Your Own Inventive Mind
from Discovering The Obvious
features, as a post-Einsteinian "Deep Thought" experiment
a science-fiction theme. This theme is one of visiting, through
your mind's eye, some highly advanced world. Everywhere you look
in this advanced world, there are items in common use there which,
back here on Earth, would be original inventions, new products or
services, innovations, art techniques, procedures or even new invention-making
procedures, even scientific discoveries. Select one item during
your "visit" and "copy" it by observing and
describing it in as much detail as possible. Then from that detail
reconstruct it back here as your invention.
(To make this
experience effective, you will need either a live listener or a
tape recorder as potential listener. This will provide needed external
focus which enables you to develop this experience. Even with a
live partner to help as your listener, you may need paper to make
What has happened
in our world, in fact, the past few years seems far more improbable
than any science fiction, so this theme seems tame by comparison.
This procedure is one of many ways to get at the innate understandings
which your more sensitive faculties have built up of how our universe
works. At subtle levels you do have this comprehensive, accurate
understanding, regardless of whatever is your scientific and technical
background or lack thereof.
Yes, we can
expect successes and testimonials from formal researchers and scientists,
such as the ones at the start of our inventions and discoveries
book. We are used to this kind of experience.
--But pay very
close attention to the next several paragraphs.
Over the mid
and late 1970s, we were teaching "Beachhead" as part of
a broader training workshop mostly to laymen, and by 1979 had collected
more than 1,000 seemingly significant invention concepts. Most of
these were from people with no scientific or technical background.
100 of these invention concepts, all from people with little or
no such background, were selected to be examined by professional
engineers, to see what percentage of them might actually be workable
according to the formal laws of science and engineering.
To our amazement,
100% - every last one - of those inventions from laymen, turned
out to be workable!
small proportion of people in this country have available to their
consciousness much understanding of the laws of science and nature.
You may have seen some of the newspaper stories about how shamefully
poor is the average American's understanding of physical science.
For three years lived two doors from this writer a reasonably articulate
gentleman, in a reasonably upbeat middle-class neighborhood, who
had no idea whatever that the Earth circles the sun! Yet it appears
that once the limits of their conscious minds are bypassed, the
more sensitive faculties of most or all of us have a pretty good
idea of those laws, and of what works and what doesn't work!
In 1979, this
writer received a call to come up to Windsor, Ontario, Canada to
teach for a class which St. Clair Community College there was conducting
in the community. A former college teacher, he rushed up with high
expectations, only to find, not exactly a college class--
--but a class
St. Clair was running in the community, teaching people how to comb
their hair, brush their teeth and some, with luck, to tie their
shoes! In other words, this was a class of "Educable Mentally
Retarded People," or "EMRs."
At the time
totally unprepared for this, the writer sought to make the best
of it and so went ahead with the procedures he had brought along,
including "Beachhead," expecting a dead flop. Much to
Of the 27 mentally
retarded people in the class, we were able to get the attention
of 17 enough to do a little processing with. Of those 17:
every one of them, on first try, came up with original, workable
of course, instead of developing those people as special because
they were inventors, the college went back to teaching them how
to comb their hair, brush their teeth and some of them, with luck,
to tie their shoes......
though, is that the ability to invent accurately, creatively
and profitably, using these sensitive post-Einsteinian visual thinking
techniques, is very widely distributed!
Part of you
truly is brighter than you think. Part of you knows the laws
of science, nature and engineering very well indeed, whatever your
conscious background in those subjects. You are as capable of accurate,
effective inventing as were the laymen in our training workshops
here, and certainly more so than those 17 mentally retarded Canadians!
we believe that probably, non-technical people on the whole may
have some advantage, rather than disadvantage, compared with
people with the most rigorous technical and scientific backgrounds,
because they are not as likely to edit their images to conform with
what they think they know!
That, of course,
is one key to the "Beachhead" process, as is the patience
to go after all the detail needed to comprehend the chosen device
in order to "re"-create it back here on Earth as an invention.
Before we proceed
to "Beachhead," let us proceed to review some of the key
strategies of attention and describing, in post-Einsteinian discovery
technique. (These strategies applying also to "Over-the-Wall"
problem solving and to the other uses of receptive imagery.) Here
in review are some of the key principles:
1) Allow yourself
to be surprised by what you see. Work with whatever imagery
actually comes up, whether or not you think it fits what you are
seeking. For example,
Mario C. was
looking anxiously to visit some very futuristic civilization to
see all sorts of remarkable things. His chosen purpose for this
visit was to find an inexpensive new source of electric power. In
his vision - Mario C. was sorely disappointed to find himself standing
in a grassfield, with a rustic fringe of trees on the left, with
no futuristic city, and nothing even modern in sight. He could barely
be prevailed upon to stay with the vision and to continue describing
what he was seeing. Worse, Mario kept finding himself stumbling
over trailing cables and stanchions.....
to describe these, he discovered: that these cables led to the tops
of trees, and from there to one-way wind-up ratchets which, in turn,
drove old-fashioned electric generators salvaged from old telephones
and automobiles. Every time the wind blew, tree movement drove the
ratchets which in turn steadily drove the generators.
trees are natural windmills - and, since they are already there
by nature, they cost less to install than do constructed windmills.
