Research on ESP
One evening Jose's daughter had gone to her "level" (to use today's Mind Control terminology), and Jose was questioning her about her studies. As she answered each question, he framed the next in his mind. This was the usual procedure, and so far the session was no different from hundreds that had gone before. Suddenly, quietly, the routine was momentously changed. She answered a question her father had not yet asked. Then another. And another. She was reading his mind!
This was in 1953, when ESP was becoming a respectable subject for scientific inquiry, largely through the published work of Dr. J. B. Rhine of Duke University. Jose wrote to Dr. Rhine to report that he had trained his daughter to practice ESP and received a disappointing answer. Dr. Rhine hinted that the girl might have been psychic to begin with. Without tests of the girl before the training, there was no way to tell.
Meanwhile, Jose's neighbors noticed that his children's schoolwork had remarkably improved. At the beginning of his experiments they had been wary of his probings into the unknown, an unknown perhaps protected by forces that were best not tampered with. however, the success of a man working with his own children could not be ignored. Would Jose train their children too?
After the letter from Dr. Rhine, this was just what Jose needed. If what he had accomplished with one child could be accomplished with others, he would have chalked up the kind of repeatable experiments that are basic to the scientific method.
Over the next ten years he trained 39 Laredo children, with even better results because he improved his techniques a little with each child. Thus another first was scored: He had developed the first method in history that can train anyone to use ESP, and he had thirty-nine repeatable experiments to prove it. Now to perfect the method.
[Within another three years, Jose developed the course of training which is now standard. It takes only 40 to 48 hours and is as effective with adults as with children. So far it has been validated by some 500,000 "experiments," a measure of repeatability that no open-minded scientist can ignore.
These long years of research were financed by Jose's growing electronics business. No university or foundation or government grants were available for so far-out a field of research. Today the Mind Control organization is a thriving family business, with its profits going largely to more research and to support its accelerating growth. There are Mind Control lecturers or centers in all fifty states and in twenty-nine foreign nations.
With all this success, Jose has not become a celebrity, nor a guru or spiritual leader with followers or disciples. He is a plain man of simple ways, who speaks with the soft, almost lost accent of a Mexican-American. He is a powerfully built, stocky man with a kindly face that creases easily into a smile.]
Anyone who asks Jose what success has meant to him will be answered with a flood of success stories. A few examples:
A woman wrote to the Boston Herald American begging for some way to help her husband, who was tormented by migraine headaches. The newspaper printed her letter, then another letter the next day from someone else, also pleading for a way to control such headaches.
A physician read these letters and wrote that she had had migraine headaches all her life. She had taken Mind Control and had not had one since. "And would you believe it, the next introductory lecture was mobbed. Absolutely mobbed."
Another physician, a prominent psychiatrist, advises all his patients to take Mind Control because it gives them insights that in some cases would require two years of therapy to produce.
An entire marketing company was organized as a co-op by graduates who used what they learned in Mind Control to invent new products and devise ways of marketing them. In its third year, the company has eighteen products on the market.
An advertising man used to need about two months to create a campaign for new clients - about average in his field. Now, with Mind Control, the basic ideas come in twenty minutes and the rest of the work is done in two weeks.
Fourteen Chicago White Sox players took Mind Control. All their individual averages improved, most of them dramatically.
The husband of an overweight woman suggested she try Mind Control because all her diets had failed. She agreed, provided he went too. She lost twenty pounds in six weeks; he topped smoking.
A professor at a college of pharmacy teaches Mind Control techniques to his students. "Their grades are going up in all their courses, with less studying, and they're more relaxed. ... Everybody already knows how to use his or her imagination. I just get my students to practice it more. I show them that imagination is valid and that ther's a form of reality in imagination that they can use."
Although Jose smiles easily, when he hears "Jose, you've changed my life!" the smile fades a little and he says, "No, I didn't do it. You did, your own mind."
An extract from "The Silva Mind
Control Method" by Jose Silva and Philip Miele
Copyright © Jose Silva 1977