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New Media vs. Old Media – The Conversation is the Message

June 8th, 2009 by Admin | 4 Comments | Filed in Social Media & Media, Uncategorized

A revolutionary shift in how we relate as a society and even what defines a society is swiftly and quietly occurring. A new kind of media, spawned by advances in technology is quickly and steadily replacing the old forms of written and printed letters, newspapers and magazines and may soon extend to books.

The most natural form of communication is interaction. Newborns communicate with their caregivers, who communicate back. Throughout most of human history immediate interaction was only possible when people were in close proximity. This communication can involve the most senses, as we see, hear, smell and perhaps touch and even taste (for instance, kiss) each other. It is our basic, essential form of communication.

Our predominant sense is visual. Over 60 % of a healthy human brain’s space is dedicated to visual perception. The second favored perception is sound.

A Brief History of How Media Developed

The earliest methods of communication that traveled over great distance were based on sight and sound. One could send signals through smoke from a high place or via musical instruments such as horns, such as a ram’s horn or a drum. However, these messages had to be simple, complex ideas could not be communicated.

Messengers could be sent, but the original message might not be identical to the one conveyed. Pictures could also be sent with a messenger to show the idea(s) behind the message. The earliest writing was a form of art known as pictographs. Sight and sound, including art and music, continued to be the primary methods for communicating information.

Since only a few people could read, a paradigm for communication from one individual or a group to another group developed. Essentially information was received by one media distributor, which then broadcasts it to the community.

Until the late nineteenth century, distance equaled communication delay. News traveled slowly. When news arrived it was communicated by calling the people together in some way. After the printing press was invented more people learned to read so local newspapers and print media became the way of disseminating the news.

The invention of the telegraph meant news traveled faster, but it was still disseminated via word of mouth and print. Telephones allowed for more information to be quickly conveyed, but only top one person from one person. Mass news dissemination still continued to rely on printed media.

Radio and then television changed that. News could be delivered as it was breaking by reporters who were on the spot. Printed media and movie reels were used for more in-depth coverage plus editorial opinions.

While a few people were able to make their views known via books, art and films reaching many people, the majority of people could only influence those in their own immediate circle. Access to large scale publishing and broadcasting was limited or expensive. The advertising industry blossomed into mega profits as companies paid information channels to disseminate “news” of their products. Few individuals can afford a major media advertising and PR campaign to make their news and views known.

This paradigm can be useful and effectively convey important information that people need to survive or make their lives better.

Dictators, both political and religious use this type of communication have used this paradigm to control people. The fewer media distributors there are, the easier it is to control what information people receive.

The people who control the channel(s) that broadcast information to any group basically control the group. When many differing, even conflicting, channels of information are available the group or society enjoys more freedom.

Enter the World Wide Web

From its beginning, the world wide web allowed people to send messages and images quickly over a distance. People could “chat” even with total strangers, post messages to bulletin boards and create their own web sites. One could meet more people, but it was difficult to create any interesting or meaningful communication with more than one or just a few people via email.

The original paradigm of news being sent to a source, such as a town crier or newspaper, radio or television show, which then conveys the information to the community, remained the same.

Blogggers Begin the Media Shift

The early blogs were much like web sites where anyone could easily voice their opinions. When the technology developed that easily allowed for comments the paradigm began to shift. Anyone could write a comment, which is posted, and often replied to by the blogger and further commented upon by others.

New kinds of news and magazine sites developed where breaking news stories were immediately posted and commented upon. Bloggers, some of whom were journalists and reporters, were uncovering news and making ideas and information known that was then picked up by the old, regular media of newspapers, TV, radio and magazines.

A New Paradigm Emerges from New Media of Blogs and Online News and Magazine sites

Blogs and online magazines and news sites that encourage comments are understood to be New Media. The paradigm has shifted from the old one way flow of information to a two way, responsive communication flow.

The degree of the shift for any site depends on the amount of freedom allowed in the comments. My blogs, and most of the ones I frequent and post comments to allow people to voice any opinion as long as it is on the topic, does not use profanity and is not raciest, sexist, treasonous, etc.

Again the amount of freedom is indicated by the number of information sources plus the degree of conflicting information allowed. Recently, I have seen several blogs here individual comments could qualify as blog articles, as they were that long and well conceived.

A recent development is that individuals can subscribe to updates on comments to any individual blog via email. This lessens the time lag and allows for further dialogue, although it is not as immediate a chat, or Twitter.

New Media is Social and Quickly Responsive

New Media functions to allow more of the essential original communication paradigm experience for groups.

Social media sites like Ustream and similar sites are currently the best New Media platforms but only when they are broadcasting in real time . In real time these broadcasts include interactive keyboarded chats where participants and audiences interact freely with one another, as well as phone in availability. Ustream and sites like it, have the capacity to actively involve more people communicating, engaging the senses of sight and sound in real time.

Twitter , Tumblr , Facebook and sites that have the capacity to allow many viewers to simultaneously message and exchange information in real time conversations potentially including many participants are the second best examples of New Media. All of these sites are also called Social Media.

A fourth communication paradigm shows the interaction possible on sites like Ustream, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Notice how it resembles the original paradigm.

Can Old Media Survive?

Old Media is floundering in our new age of immediate interconnectedness. Many print newspapers, including The New York Times are desperately chasing lagging readership and advertising revenues. These are being blamed on the economy, instead of being recognized as a problem with adapting to the new paradigm.

Of course, most Old Media is founded on the paradigm of their own superior expertise and information. The slogan, “All The News That’s Fit To Print” implies a superiority of knowing what information we need to know.

Old Media seems to have an ongoing message and position of, “You Need Our Opinion and Information, We Don’t Need or Want Yours.” This worked before we had the technology to allow for inter-connectivity.

When old media goes online it basically replicates its ongoing print presentation. This may seem to provide immediate additional advertising and even subscription streams of revenue, but it hurries the demise of the newspaper, magazine or television show itself. In the long run all that is accomplished is legitimizing the relevancy of obtaining pertinent information from an online information source.

Consumers shift to participate with a welcoming, responsive interconnected New Media Site with similar information. During the recent Tony Awards the Times was busily updating it’s site and had the news online at it’s site almost immediately—but not as quickly as Twitter members who were busily messaging each other with the news and their views.

But, imagine the traffic the Times would have had if they had hosted a chat, or Ustream style event with one of their top theatre critics from their web site during the Tony’s show!

