I have studied memory techniques to improve my memory and be able to recall things with ease. Just recently, I came across the work of Dave Farrow and purchased his Millionaire Mind audio-book program. Dave Farrow is the Guinness world record holder for being able to memorize 59 decks of cards in order. That’s about 3,000 cards so to me that was very impressive and worthy of recognition. In his program he teaches you to improve your memory using techniques that he had created, some from other notable people and others that are centuries old. He teaches you to remember words, how to spell them correctly, remember speeches, languages, recall someone’s name and numbers. Though Mr. Farrow’s techniques are extensive they’re made easier for people like you and me. I am going to cover the basics of the alpha numeric spectrum in this post as I understand it but will not elaborate on how to use it because I am just starting to apply the code and getting used to link things using colors and sound. I am in no way claiming that I am an expert in this field. There is a lot to learn, to practice and that is exactly what I am doing.
The Alpha numeric spectrum is used to link up information in a multitude of ways. You can use sounds and colors to link words, numbers or whatever you want to remember and then recall it with ease. It takes time to grasp all this information but once you understand how to use the code and memorize the colors and sounds you will be able to remember things , learn new languages, improve your education whether in school or at work. I particularly like to explore to use the alpha numeric spectrum to learn new languages. I am fascinated by languages! Of course I can make more use of my memory and be able to recall things with ease like remembering people’s names for a change.
Throughout the course there are key things to remember that will help with memorization and aid me to “paint a picture” of what I want to remember.
- Try to create a picture or movie in your mind with the first things you think of you want to remember or associate. Don’t worry about creating the perfect picture. Then connect that picture with the next one until you have your own wild story about that foreign phrase you want to remember or preparing you for a test.
- Make what you’re picturing in your mind big, larger than life; make it look ridiculous, illogical. Your logical thinking will get in the way for sure. My advice is to think like a child, let your imagination loose, be creative and go wild creating the association that first comes into your mind. The reason for this is that with time and practice, you’ll be more creative and will imagine things better without worrying whether it makes sense or not.
- Include yourself in the picture. Make a movie, colorful, outrageous, illogical but so vivid that will stick in your mind. This is paramount!
- Make a “peg” list of the phonetic alphabet and the numeric spectrum for easy remembering. Do your research online for more information or create your own system…whatever works for you.
The Alpha Numeric Spectrum
1. ONE is for RED. Imagine a red single pole, a coat hanger, a single tree or whatever you want to use to represent the number one. Now imagine your object covered in ketchup, red paint, blood whatever you want to use that will stick in your mind. Make it big, ridiculous, but vivid as if it was real. The phonetic code for one is: T, D. You can picture red pole making the lines of the “T” or a tree in the shape of a “T” and covered in ketchup. Let your imagination run.
2. TWO is for ORANGE. Imagine yourself in the kitchen and you’re about put couple oranges in your brand new juicer which by the way is in the shape of a number 2. Can you picture that? Juice coming out of the top part of the number 2. Again you can use whatever you can think of just make it so vivid that it sticks. The phonetic code for two: N. Imagine the two vertical lines of the “N” bright orange and oozing orange juice. Whatever works for you? I am using the same picture that Dave Farrow created here.
3. THREE is for YELLOW. Picture a lemon in one hand, bright yellow and a number three in your other hand. The number three has three lines that end in spikes and you stick those spikes on the lemon. Imagine as if it was real. The phonetic code for three: M. Imagine the number three you just stuck on the lemon that has three lines, make it fit in your mind or try something else.
4. FOUR is for GREEN: Imagine a huge hedge in the shape of the number four. At the top of the hedge there is a golfer and he yells “four”. The phonetic code for four is R. Picture the golfer yelling ” fourrrrr”. That’s how Mr. Farrow described and it got stuck in my mind.
5. FIVE is for BLUE. Imagine a swimming pool shaped in the number 5. The phonetic code for five is: L. Imagine a blue L or using Dave’s creativity, the word ” aLive” or picture something with L5 and blue.
6. SIX is for PURPLE. Imagine a giant purple monster covered in grapes. Or a house in the shape of the number 6 and grapes are falling off the walls. Got that? The phonetic code for purple is: J,SH,CH. You can imagine the giant purple monster throwing grapes at you with one hand and with the other making a gesture to SHush you.
7. SEVEN is for BROWN. Imagine a huge hockey stick (resembles somewhat a 7) that fell in the mud and it’s covered in brown stuff. Remember, use whatever works for you. The phonetic code for brown is: K. How can you associate “K” with a hockey stick? The bend of the letter “K” resembles somewhat a hockey stick or a number 7. You can picture yourself swinging the stick and making the sound “K” as you hit the imaginary puck.
9. NINE is for GOLD. A gold building shaped like a nine. The phonetic code for Gold is: P. “P” somewhat looks like a 9. You can picture the nine and the “P” together as a big gold structure or talking to each other saying nothing but “PpPp”
Zero is for BLACK. Picture a black tire; that is simple enough right? Or a black hole.
Now that you have all this, it’s time to put it all together. This is where the experiment continues. I recommend checking out Dave Farrow’s Millionaire Mind memory program. He obviously is the expert and able to describe the steps on how to use this spectrum. Of course you can also Google it yourself and find out.