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Quantum Speed Reading (also referred to as “wave reading” or “hado reading’) is the ability to extract information from a book by touching it, smelling it, listening to it, and fanning the pages. Watch the following video for a demonstration:
Makoto Shichida Explains Quantum Speed Reading
In ancient civilizations right brain activity was well developed. The ancient people lacked telephones, radar, cars and other forms of technology. Despite this limitation they could, by the use of higher senses, bridge the limitations of distance. Modern man is predominantly left brained; we use language and sequential learning to acquire knowledge. This is a tedious lengthy process. Left-brain based education clouds right-brain activity and the resultant student frustration contributes to dissatisfaction in the classroom.
Doctors and scientists became aware of the right brain through the emergence of people with ‘Savants’ syndrome. These people had tremendous memorization skills, generally termed photographic memory. Their ability to calculate complex equations was almost instant and correct. In short, they saw the world in terms of images and patterns. This is the domain of the right brain.
Far from being unique, we all possess these abilities. At birth, our right brain is fully activated. Mothers and fathers can communicate with their offspring via telepathy. How often have you seen a tense mother with a screaming baby? As the mother calms down, loves and caresses her child harmony is restored. Up to the age of six years, this ability is present. If not stimulated the ability will diminish and become dormant (dormant not extinct).
Children learn much faster than we formerly imagined. By nature, they are very in tune with life around them. Children are very spiritual; the advice coming from a young set of lips often shows wisdom beyond their years. Using a simple series of steps: meditation, breathing and imaging; the right brain is progressively activated to reveal potential previously thought impossible.
Although early training is optimal, it is never too late to awaken these abilities in oneself. The area in the right frontal lobe, previously thought to be a silent area, is the area where these wonderful abilities reside. When using Quantum Speed Reading, brain topography shows an increase in the theta brain wave activity, in this so called silent zone. This type of brain wave is appropriate for study.
Unique Functions of the Right Brain
The functions of the right brain include; ESP or the higher senses of sight, hearing, smell taste and touch, right brain sensory perception (holistic mind), right brain arithmetic, right brain memory and right brain acoustic pitch (perfect pitch).Right brain memory is in image form and long lasting and right brain thoughts come as inspirations.This half of the brain has the following unique faculties; resonance function, imaging/ visualisation function, high-speed mass memorization and high speed automatic processing function.
QSR (Quantum Speed Reading) Technique
Using a simple series of steps: meditation, breathing and imaging; the right brain is progressively activated. Clear imaging powers must be present before the next step is taken. Once children are able to form and hold steady images, they begin to flip rapidly through books.
QSR is one of the child’s natural talents or abilities. This is done by rapidly flipping through the pages of a book. No emphasis is placed on reading the written word. The vibrations coming from the book are perceived and converted into colours and then images. The images can be seen and the content instantly understood. It is like the analogy of the blind man and the elephant. A sighted man can instantly see and know that it is an elephant before him. A blind man must painstakingly feel, smell and sense to reach the same conclusion.
The right brain processes information at high speed, allowing the words to become images and images to join and become pictures. Resonance is a right brain function, i.e. the ability to communicate information in a universal way. Language of the text thus becomes irrelevant. The colours emanating from the book reflect the level of comprehension. Red through to yellow indicates poor levels of comprehension. The child may not have come across the concept yet and so can’t comprehend it. Green through to purple indicate good comprehension. White light indicates universal understanding i.e. the need for co-operation and friendship in society.Makoto Shichida
Yes, it sounds a bit radical and unbelievable, yet, both Shichida and Heguru have documented children with the ability. Heguru has also been featured on numerous Japanese talk shows where their students have demonstrated this amazing ability. You can read more about it from their website.
Origins of Quantum Speed Reading
The information on Quantum Speed Reading that documented here follows an account from Yumiko Tobitani, a former teacher from the Shichida Academy in Japan. According to her testimony, she discovered Quantum Speed Reading by accident. During one of her classes, she gave the children the following exercise: flip through a book quickly and slowly thirty times.
After a while, most of the children returned to their seats. All, except one child. Yumiko let the child continue flipping through the books. When the child finally returned to his seat, he said, “That was really fun.”
Yumiko, who was careful never to dismiss what the children say, asked him to elaborate. The child replied, “I mean the pictures came out of the book and I understood everything.” When she repeated the exercise again with the other children with the expectation that something would happen, the other children were soon able to see the pictures, too.
Eventually, the children grew bored of the exercise. To change their focus, Yumiko handed them English books that had no pictures to speed read. The children were not able to read English but they flipped through the books about ten times and said nothing. Just as Yumiko was beginning to think it was a fruitless exercise, one boy said, “Hey, this is interesting!”
When Yumiko questioned him, he replied, “Well, it’s about a swordfish.” The book he was holding was “The Old Man and the Sea” by Hemingway. The boy had never heard about the book before and was not familiar with the story. When asked how he was able to read it, he explained, “Even though the book is written in English, when I do the Quantum Speed-Reading, hiragana, katakana, and kanji (Japanese scripts) come out on the right page, and in the middle there is an image so I get all of it.”
If you want to learn more about Quantum Speed Reading, check out these books:
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Read the interview with Ruiko and Hirotada Henmi.
How to Practice Quantum Speed Reading
For a skeptic, I realise that the abilities described in Quantum Speed Reading sound far fetched and something out of a science-fiction book. I include it here because a number of the activities overlap with Right Brain Education. These practices have been added for those who are interested to pursue the activities for themselves or their children. You can read more about the programs here:
Although it is generally recommended to begin QSR training as a child, adults, too, are able to learn it. It takes more time and is usually more difficult, but it can be done.
Whether or not you wish to believe in these abilities, it is up to you. I’m not here to debate them. If you have tried these exercises and they have worked for you, please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.