For Old Media to survive it must focus on immediately opening and encouraging streams of social interaction to its communications, become quickly responsive to customers far beyond support desk help through meaningful dialogue. The old paradigm that can be understood as: “Me to you and you and you and you…” – must be replaced by “Us.”

How Oprah, Larry King and Local ABC News NYC Became New Media

Two years ago I wandered into Oprah Winfreys’s web site . Back then it was already a hub of interaction and connectivity. Members have blogs, discussion groups were active, and could contain comments that criticized or disagreed with Ms. Winfrey or any of her guests. From her television show, Oprah frequently asks viewers to go to the web site to receive a special bonus, participate in discussions. Regular viewers appear as guests on the show via Skype. Oprah has done shows on social media, Tweets from Twitter and has a Facebook fan page. The audience is made to feel that their opinions are valued and that they could be active participants and participate with Oprah and her staff.

Larry King – @ kingsthings and also other CNN hosts such as Anderson Cooper encourage comments and questions via the CNN web site and Twitter where they are @kingsthings and @andersoncooper . Larry King reads and answers some of these audience communications on his show. King listeners often call into his show, which is common in radio, but not in a live national show.

Nightline also makes great use of Twitter via < a href=:’”>@Nightline. They regularly Tweet with links to their stories, reply to members and ReTweet others’ messages. Where Nightline stands out ion their Twitter Profile page . Here a “LEGAL NOTICE” warns that any message, can and may be used , including on their television show. What an invitation to participate! Plus, The Nightline web site encourages visitors to comment on shows and those comments are shown.

Where I live local ABC late Night News leads into Nightline anchor Bill Ritter ( @eyewitnessbill ) and others on his team are Twitter members. They respond to tips sent to them through Twitter and their web site. Unlike The Times, Ritter often replies to those who Tweet to him. This news team reads comments from Twitter followers on-air, asks for input and works to make their news somewhat interactive and responsive, from news stories to suggestions for their & On Your Side Consumer Investigations the audience is encouraged to participate.

New Media is a Choice

In essence all media are information distribution channels. For any media to be and remain viable it must be a source of meaningful information, which can include entertainment. This is a cornerstone for both New and Old Media.

Thanks to today’s technological breakthroughs New Media can follow an exciting new paradigm that allows for social interconnectedness between audience members and media source, real time or fast responsiveness for potentially vast amounts of world-wide participants. New media is so social and participatory that at web sites like Digg and Stumbleupon people nominate and vote on their favorite news stories.

New Media is a seminar with a leader or facilitator where the chairs are in a circle and many participants, including the leader come prepared with the latest information, but everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas and questions. Old Media is an unresponsive authority, a professor lecturing from his notes to people he ignores in his lecture hall. When the information communicated is identical, which would you choose?

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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Twitter Tweets & RT’s for Inspiration and Tolerance

May 19th, 2009 by Admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Twitter is the real-time social media site that has the most members, thus it offers the best opportunity for immediate and spontaneous interactive conversations. Any speech or conversation cab always also bee understood as a kind of prepared or improvisational performance. Art imitates life but life can be art.

When people have the freedom to make connections and immediately interact responsibly the results can be inspiring and even transforming.

On a recent weekend morning when when I was still not quite awake, I was relaxing and enjoying my coffee as I began the day on Twitter. After messaging my good morning greeting I sat back to lurk the ongoing stream of messages.

Immediately I came upon a quote by St. Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that we receive,” which was tweeted by @skystjohn.

It is a concept that is universally found in most religions and paths worldwide. I have always appreciated that quote so I ReTweeted it (RT).

Over 47,000 people follow me and I happily follow them all back as a strong supporter of promoting equal two-way communication relationships. I am good at visually skimming for information. What sort of “jumps out at me”, is usually information that tends to become useful to me. I use this knack in libraries, books and printed materials, art shows, and just about anywhere I am looking, including the Twitter stream.

After I hit click to send the St. Francis RT, another great quote “popped out”.

annq “How soon not now, becomes never.” Martin Luther.

Of course this is another way to say Hillel’s famous, “If not now, when?”

I RT’d the Luther quote, too.

This was fun. It’s easy to ReTweet someone else’s message when I agree or it adds value for my followers. It promotes whoever I RT to my followers and I share credit for passing on the information.

Before I could move on the originate information myself , almost as if it was swimming in the stream straight to me came:

sczepanski “The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.” Lao Tzu

So many ways to say ideas such as “And the Truth will set you free..” and promote lovingkindness, charity, prayer and trust, which are all soft things.

At this point I realized that in a matter of minutes I had RT’s a Roman Catholic monk, a founder of the Protestant Reformation and the author of the TAO.

More significantly, my Tweets were being busily RT’d and then RT’d again my others.

Although I am not for a one world religion, I do appreciate and promote how many truths the religions and paths of the world share. My life work is founding Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory, which among other firsts is the only religious theory of art founded in the USA
As such it is fully inclusive for all religions and spiritual paths.

Almost immediately came this:

ultimateAleks up to YOU – The thing always happens that u really believe in; & the belief in a thing makes it happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was a Unitarian. Yet, again the quote is restated in one way or another universally. Almost immediately a flip way of stating the Wright quote was RT’d in the stream.

MatchesMalone RT @vesselproject:”Everything is possible for him who believes”— Mark 9:23

I RT’d both quotes.

At this point it dawned on me I was going to use this week’s blog.  It was as if the blog was being divinely handed to me through the stream.

Often I am asked why I follow everyone back.  One of the key reasons is The Divine [please substitute the best Name for your faith] works through people. People who I know, those who are fairly new to me in a follow/follow relationship and others who were followed by my followers were Tweeting and ReTweeting messages that became the heart of this article. Had I not followed, I would have missed a meaningful and uplifting experience, plus the opportunity to share it with you.

I tweeted: “Now lurking stream hoping to find more uplifting quotes to RT, esp Jewish or Hindu or LOA now. So I get all in.”

Immediately aimed as replies to me came:

pacmanangel “Optimism is positive thinking lighted up.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

studentofsucces“Develop success from failures. Discouragement & failure are 2 of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie

Twitter Members Tweeting in the Stream #1

I RT’d them and watched as others did also. Then Again I Tweeted a request.

