I will ask you to identify that color. Then the door will slide open and I will ask you to step out there and describe to one another what you see on all sides, beginning with what's directly in front of you....."

12. "The control panel inside this elevator has a number of buttons on it—including the up-when button for moving into a future civilization, one of many possible future civilizations.—including the space button for moving across our galaxy or across many galaxies, even as far as the Great Wall of Galaxies if need be. Going either by future or across space to reach whichever particular high civilization happens to have for us the invention we're after and has that invention for us in the form which is best and most useful to us."

"See also there on the control panel, beside the elevator door, the down-when button to move us to possible, real or imaginary, civilizations deep in the past. Note there is even a side-when button to move across parallel tracks of time to where our own lives, our own civilization or world, took a different turning than in our own past, and developed the thing we now seek here....."

13. "Please note, in the lower corner of the control panel, a button and packet labelled disengage. Disengage that packet and imagine sticking it in your pocket. Any time you want to get back in a hurry, or leave a visited civilization without taking time for the elevator, or are just too lazy to bother with the elevator:  just slap your pocket and find yourself back here on our Earth, in present time and space..."

14. "This time, let your finger rest on the space button, to go across galaxies to where a high civilization awaits your visit. If you prefer up-when, meaning the future, recognize that your observing the future necessarily changes the future and generally for the better—and that the one future being viewed is only one of many possible futures ahead of us. For convenience, though, perhaps the next time you use this elevator, use its future button and for now, this time, let's go across the galaxy with the space button...."

15. "Let your finger lightly rest on the space button without pushing it yet. That's to make possible the convenience and mutual reinforcement of us all going up at once when the time comes. With your finger lightly in contact with that button let's program your elevator to take you where you want to go. With your finger resting lightly on that button, say silently to your elevator but say it loudly in your mind, some form of this instruction:"

"'Take me to a highly advanced civilization where I will observe a useful and beneficial device in common use there which I can copy, understand, bring back and use back here on present-day Earth.....' Say things to your elevator like, 'Take me to a highly advanced civilization where I can observe and copy a suitable device there as an invention here.' Say silently to your elevator, programming it by having your finger on the button though not pushing it yet, think loudly to your elevator some form of this instruction, 'Take me to the point of experience in that highly advanced civilization where I'll best be able to view and understand this device, technical solution or innovation in its most useful and beneficial form. And in the form my resources back here will best let me re-create it back here. Take me to a point of experience where I will be best able to understand and copy off the device in detail to bring back....'"

"Give some form of that instruction to your elevator, silently with your finger in light contact with the button...."
A 10 to15 second pause, then continue:
16. "Good. Soon but not quite yet, we will press that button and let ourselves experience the movement of this elevator. Because this experience of an elevator we are riding is more than a mere elevator, is instead a Space/Time Transporter, the movement we experience may be much more complex than just the movement of going up or down. Then we'll suddenly feel the elevator drawing to a stop, a color will flash through from beyond the door. I'll ask you to tell your partner what that color is, then the door will open and you'll step forth into whatever scene from your highly advanced civilization will best provide you your invention for this session. Because from inside, this elevator door is transparent, while the elevator is still moving you may even get to see some things which belong with this experience before you get there. If so, you can share these with your partner after you've arrived in the high civilization, as part of your ongoing description."

17. "For now, let's prepare to push that button when I count down from 3 to 1, on the count of 1 we will push that button, are we ready?...I'm counting down now, 3.....2......ONE! Push it now!"
Lightly snap fingers or tap table or wall for emphasis.
" Elevator's moving....feeling motion....let yourself feel whatever motion or motions, some of the motion might be hard to describe when we're sharing later but it's interesting to note how some of these motions of our Space/Time Transporter feel —up, down, sideways, angles, spirals, maybe combinations of motion. We're arriving, feel the elevator stopping, the color through the door! What is that color? Name to your partner whatever impression of color you have. Please quickly tell your partner your color impression now!....."
Allow the 5-10 seconds needed for each to tell the other their respective color impressions. Then continue:
18. "Now let the door slide open and step forth into this scene of some remarkably advanced world. Describe this scene in richly sensory detail, make it utterly real to your partner in sensory-evocative word-pictures. Beginning with what's directly in front of you there, then to either side, then with whatever more comes into view or contact as you move through the areas of this scene...beginning with what's directly in front of you here, make this new space utterly real to your partner as you resume describing richly now....."
The same instructions to you, reading this, as those following Step 10 above. If your participants are restless at this point or otherwise not responding well, give them a minute or so, then the half-minute's notice, then cut short the experience by going back in the elevator saying,
"Let's get back in the elevator now, after this first look-around, so we can compare notes before going back to this civilization to see what we can find in it."
If, on the other hand, you've plenty of time and if your participants are responding well, this is one of the steps whose interval you might allow to extend to eight minutes or longer. If your participants are responding well enough for you thus to carry on further, at the end of this interval of 8 to 10 minutes, give the half-minute's notice as in the instructions during the interval following Step 10 above, then at the next let-up in the buzz-murmur give the three bings and say:
19. "Thank you. Keeping eyes closed, perhaps moving even deeper into this experience as you move around the spaces of this highly advanced civilization in whatever form you've encountered it....Whatever aspect, object or feature you've found there that's unusual or new to you, pick one to investigate more closely—or find something now to investigate if you hadn't noticed anything special before."

"Getting enough detail is the main thing now, especially this first time or so we go invention-hunting. Getting enough detail makes this the crucial step of this experience. To have enough patience to get all that crucial detail, you might want to breathe smoothly and slowly again for awhile in a feel-good way. Going after all the detail you might need:

"Because you have complete freedom of your own mind, whatever it is that you find:   You can open it up, or go inside of it. You can expand it to bring more of it into view or make it smaller to gain perspective. You can even move it through time of day or year to see how it performs or how it was made or whatever else you can observe about it, inside and out, to discover how it works. Discover the principles of how it works, in enough detail to become able, back here, to build a working copy of it yourself.

"You might start by going up to it and touching it, feeling it, maybe even smell and taste it, and describe to your partner, as if your partner were 'Mission Control,' everything you can of how it looks, how it performs, how it feels to touch, taste and smell. Then get inside of it one way or another, and go on from there until you and your partner know every working detail of your respective inventions and know how to build a working copy of the device. Whatever this device or object is, now go up to it and discover everything about it, as you resume describing now....."

Same instructions to you as in the interval following Step 10 above. This interval, too, if your participants are doing especially well, you can expand to 8 to 10 minutes or longer if you have time, searching for all the working detail which will enable your participants to build actual working inventions from these observations. Run the one-bing half-minute's notice. Next lull in the buzz-murmur, the full three-bing signal, saying:
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