You don't have to understand it all - Sometimes you have to let go of understanding your life in order to enter the realm of Light Speed. When scientists first discovered quantum particles, they were faced with a dilemma of monumental proportions: because these tiny particles that make up all matter seemed to be nonexistent, what did that say about our existence? What's more, these seemingly nonexistent particles were simultaneously existent, too.
Beyond that complete madness, relationships between particles seemed to exist faster than the speed of light. In other words, a particle paired with another would exhibit the same behavior as the other even when the two particles were large distances apart and shielded from one another.
Getting past our defense about how long something must take to learn; how quickly an idea can be understood, how fast we can take in information, opens us to the realm of infinite possibilities.
There will be times in this course when you will have to give up your preconceived ideas about how fast you can read. There will be times when you will be coached by this course to sweep through material so fast that you will feel convinced that you got nothing out of the material; and you will be right, you may get nothing from it. Stay with it, though. It's just you going through your barriers.
When man discovered flight in the early part of this century (20th century), he thought he was up against a barrier, the barrier of air. With faith and perseverance, he overcame that barrier and flew, farther and farther, faster and faster.
Later, man believed he was restricted by another barrier, the speed of sound. It seemed that when aircraft flew at or near the speed of sound, they would rattle and fly apart physically. Finally, someone "broke" that barrier, too, and man flew faster than they thought they could.
It's like that in our lives, too. We find ourselves face-to-face with a barrier and we think we can't overcome it. Then, with perseverance and work, we overcome it and it becomes part of what we can do and no longer in the realm of what we can't do. The same holds for reading. Know that you can exceed your self-imposed barrier to Light Speed Reading.
Reading is fun and an adventure - When you "break" the verbal reading barrier an interesting thing happens: your reading material turns into "movies of the mind." Because you can read at such high speeds, the book turns into a vivid, 3D, movie.
Your mind will actually create the scenes, play the soundtracks, and involve you in a full sensory experience. Because you no longer have to translate your visual experience through the auditory mode (a slower sensory function), you free yourself to experience whole-brain, full sensory, intuitive fun.
Minus the anxiety associated with the running of the equipment (the reading process), you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. And it is usually a fun and enjoyable one.
Beyond the idea of a movie, A Course in Light Speed Reading is intended to create in you a "memory" or "knowing" of the material you read. This is a deeper sense of the material than just "seeing" it. It is as if you have experienced it and have a memory of it. This makes reading retention more than merely recalling the material you read. It feels more like recalling something you experienced directly.
Intuitive Reading is natural - It is your native capacity to take in things in wholeness. Think of a chair. Did you come up with an image of a whole chair or did you imagine all the parts of the chair separately? Initially you thought of the whole chair together as one item. As I asked, you may have parted out the chair and then imagined it in parts. Still, the first image that came to you was the whole chair. You didn't have to mull it over or talk to yourself about it - you just had it.
For most the image of the chair was a visual image. At the very least, you probably had a sense of the chair immediately. Reading can use the same mechanism. Once the full capacity of the imagination is put into play, the images, ideas, concepts, and stories will come to you before you can even speed-read them.
By the time you get to the end of this course you will probably be able to "read" the story before you actually get to the last page of text. Your mind will fill in the details intuitively. It's a little like what happens when you point your finger in a direction and say, "It's over there." You don't have to extend your finger all the way across the room to the item; the mind fills in the line and knows where to look.
In the course of engaging our intuitive sense, we will take maximum advantage of our ability to surmise, to assume. Many of us have been taught that it is wrong to assume anything. I have even heard it said that the word "ASSUME" makes an "ASS" out of "U" and "ME". In the process of reading (and intuition) assumption is the creative energy that completes the bridge between imagination and understanding. Our reading history
Our early experiences with reading were often anxiety filled and guilt-ridden. We were forced to read out loud in front of others, criticized and corrected in public (invalidated and humiliated), made to look stupid or slow, then tested to check that we were "right" according to someone else's interpretations. This made making mistakes "wrong". So we determined not to be embarrassed or made wrong by learning how to defend ourselves against it.
Some of us found ways to avoid reading (some of us were very creative in our avoidance techniques, too). Some learned how to put on a good face -faking it. Maybe we even ran away; escaping into other pursuits and interests that excluded reading or didn't seem to require it.
