Guidelines for getting the greatest benefit from the Silva techniques
1. Establish your level.
You must establish a deep level of mind. Everything works from that deep level of mind.
Here is how to practice and to establish a deep level as your baseline: Practice the Silva Centering Exercise at least once a week.
Memorize it - that is, learn the procedure and follow it. You should not continue to use a recording once you have learned it. Also, we do not want you to just learn all the words and mentally repeat them; that would not do you any good. The important thing is to learn what to do, step by step, and then do it.
Imagine that you can detect "a fine vibration, a tingling sensation, a feeling of warmth caused by circulation." Eventually you will actually begin to detect it. When you relax your scalp (and other parts of your body), how do you do that? How do you sense your scalp relaxing? Is it like a damp cloth over your skull? Are the roots of your hairs being washed with the warm blood circulation? How do you detect this relaxation?
It is important that you do it on your own, because nobody else knows what it takes for you to relax, how long it takes, what other parts of your body you need to relax. Nobody else knows how much you are hurting. Take as long as you need, to learn to totally relax your body, then your mind.
We recommend that new students practice the Long Relaxation Exercise at least once a week for the first three months. Many of us continue to practice it at least once a week, even 20 years later.
If you do not establish a good, deep level, then it will be very difficult to get anything else to work for you. Once you establish that deep level, then everything else will begin to work for you.
2. Correct sense of values
Mr. Silva believes that we were sent here to correct problems, our own problems and problems of other people as well. He has often said that the best way to help yourself is to find somebody else with the same problem and help them. People have long said that when we start teaching others is when we start to learn the most about the subject we are teaching.
Keep one thing in mind: You should not offer to help them just because they are helping you; you should have a desire in yourself to help anyone who needs help, if you have an opportunity to help them.
Mr. Silva says that if we want help from higher intelligence, then we should be doing what we were sent here to do: Correcting problems. The more problems you are solving, the more people you are helping, the more you qualify for help from higher intelligence. If you are just working for yourself, and doing things for yourself only, then you are not likely to get help from higher intelligence. You are on your own. The techniques will still work for you, but it is much easier when you have help from other graduates, and from higher intelligence.
3. The value of working health cases
Your intuition is to be used to help correct problems. It takes little time to work health cases, and cost nothing. When you work health cases, you could be helping people who don't even know you, who don't know that you are working in their behalf. This is a very unselfish act. And, as we mentioned above, when you are doing what you were sent here to do, you will prosper.
When Mr. Silva first started teaching his System publicly, he had one student who could not work cases accurately. This student asked Mr. Silva what he should do. Mr. Silva told him to work 100 cases.
The student went to the person who had told him about the course - a nurse - and they met every afternoon after she got off from work at the hospital, and she gave him cases. After he had worked 100 cases, he called Mr. Silva again and said that he still had not gotten any of them right, what should he do next?
Mr. Silva told him to work another 100 cases. He did, still without success. So Mr. Silva told him to work another 100 cases.
Finally, about halfway through the third series of 100 cases, he began to get them right.
If you have enough desire, and if you persist, you will learn to do it, with or without your instructor's help.
4. Improving your mental skills
Whenever you get a technique to work for you, reinforce it. Enter your level and recall everything that you did. Use that success as a point of reference to help you have even more successes.
Every time that you review a success at your level, it provides almost as much benefit as if you had actually had another success. Eventually, you will have accumulated enough energy from these successes (and remembered successes) that you can unlock another technique, and get it working for you.
Then the successes that you have with the two techniques will provide enough energy for yet another success. You might not ever succeed with the third technique if you do not have successes with the first two first. So keep trying different techniques until you find one that you can succeed at, so that you can build up that "success energy."
5. How to make sure your programming is working
Use feedback to help you:
Whenever something works, and you get positive results, do more of it.
If you try something several times and it doesn't work for you, then try something different.
If you program for something and the situation gets worse, then enter your level, analyze the situation, and do the opposite of what you did before. If you start programming for a longer period of time and things get worse, then do the opposite: program for a shorter period of time and see what happens.
The point is, program for something where you can see results in a very short time, two or three days at the most. Then, whatever happens will guide you as to how to proceed: Whether to keep doing what you are doing, or to make adjustment.
That is one of the big advantages of working health cases as we do at the completion of the course. You get immediate feedback on every case that you work, so that you will know exactly how you are doing and, once you start having success at detecting some of the problems, then you start comparing and contrasting your hits with your misses and figure out what to do to avoid misses and have more hits.
6. Advanced programming techniques
Use the formula-type techniques exactly as written. Jose Silva invested 22 years of research to work out the exact wording and all of the details.
If you have a question about a technique, study the formula in your manual; you will usually find the answer. Don't do what other people tell you to do if it conflicts with the formula.
Another tip is not to program for what you want. This is a problem-solving course, so program to solve a problem. Instead of programming to get a lot of money, program to help people, and to keep your bills paid. Leave some room for higher intelligence to work out the best way for all concerned.
Remove all doubt about your programming. Use the MentalVideo Technique if you are unsure, to be sure that you are programming for the right thing.
Keep your programming in the possibility area. This does not mean to limit yourself, but if you program for something that you don't believe, deep inside, that you cannot achieve, there is little chance that you will achieve it, at least not any time soon.
Remember that we do not control other people. If somebody wants to drink and get drunk, they are going to drink and get drunk. If a person wants to be with somebody else, it is a waste of time to program for that person to be with you.
You can program that a person will have a desire to change - to stop drinking, for instance. Once the person desires it enough, they will take the necessary steps to bring it about.
7. Visualization and imagination
Visualization is recalling what something looks like that you have experienced before.
Imagination is thinking of what something looks like that you have never seen or imagined before.
Think of a dog that you have seen. Do you remember Lassie, from the television program and movies? Do you recall what the dog looked like? How many legs did the dog have? Four? When you do this, you are visualizing. You may have a vivid mental picture, or you may simply be recalling what the dog looked like - it is all visualization.
Now, imagine what that dog would look like if it had six legs. Where would the extra two legs go: in the front, the middle, the back? Imagine how funny that would look. When you do this, you are imagining.
Later, if you think about the dog with six legs, and recall what it would look like, then you are visualizing what you created with your imagination previously.
8. Suggested practice routines
Establish your level by practicing the Silva Centering Exercise at least once a week.
Fulfill your obligation by working health cases regularly. As a side benefit, you talents and abilities will improve.
Get your own life under control before you try to change the world. Some people want a job managing a big company, yet they suffer from tension and stress and have many personal problems. The better off you are in your personal life, the more value you will be to your employer.
Remember, program to correct problems. When you are a good enough problem solver, you will be rewarded handsomely for all of the problems you solve.
Remember that the most important time to practice is when you don't need to.
If you wait until you have a major problem, then the tension and worry will make it difficult for you to get to level and program correctly.
Practice when there's no pressure. Help anyone who needs help.
Remember that if you only program for yourself, nobody else is going to be very interested in helping you. The more help you give, the more help you will get, when you need it. It may not come from the same people that you helped, but it will come.
9. Final thoughts
If you review these guidelines from time to time and follow them, you will succeed.
Repeat the courses from time to time, and you will learn new things each time.
Work with other Silva graduates. Offer to help them in any way you can, and let them help you.
If you persist, you will succeed.