Jose Silva is the founder of The Silva Method, and a pioneer in mind empowerment research. Silva dedicated his life to awakening the human mind’s hidden potential. After 24 years of research, he released his findings in 1966 and spent the rest of his life perfecting and teaching The Silva Method. Silva’s legacy is carried on today through Silva International, an organization committed to continuing his mission.

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Jose's Early Life

Jose Silva was born August 11,1914, in Laredo, Texas. At the age of four he moved in with their grandmother along with his older sister, and younger brother , as they lost their father and his mother remarried soon.

Two years later at the age of 6 he became the family breadwinner, selling newspapers, shining shoes, and doing odd jobs. In the evenings he watched his sister and brother do their homework, and they helped him learn to read and write. He has never gone to school, except to teach.

Jose raised from poverty began one day when he was waiting his turn in a barbershop. He reached for something to read. What he picked up was a lesson from a correspondence course on how to repair radios. Jose asked to borrow it, but the barber would only rent it, and that on one condition that Jose completes the examinations in the back in the barber’s name. Each week Jose paid a dollar, read the lesson, and completed the examination.

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Jose Silva's Career

Soon a diploma hung in the barbershop, while across town Jose, at the age of fifteen, he began to repair radios. As the years passed, his repair business became one of the largest in the area, providing money for the education of his brother and sister, the wherewithal for him to marry, plus eventually some half-million dollars to finance the twenty years of research that led to Mind Control.

Silva has studied advanced electronics to join the Signal corps as an Instructor in WORLD WAR II.

When he was discharged, with savings gone and $200 in his pocket, he began slowly to rebuild his business. At the same time, he took a half-time teaching job at Laredo Junior College, where he supervised three other teachers and was charged with creating the school’s electronics laboratories.

Five years later, with television on the scene, his repair business began to flourish and Jose called a halt to his teaching career. His business once again became the largest in town.

Jose Silva began his journey as a humble radio repairman in Laredo, Texas, and later as an electronics instructor with the United States Army Signal Corps.

Despite his career in electronics, Silva had a keen interest in hypnosis and the workings of the human mind. He spent his days working at his job and his nights studying the work of thought leaders like Freud, Jung, and Adler.

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Another man with diplomas, these more conscientiously earned than the barber’s, inadvertently sparked this research. The man was a psychiatrist whose job it was to ask questions of men being inducted into the Signal Corps during World War II.

  • “Do you wet your bed?” Jose’ was dumbfounded.
  • “Do you like women?” Jose, the father of three, and destined one day to be the father of ten, was appalled.

Surely, he thought, the man knew more about the human mind than the barber knew about radios. Why such stupid questions?

It was this perplexing moment that started Jose on an odyssey of scientific research that led to his becoming—without diplomas or certificates—one of the most creative scholars of his age. Through their writings, Freud, Jung, and Adler became his early teachers.

The stupid questions took on deeper meanings, and soon Jose was ready to ask a question of his own: Is it possible, using hypnosis, to improve a person’s learning ability—in fact, raise his I.Q.? In those days I.Q. was believed to be something we were born with, but Jose was not so sure.

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What he learned about hypnosis, plus what he knew about electronics, plus some F’s on his children’s report cards brought him back to the question he had raised earlier—can learning ability, the I.Q., be improved through some kind of mental training?

Step by Step Progress on Jose Silva Research

Jose already knew that the mind generates electricity. He had read about experiments that revealed the Alpha rhythm early in this century. And he knew from his work in electronics that the ideal circuit is the one with the least resistance, or impedance, because it makes the greatest use of its electrical energy. Would the brain work more effectively too if its impedance were lowered? And can its impedance be lowered?

Jose began using hypnosis to quiet the minds of his children and he discovered what to many appeared to be a paradox: He found that the brain was more energetic when it was less active. At lower frequencies the brain received and stored more information. The crucial problem was to keep the mind alert at these frequencies, which are associated more with daydreaming and sleep than with practical activity.

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Hypnosis permitted the receptivity Jose was looking for, but not the kind of independent thought that leads to reasoning things out so they can be understood. Having a head full of remembered facts is not enough; insight and understanding are necessary, too.