The sense of the vision was that, at least in breezier sections
of the country, a small forest would generate enough power to energize
a small city much of the time....
We don't know
what the actual costs of such a power source would be, but it probably
would be competitive in some regions and under some conditions
- and would have been missed altogether if Mario C. had not been
prevailed upon to stay with the vision, even though it differed
from what he had expected to see.
So: allow yourself
to be surprised, even startled by what you see in these undirected,
receptive visualizations. Describe your perceptions, not your expectations!
your imagery while examining it. This develops the imagery,
as it did Mario C.'s, and as you experienced in the Answer Spaces
of your "Over-the-Wall" problem solving exercise. The
Einsteinian method only described what was "seen" after
the imagery experience was completed: as a result, its practitioners
were rare and even so, had like Einstein to take special measures
to keep from going to sleep in mid-meditation. Holding rocks in
either hand like Einstein did might help keep you from nodding off
in mid-vision, but won't help you actually develop that vision,
whereas your describing will, and quite powerfully. The more colorful
and richly textured the detail of your describing, the more effective
it will be in developing your vision. The more rapid your description,
the better your chances of outrunning your internal editor into
some real payoffs.
Note that the
subtler and less defined the phenomena which gets described into
consciousness, the greater and more rapid will be your gains in
awareness. Also the subtler the faculties, providing that imagery,
which you can reinforce onto line with your verbal consciousness.
your eyes closed while exploring and describing these ranges
of experience will also allow you to examine subtler perceptions
than might otherwise be possible, your inner vision not having to
compete with your outer. Keeping them continuously closed
during the experience builds up also a continuity and power, largely
dissipated each time one checks back into outer vision.
4. The more
richly textured the description, the more richly textured the ensuing
experience. Stay sensory in your descriptions - this keeps
you in contact with, or deepens, your contact with those reaches
of your brain whose main working language is sensory imagery,
and which have the understandings we are trying to bring conscious.
Build sufficient sensory contact with the experience and
your intellectual understandings will take care of themselves.
5. To learn
or discover or retrieve any perception, simply fit it into
some appropriately designed format, then begin describing from some
easily accessed corner of it more and more of that format, until
your description has come upon and opened that perception to you.
6. You don't
have to figure out anything or understand anything until after
you've developed your data. Only after your data is out there,
then bring all your analytic, judgmental and other intellectual
faculties to bear, to make sense of that data. Only after! For
now, though. describe in sensory detail what you find in these
visions. Taking the short-cut of recognizing what or where you are
looking, and settling for naming that instead of describing it,
inserts a level of abstraction which comes between you and full
contact with the part of your brain you are seeking perception from.
We can resurrect
our analogy about "two feet of the mind" from the previous
chapter, only this time instead of referring to creating freely
and then judging freely, each in its turn, let us speak of observing
and describing freely as one "foot," then analyzing and
understanding freely, as the other "foot." Not only in
our interior visions: we are all too prone to try to hop through
life on our analytic foot, drawing upon what we think we "know,"
such "knowledge" in turn too laden with third and fourth
hand information rather than based upon first-hand experience.
then try to make sense of the observation. Trying to "make
sense" too early shuts off much of the opportunity for your
subtler faculties and vision to surprise you with further, relevant
and even more significant insights.
Scripting the instructions for "Beachhead:"
experience in writing instructional books, we have learned to give
the most detailed form of a procedure first, then the condensed,
self-use version, counseling the reader to read the detailed version
first and have that information in back of his mind while following
those simplified, condensed instructions. Also, we've learned that
the very most effectively detailed version of these procedures,
which we especially want to provide for a procedure this important,
is a word-for-word script designed for one person to read, step
by step, to a partner or a group to perform.
That is the
form we present here. --Not because we are trying to persuade you
to pull together an entire group to teach invention-building to,
all at one time, although we think that would be a very good idea.
Rather, simply because this lets us address the procedure in its
fullest detail, for you to read before you take yourself through
the simplified version.
Also: if you
get a second tape recorder, you can pre-record the following scripted
instructions the same way that you might read them to a group. Playing
that tape back, to cue you step by step through the experience,
you can record your experiences step by step recording into the
other tape machine.
So here is,
first the group script form of your instructions for that most invention-productive
of all post-Einsteinian Discovery procedures, "Beachhead."
(The idea behind the name is to establish a beachhead in a highly
advanced civilization, use it to come, again and again, to discover
many things there and copy them off as inventions back on Earth.)
