The Silva Method

Jose Silva - Silva Method
In this page, I will present you briefly the Silva Method and my experience with it. First of all, I would like to clarify that any information that you can find here is just introductory. If you want to learn and use the Silva method, then you should read a relevant book. Also, what is written here is based on a book entitled “The Silva Mind Control Method” by Jose Silva and Philip Miele.


There are many seminars in the Silva Mind Control Method. They are attended by many people, in many countries. At these meetings, people learn the Silva Method, guided by experts. Attending a seminar may help you learn the Silva method more quickly than trying to do it alone. Although you learn the Silva method rapidly, it also cost you money.


I haven’t attended any Silva method seminar, and I don’t know if it is worth it. But I have read in some forums that people who have attended such seminars are satisfied. I recommend you initially try the Silva method alone and then, if you like it and want it, search for a relevant group to join.


The Silva Method was the first Mind-Expanding Technique I tried. When I read the book, I felt excited and wanted to try it as soon as possible.

Later, as my search for the human mind went on, I realized that the Silva method is a mixture of Self-Hypnosis and Meditation including some elements from NLP. In other words, it’s a complete set of tools you need to control your mind.


Firstly, you need to bring your mind to a relaxed state. This state is the alpha brain state where your right hemisphere is active. You are in this state every day for several times. One standard time that your mind finds itself at this state is every morning when you wake up. In the first minutes, after you wake up, your mind passes from the theta brain state to the alpha and then to the beta.


So, you can use this time window to train yourself in the Silva method. The book assumes that you are a beginner in the Silva method, so it states that the way of inducing you into trance is different from the one that they use in seminars, but is effective even if you haven’t tried it before.


You have to exercise every morning, for about fifty days, just to understand the alpha state boundaries. It is crucial to learn how to enter and leave this brain state. If you can follow the below-mentioned exercise program, then you will become an expert in reaching the alpha state anytime.


o For ten days count backward from 100 to 1 at a 2 seconds pace.

o For the next ten days count backward from 50 to 1 at the same pace.

o For the following ten days count backward from 25 to 1.

o For the next ten days count from 10 to 1.

o For the last ten days count from 5 to 1.


While you count backward you have to look, behind your closed eyelids, slightly above. It is known that the brain produces alpha brainwaves when having your eyes at this position. You will need no more than 15 minutes every morning for each exercise.


Following a program like this, will train your brain to enter the alpha state very fast, almost instantly.


So what happens next?


You have to develop your visualization skill. Check some Visualization Exercises here. You will create an imagery tool like a mental monitor where you will project your visualizations.


In the beginning, you try to imagine in great detail, ordinary things, like fruits or something that you are very familiar with. The purpose of this exercise is to develop your visualization skill and your creativity as well. Later on, you will be able to imagine things, not so familiar to you, also in detail.


All your visions will be projected to your mental monitor. You can imagine this as a cinema screen. This tool helps you reduce the distractive thoughts. You can remove any irrelevant thought by projecting it in the mental monitor and then fading it out slowly or moving it towards one side, revealing your initial consideration.


Clearing the distractions is the first mind control experience. You try to control your distractions and keep focused on just one thought. Doing this exercise, you will realize that day by day, less irrelevant thoughts will interrupt you. Congratulations, you just started to control your mind!


You must also train your brain on leaving the alpha state and return to the normal beta where you are fully alert. Whenever you meditate, you must always close your session confirming that you will go back to the beta state, feeling fully awake and refreshed. You do this counting from 1 to 5, rehearsing mentally statements like “I will now slowly leave the alpha state and when, I reach number 5 I will be fully refreshed and awake”.


In case you meditate before sleeping, you just confirm that you are going to have a restorative sleep.


As you start practicing the Silva method, you may be unable to understand whether you are in alpha or not. This is natural. You don’t know yet what the brain state boundaries are. As you consciously enter and exit the alpha state, on a daily basis, you will realize the different brain states.


It is evenly important to know how to exit the meditative state as well as how to enter it. As your Mind Control skills progress, your brain will stay in the desired state until you close your session.


Initially, your brain may be induced into trance, but it may not be able to remain there for too long. This fluctuation will be minimized with training.


