Posted By: livingsuccess Silva Practice Group - 06/28/04 04:44 PM
I am going through the Silva Mind Control Method book by Jose Silva and Philip Miele right now and I am interested in hearing any feedback from anyone out there who is either using the course that was recently promoted by LSC, other readers of the book, or anyone who has taken one of the Silva classes and uses the method.

So far the methods presented seem sound and, based upon my own experience in learning meditation and other mind / emotion control techniques, looks like a good course.

At a certain point in the book it suggests that you form a Silva Practice Group with "at least six compatible people, who will learn to practice the exercises."

Would anyone who is interested in being a part of a Silva Practice Group speak up here and we will see if we can get together a group?

Posted By: Jeanne Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/11/04 03:41 PM
I think it's a good idea. Yahoo does that sort of thing pretty well (usually). If you start one, post the name of it and I'll join.

Posted By: livingsuccess Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/12/04 04:16 PM
Thanks Jeanne,

I was kind of curious to see who was interested within the community of people here around the Learning Strategies site, who may be using some of the other LSC products such as PhotoReading, Genius Code, and Abundance for Life.

I am a little surprised at the response here. Maybe the people who are into the Learning Strategies products aren't really interested in the Silva method. It is pretty much in line with other mind development techniques that I have learned over the years.

Posted By: Dosetsu Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/12/04 04:58 PM
I've studied both the Silva Method and LSC materials. IIRC LSC also sells the Silva CDs, so even they wouldn't see a conflict.

Posted By: Alex K. Viefhaus Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/13/04 10:13 AM
Livingsuccess you haven't bother to search the forum have you? I suggest you search this one the Genius Code and PhotoReading. It's been discussed in those in the past.


Posted By: livingsuccess Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/13/04 03:07 PM
Hi Alex and all,

Thanks for the HINT regarding searching the forum. I seem to remember that I did do a search before I made this posting, though. The main purpose of this thread was to ask about who would like to start a Silva Practice Group, as the name of the thread would imply. I didn't find anything about a practice group when I did that search. I realized that there is general interest in the Silva program and my later comment was more of a baiting than anything else. I am not "curious" about Silva - I know these things work and I wanted to find others interested in some real practical work and experimentation with the methods. Anyone please speak up if they are really interested in practically working with the Silva method in a practice group.

I can see that you (Alex) have some real experience with Silva, and I did do a deeper search before making this post to read more about the general Silva talk here. Margaret seemed to be pretty focused with the Silva method and with CRI's products, of which I am also a long-time practioner. I wonder if Margaret is around here much now? (don't worry, I already did a search on her posts with "silva" in them - she hasn't been heard around here, regarding Silva, for just over 2 years now) But there must be people here who would like to start a Silva practice group, right?

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Posted By: livingsuccess Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/13/04 03:13 PM

This is just a general question, but I don't see where to post it, since I can't get into the Memory Optimizer forum.

I own a copy of Memory Optimizer. What do I have to do to get a password to the forum?

Posted By: Alex K. Viefhaus Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/13/04 03:19 PM
Lot more experiences with Silva than I've ever told. And I won't discuss here on the forum. A few people have picked my brain about it on MSN.

Hopefully the others will do a search too.


Posted By: Alex K. Viefhaus Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/13/04 03:24 PM
Pete posted it right on the forum link for those who want to peek into the forum.

It's also the on the title page of the manual last line


Posted By: livingsuccess Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/15/04 02:19 AM
I love that where it is right in the commentary around the link, which I obviously didn't read so closely.

Posted By: WebCrawler2010 Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/21/04 01:59 PM
Here's my two-bucks,

Within the past couple of years, a buddy of mine and I have:

- Participated and repeated the Silva Basic course
- Purchased and gone through the basic homestudy course
- Attended & particpated in the Silva UltraMind course, as well as, own and gone through the homestudy version of this program
- Bought and read numerous books on Silva, including the most recent book by Burt Goldman

Well, after all is said and done, all we have to show for our time, effort and money is...nada, zippo. I mean, sure, we know how to get to and stay at level, do the formula techniques, etc., but in terms of programming and successfully manifesting short & long-term goals via Mirror of the Mind, Three-Scene & Mental Video techniques, well, the results, IF ANY, have been very, very dismal.

My budddy and I have consulted with each other, have consulted with others via email, phone and in person and after 2 years of consistent practice and study, we've concluded that this method does not deliver as promised. Don't get me wrong, the Silva method is very good for one learning how to relax and experience a meditative state to relieve stress, but from our experience it doesn't live up to all the claims we've read and heard about. As a result, this past Friday at dinner, my friend and I unanimously decided that Silva is out and therefore, we're moving on to other things.

