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Use your S –
Senses: there are only five ways to get anything
into your brain, and that is through sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste. When
you utilize your senses you experience more of life and you remember
more.
Our senses help us mentally recreate our
world. If you train your senses you will be using more of your brain, and if you
learn to engage as many of your senses as you can then you will automatically
improve your memory. Think of a horse: see it in your mind, touch it, smell it,
hear it, and even taste it. You didn’t see the letters H.O.R.S.E in your mind;
you saw a multisensory picture of what the word represents. Your senses make
mind movies real and memorable. Use them!
E – Exaggeration: what is easier to remember: a strawberry that is normal size or
one the size of a house? Make your images larger or smaller than life. What is
more memorable: an elephant or an elephant wearing a pink bikini?
Exaggerate with Humor; tickle your mind.
There is no scientific evidence to prove that
learning should be serious. Make your images
illogical. Have fun; create some positive exaggerated learning
memories.
E – Energize: give your pictures action. Would you rather watch a movie of
your holiday or a slide show? What creates more feeling in your imagination: a
horse standing still or a horse that is running and moving?
Make your information vivid, colorful,
and not boring, flat and black and white. Use action; it brings life to your
memories. Make your images act in illogical ways: you can weave, crash, stick,
or wrap things together. We can make things talk, sing, and dance. Think about
the great genius Walt Disney.
The process of imagination is a fun
creative process. The more enjoyment you can put into it the better.
When you are reading, or hearing
something, focus on all the SEE principles and imagine it is a movie. Even if
you don’t use a specific method that you will learn in this book, the SEE
principles will improve your concentration. Emile Coue pointed out that,
“When the imagination and the will are in conflict,
the imagination always wins.” If you ‘will’ yourself
to remember, and your imagination is not on the task, you will have zero
retention and recall. Your imagination is the place of all your memory
power.
Some people say, “This is not the way
that I naturally think.” This is not the way that I
naturally think either; this is how I have taught myself to think, because it
works. The more skilled you become in using your
imagination the more you can know, comprehend, and create. In this way, you
become the director of your own mind.
How do I turn abstract information into
images?
We remember nouns and adjectives with
ease because they have meaning and we can make a mental picture without much
effort. Most abstract words can be made to mean something. Just use a meaningful
thought or word to represent a ‘meaningless’ word. Find a word or phrase that
sounds the same or similar to the abstract word, or you can break a word up into
its individual sounds. Imagine you had to remember the name Washington; you could turn that word
into a picture of you washing a tin.
Or, if you had to remember the word Hydrogen you could see a picture of a
fire Hydrant drinking
gin.
You can turn all complex information
into something meaningful and memorable by turning it into images. In the
beginning it will take a bit of effort on your part. You will have to invest
your attention at first and then it will become a habit. To practise look at
words, break them up, make a picture and give it all more meaning. Let us learn
a few foreign words for practice. Really imagine each word and create a SEE mini
mind movie.
First, we will use Spanish words:
Tiger is
Tigre, it sounds like
tea grey. Imagine a tiger drinking his tea that has turned grey.
Sun is
Sole. Imagine that the
sun is burning
the sole of your one
foot.
Arm is
Brazo. Imagine a
bra is sewn onto your arm.
Some Italian
words:
Chicken is
Polo. You can imagine
playing polo with a
chicken instead of a
ball.
Cat is
Gatto. Imagine saying to
your friend, “You’ve got to hold my cat.”
Some French
words:
Book is
Livre. Sounds like
liver, so you can imagine opening a book and finding
squashed liver
inside.
Hand is
Main. My main hand is my right hand.
Chair is
Chez. Imagine you have
shares in a chair.
Some Zulu
words:
Dog is
inja (eenjaa). Think of
an injured dog.
Floor is
phansi (pansee). Imagine
a pansy growing out of
the floor.
Snake is
Inyoka (eenyo’kaa).
Imagine a snake
slithering in your car.
Some Japanese words:
Chest is
Mune (Mooneh). Imagine
money growing out of
your chest.
Door is
To (Toe). Imagine you
are kicking the door
with your big toe.
Carpet is
Juutan (Jootan). Imagine
you are tanning on a big carpet. Or, you tan a carpet.
Test yourself:
What is the Spanish word for
tiger?
What is the Italian word for
cat?
What is the Zulu word for
dog?
What is the Japanese word for
chest?
What is the French word for
book?
What is the Italian word for
chicken?
What is the Zulu word for
snake?
What is the French word for
hand?
What is the Japanese word for
carpet?
Just by connecting these words in a
silly mind movie you have learned fourteen foreign words. You can use this
method to remember hundreds of foreign words if you use the SEE principle.
Remember you are only connecting two concepts at a time. If you imagine it for a
few seconds it will stick in your memory and it will be easy to recall if you
need it.
You can even use this method to remember
all the countries and capitals. You just need to bring the information to
life.
The capital of Australia is Canberra, you can imagine a
Kangaroo (represents
Australia) eating a can of berries (Canberra) and the two will stick together making it more
memorable.
The capital of Greece is Athens. Imagine eight hens (sounds like Athens)
swimming in Greece.
The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo. Imagine a Mad gas car crashing into your friend
Ann, who is tanning on a river.
The capital of Belgium is Brussels. Imagine Brussels sprouts
falling out of a bell
doing gym
(Belgium.)
Make a silly picture and really SEE it
and you can remember all the capitals with ease.
The greatest secret of a powerful memory
is to bring information to life with your endless imagination. Take responsibility for your memory. You can only learn to
control your memory when you become the source of your imagination. Memory is
not a thing that happens to you; you create your memories. You can make any
information into something more meaningful. When we start using the memory
systems you will see how easy it is to convert abstract information into
meaningful concepts. Using all these memory methods improves your creativity,
enhances your memory and your humor too.

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