When I tried to enter the alpha brain state for the first time, I followed the instructions exactly. I didn’t feel something different. I remember that I was waiting for something to happen. This was keeping me anxious and didn’t let me relax. So I failed the first time. The next attempts were also unsuccessful.


I started feeling disappointed and discouraged. As my enthusiasm started fading away, I was getting closer to my intention, but I didn’t know it then. The key was to relax, and I was doing the opposite. So, in another attempt, I finally realized the alpha state. It was a strange feeling, and I observed it as fully as I could.


I started to feel very relaxed; almost paralyzed. I didn’t try to move though because I didn’t want to go accidentally out of this state. After a while, I felt numbness in my face. And the strangest effect was that I felt a disturbance in the gravity of my body. It was like the right side of my body was weightless. You can feel that when you lie down on your left side. It was a very nice feeling, though. From that moment on I knew whether I was in an alpha state or not.


At this point, you have learned how to reach a meditative level. You prepared the ground to move forward and use this level to your benefit.


The Benefits of the Silva Method


Using the Silva method you can achieve the following:


o Improve Memory

o Speed Learning

o Creative Sleep & Dream Programming

o Use the Power of the Words

o Use the Power of Imagination

o Improve and Maintain Health

o ESP (Extrasensory Perception)


We will talk about the benefits you can have using the Silva method. Some of them require a lot of experience, like the ESP, but I think the first two are easy to achieve. All the techniques that are used in the Silva method require to be at the alpha state of mind.


Improve Memory


While you are at the proper mind state, you can create mind tools that can help you with several mental tasks. In this section, we will discuss how you can improve your memory by creating a tool and using it in your everyday life.


There are two ways you can improve your memory using the Silva method. The slow one and the fast one. To use the fast technique, you have to create a special mind tool and practice with it. We will see it in a while.


The slow method is used when you are in the alpha state. Then, you recreate and project a past experience that you need to remember on your mental monitor.


For example, let’s suppose that you lost something important yesterday. Then you can go to your meditative level and replay yesterday’s activities on your mental monitor.


Remember that your mind can process much more information than you are conscious of. So, by going to the alpha brain state, you use consciously the resources of your subconscious mind. It is quite possible to locate the exact point where you lost your precious thing.


The slow method requires relaxing and needs about 15-20 minutes of meditation. The second method is very fast and can be activated after developing a mental mechanism.


It is the alpha brain state that is very resourceful and improves your memory. So entering this state instantly whenever you want would be just perfect. This can happen using the following technique.


When you are at the meditative level say mentally or loudly “When I will join my fingers”- join now the indicator, the admedian and the thumb of each hand – “I will get instantly into this brain state and I will remember everything I need”. You have to do this for at least one week.


Finally, your brain will switch automatically to the alpha state when you join your fingers. Then you can imagine your mental monitor and recreate fast the experience you need to remember. Nice tool, eh?


In NLP, this is called anchoring and it is the combination of a specific brain state, reminiscence or mood with a particular stimulus. This can be an image, a thought, a sound or anything. A classic example of anchoring is every time that you listen to a specific song on the radio and it instantly reminds you of a past experience.


The mind tool that you created in order to improve your memory does exactly the same. It connects your alpha brain state with the union of your fingers.


Speed Learning


There are also two ways of speed learning in the Silva method. The first one is by using the technique of the three fingers you learned earlier. The second one requires recording your own voice.


When you study something, you use the three fingers tool to induce your brain into trance. As you study in this level, more of the information you get is stored into the long term memory. At a later point, you may join your three fingers again to remember what you have read. This technique requires that you have mastered the usage of the three fingers mechanism.


The other method is more complex. As I said, it requires recording your voice. You will need a voice recording device, and you will use it when you read something you want to memorize. After the recording you will enter the alpha state and hear what you have recorded.


This method exploits both the brain states alpha and beta. So using it, you are supposed to better memorize what you read than just read in the beta state. I have not tried this method, to be honest, so I don’t know if it does what it is supposed to do.


