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Welcome to Image-Streaming:
Most of this paper serves both as a “talking paper” during our training together, and as a directory showing you where to obtain further information in depth, in various of the topics relating to Image-Streaming. Further along, this paper will also serve additional purposes.
Image-Streaming is probably the most sensitive known avenue for consciously contacting information and understandings held beyond the focus of consciousness. Moreover, building links between the tiny (2% by volume) portion of brain through which we are verbally conscious, with the greater (60-90% by volume!) regions of brain which associates by sensory mental imagery and impression instead of by verbal-conscious concept — linking both these important regions of the brain together through Image-Streaming — brings with it an apparent wide range of striking benefits. To do so, not least of all, enables one’s conscious mind to more directly engage the main intelligence of most of his or her brain.
We are pleased to report the existence of an ongoing natural phenomenon, ever-present in every living human being, but seldom noticed and discussed. Constantly, at back of everyone’s mind but usually little noticed, is an ongoing stream of visual and other sensory mental images and impressions, which reflexively relates to and serves as an ongoing understanding and commentary on whatever is going on at the time. Behind this phenomenon:
Forty times as much of the brain is engaged in associating experiences by sensory image, as is the conscious-focused 2% of the brain which associates by word and word-concept.
The verbal-conscious focus part of the brain is trained down to the speed of the language we speak. The rest of the brain works many times more rapidly and so has time to sort among and relate among one’s lifetime of accumulated experiences. This greater part of the brain takes far more into account in arriving comprehensively at its answers and insights, than can our plodding one-thing-at-a-time verbal-conscious brain which, however, is invaluable for bringing such awarenesses and perceptions as come its way into the focus provided by language.
People have generally referred to this greater portion of brain and mental function as “the unconscious mind,” which term is a bit misleading. This greater portion of our brain and mind is not “unconscious.” WE may be unconscious but it definitely is not. Referring to it as the Beyond-Conscious would be far more accurate than is the common usage referring to it as “the unconscious.”
This greater portion of our brain and mind consists of many functions, skills and features many of which contradict most popular descriptions of “the unconscious.”
This greater part of the brain, working very comprehensively and very rapidly, is where nearly all our understandings, insights and inspirations form, well before they ever become conscious for us.
Far MORE understandings, insights and inspirations are formed there than ever become conscious. These are reflexively, constantly, being expressed in streams of sensory images “in the back of the mind.” Tuning in to those images, and developing them in your conscious focus through describing them aloud in sensory detail TO a live listener or to a potential listener in the form of an audio recorder, is Image-Streaming, the process we are here together today to explore.
Without help, perhaps one third of all people can tune into this simply by looking for it. Virtually all the rest of us can also tune into this with a simple step or so of procedure as described freely in Image-Streaming One not only has there, free, complete instructions for engaging this major human resource. If one clicks through to each linked article encountered there, one will enjoy an entire curriculum on this extraordinary topic, far beyond what we here can achieve together in several hours of training. We give you this information so that if you choose to, you can take this resource and develop your abilities far beyond even the applications we get to address together today. The most authoritative and comprehensive published treatment of Image-Streaming is found, however, in the CoreBook, Image-Streaming: Reaching the higher powers of your mind, by Charles Roman.
To connect consciously with this activity of the majority of the brain, brings more resources more immediately available for conscious use. Since these functions in the brain, by reflex, associate the most related, most relevant experiences with what’s currently going on, you may use that “what’s currently going on” to direct questions or focus on problems, and be presented images in his Image-Stream which answer - often ingeniously - those problems or questions. Some of these answers are presented in images which are literal representations, while most appear to be presented as metaphors, bridging sensory associations to verbal conscious concept.
Another use for this reflexive relating to “what’s currently going on,” is for creative work or for writing. Never ever experience a “block,” or have to wait for inspiration. Simply ask your own Image-Stream faculties “what comes next?” Describe in detail for a paragraph or so whatever imagery results, regardless of what it is, and you find that your next or further inspiration clicks right into focus. - Pretty convenient.
This 100%-effective application of Image-Streaming, to find instant inspiration and totally eliminate “writer’s block,” is one feature in the major course of creativity techniques for writers defined in the book by Win Wenger and Mark Bossert, End Writer’s Block Forever!.
Not only for creative writing or, indeed, for any creative project involving any of the arts, Image-Streaming may be readily used for all these —
Not only these and Project Renaissance find it useful and beneficial to use this process of Image-Streaming. Various other programs —and authors—have taken up its use with our blessing; see a partial list at Citings.
