Speed Reading

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Ever wished that you could get through a book or document in the shortest time possible? Or just wanted to find some key paragraphs within a 500-page book?

At Shichida, our oldest group of children (currently in Grade 2 and 3 at school) are in the midst of working towards that in their Shichida Primary School Program.

Starting from 6 months, children at Shichida are encouraged to trust their instincts and harness their subconscious mind.  From 4 years old onwards, children are introduced to speed listening and viewing. At that point they develop their auditory memory and get ready for speed reading by listening to high-speed recordings. Then, from the second year of the Primary School Program (where the children are 7 and 8 years old), they are introduced to wave and quantum speed reading – where they develop their right brain or subconscious speed reading skills and deepen their concentration and working memory.

brainYou have probably heard references to different hemispheres of the brain and how the right brain and left brain typically serve different functions. You may also be familiar with the notion that the left brain controls things like logic, written and spoken languages, scientific ability and number skills. Whereas the right brain controls things like imagination, photographic memory, artistic ability and visualisation. While your brain doesn’t solely function in the left or right hemispheres, we can better understand some of these processes if we relate them to the conscious and subconscious mind.

Those who can read fast with comprehension are those who have learned how to have optimal communication between both of their brain’s hemispheres and access the subconscious mind more consciously.

Dr Win Wenger has a Ph.D. in education and the world authority on studies of intellectual power and motivation.  The following was quoted in his book ‘The Einstein Factor’ about Makoto Shichida:

“Japanese accelerative learning pioneer Dr. Makoto Shichida used a tactic similar to Caesar’s, to outmaneuver learning blocks. He discovered that a speedy input of data can short-circuit the slow left brain. The left brain processes only one word or phrase at a time. But you can learn a foreign language, read a book, or absorb higher math at hundreds of times the rate. The trick, Shichida discovered, is to feed the data into your brain too fast for your conscious mind to follow it.”

Some Shichida Speed Reading examples

In the early stages of the Shichida wave reading training, children are encouraged to work just on their instincts and subconscious mind to take in information.

The following steps are taken in the speed reading class.all 3

Step 1: The children are blindfolded using an eye-mask

Step 2: The children are handed a book they have never seen before and are instructed to flip through the book a few times.

Step 3: The books are then taken away from them and the children are subsequently asked to remove the eye-mask.

Step 4: Finally, the children are asked to write what images or words came to their mind as they flipped through the book.

The children are frequently able to recall accurate images, scenes and words from the book. Here are a couple of examples of what children have said after trying wave reading:

“Dream, Andrew, an, I, why, cloud, high, sky.  A boy having a dream about sheep.”

“A black lamb getting rescued or is on a farm.”

As Dr Wenger mentioned in his best-selling book, The Einstein Factor, the subconscious part of the brain outweighs our conscious part by a factor of ten billion to one.

The ultimate goal is of course, to be able to gather more information and content by flipping the book with your eyes open, which Makoto Shichida refers to as Quantum reading.  We can’t wait to see what these amazing children can do then! Stay tuned!

What are the benefits of doing wave speed reading?

  • Once children master wave speed reading, they will excel in other abilities such as memory, creativity and learning languages.
  • When children are able to consciously tap into their intuition to this extent, they are able to produce amazing, touching and highly creative works because inspiration and creativity come very easily to them.
  • Besides being able to read and comprehend any book in a short amount of time, the benefits of wave speed reading are drawing out other abilities in a chain reaction.

historyThe history of wave speed reading

Makoto-ShichidaProfessor Makoto Shichida, the founder of the Shichida Method of Education, was the one who provided and propounded the idea of wave and quantum speed reading.  Professor Shichida developed his teaching method and curriculum to lay the foundation for and build up to wave speed reading so that any child can be capable of doing it. (Please note: Numerous of other forms of right brain and subconscious training exist today, many of whom will not acknowledge or credit Makoto Shichida as founding the idea. Unfortunately too, a few were ex-Shichida franchisees who have gone their own way to interpret how it is to be done and disregard children’s age and brain maturity.)

“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” – Professor Makoto Shichida from his article Quantum Speed Reading.

The world’s volume and velocity of information is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, it is believed that one week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than people 100 years ago encountered in their entire lives.  If there is a way where we can make it easier for our children’s generation, why wouldn’t we? Why wouldn’t you?