I am very keen on recommending Image Streaming to you. First of all, it is a simple technique, explained here, and it is free. I know of no other technique that could have such a quick and lasting impact on your creativity.
We all agree that there are many types of intelligences: number, language, musical, kinesthetic, etc., and that we each come with our specific dosage of each type of intelligence.
But how much we have of each can be increased, and this technique CAN help you increase them, if that is something important to you. Too few scientific studies have been conducted on Image Streaming to put a number behind how much IQ points increase, but if you really want a number, maybe you could look at an increase of 10 to 20 IQ points on average.
I’ve used Image Streaming for over 20 years, since 1998, when I was about 27 yo. Before I started using it, I didn’t think of myself as a visual person, and I had no mental imagery that I was aware of. But for twenty years now, mental imagery is second nature to me.
Before using Image Streaming, I was not particularly creative, and I was pretty low with respect to some intelligences, especially the kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal ones. Image Streaming helped develop all this.
I worked in theoretical particle physics research until age 33. I was highly focused on trying to complete Einstein’s dream of a final theory of the laws of physics. For the last 5 years that I did do physics research, from age 27 to 33, I was very keen on using this technique of Image Streaming that might have had the potential to increase my intelligence and creativity.
Unfortunately, I failed to achieve that very ambitious goal, and nowadays I have other endeavors. But Image Streaming was the most important idea I encountered at that time.
Nowadays, it gives me great skill in imagining and planning out the future and avoiding bad scenarios. In this sense, I’m sure it has made me more intelligent. I was already very smart with math and science before I started using Image Streaming, still it helped me with that, but most crucially with the intelligences for which I was very weak.
What is Image Streaming?
In brief, it is a process where you describe aloud your mental imagery in vivid detail.
It is a technique developed by Win Wenger, an educator, writer and inventor. His ancient-looking website is still up: winwenger.com.
He spent his life developing new tools for learning and advocating their use through a large number of books. The best known of these books was a best-seller: The Einstein Factor. It is good reading, but not essential to get started with Image Streaming.
How to do it?
In its basic form, it consists in speaking aloud to another person and/or a recording machine like your phone. Having this external focus is very important, to get yourself out of your own head.
You’re instructed to speak quickly without censuring yourself, with your eyes closed, describing the spontaneous mental imagery that goes through your mind in vivid detail, cycling through the different types of sensations: visual, auditory, smell, taste, touch and feelings. The feelings include touch and texture and temperature, but also the less palpable emotional feelings and intuitions you can have about what is happening in your brain.
You keep going for 5 minutes or an hour or until you run out of steam. Then on your own or with the help of someone, you listen to the content to find the “Aha moments” and to analyze the imagery to understand what it was trying to tell you. You can draw the images. You can MindMap the content of your Image Stream. You can debrief your Image Stream by writing about it. You can invent your own method of analyzing your mental imagery.
It also helps to breathe slowly and deeply for proper oxygenation, but not necessary if it’s not an issue for you.
What are the benefits?
I will keep this list short because I don’t want to sell you hype and unreproducible promises.
- It makes you feel more awake, more intelligent
- You establish surprising connections and solutions to problems
- You develop a more vivid imagery
I am quite confident you will experience all of this if you give Image Streaming a good try.
Frequently asked questions
1- I don’t have any mental imagery to describe! Answer: keep practicing and you will! Start easy with a scene very familiar to you, like describing where you live, describing yourself or some people you know well. Pay attention to the smallest signs of images appearing in your head, and focus on those. The more you do it, the more vivid your imagery will become
2- It’s too hard, I get too anxious and bored to get going! Answer: at first, you can indeed feel quite self-conscious and out of your comfort zone with this process. The solution is to be kind to yourself, accept that it might start slower for you but that perhaps the benefits will be even greater for you later on, and focus on breathing slowly, deeply and calmly.
Extensions and variations
There are countless variations. One type is to include a guided spoken scenario, with pauses during which one person does an Image Stream. Examples of scenarios start usually with a walk through a beautiful garden, in order to discover new things about the world or about oneself. One can then branch into an imagined ideal future, and look for what is there: how do you see your “future-self” and what are the nice inventions you see in the world. It’s very powerful.
A couple of examples
Here is a brief pedagogical example of an Image Stream, just under 3 minutes long, where I speak slowly and keep the imagery fairly basic so that people will not have too much difficulty understanding what is going on without proving more context. (I just note the words “a door needing to be oiled” that are not very clear — perhaps I will add the whole text if I see that it is needed). I go through the exercise of cycling through the senses in order not to miss one of the senses. This is a very good technique at the beginning, because it forces you to develop your weakest senses. You don’t have to say as I did “now I am describing the sound” and instead jump right into it.
Here is another pedagogical example also under 3 minutes long, where I don’t say “now I am describing…” so you get a better feel for the normal flow of an Image Stream.
It turned out the interpretation of this Image Stream was straightforward, and as often, it was about an emotionally charged recent topic: a family member was upset about his bad investment in a house that was hiding the remnants of a 50yo fire. But I had a fireman uncle active in service at that time, and I was wondering if there was a link. Later on, I asked my mom more information about this era, and that resolved my issues.
Unlike taking a pill, this process of Image Streaming only works if you use it. It is free! Why not give it a try!?
I’m very much looking forward to hearing about your experience with the process, whether it is your successes, or your difficulties with getting started. Hopefully I can suggest ways to help!Social tagging: Creativity > Image Streaming