My Photoreading kit has arrived ! I was quite skeptical at the start, but have committed to give it a sincere effort for 30 days. The package includes several books, an audio CD set and a DVD set. I watched two of the DVDs and then Photoread the book last night.
The quality of the materials is quite good, and the DVD was much more than just an infomercial for other products from the vendor. It showed plenty of excerpts from a live course held a few years ago. I felt that after watching the first DVD I pretty much knew everything I had to know to try out the Photoreading technique.
I decided to test it out on the course overview book they provided. I think it worked. I say I think because Photoreading does not bring the subject matter into conscious awareness. It utilizes the non-conscious mind to directly absorb the material. The logic is that through Photoreading and then follow-on activation of the material (anytime between 30 minutes and 24 hours after Photoreading), your mind will be able to recall material when it is needed.
I tested it out this morning with a non-fiction book this morning. It was a book on Body-Mind connection in sport, and was about 270 pages long. I followed the protocol. First, I pre-viewed (skimmed the book for 10 minutes) and then Photoread (another 20 minutes) before taking a lunch break. I then activated (drew out a mid-map and skimmed the book quickly) and ruminated on the material for another 40 minutes. The whole process took me about 1 hour and 10 minutes to completely finish the Photoreading process. Once you get proficient, the entire process will speed up quickly, and the activation periods will take less and less time.
Do I feel like I actually read the book? No.
Do I feel like I know the subject matter? Funny enough…I actually do.
Right now, I could have a meaningful conversation with anyone about the topic, and probably go into depth for the important stuff. After I finished Photoreading I had a little internal conversation about what I just read, asking probing questions to see if the material had really sunk in. I was surprised with the amount I was able to retain. I grasped the main concepts and some random detail facts. However I was lacking depth across the board. Reading the book normally for a few minutes….I notices that there were also plenty funny and interesting examples in the book that I had no recollection of whatsoever.
According to the Photoreading protocol, even the minute details are captured by your brain, you are just not conscious of them. Practicing the technique should improve the conscious recall.
Since I am new to the Photoreading process, I am going to continue to activate the book, by skimming and mind-mapping for about 15 minutes each of the following two days. This process, I hope,will bring more of the content to the forefront! In tandem, I’ll start photoreading another book.
I plan to Photoread 30 books in 30 days using this method. I’ll post my progress daily.
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