Originally Posted by TheLastPriest
At risk of receiving flame from the "I disagree with anything I dont understand" sect, I will pass along what I have learned, cant guarantee it will work for you, but I can say it has worked wonders for me. It started with a paragraph from a book I read years ago but didnt really understand it until much later, to paraphrase it.
"Your average man can go through most of his day without ever activating his mind and forming a detailed memory about what he has done unless something out of the ordinary happens, we test this by looking at ourselves as we get ready for work. We roll out of bed, drink our morning coffee, smoke our morning cigarette, we run the shower and hop in, pick out our clothes and walk out the door. We walk the same route to work every day, one foot in front of the next, deep in thought about bills, woman, and activities planned for later in the day, subconsciously we dodge cars, nod at people we make eye contact with and not once do we trip. Block after block we walk until we reach work, we sit down in our cubicle and clock in. At that moment if someone were to stop and talk to this man and ask him for details about his morning, he cannot give you any, he can tell you what he did, but his memory is deceiving, a mashup of all the memories he has of doing these things 1000 times previously, nothing stands out. He has been for all intents and purposes sleepwalking for an hour, moved multiple miles through traffic and people without once addressing the world with an active mind"
And its true, think about the things you do every day, try to pick out details specifically from today, unless something was completely out of the ordinary (car accident, small explosion, traveling through time) you never formed the memories, because you have been trained not to need them. If you fight that learned programming next time you wake up, actively commit things to memory, the colors of cars that pass, exactly how many cigarettes left in the pack, anything and everything really. Take mental pictures and file them away, while doing that create memory associations with everything. Do not take anything for granted, do yourself a favor, try to memorize license plates.
The more you take in the more you train your mind to do it subconsciously, eventually you will do just that you will without having to think about it you will be actively absorbing info, a heightened sense of awareness. Its all about actively using your mind, actively seeing things, humans used to, they used to have to, walking through the forest with a spear, their life depended on seeing that animal's print in the ground, the smell of a rotting carcass, the sound of branches moving because they were touched rather than because the wind blew them. We have very little danger in our lives these days compared to those, we dont have to wonder if there is a puma in the next tree ready to rip us to pieces and thus through generations we stopped doing it.
Again, your results may vary. But I guarantee you will see and experience infinitely more than you did the previous day, we are a society of sleepwalkers, mindlessly wandering through every day, never seeing anything, and certainly not remembering it.
<puts on flame suit and awaits the naysayers>