Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests | Science | The Guardian

Cultivating a ‘memory palace’ can make long-lasting improvements to recall, say scientists, suggesting many of us have untapped memory reserves A Sherlock-like ability to put a name to a face and other prodigious feats of memory are likely to be mostly down to hours of training and using the right mnemonic techniques.

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The Art of Dreams | The Public Domain Review

Dreams have long proved a fertile ground for human creativity and expression, and no less so than in the visual arts, giving rise to some of its most arresting images. In addition to the many and varied dreams so important to religion and myth there has emerged, in the last few centuries since the birth of Romanticism, an exploration of the more personal dream-world. Indeed, with its link to the unconscious, the form has perhaps proved the perfect vehicle for those artists looking to surface that which lies

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Classic: Applied Imagination by Alex F. Osborne

This type of post is what I call journey writing. Instead of writing an article at the end of a process, in this case reading this book, journey writing posts allow me to add comments as I go along. Sometimes my comments will encompass an entire chapter. Other times, I get to linger on my journey and write more deeply about a passage or two.

At the end of this journey, I write my summary which may include deleting my entries, rearranging them, or keeping them all. Please join me now on my journey through a great classic of visualization-imagination-dreaming literature.

Day One:
I was shocked to see (in the foreward), that in the first three years after the publication of Applied Imagination, more than 100,000 copies had been sold. Although the popularity of this book fell off in the 1960s, I assume that at least half a million copies of this book are out about in the United States. I found mine in a heavily stocked used bookstore (Chamblin Bookmine, Jacksonsville) and it can be found at online booksites….It has been revised a few times but does not have a recent treatment.

Ask a Question and Let Your Unconscious Step Forward

This is part of the Discover the Unconscious series of posts and videos

Our Unconscious is always churning along, getting inputs from the outside, from our body and mind, and doing its own thing mainly quietly in the background.

We can make the Unconscious more visible by simply asking questions and receiving whatever the Unconscious wants to show us in that moment. The process is simple but we have to be flexible to simply receive and here is the hard part, be open to the fact that we frequently can’t explain why one thing came up and others did not.

Enough talk; give it a try now.

Step 1: At a time of your choosing when you know you can focus on what you are doing and what it means, simply ask/instruct yourself:

-Show me something important
-What do you want me to see right now?
-What will tomorrow look like?
-What is just below the surface that you can show me?

Take what you get. Don’t explain it away as: “Of course, this came up now because I had been….” Drop the tendency to claim credit and responsibility for everything that pops up in your mind.  Unless you consciously, and I mean very consciously constructing imagery (doing visualization), then whatever comes up is being served to you by your Unconscious.

Again, for me, the Unconscious is broadly defined as that which runs outside of our control but responds to our questions and which runs outside of our control but responds to our questions and needs, but can seem absent when we have not developed the capability to see/hear/feel it.

When stuff comes up, don’t claim credit for it. It came from somewhere largely out of your control, creatively wrapped with thoughts, feelings, and intuitions, and you are more a receiver than a maker in its presence.

Keep thinking and feeling about this whole thing until you start to feel comfortable with a presence over your shoulder. Yes, you are being watched but it is also there to serve your needs.

When Do We Dream? All the time.

We dream when we drop inside and call up a mental map of where we might have left our keys.

We dream when poetry sends our mind off onto an associative journey.

When we loose ourselves in a video marathon.

When we feel a bit off and we let that dominate our thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and energy-making, we unknowingly invoke our imagination to expand that feeling to our top to bottom.

When we have to guess.

When we free associate.

When a scent takes us backward in time and we reconnect to where we were and what we were doing at that time.

When we reach a destination after driving or walking and not remember much of what happened during our commuting time.

When two things connect and a new idea bursts upon us.

When we listen to the rain, the waves, the wind and we end up following the sound’s lead.

… to know a few.