I tried the three finger method when I was a student. Ok, I wasn’t an expert at this method but as I remember my performance at the exams was good when I used it. I can’t say that the success was definitely by using this method but I can say for sure that I didn’t fail any exams when I used it.


Creative Sleep & Dream Programming


Most of us have experienced creative sleep some time in our lives. You may remember a time when you dreamed about a real problem you had in your life and the next morning knew how to deal with it. The next morning you had the solution ready to be applied and solve your problem. This is creative sleep, and the Silva method can help you engage it on demand.


Creative sleep happens to most of us randomly. But if you train yourself enough you can program yourself to have a dream when falling asleep that will provide you with the answers you seek.


This requires that you have reached an advanced meditative level and that your brain easily alters its brainwave state at will.


The basic concept of dream programming is simple. Before you sleep you meditate, and you visualize the problem you have. Then you must state mentally that you need some advice or solution to your problem and that you will dream of this solution.


When you wake up the first thing you do is write down what you remember of your dreams. If your memories seem to be irrelevant to your query, perhaps the solution is hidden and needs to be deciphered.


It is important to write your memories down immediately after you wake up because at this moment you remember most of the dream. As minutes go by you gradually forget it.


If you, do not succeed the first time, don’t get disappointed; try again. Dream programming is possible, and you can do it. You may find the following guidelines useful:


o You seek the solution to a problem which requires advice or information.

o You must be sure that you want to solve this problem

o Successful dream programming needs patience. It’s not going to happen immediately as you start.

o Don’t forget to write down whatever you remember from your dream when you wake up.


Using Dream Programming, you can draw valuable information for your life. Almost every time we dream there are messages in the dreams coming from our subconscious. Using dream programming, we also enter a process of searching for meanings in our dreams. Thus, we will becoming better day by day in understanding the hidden messages that our subconscious sends us through dreaming.


The Power of the Words

You know that every word has a meaning or multiple meanings. Every phrase has a meaning and it is defined as positive if the words are positive or as a negative if the words are negative. Phrases like “I am not well today”, “I don’t do it right”, “I’m bored” are negative ones. Such phrases must be deleted from your dictionary and be replaced by positive ones. This is a ground rule in Silva method.


The power of the words is multiplied when you are in the alpha state. The gravity of the meanings of every phrase is stronger. Using this power of the words when you meditate can have miraculous effects on your mood and on the way you feel.


The Silva Method may help you learn to use the power of positive thinking. You meditate, and you say to yourself positive phrases like “Every day I am getting better and better”. These statements have great effects on your subconscious mind as you are in alpha or theta brain state.


Negative phrases have also powerful effects on your subconscious mind, so you need to remove these from there and replace them with positive. I do this every day; maybe this is the reason why I seldom feel sorrow.


The Power of Imagination


They say “a picture is as good as a thousand words”. This is quite true and this is the reason why you can use mental images to your benefit. You are going to use your imagination and at this stage you must have developed your visualization skill.


You are now taking a step further using the Silva Method. At this point you must meet the following requirements:


o You have learned entering and leaving the alpha state in a matter of seconds.

o You have trained your visualization skill up to a point that you can imagine complex things in great detail.

o You have learned to be patient.

o You meditate every day at least twice.


In order to use the power of the imagination, you are going to use the mind tools that you have already created. These are your mental monitor and the three finger technique.


In the Silva method book that I have read, the technique of using the power of imagination was illustrated with two examples. These were “losing weight” and “quitting smoking”. As none of them were my concerns, I applied the technique to my problem and this was to stay motivated going to the gym.


I applied the technique every time that I felt too bored to work out. When this happened, I used to meditate for about 20 minutes and after this I was refreshed and ready for the gym.


The Silva method comes in handy in such cases. You can control yourself and overcome the bad habits that slow you down and leave you unmotivated.


First of all, you must prepare yourself before meditation and know what you are going to imagine. You have to know all the benefits that you will get by changing a bad habit. List them and prepare yourself to begin.


You start your meditation session as usual. When you are in the alpha state then you start visualizing on your mental monitor yourself as you are now, still having the trait you want to change. After that you move slowly this old picture of yourself to the right of the screen, and you bring in a new image of yourself from the left. This new image is you again but changed.


