by Terry Lee Brussel, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Creator of the Seven Keys to Self Actualization and
Director of Success Center
(in practice since 1969)
Life Long Memory Excellence
Everything you have ever seen, heard, read, or experienced has been recorded in your subconscious mind. It can be removed only through such physical means as brain injury or stroke–and even this can be corrected through techniques based on the findings of Dr. Deepak Chopra that we are constantly rebuilding our own bodies, our own brains. Any other kind of “forgetting” is merely the burying of information on some level of mind not reachable in an ordinary conscious state. Hypnotic memory enhancement enables you to get into direct contact with your subconscious memory source. Through hypnosis you can program your subconscious computer to automatically make such information available at conscious need: names, faces, history lessons, teacher’s lectures or yesterday’s market quotes will appear clearly and accurately whenever you feel the need. Have you ever felt the frustration of trying to recall something you really needed and could almost get at? These techniques can almost completely eliminate that problem.
Create a bridge between your conscious and subconscious minds–one that you can see or feel depending on whether you are more visual or more kinesthetic. Visual is the easiest way to go on this, so try it first in any case. When you go over the bridge into your subconscious mind, you’ll find index cards with information on them like those in a library. These contain the ESSENCE of everything you’ve ever seen, read, heard or experienced. Other images are a computer with screen and key board or one that will give auditory answers. Depending on your age, whether you grew up with computers or are not quite at ease with them, you will choose an appropriate mental analogue. With the information cards, you can install an automatic information retrieval system through which the correct card pops up; slides over the bridge and into consciousness each time you need to know something. The computer has its own built- in system for retrieving information. Use whatever you are used to or imagine would be ideal for you.
I hear the question and the answer comes.
I read the question and the answer comes.
I need to know and I do know.
I see the face and I know the name. I hear the name and can see the face.
Now imagine yourself taking a test. “I am reading the question and writing the correct answer, reading the question and writing the correct answer.” Give yourself this suggestion smoothly, letting the words flow together to suggest that these two processes of reading the question and writing the correct answer have become so closely connected that they are one process, one smooth motion. When you get to the end of the test, see an ”A” or 90% grade on the page.
It is possible to develop a photographic memory — for pictures, places you have been and/or the printed word. Imagine being able to mentally photograph a Cliff’s Notes type outline of the important points of a class lecture, sales presentation or other speech…anything you need to be more successful at work or hobbies. Exact quotes and formulas can be recalled with equal ease–especially important in acting and science. Visualize a room you are familiar with, one you are less familiar with, and one you have seen only once. Imagine each of these as completely detailed as you can. This begins the development of a photographic memory by starting with something you already know how to do before moving into something you haven’t done yet. It is important here to stress the progressive ease with which you can do these visualizations, based on having PRACTICED THE TECHNIQUE rather than on how many times you have seen the object you are visualizing. The ultimate goal is for you to have exact recall of a printed page or a book you have only briefly glanced at. This is classic photographic memory. Go into your subconscious mind. See the camera. Describe to yourself how the camera works. You push a button and take a clear, accurate picture — immediately.
Now, open your eyes (going deeper as you do so) and take a picture of an object, then something printed. It is a clear accurate picture. As soon as you’ve taken that picture you close your eyes and describe the object or read the printed words from the picture you have just taken. You are not reading until you close your eyes, until then you are merely taking a picture. The purpose of the camera analogy is to encourage you to think of this technique differently from memorization. Memorization requires repetitive reading of the material one wishes to memorize. The technique you are learning requires only the time a camera takes to shoot a picture. The camera must be a Polaroid or digital because not only is the picture to be taken fast, but it “develops” and is available almost immediately as well. Be sure to take the photographs in small enough bites so that you will have some progressive improvement. If you are getting the technique rapidly, increase the size of those bites to provide some challenge here as well. Checking yourself by reading the material backward is an excellent challenge as well as a way to be sure that you are photographing the words rather than memorizing them. One good exercise is reading backward and forward from a printed page out loud. When you are actually LOOKING at the page reading backward is about as smooth as reading forward. Trying to read backward from memory is always slow and halting if you can do it at all. If you do a slow halting read, review the camera analogy. Remember that the camera does not analyze or memorize–it just takes a picture.
Always be sure to end on a positive note with yourself, doing something you originally weren’t able to so you will have a feeling of accomplishment.
PRACTICE 30 to 60 minutes daily by photographing printed material, closing your eyes and reading it into a tape recorder, then checking the recording against the printed word. It DOES require practice.
The ability to record and accurately play back in your mind anything from a lecture to a symphony can be acquired through hypnotic techniques. You can start with recalling conversations you’ve had recently, playing them back without any “he said, she saids to make it more like a tape recording. The rest of the procedure is similar to photographic memory except that you listen to someone reading something or a recording such as the children’s See and Say books which have printed material with matching recorded stories. Play it back (verbally) using the recorder in your mind. Have a clear visualization of that instrument including both its recording and play back modes. Use tape or digital whichever you are most comfortable and familiar with.
Mental data correlation–the ability to USE the information you gather and are trained to remember is also an integral part of hypnotic memory enhancement.
If you have difficulty passing tests or exams it could be that you simply forget the material. However, if you remember the material when doing homework or practice quizzes on your own at the end of a chapter, but not when it comes to the real thing, you may have test-taking panic. If you keep failing the Bar or a Real Estate Licensing Exam, though you do perfectly on class tests almost duplicating these important exams, you may have attached a special stress reaction to the particular situation of taking THAT exam which has been made even worse in cases where there are multiple failures on the same exam. You must release test-taking panic before memory techniques can do you much good. Hypnotic age regression can allow you to rewrite your life script so it is as though you have always taken tests easily and calmly.
Whether you want to remember your keys, the names and faces of the people you meet, what you saw on your last vacation, or the complete writings of Shakespeare hypnosis can help.
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PRACTICE the techniques in this article 30 minutes daily. Also helpful is listening to the Success Center CD Memory Excellence as you go to sleep at night. Do the exercises in my book Memory and Mental Excellence (both available at www.acesuccess.com). It DOES require practice.
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Terry Lee Brussel, is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been in practice since 1969. She is the Director of Success Center in Encino, California. She is also a success coach, keynote speaker, hypnotherapist trainer and author.
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