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The Silva Mind Control Method [Paperback]

Jose Silva
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May 1982
Since "The Silva Mind Control Method" was first published in hardcover, over one million people (including top celebrities) have graduated from Mind Control training to use their minds at a deeper and more effective level, even in their sleep!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but very weak in some aspects. Sept. 3 2000
By Spiff
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the kind of book I would probably never buy, but my mother did for some reason and I found myself reading it.
This book describes José Silva's method of mental development and stress control. Silva, a TV repairman started studying the electrical activity of the human body under certain conditions (meditation, hypnosis). Over several years, Silva noticed how the stages of lower electrical activity would mean a higher capacity for storage and attention and figured out that if he managed to control his awareness and remain conscious, but free of such electrical noise, following few steps would allow the development of certain 'extraordinary' skills. These, he claims, can change your reality, depending on how you use your mind; including improving your health, reducing stress, improving your memory, and allowing you some abilities like perception and a distance and perception through time.
Silva's teachings are based on one single aspect: The way you think about your reality, the way your mind is lead eventually influences your material world, especially your own body. As Emile Coué said many years ago, "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better", and Silva's followers agree. If you keep that spirit and follow Silva's procedures, you will notice improvements in about everything in your life.
To keep it short, that is what the book claims, or at least, that's what I got out of it. I was pleased with it in several ways, but a few problems are present... 1) Silva's book is very poorly written, I found the book to be miserably organized, from the first page to the non-existing glossary, giving it a very amateurish look, far from the scientific flavour that Silva would probably sometimes want us to notice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a book that can be read on many levels ... Nov. 17 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first time I read this book was when it first came out in 1977. I've re-read it several times since then. My copy is marked up and dog-eared, yellowed and brittle, and falling apart. Yet, it's still an interesting read every time I pick it up.
The first part is a quick biography explaining how Jose Silva came to his discovery and development of the Silva Method. The rest of it is a how-to manual. It lays the groundwork for his later books which concentrate on applying these principles to your life.
The Silva Method is based on a simple philosophy that you become what you think you are. If you have a negative self-image, then you become that person in the real world. If you want to change who you are in the real world, you need to change who you are in your mind. And he tells you how to do it.
On one level, it's a beginner's course in positive thinking, giving you step-by-step instructions on active meditation and creative visualization. Silva tells you how to go to your "alpha level" (a semi-conscious dream state), create a positive self-image, and turn it into reality. Even if you never get past this beginning stage, if all you can do is repeat Emile Coue's daily affirmations, "Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better" and "Negative thoughts have no influence over me", you'll still be so much better for it. It's really like positive self-programming.
But, on another level, it's also an advanced course teaching you how to expand your mind to increase your intelligence, improve your memory, develop ESP, heal your injuries and disease, and even heal others. Getting there is a little more difficult for most of us because it involves a leap of logic and faith. We have to overcome our belief systems.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Won't try it as I am not a clone April 28 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have looked at various products the last few days including the American Monk, Centerpointe and Silva, even though I have not tried any of them, I won't be trying anything by Silva or the American Monk and while Centrepointe looks good it's really pricey.

When I visited the Silva Life System website I was reading through and found a section on the price where the president gave a personal account of how she talked her business consultants from lowering the price from $497 to $97. Sounds good? Sure, except I had read a simular story on Burt Goldmans Quantum Jumping website. Same $497 to $97 except it was his publisher??! So I looked on the bottom of both sites for contact info and saw the same three pages. One was earnings disclaimer and the other privacy policy which were identical. ok...so I thought who is stealing from who as the copyrights and whois info is different, so I clicked on the Mindvalley LLC link on Burts site to find that it's a marketing company that runs or developed both websites. So, the question that burns in my mind is... if they are not benealth attempting to fool potential customers with simular fake personalized content, then maybe the claims/products are fake too. Read the books if you like, but before you spend the money on these receommended websites, find out who owns them first.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silva Mind Control Killed My Sister May 31 2014
By Marikay
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will not read this book. My younger sister, Marsha Hiltibrand committed suicide after becoming involved in Silva Mind Control. If you Google her name you can see a photograph of her jumping off the Meyer & Frank building downtown in SW Portland Oregon and some of my statements there. It's under TORPOR DUST: bodies in flight. She was between 21-23 years old and had she lived would now be maybe 64-66 now, so this was a while ago. As a result of her training at Silva Mind Control Marsha believed that 1) she would be able to open a phone book at random, point to an address and see in her mind the house and the family members who lived there, 2) that if she kept her mind on something it would happen--the example of her teachers--a live bear would walk into the room, 3) she had a spirit guide she could access by closing her eyes in a meditative state picturing this guide stepping out of an elevator to tell her something. I only went to one of the meetings with my sister, which occurred at what used to be called "The Top of the Cosmo", a hotel in the Lloyd Center, SE Portland. All I remember about the evening is an leering older man fogging up the air--smoking a big cigar, who came over and put his hand on Marsha's thigh as he asked her to hold his wife in thought, or whatever the lingo was, as his wife had cancer. He believed if they applied the Silva principles she would recover. Marsha may have had other mental health issues but we were not aware of them and her symptoms did not begin before she became affiliated with this group. Marsha quit going to work and hid in our storeroom, I guess hoping they wouldn't call. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book,the meditation is beyond any I have ever experienced
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Silva Mind Control Method
received in good condition considering it was bought second hand. An interesting read...have not finished the book yet to recommend it but many other famous authors refer to this... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Silva Mind control method
A bit desappointed, I thought it was a bigger book. I didn't have the time yet, to read or go over well.

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Published on Sept. 12 2011 by Mauricia.JMB
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Way, Life Changing I Highly Recommend This Book (and the course)
First, I recommend johnnymag's review, above, as an excellent explanation of the contents of this book, and as a very comprehensive statement of several different perspectives... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2010 by drutgat
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that changed my life
I read this book as a teenager. It got me started on a journey of self-discovery. I managed to heal myself of a bad health condition and I found myself rapidly attaining my goals. Read more
Published on March 26 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide
I see this book as being a good book for those that have an aversion to very religous type of books and are looking for something practical without any religious belief... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Coincidences ?
Some years ago,I put Silva Method in practice and I can report the following :when in Alpha, I visualized things as if I was seeing them through a microscope. Read more
Published on June 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blessing in a Book
This book is amazing. It teaches you how to meditate, which I had already done somewhat irregularly. Read more
Published on May 25 2002 by Adrienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for results
This book works. That is, the Silva method works. If you want material fulfillment, follow the advice of this book. Read more
Published on July 10 2001 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book Ever
this book will inspire every one from the old to the young. it will show you the power that you have within you. Read more
Published on May 8 2001
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