I think that the most inspiring success story we have ever received about the power of the human mind to correct problems came from a young man named Ed Thiessen.
Silva International was seeking success stories from Silva grads, and was even offering prizes for the best ones. Ed didn't know this; his aunt had simply asked him to write a letter to Mr. Silva telling him about his experiences.
We checked with the instructor in Oklahoma where Ed took the course, and she said that the last time she saw Ed, he still had a pronounced limp.
When we checked with the instructor in San Diego, California, where Ed was living at the time, the instructor there had a hard time believing the story. He said that Ed showed no signs of any physical problems, and appeared to be perfectly normal in every way. He told us that he had asked Ed to help him - the instructor - with some programming, but Ed simply told him that he was nothing special, and anybody else could do the things he did.
When we called Ed to tell him that his was the best story we had seen, and we were awarding him $500 and some Silva audio tapes, he was surprised.
And he declined the awards we were offering.
He finally agreed to accept them when we pointed out that he could share them with others, and use the money to help someone attend the Silva courses who couldn't otherwise do so.
We published his letter in Jose Silva's book You the Healer, but it is worth repeating. Here it is exactly the way he wrote it to us:
"Couldn't even imagine being well"
"Six years ago," Ed wrote to Jose Silva in 1984, "if you would have told me I would ever be happy and healthy, I wouldn't have even smiled at the thought - my health was so bad I couldn't even imagine being well. That was before someone introduced me to Silva Mind Control and the power of the mind.
"When I was born in 1962 I have been told I wasn't expected to live and if I did, I would have severe brain damage and cerebral palsy. It was later found out, through further examination, I had muscular dystrophy as well. I was also partly deaf, had severely crossed eyes and legally blind.
"The 'experts' didn't give my parents much hope I would ever be able to read or write or function in the 'outside world' - 'outside' of a state institution. Because of this and my declining health, they didn't expect me to live for long.
"At the age of 2 I had my first surgery on my eyes to correct my vision and my crossed eyes.
"From 1967 to 1979 I was placed in institutions and special schools and went through several operations on my legs and eyes to try to correct my many problems. But none seemed to really help. My eyesight was getting worse and hearing and speech were getting worse.
"Then in the early part of 1978 a volunteer gave me a book she had been reading. I often looked at books to see how many words I knew. As I read and reread your book (The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva) many times, over a period of time I mastered the techniques in the book. At times, I even slept with the book. I wore the book out.
"The doctors couldn't understand it but my health seemed to be getting better. I did not tell them what I was doing - it's called 'programming.'
"First I began walking. In a short time I no longer needed braces for my legs and arms. My hearing was restored as well as my speech.
"They said I would lose my eyesight but, by going to Level three to four times each day, eyesight improved. In the early part of 1980 I was able to leave the institution for good.
"A few months later my aunt heard about Silva Mind Control and she thought it would help me. She did not know how much it had helped me already. In December of 1980 we took the class.
"It helped me even more. My health improved greatly. In 1981 I stopped wearing glasses and now I have 20/20 vision and am in perfect health.
"In 1982 I took my GED test for my High School diploma and only missed one question in trigonometry. That was because I did not program for the problem.
"I used to have to buy two pairs of shoes as my feet were not the same size. I programmed at the beginning of last year (1983), now both feet are the same size. One foot grew three sizes in less than one year.
"All that is left from the past is a slight limp; that will pass soon. That is 'one' of my projects for 1984.
"My success is not a 'miracle' and I didn't do what I did because I am some super special person. What I did, I believe anyone can do. It just takes belief, a method (Silva) and a lot of work!
"Thank You, Jose Silva."