Afterward, you start visualizing your new life in the absence of the bad habit. At this point you must try to imagine as many details as you can. You have to imagine details that engage all of your senses like sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste.


In my case I imagined details of my body that engaged sight and touch. I couldn’t think of something that would engage my other senses, though. So, I visualized that I was fit, exactly as I wanted to be, and then observed the results in the mirror. Then I touched my new body and felt its texture.


After that I imagined how I felt with my new body. I observed my self-confidence and my mood. These were all nice feelings. I also imagined occasions in my life having all the benefits of a fit body. I imagined having great strength, being healthier, looking nicer and many more details.


So let’s summarize all the above steps of this Silva method example:


1. Think of your problem and list the benefits you get by resolving it. This will help you imagine yourself in a positive manner.

2. Begin your meditation and reach the alpha state.

3. Bring your mental monitor in front of you and project an image of yourself before and after the solution of the problem.

4. Visualize as many details as you can engaging all of your senses if possible.

5. Visualize as many feelings as you can.

6. Integrate all the benefits you listed earlier to yourself and imagine how your life is changing.

7. Close your meditation session


A last important note is that when you are at the visualization process you must not imagine anything negative or anything that is against your desire. Keep this in mind.


You have to do this twice a day in order to have a result. Silva method is going to give you a boost in your motivation to quit something bad that you want to change. When you are at a place where you cannot meditate you can use the three finger technique and remember your purpose if needed.


Improve and Maintain Health


You can use the Silva Method to improve your health or maintain it at a good level. When you are ill, using the power of your imagination can speed up the recovery process.


Apart from this, it has been observed that some patients have been cured from cancer in an inexplicable way. All these people had a common trait. This was Positive thinking. Having this knowledge, you can understand how important it is to think positively.


Using your mental monitor you imagine for a while yourself ill having the symptoms that pester you. Don’t hold this image in your mind for too long, as you want to focus on the opposite. Then you say mentally to yourself that you deeply desire to be cured and to be healthy again.


You have to be in the alpha state and before you start visualizing you have to make some affirmations. These affirmations are to induce your mind to thinking positively. You are going to use the power of positive think to accelerate healing. You have to state mentally that you desire to be a positive person.


Let’s return to the technique now. You have set your desire to be healthy again and be cured completely; start imagining it. You imagine how well you feel, you are not in pain anymore. Feel the freedom and the happiness that perfect health offers. Maintain this image in your mind for several minutes and enjoy it. You help yourself to recover rapidly. That’s all. Keep on meditating as much as you can and you will be healthy again sooner than you thought you would be. This is the power of the Silva method!


Now, my experience using the Silva method hasn’t gone that far. I mean I haven’t tested it many times on myself because I don’t get sick often. But anyway I use my imagination when I feel sick. The strange thing is that for the last ten years every time I get ill it never lasts longer than a day.


The last time that I got sick was during a night shift at work. My temperature had risen to 40 C and I didn’t feel right, but in the middle of the night, I could do nothing but be patient and wait till the morning. This lasted for 4 hours and then it disappeared. I felt as if this had never happened. I used, in a way, what the Silva Method says but I am not sure that this is what caused my rapid recovery. I don’t know how to explain it.


In any case, I believe that the Silva Method has positive effects on your health levels as it has with the mood and with the bad habits. I may not have tested it much to improve my health but thinking of the effects it has in the other areas I can’t think why it shouldn’t work with health as well.


ESP (Extrasensory Perception)

Brain Evolution system

First of all, I haven’t trained to improve my “sixth sense” because I wasn’t interested in doing that. But many people would like to know how to develop the ESP. In this section, I will describe the training process.


ESP requires intense visualization training. You must be good at visualizing nearly anything in great detail. The first exercise in the mind control seminars is the following:


When you are at a deep meditative level, maybe in the theta state, you project yourself in front of your home on your mental monitor. It is night, and all the lights are on so you begin to imagine the scenery in great detail. All your senses are active.


Then you go through the front door and you are at the living room watching the wall. Then you touch the wall and you enter it. You know of course that this is not possible but this is a reaction of your left hemisphere which understands that this is unreal. At the same time your right hemisphere starts working and slowly you start accepting the unreal.