Throughout history and before, and throughout every human culture, people have found their dreams laden with apparent meaning. With the everyday chatter of the verbal conscious brain momentarily muted by sleep, some of the important insights arrived at by interior image-based associative process can tiptoe into where we have some chance of consciously noticing them when we come awake. However, the main processing language of the greater part of our brain is that of sensory images, while the main processing language of our conscious mind is verbal. There ARE ways to effectively and accurately translate such dream content - you will learn a way or so here - but these ways are not yet widely practiced and so, in Western culture at least, we mostly miss the metaphor which is our inner mind's effort to bridge between these two very different brain languages.
Many scientists, in a field which prides itself on systematic independent concrete observation as the way to find truth, confuse the necessary standard for TESTING truth with the process for FINDING it, and this has greatly hampered the progress of science and technology. Scientific method pulls the weeds from the gardens of truth, but good hypotheses TO test may be arrived at by any number of effective means.
This receptive visual thinking process, in a far better developed and more easily used form, you can now readily use to solve or to gain deep understanding on the matters with which YOU are concerned, whether professional or personal.
Not only leading minds, leading scientists, leading discoverers.....
This imagery function in the brain also tries to please us. We tend to see what we expect to see, and if the conscious information and expectations we have on a problem situation held key to the problem, it would have solved long since. Somehow we need to get beyond what we expect the answer to be, and look with fresh perceptions wherein the best answer is to be found.
Another cause of possible inaccuracies: no material or human information process or content is infallible. In this material universe is always that tendency toward entropy or error. Information directly from your Beyond-Conscious may tend to greater accuracy, acumen, etc., but to the extent that the “matter in the message” is important, it should be tested like information from any other source. We need verification, we need scientific method to pull the weeds from the gardens of truth.
Besides such testing, we need practice in objectively reporting this subjective ongoing phenomenon of imagery. We need to work as much as possible in the language - the sensory image language - of the part of the brain we are consulting, describing what we find in sensory adjectives rather than in abstractions and explanations and names of places and things. We need to respond and describe faster than we can stop to think about what we were going to say, too fast for our loudly-focused verbal-conscious brain to step in and impose its bias on the stream of images reaching us from our broader consciousness. Even with these things, to the extent that an issue is important, it is wise to test and verify the answer you get on it, whenever feasible.
Not only the vast majority of your brain, but most or even possibly all of your experience and data for it to work from, is accessed through your ongoing streams of sensory mental imagery.
In addition to other, conventional ways to test the insights you glean from your Image-Stream, here are a few follow-up questions you can conveniently ask your Image-Stream and get useful information back:
Twenty-four methods are freely published in Backup Procedures. Out of many thousands of people who have been taught or who have taught themselves Image-Streaming, virtually no one has “run the gauntlet” of those twenty-four “back-up” methods without getting images to work with.
More than visual sensory images are important here, not only in the sense that involving what your other senses are reporting to you in these image experiences strengthens your contact with the greater part of your brain that you are consulting. The same principles hold for brain-connecting and development for each of your various senses, although the crucial speaking-aloud feature of Image-Streaming can compete with your auditory imagery. Bottom line on this takes us straight to Behavior's main law, the most basic natural law of psychology, the Law of Effect.
Encyclopedias have been published on various aspects of the Law of Effect; at its most basic, this statement sums it up: “You get more of what you reinforce.”
Each time you make some sort of concrete response to having an idea, or to your own first-hand perception or awareness on something, you are reinforcing—
(For further understanding of how the Law of Effect affects not only our behaviors and traits but our abilities, please see the article, Feeding the Loop.
Image-Streaming appears to make nearly everything work better. It is such a basic tool that asking what it is good for is somewhat like asking what a screwdriver is good for. Its practice makes one far more effective at other visual thinking processes such as Over-the-Wall problem-solving; such en scenario invention and discovery-making processes as Beachhead and Toolbuilder; and such enhanced or accelerated learning techniques as Borrowed Genius and a child's version at "A Little Something You Can Do for Your Own Children" (Winsights No. 20, May 1998).
However, two specific direct applications of Image-Streaming, per se, bring unique benefits:
Neurophysiological studies, by John Ertl and others, indicate that how soon and how quickly other regions of the brain become involved with a stimulus once it enters some part of the brain in the first place, is a large part of “intelligence.” Indeed, the [we-are-not-yet-done-there-are-these-things-yet-to-do-with-this] “message” passed on to the rest of the brain from initially input sectors, is very different in character from the [that's-all, we're-done] “message” passed along where the different regions of the brain are not so immediate with each other. The person whose brain sectors are in tight phase relationship will characteristically see more aspects to each situation and more relationships, and be more thoughtful and perceptive about them. Such phase relationships can be readily trained up.