In this following
script: it is the instructions in quote marks which are read aloud
to the group or to the tape, for the hearer(s) to be cued step by
step. The instructions in parentheses are only to guide the person
who is reading those instructions, and are silent, not passed along
to the hearer(s) as part of the instructions in building the experience.
(* Please arrange a space which won't be interrupted for 40-60 minutes
- bury the telephone or take it off the hook...)
(* Have your
participants work together in pairs. Three working together is o.k.
but that cuts into the time each participant has for describing,
so pairs is better. Have each member of the pair sit closely together
so he can hear and be heard without effort when everyone is describing
experiences. This prevents oppressive din and makes the room experience
an agreeable buzz-murmur and a "psychic resonance field.")
(* Have at
hand a water glass or chime, with spoon or other metal striker,
whose sound will be agreeable and easily heard above many voices
without having to be loud. Establish with your participants these
agreements - (a) That one "bing" on your chime or water
glass is a half-minute's notice; for participants to keep on going
on the one "bing" but be ready a half minute later to
hear your next instruction. (b) That upon three "bings,"
everyone instantly pauses in his talking - not only in mid-sentence
but in mid-word, to hear the next instruction and so that the next
instruction can be heard. Stopping talking does not mean
stopping experiencing: indeed, the whole point of these agreements
is to get arrangements smooth enough that you can slip in one instruction
after another without interrupting the experience, which
therefore can build, layer by layer, into extraordinary ranges of
also with your participants that they should close their eyes and
keep them closed during the experience in order "to see more
freely," and to notice when actual visual images happen in
their experience and to switch to describing these, even if they
lead in some direction other than that which is being cued by the
instructions, as these images might represent a more direct route
to the desired goal, presented by one's subtler faculties.)
(* Allow enough
time in the intervals between steps for your participants to build
rich and intense experience, but not so much time that some get
restless and wander out of your process wondering what to do next.
If the group gets going well and there is plenty of time available
to work in, Steps # 18, 19 and, to some extent, 21, are the ones
it is most useful to allow to expand to 8 or 10 minutes or even
longer. Usually, after the first several minutes of describe-aloud
intervals, momentary let-ups in the ongoing buzz-murmur are the
best time to start the process of moving on to the next step.)
involved take a deep, rewarding stretch; slowly let down from that
stretch into the "afterglow" of that stretch, settle into
a deeply relaxing, comfortable position, let go 1-2 great slow satisfying
sighs, and close eyes....)
enter this experience together for the purpose of finding new products
or services of possible value, which can be provided entirely from
the resources we now have readily to hand. We don't have to figure
out what we are going to invent, or plan ahead what it is we are
going to see. We'll just sit back and let the subtler portions of
our minds and brains show us. Let them show us whatever it
is that they will show us. Let them surprise us with what
they show us, all we do for now, once the experience is underway,
is sit back, observe, and describe to our partner what it is that
we are observing. Later, after we've described all that we've
seen, we can try to make sense of what we've seen but for now we
don't try to make sense of it, just see it and describe it and later
maybe we'll figure out what it is that we've seen and described."
more the vision contents of this experience are a surprise to us,
the better the likelihood that we are genuinely getting inputs from
further reaches of mind and brain beyond where we do our conscious
thinking from. Those further reaches contain all the experiences
and information which we've ever encountered, whether conscious
or unconscious, from the very beginnings of our life. Since at any
given moment only one in 100 of our incoming experiences is
received consciously, each of us has an available data-base greater
than that even of the greatest universities."
just as more and more formal information in the great universities
and libraries is going on-line, available through computers, so
also our own internal data-base is on-line, available through these
inner visions. We describe in words, with our conscious minds and
to our partner; describing our inner imagery brings more of this
internal data-base and our subtler mental faculties closer on-line
with where we are mainly conscious from.
The more detail
you can describe from your inner experience, the more you will see
and the closer on-line will be that subtler part of you which has
lived in this physical universe for quite some time, and which knows
very well how it works and how things work."
the more rapidly you can describe also the things I will ask you
to describe, the more these further reaches will be pulled on-line
with where you are conscious from. For that reason, instead of politely
taking turns with your partner, in effect both of you should be
talking at once, this way: as one of you pauses for breath in your
description, the other of you rushes in with description from his
experience. As he has to pause for breath, you rush
back in with further description of your experience. Do
make sure that both of you do get a reasonable share
of the available air time, which usually runs two minutes or so
after each step I'll give you in the experience. Get as much of
your own description as possible packed into every available moment
in that two or more minutes because the more you describe aloud
to your partner, the more and better you will see in the experience."
yours is a partnership, not a competition, so do please allow your
partner enough time to speak. If you are deeply into your own experience,
you don't need to give full attention to your partner's descriptions,
since you won't be tested on them. It is enough just to be
there as his external focus to describe to, just as he is
there as your external focus to describe to."