Jose soon abandoned hypnosis and began experimenting with mental training exercises to quiet the brain yet keep it more independently alert than in hypnosis. This, he reasoned, would lead to improved memory combined with understanding and hence to higher I.Q. scores.

The exercises from which Mind Control evolved called for relaxed concentration and vivid mental visualization as ways of reaching lower levels. Once reached, these levels proved more effective than Beta in learning. The proof was in his children’s sharply improved grades over a three-year period while he continued to improve his techniques.

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Jose had now scored a very significant one, which other research, principally biofeedback, has since confirmed. He was the first person to prove that we can learn to function with awareness at the Alpha and Theta frequencies of the brain.  Another first, an equally astonishing one, was soon to come.

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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 I953, 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 probing into the unknown, an unknown perhaps protected by forces that were best not tampered with. However, the successes 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.

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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 Jos6’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 thirty-four foreign nations.

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Success through Jose's eyes

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 coop 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 stopped 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 there’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.”

How do you make the mind more efficient?-The turning question of Jose Silva

Through his professional knowledge, Silva already knew that reducing the resistance in an electrical wire allowed more electricity to flow through it (known as Ohm’s law). Using this theory as an anchor, he then wondered.

We have spent nearly 50 years researching, experimenting & collaborating with leading scientists, researchers, and personal growth leaders. The first scientist to investigate the research of The Silva Method was Dr. J. Wilfrid Hahn of the Mind Science Foundation in California, who went on to endorse our work. Since then, various research institutions, universities and scientists have studied and verified our research.

Over the years we have continued to fine-tune the process of tapping into the human mind’s inner potential-and often profoundly changing our students’ lives in the process. We do this through an optimized curriculum that includes the Centering Exercise, guided meditations, visualization techniques, intuition-enhancing tools, and Theta level exercises, which guide our students into an even deeper level of mind than Alpha.

What The Scientific Community Has to Say About the Silva Method

In the past 5 decades, The Silva Method has touched over 6 million lives in 110 countries and is used by everyone from celebrities to high-flying CEOs to regular people in search of personal breakthroughs.

Our books have sold over 12 million copies, our seminars continue to sell out across the world, and our findings have been endorsed and practiced by many of the world’s most respected scientists, doctors, thought leaders and spiritual teachers.

Extract from a New York Times Article on Jose Silva

“A recent study by Trinity University, San Antonio, Tex. would appear to indicate that graduates of Mind Control do attain a high degree of Alpha production. C. W. Post College, Greenvale, L. I., is planning to

offer the course at its business school this fall and Canisius College will offer it in its Department of Religious Studies. A visit to a Mind Control class in New York discloses more stockbrokers than bearded way outs and the dress style is closer to Brookes Brothers than to the East Village. A major New York company has sent all its top executives through the course and its president, a hard-headed businessman is seriously thinking of instituting an in-house training program for all employees. He refused to speak for the record, saying, “We think there is something there, but I don’t want to alarm our stockbrokers at the moment.” Other businessmen are not so reluctant. Lee Epstein, a vice-president, and art group supervisor at Doyle Dane Bernbach volunteered: It opened the gates for me. It has re-energized me, made me more creative and yet more relaxed. I practice it every day and get better and better at my job and my life.”


Jose Silva’s discovery, which he called “The Silva Method”, went on to become the basis of many personal growth programs in the United States, and was covered in various media including the New York Times and The Washington Post. His first book went on to become an international bestseller, selling over 6 million copies.

Many personal growth icons have also enthusiastically endorsed The Silva Method. Jack Canfield, for example, has since called it the source The media, thought leaders and the masses take notice of the human potential movement, and “one of the most profound approaches to human potential development I have ever discovered”.

Although Jose Silva passed away in 1999, his teachings continue to be spread worldwide through the Silva International organization. Today, over 6 million people in 110 countries, including doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, and celebrities, have used our training to improve their lives in many inspiring ways, which is why we’re confident that no matter what your personal objective is, you too can experience positive results.

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The Silva Mind control method for getting help from your other side 1989

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