Improve Your Memory Using Visualizations

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By reading and practising this post, you will: improve your long and short term memory

Today, we are going to practice a skill that is at the foundation of the whole Insanity Mind training program. It is required to improve your memory, to meditate and to speed read. This post concentrates on its uses for memory improvement.

Visualizing means to create an image of something in your mind

Visualizations have the power to make things more memorable. They stick to your memory better that hearing something, smelling something or touching something. We do not know why but it is a fact.

How To

In order to create a visualization, just close your eyes, and imagine what you want to visualize. It is as easy as this.

However, it depends on how used are you to visualize how much will it cost you to create the image.  People have different representational systems, that is, people encode information in their brain using different senses as a base. For those who the main sense are not the eyes, they will have more trouble creating the visualizations. But do not worry, if that is your case, you can build this skill just by practising it (see below).

When you create a visualization for memorizing something, try to follow the next guidelines:

  • Include in the visualization as many senses as possible. What are you hearing? How does it smells in there? Do you feel any touch? Do not use only vision but all the other senses to make the visualization as vivid as possible. 
  • Include action in the visualization. Instead of using a kind of picture on your mind, observe how the elements of the picture interact between them. Movies are always better than pictures!
  • They should be as appealing as possible. What appeals you? Usually sex images or violent images appeal everyone. If you put sex or violence in your images they will increase their probabilities of being remembered.
  • Visualizations should be as incredible as possible. Put incredible things in your visualization like giant monsters, inexistent animals or make alive stuff that actually is not (like a chair that moves or drives a car).
So if you have to memorise a car then you may visualize a very huge car that smells like new, that feels like leather and that sounds like a F-1 car. The car has arms and legs which uses to move itself along the highway, and throwing other cars through the air. Now that’s incredible! The image will stay in your memory for a very long time.

Now it is your time to practice it.

The workout

In order to master visualizations, along the next month, perform the following exercises, one each week day. It will only take you 5 minutes per day.

Workout 1: Monday

Grab a picture of your choice and observe it for one minute, trying to observe any detail. Then close  your eyes and try to reproduce the picture on your mind for four minutes. Try to remember as many details as possible.

Workout 2: Tuesday

Grab an object of your choice (a book, a figure, a plant,…). Observe it for one minute trying to grab all its details. Then close your eyes and try to reproduce the object in your mind for four minutes.

Workout 3: Wednesday

Observe a room of the place where you are now. Observe it for a minute. Then close your eyes and try to reproduce it in your mind for four minutes.

Workout 4: Thursday

Observe the room where you are now for one minute. Then close your eyes and reproduce the room in your mind. Add yourself to the room. Observe how you move around the whole room and interact with all the things you encounter in there. Use all your senses to interact with the room (smell, touch, sound).

Workout 5: Friday

Observe the room where you are now for one minute. Then close your eyes and reproduce the room in your mind. Add yourself to the room. Move around the room and include in the image extraordinary things that interact with you, like dragons, flying tables, serial killers, martial arts artists that jump very high, etc.

Uses Of Visualizations

Visualizations are used for:

  • Meditation. Some types of meditation ask you to imagine things that directly affect your consciousness and mental state.
  • Mood changing. You can use visualizations to change your mood, by visualizing a nice situation when stressed, or a powerful result when doubting about you.
  • Goal setting.  Many techniques of achieving goals use visualization to set a clear goal in your mind towards where you should perform your next steps.
  • Memorizing things. Nmemonic systems used for memory improvement have as a basis the visualizations. You can use it to remember names, facts, lists of items, telephone numbers, etc.
  • Reading fast.  Speed reading techniques require that you jump from hearing words to seen things in order to improve your reading speed. This is usually required for speeds above 800 Words Per Minute.

Now, if you have understood the rules of visualization, you are ready to the next step to improve your memory.

Read Creating the Bases of a Perfect Memory and start applying visualizations for something useful

 

 

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2 Responses to Improve Your Memory Using Visualizations

  1. Anand 09/03/2017 at 2:10 #

    Thank you so much! These visualization exercises have really worked wonders in improving my memory..

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