“Com’n. Someone send me a Jewish or O.T. quote Reply (so I don’t miss it) to RT. Rather RT you that originate 1, but I can do that”

InnerWizard “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue. ” – Jewish proverb

Of course, this is another way of dealing with the commandment on coveting.

I RT’d it the also replied with this message:

judyrey @InnerWizard WOW! That 1’s new to me & as an artist I love it’s many ramifications. Watch me RT it at times. TY!

Still lacking one needed quote, I tweeted:

judyrey Next I need an uplifting, inspiring Hindu quote to RT.Reply one 2 me plz (hint: many avail from Dr. Chopra

GONeill @judyrey “Oprah has made me a fortune” – Dr. Deepak Chopra

judyrey @JGONeill ROFL. I’m sure that’s uplifting to Dr. Chopra & Oprah but not sure it will encourage or inspire my followers. But, TY

Twitter Members Twee6ing in the Stream #2

Twitter Members Tweeting in the Stream #2

Then a wonderful tweet floated down the stream headed to me:

InnerWizard “Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” – Deepak Chopra

I RT’d it.Then followed up with:

judyrey Quotes I just RT’d are each & all echoed in the teachings of Catholic, Protestant, Bhuddhist/Tao, Jewish Hindu, LOA, Pos Thinking

Later that afternoon I was received a reply about a quote Tweeted by SMARTBuddhist that I had RT’d a day or so before:from @ bolora:

@bolora @judyrey @SMARTBuddhist “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – This is actually in Proverbs 24:16 24:16 (New International Version)

Social media such as Twitter is providing people around the world with ways to connect and share their truths and discover how much we have in common with one another. As we share friendships are built and tolerance becomes a meaningful experience that can actually bring us closer to The Divine I ourselves, others and everywhere.

[Note: Discover more about how you can learn to see The Divine everywhere at Art of Seeing The Divine. See more about Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art through the You Tube videos and information, including images at]

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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Celebrating National Day of Prayer on Twitter

May 7th, 2009 by Admin | 2 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Thursday, May 7, 2009 is National Prayer Day in the USA.

Prayer is understood to be communication with the Divine. Most major religions in the world involve prayer in some way in there teachings and rituals.

Prayer is an immediate, present time communication.

Twitter has become the Internet’s number one place for immediate present time communication.

Twitter members have created and celebrated real time events through hash tag gatherings, such as New Year’s Eve, #jourchat and #pillow on World Pillow Fight Day [See TwitterWhack! World Pillow Fight Day –Twitter as Interactive Conceptual Art ]] hash tag “parties “ such as the one held this past New Year’s Eve.

On the National Day of Prayer Twitter members of all faiths are able to gather together through the ongoing #pray4 to Tweet their requests and pray for others’ requests. #pray4 is open to all members. It can be easily found by entering the term “#pray4” in Search.

Tweets began going out and being ReTweeted on May 5 th, asking that members Tweet one heartfelt request to #pray4 on Thursday, May 7 th , 2009 and also asking that members visit #pray4 to pray.

Although on any other day a Tweet to a particular member announcing that one is praying for the belongs as a DM as a whispered, private aside, far more than it belongs in the stream, Perhaps on this day of prayer it is fitting to Tweet these in the stream. An example of such a message could be “@TwitterFriend I just prayed for your request at #pray4.”

Let’s remember that this day is a celebration of our religious freedom, our diversity and friendship that goes far beyond tolerance. These ideals that are part of the Constitution of the USA, and also are held by many other countries world wide are also echoed in Twitter’s Terms of Service agreement.

Light of Hope

Light of Hope

Strokes: Psalm

Personally I thank and encourage others to join with me thanking @Ev, @Biz and all the people of Twitter for the opportunity we have on a world wide scale that is unlimited by Twitter to come together to communicate our concerns, hopes, truths, joy and friendship. Please include our Twitter hosts in your prayers on this day. None of these celebrations or events mentioned in this blog were or are created by or promoted by Twitter.  Twitter provides a microblogging site and service, where members create content for the community, which is governed by its TOS.

Most of all though this is a day when we can come together to pray for the US and it’s leaders (whether we agree with them or not), those who serve here and abroad and all Americans, plus people throughout the world that we could all know and enjoy peace and prosperity.

[Judy Rey Wasserman is the Founder and an Artist of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art, which among other things is the first theory of religious art founded in the USA . Being uniquely American, it is fully inclusive for all. Learn more at ]
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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How to Easily Perceive and Understand What is Radically New

April 3rd, 2009 by Admin | 6 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

People who can easily and quickly perceive and use what is radically new always have an advantage. Aside from being “in the know’ and hanging out with other people who are on the cutting edge people who learn how to quickly perceive and adopt the radically new are more likely to survive, and survive well.

Yet, people cling to what is familiar as our brains equate familiar with safe. Granted, we have survived in the environments that are familiar. Yet, there may be better environments and ways to live. Change can happen that can make what is familiar and safe absolutely life threatening.

When Safe Becomes Life Threatening

After hurricane Katrina, questions were asked as to why people who could evacuate failed to do so. Many people chose not to leave their homes when conditions of weather, wars and even domestic violence would seem to indicate that leaving is wise. Our brains have many memories of surviving within our homes and environments, but none of surviving in the new and strange environment that is the obvious logical choice to anyone except the person involved. What is familiar can seem safe even when it is not.

There are perceptual and neurological reasons why we prefer a phrase such as new and improved over revolutionary when it comes to the products and entertainment experiences that we choose.

How We Learn to Perceive Things

Science has discovered that the greater part of perception occurs in the brain as it decodes the impressions it receives your eyes, ears, mouth, nose and skin. For instance, the perception of vision, which is the dominant perception for healthy normal people occurs ten percent in the eyes. Ninety percent of vision happens in the brain as it uses visual memories to decode the impressions of light received from the eyes into meaningful information.

Our brains use memories to decode perceptual information. We began to collect and store this information from the moment we were born. New perceptions build upon past ones. Children must first learn basic shapes before they can master recognizing more complexly shaped letters,

Something that is really radically new is actually difficult for us to perceive as we lack the necessary memories. This explains partially explains why life changing inventions, such as telephones, televisions and personal PCs took a while before being adopted my most people. However, cell phones were more quickly adopted as they were not much different from cordless phones that were already in use.

