Part 7: Connection Fixation in the Brain
The Active Repetition Method
Connections between visual images, created naturally when reading a text or intentionally by connecting images in imagination, are very quickly and spontaneously erased.
To store them in the brain, the data must be repeated. The process of connecting multiple activations includes a mechanism for maintaining such connections so they can exist in the brain for a relatively long period of time. If the connections are regularly activated (at least one time in 6 weeks), they can be stored forever.
In GMS®, repetition is a process that differs from the usual definition of the word. People usually define “repetition” as a multiple perception of information. For example, reading a text or a list of phone numbers numerous times. The multiple perception process is absolutely useless with regard to sign information (that makes no visual images appear in the brain). No matter how many times you examine an array of random numbers containing only zeros and ones, this data will not be memorized.
In GMS® by saying “repetition,” we mean a process of multiple remembering (recollection) of information. Data can only be repeated by first remembering it.
If a person is not specially trained to memorize precise data, he or she is unable to remember this sort of data and, consequently, be able to fix it in his or her brain.
You should note that GMS® repetition is not performed for memorization, but for the actual fixing of information in your brain.
An approximate repetition scheme:
After memorizing information using GMS® techniques, one must perform TEST REMEMBERING. If you memorized 30 phone numbers, they should be written down on a sheet of paper or recorded on a Dictaphone tape. Afterwards, the recorded information must be compared with the source information. This testing must always be performed to ensure that you are not making mistakes during the encoding stage and creating false connections.
If you have discovered an error or omitted part of information during test remembering, you should re- memorize the missing data until you have it correct and completely.
After the test remembering and error correction, you are certain that the information can be reproduced in full volume and without mistakes. It is only after this stage that you can begin fixing the information in the brain by repeating it multiple times.
Please note that, after the memorization stage, you cannot tell whether you remember the information or not because as is no information yet fixed in your brain. It is created by the brain in small amounts by the connections fixed by the memory process. That is why test remembering is absolutely necessary in every case. It is the only way to ensure that you have remembered all of the information correctly.
How often and after what period(s) of time should the memorized data be activated? There is no single answer to this question, as it depends on the complexity and the volume of the memorized data, as well as the memorization skill of a particular person. This is also influenced by your functional condition: obviously, if a person is ill, the memorization and the anamnesis processes are harder to perform.
We can only recommend an approximate temporary repetition scheme that goes as follows;
The first remembering should be done after 40-60 minutes following the memorization. It is during that timeframe that the connections created once are destroyed in electric memory.
The second remembering should be done after about three hours after the first.
The third is should be performed about 6 hours after that; the fourth should take place the next morning.
This number of repetitions is essential. Generally, the number of repetitions increases in proportion with the level of data complexity and the volume of information. The more often you remember the data, the better it is fixed in your brain.
Regardless, any new data must be remembered intensively within the first three to four days after the primary memorization.
After such connection fixation, data it can be stored for approximately six weeks in your brain even if you do not return to the information at all. After six weeks, the data will gradually start to erase.
This means that, for the lifetime storage, information should be remembered at least once every six weeks.
If you memorize necessary information that is regularly used in a studying process or at work, the information usage will automatically retain it in your memory.
If you memorized potentially necessary, but seldom used information, such data needs to be regularly remembered in order to ensure its long-term storage in the brain.
All the above-mentioned phenomena concern electric memory.
The memorized data can be repeated via different methods. More on this below.
Viewing Support Images and Association Bases in the Imagination
This repetition method is applied to the already fixed information and is used when you quickly need to repeat large volumes of data. Potentially important information that is not used within a six-week period should be repeated this way.
Support images are a sequence of auxiliary images that help fix an association sequence. Precise data is encoded in associations. An association base, a large image to which parts, medium images (association elements) are connected, is always distinguished in any association.
When you repeat information using this method, you should intentionally suppress internal pronunciation/inner speech with regard to the visual images. It is obligatory to see the support images and the association bases connected with them.
Suppressing inner pronunciation allows for a noteworthy increase in information viewing speed. 10 phone numbers can actually be seen in 5-10 seconds in your imagination. If you start saying them to yourself, the viewing speed will equal your speech speed.
Normally, reflex connections between images and words are so stable that a person finds it hard to distinguish activity of different analytical systems. However, different analytical systems can function separately from each other, even parallel to each other. Thus, a professional typist can chat to her friend on a phone while typing a text. She does not understand the meaning of what she is typing but, still, makes no mistakes. In this case, movement skill is completely automatic.
Visual and speech analyzers can also work independently. In order to suppress inner speech while we are remembering images, our speech analyzer has to be occupied. For instance, during image viewing, you can read a poem you know well or count out loud or to yourself. Your speech analyzer will not be able to name images and read a poem simultaneously. By doing this exercise, you will gradually learn to view images in complete silence.
If you have read works of Castaneda, you probably remember that Mexican magicians called such skill the “great silence.” By the “great silence,” they meant a person’s ability to think directly in images, when slow, clumsy, and often-erroneous speech thinking-pronunciation is completely blocked out.
When you study speed-reading, suppression of the inner speech is one of the most important methodical techniques. During speed reading, a book is perceived the same way as a movie. Eyes run through the pages, but only scenes and images flash in our imagination.