THE SILVA METHOD was created by Jose Silva
in the 1950s. Its a method of putting yourself into a relaxed
frame of mind, and then using that relaxation for useful purposes
like improving your self-image, finding solutions to problems,
increasing your ability to accomplish goals, improving your relationships
with others, and getting better grades at school.
The Silva Method is simple and straightforward.
You simply close your eyes and take a deep breath. While youre
breathing out, you imagine seeing the number 3 in
front of you. Then you do the same with "2" and "1."
about the process here.
Thats the basic Silva Method relaxation
technique, although Jose Silva came up with many deepening
techniques. Follow the link above to learn more about those.
Silva called the achievement of a relaxed
frame of mind going to your level. He also called
it an alpha state because when you relax, your brainwaves
slow down and pulse at a certain frequency, known as alpha
brainwaves. The Silva Method is a way to use this relaxed
state to accomplish things.
The Silva Method contains a host of formula-type
techniques you can use to solve problems and help you accomplish
your goals. Here are seven of the key techniques:
1. The Workshop of the Mind. This is my favorite technique from the Silva Method.
You create a workshop or laboratory in your imagination, complete
with any tool you can imagine (literally), and it includes a
giant screen on which to visualize things. Your workshop also
comes equipped with a resident wise counselor of your choosing,
for any advice you may need.
Once you create this workshop in your minds
eye, you can use it for the rest of your life.
2. Dream programming. Dreams can be a good source of ideas and solutions
to problems. The Glass of Water technique and dream
programming are the two Silva techniques that can help
you utilize this relatively ignored fountain of creativity.
These techniques of the Silva Method entail
going to your level and giving yourself the suggestion that either
youll have a dream that will give you an idea to solve
a specific problem, or when you awaken in the morning and finish
drinking a glass of water, an idea will pop into your head.
Many creative people get breakthrough ideas
in their dreams. I just came across a reference to this in the
Mrs. Thomas A. Edison has said that each evening her husband
would go over in his mind those things which he hoped to accomplish
the next day, wrote the author, Maxwell Maltz. Sometimes
he would make a list of the jobs he wanted to do, and problems
he hoped to solve.
In the book, The Psychology of the Inventor, Joseph Rossman
wrote, When stumped by something, he [Edison] would stretch
out in his Menlo workshop and, half-dozing, get an idea from
his dream mind to help him around the difficulty.
Maltz also wrote, Kekules discovery
of the secret of the benzine molecule during sleep, Otto Loewis
Nobel Prize-winning discovery (that active chemicals are involved
in the action of the nerves), and Robert Louis Stevensons
Brownies, which he said gave him all
his plot ideas while sleeping, are all well known.
Dreams can be a powerful source of creativity.
Jose Silva simply created two formalized methods to harness some
of the untapped potential of sleep.
3. Mirror of the mind. On your mental screen (in your mental workshop)
visualize a specific problem youre having or a situation
you need to deal with, and visualize it in a mirror see
the image like a reflection of a mirror directly in front of
you. The mirror has a blue frame.
Then move the mirror to your left, change
the frame to white, and visualize your problem resolved.
From that point on, whenever you think about your problem, only
think of the solution image framed in white. This
is one of the most useful techniques in the Silva Method. (Find
out more about the direction to move the mirror.)
4. Three fingers technique. At your level, suggest to yourself that youll
be able to quickly reach the alpha level by putting the thumb,
index finger and middle finger of one hand together. This technique
brings the power of the Silva Method into your wakeful activities.
The three fingers technique is useful for
calming yourself when you feel stressed or upset, getting into
in a good frame of mind to remember something, or helping you
concentrate your attention when you need to focus.
5. Envisioning goals. Imagine what it will be like when a specific goal
is achieved. Envision it in detail. You can do it with something
small, like a meeting you have tomorrow with your boss (imagining
it turning out the way you want), you can imagine a big goal
five years in the future, or anywhere in between. Envisioning
goals is a central principle of the Silva Method. Read more about envisioning goals here.
6. Simple suggestion. You can use the Silva Method to give yourself post-hypnotic
suggestions. This helps you program new behaviors and new
For example, lets say I want to get
into the habit of looking people in the eyes when Im talking
to them. I can go to my mental workshop and envision myself on
the screen talking to various people while looking them in the
eyes. And I can add the suggestion, Whenever I talk to
people, I look them in the eyes.