Babies are known to touch, taste, listen and look at almost anything or anyone they can experience. We use our senses to verify and enhance the information we receive. A crawling baby learns spatial understandings from touch and vision. Babies watch our mouths when we speak, learning how to move their own mouths to emulate sounds. Babies feel and look at things to understand and simultaneously create memories of the experience for later use.

People continue to learn to perceive more variations of color well into adulthood. A similar process can occur as instrumental music and variations such as chords, as opposed to simple notes, can be learned throughout adulthood. When a perception is primarily based on a single sense, the way that color is based on vision and cannot be really heard, tasted, touched or smelled, the learning time for greater comprehension is prolonged. Language is used to convey understandings of lighter and darker, color mixing, hue, saturation, cool or warm, etc.

How You Can Speed Up The Learning Process

You can help yourself learn how to use anything new by using as many senses as you can to explore it. If it’s a new food dish, taste, smell, touch and vision are all used to perceive the food. A new gadget can involve touch and sight, plus sometimes sound. When we meet someone new we see them, hear their voice, perhaps touch with a handshake and perhaps enjoy the scent of their perfume.

Another trick to acquiring a quicker understanding of something new is to create many contacts or interactions with it. The brain experiences each new encounter as a new set of memories. The more sets of memories (encounters) the more comfortable we feel with the person place of thing. The brain can be tricked into perceiving many encounters instead of one prolonged one. For instance, with a new gadget before you read any instructions. Pick it up, examine it, turn it over, put it down, move your attention elsewhere for a few moments, or even just close your eyes and think of something else.. Then again pick it up, look at it, turn it, then put it down and put your attention somewhere else. Repeat this a few times. Suddenly the new device will see familiar and be easier to learn to use.

Our brains are wired to judge any perceived threat with a flight or fight response. Anything truly unfamiliar is perceives by the brain as a possible threat once a person reaches brain maturity at after twenty-six years of age. What is radically new, whatever one lacks perceptual memories of—or similar memories of—seems threatening as the brain has no data to recommend the thing as being safe.

When a new form off art comes along it can be difficult to see at first. Many of the well known Modern Art movements were first considered scandalous, or boorish, silly and even, were reviled by the establishment as not really being art at all! Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Minimalism are a few examples of art that received little welcome and much derision at first by the established art community.

What’s Obvious?

Obvious is what wasn’t until it became so. Being the first to recognize what is obvious, and the championing it to others is the work of the geniuses in any field. However, those who are prominent in the field have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

When Andy Warhol first showed his works depicting cans of Campbell ‘s soup and Brillo box sculptures the critics and public were unable to see the work as art. They recognized the products, butt the works themselves were reportedly difficult to look at as people’s brains had to learn to see everyday images of products and the media as subjects for art.

While Warhol’s works remain the same as they were, more people now easily see and understand them as art. What changed was people’s brains as the works were shown in magazines, newspapers, galleries and finally museums they became familiar, safe and appreciated as people gained visual memories of the new Pop Art.

Benefits of Being an Early Adopter

While we are comfortable and interested in what is slightly new, or as they pitch in Hollywood , “It’s just like [insert hit film] but different”. What is radically new, or too different is seen by our brains as a possible threat—and therefore most adults are not early adopters.

The benefits of learning how to embrace the new and radical but acceptable media, inventions and art forms of contemporary life outweigh the learning curve of building new perceptual memories. Building new perceptual memories actually builds your brain and ability to comprehend and use more information.

You can consciously override your brain’s suspicions about the radically new through simple tricks to rapidly create perceptual memories. What is new to others can become incorporated into your life with ease.

The people who were the early adopters of new technology, media, developments in the arts and society tend benefit from it most. By finding ways to use what is radically new in their lives they find new profitable investments, create businesses and become leaders in their communities that others turn to for information.

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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How Using Twitter Increases Intelligence

March 18th, 2009 by Admin | 13 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Why being active on Twitter is like can be like playing brain games to increase awareness, perception and intelligence

Among the Social Media sites Twitter stands out as unique for its short 140 Tweets (micro blogs) and totally visual presentation. While other social media sites rush to incorporate video, music, groups, games, and other applications, Twitter execs keep plodding along ignoring possible competition and just being twitter. Twitter is all sight, no sound, no video, and as its screen based so smell or taste – just messages with 140 characters.

According to Wikipedia : “Intelligence (also called intellect ) is an umbrella term used to describe a property of the mind that encompasses many related abilities, such as the capacities to reason, to plan, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend ideas, to use language, and to learn.”

Recent scientific discoveries in neuroscience have shown that a healthy human brain can continue to grow, by adding more connections and even mass throughout one’s lifetime. People can actually gain intelligence. What makes the difference is how one uses one’s brain on an ongoing basis. Stimulated, challenged and learning brains grow.

Spending time interacting on Twitter on an ongoing basis can foster growth in many kinds of intelligence.

Spatial, Visual and Kinetic Intelligence

Twitter is the most immediately interactive of all the major social media sites. Whether a person uses Twitter straight from the web or via a cell phone or ipad or other reading device the stream continues to move along. Blink and one may miss important information or a link, a great joke –or a comment in a fascinating conversation between other members.

Much like forms of instant messaging and chat, people hold real time conversations on Twitter. However, as the stream keeps moving the Twitter member must make quick decisions as whether and what to reply. This means that the type of viewing Twitter requires is not passive, but active and engaged. This is the type of viewing most aware and best suitable for learning.

Messaging back brings in the tactile or kinetic component as the Twitterer must use a keyboard and mouse quickly to message or copy and ReTweet (RT) someone’s message as the stream keeps relentlessly rolling along with new messages. While doing this many Twitters, have a second Twitter screen open to keep an eye out for other messages pertinent to the conversation while quickly composing one’s own reply.

This quick back and forth finding, reviewing and responding to several visual sources of scrolling information promotes greater skill with spatial, visual and kinetic (the typing) information. In a way this visually mirrors actively participating in a sport where one must follow a moving target, ball or player, access the situation and then take action in response.

Enhanced Creativity

Every great artist knows the luxury of rules and limits. Constraints foster creativity, as one seeks to get around them or at least transform them through one’s choices.

The Twitter rule of 140 characters per Tweet fosters creativity. One’s best idea or comment must be condensed to 140 characters and if one is in a conversation this must happen quickly. Plus if the message has a chance of being RTed and going viral, the maximum it can be is 128 characters. This extra shortening leaves space for one’s own Twitter ID, such as mine, @judyrey, plus the letters RT and a space.