So, when you are in the wall, you start examining the environment using all your five senses. After this, you exit the wall and you look at it again. You change the color of the wall, trying many colors and then revert it back to the original. Afterwards, you pick up a chair and you compare it to the wall, changing again the colors.


This visualization process activates the right hemisphere, while silencing the left which reminds you that all these are nonsense.


In the next exercise you do the same thing but in other environments. These may be metallic cubes or cylinders. You do the same actions you did with your house. You change the colors, you change the material of the walls, and you observe the environment with all your senses and all these at a rapid rate so as not to anticipate thinking logically.


While doing these exercises you change the forms of matter, where you project yourself, from simple to complex. Then you start projecting yourself on living organisms. You try this with a tree. After a while you proceed to a cat and so on.The last target, in the Silva method seminars, is the human body.


As you enter a living organism with all your senses active, you observe the environment again. Now you have to do with biological organs like the heart or the brain. You observe the bones and the spine of the animal; you get a view of how all these organs work together.


Finally, you do that with human bodies as well. You create a mental laboratory where you have all the tools to examine people. You also have two assistants, who will help you with examining.


You also imagine the tools that will help you do your work. These tools do not necessarily look like professional medical tools. You create them and you give them any form you wish. You know what they can be used for.


This exercise requires two persons so you have to attend a Silva method seminar and that’s the reason I didn’t try these exercises.


The first person imagines the other one and tries to observe their body from the inside as well as from the outside, in the same way this was done in the previous exercises. The mental laboratory and the assistants are used again. The goal is to find past illnesses or disorders of the person that is being examined.


I stated in the first paragraph that I have never trained myself in ESP but I tried it once. I remember I had a problem in my back. The medical examination showed that a vertebra was too narrow, and it pressed the bone marrow. Every morning I had terrible pains in my back that were going off during the daytime.


One night, I meditated and imagined my body from the inside. I found the bone that had the problem and visualized that this bone became bigger in order not to cause pains in my back. Ok, no kidding now, the following morning I had the pain in the back but it was greatly reduced compared to what it was the previous days. The difference amazed me.


So, you can train your ESP using the above exercises, but you can’t get feedback if you try it alone. But your ESP is trained every time you visualize things, so if you meditate you also improve your ESP. Don’t get anxious about this. It is your choice whether you train it or not. In either case this ability gets stronger as you meditate.


This is a summary of the Silva Method. I insist that you buy at least a book so as to have a clearer view of the Silva method. I have tried some of its techniques and they seem to have results so I believe that the Silva method is a worthy mind expanding technique.



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66 comments on “The Silva Method

  1. Great summary, i have been doing Silva method for couple of years now, and its been working well :-).Thanks.

  2. You have done a great job buddy,it is really helpful.I definitely gonna buy Silva method.Thanks a lot…

  3. Hi to all,

    Firstly, thanks for this article. I really enjoyed the summary. Very well done!

    I have a question to everyone who has done the visualisation (even on the deepening count down 100 to 1). In the article above, which was taken from the book it says “While you count backwards you have to look, behind your closed eyelids, slightly above.”

    In another Silva Method tape, it says “I want to emphasis visualisation out and away from the body. If you are making the common mistake on the inside of the eyelid, you are really using the biological vision. This would take you out of the Alpha state. Try to take your eyes slightly upward about the angle of 20 degrees. With practice, you will develop a sensation away from the body”

    Now, this appears to contradicts. Or does it??? Are we supposed to put images behind the eyelids or away in some distance away from the eyelids, whilst keeping eyes about 20 degrees upward?

    Would anyone who has been practicing Silva method explain that to me.


    • @Gus. Hi,
      I was practicing Silva method for d past few months n experienced many mind blowing wonders in fact.. while viewing wt I do Na.. just I’ll create a scene wr I would b there n feel how I’ll b in that particular situation.. that’s d scene is happening now in present n enjoy d joy. Not between d eyelids.. wt I do.. just have a trail wt n how u r going to imagine n then u enter d session. It will b very clear n satisfactory. Hope this will help u.. good luck..

