“Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.”Sydney J. Harris¹
HeilÜben exercises are mental training. Due to that it also includes the orderly and purposeful dealing with inner images. We learn to think in a different way than before – consciously and intentionally pictorially – allowing us to actively evolve based on our abilities. As we continue to evolve, our scope of action expands, and our self-confidence becomes more stable. As a result, we achieve more relaxation overall, enabling us to live healthier lives.
Therein the closeness between the HeilÜben exercises and mnemonics shows.
We can consciously reshape or alter and combine them with other images to reliably record them in a specific order and large numbers.
During the development of the HeilÜben practice, I initially used the Loci Method and further relevant literature* and further developed the connection and storage of such images for my own HeilÜben exercises. My creativity, my learn-capability and my memory boosted. Additional advantages were that I learned to improve my focus, plan more efficiently and better handle knowledge.
Mnemonics helped me to remember the order of exercises and to retrieve them from my memory at any time, without having to pick up my notes. So I could do my exercises in everyday life, while I went to work, took care of my household and my family. On one hand, it saved me a lot of time and on the other helped me to put my HeilÜben exercises to better use.
I was able to practice how to detect and relieve damaging tension in all day-to-day situations without forgetting anything. For example, did I think of a new exercise, or could I improve an exercise when I was on the road, I would take a mental note to remember my thoughts? I didn‘t need any extra paper notes. Nowadays, I also pass on my experiences with the deliberate creation of inner images and their storage in long-term memory.
While the HeilÜben exercises are focused on eliminating harmful tension they pave a way on which one can learn about him or herself as well as about others. At the same time, it is not possible for any of us to reinvent everything we need in life. Our lives are too short to reinvent every wheel, but not too short to use the ones already there.
What significantly reduces this risk of getting stuck in our development is gaining information and training.
As long as we live.
With and about mnemonics, much more can be learned and memorized than the comparatively small part that I have woven into HeilÜben exercises. It‘s like the moment we step out of the dunes or behind rocks, see the sea for the first time, and then we understand that its dimensions are quite different from what we thought.
Our breath flows easier; we feel small according to the size and power of the sea and get an idea that there are more possibilities than expected.
So it is with our learning.
Our learning experiences lead to assumptions about learning. And because the idea of our possibilities, to which also learning belongs, is influenced to a considerable extent by our past experiences. If we have made too many unquestioned negative experiences, they will limit us. In this case, the unpleasant feelings we’ve made remain connected with learning. The narrow limits that one puts on oneself out of habit and negative experience limit the whole personality. Remember what it was like the first time you have ever seen the sea. The schools we visited and what many of us got to know there as learning didn’t show nearly the dimensions of what we all possess. The possibilities of our brain have much fewer boundaries than most of us have assumed so far. Skill comes with practice and only when we train and practice as long as we live, we don’t stop – or fall back. Again think about the sea, about a safe beach in pleasant, sunny weather. Feel the dimension of the sea, how big it is, feel yourself, feel space and happiness. It was exactly this feeling that I found while studying mnemonics, with a way of learning that is appropriate to every brain.
It is a dimension of itself that permeates all of life.
Implemented in Level 1 of the HeilÜben exercises are some elements of classic mnemotechniques.
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