set the stage for our Mind's Eye now. Because our physical universe
is so very large both in time and space, it likely has more worlds
which are inhabited than we can count. Even if it did not, imagining
that it does gives useful routing instructions for the inner workings
of subtler reaches of our brain, providing our subtler faculties
a way to bring their subtler information to our consciousness. Setting
more of that stage,"
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world civilization since the Dark Ages is only about 1000 years
old; the history of our portion of it only a little less than that
and, through classical Mediterranean civilization before it, draws
on a continuity of recorded experience running back only about ten
thousand or so years. Yet nearly everything discovered or invented
in the scientific, technological phase of our civilization has come
within the last two hundred of those years. Billions of other
civilizations throughout our universe, some of them resembling our
own people and our own civilization and some of them quite different
from us, are bound to have been, or are still, in a scientific and
technological stage. Some of them may have been in a highly productive,
rapidly evolving, scientific and technological stage for thousands
or millions of years and still accelerating, while others may be
just coming into that stage."
this experience, let's imagine visiting one such civilization, stumbling
across or finding devices there in common use which would be new
inventions back here on Earth. As our inner minds' way to show us
new inventions, let us experience them as devices we stumble across
in our inner vision, as devices in common use in some highly advanced
civilization we will visit in this experience. There we'll take
a good, detailed look at the device, enough detail that when we
come back here we can 'copy' and rebuild it here as an invention."
there are so many civilizations out there to choose from, we have
many potential inventions out there, in fact, and many forms of
any given invention to choose from. So: whatever invention we get
in this experience, might as well be in its simplest, most understandable
form, and in a form that is harmless and which brings the most benefit
to any or all who are affected by it or involved with it. AND: we
might as well get whatever that invention is in a form which can
be readily built from off-the-shelf components and materials and
techniques, the simpler the better - inventions we can readily
construct from the resources we have immediately available.
How do we get from here to the experience of that
highly advanced, real or imaginary, civilization which has this
most suitable invention lying around for us to come across?---"
this experience, let us use an imaginary elevator - because we are
used to the experience of movement in elevators, and because elevators
are partly automatic and take us where we want to go without our
having to pay too much attention to the driving. Anything, though,
will do to provide for us the experience of getting from here to
there - car, plane, bus, train, whatever you like. For convenience,
this time I'll suggest the elevator which we'll use to ride us to
the highly advanced civilization. To begin with, with your eyes
closed, please imagine pushing the call button on an elevator. Because
the elevator is coming from so very far away and we have a long
wait before it arrives, we have time for this next step - of imagining
that as you're pushing the call button you are looking at the back
of your own hand in that act, seeing the skin color and texture,
the fine hairs, the nails and knuckles, the hints of the underlying
structures of muscle, tendon and bone - notice also the feel
of your hand pushing that call button....."
now stepping back from that elevator door and looking at that elevator
door, real or imaginary, familiar or one you've never seen before.
In the two minutes or so before I announce arrival of the elevator,
please use richness of detail in your description to make your
elevator door as utterly real as possible to your partner, while
your partner - whenever you have to pause for breath - makes
his elevator door utterly real to you: don't allow any air-time
to lapse between you. In the two minutes or so before I announce
arrival of the elevator, please force the utter reality of your
elevator door into your listener's experience by describing in as
rich a detail and in word-pictures as you can, beginning now....."
(* Allow 2-3
minutes or so. Check that everyone is actually participating, but
under-manage rather than over-manage, to make sure you don't intrude
on anyone's process. You may be surprised to discover that if you,
yourself, run a similar picture in your own mind's eye describing
it silently or very softly to yourself, your group will work even
better - and that this also will automatically improve the quality
of your instructions to your group thereafter.....)
(* After several
minutes, or when there's let-up in the ongoing buzz-murmur, lightly
sound your chime or water-glass once, softly saying words
to this effect, "Half-minute's notice, keep on going but a
half minute from now be ready to hear the next instruction."
Even said quietly, your words ride the chime sound as if it were
a carrier wave. After another half-minute or so or with the next
let-up in buzz-murmur, lightly sound your chime three bings, saying,)
11. "Thank you, eyes still closed, staying with this
experience, moving even deeper into this experience: some of you
may already have experienced the elevator arriving and if not, let
it arrive now, and let's all of us step into our respective elevators
now. To save time I'll describe a little about this elevator. Whatever
the door looked like from outside, note that from inside it looks
like there is some sort of window set in it and you can see out.
