I have always felt that I have a particularly keen memory. I’m sharp!
I’m like an elephant.
I remember everything.
I use images for my memory association. I’m not sure where I learned to do this ~ but as long as I can remember (using visualizations, of course), I’ve done this.
This has been a highly effective mechanism for me over the years. I most often associate my memories with color and with what I was wearing in the moment – don’t laugh – it works! In situations where I am not present, however, my images are singular blocks, stacked together.
In a recent conversation with an extremely fine young man, I learned that my method is not nearly as efficient and effective as I may have thought. In my discourse, I was left astounded. His methodology ~ his memory mind ~ his conveyance…BRILLIANT!
He taught me not to create separate images in my head, but to create one, unified image of all elements for the memory. Rather than working to remember 5 different mental pictures of a highway, a tree, a mirror, Saturn, and an electron…he painted the image of a tree on the side of a highway, hosting a mirror to reflect the planet Saturn with an electron floating around in its rings. This lesson occurred almost 3 weeks ago – and I am confident I will never forget this image he created for me, nor will I forget the 5 different elements.
He taught me to create a Memory Palace.
What a gift ~ I will “remember” the gift of this conversation forever and ever.