The 140 character rule has prompted many creative abbreviations and terms within the Twitter community. For instance, the hashtag (#) sign is used to congregate messages on a topic, such as #pray4 or the most popular one, #TCOT (Top Conservatives On Twitter). Using a site such as or one can follow the separate # conversation much like a chat room.

While Twitter also incorporates texting abbreviations, terms, apps and many hash tag abbreviations are subset of English unique to Twitter, which fosters language learning skills.

Interpersonal and Emotional Intelligence

Twitter is a social site that fosters relationships. Aside from the celebrities and gurus who are followed for obvious reasons, the people who have the most followers often follow back and busily interact and build relationships. Just as in any real village, people who are popular are helpful, interested in other people, fun and busily interacting with others.

In order to explain #TCOT above, I turned to the Twitter stream at about 2 AM EDT on a Sunday evening and asked, “ What does #TCOT actually stand for T C O T? Needed for an apolitical blog article on Twitter & how it can promote intelligence.”

Within a minute I had five replies.  Twitter helps bring people together and fosters relationships.

What is interesting is that I have not had any or much of a relationship with these specific Twitter members prior to asking this question. Partially, this is due to the time I asked it. Yet a reply came in from another member I have conversed with asking that I tell her answer to what TCOT is as she has wondered also.

As the information flowed in the stream as I publicly thanked those who replied, members who follow me and were present saw the interaction from my side and were introduced to the IDs of these Tweople.

No one in the Twitter village drives a really fancy vehicle, lives in a mansion, dresses well, or has any real world trappings that can impress someone. It’s impossible to show any of that in the stream. Everyone is reduced to using 140 characters, one avatar (which can be changed, but only one at a time), plus one bio page and URL link; that’s all, there is no visible gold, glitter or bling.

Tweets enter into the stream in an orderly fashion on a first come first served real time way. It is impossible to out shout, shove or bully anyone in the stream. Each tweet is just as loud and has the same space and visual importance as any other. Whatever one’s race, sex or creed, everyone gets a chance and is accorded the same space.

People who have a victim or nasty attitude soon either change their ways or discover that they have few followers and few people who are willing to engage in conversation with them. Their messages are not RTed.

Although there’s no body language and the only Twitter visual aids are each user’s avatar and whatever is used for a background on their Twitter Bio page, after a while people one follows become easier to read. It is a process that takes time. This can be a social learning lesson for those who tend to rush into relationships full steam. On Twitter it’s easy to spot obsessive behavior—even one’s own.

Everyone can easily see who follows who and how many people follow each member. Moreover, every single message tweeted is kept in a log of updates, which is also open to every other Twitter member. Thus, Twitter naturally fosters transparency.

Since the majority of conversations must occur in the stream as Twitter has limits for the number of direct messages allowed we witness each others behavior. The people who are successful on Twitter, who use it to foster relationships, including ones for business are opening doing their thing. Anyone can learn how to interact, spot phonies and users by watching and participating on Twitter.

Using lists means a person may have three or more streams moving simultaneously as one interacts in several conversations on different topics with different members of the Twitter village at the same time. It’s a visual and metal juggling act that top Twitters with many followers who follow back many have learned to do well.

In prior generations men and women hunted for game, watching for movement or searched for food to gather. Visually Twitter supplies some of our natural need or enjoyment for spying out discoveries or even prey.

Visual and Logical Intelligence

Thus just following the Twitter stream forces a person to concentrate, skim relevant information, and make quick appropriate choices as to what links to follow, bookmark for a later time (by using a favorites star) or ignore.

This is the type of information sorting teachers try to instill when explaining how to take outline notes – only on Twitter the information seems more relevant than classroom learning ever did. Increasing one’s recognition of what is important and what is less so is a way to directly increase functional intelligence.

Twitter for Learning

Like a book, Twitter lacks sound, and so mimics a streamed book current life in its stream of ongoing Tweets.

Many of the Tweets contain links to articles that range from fast breaking news to arcane knowledge. Information can be found on health, child-rearing, business, investing, the arts, religion, self help, books, and of courses how to use Twitter. At times Hanging out on Twitter can seem like a stroll through a library where links in Tweets are book titles.

Using Twitter to Increase Intelligence is Fun!

Studies in neuroscience continue to indicate the benefits of mental challenges, especially those that involve the perception of vision, socializing and social networks, hand eye coordination exercises, etc.

Twitter can be so much fun and so interesting that it has not been noticed as a brain enhancing tool. Brain enhancement was not the purpose or goal of Twitter’s founders, but Twitter definitely succeeds at it when a member uses it to interact and build community. Community is what sets Twitter apart from other brain enhancing programs on the web as on Twitter one is never alone.

Judy Rey Wasserman is the founder of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory at Discover how this new way of painting using symbols for strokes can actually change your vision by adding visual memories we normally lack to your brain. This in turn has an amazing and freeing effect in relation to unwanted, negative and creative emotions. See more at

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How to See More Abundance and Appreciate More in Life

March 2nd, 2009 by Admin | 2 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

How we actually see things always includes memories and often includes thoughts. It is impossible to experience vision as we know it without visual memories that the brain uses to decode (translate) the impressions of light it receives from the eyes. Since many visual memories include negative thoughts or emotions as a part of the experience a new way of understanding memories is necessary for greater emotional freedom.

The only people who fully lack visual memories are those who are new born babies, those who have been blind since birth and through the wonders of contemporary medical science have just had the bandages removed from their now able to see eyes, those who who suffer from specific brain injuries. The rest of us use visual memories so that we can see.

How Vision Works

Briefly and simplified here is how vision works: The eyes perceive impressions of light. These are received by the brain. The brain “pulls up” memories it has that seems similar or related to the impressions received. It compares these memories to the current impressions to make sense of and give useable meaning the current perceptions. Most of the time we are unaware of the ongoing process,

However, if you have ever looked at something new and thought , That reminds me of… , at that moment you were more conscious of the process.

Unwanted or negative emotions, such as fear, hurt, pain, embarrassment, and anger can be associated with visual memories. Usually we are not consciously aware of these emotional memories as the flit though our subconscious. However we can be aware of the feelings as the flow through our days.