When we get where we are going, you will see a color flash beyond
the door. I will ask you to identify that color. Then the door will
slide open and I will ask you to step out there and describe to
one another what you see on all sides, beginning with what's directly
in front of you....."
control panel inside this elevator has a number of buttons on it
- including the 'up-when' button for moving into a future civilization,
one of many possible; including the 'space' button for moving across
our galaxy or across many galaxies even to the Great Wall of Galaxies,
to reach the particular high civilization which happens to have
for us the invention we're after and has that invention for us in
the form which is best and most useful to us; including the 'down-when'
button to move to possible, real or imaginary, civilizations deep
in the past; and including even a 'side-when' button to move across
parallel tracks of time to where our own lives, our own civilization
or world, took a different turning than in our own past, and developed
the thing we now seek here....."
note, in the lower corner of the control panel, a button and packet
labeled 'disengage.' Disengage that packet and imagine sticking
it in your pocket. Any time you want to get back in a hurry, or
leave a visited civilization without taking time for the elevator,
just slap your pocket and find yourself back here on our Earth,
in present time and space..."
time, let your finger rest on the 'Space' button, to go across galaxies
to where a high civilization awaits your visit. If you prefer 'Up\when,'
meaning the future, recognize that your observing the future necessarily
changes the future and generally for the better - and that the one
future being viewed is only one of many possible futures ahead of
us. For convenience, though, perhaps the next time you use this
elevator use its 'Future' button and for now, this time, let's go
across the galaxy with the 'Space' button...."
your finger lightly rest on the 'Space' button without pushing it
yet, to make possible the convenience and mutual reinforcement of
us all going up at once when the time comes. With your finger in
contact with that button let's program your elevator to take
you where you want to go. With your finger lightly on that button,
say silently to your elevator but say it loudly in your mind, some
form of this instruction: 'Take me to a highly advanced civilization
where I will observe a useful and beneficial device in common use
there which I can apply to my own context back here on present-day
Earth.....' Say things to your elevator like, 'Take me to a highly
advanced civilization where I can observe and copy a suitable device
there as an invention here.' Say silently to your elevator, programming
it by having your finger on the button though not pushing it yet,
think loudly to your elevator some form of this instruction, 'Take
me to the point of experience in that highly advanced civilization
where I'll best be able to view and understand this device, technical
solution or innovation in its most useful and beneficial form and
in the form my resources back here will best let me re-create it
back here....a point of experience where I will be best able to
copy off the device in detail to bring back....' Give some
form of that instruction to your elevator, silently with your finger
in light contact with the button...."
(* 10-15 second
pause, then continue:)
Soon but not quite yet, we will press that button and let ourselves
experience the movement of this elevator. Because this experience
of an elevator we are riding is more than a mere elevator, is instead
a Space/Time Transporter, the movement we experience may be much
more complex than just the movement of going up or down. Then we'll
suddenly feel the elevator drawing to a stop, a color will flash
through from beyond the door, I'll ask you to tell your partner
what that color is, then the door will open and you'll step forth
into whatever scene from your highly advanced civilization will
best provide you your invention for this session. Because from inside,
this elevator door is transparent, while the elevator is still moving
you may even get to see some things which belong with this experience
before you get there--if so, you can share these with your partner
after you've arrived in the high civilization, as part of your ongoing
now, let's prepare to push that button when I count down from 3
to 1, on the count of '1' we will push that button, are we ready?--I'm
counting down now '3'......'2'......ONE!-push it now!
(lightly snap fingers or tap table or wall for emphasis.) Elevator's
moving - feeling motion - let yourself feel whatever motion
or motions, some of the motion might be hard to describe when we're
sharing later but it's interesting to note how some of these motions
of our Space/Time Transporter feel - We're arriving,
feel the elevator stopping, the color through the door! What
is that color? Name to your partner whatever impression of
color you have. Please quickly tell your partner your color impression
(* Allow the
5-10 seconds needed for each to tell the other his respective color
impression. Then continue:)
* 18. "Now
let the door slide open and step forth into this scene of some remarkably
advanced world. Describe this scene in richly sensory detail, make
it utterly real to your partner in sensory-evocative word-pictures.
Beginning with what's directly in front of you there, then to either
side, then with whatever more comes into view or contact as you
move through the areas of this scene - beginning with what's directly
in front of you here, make this new space utterly real to your partner
as you resume describing richly now....."
(* The same
parenthetical instructions to you, reading this, as those following
Step # 10 above. If your participants are restless at this point
or otherwise not responding well, give them a minute or so, then
the half-minute's notice, then cut short the experience by going
back in the elevator saying, "after this first look-around,
so we can compare notes before going back to this civilization to
see what we can find in it." If, on the other hand, you've
plenty of time and if your participants are responding well, this
is one of the steps whose interval you might allow to extend to
eight minutes or longer. If your participants are responding well
enough for you thus to carry on further, at the end of this interval
of 8-10 minutes, give the half-minute's notice as in the parenthetical
instructions during the interval following Step # 10 above, then
at the next let-up in the buzz-murmur give the three 'bings,' and
you. Keeping eyes closed, perhaps moving even deeper into this experience
as you move around the spaces of this highly advanced civilization
in whatever form you've encountered it - whatever you've found there
that's unusual or new to you, pick one to investigate more closely
- or find something now to investigate if you hadn't noticed anything
special before. Because you have complete freedom of your own mind,
whatever it is that you find you can open it up, or go inside of
it; you can expand it to bring more of it into view or make it smaller
to gain perspective; you can even move it through time to see how
it performs or how it was made or whatever else you can observe
about it, inside and out, to discover how it works, discover the
principles of how it works, and be able back here to build a working
copy of it yourself. You might start by going up to it and touching
it, feeling it, maybe even smell and taste it, and describe to your
partner, as if your partner were 'Mission Control,' everything you
can of how it looks, how it performs, how it feels to touch, taste
and smell. Then get inside of it one way or another and go on from
there until you and your partner know every working detail of your
respective inventions and know how to build a working copy of the
device. Whatever this device or object is, now go up to it and discover
everything about it, as you resume describing now....."