    • If Silva’s Method tape said to take your eyes slightly upward about the angle of 20 degrees, I believe this is correct. You are supplying us with information we needed. This should be the clear answer for everyone reading this article and whoever wanted a better explanation.

    • Greetings from 2020! From what I have recently learned, the screen is to be visualized some 6 ft or so away from you…out in front and HUGE; a big screen. Your eyes are lifted at a 20 degree angle but you are not using your physical eyes to see. They are just resting in a lifted position as you imagine.

  4. @Gus enquiry,

    I am reading the website and practising the countdown from 100 to 1.
    Can anyone advise me.
    Do i have to close my eyes and then move my eyes upwards to the centre between my eyes?
    And then just concentrate irrespective if an image forms …

  5. These sounds interesting and i am geard up to practice it,if it worked for you i also bolieve it shall work for me..

  6. Tomorrow morning will be My first morning Im into The book The secret they told me I need to try it so I’m here ready for this I’m excited

  7. Very good summary, thank you. Perhaps you can add some information about whether the countdown is better done aloud or silently. What should be done after -for whatever reason- the mind wandered off?

  8. Would it be possible to by- pass the Silva methods for getting into Alpha/Theta etc and use Binuaral beats or Isochronic tones instead? Can’t see it being a problem as long as you can attain the state you are aiming for.

  9. I didn’t totally understood what is said in this. But I am interested. I am a medical student. I wish to cure people to the best after becoming a good doctor. For that I need to learn more. I wish to practice this Silva method to enhance my memory power and gain more knowledge. Please do help me .. How to sharpen and increase my mental capability??

  10. I need additional explanation about practicing count down 100 – 1 …
    It said practice for about 15 min. each day, for countdown even from 100 it takes 3-4 min to finish countdown, what to do for the rest cca. 10min ?
    Thanks in advance

    • its simple…..Breathe in and out slowly….start at 100….1 , 2 …99 count to 1 then 2….98… your head 1 -2 …then 97….the only reason The silva backwards count works…from 100 to 0….is because it takes more concentration to count backwards…….Going from 1 to 100….you’ll fall asleep….going backwards keeps the mind focused

    • I am new to the process, but here are my thoughts based on my experiences.

      I would suggest having felt the Alpha state before using this technique to get there. As you SLOWLY count down (two seconds between counts or perhaps half a breath), consciously relax any parts of your body where you feel tension- eyes, forehead, shoulders, arms, thighs, feet, etc.. Sometimes I imagine the number in my mind. When I first started practicing, I would “fall asleep” part way through and when I “woke up,” I would resume my countdown. Sometimes I would fall asleep many times in one go! If you get quite distracted by a loud noise or an itch you really must scratch, then scratch it and begin again. Try not to think too hard or get too excited as you approach 20 or 10 or 1. The point is to relax and quiet your mind. Once you reach zero, ideally your brain will be in the Alpha state. Use the rest of the time to enjoy yourself in this state. Perhaps asking for guidance or reinforcing yourself with positive affirmations.

      I would definitely recommend the intro course through Silva itself. You must register your email and every day for nine days they will send you another lesson. Of course, they hope that you will buy the course in the end. Currently, it is $199 which I think is a great deal, but perhaps if you linger on that page long enough (I think it took me three weeks to complete these nine lessons!) then maybe the price will drop to $119 like it did for me. Here is a link to Lesson 2. It includes a free download for a guided meditation into the Alpha state. It was life-changing for me!!! And definitely got me hooked on the program. You learn all sorts of other introductory info from these nine lessons, so again, I definitely recommend going back to Lesson 1 and entering your own email so you can start the program.

