Learning is something that most people do fairly well…but only fairly. Our opportunity to learn more, faster and easier is something we can start to take advantage of immediately. Almost everyone fails to utilize the hypnotic tools that are available to them in the learning process.
Most people are shocked when we tell them that their IQ can be raised. It was once thought that IQ was set like the Ten Commandments…in stone. Such is not the case. In Minnesota, where we have taught dozens of classes about teaching people how to learn faster and more efficiently, we have discovered that using simple hypnotic techniques, we can increase IQ by up to 10% and retention of facts by as much as 300% in some tests.
What are the secrets?
For years hypnotherapists have known that certain types of music have trance like effects with their clients. Some kinds of music enhance dissociation, some kinds enhance association. Some music excites. Other kinds of music measurably relax clients. Could it be that there are kinds of music for enhancing learning states of mind? What about other strategies and mental manipulations outside of music could be used? There are a number of strategies you want to learn in order to be able to optimize your learning ability. Each strategy independently will assist you measurably. Synthesize them and you will amaze yourself and others.
1) Utilization of Mind Expanding Music
It may or may not surprise you that music directly affects how you learn and remember. There are certain types of music that have been scientifically researched to increase IQ and enhance learning (at least while the music is being listened to). Various pieces from the works of Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Pachibel have been cited as increasing learning speed and IQ.
The most famous study of the effect of certain types of classical music on learning and memory was done at the University of California at Irvine. Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K 448 was the piece of music studied and contrasted to students listening to no music and then contrasted to a group of students listening to a relaxation tape for 10 minutes before taking the spatial component of an IQ test. Those students listening to Mozart tested out at 119. Those listening to the relaxation tape tested at 111. Those listening to nothing tested at 110! The bad news, as mentioned above is that the gains are not maintained for long after the music is turned off! The good news is that we know that music, at least certain types of classical music do raise IQ.
Does music do more than raise IQ? Absolutely. Another 8 month research project at Irvine revealed that students who were given various types of music lessons. Other students in the research project were not. Tests that showed that music helped accomplish various tasks included putting puzzles together. In order to put a puzzle together the student needed to have a clear mental image of the puzzle to do the task quickly. In fact those students who had music lessons performed 80% better on object assembly tasks when compared to the norm. However, music isn’t the only magical element in achievement. There was no difference between students given music lessons and those without in other tasks including tasks that didn’t require mental imagery.
There is much more, though. Dr. Georgi Lozanov pioneered the accelerated learning movement and recorded his research in the groundbreaking breaking book “Suggestology and the Outlines of Suggestopedia” Lozanov, a Bulgarian psychiatrist was the first to fuse hypnosis and music in creating accelerated achievement in learning.
Lozanov created the concept of learning concerts by blending verbalization of material needing to be read with relaxation and music. There are two kinds of concerts that Lozanov developed. One was the Active concert. The Active Concert is one where material that is to be learned is read with emotional flair and in conjunction to the highs and lows of the music it is “scored” to.
The other kind of concert Lozanov developed was the Passive Concert. This reading was simply articulated softly and quietly with a baroque score in the background.
Both types of hypnotic concerts have proven to be very effective in learning something as complex as foreign languages! In both cases, the recall of terms and phrases is impressive and effective in the long term!
Lozanov (the creator of the mind model discussed earlier in this book) spent thousands of hours researching both trance and music in creating a learning technology that is now modeled all across the world. Here are a few samples of the pieces of music that accelerate acheivement.
Beethoven – Concerto no. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, op. 73 (“Emperor”)
Haydn – Concerto no. 1 in C Major for Violin and Orchestra
Mozart – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Concerto no. 7 in D Major
Tchaikovsky – Concerto no. 1 in B-flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra
Bach – Fantasy in G Major, Fantasy in C Minor, and Trio in D Minor; Cononic Variations and Toccata
Corelli – Concerti Grossi, op. 6, no. 2,8,5,9
Handel – Water Music
Vivaldi – Five Concertors for Flute and Chamber Orchestra
Making Your Own Hypnotic Concerts
You will be amazed at how easy it is make your own Hypnotic Concerts. Here is the step by step plan.
- Acquire the pieces of music which are proven to enhance learning and memory.
- Verbalize what you need to learn into a tape recorder in either a passive or active voice as discussed above.
- Close your eyes and relax before you play your concert.
- Allow yourself to be alert and focus your mind on the concert, allowing the concert to fill your mind.
- When the concert is over test your recall to ensure that learning has taken place!
Music’s power, beat and rhythm have induced trance for millenia. Now we can change the way we learn forever with the right music!
2) Learning In Multiple Modalities
We learn from hypnosis that the more sensory modalities we can access, the more likely the hypnotic experience is to be useful to changing the person’s future. The same is true for learning and memory. Many people simply read a text book or learn something from a lecture. Long term retention in these situations is slight. Did you go to college? About 1 in 4 Americans graduate college with a degree. Most of them can’t remember anything they learned in college. Even fewer can remember the majority of their professors and instructors! The college learning environment is not conducive to long term learning.
You and I learn better when we see, feel, hear, touch and do something. It has been said that we remember about:
- 20% of what we read
- 30% of what we hear
- 40% of what we see
- 50% of what we say
- 60% of what we do
- 90% of what we see, hear, say AND do.
Therefore when we are learning any new material we want to fully utilize all of our sensory systems. When you read a book that you are learning from, you should pause once in awhile, close your eyes and internally dialogue with yourself so you can comment to yourself about what you are learning and how you will remember it. You also want to see yourself utilizing the information you are learning in your mind’s eye. Make sure you fully experience the use of everything you are learning in your mind and then your learning experience will become more vivid and real to you. If you can imagine yourself teaching others the material you are learning you will benefit even more from the experience as preparing to teach is one of the finest ways to learn that we know!
