Back in the 70's, I tried quite a few different "meditation" methods, most notably, www.tm.org...
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(TM) and, the topic of this thread, www.silvamethod.com...
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What, you might ask, do I mean by "working". Well, like I said, I tried many different systems of meditation and they all seemed to work well at
.... teaching meditation. All the systems seem to work on breathing and focusing on the body and TM and Silva were no different. All the various
methods of meditation worked at giving the experience of total and complete relaxation. Some, of course seemed to be better than others but,
essentially they were all the same.
But I single out TM and Silva because they were, well, a bit "better", more focused, and they somehow seemed to enable me to "tap" into
something...."special". I can't describe what I mean by special except to say that I seemed to operate at a different level. Let me explain;
When I gave the Silva Mind Control method (I believe they actually call it something else now -- The Silva Focused Thinking Method (I guess using
"Mind Control" had other, more negative, connotations) I took the course in Detroit in the early 70's. It might be different now, considering the
name change, but I doubt it. Silva had me focus on my breathing, of course, and on my body. Where it differed was in the way it helped me to use my
mind while being in an extremely relaxed state. I liken it to lucid dreaming without being asleep or, for that matter, dreaming. It is a different
state -- at least it seemed to be a different state. After I was in a state of deep relaxation, I was trained to use my mind to shift my focus from
the breathing sta te and the body. Instead I would visualize a screen -- much like a movie screen -- in which I could "communicate" with, well,
At the time, when I tried different systems and philosophies, I used to tend to throw myself completely into it for a period of time. Silva was no
different and I practiced it religiously for nearly a year. That is, I never missed a day wherein I did not practice the meditation techniques Silva
taught. Within a very short time, when I would meditate, I would not just be able to visualize a "movie screen" in my mind but I would actually
"see" messages on that screen. I would "see" where my lost keys were and later I'd find them. I would, somehow, "know" how to do things like,
for example, study for tests. I would actually focus my studies on various topics, themes and questions that invariably would turn up on tests and
exams. My sense of timing became impeccable. I found that I would be very sensitive to the moods of others and I'd always "say the right thing".
It almost felt as if I were psychic.
I know that none of the examples I gave seem supernatural or special or anything. All I can say is that it certainly seemed that way. In a strange
way, it gave me a sense of tremendous self-confidence and I was able to perform at an incredibly high level.
At the time, however, there was an aspect of Silva Mind Control that I did not like and that I found philosophically troubling. It was the concept of
meeting, while in deep meditation, what Silva called "the Masters of the Universe" -- I liken them to be "spirit guides". Well, this was a bit
too metaphysical for me and that, perhaps more than any other reason, was I stopped using this technique (and, similarly, TM).
However, there was no doubt in my mind that Silva worked and that I did, indeed, function beyond any previous experience. The reason it did this, I
surmise, is because I believe Silva to be a form of self-hypnosis that helped focus my mind to become acutely "aware". I became very aware of
myself, others and (this is where Silva seemed to differ from other systems) the material world around me.
When I found my lost keys, for example, I thought it to be "magic" of sorts. I thought that they had been lost forever. But I found them in the
garbage. I had visualized them inside of the garbage can (this is at the dawning of the plastic garbage bag....we used to just dump our garbage into
a can back then). It wasn't supernatural at all. I was, instead, able to focus my thinking and awareness to actually visualize where I had placed
my keys and to actually track them to the garbage bag -- perhaps by some sort of deduction. In this case, I had been reading the newspaper and had
closed the paper with my keys lying on the paper. My Mom threw the paper away (we didn't recycle back then either).
I know that to simply explain it like this doesn't sound very special but it was in that, I never had to hunt for anything! Oh I lost things but I
could always find it through Silva. I always Aced my tests. I knew nothing about automobile engines and yet I knew when I had a cracked distributor
even though I really didn't know what that even was!
It was subtle but extremely potent nevertheless. After about eight months or so using this system on a daily basis, I finally stopped because of the
aforementioned "masters of the universe". Silva described them that way as intelligent beings would be visualized that seemed to advice me. I
know, I know, one would call them products of my imagination that had been implanted, perhaps, through the teachings of the course I took. However, I
started to visualize these "intelligences" and it troubled me.
I should add that at the time, I began to study, investigate and research something called "The New Age Movement". I had read a book called
Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow
by Constance Cumby (or Cumbey) and it somehow struck a chord with me. Constance Cumby, a Detroit area attorney,
wrote this book after studying what could only be described as a mother of a conspiracy. She diagram ed a philosophy that stretched from Madame
Helena Blavatsky, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust Publishing Company and the Aquarian Conspiracy.
Though this book smacked of fundamentalist Christianity, Constance Cumbey's book touched on Silva Mind Control and it sort of freaked me enough to
simply stop using the system.
Anyway, all I can say is that Silva Mind Control definitely was a meditative experience that was uniquely special.