Imagining something vividly enough and with your heart and soul will
bring your senses and emotions into play, your deep mind doesn't know the
difference between that imagined event and an actual one. That's why mental
sports training works. Your unconscious totes up your imagined stance, your
reflexes, your swing, the bat solidly hitting the ball, the rush of your
game-winning home run, and adds it to your bank of experience.
Imaginative rehearsal works for any kind of performance, making the
speech of your career or finally losing crippling exam anxiety.
Imagining you're someone else - taking on her behavior - is a shortcut to expertise.
Everything that's ever happened to you lives in you
somewhere. The trick is to retrieve what you've perceived. One way to tempt
memory into consciousness is to feed it data in a specific, rhythmic,
musical way, another is to build bridges to your subliminal mind.
When you recall a powerful memory, the whole state you were in will begin
to resonate in you. It's like plucking a guitar string in a quiet room - the
same string on another guitar comes alive, vibrates, resonates. This is
called state dependent memory, learning, and behavior and it explains why
the Joy of Learning exercise can be so potent, resonating a mindbody chord
of success. It explains, too, why negative memories can so massively
Potential is a state of mind. Feeling competent, totally adequate, empowered
-- these are life-giving, change-bringing states. Whenever you feel
inadequate, unworthy, not in control of your life, you're in a minus state,
one that drains away your best shots at realizing innate abilities.
Of all the Superlearning techniques, the real key is being in the right
state to learn.
Human memory is
virtually limitless. Slow Baroque music proved one potent way to lift the
conscious mind and expand its access to its natural supermemory.
Art as process helps connect the links and move people from naive to mature
understanding. Don't be a dry-stick learner, open up and get the feel of
things. Imagine you're an artist.
Mind mapping is an ideal way to bring your aspirations and goals into vivid
focus. Maps furnish a bird's-eye view that can reveal new connections,
prompt new ideas. They give an extra edge when you need to recall your data.
A map lights up in the mind more quickly than a list. Because it's a
picture. Anything you can visualize, you will learn faster and remember