when you have the whole story like a movie, you may notice a distinct disregard for detail. It's not that you don't have the details, you do. It's that you are no longer concerned about them.
5. Self doubt - it's a natural human concern to doubt that which you are unsure of. In the process of remembering your natural reading ability you may come face-to-face with your own Self-doubt. I use the word "Self" rather than the familiar "self" because I believe that it is when you go outside your accepted abilities that you find that Self.
Be prepared to come nose-to-nose with your deepest doubts about yourself; doubts about your abilities in many areas besides reading fast. When you open yourself to experience Light Speed Reading for the first time since early childhood (when you read everything instantly), you may find that many other things related to your childhood and earliest learnings will come up for you, too.
Stay close to someone who can assist you through your Self-doubts and fears. You will be glad you did, and your speed-reading experience will be enhanced greatly. I recommend you do Rapid Eye Technology (RET) or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to relieve the stress of this part of your reading adventure.
6. Outside anxiety or stressors (job, home, family, etc.) - no doubt about it, our environment affects us. Reading in an environment stressful to you will surely make the experience more difficult.
Even reading at light speed can become difficult or impossible in a stressful environment. To counteract these effects, seek sessions of RET to dissipate and release the perception of negative stress while following the simple directions of this program.
It has been shown to be effective for the reader to find a comfortable and quiet place to read. However, some choose to do their Light Speed Reading just prior to a big test they are about to take (like College and High School students). Then the material is fresh in the mind and ready to present itself to the reader for testing. Many students have found this technique of study useful (especially those who dislike studying the night before a big test).
Performing the exercises presented in this course may alleviate much of the outside stress experienced before reading. They may also substantially reduce the amount of test anxiety you feel before school or life "tests."
There was once a 10 year old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training, the master had taught him only one move.
"Sensei," the boy finally said, "shouldn't I be learning more moves?"
"This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied.
Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.
Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match.
Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a timeout. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened.
"No," the sensei insisted, "Let him continue."
Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.
On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.
"Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"
"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all ofjudo. Second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."
The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
Your reading weaknesses can be your greatest strength. The more you relax into the reading program, the easier it will be for you; and you may find that your weaknesses have become your greatest asset.
1. Rapid Eye Technology (RET) Sessions. RET releases the stress that holds you back from your potential. Done as it is outlined in this course, RET enhances your reading experience while releasing the stress that holds you back.
2. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT can be used to facilitate goal achievement by aligning your meridians for optimum energy.
3. Baroque music as soft, quiet, background music (esp. Handel and Vivaldil). Many studies show that Baroque music, Handel and Vivaldi in particular, increases learning ability. What's more, the music actually speeds the process of learning (remembering).
4. Breathing exercises (refer to Breathing Exercises). As I have already stated, breathing is fundamental to life in general and reading in particular. In conjunction with breathing exercises, just plain old physical exercise is good for the learning environment. When our bodies are stressed with enjoyable exercise, they function better, including reading.
5. Focus exercises (refer to Support Exercises). In the text of this course I have devised and borrowed several exercises to enhance your Light Speed Reading experience. Most of these exercises are meant to be life-enhancing exercises as well. Consider them gifts from me to you.
6. Awareness exercises (refer to Support Exercises). As your conscious awareness becomes more acute, so will be your ability to do what you believe now to be miraculous. As you awaken from your sleeping consciousness to an awareness of who you are beyond the body and the behaviors, you may come to understand that you are much more than you can begin to conceive. With the understanding of how great a being you really are, light speed-reading is simply a small characteristic of such a great being.
7. Examine thoughts and feelings about what you just read. I've heard it said and I believe it from my own experience, "The greatest distance is the one foot from your head to your heart." As you come to experience and express your emotional self you may come to appreciate how wonderful emotion is and how inseparably connected that part of you is with your intuition.
Perhaps you've heard the phrase, "follow your heart"? In the process of intuitive reading, you must trust your heart and with that trust comes an experience of the heart called love. It is the love of self. Trusting your intuitive feelings can open up the most beautiful and exquisite experiences of your life. Release your fear about following your intuition or your heart. There are some wonderful workshops covering this very subject of heart life. I recommend you attend some. Learning to trust your heart will remind you to trust your intuition. As you trust your intuition, your reading speed and comprehension will skyrocket. So, Trust! Trust! Trust!
8. Link vague ideas to concrete ideas - Recall one thing then link it to another and another... This is our natural recall mechanism. Following the process that your mind already does makes Light Speed Reading a cinch. Recalling dreams in the same manner can create for you an experience of lucid dreaming, by far the most powerful form of imagery.
Lucid dreaming is when you become conscious that you are dreaming while you are in a dream. You get a full sensory experience of anything you want in full safety because you know for certain you are dreaming. There is no end to the possibilities you can experience in this form of imagery.
Light Speed Reading is based upon a similar principle: full sensory experience in a safe environment (the reading environment). Recalling vague ideas and concepts is about subtle energy and the workings of it. As you come to trust your vague ideas and concepts as real, you will open your intuitive senses and find that the concrete ideas are then easily recalled. Especially when you know you will be right when you do this, you can relax and enjoy the experience.
Until you have developed the skills of Light Speed Reading, you will by necessity need to release your attachment to being "right" and correct. In other words, you may Light Speed read a book, make notes about it, and feel that you were completely off base and missed the story altogether.
Be patient with yourself and believe that you have simply interpreted the story your way at this point in time. It really has nothing to do with being "right" or "wrong" and everything to do with personal perception. Accept it and trust yourself and you will find one day that suddenly it's all clear and easy. Just like that!
9. Eye Patching - Balances brain hemispheres for whole-brain activities. Place the patch on one eye for several minutes (10-20 minutes) then place it over the other eye for the same amount of time. This is an exercise that can bring about greater results than the improvement of the reading experience.
Patching alone has been shown to improve reading speed and comprehension.
If you continue to see life as you have always seen life, you will continue to get from life what you have always gotten from life. Until you change your basic thought processes about life you will continue to experience life as you have always done. Patching the eyes provides your brain with a new perspective on life. Even for a short while, patching can significantly change your perspective and your underlying paradigm (beliefs). Eye Patching tends to balance brain hemispheres. What most people will first experience with eye patching is an increase in visual acuity, a sense of "lightness" in the room, and an overall lessening of stress and strain on the eyes.
With one eye patched, one brain hemisphere tends to become hypersensitive (intensifying) while the other seeks to compensate, becoming hypo-sensitive (lessening). This imbalance creates a state wherein the person has two completely different concepts of the perceptual world. One concept is that being directly fed from the uncovered eye to the brain. The other concept is that being shared from the uncovered eye - through it's governing brain hemisphere - to the other brain hemisphere. This condition strengthens the communication bridge between brain hemispheres and tends to create a paradigm shift (a change of thought patterning).Some conditions that seem to improve after eye patching:
Obsessions Chronic Intrusive Chronic Pain Thoughts
Compulsions Chronic Anxieties Conflicts
Fixations Chronic Frustrations Chronic Anger,
Chronic Chronic Grief & Chronic Fears Fatigue Sadness (phobias)
Excessive Mind Chatter
Chronic Substance Abuse
Chronic Over/Under Weight
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