Once the necessary studies are run, not only is it increasingly clear that intelligence can readily be increased, but the effects of stroke and/or traumatic brain damage can be more readily ameliorated or overcome. The very idea that intelligence can be improved is finally coming out of limbo, as can be seen if one Google-searches for “Brain Plasticity” and then samples among the many scientific studies which have recently emerged on the brain's well-demonstrated tendency to change its circuitry, its structure, its shape, its size and its very mass in order to better handle the levels and kinds of information with which it has had to cope during the previous year or so.
Pole-bridging in the brain is discussed by Win Wenger and Richard Poe in their book, The Einstein Factor ; also freely on the web at "Pole-Bridging in the Brain: Why and how it builds intelligence" (Winsights No. 73, February 2004).
Creativity was once believed to be something that one either had or he didn’t - something that you were pretty well born with or with its lack, you were pretty well stuck accordingly and there was nothing could be done about it. The past half century of world-wide creativity revolution has blown that limiting theory out of the water. With the breakthroughs in “brain plasticity,” those similar beliefs regarding “intelligence” are now also being blown out of the water. This removes one of the last excuses for treating people as pre-judged categories rather than as themselves, their own unique, vastly potentialed, human selves. Adding significance to this:
Out of tens of thousands trained or self-trained in Image-Streaming, which appears to be a tool for almost limitless self-improvement, only three individuals have been found who were unable to “get pictures” a la Image-Stream. And those three, with a bit more work, could likely also “get pictures” and pursue Image-Streaming for whatever benefits that practice brings.
You are cordially invited to not only practice it and take it to the limits of whatever benefits you care to make yours, but to teach effective use of the practice to other people whom you care about.
Teaching Image-Streaming to an Adult Individual: You can use pretty much the same method as the one just above for teaching to a child. Another, possibly stronger way is the “Helper Technique,” spelled out among what now are the twenty-four backup techniques.
Whole Groups At A Time: The easiest method by far, in which groups sized to almost any number can be directly and readily trained to Image-Stream — An easy succession of modelings of the process ensures that very few people will find this difficult by the time it is their own turn to Image-Stream. See this preferred method for training groups, detailed step by easy step at Image-Streaming for Groups .
You are welcome to teach Image-Streaming or any other published procedure from Project Renaissance, provided that you not only give the necessary contact information to those whom you so teach, but represent that process as a resource FROM Project Renaissance and not as the Project Renaissance program or yourself as a Project Renaissance trainer. This not only protects quality control but frees you to go in as a co-explorer. At such time as you DO want to become a Project Renaissance trainer and present officially on behalf of the program, turn to the provisions you will find posted in To Become a Trainer .
Provisions for teaching The Genius Code) are not yet determined, but are likely to become the subject of discussions between Project Renaissance, Learning Strategies, and other interested parties.
Up to this point, this article has mainly served both as a “talking paper” and as a directory showing you where to obtain further information in depth in various of the topics relating to Image-Streaming. At this point in our training together, if time permits we will be pursuing one or two procedures which feature a number and sequence of specific steps. If we get to either procedure, it will be best to have in your hand for ready reference a list of the steps. The two procedures are a fast way to get answers via your impressions and reflexive/responsive visual mental images, and a way which works especially well with the most important questions and issues.
Full descriptions of these two procedures are on the first two pages of the instructions of High Thinktank. Objective of both methods is to get past the baggage of conscious expectations as to what the answer “ought to be,” allowing perception through of what the better answer to your question or problem may well be.
Quick Question/Answer Method: By this point in your experience you will have had some practice with the basic Image-Streaming process, and with several of the steps for making sense of what your images and impressions mean. You will also have found that you are able to obtain images - and make sense of them - more and more quickly as your practice and skills progress. On the making-sense, inductive-inference interpretative side you still need three very different impressions or sets of images; you need to record a dozen or more describable aspects of each impression or set of images; and you need, in coming to the core of your answer or message to discover, among all those aspects, impressions and images of what is the same when everything else is different.
You need at least a dozen or more describable aspects or features in each of the three frames, in order to have enough opportunity to spot the regard in which there is such a common feature or similarity.
Here are the specific steps of Quick Q/A: (Do this in groups of three or four. Instructions how to do this alone and by yourself will become apparent from the instructions given for that in the High Thinktank method.
Some problems or questions are so extensive or so major that either we or people around us are bound to have put some thought into them, formed some conclusions, have expectations as to what the answer ought to be. This of course makes it harder to get the fresh perceptions needed without distortion. Case in point: I can ask you a question right now and for minutes, in response, your head will be filled with nonsense that doesn't come even close to constituting a useful answer to that question.
Are you ready for that question? OK, here it is....
“What is the best form of government?”
