People often ask questions about the possibility of deletion of information in one’s memory. Is there any danger of overloading the memory? Won’t the information memorized by methods of the GMS® overload one’s consciousness?
If we speak about unpleasant memories or a blockage of some part of memory, for instance, memories about whole year of someone’s life, it does not relate to GMS®. Such changes are possible only in hypnotic states. GMS® studies methods for memorization and deletion of information in the brain in one’s typical (awake) state of mind.
There is no danger of overloading the memory. It is very difficult to overload memory as the brain has mechanisms which prevent memorization of irrelevant information. Many kinds of information are near impossible to memorize at all - unless you use some special memorization technique.
When you read a work of fiction, the words of the text form combinations of visual images in your mind. A person remembers a book he/she has read in the same way as one recollects past events from his or her life. Visual pictures arise in imagination and, then, these pictures are described with words. The book is memorized only as a result of a unification of images which appear in your imagination and combine into plot pictures. That process of unification of images is the memory process for the human brain.
Usually, if there is some exact or precise information in the book – surnames, formulas, names of countries, towns, rivers, numerical data, etc. – it is not memorized at all. Furthermore, immediately after reading the book, a person will only recall it in its general sense. Exact information toggles no image response in the brain; therefore, memorization on the basis of natural memory mechanisms is impossible.
The Giordano Memorization System describes “effect of deletion of connections.” Memorization techniques take this effect into account and compensate for it by preventing the natural deletion of information.
The effect of deletion of information can be expressed in two forms.
First, momentary/instantly-created connections formed in the imagination intentionally or created “automatically” while you are reading a text begin to collapse (desynchronize) in an hour’s span. That means that, one hour after reading a book, most of the pictures created in your imagination while reading will be deleted, forgotten. After a longer period of time, for instance, after two years, the connections are wiped out completely.
Some years ago, I read Sidney Sheldon’s book “Windmills of the Gods.” Recently, I decided to reread this book. The effect was amazing. I had the impression that I was reading it for the first time in my life. It was only as I reached the end of the book that I began to recognize the plot, began to recollect that I had read this book before. Here, we cannot speak about memorization of exact data from the book because there was no special memorization technique used for memorization.
Additionally, connections specially formed in one’s imagination during memorization with the help of GMS® methods get deleted, too. Therefore, the memorization technique requires systematic mental review of any newly created connections, in order to consolidate and retain them in the brain.
Thus, it is funny to hear statements regarding overloaded memory. If, some years after finishing school, a person reads a history textbook again, it will seem to him that he is reading it for the first time. Exact data information like dates, surnames, and places has been completely deleted, forgotten, because such data are not memorized on principle unless a person uses a special memorization technique.
Secondly, connections can be deleted very quickly, practically instantly. The effect of deleted connections imposes certain limitations on methods of memorization. For instance, you cannot join together different figurative codes as this leads to deletion of connections during the stage of memorization. Therefore, in the Giordano Memorization System, is a general principle of isolation of figurative codes: all figurative codes are memorized separately, in isolation and do not join together.
The effect of deletion of connections is clearly evident when one works on training exercises. One of the exercises covers the memorization of words, numbers, and syllables under their ordinal numbers. In your imagination, these ordinal numbers are presented as figurative codes of numbers.
If, during accomplishment of an exercise, you memorize 100 two-digit numbers under their ordinal numbers (1-25, 2-36, 3-78 and so on), then you can unmistakably recall the information immediately after memorization. If you do not mentally view the created connections, most of them will be forgotten in an hour.
Further, if you memorize some additional numbers on top of the same ordinal numbers immediately after recollection of the first exercise, you will remember the latter numbers; the material of the first exercise will be almost completely forgotten. Only sometimes, when the connection was spontaneously consolidated by repeated viewings, can you recollect the numbers from both the first and the second exercise.
It is very difficult to delete from the brain connections which were consolidated by repeated viewings. Therefore, students who don’t follow methodological recommendations and unintentionally consolidate in their brain senseless material from such exercises will retain hundreds of needless words, numbers, and syllables practically all their life. Exercises which are not intended for long-term memorization must not be consolidated in the brain. They must be recollected only once to check the quality of one’s memorization.
You should consolidate connections only if you are sure that this information is necessary and will be in the future. In such a case, the lists of telephone numbers, bank accounts, anecdotes, names, foreign words, phrases, etc. will be kept in your memory for as long as you need them. It is almost impossible to forget information memorized according to all rules of GMS® from your brain.
Still, life is not static; situations and needs change. You sometimes do need to delete information which was memorized using GMS® methods. When this occurs, the effect of deletion of connections can help.
In the next article we will continue discussion about deletion of information in the brain.
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