Read Faster, Read Smarter’

The Internet is a new continent where the online astrology readings
are constantly changing. What was a small stream
becomes a roaring river. What was a desert becomes
a lush green valley.

To keep up with the changing landscape of the
Internet you must read. And the best place to read
about new developments on the Internet is in
Newsletters or Ezines.

But you may not be reading efficiently.

Did you know that most of us use only 4% to 10% of
our mental abilities?

Speed reading is not just about reading faster; it’s
about learning to use much more of the extraordinary
powers of the Mind.

When you read,

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 are you aware of an inner voice that
follows the words as your eyes move across the page
or the computer screen? This inner voice is called
‘subvocalization’. You probably experience it as a
slight movement in the tongue or throat region. As
long as you subvocalize, you limit your reading to
the speed of normal speech, to about 300 w.p.m.

The Mind is capable of thinking much faster than
that. So when you subvocalize, you’re literally
holding back your mind. Try this exercise:

As you read, count to yourself, silently, from one
to ten. Or, repeat the sound ‘Eee’, ‘Eee’, ‘Eee’.
It will be impossible to do this at the same time
as subvocalizing, so this is an excellent way of
breaking the habit of subvocalization.

As you do this exercise, you’ll become aware
that you’re no longer processing the words in the
tongue hroat region but in an area called ‘thought
stream’ that you experience in the top of your head.

Thought stream moves much faster than
subvocalization. And that’s why people who
subvocalize often have comprehension problems.

There’s a mismatch between reading speed and
thinking speed. The Mind is constantly racing
ahead of the inner voice and so it gets bored.
You experience this as an inability to hold your
attention on what you’re reading. You have to
back-skip words, or read the same line twice.

As your reading speed catches up with your thinking
speed, reading becomes much less tiring and your
comprehension improves.

Once you’ve got a feeling for reading in ‘thought
stream’, the next thing to do is speed up your eye
movements. This will also help break the habit of
subvocalization, since your eyes will be moving
faster than you can possibly subvocalize.

Your eyes move across the written page in a series
of quick jumps. Between each jump there’s a stop
lasting a fraction of second, called a ‘fixation’.
The fixation is when the eye actually takes in the
written word.

The untrained eye takes about a quarter of a second
at each fixation, and takes in 2 or 3 words per

By speeding up you eye movements, you’ll learn
to make fewer fixations per line and take in more
words per fixation.

Try this exercise:

If you use a glass ‘anti-glare’ screen, draw 2
vertical lines in felt-tip, 5 cms apart, so that you
have a strip 5 cms wide located over the middle
of the text you are reading.

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