A day that comes and changes your life for real…
A day that comes and changes your perspective;
Annalisa - Direzione la vita
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The Mind Palace or method of loci (method of place) is an ancient Greco-Roman technique that has been used by thinkers throughout the ages to strengthen their minds and improve their memories.
In our modern world, the integrity of our minds and of our thought processes has been attacked by propaganda such as mass media and advertising, as well as electronic warfare and other methods.
In this mini-thread, I will introduce the concept of the Mind Palace for those new to the idea, share my own experiences of creating and using my Mind Palace and link to resources for further inspiration and self-education.
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The Mind Palace technique harnesses the power of visualisation as a memory aid. Essentially you create a physical structure in your mind's eye and you place information inside that structure; later, when you want to retrieve that data, you imagine walking through that place and it helps you to remember.
When building your own Mind Palace, you can use a real place or create an imaginary one. For beginners I think it is easier to start with a real place that you know well because you can be specific about concrete details that exist in the real world.
My original Mind Palace was based on my grandparents' house. They lived in a 400 year old abbey, full of corridors and little rooms and hidden corners - perfect for hiding data - and I knew it like the back of my hand. Now my Mind Palace has far outgrown that location and has become an all-singing, all-dancing multi-media universe which bears no resemblance to any known physical place, but if this technique is new to you I recommend using a physical location that you know in detail because those real details help you to anchor the memories and recall them later.
Here are a couple of blog posts with instructions for creating your own Mind Palace:
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Libraries are another excellent model for a Mind Palace, because libraries are buildings intentionally designed for information storage and retrieval. You can imagine the information you want to remember being stored inside a book. Then, when you need that information, you walk down the library aisles, find the volume and recall the stored data.
In my opinion, using real physical books and spending time in real physical libraries aids in memorisation because the memories are linked to sensory experiences. The texture of the pages, the weight of the book in your hands, the sounds of the pages as you turn then, the precise colour of the paper and ink, the scent of the book all form a rich sensory medium for encoding the memory.
Reading from a screen or accessing electronic data is a much more uniform sensory experience - there's less sensory data attached and less variety in sensory data.
It is my belief and experience that using physical books at least some of the time leads to a stronger mind and a better memory, but I am an old-fashioned book geek so that's my personal bias.
Spending a lot of time in libraries, sharing information and physical space with other thinkers, has definitely strengthened my mind and my memory recall. I am always an advocate for our oldest technologies, because they have stood the test of time.
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Often techniques for using the Mind Palace stress the importance of sequencing. You're not just randomly wandering through your imagination. Instead, you follow a specific sequence of locations inside the Mind Palace, which form links in a chain. You practice the precise sequence repeatedly until the memory is wired in. Later, to recall the data, you follow that same sequence, just like retracing your footsteps to find something that you lost.
I trained in this method of sequencing as a child, but at this point in my practice such techniques have fallen away or become automatic and it's more like I am playing in a vast mind space of infinite potential. My Mind Palace has become active and dynamic rather than static and fixed. More like Alice & Wonderland than a physical structure. I step inside and everything comes alive, with the information I need jumping up and down to get my attention or tugging at my sleeve. Everything is evolving, in motion. River deltas of data rather than fixed locations. My Mind Palace seems to have a mind of its own and relentlessly communicates with me until I get what it's trying to tell me.
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The technique of the Mind Palace has been popularised through the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in the T.V. show Sherlock. Here you can see Sherlock accessing information buried in his subconscious mind to solve a difficult problem. Notice how he follows a chain of associated ideas, dismissing irrelevant information until he uncovers the precise piece of data that he is looking for. This is how it works for me too. I follow loose links of associated ideas until a recognisable pattern clicks into place, then that pattern forms the foundation from which I build out using researched facts and data.
You can also see Sherlock gesturing with his hands, flicking information out of the way as he moves through his Mind Palace. Hand gestures often happen naturally as part of the process and seem to help with filing and accessing data.
The hound of baskervilles mind palace
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Using the Mind Palace technique also strengthens your powers of visualisation, which is a very useful skill in itself and has many uses for mental self-defence.
Simply by creating a visual image of a Mind Palace in your imagination, you are building a structure which holds and protects everything you know. Structure creates integrity. Integrity of thought is essential for mental health, logical deduction and accuracy as well as memory recall.
