Image Streaming: Using the power of your subconscious mind

Most people these days realise that not only do they have a subconscious mind, but that it’s pretty powerful when it comes to creative problem solving. For example, many of us have experienced solutions to problems just popping into our minds when doing something like taking a shower or going for a walk. Also, there are many famous examples of scientists and artists finding that their best ideas come to them in a dream, daydream or just appear in their mind as if from nowhere. It's clearly their subconscious mind that is producing them.

However, whilst many of us recognise the potential power of our subconscious minds, we are lacking any way of tapping in to it in a controlled, predictable way. We receive ideas from it at random, unpredictable moments, but when we need to call upon it for solutions, we lack a technique for doing so.

Image streaming is such a technique. It was created by Win Wenger, and described in his book 'the Einstein factor' (because Einstein said that he got his most powerful insights from his imagination, i.e. his subconscious mind). If you are interested in this technique I highly encourage you to get this book.

Essentially image streaming is based upon the idea that our subconscious minds communicate to us best through images, rather than language. For example, when falling off to sleep at night, you may have noticed that before you are even asleep and dreaming, as you close your eyes, images start to appear. Where are these images coming from? Your subconscious mind. The beauty of using images as a language, is captured in the old saying: a picture says a thousand words. Concepts that can need many words to describe can be communicated quickly and powerfully in images. Images can also often convey emotions, multiple meanings and humour, just as can language.

The process of image streaming is pretty simple, although it may take you some time to master. Essentially you find a place and time you can relax in peace, without being disturbed. You need to have an audio recording device of some kind, be it a dedicated voice recorder, or one on your phone or computer. Whatever device you choose, I think the main thing is that it should be easy for you to use. You need to be able to switch it on and off record with minimal fuss, and to be able to pause record. Next you close your eyes, and pick a question you would like to ask your subconscious mind. This could be almost anything, but you may find it more fruitful to ask question that is phrased more specifically than one which is too nebulous. For example, rather than simply ask 'how can I be happier?' You might ask 'what is the easiest way for me to become twice as happy as I am now?', or rather than ask 'how can I make more money?' You might ask "how can I make an extra £10,000 in the next year, working five hours per week?' However, experiment with this, it's just a suggestion.

Once you've asked your question, begin to observe whatever images come to mind. As you observe whatever comes up in your mind's eye, you describe it into your audio recorder. Don't make assumptions about what it is that you are seeing unless it is very obvious. Instead, describe the details of the appearance or other sensory information that you are getting. For example, you may see something which you can’t quite make out, but think it could be an airplane, don’t say ‘I’m seeing an airplane’ unless you are certain. Instead, say something like ‘I can see a long metal tube...’

To begin with, you may find it hard to see images, or they may be very indistinct. However, this is part of the reason for describing what you see, out loud, into the voice recorder. The theory is that as you hear yourself describe what you are seeing, it makes the images stronger. Also, it’s obviously helpful afterwards to have a record of your image stream, so that you can interpret it at your own speed.

Interpretation is the final stage. The images you see will sometimes be a direct depiction of the answer, or will sometimes be symbolic. It’s up to your own judgement to interpret them. In practice you will probably be doing this as you go along. You’ll start to form an idea of what the images mean. If you are completely confused by the images you are getting, you can simply ask ‘Can you show me the answer in a different way?’ in order to get a new stream of images.

As you practice image streaming, you should get more and more proficient both at  generating the images, and interpreting them. Win Wenger also claims that repeated practice of image streaming will improve your creativity and intelligence.


‘The Einstein Factor’ by Win Wenger

Also see Dr Wenger’s article on the subject on his website: Here