What to expect
Note: If you have not used the Silva Centering Exercise before, you must review this lesson first so you will know what to expect. This will help you get the best results.
The video runs 32 minutes 12 seconds.
Scroll down the page for a complete summary of the entire exercise.
How to Enter the powerful Alpha Level
Your brain automatically slows to the alpha level when you make yourself comfortable, close your eyes, and relax your body and mind in order to go to sleep.
We take advantage of that natural function and “condition” you to lower your brain frequency in a matter of seconds. Here is how it works:
In this “conditioning cycle” that we call the Silva Centering Exercise, we ask you to make yourself comfortable, close your eyes, and relax your body from head to toes. Then we related this physical relaxation to the number 3.
Then we guide you to relax mentally and relate the mental relaxation to the number 2.
When you have followed the instructions in the Silva Centering Exercise, then your brain will be at the alpha frequency. After you have practiced a few times you will be able to enter the alpha level by just mentally repeating and visualizing the numbers:
- Level 3 and Relax physically
- Level 2 and Relax mentally
- Level 1 and take it for granted that you have entered the alpha level
How to come out of level whenever you desire
The standard way to come out of your level is by counting from 1 to 5.
- To come out of any level of the mind, count to yourself mentally from 1 to 5 and tell yourself that at the count of 5 you will open your eyes, be wide awake, feeling fine and in perfect health, feeling better than before.
- Then proceed to count slowly from 1 to 2, then to 3.
- At the count of 3 mentally remind yourself that at the count of 5 you will open your eyes, be wide awake, feeling fine and in prefect health, feeling better than before.
- Proceed to count slowly to 4, then to 5.
- At the count of 5 and with your eyes open, mentally tell yourself, “I am wide awake, feeling fine, and in perfect health, feeling better than before. And this is so.”
Physical and Mental Relaxation
To deepen your level, you can practice relaxing your body from head to toes the way you learn at Level 3.
You can also practice visualizing tranquil and passive scenes, as you learned to do at Level 2.
A day at the beach may be a tranquil and passive scene for you.
A day out fishing may be a tranquil and passive scene for you.
A tranquil and passive scene for you may be a walk through the woods on a beautiful summer day, when the breeze is just right, where there are tall shade trees, beautiful flowers, a very blue sky, an occasional white cloud, birds singing in the distance, even squirrels playing on the tree limbs. Hear birds singing in the distance.
Remember that you can project yourself mentally to your ideal place of relaxation for a minute and get the same benefit as if you had been there for an hour physically.
Countdown Deepening Exercises
To enter deeper, healthier levels of mind, practice with the count-down deepening exercises:
To deepen, count downward…
- From 25 to 1, or
- From 50 to 1, or
- From 100 to 1.
When you reach the count of 1, you will have reached a deeper, healthier level of mind, deeper than before.
You will always have full control and complete dominion over your faculties and senses at all levels of the mind including the outer conscious level.
Jose Silva used to suggest that we visualize (recall) a green neon sign. Today, LED’s are more common. Use whatever works best for you.
The best times to practice
- The best time to practice the count-down deepening exercises is in the morning when you wake up. Remain in bed at least five minutes practicing the count-down deepening exercises.
- The second best time to practice is at night, when you are ready to retire.
- The third best time to practice is at noon after lunch.
How long to practice
- 5 minutes of practice is good;
- 10 minutes is very good;
- 15 minutes is excellent.
How often to practice
- To practice once a day is good;
- 2 times a day is very good; and
- 3 times a day is excellent.
- If you have a health problem, practice for 15 minutes 3 times a day.