Posted By: livingsuccess Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/29/04 02:45 PM
Hi Webcrawler,

Thanks for your feedback. I can understand your frustration after spending two years doing consistent daily practice (I assume that you mean practicing everyday and not just regularly one to two times a week?) that you should be dissappointed with the method.

It is good that you have learned to get into state - this is really the most important aspect of the method - learning to use mental tools that enable you to control your state. So you certainly have gained from the experience.

It is interesting how modern marketing promotes such an "instant results" culture for the sake of sales that it really does a disservice to people who are really seeking to develop themselves.

In the past, when you would seek to learn about these sorts of things, you had to first find someone who had real knowledge of the subject - no easy task, and this would weed out many of the curiosity seekers. Then, when you did find someone capable of teaching you, there often would be a probationary period imposed. This was for the sake of your own development - it takes an iron resolve to master such things (and certainly the power of manifestation would be such a special thing), and you would be learning lots of foundational things that you would at that time be taking for granted because you wanted "to get to the real stuff". This again would weed out those who didn't have the correct attitude and resolve for this line of work. To really open those doors it takes the attitude - "If it takes 5 years, ten years, 20 years...if I have to continue for the rest of my life without any apparent results, then so be it." This obviously doesn't jibe with the current trend in the marketing of such programs.

Basically the programs are sound, but their marketing is not.

Moving from one program to another looking for the one that will give you short-term results is a real trap. You have to simply pick one system and continue working faithfully with it into the future without any kind of thought in the back of your mind - "Just one more year and if I don't see results then this is a bunch of bunk." If you will take this approach, most of the systems out there will work. It probably won't take the rest of your life to see results, but you have to have taken on this attitude of iron resolve and committment before real progress will be open to you.

This is actually the key to lasting intimate relationships as well. People move from one relationship to another (one system to another) looking for the right one. They are always looking and never truly engaged and committed. The paradox is that you will not find the right one until you completely engage and commit yourself.

I speak from experience here - and I know that the skeptics will say that adopting the attitude that I suggest is playing yourself for a fool and opening yourself up to every scam out there. However, I have achieved results (phenomenal results) in every system that I have worked with. I have taken the long path of many years of faithful daily practice of meditation and service. I do not conjecture - I know because I have done the experiment for myself.

Two years to get a good foundation is a start - you were possibly just nearing the portal of true progress. I imagine that you may have been hovering about it for some time. I imagine that there are certain attitudes that will need to adjust, certain ideas that will need to be shed before you will fit through that door. You can move from one system to the next, but that obstacle will follow you whereever you go because it is internal.

I really feel for you and others who have been misled by the marketing around these various programs. Pretty much all of these systems can work, but the marketing is misleading. The people working these systems know that they work and that they will work very quickly for a select number of people. They try to get testimonials from this special group that sees very quick and phenomenal results. This won't be the case for the majority who lack the resolve to really do the needed work or who have certain mental blockages to success which will need to be dealt with before true progress can begin.

Posted By: benewme Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/30/04 02:13 AM
Silva method and success:
About 10 years ago I studied the basic Silva method and did get real, concrete results. It was one of the first self improvement methods I ever tried, and my faith in the program (and therefore myself) may have had a lot to do with it. My goals were a little odd: 1) a computer at a price I could afford (free), 2) a new mini-van when I had no money, and 3) financial independence. I achieved goals 1 and 2, although it took a total of 4-5 months to do it. Goal #3 didn't happen, I got a lot of discouraging feedback from people trying to "help", and I finally quit. I lost faith in myself. I've never had results like that since, with Silva or any other method.

I've known people who didn't like the Silva method--I think the wording didn't resonant with them. Different people respond to different words. I know I've tried some other programs and found they had word choices that turned me off--things like using the word "believe". To me, "believe" implies thinking something is true/will happen, but never having the proof. When one has proof, one no longer believes, one knows. So the phrase "Believe in myself" translates to "Think I can do it, but never see the results to confirm it."

So, that's my blurb. Silva works, but it may not be for everyone, all the time. livingsuccess has a point about "instant results". These days, I feel pulled so many different directions that if I don't see some encouraging signs within 2-3 weeks, I think I can't do it and that I'm wasting my time. I'd like to get back into Silva...

Posted By: livingsuccess Re: Silva Practice Group - 07/30/04 04:02 PM
benewme - I think you may really be onto something!

You said:

"I lost faith in myself. I've never had results like that since... ...[certain] word choices that turned me off--things like using the word "believe". To me, "believe" implies thinking something is true/will happen, but never having the proof. When one has proof, one no longer believes, one knows. So the phrase "Believe in myself" translates to "Think I can do it, but never see the results to confirm it."

Now you might really get some power from Socrates' "Know Thyself", instead of "believe in yourself". All that we have is our Self. Anything that can be known can only become known through that Self. The only true knowledge is Self knowledge.

Go for it!

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