This site is the result of first steps taken by The Techner Group to make Pryor's Development System available to the public. In this endeavor J. Pryor is your Guide.
WHY USE PRYOR'S SYSTEM?
Each of us should seek out the practices that best serve our personal needs. My intention is to point to one system that you should consider seriously if you are among the 65 percent of the population who are visual learners. The quick answer as to why use Pryor's System is that Pryor's is the most visually based system, and hence the most likely to serve your imagery needs if you have a normal capacity for visualization. A specific point is that Pryor's System employs one set of images as the basis for all its methodology unlike other systems that use a different image set for each of their methods. Hence, Pryor's employs the most direct approach to developing your mind and memory! But the question still remains: Will Pryor's best serve your particular needs? Will you personally find it rewarding enough to use in the work and play of daily life? There is no clear or quick assessment unless you have a good appreciation for the associating and visualizing potentials of the human mind. There is no comparative understanding unless you consider other possibilities, such as dietary supplements or high-technology devices as aids to self-development or performance.
My suggestion is to take a good look at Pryor's System as presented by this site, and then seriously consider the strategies mentioned below in terms of your own personal preferences and needs. But first, for those already familiar with mind and memory development practices, an elaboration of the above comments may point to an answer:
For a more general consideration of mind and memory potentials and issues than noted above, consider first the often mentioned benefits of herbs or other dietary supplements. Unfortunately, documented improvement of a healthy mind and memory are not demonstrated for those on sage, gingko biloba, lecithin, psychedelic mushrooms, or any other drug, chemical, vitamin supplement or substance. The poet Coleridge said his poem Kubla Khan was inspired by an opium induced dream. Even so, what else good has been so inspired or created? No recognized creative works of art or literature, no creative visualizations, and no memory contest wins have been attributed to the use of supplements or substances. Few friends of accomplishment have been won using substances, and everyone knows the 'lows' last much longer than the 'highs.' Certainly in the work and play of daily life the use of mind altering substances is almost universally disadvantageous to health and productive efforts. Perhaps the only current and beneficial use of substances is as used in moderation for relaxation or relief of stress. Organizations sponsored by even dozens of seemingly open minded medical doctors and psychiatrists may list and discuss herbs and related scientific research and government agency studies, but ultimately not one recommendation is made for an already healthy mind! I know of no medical professional, medical magazine or publication, or government agency that recommends the use of herbs or other supplements to improve an already healthy mind and memory. For the work and play of daily life, the case of Coleridge's Kubla Khan is perhaps still the most instructive: even a talent such as Coleridge had only one 'chemically' induced creative occurrence in his entire lifetime! For the time being, if you are a normally healthy person money cannot buy substances for improving your memory or your creative powers of mind. We all regret this lack of a chemical solution!
The traditional way of capturing some the mind's unexpected insights is to keep a notepad and pencil beside your bed and upon awaking with any fresh or exciting thought take time at that moment to jot it down. In fact, this simple 'jot it down now' technique applies at any time during your normal day. Any new idea or association is important whether based upon a dream, a daydream, or purposeful conscious thought that some call work!. And if an idea proves new to you although know to others, at least you have grown personally! So important are new and fresh ideas that many seek to stimulate their associating (subconscious or fabulous) powers of mind by consciously thinking about a topic or problem just before going to bed at night, taking a nap, or even dozing in a chair. They are seeking new associations from their subconscious mind in the form of dreams or daydreams, often called lucid dreams. They are seeking to exploit the ever present, natural and spontaneous associating powers of the human mind. And note that in virtually all instances the mind responds with images, that is with holistic or right brain generated types of ideas, and not with left brain generated specific words! And does Pryor's System help in eliciting such holistic mental associations? The answer is Yes! Pryor's System shows culturally natural images, and elements of images, and shows culturally natural associations of shape, color, and concept that inevitably force or elicit interactions of right and left brain thinking. In other words, Pryor's fabulous images lead to whole brain thinking, and that is the best thinking attainable by the individual human mind.