The Stumbling Blocks of Unwanted Emotions and Thoughts

There are all kinds of good, helpful and similar religious and spiritual teachings about having faith, abundance, positive thinking, being optimistic, etc. They are found in the Bible plus sacred texts and teachings of all of the world’s major religions and spiritual paths.

However, when many of a person’s previous life experiences have been difficult or traumatic (or considered to be so) it can be a Herculean task to stay positive and affirm or pray with faith in the outcome. So much of what a person sees can remind one of negative emotions experienced when perceiving that object or person previously, even when what one is looking at was in no way the cause of a problem.

Three Life Changing Neurological Discoveries

Three neurological findings, when added together have great significance from unwanted negative emotions and reactions.

1.90% of vision happens in the brain

2.60% of the brain is dedicated to vision. This means that the other perceptions and many functions take up the remaining 40%.

3. thought are energy. They can be scientifically measured as such.

A New and Different Approach to Emotional Freedom

If a person’s brain could “see” memories of emotions and thoughts as simply energy (rather than as feelings and meaning) at least 60% of the subconscious negative emotions and thought that one experiences seem to disappear.

While traditional counseling works to peel the layers of unwanted memory, emotions and beliefs by dealing with significances, incidents, problems and feelings, new methods such as EFT and the Sedona Method directly address the emotions and negative thoughts. Both kinds of methodologies focus on the problem.

Awakened Vision seems to ignore any problems that a person has. Instead, the focus is simply on training the brain to perceive more energy now by accumulating visuals images of the world as energy.

As one learns to see more energy, everywhere and always, the brain automatically applies this new visual knowledge to memories of emotions and thoughts. This doesn’t mean the old feelings are resolved. It does mean that the person is no longer experiencing them throughout the day from what is visually perceived. One experiences the world as a friendlier place and life is happier.

How Awakened Vision Can Change Lives

This new way of seeing with Awakened Vision helps one live a more abundant life full of appreciation. It is easier and simple to remain positive and focused on a goal when one is not reliving one’s past upsets.

For instance, Joe works hard to be grateful and appreciate the old clunker of a car he uses to drive to his low paying job. He reminds himself he is fortunate to have a job and a steady income. Joe has additionally begun a business of his own, which brings in a little extra income now, but has future potential.

Commuting to his job Joes sees many cars that he would far rather be driving. They remind him of his own financial position and how sad he feels about it and his inability to afford a better car. There is a specific car Joe especially longs for and every time he sees it on the road he feels especially bad. Although he begins his day with enthusiasm and strong intentions to succeed each day by the time he gets to work or arrives home at night his enthusiasm and resolve have lessened. Joe knows it has something to do with his commute so he also wishes he could find a job closer to home or move closer to work to lessen the commute.

Joe’s problem is not his commute, but what he sees and the visual memories his brain uses as he drives to and from his job. Joe is correct — a shorter commute would be a relief, but gaining Awakened Vision is a better and far easier than a new job or a move.

Our best efforts at being grateful for what we have, appreciating the abundance we have, positive thinking and using the law of attraction can be undermined by the ongoing barrage of visual memories and the emotions associated with them as our brains decode the impressions received from our eyes. We can gain Awakened Vision to transform our lives.

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Avoid the Deceptions of Pity and Coveting for More Compassion and Joy

February 18th, 2009 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Every major religion and path includes the teaching of two major spiritual concepts; appreciation and compassion. These are very much aligned, although this is often missed.

The teaching of appreciation is currently very popular due to our economic difficulties. Clearly when a person is thinking of lack, they experience feelings of lack. When one “counts one’s blessings” one feels blessed. Focusing on feeling appreciation for what one has can produce immediate results.

Compassion is often overlooked, or swept to the side with “laws” or “principles” of giving and charity. While giving to the poor and random acts of kindness are certainly important, the acts themselves do not always come from a place of compassion.

They most often come from pity.

Pity looks innocent. It seems to produce acts of kindness and charity, which are also encouraged in most religions and spiritual paths.

However pity is an insidious emotion that masquerades as compassion. It produces no real joy for either the giver or receiver who comes in contact with in fact people who pity others lack real happiness or joy. The emotion places one on a never ending treadmill of chasing after happiness, much the way that some people buy things to be happy, but the feeling is short lived.

Pity deceives us into thinking that we are feeling loving and kind. The further convinces us that we are good people. There is a kind of high that one can have plus good feelings about oneself when one feels or acts from pity. However the happiness is really a kind of glee, the good feelings are smug self satisfaction and feelings of superiority.

Real love and compassion lack feelings of superiority.

Superiority in relation to a specific may be a fact. For instance, when it comes to a plumbing problem any plumber is superior to my best DIY efforts (and I’m fairly handy). If someone wants their portrait painted, most likely I’m a better person to for that job than my plumber.

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Whatever our talents, skills and professions, possessions, attributes or relationships, are, they do not make us essentially, intrinsically superior to others. Any seemingly good feeling of being superior other is based on a lie.

Pity always involves seeing a lack in or for another person, which produces the superior feeling emotion of pity. Noticing that someone could use a helping hand can be a simple matter of fact recognition and the solution, such as giving one’s seat on a bus to an obviously pregnant woman need not involve any pity, or even self satisfaction..

Teaching children, caring for the injured and sick, stopping to help a complete stranger are acts of kindness that do not require pity, although obviously one can see if not a need, the fact that doing so will be useful.

The kind of lack that pity tends to see is the same kind of lack that a person who is not appreciating what he have sees. The difference is that the person who feels pity does not appreciate what another person has for themselves.

For example, people who are out of control in relation to their own intake drugs (even prescribed) alcohol or nicotine, are known to look with pity (and also disdain) at people who are obese – and vice versa. Or, if family members these groups with pity each other and “sympathize” with the alternating “fact” that the other person is out of control and that it’s somehow not the other person’s fault. They pity each other for problems they would rather not have. One person “feels sorry” for the other.

People who feel sorry for others are focused on lack. It is just as easy to feel sorry for oneself. Then out the door goes appreciating what one has!

This is Part 1 of a 2 part article. Next, How to See and Have More Abundance and Appreciate More in Life

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

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What Are the Three Stages of Awakened Vision?

February 3rd, 2009 by Admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff, Uncategorized

Awakened Vision is a genuine experiential change in one’s sight. The person with Awakened Vision can actually see more energy, everywhere, always. This perceptual change can have dramatic and lasting results, including allowing for more emotional freedom (relief from unwanted negative emotions and reactions).

