Silva succeeds when all else fails

Successful mental projection showed him who he really is

Wouldn't it be great if there were a "success course" that really worked...for everybody?
You know what I mean; you know what the success books are like:

A powerful, wealthy, successful man or woman writes a book about what they did and how they did it. They tell about their struggles and how they overcame those struggles to rise from failure to success.

And then they give you their secret formula for success:

Just do what I did, they tell you; persist, work hard, never give up; follow my guidelines and you will become successful too.

To prove their point, they always give you examples of people who have done it: They tell you about the people that they have taught their secrets to, and as a result, these people have also become rich and famous.

Sometimes they are honest enough to admit that most people are not successful with their system. But don't worry, they admonish you; persist, work hard, never give up; follow my guidelines and you will become successful too.

So you try. You give it your best shot. You put forth an honest effort and you do what the success guru says, you use the techniques, you persist, you work hard, you follow their guidelines, and success...eludes you.

If it works for all those other people, why not for you?

But hold on...wait a minute here. What do you mean, "it works for all those other people"?

Didn't we just say that they even admit that only one person in ten succeeds in becoming successful?

Think about that: The odds are ten to one against you ever having much success with any of those success courses.

Oh, you make little gains with almost any program that you try. There is always something there that is helpful. It's just that very few people - only about one in ten - every achieves any significant gains over where they were previously, from the success courses.

Searching for success

Bob and Donna Briggs

Bob Briggs with his wife Donna and their children

That's the way it was for Bob Briggs. Bob is a salesman in Orlando, Florida. "There was something about me," he says. "I'd always do very well, in every job, in everything thing I did. But then, as I'd get close to the top, close to being the best, I'd fall apart."

He'd read every book he could find about how people had attained success. He'd make some gains, but never enough.

He took every success course that came around. He'd make some gains, but never enough.

Finally he hit bottom. He was unable to work; he was taking heavy doses of prescription tranquilizers; his doctors held little hope that he would ever be able to hold a job again. He became so depressed he even tried to take his life. He headed out into a lake to drown himself, but his family coaxed him back to shore. "I even failed at that," he lamented.

Then Bob heard about another success course. He didn't even have enough money left to pay the tuition, but the instructor told him to come anyway.

Bob came, and it was a disaster. Nothing worked for Bob.

"I had finally hit rock bottom," Bob said. "In the past, I'd always started off well, and then failed before I'd reach the top. This time, I failed right from the beginning."

On the final afternoon of the course, Bob came back from lunch, but didn't go back into the meeting room. The instructor saw Bob pacing around outside, and went over to speak to him.

"This was my last hope," Bob moaned.

"Can you imagine what it feels like to know that you are somebody's last hope?" instructor Paul Fransella said. Paul had invited Bob to attend the course without charge, hoping for a miracle.

Now it had come to this.

Paul had seen this success course work miracles before, so he talked Bob into returning for the final session of the day.

Paul was confident that Bob could get what he needed, because the course he was teaching promises one thing that no other course in history has ever been able to deliver. This course promises that you can develop one special ability that the people who write the success books all have, but are almost never aware of.

It is the one thing that gave the successful authors the ability to choose success for themselves.

Developing a special ability

Researcher and writer Napoleon Hill was aware of this one special characteristic that all super successful people have:

They have the ability to sense information directly, with their minds. They are not limited to using only their physical senses. Here is how Hill explained it in 1925:

"There is a given point at which the human mind stops rising or exploring unless something out of the daily routine happens to 'push' it over this obstacle," Hill wrote in his Law of Success course, published in 1928. "In some minds this point is very low and in others it is very high. In still others it varies between low and high.

"The individual who discovers a way to stimulate his mind artificially, arouse it and cause it to go beyond this average stopping point frequently, is sure to be rewarded with fame and fortune if his efforts are of a constructive nature," Hill noted. Then he added:

"The educator who discovers a way to stimulate any mind and cause it to rise above this average stopping point without any bad reactionary effects, will confer a blessing on the human race second to none in the history of the world."