(* Same parenthetical
instructions as in the interval following Step # 10 above. This
interval, too, if your participants are doing especially well, you
can expand to 8-10 minutes or longer if you have time, searching
for all the working detail which will enable your participants to
build actual working inventions from these observations. Run the
'one-bing' half-minute's notice. Next lull in the buzz-murmur, the
full 'three-bing' signal, saying:)
you, eyes still closed, moving even deeper into this experience--
Now please find some member of this civilization, some person knowledgeable
about this device, maybe even this device's builder or inventor.
For even more understanding of what this device is and how it works,
let's become one with this knowledgeable person or inventor
in order to share his, her or its perception of this same device
that you've been examining. To do this, please stand this knowledgeable
person at arm's length distance from you - with his, her or its
back to you - and now please waft yourself forward into the
body of this knowledgeable person. Bring your own eyes to where
this person would ordinarily look from, to be this person,
seeing. Bring your own ears to where this person normally hears
from, to be this person, hearing. Perceive through
and with this person's senses and memories and abilities.
Notice the often surprising differences between the way this person
sees the device you've been examining and the way you had
seen it earlier. As this person, re-examine this device and
make utterly real to your partner these differences in perception,
coming to understand what those differences mean and how these add
to your understanding of how to build a working copy of this device.
Resume your describing now....."
(* Same parenthetical
instructions. This step is also expandable if appropriate. The purpose,
of course, is to press for enough detail to become able to build
a specific invention that actually works. Cycle 'one-bing' and then
at the next lull, 'three-bing,' saying:)
you, now return this person's head to his or her or its own shoulders
now, so that you can ask some questions and get answers. Perhaps
the best way to ask questions and get good answers in this experience?
--Ask your questions very softly out loud, so your partner can barely
hear them, but in your own head very loudly--then listen as intently
as you can until you either hear this person's answer, or until
this person does something or points to something for you
to see, or the scene itself changes in answer to your question.
You then report to your partner whatever happened, as an answer
to your question. While your partner in turn is reporting to you
his questions and experience of answers, sometimes you can
add questions of your own without leaving your own experience, for
your partner's knowledgeable person to answer. You can ask about
anything, but our main purpose is to get as effective an understanding
as possible of how the device works so you can easily copy and build
it back here on our Earth.......
Think of the first question you can ask, whose answer can add greatly
to your understanding. --Now loudly in your mind, softly out loud,
ask that question, look and listen intently for the answer, report
the results to your partner, take turns with your partner doing
the same, and then maybe another question or so in the minute or
so remaining. Ask that question, report the results, go on with
(* 3-5 minutes
but expandable, otherwise the same parenthetical instructions as
following Step # 10 above....)
you. If you've not finished you can always come back here for more,
with your partner or with a tape recorder to tape your additional
observations. Please return now to your elevator........push the
button labeled 'Return,' and return..... feeling motions, returning
with full recall of all that has transpired thus far - coming fully
present to here and now, coming fully alert and feeling marvelously
refreshed! Now: please take notes and make sketches of what you
(* Allow several
minutes for note-taking and sketching, perhaps a few more even for
a refreshments-break. When ready, say:)
most valuable part of this experience is often the de-briefing,
because in relating what you've seen to a new listener, new perceptions
often occur to you or new meanings for perceptions and relationships
in such experiences become clear. Take your notepad with you; let's
see if you can be seated with a new partner in ten seconds!
- Ten..... Nine..... Eight..... Seven..... Six..... Five..... Four.....
Three..... Two..... One..... One-half..... One-quarter..... (* or
whatever way to laughingly stretch out the interval if needed until
all are ready).....
time with eyes open, in just two minutes tell everything that you
experienced, from the moment of the color through the elevator door,
on through that door into the experience and what you found waiting
for you there in that experience. First one of you, telling that
experience in great detail but compressed into just two minutes.
Then I'll sound this chime as signal for you to reverse roles so
your partner can have airtime too. O.K., with eyes open,this time
one of you describing, here goes....."
(* After 2-3
minutes or at first lull, gently sound the water glass or chime
a time or so, saying:)
at risk of incompletion, your partner needs airtime too, very gently
switch now so your partner may also describe his experience."