As with any technique, visualisation skills improve the more you practice. You can practice visualisation skills and strengthen your Mind Palace by imagining defences around it, such as castle walls and a moat, or medieval battlements. Get ceative and have fun. Make it your own.
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A HiveMind Palace?
What happens when we think together? What happens when we dream and meme and strategise together? To what extent do our minds merge and to what extent do they remain separate?
These remain mysteries to me, but I will say that I have had some very strange experiences these past few years and I think many others have too.
In 2017, I unlocked a new level of Mind Palace, which I called the Mind of God, because that was how it appeared to me. An unimaginably vast space which contained everything that ever was and everything that ever could be. All possible patterns and meanings and potential, there for me to play with like a child. The greatest gift I've ever received and the best experience of my life.
I had a strong sense that there were many other minds who had been granted access to that Mind of God, or to similar transcendent data archives. That we each had our own versions of that place and that many of us were playing and thinking in that space, working together to solve important problems and unlock mysteries.
Then life got weird, really weird, 5th Generation Unrestricted Warfare weird and very dangerous. But honestly, the Mind of God is so awesome and wonderful that all the suffering has been more annoying than anything, just a petty distraction from the most incredible experience of my life. A new level of cognition, a new level of understanding, a deeper connection with all life and infinite possibility. New ideas flow like never before.
I often feel like I'm sharing information and life experience with many other minds, and that we are learning and creating together at warpspeed, problem-solving and building a better future together.
There are aspects to this mindmerge experience that have been unpleasant, confusing and distressing, especially under these conditions of psychological and spiritual warfare, but I have faith that we will overcome those issues and harness the full potential of this shared treasure house of knowledge.
Onward & upward, HiveMind.
Another great tool. I've used this for strategic planning with good results.
Visual tools work well for creating connections, understanding relationships between concepts and accessing the power of subconscious mind.
Similar but different to Mind Mapping - the Idea Map.
This is an Idea Map. It is a tool I use to expand my thinking, to connect the dots and to heal my brain. It's a way of communicating with the subconscious mind, using different colours, shapes and arrangements to access the vast amount of stored data that is usually hidden from the conscious mind.
The Idea Map changes over time. Handmade puzzle pieces come and go, as solutions flow.
Connections are made.
New questions arise.
Meta-themes come to light; thinking expands.
Connections solidify; thinking strengthens.
You will need:
-a board or wall space (options: cork board with push pins; white board with magnets; wall space with bluetack or rolled-up masking tape)
-coloured felt-tip pens or markers
Optional: stickers, paper or card in different colours, pictures/magazine clippings or other collage material.
Dollar store art supplies work great for this.
>Ever since I knew there was thought-reading technology, I've hidden my passwords even from myself.
I've hidden most things from myself. It was the only way to keep sneaking through the cracks. I even hid myself from myself!
>reverse years of brain damage
Way to go anon. This is totally possible.
My mind was wrecked back in 2019 from this war. I lost most of executive functions: couldn't do the simplest addition, couldn't sequence events, couldn't think about past or future, couldn't access technical data banks. I did not think it was possible to come back from brain damage that severe but it is.
So I want to give hope and encouragement to anyone who is suffering that it is possible to heal through rehabilitation. I'll be posting tips along the road. We're in this healing journey together and miracles are definitely possible. I'm living it.
Hugs to all brain injury survivors. We are the champions.
Our bodies can regenerate when conditions are right.
Those who want to control us work so hard to repress us. They throw everything at us but we still bounce back.
But yeah, it's an issue. I was programmed with the X Files, what can I say?
Working on it. Still locked inside the panic room.
It's OK to think like Sherlock Holmes.
Symptoms may include: pacing, smoking, talking out loud, exclaiming excitedly to oneself, playing a musical instrument, gesturing wildly and paying more attention to the deduction process than to other people.
People might think we're crazy, but these techniques really work.
So who's crazy? Those who do what works to get the right answers, or those who are too afraid to try?
Bullshit baffles brains, the programmers say, and their bullshit damages not just the way we think but also our physiological processes.
We'll all be so much happier and healthier without them.
Lofi for Mind Palace
ASMR for sensory activation.
Good luck on your missions, detectives.
Detective's vest with SECRET tools ✨ ASMR
Good night, nightshift.