How to create a memory palace/journey
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How to create a memory palace/journey
I have often recommended placing items in journeys, creating journeys, etc, without ever really explaining in detail how to do so. This is the explanation.
A memory palace is a place you can visualize that you store information in, and a memory journey is a path through that place. The memory journey has stops, loci, "stations", which are the places you choose to put information in.
The first step to creating a new memory journey is to explore some new place that you haven't been to. It can be a park, a room, a building, a street, a city, or anything else you can think of. (Note: This is only necessary if you've used all the places you can remember. If you still haven't used some locations, it's not necessary; go to the next step) Walk around the place multiple times, take pictures if you need them, then close your eyes or go somewhere else and try to visualize the whole place. It doesn't need to be visualized in detail, you just need to be able to orient yourself, and "explore" the whole place in your mind. If you can't, revisit the place. If you can, you completed step 1.
Step two is, when you're home or somewhere where you can relax, visualize once again the place you chose. Think of a route you could take to explore the whole thing, or at least most of it. It should have a starting point and an ending point. Follow that route a couple times forwards and backwards. If you don't like it, change it. If you like it, go to the next step.
Step three is to choose loci("stations", stops, locations), where you will store information in. You want each locus(singular of loci) to be unique. A locus is basically a picture; if it looks too similar to another picture(For example: if a couple of your loci are corners, zoomed in, without any distinguishing features), you will confuse them. The starting point for your journey should be locus#1. Following the journey you picked, pick places that look unique. When you get to the end of the journey, go back and go over all the places you picked, making sure to view them from the same angle as you viewed them previously.
That's it, you have now created a journey.
Optional step four: Put a list that you already know(your PAO list for example) into the loci that you chose, in order. That means #01 of your list will go into locus number 1, #26 will go into locus number 26. This will reinforce your loci, enabling you to see if you skipped one, as well as giving you the ability to know what the number of each locus is. For example, if you memorized the presidents of the united states, you could go to any locus and you would know what each presidents 'number' is.
That's all for creating journeys, tell me if I missed something or if you have any questions,
PS: Extra step to double the journey: (from r30) First, view all the loci from the same viewpoint, such as always looking at the locus from the top down. That's journey#1. Then, view all the loci you have from a different viewpoint, such as always look at it from the wall it's next to(or whatever it's next to). Journey #2. Different backgrounds make it a different locus, even though it's the same place.