— Listen to the stuff pouring through your head in response to that question! Some of it conditioned responses and catechisms, some of it other and equally useless stuff, none of it allowing any room for you to glean a fresh and possibly useful perception....
But what if you had been asked that question in a way that only your sensitive major part of the brain, able to pick up on subtle and subliminal cues, knew that that was the question being asked, while your loudly focused verbal word-conscious sliver of brain hadn't a clue as to what was being asked? Your loud word-based consciousness wouldn't know in what direction it wanted to bias the (sensory impression) data to make that data support its beliefs. To get good fresh answers, all you'd have to do is look in and see what answer was being told you in response to the question. AFTER you had gleaned that answer, THEN it'd be useful to find out consciously what question you had just gotten answer to! This gives you a high accuracy rate on the important issues and questions, where other problem-solving methods and even straight Image-Streaming tend to give you answers that fit your expectations rather than the most effective answer.
So that is the secret to getting fresh - and accurate - answers on the most important issues and questions and on problems where the stakes are the h ighest. Present to one another, or find a way to present to yourself, questions such that the main sector of your brain can pick up by subliminal cue or other sensitivities what question is being asked and then respond, through your image-generating faculties, a fresh answer which often is also the best answer available. - All the while that your verbal-conscious mind and brain hasn't a clue as to what's being asked, so it won't know which way to turn the data.
Important: with this High Thinktank process, for best results, you are not trying to “psyche” what the question is. That would start guessing games with your conscious mind and brain which would get in your way. Instead, just look in and report and detail the images which come as the answer you are seeking.
Working with others in a group or in small
groups, each numbering three to six people, here is one such method for
Accumulate six or more questions in a box, each question on a separate index card or scrap of (folded in on itself) paper. Because you have written these, your subtler resources will know which is which, but if you randomize these questions and pick one at random, your conscious left temporal isn't likely to recognize which one is which, and will most likely get out of the way of the visual data-flow coming from the rest of the brain in answer to that question. Your objective is not to "psyche" which question that is, but simply to look at what your mind is showing you as answer to it.
On the question you thus select, get three sets of imagery on each question. As in the group form, this gives you a basis for comparison. Be sure to get enough sensory detail recorded from each image that it will be easy for you to spot where one of the many aspects of the one image matches with one of the many aspects of another image. Each image coming from your richer resources is rich with many meanings and messages, but each image generated within a given context as answer, context defined by this "hidden question" you are holding, contains among these in some form your main or key answer(s) as well. This comparison, looking for common elements or for themes running among your several different images, makes this key meaning or meanings stand out above all the other messages for you and makes this key far easier for you to spot and to experience your "aha"!
Only after you've mapped out these detailed comparisons among your several various images or impressions, should you then look at the "hidden question," read it consciously, and examine how those common elements or theme do actually answer that particular question.
Be sure to replace the answered question with another so you keep up a minimum stock of six at any given time to draw from, keeping that old left-temporal guesser from getting back into the act.
Your questions should be very different from one another, so the answer to one isn't confused with that to another. Doing two to four such questions per day for a few days should give you the feel for allowing the flow to come from wider sectors of your brain, so that then you can resume doing regular Image-Streaming undirected even by such questions (though you might also keep up this Q/A process as well, which can be very instructive!).
High Thinktank apparently does different things to develop the brain than does Image-Streaming:
Besides the convenience of speed, there are apparently some things in the brain which High Thinktanking does which not even Image-Streaming does. We don't know quite what's going on with the brain with this, but see some extraordinary abilities develop and remarkable things happen which we've not seen even with regular sustained practice of Image-Streaming.
Until we know more about it, we strongly recommend some practice of both, to encourage as wide a range as possible of neurons and brain circuitry activated and abilities developed.
The further we’ve gotten into this, the more clearly we see that the main challenge in all of this is - not that of getting the images; not that of getting accurate answers although there is some challenge still to getting our interpretations of these answers accurate; not that of heightening numerous of our abilities generally with practice of these methods. Rather, the main challenges are:
We are but an egg. This is but a work in progress. There is so much unexplored, all around, that you yourself stand on the edges of major original discoveries which YOU can make, instructing US all.
Look around you to determine whether or not the world is very much in need of all the discoveries any or all of us can make.
The depth of the problem is the scope of our opportunity to make a positive difference.
We live in a richly holographic universe, where everything affects everything else to at least some degree, everything relating to everything else. Despite all that is now known in our civilization, we are only a few steps, or a few observations, away from centuries-worth of new science and new civilization, no matter in what direction we turn to look.
In this training of Image-Streaming and of related tools, you now have some easy ways to make some of those few original observations which can lead to so much else. One practical application at a time can get you there.
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