Paul Fransella had been teaching the Silva system for several years. He had seen virtually everyone who took the course - not one out of ten, but even more than nine out of ten people who completed the course - "cause their mind to rise above the average stopping point."

And it wasn't just happening in Paul's classes.

There were hundreds of instructors throughout the United States and in dozens of other countries who were teaching the same thing.

Paul reminded himself of all of the successes he had seen, and then he took Bob Briggs back into the classroom for the final session - for Bob's "last hope."

Using mental projection

Bob sat down with two other students in the class. He closed his eyes and went through the ritual for "entering level" - lowering his brain frequency to the "alpha rhythm," which he had been trying to learn.

Then one of his classmates told him the name of a friend of hers: A young woman in a nearby city. Bob was told only the name, age, sex, and location of "the subject."

"Now scan the body with your intelligence, from where you know the head is to the feet, up and down, up and down, several times rapidly," the classmate read from a script that is always used for this exercise. "Allow your intelligence indirectly to select three areas of greatest attraction. Mention to me the areas of attraction as they come to you."

Bob sat in stony silence, looking more miserable every moment.

Paul was observing. Though he didn't like to get involved and preferred to let the students do this completely on their own, he decided to offer a suggestion.

Jose Silva as your Orientologist directing student in working health cases

Jose Silva directing a student in a case working session

"Use your hands," Paul told Bob gently. "I know it feels a little silly, but go ahead and use your hands. Run them up and down the body."

Bob slowly raised his hands up, and then slowly brought them down, his fingers moving slightly as he "sensed" the subject's body.

He stopped, with his hands down.

"Why did you stop?" Paul asked.

"I don't know," Bob answered.

"Then do it again," Paul said, "and tell me what part of the body you are attracted to."

Bob ran his hands down the "body" again, and again stopped with his hands down.

"What are you sensing?" Paul asked. "What do you detect?"

"Nothing," Bob answered.

"Then do it again."

Once again, Bob stopped with his hands down.

"What do you detect?" Paul asked again.

"Nothing," Bob answered again.

"What do you mean 'nothing'? Tell me something," Paul continued. "Make something up if you have to. Tell me what you detect."

"There's nothing here," Bob said plaintively. "I get the feeling that there's something when my hands are up, but when I get to the legs and feet, I don't feel like there's anything here after all."

"Open your eyes," Paul said.

Then he handed Bob the "case card" where the subject's information had been written down ahead of time by the student who knew her.

One of young woman's legs had been amputated.

"During the hour that remained of the course," Paul said, "Bob, who had become known to his classmates as Mr. Negative, became the most positive, most enthusiastic - almost obnoxious - person in the entire class."

Bob's experience was not unique. Everyone in the class was "working cases" successfully. Not just once or twice, but ten times or more. They were not hitting every case perfectly, but were accurate about eight out of ten times.

A big transformation

What happened to Bob after that?

Bob had gotten in touch with a part of himself that had not been available to him previously, a part of himself that could correct the problem of old negative programming he had gotten as a child, a part of himself that was not limited by the physical world when it came to the ability to communicate.

Bob now had a choice of which tools to use, and how to use them.

He could choose whether to continue reacting to the old messages and old programs he had accumulated throughout the years, or adopt new programs that would neutralize the old ones.

He could choose to communicate subjectively, to learn what people needed so that he could provide it for them; to communicate his message to other people subjectively, where there are fewer walls and barriers to truth.

Bob now had a choice of whether to continue failing as in the past - when he had no choice - or to choose to succeed.

Bob chose success.

He quit taking tranquilizers. He got his job back, and within a year had become the top sales person for his company in the entire state of Florida. Then he started setting national records: He was the first sales person ever to be tops nationwide for three consecutive months.

Taking the course did not end Bob's problems. The company he worked for fell on hard times, and eventually went bankrupt. In the process, Bob and his wife Donna faced many challenges, and they handled every one of them successfully.

"The old me would have fallen apart," Bob said. "But the new me was able to handle it."

Ed Bernd Jr

About Ed Bernd Jr.

Silva Instructor and Author, Ed worked for Jose Silva for more than 17 years and coauthored numerous books with Mr. Silva.