3) Use Mental Imagery to Enhance Recall and Learning
Imagery is a pillar of good hypnotic trancework. Througout this book you have experienced how to make many different kinds of pictures in your mind. You’ve learned how to manipulate those pictures and make these images work in your favor. Now you will learn two fascinating hypnotic memory tools. The first is exaggeration and the second is association. Blended together you can remember almost anything.
Imagine that you have a list of items to remember. Here is your list:
Repeating the list over and over would help you remember some of the words for the short term but you wouldn’t retain the list for long. However, by creating a metaphor, or an exaggerated story using associative techniques would permanently embed the list into your mind. Read this story and see if you don’t remember the list easily and clearly by the end of the article.
HITLER raises his right hand high into the air. As you look at Hitler’s hand you are shocked to find the word LOVE written in big red letters on his hand. As Hitler turns and looks at his hand he doesn’t see the letters but sees a pciture of your MOM in his hand. Your Mom has never looked better and she pops out of Hitler’s hand onto the ground growing to her full height like magic and immediately knocks Hitler to the ground with a blow to the chin. Mom is ready to take on the next heavyweight contender and a BOXER mystically appears as Mom turns around. She immediately strikes the boxer so hard that he flies onto the top of the biggest airplane you ever have seen. Mom blows like the wind and the airplane takes off into the sky. As the plane ascends the boxer falls off the plane into a huge crate of TOMATOES rendering the boxer unconscious. You go to look at the tomatoes and as you come closer they turn into huge DIAMONDS. You grab a handful and jump so high into the sky that you land on top of the airplane which is flying to SPAIN. The airplane lands you down in an arena where a BULL is charging you. You sit on a CHAIR and look at the bull with ferocious eyes and the bull stops dead in his tracks…and you remember all ten words!
By creating an exaggerated story or a metaphor you make that which is difficult, easy to remember. Not only can you remember lists, but you can remember steps, functions, processes, and just about anything you need to remember, using this hypnotic technique!
If you put your story to the music we discussed earlier in the chapter the memory becomes even more firmly embedded into your mind. Try it with this list of ten words then test yourself!
- Jack of Spades
- Nuclear Power Plant
Now, make your own story up, exaggerating the contents of your story as much as you possibly can then read your story just one time. If you don’t use gross exaggeration the story will not help you remember the word list. You must exaggerate and in great proportion. This is what makes the memory so fascinating to the mind. When you are done reading your story, close your eyes and remember the story. Amaze yourself now!
How did you do? Most people remember 9 or 10 words out of every 10 words that are on the list. You can try this on your own with 20 or 30 words and you will find that you can remember them easily.
4) Have the right attitude about learning!
What is the right attitude about learning? The attitude, in part is that you are going to benefit from what you are learning! So, what is it that you get out of learning? How does it help you? Always answer those questions before you begin learning. What’s in it for you? If you find a reason to learn, a real reason that really benefits you then you will learn more readily than you thought you could!
Before you begin a serious learning project you may want to induce yourself into a light trance by reading this meditation to yourself or creating an audiotape of this meditation before you begin your learning.
Take a deep breath in and slowly release it…take another deep breath in and let it go even further…allow yourself to enter what is called a learning state…remember a time when you learned something that was fun…easy to learn…so easy that you couldn’t believe other people wouldn’t “get it…” remember that time when learning something was easy…now…
….was it riding a bicycle?…playing a card game?…what was it that was so easy to learn?…was it easy to play a board game…or a sport…or a subject in school?….think of a specific time and go there…….now…
….allow yourself to be there now and remember everything you saw, felt and heard as you begin to re-experience a specific time in your life when you picked up on something easily and quickly…take your time and be there now….walking through the event, moment by moment in great detail…
….good…now …how did you feel inside as you were learning what it was you were learning?…when you have that feeling and it is clear and strong, take your thumb and your index finger and touch them together…
….good…now…as the feeling subsides release the thumb and the index finger…
…return to another time…a different time when you found learning something particularly easy…….allow yourself to be there now and remember everything you saw, felt and heard as you begin to re-experience a specific time in your life when you picked up on something easily and quickly…take your time and be there now….walking through the event, moment by moment in great detail…
….good…now …how did you feel inside as you were learning what it was you were learning?…when you have that feeling and it is clear and strong, take your thumb and your middle finger and touch them together…
….good…now…as the feeling subsides release the thumb and the middle finger…
…return to yet another time…a very different time when you found learning something particularly easy…….allow yourself to be there now and remember everything you saw, felt and heard as you begin to re-experience a specific time in your life when you picked up on something easily and quickly…take your time and be there now….walking through the event, moment by moment in great detail…
….good…now …how did you feel inside as you were learning what it was you were learning?…when you have that feeling and it is clear and strong, take your thumb and your ring finger and touch them together…
….good…now…as the feeling subsides release the thumb and the ring finger…
…now…touch all three fingers to your thumb at the same time and take a deep breath in…good…how do you feel inside? That’s right…good…and release the fingers and…now…one more time…touch the fingers to the thumb and experience how you feel inside…and this time realize that each time you need to learn something that is important you can touch your fingers to your thumb and you will feel just like you do …now…inside and it makes learning easy and remembering what you learned fun…good…now…allow yourself to become more aware of the environment around you and return to your reading or whatever it is you want to do…now. Wide aware and refreshed….
Accelerate and complement your learning process with music. Research demonstrates music can help you retain information…
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