If drugs and substances do not help the healthy mind, then what of readily available high-technology devices that money can buy? Can such devices improve one's performance and satisfaction in the work and play of daily life? There are brain wave feedback machines to boost the brain's alpha and beta waves. There are subliminal audio tapes and compact disks to induce subconscious motivation and learning. There are flash devices, scopes and cards to boost visual learning some say to fantastic and mind boggling levels! Yet when 52 playing cards are slowly 'flashed' in five (5) minutes for all to see at the memory contests, there are no tech-heads present to demonstrate their mind boggling performance, with or without high-tech devices. And there are no public shows of fantastic feats from machine trained or supplemented minds, aside from those using hand-held calculators or personal electronic devices. Unfortunately, when their deed is done there are no creative works or memory contest wins to be pointed out! I too regret this situation, but that's just the state of the machine, or lack of the machine, here at the turn of the century!
To put mind and memory objectives into perspective, consider the differences between the imaginative and memory needs of contests and daily life. Contests, like parlor games, emphasize speed and quantity, whereas the work and play of daily life call mostly for long term recall of relatively few facts or ideas. The contest, while very demanding, generally asks for immediate recall or elaboration of something presented immediately before asks for recall from an already focused mind-set. Real life, however, generally asks for recall of something learned relatively long ago and not a part of your immediate mind-set! Thus, real life requires that you be able to bring to mind a mind-set of context and clues that can start your associative and imaginative powers of mind on the path to a desired recall. Real life demands that you be able to get past that initial chaos of countless clues and focus on a valid starting point mind-set. If you draw a 'blank' for any needed starting point mind-set, your mind has no direct way of proceeding along a likely pathway of thought. With a little reflection it is possible to understand how searches for starting point mind-sets in daily life are more demanding than such searches at memory contests! To be practical about these different demands, remember that good technique can produce good starting point mind-sets for the work and play of daily life! And relative to contests, you generally have a much longer period of time for recall and need only recall a few key words, numbers or ideas. If you try, you can win where it counts at work and play forget the contests start here and now!
And then there are the difficult to judge arts and systems! Those arts or systems that promise ready results such as a 'perfect,' or 'steel-trap,' or 'better than photographic' memory! Some promise ready 'mega-memory,' 'a 'super-brain,' 'total recall,' or even 'memory magic.' Surely 'magic' should be the best of them all? Some claim an art based upon 'the latest in brain research,' but just check their date of first publication which is probably many years old! How can some of these 'years old' arts be based upon the 'latest' research and discoveries? If you find yourself thinking "no problem," you might at least just click your 'favorites tab' before rushing off for tickets to a magic show! But in daily life mysterious arts and magic shows can be fun! And magically but not as promised some of these systems do offer bona fide memory development tools! In fact, I recommend most of the 'big name' and 'years old' systems for their basic memory methods and techniques. Just skip the hype that sounds to good to be true and study each system for its methodology. So where does Pryor's System fit in you might rightly ask? Well, as promised and based upon the mysteries of the subconscious mind, but not upon magic, Pryor's System offers visual learners a 'natural' and powerful set of images and related creative visualization methods and techniques. All successful mind and/or memory development systems or arts make use of such basic visual imagery! But put first things first: first put in place in your mind Pryor's set of images if they are easy for you to personally understand and remember. Only thereafter will most of the known methods and techniques prove useful, including Pryor's. In other words, your basic mental imagery must be right for you personally before the known techniques will succeed for you personally. This is only natural, as in the development of the human mind the images came first and the abstract or conceptual workings followed so say the scientists and the philosophers. So mind your images first so that your methods and techniques will have a viable basis for their conceptual development.
