amazing. so you are now in advanced level in streaming. you could easily deliberately create vivid imagery ... how about intelligent ? can you easily learn difficult stuff like math , code, or technical stuff like engineering. ?Yonderboy, it seems my mind is in some weird state and I don't know what it is doing.
My imagery is at the moment and has been for the past week extremely vivid. I haven't been streaming much for the past week. My images seem to have a completely new 'sense' or 'qualia', which 'feels' more distant than it did before. This is the best I can describe it. So, now streaming feels different because the whole sensation is different. It feels less energised I guess? And, it feels as if my imagery is more separate to everyday experience and whilst it is more vivid it is much easier to ignore, to conjure, but less connected to reality. It is a very difficult thing to explain because it is a subjective thing and it is new to me. Have you experienced anything similar before?
EDIT: Well, I'm still figuring out this sensation but I believe it is perhaps evidence of a combination of mood and that I need to increase the difficulty of my streaming.
At the moment I think that what it is, is that my ability to stream has led me to be able to differentiate between a mode of cognition that is streaming and is very aware, and a relaxed mode of cognition. I am able to relax much more now whilst streaming, though it does invoke a certain type of awareness and perception that is too subjective in quality to describe effectively - as if I am simply more mindful yet mindful both in present reality and present imagination.
I don't want to inflate my ego and/or create an attitude/expectation regarding my streaming experiences because that always interrupts continuity and dissociates my descriptions from the randomness and spontaneity that is inherent in the phenomena in streaming and thus necessary to streaming. However, this new sensation is certainly beyond an 'emptiness of mind' that rids of expectations and the ego. It is at the moment too obscure for me to navigate but I found today that I could only stream if changing my 'state of mind' / that obscure 'mindfulness 'sensation I've described.
That idea of 'parallel thought' I'm not sure ever applied to me, or at least it did briefly and very strongly or the benefits have come slowly and thus I'm not aware of such a change. I found it was always a matter of doing things with less thought and being more aware of the direction of my thought, thus enabling a 'topology' one might describe as 'parallel thought'. I found this sensation is very similar to a boost in executive functioning, so perhaps there is a continuity here.
Also, most of the benefits I've experienced since starting streaming involved simply an increase in the number of ideas, an improvement in the qualities of various products of thought, an improved ability to understand things but they never came with a sensation or a 'topology' and that seems to follow what you have described regarding streamers not noticing the effects of their streaming. In essence, I don't know whether I have fully accumulated the benefits of streaming because of people describing 'parallel thought' which I only experienced recently, briefly and quite potently. One person I am talking to describes this effect as kicking in the moment they started. Perhaps it is a matter of native cognitive style. For example, though it is not a great example, there are those in that singular image streaming study that benefitted more than others due to being more of what they called 'left-hemisphere'/'logical' thinking. I have always found my 'bend' left and right at different times in my life prior to streaming, though as a child I was heavily engaged with 'worldplay' which involves a lot of visualisation, creativity and imagination in creating imaginary worlds.
My current solution is to increase the level of analysis in my streaming. That is because of my current understanding which I am more than open to change. I think that as a result of working so hard on the vividity of my images, my proficiency in visualisation has allowed me to separate the activity of imagining/visualisation and present mindfulness with greater ease and that there is always this separation but I have simply become more aware of it. I think this is an issue for streaming because by separating the two modes of cognition, there may no longer be the application of such a cognition without the conscious will to do it. So, I will focus on analysis and application (which is streaming in moving environments).
Another possible explanation is my mood. In the past mood would often limit my motivation and thus my streaming potential. But now with a certain profiency I am able to stream without such a motivation, and without such a motivation I feel more indifferent to the images. Whilst streaming today I did not feel as motivated and did feel a little depressed but my images were still vivid. I think maybe this is a good thing - it shows my streaming is now easier to apply.
These are my present thoughts whilst I still remember them and I can look back at them and give better ideas in the future. I am interested in your input Yonderboy, have you ever experienced a sudden and significant shift in the subjective quality of your streaming before?