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The Original Group Method for Teaching Image-Streaming

The much preferred, "easy, direct" group method (page 2 of this brief for groups) was first published in my book, Beyond Teaching And Learning.

The method which follows below was the original group training method which I used during 1973 to 1988, and which was published in fullest detail in my book, A Method For Personal Growth And Development.

I'm republishing a version of it here because it makes a good "fallback" Plan B if you ever encounter a group, a majority of whose members didn't get their hands up as imagers in that first 90 seconds or so. In hundreds of groups since 1988, I've never encountered such a group, but we did have this method still available as a fallback, so it's only fair that you also have that as a resource, just in case.

The earliest group-teaching form for Image-Streaming was a version of the Helper Technique, spelled out in the present version of Image-Streaming as a group experience, step by step much the same way that most of the procedures listed in CPS Techniques, such as Over-the-Wall are step-by-step instructions read aloud to groups — to people paired/partnered within these groups, that is, because within each pair, they report back to each other their ongoing step-by-step experiences.

In the instance of the "Helper" version of Image-Streaming, though, one member of each pair is set up as the Imager and one is the Spotter. The Imager is instructed not to look for images, just pick up on them when they come and report them in detail. Meanwhile he simply works on making his breathing feel good, smooth and continuous (with no pauses between breathing in and breathing out).

The Spotter, meanwhile, looks for such pauses in Imager's breathing (we tend to hold our breath when giving attention to a stimulus), and also for movement of Imager's eyes under the closed eyelids (the mounded pupil makes this visible). If Spotter sees either, he's to gently but quickly ask, "What was in your awareness just then?" This helps alert the Imager to the fact that, yes, he was seeing a tree branch with a bent but green twig, and on that twig....

Instruct Spotter not to interrupt once the flow of description is going; that he is to question Imager only if the flow is stopping. He is there as a listener and, with minimum intervention, to encourage the flow to continue.

The more recent and current group form for Image-Streaming, as described on page 2, is much simpler and faster. Whoever is leading the group models Image-Streaming for a few moments. "Now everyone close eyes, and when you get your own image or images, whatever these are, please hold up your hand and keep it up." I've not yet had a group where fewer than half held up their hand. Which means that anyone who did not get an image that readily can partner with someone who did. The one who was getting the images proceeds first with Image-Streaming. After 5-10 minutes, the roles are reversed. By that time the initial non-imagers have had Image-Streaming modeled for them several times and at several levels, and they slip right on into it. This makes for a much lower incidence of individuals needing further help to get to their images than with the older, Spotter/Imager, method.

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Another, Concrete, Way In

I sometimes have people go first into a little adventure describing their afterimages, usually from a flashbulb which I bring along for the purpose. That's concrete, specific, it's easy and definite for people to get into; they discover things from doing that, and it has them (1) looking in almost the same place they soon will be looking for their Image-Stream, and (2) well into the experience of describing interior imagery to a partner so that part won't seem so strange to them by the time we get into Image-Streaming.

When I've used this flashbulb, this has usually been in the context of teaching people to set aside their stock second-hand knowledge of things and make their own observations, and come to their own conclusions.

Afterimage is very useful for this because everyone assumes it's just a few moments before it disappears, whereas it continues for long minutes and even hours if paid this kind of descriptive attention to. Also, Afterimage demonstrates very nicely how even some process as utterly autonomic as photochemistry in the retina is subject to the Law of Effect, that "you get more of what you reinforce."

So now you know some ways to teach Image-Streaming to a group (a group of paired partners). Anyone who has read this far, I suggest copying this, printing it out even, for several reasons, not least of which is that your own greatest effect and satisfaction from Image-Streaming by far is with a live partner or partners, and to have a whole group of people doing this around you creates a kind of "psychic resonance effect" which makes matters better still. I hope some of you try that.


See also

Easy, Direct Way to Teach Image-Streaming to Entire Groups

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