I want to stretch my mnemonics skills by memorizing some Scripture … maybe several books of the Bible. I’m asking for suggestions on how to set up my system. This is what I have in mind so far:
To remember the Book / Chapter / Verse part, I am using a PAO System.
P = person which represents the book of the Bible. So for Philippians, the image is my buddy Phil.
A = action which represents the chapter. So for chapter 1 is ‘run’ or ‘running’. So to find Philippians chapter 1, I see my buddy Phil running.
O = object which represents the verse number. One is gun. To find Philippians 1:1, I see Phil running with a gun.
Here is where I’m not sure what to do.
I can use a set of rooms in my house to memorize the verses. I need to tie the PAO (Book/Chapter/Verse) to the first image in the 1st room. In my example, I have Phil running with a gun and shooting two other friends of mine named Paul and Tim. (The first part of the verse is, ‘Paul and Timotheus …’) This ties the PAO to the first image and so I can go around the room from there remembering the rest of the verse. What do I do for verse 2? Can I use the same room, but with a different PAO hook to the first image … or will the images start getting mixed up as I memorize more?
Other ideas I had were:
Using a 200 or 300 loci journey to memorize each chapter - problem with this is I lose the ability to pull up an exact verse.
I could also use a palace per chapter with a separate room in the palace for each verse. I would still have to find the room to pull up the verse and this seems cumbersome to me.
The final idea I had was to make each verse a story line. Then all I would have to do is hook the PAO system to the beginning of each story.
Any thoughts? Ideas?