There are three stages in the process of gaining full Awakened Vision. It is easy, fun and interesting to do.

Awakened Vision is gained by focused looking at a new kind of art that was especially developed to show the energies of the universe as they create our world. This new art theory is Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art. This Contemporary Art uses a unique set of symbols for all the strokes to represent the strings of elementary physics. The symbol-strokes also simultaneously represent the letters of the words of The Divine (Genesis 1:3), and concepts of duality held by most of the world’s
spiritual paths and religions.

When a person consciously focuses on the art, seeing more energy, visual memories are created.

Gaining Awakened Vision is unlike most previous coaching or counseling methods that relieve unwanted emotions, reactions and thoughts. Most other methods involve letting go or changing one’s behavior or confronting and reviewing painful incidents or thoughts from one’s memories.

Awakened Vision does not require letting go, reviewing, confronting or dealing purposefully with the past, emotions, behavior or thoughts at all, which is sometimes referred to as “peeling the onion”.

Instead, one puts more into one’s life, creating and gaining very specific visual memories. These memories help the brain recognize what the eyes actually already see: energies. Actually, all the eyes can see is light, which is energy.

First Stage

This stage is the Acquiring stage. It is when a person is looking at Post Conceptual UnGraven Image pictures to gain memories that the brain can use to create the enhanced vision.

Like any self improvement program this takes time. How much time differs from individual to individual just as our minds differ due to our different memories and life experiences. It seems best to limit the amount of each session as after a while the attention wanders and the potential for gain decreases.Gaining enough visual memories of seeing the energies can be accomplished through Visual Exercise/Experiences (and soon to be available DVDs) , paintings, prints and online images. The best resource is to see actual paintings.

Having an actual painting or print displayed in a place you frequent at least once a day, such as your bedroom has an added bonus. It will visually remind you on a daily basis that the energies are everywhere.


For a spiritual person it is also a reminder the words of The divine are everywhere. Pause for a moment and look about the room (even the place you are in now while you are reading this) and remind yourself that everything you see is really energy, in more or less solid form.

During this stage the Visual Exercise/Experiences and information in the books, plus any first hand experience with investment quality limited edition prints or paintings are the source of visual information used to gain the memories necessary for Awakened Vision. It becomes obvious that owning this art is a good investment in many ways!

The completion of this stage sort of sneaks up on you. In our busy day to day activities we tend to be focused on what we want to see and miss really seeing what is in our periphery vision and anything we’re not concentrating on.

One day, after gaining many, many memories, so that seeing the energies will not be novel, but almost “normal” to you, you’ll be a bit defocused and realize that the world seems more vibrant or tingly. It will remind you of the Post Conceptual Ungraven Images only the energy sort of vibrates and is much tinier. It is very subtle and will seem natural but also new.

The more you look at it, the more it is there. Plus, you retain all the vision you had. Congratulations! You have Awakened Vision.

Second Stage

This stage begins when one has attained Awakened Vision.

This stage provides a boost to the job of attaining more and more visual memories of seeing the energies that are everywhere always.

First, continue creating more visual memories by lolling at Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art and also through Visual Exercise/Experiences. This is an important activity as you are purposefully putting visual information into your brain.

Also, pause during the day to also purposefully see the energies and consciously remind yourself that you are seeing energy. Also, remind yourself that you are seeing the words of The Divine.

At this stage when bad news or unwanted situations occur take a deep breath, look around and see the energies. See that the universe is still here, you’re still here and nothing is as solid as it seems to be. Everything is only energy.

For those for whom the basic energies of the universe are also the words of The Divine (Creator) this stage is especially significant. There is a huge difference between understanding that the words of The Divine are everywhere, always and actually seeing this for oneself. During a time of difficulty or trial seeing the energies can be an awesome comfort and encouragement.

Again thinking and telling oneself that what you are seeing is energy, or energies (both are correct) helps give the brain the memories you need to achieve stage three.

Third Stage

Just as suddenly realizing that you’re seeing the energies, stage three happens and at first you may not realize it.

It may take days before you realize you are happier and there is really no reason for it. You just feel better. As if a weight was lifted. Except, nothing in your life has changed much. What changed is you.

Perhaps you notice that something that would have made you feel upset, didn’t or that you are far less upset. For instance someone you care about says something unkind, but this time you don’t feel the upset of all those other times that unkind things were said to you. You find yourself just dealing with what is happening now.

Also, something can happen that should have disturbed you, but doesn’t. It is almost puzzling. Except, that you see the energies so you experience little things as less important and larger problems as not as solid.

However, your experience will be a step beyond that understanding, the weight of old, unwanted negative emotions from past similar feelings, just will not be as strong if they are there at all. Plus, emotions, feelings and thoughts that are attached or a part of the visual memories that your brain uses to decode the impressions of light received from your eyes will be recognized as being only energy.

Since once you recognize things that would have upset you previously you will also consciously recall why to a greater degree you will have a choice. You can choose to be upset—or not. It is a choice that you had previously only theoretically, not consciously. The best choice is obvious as feeling upset will not help you or anyone at all, but will limit your effectiveness and happiness.

It also seems that as one continues to see with Awakened Vision and moves through the stages, continuing to purposefully see the energies, one gains more ability at consciously using one’s brain, rather than being used by it. You become more aware of memories and are less likely to mistake them for your own conscious thoughts.

To discover more about Awakened Vision and how you can easily gain its benefits visit the Art of Seeing The Divine web site:

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Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]* * *
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Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
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A Solution to Problems with Law of Attraction and Affirmations

January 26th, 2009 by Admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Uncategorized

Despite focused and excellent work using positive affirming techniques taught in books and films, about the Law of Attraction, affirmations, positive prayer, etc., many people are hampered from achieving the success they desired due to their unwanted negative emotions and thoughts.

The successful use of vision boards and envisioning techniques demonstrates how important the perception of vision is to attaining success. Sixty percent of the space of the normal brain is dedicated to the perception of vision. Human beings are visually oriented.
Negative emotions and reactions to what a person perceives in daily life may prevent successful achievement of one’s goals. The daily visual experiences of a healthy normal sighted person account for more memories being accessed and restimulated including negatively that the other senses combined.

Thus a person’s visual experiences can both help or undermine success.

There is a new and easy way to deal with subconscious beliefs, and negative unwanted emotions, especially those that are visually triggered.