      Link to download official Silva guided Alpha meditation:

      • Unfortunately the link you provided now goes to MindValley. Do you by chance have the content to share? I’d rather purchase the original program from the Silva’s as opposed to Mind Valley. But there are so many to choose from.
        Thanks Rozana (

  11. I read your book in 2001….worked immediately ….went straight chapter 4 and got results in 3 days time…I was in prison and needed to be transferred…..After I declined a great program…I realized i would be there for a full tear…I found your book 2 days after I declined the transfer…I practiced it 3 times a day for three days….I was called on the lawyer line in my prison unit and was told to pack my things. I was being transferred to the program I had declined to go to 3 days prior…TY

  12. Hello SOCRATES;
    After a review in the newspaper I got interested in SILVA METHOD and So after surfing net, yours was the only and best article I found about it.Thanks.
    Your blog is as good n informative as the e book which I downloaded from net.And most imp thing about your article which separates from the book is your candid “Attaining Alpha state experience thru Silva method” which you ve shared for us.
    After read n reread your blog n book thoroughly I started on this as per instructions and as Jose Silva mentioned I didnt feel anything ie ALPHA state at first and neither now after almost at the end of 50 days.Like you, I followed instructions exactly then reread your experience,about relaxation.Still nothing.
    As Jose said,I ve experienced ALPHA many atimes specially in adverse conditions where I ve been cornered in do or die situation and forced to face reality and totally let go.
    But Since last few years ;to induce ALPHA at the beck n call ,mechanically by any method has resulted in total failure for me,bcs For me ALPHA always triggered when I ve been made to face fears which have been so deep rooted in my subconscious that I always want to ignore.
    I am going thru it as mentioned in the book bcs I dont want to discontinue what at I ve begun 50 days back. I liked its theory;mechanism and its application very much.There ve been many MEDITATION TECHNIQUES like Vipashana.;Chant etc ,Ive even gone thru OSHOS active meditation,all are good bcs they ve same basic principle.But SILVA METHOD beats all hands down.
    My request to you is if you could kindly share with me in Detail ,how you attained ALPHA;how you started with method and your tips on this.As one like us who practiced and experienced ALPHA STATE thru SILVA your opinion matters n will help me most instead of generalized discussion.


  13. hi;After a review in the newspaper I got interested in SILVA METHOD and So after surfing net, yours was the only and best article I found about it.
    After read n reread your blog n book thoroughly I started on this as per instructions and as Jose Silva mentioned I didnt feel anything ie ALPHA state at first and neither now after almost at the end of 50 days.Like you, I followed instructions exactly then reread your experience,about relaxation.Still nothing.But I am going thru it as mentioned in the book bcs I dont want to discontinue what at I ve begun 50 days back.
    My request to you is if you could kindly share with me in Detail ,how you attained ALPHA;how you started with method and your tips on this

  14. Have had 2 Silva weekend courses and I can attest to the abilities that can be gained in the areas you mentioned in your above article. Have found lost objects for myself and others, rightly described (with 75-90% accuracy) with three different people the health diagnoses of the two people they each were envisioning.
    Thanks for such a well written, concise, and understandable description of the basics of the skill areas you included in the Silva Mind Method. And yes, you are correct, that while someone who is willing and open to it can take your info alone and get results, they will get even better results from attending a reputable course. If you are on the fence as to whether something like this, outside of your normal paradigm of “how the world works”, and you are open to it, your eyes will be opened at a course taught by a reputable and experienced teacher.

  15. Hey. I would be really be great full if someone responds to this message. Whenever I try to count backwards when I reach 60-25 I tend to fall asleep. Is this normal?

    • I have the same issue of falling asleep. I haven’t been counting backwards, but listening to the guided meditation on Silva’s site. One of the comments listed above, says to start over with the counting if you fall asleep.

    • Juniper, while you are counting backwards, instead of lying down, sit up in a chair. Only if you have trouble sleeping, you are reclining (this is called the Sleep Control Method). Hope this helps you.

  16. HI there,

    I really enjoyed this article. I was trained by the nephew of Jose Silva and have given Silva UltraMind workshops all over the United States since 2004. People get tremendous results and it can be life changing. Love the way you touched on so many of the ways it can be used to live a more fulfilling life! for sharing!

    Better and Better


  17. Hello,
    I read the book from Jose Silva about Mind Control and then tried the techniques in there, but I kept struggeling because I do not feel any sensation or crippeling in my body. I listened to the youtube video ( but I do not feel anything.
    I really want to make this work and try visualize the parts of my body in a blue light but I keep struggeling.
    I am thankful for every advice I receive.