If we were "slow" or different we were criticized and/or humiliated. This made us the brunt of jokes, labels, and other judgments. For most of us, this ridicule and judgment took us to a dislike and anxiety about reading.
In most schools, reading is taught as a verbal skill. The process of moving visual symbols (words on the page) into verbal speech patterns is called transliteration. It's a little like translating Spanish into English one word at a time. As you may know, Spanish is structured differently than English so a word-by-word transliteration would probably sound pretty funny to one who knows the language.
A simple phrase like "Look at the red ball" in Spanish, would transliterate into English something like "Look you at ball red." The same kind of mistranslating occurs between the visual and verbal processes. They just don't speak the same language.
The old way of reading meant that one must first transliterate the visual words on the page into verbal speech patterns and then into visual, verbal, and kinesthetic images. When the visual text is placed directly into visual images, coupled with an inner "knowingness" the process is substantially quickened. This is the process of Light Speed Reading.
Reading out loud to "check" that we knew the words we read took most of us out of our intuition and into our linear verbal sense. Reading became an exercise in translation and frustration. Because reading is a visual-imaginary process, making it a verbal-mental exercise took us out of our hearts and into our heads.
This migration from heart (intuition) to head (intellectualizing and doubting) is one of the fundamental, underlying problems facing our society in general. When we think about and analyze instead of feeling, we often miss opportunities for real experience and expressions of true connection and relationship. Especially in the West it is customary to avoid feeling, embarrassing or shaming those who express their feelings openly. We label it as some kind of weakness.
Regardless of what we may think about it, emotions are the gateway to intuition and the key to the Light Speed Reading process. When you release your shame and guilt, your intuition can come through for you. Then all you have to do is trust it.
Phonics is still the most popular reading methodology - as good as phonics is, and as popular as it is, it is still a process of transliteration that slows or diminishes the intuitive process. Schools contend that the teacher must hear the child read in order to determine that the child has read the material correctly. I think that given the opportunity to intuit the story, most children will "assume" or intuit the story correctly (at least as they interpret it).
Following the Light Speed Reading method, children can learn to speed read at a very young age with encouragement. It is the judgment of "right" or "wrong" that makes the child believe that he or she is "right" or "wrong" when they read. The child equates ability with identity and learns to believe they are their behaviors. As a culture we perpetuate this illusion in our learning institutions with the very fundamental process of reading.
We learned that words must be read serially, one-after-another (strong left-brain lean) so they can be heard and understood by the teacher. This bias toward serial thinking and away from holistic thinking is obvious in most scholastic pursuits. After a lifetime of learning in this way, we begin to believe that there is no other way to learn.
The "one-thing-at-a-time" mentality is useful when doing tasks that require attention to detail and order like preparing food from a recipe. When it comes to reading, however, the attention to detail and order can become a hindrance to the smooth translation of ideas from one person to another (the basis of communication).
To give you a feel of what it is like to make a story out of words without all the details consider the following: Cat - mouse - boy - house - garden hose -summer. With those words, you can make a story, maybe many stories. It's because your mind fills in the details for you.
I don't have to give you the details in order for you to get the images necessary to make up a pretty interesting story. You may even come up with your own images (an inner show). If I were to tell you that you could take all the elements of your story about the cat and mouse and use them randomly rather than in the order I gave them to you, you would come up with even more possible stories.
It's not the order of the words that make the story; it's the author's intent that makes the story. Intuitively connecting with the author by opening up to your native holistic nature will allow your detail-filling mind to do what it does best - assume. This will make the show worth the price of admission.
Verbal reading instills a "what if I make a mistake" mentality (anxiety). This anxiety carries on to other facets of life. Ever watchful that we don't make a mistake causes us to be hyper-vigilant about life. This over-protective posture invites more opportunities to feel unsafe so we can further engage our over-protective postures. It's a cycle of anxiety-insecurity-safety-hyper-vigilance.
Watching always that we stay safe means that our ability to stretch and grow diminishes with time. Because we feel afraid we may make a mistake, we tend to close down opportunities because we believe they are unsafe. Further we seek fewer opportunities for growth and development because they seem to offer some degree of risk (the four-letter word that starts with "R").
As we release our grip on safety and step into some degree of perceived risk, we must open our trust. It is this trust of ourselves that develops true character and the ability to do the miraculous. When you no longer worry about whether you have it right or not, you may graduate into a larger dimension that includes Light Speed living.
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