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Easy, Direct Way to Teach Image-Streaming
Once you've learned and practiced a little Image-Streaming for yourself, it will be this simple to teach it to any sized group of people, even to hundreds at a time, should you enjoy such an occasion....
Make sure no one is going to have to potty-break for the next half hour, and get group agreement that no one will strand his partner once the process is under way. Introduce the sound of a chime or waterglass as an agreed signal to pause in talking even while staying in the process, so additional instructions can be heard when the time comes..... (see "Waterglass Rules" in Dynamic Format).
Modelling #1: After a brief explanation, demonstrate a half-minute or so of Image-Streaming, aloud to your group. Then say,
"Now each of you please close eyes and as soon as YOU get your own image or images, different from mine, please hold up your hand and keep it held up. Thank you." As the first few hands go up, say in low but audible voice things like "Good. Thank you. If more than half of us.... Good. Very good...." In less than 90 seconds you should find a majority of hands up. Then say,
"Thank you, excellent, please keep your hands up. Please everyone who didn't get an image of some sort, who didn't get their hand up, please make sure you partner with someone who did. Please keep those hands up will everyone now pull into pairs, everyone partnered with someone else? At least one member of each pair having imaged and gotten their hand up? Thank you "
Modelling #2: (As that sorts out and everyone is settled into pairs awaiting your instructions, simply say to them:) "Thank you. Those of you who got images before, the ones who held up your hands will you go in for more and different images now, and this time tell them in rich detail to your partner while you are observing them? Please look at your own ongoing images once again, and describe them in some detail to your partner, beginning now...."
As easily as that. Every pair should have a member Image-Streaming. You might want to stroll around among your pairs to make sure everyone is in the Image-Streaming process and not having difficulties (don't be too swift to intervene!), and make sure that it's describing the Image-Stream and not someone sitting back and talking about something else entirely. Once it's clear that everyone is in process, you can help the energies of the room by doing a little quiet semi-streaming of your own, or, if your audience was odd-numbered, picking up the spare member to do Image-Streaming with.
After five to ten minutes, gently sound chime or waterglass and quietly say, "As easily as that, now let's reverse roles, the Image-Streamer now becomes the Listener and the previous Listener becomes the new Image-Streamer. New Image-Streamer, please look at your own images and describe these in rich detail to your partner, beginning now....."
Having had your modelling of the process to go by, and then the partner's modelling of that process, and with other examples going on all around them, it's the most natural thing in the world for previously non-imaging participants to slip in to see their own images and start to describing them. (Again you might stroll among your partnered participants to make sure no one needs further help or encouragement.) After the new Image-Streamer has had six to ten minutes' experience into the process, then you can gently sound chime or waterglass and gently say:
"Carry on, the current Image-Streamer continuing to Image-Stream to your partner, but the Listener now also become Image-Streamer and Image-Streaming to you, both of you running your own images at the same time but in your describing as one of you has to pause for breath, the other comes in describing and when he or she has to pause for breath, you come in again with some more describing, of your own ongoing respective Image-Streams. Both of you resume Image-Streaming now...."
(Another stroll among your participants, as before, mainly as an encouraging silent presence this time, since everyone by now will have had some Image-Streaming experience.) You can let this phase go anywhere from five to fifteen minutes the longer they are in process, the greater the benefits; but you don't want things to get drowsy, humdrum or restless, so at some opportune lull in the buzz-murmur of everyone's Image-Streaming, softly sound the chime or waterglass, gently saying something like, "Gently return your full and refreshed awareness to here and now.... Notice how clear everything seems as you come fully alert, fully refreshed, feeling very good."
It's a good idea to have people then change partners and de-brief to their new partners everything they experienced, in a condensed 2-3 minutes each.
For Personally Accurate Codes and Methods:
In our own workshops we start out encouraging people to go with their own imagery, and to just be present so their partner has someone to describe their imagery to. Often the imagery tracks remain different. Often partners enter each other's experiences, reacting to features in the other's experience even before the other gets around to mentioning it. Sometimes experiences are the same with someone else well across the room and seemingly out of hearing, for whatever the reason.
Mostly, though, because each Image-Streamer is "receiving" their own message or answers in their own symbolic code, we encourage people to stay with their own Image-Streams and to be merely present for their partner to describe to, rather than interacting with their partner's stream. This makes for much more accurate "messages" and answers to questions. Each person's own inner imagery and symbolic code has been differentiated by a lifetime of experience from that of his partner. A bridge or a flagpole in my Image-Stream...
There's the cautionary tale about the patient who had a problem, went in to his shrink with it and got it interpreted, and came out with two problems. It's much better for Image-Streaming if someone interprets only his own imagery. Even if the interpretation happens to be right, the interpreter stands between the person and access to that person's own inner resources which access is usually much more valuable than is any particular answer as such. One of our few rules in Image-Streaming is, "thou shalt not interpret for thy partner, only for thyself."
So for Image-Streaming, keep to your own Image-Stream and pursue only your own interpretation. In quicker processes like High Thinktank, answers do often seem to be given in the asker's code as frequently as in the answerer's, so there the images are fair game for anyone's interpreting. But in Image-Streaming we strongly recommend that only the person who had the experience may interpret it.
Likewise, the sometimes remarkable tendency for these imagery streams to pick up from one another and become shared experiences between individual Image-Streamers does have some use, especially in investigating complex possible inventions as in the Beachhead procedure.
Even with that procedure we normally want everyone to have their own undistorted experience, but we've found some ways to take teams of varied specialists in to share a common experience in which each can recover detail in terms of their own specialty and expertise, where an invention is more complex than can be readily understood by one single observer. Instructions how to perform this specialized group Beachhead invention-making procedure are included free on this website and also found in later chapters of my book, Discovering The Obvious.
Since 1988 I have taught hundreds of groups with this simple method. I've yet to run into any group, a majority of whose members didn't get their hands up in that first step after the first modelling, with pretty smooth sailing from that point.
If you have a continuing group, any other exploration or skill or training you undertake will go much more easily and effectively for having had this experience. That is why so many authors and programs have been including Image-Streaming in with what they are doing.
I am publishing this information freely here because if Image-Streaming should be part of your program (and it probably is), it might as well be done right. Further, I do not regard Image-Streaming as somehow our own property by right of discovery; it's a hugely significant natural resource that belongs to all of us. You are welcome to use it.
Moreoever, there are people in every part of the world, and in nearly every country, who want to work with Image-Streaming and related resources but who don't have the means to come to America for training. If our publishing this freely online can satisfy their need, they can begin helping a great many of their fellow-countrymen. And we have many other highly significant procedures for our own certified trainers to teach, in our professionally conducted workshops in as yet a few locations around the world...
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