We went to the Shichida Home Practice Guidance Session today. It was held at the Shichida teaching premises at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. This session was free (well, we already coughed out quite a lot of money for the actual lessons..).
As usual, we were late. This time, it had already started, and the place was packed! The room was very small and could only hold about 80 people (gross estimate). It was conducted by the Shichida teachers, who described examples on how to carry out the various components of Home Practice. For those unfamiliar with the Shichida Method, here’s a brief run-down:
1. Setting the atmosphere (an environment with no distractions, soft peaceful music in the background, aromatic oils-really? a bit too over the top don’t you think?)
2. Preparation activities (relaxation activities – Energy ball, blowing (for young kids)/deep breath (for older kids), Positive statement, Hug
3. Image play (pretend play, try to involve all 5 senses during the pretend play)
4. Senses play (ESP exercises in telepathy, clairvoyance, hand reading (using the hand to sense the card beneath), and prediction (guessing what card will come up next))
5. Speed play (basically, just flashcards)
6. 63 Dots program (now this is another strange and interesting thing, which I hope to blog about in the future)
7. Eye training (making the child ‘exercise’ the extra-ocular muscles – the muscles the move the eyes, by looking at toys moving left to right and up and down)
8. Memory play (games that test the child’s memory – like photo memory)
9. Linking memory (this is a system that helps people remember things – read about it in Wikipedia here)
10. Reading (this is one thing that I strongly believe in..no doubts here)
11. Music play (not much elaboration here – I suppose it’s similar to developing music intelligence in Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences)
Wow, and you are supposed to be doing this daily? It is probably possible if you are a stay at home parent. It’s not impossible for a working parent, but I think some discipline and sleep sacrificing will have to be done…
At the end of the session they got two parents to come down and share their experiences doing Home Practice. I must say, they sound extremely committed (and also convinced that Shichida works). Unfortunately, the critic in me had to surface again – they did not have a disclaimer/disclosure, so I don’t know if they received any benefits from the company, and secondly, they did not bring along their children as proof – how am I to know they are not just actors employed by the company? I’m sorry that it had to sound so bad, but it’s gonna have to take more than two aunties to con me..
I’m not saying this Shichida Method doesn’t work (I don’t have direct proof of that so I cannot make that claim) or I don’t believe in it (I’m keeping an open mind for now), so don’t get me wrong. Some components are definitely good for the child, for example engaging in pretend play, reading, eye training, and exposing the child to music. Training the child’s ‘linking memory’, is also scientifically sound, although I’m not sure that 6 month old babies will be able to learn that. There are, however, some really dubious components, like telepathy training, showing flashcards for 0.5 seconds each, and the 65 day dots program.
For now I shall still immerse myself fully into this..nothing ventured, nothing gained. Off to make flashcards!