Q: I have recently purchased the home study course and need some guidance. I have listened, and practiced, the first two CDs (Sessions 1-4), but am unclear if I can go on to the next ones without the 2 weeks of practice from these CDs. Am I suppose to wait on this? I am eager to proceed and guess I am asking how the program is suppose to be laid out. I want to do it right so that I get the most out of it. Your comments are appreciated.
A: These audio recordings are designed to be very flexible so that you can use them in the way that suits you best. For instance, some people like to listen to all of the recordings first, and then go back and start practicing. Some like to experience the whole program and then select one specific area to work on. Some prefer to master each session step by step. All of the approaches are fine.
The most important thing to remember is that Jose Silva's techniques all work at the alpha brain wave level - it is the Alpha level that gives them their power. So you want to be sure to find your level and learn to use it with conscious awareness. You do that by practicing the Silva Centering Exercise, in Session 2.
As soon as you are able to relax physically and mentally with the Silva Centering Exercise, without falling asleep, you are ready to learn the rest of the techniques in this home study course. When you have used your mind to cause an effect in your body - to relax physically and mentally - then you are ready to start using your mind to accomplish other things.
You may feel relaxed and ready to proceed after practicing the Silva Centering Exercise just once, or you may need to practice the Centering Exercise several times in order to learn to relax physically and mentally. Keep practicing until you are able to relax. Once you have accomplished that, then continue with the rest of the program.
In the UltraMind ESP System classes, we intersperse the Silva Centering Exercise with the other conditioning cycles. That is, we do the Silva Centering Exercise, then the first mental projection exercise. Then we repeat the Silva Centering Exercise before doing the next mental projection conditioning cycle. We continue to alternate the Silva Centering Exercise with the Mental Projection exercises.
You can simulate the course experience by doing the same thing. After you do the exercise in Session 4, then do the Silva Centering Exercise in Session 2 again. Then proceed to Sessions 5 and 6, then practice the Silva Centering Exercise again, and continue in that manner.
There you will find information to help you develop your ability, as well comments and experiences from other UltraMind students. You can also contact other UltraMind graduates and Instructors, who will be happy to share their experiences with you.
Q: Thank you so much for your quick response. It is very helpful, but one last question.....is it OK to do a number of the exercises in one day (maybe three-four)?
A: Absolutely... sorry I forgot to mention that. In class, we do as many as 8 exercises in one day, along with explanations, etc.
Ideal for practicing is to enter level 3 times a day, for 15 minutes each time. Just like it says in the Silva Centering Exercise. Once the new information is "programmed" into your "computer-brain," you are ready to go to level and "run the programs" - start using them.
Q: I recently obtained the UltraMind ESP home study program on CD's from Nightingale Conant. When the workbook suggests doing the Long Relaxation Exercise (I think this might be called the Centering Exercise in the seminar) once a day for two weeks, does it mean doing the exercise with the Long Relaxation Exercise playing on the CD and the moderator talking? Or does it mean doing it yourself with only the alpha sound? Thank you for clearing up my confusion.
A: That's a good question... I will add it (and the answer) to the Home Study Course FAQ page.
You can use the recording for guidance until you learn what to do. Then it is great to practice on your own. Nobody knows better than you just how long you need to spend on each step, nobody knows your needs better than you do.
You can practice both with and without the Alpha Sound playing in the background, and notice what kind of results you get. You might also want to try it with the Theta Sound (5 beats per second). As always, let your results be your guide.
Let me know if that answers your questions.
Thanks again, and please feel free to call on me any time we can be of service.
Response: Thank you so much for answering my question about the long relax exercise on the home study CD's.
I just want to tell you how much I'm getting out of this program already. I learned long ago that we create our own reality with our thoughts, and that guidance is available from one's guides, but to have a well-defined method for using and applying this knowledge is a great blessing.
I'm grateful to Jose Silva for the years he put in researching these topics, and to you and the other facilitators for your important work in teaching it.