(* Allow 2-3
minutes or until first lull...)
return to here and now; you may want to make a few additional notes
or sketches, because more has occurred to you and more may
continue to occur to you in the hours ahead. Now that you know the
way into this Discovery Space, with fresh partners at home or with
tape recorders to describe your observations into, you can revisit
this Space, as many times as you like, to get fresh details on an
invention already seen or to go for entirely new inventions, copying
down all the details you need to be able to build the thing back
here on our present-day Earth."
your participants to stay alongside their new partners during the
ensuing few minutes of open group discussion. If things have gone
well and the mood is right, orient the discussion toward the "beachhead"
aspect of "Beachhead," that now each participant has established
a beachhead in that highly advanced civilization where he can flash
back to immediately whenever he wants, without even need of the
elevator because of the connections already built up. Emphasize
the diverse wealth of possible discoveries in an entire advanced
world, to say nothing of using the elevator to go visit yet
other such worlds. Liken the participant's situation to that of
a prehistoric caveman visiting your own town and having found a
wheelbarrow on this first venture, what else is there in
your town for him to finCourier 10 Pitchd and re-"invented
and re-"invent?" The entire accumulated wealth of not
only devices but arts and ideas and genius of all of civilization
is there to draw upon....)
example: right now your civilization 'beachhead' is there, waiting
to show you something further that can be very valuable to you.
Right where you are now, without elevator or any preliminaries,
please close eyes right now and be looking at some further scene
in your civilization! What's all around you and what shows up when
you move around in that scene? --Starting with what's directly in
front of you in that scene, please begin describing this further
scene to your partner now!..."
(* Allow this
to run 2-5 minutes, or longer if participants get strongly involved,
but don't go as long as with the initial visit. Bringing them back
after your cycle of 'bing' and '3 bings,' say:)
there for you is the incredible wealth of entire worlds and civilizations,
a wealth of ideas, a wealth of arts, a wealth of techniques, including
even other inventing techniques and even better ways to find answers;
techniques of learning; a wealth of genius, a wealth of devices,
a wealth of science and technology all freely there for you to copy
off and re-create back here. Visit as many times as you like; visit
other worlds as well, the universe is open and free for us to explore,
to create new wealth back here on Earth."
among you who has, on this first try, come back with some workable
invention or innovation. Determine which of the inventions, innovations
and ideas brought back has enough detail to be made workable back
here. Determine which may be used to create and generate some practical
wealth in the near future. Determine if you want to work together
to actualize that wealth, and if so, begin action-planning together.
Or you may leave it for each participant to pursue his own devices.)
thought a little further: even if, to this point, you, the Reader,
have been workirs for listening and company, you may give some thought
to involving other individuals, creating joint experiences together,
and working together afterwards to actualize some of the wealth
potential of the resulting ideas.
On the one
hand you may have had your fill of waiting for other people's actions
and probably desire strongly to move ahead on your own. On the other
hand, if you can bring other people with you, you are much stronger,
and far likelier to generate those answers, solutions, ideas, innovations,
inventions, new products and services which are worth pursuing -
and far stronger for pursuing them into payoff.
main value to each another as a group, above and beyond the other
strengths, can be to remind each other to use one or another
form of process for creative problem solving when encountering some
issue or some difficulty en route to your goal.
But if you
are already highly effective as an entirely self-directed individual,
practiced at working alone and carrying your own aims through to
completion, then working alone with your tape recorders is a realistic
choice for you, relatively free of impediments.
If this is
your first read-through and you are now wondering how you should
progress further, your most obvious choices are:
1) Use a second
tape recorder. Record the above group-scripted exercise on tape,
with appropriate pauses. On playback, record your responses to the
other tape recorder. For debriefing, write in as much detail as
you can, as quickly as you can.
a partner as listener or possible co-learner or co-explorer. Take
turns reading the scripted instructions to the other and being listener,
and being the one cued through the steps of the experience. Or:
both of you work from the tape you've pre-recorded for these experiences,
describing your respective experiences to each other at each step.
3) Draw in
6 or more people - preferably an even number so that everyone can
work in pairs. (There is no upper limit as to how many in a group
can do this process at one time--usually, the more the merrier because
each pair's processing reinforces what's going on for the other
pairs.) One person should read the above script aloud to the rest.
The first time or so you read this script you should literally follow
it word for word. After several rounds have made you familiar with
the experience, you can begin ad libbing it to adapt it to variations
in group and circumstances. After enough rounds of experience you
will no longer need the script to conduct groups through the experience,
and can create new versions of the procedure in order to pursue
these are not mutually exclusive choices. Should you wish to, you
can try all options at different times. However, your strongest
chances of initial success are with # 3 above. --And of course there
is the fourth choice, the choice most reading this are likely to
alone with one tape recorder to receive your described experiences:
First, read through the above script several times to get the gist
of it well in mind. Then, take yourself through the following abridged,
simplified version of "Beachhead:"
Individual Use Version of "Beachhead:"
- visualize the back of your hand as you imagine pushing the call
button for an elevator.
