a reply to: VP740
So, I'll expand on my experiences with reading. I was diagnosed with Dyslexia, but the issues with those conditions and misdiagnoses deserves a whole
other thread. I first learned to read by following my father as he read The Monster at the End of this Book to me. After going through it enough with
him, I remembered enough to get through it on my own. Reading was slow and difficult for me initially, but my comprehension was good. I would learn
from following my father, then going back through things repeatedly myself, or just picking up a bible or magazine and seeing what I could make of it.
This conditioned me to sight reading, and I got fairly good at filling in the meaning of new words.
The first 'real' book I read was Asimov's Foundation. I've had insomnia from a young age, and spent a great deal of time lying awake in bed. Sometimes
I'd only be half awake (this was usually a very pleasant experience, but it could lead to sleep paralysis). One morning waking up half way, I felt
like reading more of my book, but I didn't feel like getting out of bed. I don't have psychic powers, but for some reason I decided: no problem. I can
just read from here. I could see the open pages through my mind. It was a bit dim and I struggled with each word. I would forget the last word upon
going to the next. I might have turned a page or two before I went back to sleep. I wasn't sure what to make of this when I woke up later.
Eventually I would drift into a near hypnotic state while reading. Instead of translating the words verbally, I would see images. Sometimes they were
like a photo or illustration depicting what I read, other times they were completely abstract (like fractals). I'd read some books in this state
(mainly Michael Chrighton), at about one hundred pages an hour. But I couldn't slip into this state at will. In my early twenties I decided I could
merge mnemonics with speed-reading. For those not familiar: I could memorize the presidents by visualizing whatever pops into my head when I hear
washington: washing a car. Then Addoms: an atom. Then mix them: atoms washed from a car. Then mix atom with Jefferson and so on. I would try to come
up with a visual mnemonic before the word sounded in my head. As soon as I had an image I'd go to the next one (these images could represent anything
from one word to an entire sentence). The first time I tried this I was successful. I had to struggle at the time to come up with symbols for numbers
with Feinaigle's alphabet. That seemed to shift me into the speed reading state. That time it was a strange and intense experience. My mind stopped
bringing sound from the words; instead I heard a sort of buzzing noise when my eyes moved. It was almost like a click going to the next word on the
right, and it buzzed longer when my eyes moved back down to the next line: z,z,z,zzz z,z,z,zzz... I felt an odd sensation at the back of my head. It
remaindered me of what you feel when you try to touch repelling magnets together (someone told me that could have been a sort of reaction from eye
strain). My posture was limp, sort of like Stephen Hawking. Despite being very physically relaxed, I felt strained and my breathing was heavy. I only
felt this sensation one more time when waking up early, then falling back to sleep. Since then I haven't been able to do it, and I haven't had any
natural speed reading experiences.
Later on I worked on a computer program trying to develop savant like abilities, but it seemed to make my mnemonics weaker instead (the idea was
inspired by Dr. Renshaw's research). probably as a result, I would on occasion 'wake' to see text. Unlike my first encounter trying to remote view
Foundation, I could read what I saw effortlessly. At first I only saw random words. Then small sentence fragments. I noticed If I tried to reread
something, it would change. Eventually I saw entire paragraphs complete with punctuation, but I don't remember anything it said. It went away for a
while, then I saw a sort of collage of random words in front of images (all seemingly unrelated). This sort of thing hasn't happened to me in a while.
Somewhere in that time, I'd heard people couldn't read while dreaming or remote viewing. I noticed I could read in my dreams. I don't recall reading
entire pages in my dreams though, just titles and stuff.