Do not underestimate the power of simple
suggestion especially when your mind is relaxed (and therefore
less critical and rejecting).
7. Cancel cancel.
This is the Silva Method technique I use more often than any
other. When you go to your level, one of the post-hypnotic suggestions
you can give yourself is that when you hear a negative comment
or a pessimistic point of view, you say cancel cancel
to yourself, and when you do, the negativity will have no influence
over you. Its kind of like a mental cloak of protection.
For example, when I hear someone say, Well
that tends to happen as you get older, I think to myself,
cancel cancel. I dont want to be influenced
by such limiting or negative beliefs.
The Silva Method is simple and basic. There
is nothing fancy about it. But it works. Ive used it for
27 years and I still use it.
The Silva Method gives you tools to do
mental work. And it gives you structure mental structure
for mental achievements like improved self-esteem, more
self-confidence, better memory, changing habits, clarifying goals,
finding solutions to problems, etc.
Without tools and structure, it would be
difficult to get anywhere doing mental work because the mind
is like an infinite-possibilities multimedia machine. The structure
and tools of the Silva Method make your mind actually useful
instead of merely full of potential. It allows you to use more
of the minds possibilities.
As if that werent enough, the Silva
Method is a form of meditation, and has all the positive health benefits associated with other
forms of meditation.
You can start going to your level right
these instructions. Simply go to your level and then bring
yourself back out of it, or you can use one of the seven techniques
while your mind is relaxed. Either way, when youre done,
youll feel refreshed and relaxed.
You can easily practice the Silva Method
on your own without further instruction and achieve great results.
If youd like more training, the Silva Method Course is
an excellent two-weekend class that trains you in all the techniques
the seven above and many more besides [click here to find courses in your area].
There are also some good books and audio
programs you can use for training yourself in the Silva Method.
I first learned the techniques in Jose Silvas book, The Silva Mind Control Method and successfully
used them for a long time. Then I took the two-weekend course.
Since then I have used two audio programs, both of which are
Silva Method from Nightingale-Conant, and The Silva Method Choose Success Home
Study Course, which is the most complete. The home study
course is the closest thing you can get to the two-weekend training.
Many famous people have used the Silva
Method. Dr. Wayne Dwyer, one of the most popular self-improvement
authors in the world, said, "I have used the Silva Method
for many years. It has helped me overcome illnesses and accidents
and avoid surgery. I urge you to attend Mr. Silva's training
sessions that are presented around the world."
Burt Goldman, "The American Monk,"
said: "We have all heard many times that anyone can control
the direction and pattern of their lives if they just know how.
In Silva, you will learn simple, practical and safe ways to bring
about this control. The Silva Method consists of scientifically
researched, tested, proven techniques which you receive in a
step-by-step, learn-by-doing manner. You will see noticeable
Dr. O. Carl Simonton, author of Getting Well Again, said, The Silva
Method gave me a tool to use in teaching the patient how to begin
the interaction and how to become involved in his own health
process. I would say that it is the most powerful single tool
that I have to offer.
Joe Girard, the top car and truck salesperson in the world and
author of How to Sell Anything to Anybody said about
Silvas book, "I love it, fantastic, a much needed
book to make you become the World's Greatest Anything."
"You can count on Silva Methods to
skyrocket your sales, said Mark Victor Hansen, author of
Chicken Soup for the Soul. This teaches
how to sell your way through the top. Learn to enjoy success,
achievement and all the benefits of the good life like time,
money, and lifestyle freedom while selling yourself by Silva's
Another famous author, Shakti Gawain, wrote,
"The most important technique I learned in the Silva Method
was creative visualization...I found that it was amazingly effective."
Russell "Bucky" Dent was a young
baseball player with the Chicago White Sox when he first learned
the Silva Method in 1975, along with several of his Chicago White
Sox teammates. In 1978, after joining the New York Yankees, his
contributions were so great, when they won the World Series,
they named him their Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Silva
Method helped me with my concentration, and it helped me to relax
before the pressures of a game, Dent said. He went on to
become the manager of the Yankees.
Richard Bach was hopelessly stuck on a
book he was writing until he discovered the Silva Method and
used its techniques to find the inspiration to complete his book
the bestseller, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
The Silva Method is simple and practical.
Try it out and see what it can do for you. Start here: How
to Relax Your Mind.