Memory is perhaps the single greatest fulcrum one can use in any instance. It is greater than any strength and can be used at any time. The more robust one’s memory the more knowledgeable and capable the individual. Therefore it is in your best interest to have a good memory; both long term and short term.
These are ten links I have found to be incredibly useful in improving and strengthening one’s memory.
Some of the information may be repeated but repetition is part of improving memory and remembering.
*Build Your Memory*
“_You already have an excellent memory. You just don’t know how to use it!_” Build Your Memory provides a diverse range of activities to help improve one’s memory. This by far is one of the most useful sites I have been to; and it provides a great starting point for getting a better memory.
*Move Your Eyes Improve Memory*
“_If you’re looking for a quick memory fix, move your eyes from side-to-side for 30 seconds, researchers say._” This article gives a brief medical explanation as to why moving your eyes is good for your brain; as well as exercises for eye brain stimulation.
“Moving Your Eyes Improves Memory, Study Suggests”:http://www.livescience.com/health/070425_eyes_memory.html
*Remember To Remember*
“_While one part of the brain was very active when study subjects were memorizing something, a separate area lit up when they were predicting if they’d need to recall the information later_” By remembering to remember increases your chances of recall it seems.
“Key to a Good Memory: Predict What You Need to Remember”:http://www.livescience.com/health/051128_brain_memory.html
*More Links for Memory Improvement*
A list of different links and activities to help one improve their memory. Activities include remembering lists to learning a foreign language.
“Memory Improvement Tools”:http://www.mindtools.com/memory.html
*Top 10 on improving memory*
While many of these have been stressed before they are still an efficacious set to improving ones memory.
“How to Improve Your Memory”:http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Your-Memory
*How memory works and ways to improve memory*
This article details what memory is; ways to improve memory; and dietary supplements needed to improve brain development.
“Tips and Techniques for Memory Enhancement”:http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm
*NLP approach to better memory*
Neurolinguistic programming views and approaches to actively utilizing memory and how to improve it.
“My memory isn’t what it used to be!”:http://www.nlp-now.co.uk/memory_nlp.htm
*A Collection of techniques that can strengthen your memory*
The Open Educated Database has a great article detailing how “_you can go from amnesic to elephantic within a few short weeks._”
“The Memory Toolbox: 75 Tips and Resources to Go from Amnesic to Elephantic”:http://oedb.org/library/features/the-memory-toolbox
*7 Steps To A Better Memory*
Article contains different techniques and meditation techniques to improve relaxation and focus. As well as different mantras to improve memory, stimulate brain activity and relieve stress.
“Pranic Healing with mantras”:http://www.yogawiz.com/articles/65/general-discussion/7-steps-to-a-better-memory.html
*Strengthen the synapses*
“_Research has established that, among its many functions, the synapse plays an important role in learning and memory._”
“Want To Improve Memory? Strengthen Your Synapses. Here’s How”:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=60455
Once you have digested all of the different varieties of brain exercises you can try one or all of the following Rosicrucian techniques.
*A Rosicrucian Prayer*
One of the more useful techniques I learned with the Rosicrucian Fellowship was this repetitive prayer. The goal was to allow the mantra to act as a subconscious program; so one could better embody the mantra. The student was given this prayer to recite
bq. “God is light if we walk in the light as he is in the light we will have fellowship one with another.”
Now once this phrase was committed to memory the student would repeat the phrase. Emphasis would be placed on a different word for each repetition. So for the first recitation the emphasis would be on
*God*. So the 6th recitation would be as follows
bq. “God is light if we *walk* in the light as he is in the light we will have fellowship one with another.”
The exercise would be repeated until completion of the mantra with emphasis upon the last word *another*.
This exercise can be replaced with any inspirational phrase though. As such this prayer will embody the practitioner with a dual effect. One benefit is to improve memory the other is to embody the mantra.
One of the more simple exercises aimed at improving the students memory was that of memorizing a room. The student was asked that upon first entry of a room they look around for a good 30 seconds to one minute and study their surroundings. After one has surveyed the room one would close their eyes and try to recreate the room as close as possible in their mind and then compare the mind’s recreation to the actual room.
The benefits of this exercise are also two fold the first is obvious. The more practice you have the better your memory and recognition skills become. The second purpose is it improves your sense of awareness of your surroundings as well as making you more conscious. This technique can be expanded upon by taking a 30 minute walk and paying close attention to everything you see. Then upon reaching your destination run through in your mind everything you saw. This leads us into our next exercise
*The Sleeping Day*
When you are ready for bed lay down comfortably and close your eyes. Now replay the day’s events in reverse in your mind. Start with getting in bed and work your way backwards to when you woke up. As you do this, take the time to evaluate each situation that happened through out the day. Decide whether each action you did was positive, negative, or indeterminate; and praise or scold yourself accordingly. The Rosicrucian order I learned this from believes that by doing this exercise every night before bed you save yourself from future reincarnations. But by judging your acts appropriately you cleanse your mind of the day’s stressful activities as well as improve memory and awareness for the next day. Improving memory and awareness is the major benefit to this exercise. If it so happens that it can save you on some reincarnation time then that’s a bonus.
When you have made these three exercises a part of your daily routine. You will start to notice an obvious improvement in memory and awareness. If you know of any exercises not listed in these links or as part of the Rosicrucian exercises I’d love to learn what they are.