Good Morning MEMbers
I just subscribed to the Forum right after a Google search brought me here yesterday. I currently live in Paris.
I think I discovered my first memory technique about 14 years ago. At that time, I wanted to memorize all french departments and I started by using a PEG technique I’d read about on the WEB. I quickly found my first 20 pegs and used them to memorize the first twenty departments. I was totally shocked how good the system worked. Then I got lazy and never bothered learning the 80 or so others. But the one thing that stuck to me ever since is that the technique works real good. Even today, 14 years later, there are 5 or 6 of these departments, where I’ve never been, that I still can associate with their number because of this peg exercise I did a long time ago.
Until three years ago, I never tried anything else. Then I discovered, the Mind Palaces and the Dominic System. Lately, thanks to web sites like this one, I discover so many other powerful stuff I wouldn’t know where to begin.
My Dominic System is not yet fully integrated. I’m very slow building such system because I make it a PAO system right from the start. On the other hand, I was quicker building a different PAO/Memory palace card system and just last week, I succeeded memorizing and successfully recalling my first deck of card. It took me along time, 1 hour, but it felt like when I finished my first marathon. VERY proud! After a week, I’m now down to 20-30 minutes, depending on my level of fatigue, to memorize and recall a deck.
My biggest challenge/goal at the moment is related to the traditional Chinese medicine I’ve started studying three years ago. I will not go into details but the subject requires to memorize all sorts of physical and conceptual subjects. Among them:
- Energy channel (meridians) names, locations, paths, descriptions, main points, …
- Meridian points names, locations, descriptions, functions, …
After the first year, a student must already master all meridians infos and about 300 pressure points. Without successfully memorizing all that, one just can’t be efficient in its practice and all one knows is good for conversations only.
My approach to that project is a complex (nany buildings, rooms, levels, …), and completely imaginary memory palace I built. When needed, anywhere in the palace, I can also use many other techniques (Dominic’s, pegs, audionyms, …). It gets more and more sophisticated as new subjects need to be included. It’s hard work, but again, it works great!
I’m sure that I’ll find here a lot of resources and enjoy inspiring conversations to push my new skills a step (or many) further.
Have a great day everyone.