Here's an interesting tool to use. Essentially, with practice, you can use this practically anywhere - you get better as you practice and can learn some very interesting things about yourself and the world around you.
It's the ability to put yourself into a "trance". But practically, I've found that you can use this while you are doing some of the more mundane activities in your life (don't try doing this while you are driving or doing brain surgery, however, at least until you master it doing far less exacting tasks).
Tad James even relates in one of his Huna tapes that he told educationally disadvantaged children to use this and improve their gradepoint average 1-2 full points.
But it isn't just for learning school work - you can get all sorts of data when you listen and see what is happening around you on the perifery in addition to what you are "putting your attention on" in front of you. The trick is to get your attention on what is happening on every side of you as well.
I suspect that if you practiced this with your eyes shut, you would quickly find that you become aware of a full 360 degree breadth of sensory input and can then move to a much greater ability to percieve, analyze and learn.
Worth a try, eh?
Hawaiian Huna Practitioners Use Meditation to Connect with Spirit: "THE ACTIVE MEDITATION OF THE KAHUNA
One meaning of Hakalau is, 'To stare at as in meditation and to allow to spread out.' If you've never tried it before, right now, this technique can be a real eye opener. Try it.
1. Ho'ohaka: Just pick a spot on the wall to look at, preferably above eye level, so that your field of vision seems to bump up against your eyebrows, but the eyes are not so high so as to cut off the field of vision.
2. Kuu: 'To let go.' As you stare at this spot, just let your mind go loose, and focus all of your attention on the spot.
3. Lau: 'To spread out.' Notice that within a matter of moments, your vision begins to spread out, and you see more in the peripheral than you do in the central part of your vision.
4. Hakalau: Now, pay attention to the peripheral. In fact, pay more attention to the peripheral than to the central part of your vision.
5. Ho'okohi: Stay in this state for as long as you can. Notice how it feels. Notice the ecstatic feelings that begin to come to you as you continue the state."
There is far more about using this tool on the page referenced, as well as Tad James tapes. If you have additional links you'd like to share, please feel free to post a comment.