by Dr Shen-Li Lee
Ever since I heard about “wave reading”, I’ve been trying to get my head around the concept. The first time I saw this being practiced was on a demo video in Heguru. In the circles I have encountered, it is known as “wave reading”, but it is probably better known as “quantum speed reading” or simply “quantum reading”. I prefer to refer to it as “wave reading” because there are references to “quantum reading” on the internet that describe the process of speed reading – which is not the same as wave reading.
Just so we’re all on the same page, wave reading is a method of “reading” a book by holding the book in front of your face and flipping through the pages rapidly several times (similar to the shuffling of a deck of cards). Individuals who “read” the book in such a manner are then able to recite the book verbatim. Check out the following videos demonstrating wave reading:
How does wave reading differ from speed reading?
I’ve always thought of speed reading as the ability to read really fast. Instead of taking two hours to read a book, a speed reader can read the book within minutes. I also thought speed reading was about skimming through the words very quickly – which also meant a lot of information could be missed. Perhaps that is what speed reading means for some of us but that isn’t what speed reading is about.
Speed reading from a right brain point of view is about being able to read rapidly and remembering every detail accurately. It is a little like taking a photograph of every page in a book and developing the film in your mind so that a copy of the book resides in your head. Once the physical book is closed, you can continue to read the image of the book in your head.
Initially, I thought wave reading was the same thing. However, when I observed how the children in the video were flipping through the pages, I noticed that some of them weren’t even opening the book far enough to see the entire page to “take a photograph” so how could they possibly remember what they haven’t seen? Furthermore, wave reading also allows the reader to read books in languages that the reader does not understand.
It wasn’t until I read about ESP and about particles and waves in Makoto Shichida’s book that I started to get a better understanding of wave reading. Unfortunately, there was nothing specifically written about wave reading in the book. When I asked at Heguru, they couldn’t really explain it to me either. Currently, wave reading isn’t being taught at the local Heguru center (I’m not sure if the local Shichida centers teach it though). I searched online and found a Japanese website that talks about it. They talk about Shichida’s principles but there is no mention as to whether they are affiliated or not.
The good news is that there is an English book about wave reading written by Yumiko Tobitani: “Quantum Speed-Reading: Awakening Your Child’s Mind“. I don’t know if you’ll be able to find what you need in it to teach your child how to “wave read”, but it is currently all I have found that is available outside of Japan. You can read the first few pages from Amazon’s “search inside this book” function. It is pretty impressive what a child can achieve through wave reading. The bad news is that the book is being sold by a third party and they don’t ship to Malaysia. The good news is that it is available from eBay.
If you know of any other wave reading books, resources, classes, etc., please share the details and links in the comments below.