If money could be exchanged for time and effort, surely there would be unexpected happenings in the creative arts, at memory contests, and in daily life! Many people would be showing up at business meetings and parties as imaginative as stand-up comics or rocket scientists! People wearing crystals and magnets or fresh from a self-hypnosis session would be winning the memory contests and impressing their bosses and friends. In such a world, psychics would soon replace odds makers, stock analysts, think tank mavins and rocket scientists! Perhaps tech-heads with brainwave feedback machines or flash video learning devices would be challenging and defeating known memory experts just as computers challenge and often defeat the world's greatest chess players. Perhaps some day, but not any day soon! Time and effort still reign supreme in these worthwhile things and accomplishments of the mind that money cannot buy!
As far as I know, the only way to improve an already healthy mind is by way of putting time and effort into self-development. Here you have to want to improve, and you have to practice for true success. This is the only way for most to get promotions at work and wins at play, be it at checkers, tennis, or at any other skill of work or play. Personal involvement and effort are both secret pathways to unlocking your mind's potential in such worthwhile endeavors. The question simply becomes one of time, effort, money, and enjoyment: are your results worth your time, effort and money? When it comes to mind and memory development or major mnemonic systems, the answer for most people has been traditionally a "No!" But here Pryor's System hopes to help with visual imagery that makes worthwhile the answer of "Yes!"
Still, why use any such system, including Pryor's System? As said before, there is no clear answer unless you have an appreciation for the associating and visualizing potentials of the human mind. But the general answer is that Pryor's System shows you an easy to recall set of visual images of tangible things. The set is easy to recall because it is tangible and based upon cultural associations already known through the Judeo-Christian culture. The set is easy to employ because Pryor's System shows a systematic approach (organon) of 'natural' associations to guide and even elicit creative thoughts. The set is powerful because it is a true visual set - Pryor's is not based upon the sounds or letters of the alphabet as are the 'traditional' major systems. Pryor's set relates to the letters of the alphabet without being based upon them - a not so subtle difference for those who do not readily distinguish phonetic sounds such as a soft from a hard "g," or do not readily hear to identify the first three such phonetic sounds in a word, or who do not achieve 'flash' speeds with such conceptually built-up word sets. Pryor's organon of images facilitates mental imagery and visual-conceptual associations that are culturally natural, dynamic and compelling and even enjoyable to think about and 'manipulate.' Pryor's System unlocks your own fabulous, visual mental imagery! Use it to elicit right and left brain interactions that produce memorable visualizations and associations. Use it for a simple set of 10 peg images, or for a follow-on 100 image peg set available at flash speed recall. Use it as the basis of a major set of 1000 images, many of which will be available at flash speeds. Use it to better understand the underlying shape-color symbolism of color psychology. Use it to know your world and yourself better why not?! As you become more aware of the cultural associations of shape, color and concept all around, you can hardly help knowing yourself and others better!
Pryor's Set is the original, unique and best visual image set for the Judeo-Christian culture. The set relates to a base ten number system: numerals 0 to 9. Use its images and its system of associations as a single and unifying basis for all your mnemonic techniques (mnemonics). And remember that in matters of mind and memory, if it works it works! The more you work at it, the more you will discover and enjoy the myriad ways in which The System facilitates mind and memory in the work and play of daily life.
I believe that Pryor's System will easily prove worth your time and effort if you seriously seek developing or improving your mind and memory. I believe you will find Pryor's images engaging and even compelling - as interactive as games and clearly having an extra value! In any situation you can find yourself observing the things about you, identifying elementary parts, and in your mind's eye morphologically transforming them to bring to mind unexpected and useable ideas and images. The art can be practiced in private and even in spare moments. Never again when sitting and waiting need you be bored! Like many others, you too have the power to make observation and visual imagination a useful part of your daily life. So focus that mysterious and extra dimension of mind's eye in your life! Improve the way you think and remember. Enjoy greater success at work and play.
Best wishes for best choices! Regardless of the pathways you take, I would like to know about your personal experiences of mind and memory development. Mind your conscious mind and have good days and pleasant dreams!
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