  18. Hi guys I have question can you guys help me please I have 8 years old son who have autism spectrum disorder he is nonverbal and extremely picky eater and he have other health problems too. I did allot of treatment and therapy for him but nothing work now I want to know if Silva mind method will healed my son is there any techniques for faster brain development plz help me if anyone know thank you so much God bless you all.

    • Hi! Did you end up using Jose Silva’s method on your son? I started last night with the alpha frequency and doing affirmations for his anger/biting management. He is 4 years old and is already in Alpha state at that age, so I wanted to capitalize on it.

    • You know on tv where somebody is riding an animal by sitting on its back and dangling a carrot just above their eyes, or for instance in Honey I shrunk the Kids, they used a piece of Oreo cookie like that? Exactly where they dangle the carrot or cookie to motivate the animal to move forward is where you look with your eyes closed.

    • This reply might be too late to respond since it was posted in 2018, however, I will attempt to answer your question.

      First, try to do the 20 degree angle with eyes open. Look above your eyebrows and try not to blink. This technique will cause you to close your eyes. Eventually, your eyes will close. Now try doing that with eyes closed.

      Good luck 🍀
      Hope it helps


    Every two or three years I give a series of lectures at the London
    Truth Forum in Caxton Hall. This is a Forum I founded a number of
    years ago. Dr. Evelyn Fleet, the director, told me about an article
    which appeared in the English newspapers deal-ing with the power of
    suggestion. This is the suggestion a man gave to his subconscious
    mind over a period of about two years: “I would give my right arm to
    see my daughter cured.” It ap-peared that his daughter had a crippling
    form of arthritis together with a so-called incurable form of skin
    disease. Medical treatment had failed to alleviate the condition, and
    the father had an intense longing for his daughter’s healing, and
    expressed his desire in the words just quoted.
    Dr. Evelyn Fleet said that the newspaper article pointed out that one
    day the family was out riding when their car col-lided with another.
    The father’s right arm was torn off at the shoulder, and immediately
    the daughter’s arthritis and skin con-dition vanished.
    You must make certain to give your subconscious only suggestions,
    which heal, bless, elevate, and inspire you in all your ways.

    Does these negative things happen If we affrim in our subconscious mind is it true??

    If we think and affrim negatively does it happen ??

    Please answer.

  20. I took the Silva Mind Control years ago in Van Nuys, CA. It has and continues to impact my life in positive and uplifting ways. My favorite is going to my personal celler where my lavatory is set up. You can do many wonderful life changing things while there. I use it to bring peoples higher selfs into the lab to talk to them about situations. We are both in our higher selfs only which makes it work with wisdom and kindness. I have solved many problems with others using this method. The worse case scenario is that it gives you a better understanding of things and can change or adjust your point of view. Don’t underestimate how powerful this is. Always request that person’s higher self only! When the elevator opens and they step out change is about to happen. You won’t always get what you want but since you are in your higher self too it is always a good thing. Communicate with then and express your underlying emotions. Don’t be nasty or mean but come from a perspective of wanting to do the right thing for all parties. If you need any help with this or have questions leave a reply.

  21. Silva’s method can also be used to get things you want. Like material things. Really anything, as long as it helps 2 people.

  22. can we really achieve anything I want with the Silva method ? can I get into a top most university with the help of this mind control method ?

  23. Very good summary, thank you. Written with extreme clarity. This article goes a long way to help. Thank you.

  24. while counting backwards you have to look behind your closed eyelids. this helps in bringing you to the alpha state.
    But while you visualize , you have to keep the screen away from your body and it is not to be done inside your eyelids. that is what is meant. so it does not contradict.

  25. I have tried to visualize the white board, it’s now two weeks but am in able to see it!!! Instead i see black space not even in a board form. What should I found ???

  26. Thank you for a great article and related resources.

    I learned the Silva Method from Jose himself in Los Angeles! It was the first exposure I had had to these methods. Thanks again for sharing the info.

  27. Thank you so much for the detailed information about the Silva Method. It is still as much as relevant in 2021 when I stumbled upon it. I am in the process of my brain training and this might be super helpful.
    Much Thanks.

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