- describe in detail the door of the elevator while you wait for
the elevator to arrive.
- when the elevator arrives, step in, look around. Examine the Control
Panel with its many buttons. Select the button for "Space"
and lightly rest your finger upon it.
- through that contact on the "Space" button, program
your elevator to take you to where, in some highly advanced civilization
across space, you can come across, observe in detail and copy some
device or procedure, which back here would be a useful, beneficial,
and easily built invention.
- once you push that button to send you on your way, allow yourself
to feel movement of this "elevator" through space/time,
until you arrive - the COLOR, what color flashed through
from beyond the door?
the scene beyond your elevator's opened door, come to whatever it
is that you are due to find on this "trip." Explore and
examine the device or procedure in every way possible, to get enough
detail to be able to successfully re-create it back here on our
refreshed; debrief extensively onto paper.
It may be important
for you (and your colleagues) to know that the first "trip"
or so is the hardest work, after which inventions start coming in
the necessary detail more and more readily. After a half dozen trips
you will find other, additional inventions coming through to consciousness
for you even when you are not in any sort of special process such
as "Beachhead," during your everyday activities. Be alert
to this the first few times so you can pick them up as they occur,
and so that you can reinforce that behavior as it occurs using the
"Portable Memory Bank" practice.
How far can
this be extended? How much wealth of idea and invention and discovery
can be gotten through this means? How large is the universe?!?
The group of
educable mentally retarded Canadians I taught in 1979 was "exceptional"
in two regards - not only the degree of their seeming lack of intelligence,
because usually only about a third of people who try "Beachhead"
for the first time get a workable invention or discovery from it
that first time. ("Now he tells me!") Perhaps, for those
retardates, there was "less in the way." However, in our
experience, virtually everyone who has the patience to venture a
serious-effort "Beachhead" trip three times, and the patience
to go for the needed detail, who has at least a little visual imagery
going from previously, will start getting useful devices
and inventions until these come in a ready flow.
come into this experience with some idea for an invention already
on their mind, perhaps from years ago but not developed. Some of
these are workable and some, of course, are not: once these have
been expressed and are out of the way for their subtler faculties
to begin supplying the data, apparently virtually all adequately
detailed inventions by this "Beachhead" method are workable.
Whether they are profitable depends a lot more upon local and general
market conditions but in this version of "Beachhead,"
at least, a high percentage of your inventions should turn out to
be profitable and a good means by which to create new wealth.
no apparent limit to the number, range, quality or wealth of useful
ideas and inventions you can discover by this procedure. Indeed,
you can make "Beachhead" into an excellent "Toolbuilder"
procedure by programming your elevator to take you to a highly advanced
- but this time human - civilization where everyone is a
better inventor than even Tesla or Edison, and go to the point of
experience which causes that to be the case. Going through
whatever in that civilization makes even the most ordinary of people
become inventors beyond the caliber of Tesla and Edison, you may
also come back with a better technique or method for training
would-be inventors, better than the method we've given you here!
Let the process teach you even better processes, and there are indeed
indeed, no limits!
indeed, no limits!
however, two sources of potential difficulty for a few of the people
who read this:
1) Having the
necessary patience to dig for all the detail needed, the first couple
of "trips," to indeed be able to build the thing workably
back here on our Earth;
2) Having the
necessary stamina, commitment and drive to see an idea through to
its successful realization.
For this latter,
especially, involving other people in such experiences is a good
idea. You can be one another's "support group" through
the tasks and tribulations required before the payoff finally comes.
You can encourage each other through the best of it, pick each other
up from the worst of it and from the all too often unfair setbacks
which dog those who try to do something positive in this world,
ask each other questions and, yes, not only remind each other to
specify the difficulties and to apply formal answer-finding process
to them, but be audiences to one another in such process and generally.
Even so simple a way as this can make all the difference to your
succeeding: asking each other, at 3-day or 1-week intervals, "Have
you done that next step yet?"
Also for that
necessary stamina, it may be a good idea to take a little better
care of yourself physically. Give some attention to getting enough
rest, enough physical exercise, and enough of the various nutrients
(including Vitamin C, found in fruits and vegetables), to keep the
physical engine in good enough running condition to see matters
through to their successful conclusion.
for very simple ideas and inventions, the first time or so, is a
very good idea. What would be an invention here as simple as an
advanced world's counterpart to the common table fork or wheel barrow?
Sanitation? Paint? Money? Shoes? You will have plenty of time later
to try for some galaxy-cruising star-drive spaceship which requires
18 materials not yet invented plus 3 major technologies yet to be
conceived. Go for what you can immediately build from your
resources immediately on hand. After you've achieved enough
of that, then to invent a star-drive can become much more
feasible (or an anti-gravity sled, or an age-reversal treatment.....)
For the simpler,
more immediately practical inventions: if you've already gotten
new products and services you can build, go ahead with them. If
some details might still be needed, only you can do what is needed.
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