Sag Harbor Bridge Sunset

Can this image help you be happier and more successful?

Awakened Vision is a new discovery that combines cutting edge science and ancient spiritual wisdom through The Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art. This unique contemporary art provides new visual memories that the brain uses, which actually add the experience of seeing more energies to your life as an ongoing, now and everywhere experience.

Our eyes already perceive these energies. However, until now our brains have lacked a way to decode this information. Ninety percent of the perception of vision happens in the brain as it decodes impressions of light received from the eyes.

Emotions and thoughts are energies. This was shown in Yale almost 30 years ago and continues to be shown on MRI and other equipment today. When the brain has the visual memories necessary to “see” (decode) memories of emotions as energy, rather than as significances or concepts, such as beliefs and emotions, a person feels tremendous relief.

For instance, a pile of unpaid bills becomes a simple pile of papers rather than a nightmare that radiates fear, confusion, feelings of worthlessness, etc. The sight of a simple object is easily decoded by the brain without experiencing conscious or unconscious emotional references to other similar past objects that may have negative thoughts or emotions from other past experiences.

Doubt, fear, and other negative emotions and thoughts, both conscious and unconscious can inhibit our prayers, affirmations and work with the Law of Attraction. These negative thoughts may be unconsciously restimulated by what we see and experience in our environments.

If you have ever looked at someone or something and thought, “That reminds me of…” you have experienced the brain’s effort to decode the perceptions of light it receives from the eyes. This decoding process, of comparing memories is 90% of the perception of vision. Many memories used during the process are or have emotional energy.

When a person sees the world with Awakened Vision the brain continues to acquires a collection of new memories of the visual energy that is everywhere. When it has a sufficient store of these memories the brain can “see” emotions as energy, thus decoding them as perceptions rather than content or meaning.

This means that the amount of unwanted negative emotions and reactions that a person experiences in daily life is dramatically lessened. They seem to be “lifted” or “disappear”.

The Art of Seeing The Divine, Book 1—What Do You See by Judy Rey Wasserman is a lot like a private seminar and coaching sessions in book format. It includes unique, specially developed Visual Exercise/Experiences that use Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art. These help a person consciously focus and create memories that are necessary to gain Visual Awakening.

The Visual Exercise/Experiences are fun and easy. Anyone who can read the words of this article on a PC monitor has everything necessary to attain success with the The Art Of Seeing The Divine e book..

You can discover more at The Art of Seeing The Divine web site. There is even a free 30+ page booklet that explains more. The booklet includes samples of the Visual Exercise/Experiences.

Why not gain the full rewards of your positive faithful efforts to gain the life you want? Check out the relief, emotional freedom and greater success that can easily be yours by gaining Awakened Vision.
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Relief from Traumatic Memories by Playing Tetris and Seeing Energy Images

January 12th, 2009 by Admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Uncategorized

Another neurological research study indicates that our brains will decode disturbing images and unwanted negative emotions as energy if provided with visual images of energy.

Early-stage work by Oxford University psychologists suggests playing ‘Tetris’ after traumatic events could reduce the flashbacks experienced in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The researchers report in PLoS ONE that healthy volunteers, playing ‘Tetris’ soon after viewing traumatic material in the laboratory reduced the number of flashbacks to those scenes in the following week. They believe that the computer game may disrupt the memories that are retained of the sights and sounds witnessed at the time, and which are later re-experienced through involuntary, distressing flashbacks of that moment.

Other researchers have shown that memories and emotions are both energy. Science has been able to actually measure and show the brain’s energy for over thirty years through various brain scanning and imaging equipment.

Ninety percent of the perception of vision occurs in the brain as it decodes the impressions of light that it receives from the brain. For healthy, normal humans vision is the predominant sense, as sixty percent of brain space is dedicated to it.

When the eyes send images of energy, which the game of Tetris simulates the brain can use those images to help decode other impressions, including disturbing ones that the individual is working to resolve and assimilate.

The study by Oxford University psychologists continues. I t could inform new clinical interventions for use immediately after trauma to prevent or lessen the flashbacks that are the hallmark symptom of PTSD. Existing approved treatments can only be provided once PTSD has become established.

‘This is only a first step in showing that this might be a viable approach to preventing PTSD,’ says Dr Emily Holmes of the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University , who led the work. ‘This was a pure science experiment about how the mind works from which we can try to understand the bigger picture. There is a lot to be done to translate this experimental science result into a potential treatment.’

The psychologists rely on three elements. First, they consider the mind to have two separate types of thought: one is sensory and deals with the direct perceptual experience of the world; the other is conceptual and draws meaning and narrative from experiences to give them context. For example, when looking at Word Art the image (colors, design, size) or the work presents a perceptual experience, but the meaning of the words presents a conceptual experience.

For psychologists there appear to be limits to our abilities in each stream: it is difficult to hold a conversation while doing math problems, for example.

Playing a game like Tetris gives a individual perceptual experience with energy like images. When the brain sees other energy filled images, such as memories that are charged with the energy of emotion, it can then decode this as sensory instead as conceptual information.

Although playing Tetris is fun, and the study’s findings point to success for recent traumatic visual events, early adopters are discovering other energy filled images can be just as effective while addressing both recent and past memories.

Judy Rey Wasserman’s new and emerging Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is focused on the stroke, which always depicts energy. When a brain has seen enough of these images it begins to decode memories that contain unwanted or negative emotions as visual energy, rather than conceptual information of anger, self pity, fear, or other negative ideas and emotions.


Can looking at larger versions of this image help free a person from unwanted emotions from traumatic and unresolved events? SEE MORE!

The Art of Seeing The Divine – Book 1. What Do You See? is a new e book that reveals more about how a person can easily gain an enhanced vision that includes actually seeing more energy through an illustrated program of Visual Exercise/Experiences using art. There’s also a introductory free booklet for the Art of Seeing The Divine, which includes information and visual exercises to create needed memories.

These new visual memories of energy are used by the brain to decode memories that may include unwanted emotions. This results in more clarity, emotional freedom and success.

Images of artwork and investment quality, signed limited edition prints are available at both the Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art web site and at The Art of Seeing The Divine web site.

While research continues to add evidence for the brain’s capacity to interpret negative emotions as simply perceptions of energy people are finding relief now by providing themselves with easy, fun, and painless ways to provide their brains with the necessary visual images of memories through games like Tetris and viewing Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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