What are the ‘Mnemonics’?

In my notes one commonly finds I mention mnemonics as I discuss access to various focus-levels. This is derived from the TMI technique of using pick-codes. The pick-code is a bookmark to a focus-level location so to speak. I think it is first introduced in the Lifelines course if I recall correctly. It is briefly instructed in principal but not strongly emphasized as a TMI practice. I developed the method for my own use and refer to its identifiers as mnemonics.

In my hemi-sync training I focused on creating visual imaginary images – bookmarks – that through practice were encoded to mark entrance to specific focus-level states. I did this methodically so that I could reproduce at will access to the respective associated levels. Even to this day I am strictly consistent with my mnemonics.

For example my mnemonic for focus 42 is an imaginary image of my name written cursive w/ the number 42 below that. My mnemonic for focus 21 is a tall wrought-iron bar with my initials hanging on a tiny plaque and the letters F21 hanging on another plaque. The choice of image is arbitrary. One just needs to be consistent in building the associations.

I found I was able to access the focus-levels without hemi-sync by invoking these visual bookmark images in my meditations. I was able to do these meditations w/o hemi-sync around 100 hrs of training but it took about 400 hours of hemi-sync training for me to do this well. Basically once I visually produce the mnemonic I’m starting to connect to the respective level. It generally takes some effort for me to produce a mnemonic image in my mind’s eye so there is some effort in initializing the shift.

Often the purpose of my meditation session is solely the practice of reinforcing these mnemonics. That is I will load up some hemi-sync take-home CD1 and go practice the mnemonic associations, shifting thru many focus-levels. To anyone starting out with hemi-sync I strongly recommend this practice. Meditating without hemi-sync is what I call a manual mediation. It is not uncommon for my manual meditations to be more powerful then with hemi-sync and in the manual meditation I’m not constrained by the time limit of a hemi-sync track.

Another one of my practices is what I call working on the blank slate. I practice this in all levels. In this type of practice meditation I work to achieve a calm settled mind in some focus-level and then I observe and critique all thoughts, images, whatever is arriving at my mind’s eye in that level. In this way I practice policing all front-loads, memory-loads, and other thoughts. I’m not seeking peace, or some tranquil meditative state, nor Nirvana. I seek only to discern and weeding out all my own thoughts. My goal is to get to a pure objective observational stance of my mind’s eye. This becomes a basic skill and is my default poise of mind.

It is important to recognize that everything one encounters is not necessarily authentic and many fall prey to fantasy experiences resulting from stuff they learned from the Internet, read in some book, seen on TV, or just heard from someone else – such as an TMI instructor.

These front-loads may be random but they can also be motivated by a strong desire to have some experience – any experience. In a focus-level one can be very susceptible to suggestion – from anywhere. If one doesn’t get to know the noisy garbage in their own mind they may not discern the validity of their own experiences.

Another meditation exercise: “Feel the Stones”


  1. My training hemi-sync tracks are edited versions of TMI course take-home hemi-sync CDs; full-strength hemi-sync. In the edited tracks I may only be in a particular level 10 minutes or so and then shift to the next levels. In this manner I practice shifting from F10 thru F42+ thus reinforcing the associated mnemonics. In such exercise I’m practicing the shifts between states with no other intention. TMI allows one to create such track (in Garage Band for example) for personal use; one cannot distribute their homemade tracks.