Home Beachhead
Page 5 of 6

Extending that thought a little further: even if, to this point, you the Reader have been working alone, with only tape recorder for listening and company, you may give some thought to involving other individuals, creating joint experiences together, and working together afterwards to actualize some of the wealth potential of the resulting ideas.

On the one hand you may have had your fill of waiting for other people's actions and probably desire strongly to move ahead on your own. On the other hand, if you can bring other people with you, you are much stronger, and far likelier to generate those answers, solutions, ideas, innovations, inventions, new products and services which are worth pursuing—and far stronger for pursuing them into payoff.

Perhaps your main value to each other as a group, above and beyond the above strengths, can be to remind each other to use one or another form of process for creative problem-solving when encountering some issue or some difficulty en route to your goal.

But if you are already highly effective as an entirely self-directed individual, practiced at working alone and carrying your own aims through to completion, then working alone with your tape recorders is a realistic choice for you, relatively free of impediments. But you may need to build in some scheduled extra stimulus or self-reward, for it's far more fun with another person or persons than it is with just a tape recorder.

If this is your first read-through and you are now wondering how you should progress further, your most obvious alternative choices are:

1. Use a second tape recorder. Record the above group-scripted exercise on tape, with appropriate pauses. On playback, record your responses to the other tape recorder. For debriefing, write in as much detail as you can, as quickly as you can.

2. Recruit a partner as listener or possible co-learner or co-explorer. Take turns, reading the scripted instructions to the other and being listener, and being the one cued through the steps of the experience. Or, better still, both of you work from a tape you pre-record for these experiences, describing your respective experiences to each other at each step.

3. Draw in 6 or more people in addition to the reader of the script. Preferably engage an even number of participants so that everyone can work in pairs. (There is no upper limit as to how many in a group can do this process at one time—usually, the more the merrier, because each pair's processing reinforces what's going on for the other pairs.) One person should read the above script aloud to everyone else. The first time or so you read this script you should literally follow it word for word. After several rounds have made you familiar with the experience, you can begin adlibbing it to adapt it to variations in group and circumstances. After enough rounds of experience you will no longer need the script to conduct groups through the experience, and can create new versions of the procedure in order to pursue special goals.
Obviously, these are not mutually exclusive choices. Should you wish to, you can try all options at different times. However, your strongest chances of initial success are with option 3 above. And, of course, there is the fourth choice, the choice most of those reading this are likely to follow:
4. Working alone, with one tape recorder to receive your described experiences. To do this, first read through the above script several times to get the gist of it in mind. Then, take yourself through the following simpler, shorter version of Beachhead:
O

Simplified version of Beachhead for individual use
1. Hand—visualize the back of your hand as you imagine pushing the call button for an elevator.

2. Door—describe in detail the door of the elevator while you wait for the elevator to arrive.

3. Controls—when the elevator arrives, step in, look around. Examine the control panel with its many buttons. Select the button for space and lightly rest your finger upon it.

4. Program—through that contact on the space button, program your elevator to take you to where, in some highly advanced civilization across space, you can come across, observe in detail, and copy, some device or procedure which back here would be a useful, beneficial, and easily-built invention.

5. Movement—once you push that button to send you on your way, allow yourself to feel movement of this "elevator" through space/time, until you arrive. The color—what color flashed through from beyond the door?

6. Exploration—Explore the scene beyond your elevator's opened door. Come to whatever it is that you are due to find on this "trip." Explore and examine the device or procedure in every way possible, to get enough detail to be able to successfully re-create it back here on our Earth.

7. Return refreshed; debrief extensively onto paper.

O
Beachhead, page 6 of 6
continues on next page — please click here:Click to continue on next page
Home | CPS Techniques index | Beachhead | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

©1999 Project Renaissance