Image Streaming: Best Way to Boost Your Creativity [2 Videos]

Creativity: a watercolor representing your mental imagery

Creativity: a watercolor representing your mental imagery

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.

My story

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.

Conclusion

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!

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16 Responses to Image Streaming: Best Way to Boost Your Creativity [2 Videos]

  1. Dancinscot says:

    This is interesting! I have never heard of this technique.
    I wonder if this can even out the wax/wane cycle many artists experience with their creativity.
    It does seem to confer the benefits similar to meditation. Yet meditation does not suit everyone, and this perhaps would seem like a more active exercise.
    I would probably use an offline device for recording however, as phones offer no privacy. 
    Thank you for your explanation of how to use this method. It is good to hear yourself speak and recognize clues to continue in life with!

    • phil says:

      Thanks for the feedback. Yes, it offers similar benefits to meditation but as you say, the participant also takes on a more much active role. And therein lie the greater benefits compared to meditation, for an equivalent amount of practice time. Yet Image Streaming is no substitute for meditation, and vice-versa. 

  2. Fabio says:

    It is very new for me hear something like that, But looks amazing How you used the streaming for over 20 years, Even if you weren’t really creative, as you said, this is one of the best example to give to our generations how it is possible to get your passion with passion.

    Thanks for your description of exactly how to use this approach anyway. It is great to hear yourself speak and also recognize hints to continue in life with!

  3. Bobby says:

    Phillipe, thank you for sharing this technique with me! It’s funny how relevant it is to where I want to be in my own headspace, that I would stumble across this article inadvertently is just uncanny.

    I have recently taken on the world of online business, after about 24 years of working for other people in the service field, and have discovered there are a great many things about my mental processes that are just not conducive to working in such a cerebral field. I have to make changes in the way I process things, because like it or not, online business is an entirely different world from what I am used to.

    Aside from starting to do yoga with my fiancée, I have started practicing meditation more often, as well as practicing thinking before speaking, even if it causes an uncomfortable pause in the conversation. Just these practices alone, while small, have made an impact in my ability to process situations that may not have been quite so clear to me before. 

    This practice of Image Streaming resonates as a strong self-confidence booster to me, as often times I do not take enough time in my own head to really think out a situation before decision-making, which leads me to hitting snags that I inevitably become annoyed with because I didn’t see them coming when I really should have. Image Streaming seems to be a form of meditation in itself, just the immediate vocalization of mental imagery alone is a reflective insight into your own inner workings.

    I will be visiting your site regularly, I appreciate the effort you have put into bettering yourself and your ability to function properly, and I’ll be trying out Image Streaming for myself. I’ll be glad to come back and let you know the effect it has on my brain! Thank you!

    Bobby

    • phil says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Bobby! Looking forward to seeing you back here and hearing your feedback about Image Streaming.

  4. Vicki says:

    This is so powerful

    I often do a 5 minute sometimes longer image streaming and often new ideas come to me, colours of bright purple which is the colour of one of my websites and sometimes I get lyrics as well and write them down to see if they bring me a new song.

    I love using this technique and feel it is often more exciting than meditation

    I have bookmarked this site as I would love to go check out Renaissance more so thank you

    • phil says:

      Great to hear that you’re an active user of Image Streaming, Vicki! Looking forward to hearing from you again soon!

  5. Virendra says:

    I’ve never heard of this term and it looks quite interesting. I’m just wondering because it wasn’t very clear to me. What are the benefits of doing this imagery? It looks like it can also be used as some kind of trauma release to me. Thanks as well for demonstrating it with a video, that made it easier to understand what it is you’re are doing.

    • phil says:

      Thanks for your question, Virendra. There are several benefits. The primary one is to enhance creativity, and it is also great for feeling more grounded, restful, and alert.

  6. Mark says:

    I’ve actually never heard of image streaming before, but I do find it interesting. I’m up for anything that can help boost my creativity. I’m a writer and struggle often with distractions and difficulty focusing. So if there’s anything out there that can help strengthen my powers of imagination and visualization, it certainly can’t hurt. I think I’m going to look into this. Thanks for sharing!

    • phil says:

      Hi Mark, yes, Image Streaming is one of several techniques useful to writers. I will also write articles soon on the Morning Pages and Mind Mapping, other useful techniques for writers. Stay tuned!

  7. Fitzythird says:

    Powerful concepts here.  I have done some similar work in a unique study of martial arts but had not heard the term Image Streaming.  As mentioned it is certainly a more intentional and active form of meditation.  With the intent behind the exercise, I noticed that results appeared more readily.  

    I love the idea of focusing on another person or listening device as this serves to “let it all out”.  Results are then more measurable as you are not relying solely on memory.  This is definitely an addition to the techniques I am more familiar with and a welcome one at that! 

    Have you noticed having more vivid dreams during sleep cycles?  This is something I’ve noted along with deeper sleep when doing this work. This at first resulted in feeling a bit sluggish upon awakening but that all balanced out over time. 

    I thank you for introducing us to Image Streaming and look forward to learning more!

    Fitz

    • phil says:

      Hello Fitz, you are correct, there is a close relationship between Lucid Dreaming and Image Streaming. The two techniques feed off each other. If you do some Lucid Dreaming, your Image Streams will become more vivid faster. If you do Image Streaming, you will have Lucid Dreams spontaneously. Here is a link to the Wikipedia page on Lucid Dreaming.

      Thanks for emphasizing the two key points: that Image Streaming is akin to an active form of meditation, and that the active listeners is a powerful addition to techniques where all happens only within you, like in conventional forms of meditation.

      Looking forward to seeing you back here soon!

  8. Maya says:

    Do I have to vocalize what I see? Or can I just picture everything in my head and then write about it?

    • Phil says:

      Hello Maya, the vocalisation is a critical and essential part of the method. It keeps you alert and awake, and it helps with generating more spontaneous, more vivid images and sensations and intuitions. Also, speaking aloud makes it possible to record yourself, which is also essential. If instead you just write down about your images as you see and experience them, the flow will be too slow, it will be too conscious and not spontaneous enough.

      However I would recommend that you experience with both methods (Image Streaming as described in the article and your proposed method) and compare the results. If you want, you’re very welcome to write a guest article about it, and i’ll publish it.

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