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The Mirror Mirror Technique
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Joseph Phillips has been a keen
correspondent for a number of months and has made remarkable
progress with his own image-streaming
Joseph used his newly unleashed genius to come up with an
image-streaming technique all of his own, and has kindly agreed
to share it with you here...
It's over to you, Joseph!
MIRROR-MIRROR ON THE WALL
By Joseph Phillips
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest
one of all?" Was a question, one of many, asked by the queen in
the fairy tale "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs." The magical,
omnipotent mirror was held by the queen and can be asked any
question the queen dare wishes.
Every person has an unconscious, subconscious mind which is
omnipotent. The trick is to create a gateway to your
subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind should act as a
consultant which ever image it may take in your own magical
mirror. This advanced technique is a complex form of
image-streaming. Image-streaming will be listed below.
How to Image-Stream
What you need is an external focus to describe your images
to. A tape recorder with blank tape, or a simple Dictaphone
like every office used to have, provides you a potential
listener for that all-essential focus. Call in a friend, or
phone to call up a friend and keep him or her on the line, and
you have, even better, a live listener to serve as that
Of that half of you who did get an image, some found a
strong, clear, definite image or set of images, while others
just got a glimpse, a faint impression which you might think
was hardly worth describing, or weren't certain whether you
were just making up the idea rather than seeing an image —
— Yet whatever you got, the key is to examine and describe
it aloud, in as rich detail as possible even if you feel at
first as if you are "forcing" it and "making up" some of it to
fill your description to your external focus listener. More,
though, and more, will come as you describe — be alert to this
happening, and describe the new impressions when they come.
Your images will become rich and vivid and even their meanings
— as Image-Stream contents are often symbolic or metaphoric —
will start to become apparent.
That is Image-Streaming. Each full-flow
Image-Streaming session should run from 10 to 30 minutes.
Examine whatever images happen to be playing in your mind's eye
at the time, while describing them in rich detail to a live or
potential listener (person or tape recorder). Even minimum,
trivial-seeming impressions or whatever: describe them in such
richly textured detail as to force anyone listening to
experience and see what you are describing. 10 to 20 minutes at
a time, practice several hours of Image-Streaming and you will
have mastered the basic skills needed to make other forms of
visual thinking work for you. — And you will also have
experienced some of the other benefits of Image-Streaming as
well, including improved intellectual performance and
Even if your imagery is already clear and vivid, you will be
astonished at how much more so it quickly becomes when you
describe it in this way, while continuing to examine it. This
improvement is even stronger if —
You describe in as sensory-textured detail as possible. The
major part of your brain that we want to bring on line, works
with sensory images even in profoundly intellectual matters.
Explanation takes you away from that sensory immediacy. Instead
of saying, "I'm at the beach" or "This is Virginia Beach,"
detail instead the warmth of sand under your toes, the sound of
surf, the smell of salt, the wheeling of the gulls above you in
the almost-white sky, black and white of the gulls on that
paler white far above you ....
Describe as rapidly as you can, to get more and more detail
in. Describe faster than you can stop to judge whether or not
something is worth mentioning, just go ahead and flow it
through (and see what comes with it). This is a kind of
"brainstorm" only with description instead of ideas or answers,
and has a similar rule to brainstorming's "if it occurs to you,
express it!" Really rapid-flow describing exerts almost a
Venturi force or suction pulling other perceptions into
All this is done most easily with eyes shut, so that your
inner visual circuits aren't distracted away from these
initially subtler signals, and so they can operate at full
sensitivity. In other words, please keep eyes closed during
such processing, in order to see more freely.
Now that you are familiar with image-streaming, I will explain
how to do my Mirror-Mirror On The Wall technique.
MIRROR-MIRROR ON THE WALL
1. Get into a comfortable and quiet place where you will not
be disturbed for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Make sure you have
a tape recorder or something or someone who will record your
descriptions. (Tape recorder works well because it can record
all your details.) (Make sure no mirror is present in
2. Close your eyes and imagine a mirror. Describe everything
about your mirror. While talking out
loud. Include all 5 senses about your mirror.
Describe until you can perfectly see your mirror in your head.
Describe for about 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Now look into your mirror and wait for your mirror image to
appear or whatever image takes its place in your mirror
image.(You must not edit or judge this image. The image that
forms in your mirror is your sub-conscious consultant. You must
not JUDGE!) Describe out loud what you
4. Now ask your question. Begin your question with
"Mirror,mirror on the wall," then state question. (You should
say "Mirror,mirror on the wall," with your question so that
your brain knows your are directing the question to him. Since
it knows no mirror is present in the room.)
5. Describe outloud all images that appear in the mirror or
come out the mirror. All images are some how relevant to the
answer of your question.
6. If you can not figure out the relationship of all these
images. Simply ask your mirror "Mirror,mirror on the wall, how
are all these images related?"
Now you know my technique, you are ready for any problem
that awaits. Remember the three rules of my technique.
1. Begin every question with "Mirror,mirror on the wall..."
2. No mirror should be present in your room.
3. Describe all descriptions out loud.
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