While Gail was going through a relaxation exercise, I led Tom to a distant location a floor above the lab and on the other side of the building. Once there, I gave him four opaque black envelopes, each of which had been prepared with a color photo inside, and then the four envelopes were thoroughly shuffled. Of course, neither Tom or Gail had any idea what those images might be. I gave Tom a die and asked him to toss it to get a random number 1 through 4. He did, and the photo inside that envelope became his target.
Tom then examined the photo and attempted to send it to Gail. Here is what Gail said during the 20 minute sending period, while under the Ganzfeld stimulation and listening to white noise played over headphones. Each sentence below is a continuous statement. The breaks between sentences indicate long pauses:
Keep feeling like looking up at tall, I'm looking up at something tall.
Something about texture. Texture.
I feel like something has a rough texture.
Tall, very tall impression, looking up high.
Feel as if I'm walking around observing something, like when you would walk in an art gallery or in a museum and you would look at something.
First I'm feeling like tall trees, and then I'm feeling like tall building.
And then I'm like a Yosemite kind of image of a tall rock or a tall, some kind of a very tall solid stone something.
Seeing browns and grays
Something like a feeling of walking around, looking up and being in awe, in awe of something.
Monolithic or I don't know what the word is.
I'm getting images of Mount Rushmore, I know you're not supposed to say things [Gail was asked to avoid naming her impressions, as naming is known to often pull impressions into word-association fantasies].
Half-dome, like just a big stone.
I sort of feel like I'm walking around in a picture, and I'm giving my hand and we're climbing up ...
or something about going up, there's ....
It seems like there's also some kind of a round tall cylinder, and, something long and gray on the right.
At first I felt very much like I was in a nature, forest type of setting, ... and now I'm feeling more
something about a, like
These are the four images in the target pool. Can you guess which one was the target?