"... That second winter I threw myself into a wide-ranging investigation of the entire literature related to inner visualization. I was obsessed. I spent hours in the libraries following different trails in different directions. From the latest brain research to a whole gamut of more or less crazy “new age” ideas about how to visualize, and thereby create a positive future ...".

"... But since I am a scientist I went straight for the jugular, for the original source material. Which I found in most cases was as old as the hills. Sometimes garbled, but obviously based on generations of practical experience. And it was the practical experience I was out after. Exactly how to command the image-making skills of the human brain. ..."




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Library skyline

"... I began by digging around in European literature and to my surprise turned up a wierd but fascinating area of science that I had never even heard of. It is usually called: "Ars Memorativa" - the Art of Memory ..."

" ... Ever wondered how some people are able to recite the entire Bible or Koran from memory? Well, it's not impossible. It is a skill that can be learned. Although not without a lot of concentration and constant practice ...".

" ... How do they do it? Well, first you need to memorise some kind of structure, a kind of revolving coat rack to hang your memories on. In the Middle Ages they often used those circular cosmic diagrams so beloved by the esoterics. With their hierachies of angels and devils, and their many-dimensioned onion-like structure - crystal spheres within crystal spheres - these cosmic diagrams provided a perfect framework for storing the contents of memory ..."

"... Once the basic structure of the diagram had been thoroughly memorised, everything the adept wished to recall could then be placed in "drawers" on its surface. Objects, events, ideas, even entire texts could thus be stored in the unconcscious for easy reference later when needed. Like a system of files, the disc could be organised so that each ring or sphere of drawers received its own subject title. In addition, if the disc were divided into segments like an orange the information could be arranged axially in types. By this means a certain degree of cross-referencing was possible ... "

"... Large numbers of the discs could be memorised and imprinted with information. We might call them CMD's - Cosmic Memory Discs - each dealing with a specific subject. An entire library of CMD's could be memorised, and then stacked in the unconscious mind until ready for use ..."

"... One problem was how to access this information, quickly and effectively, when the time came. It would be easy to lose oneself in the corridors of such a monstrous internal archive ..."

"... The solution was to memorise the entire system in the form of a tree. Each fruit or flower on the tree represented a CMD in the mental archive. Whenever something needed to be remembered it was sufficient to conjure up a picture of the tree, and then select and access the appropriate CMD. The actual memory could then be rolled out on the table of awareness for consideration by the conscious mind. ..."

"... This is still rather a superficial way of describing their system. These Houdinis of the mind were more subtle than that. They did not only think in two dimensions - the flat surface of the CMD. They could think and see things "spherically", in three, or even four dimensions ..."

"... Try imagining an onion of transparent, crystal spheres, each sphere packed with immense quantities of invisible information. Imagine dozens of these "memory bubbles" floating on the waters of the unconscious. Now try locating a piece of information in that labyrinthine world of shimmering glass! ..."

"... A hopeless task? But seemingly not for the adept. No wonder these people were reputed to be able to recite entire books word-perfect. With such sophisticated tools at one's disposal even the Bible or the Koran would be an easy match, not to mention Shakespeare's entire works ..."