Written by Jose Silva, The Silva Mind Control Method is based on techniques used in his famous 4-day Mind Control training course and teaches participants to use their minds at a deeper level, even during sleep. Since the book was first published in 1977, millions of people including celebrities have graduated from Mind Control training. The book shows how people can learn to overcome tension, stress, bad habits, insecurities and even illnesses by using the techniques of Mind Control. It also explores creative visualisation and making things happen for you.
At first, I was sceptical about how much I would learn from the book, however I was pleasantly surprised and I found it hugely beneficial, both for my work and personal life. Mindfulness and meditation have become such an important part of our lives, so I was able to find ways of making it work for me. We all lead such hectic and busy lifestyles that it is important to take time away from thinking about work or even personal issues. Over time, this benefits us in the long term as when we do return to a busy work schedule for example, our minds are certainly decluttered to some extent.
The most useful chapters in the book include How to Meditate, Improving Memory and the Power of Imagination. I have used some of the techniques in my own meditation and mindfulness, such as counting backwards from 100 to get used to meditation and the power of words. I took away plenty of key learnings and have summarised the most powerful ones below:
- The mission of Mind Control is to train people to awaken the powers of other senses, apart from the five we know of (touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing).
- How to meditate – if you struggle to meditate, try closing your eyes and counting backwards from 100 to 1.
- Making ‘imaginary events’ become real – firstly you must desire that the event take place, you must believe it can take place and finally you must expect the event to take place. Silva recommends having a mental screen to visualise events and get a sense for them.
- The power of words – Silva suggests for those wanting to cure illnesses that people can trigger their body’s healing processes by repeating, “Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better”.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to explore meditation and mindfulness, as there are some fantastic exercises to try. It may be that not everything in the book is relevant, but it’s certainly an eye-opener in terms of what people have tried and hugely benefitted from.