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.


A program backed by science & research

We’ve 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, including:


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.

“Based on the newest findings from Harvard’s recent genetic study on the effects of relaxation, breathing awareness, and positive guided imagery, I feel confident that many of the methods, as taught by Silva International, can stimulate gene expression in the brain that are involved in reducing physical and psychological stress and boosting immune functioning.”

Mark Robert Waldman

Neuroscientist & Bestselling Author of How God Changes Your Brain

The Silva Method in the media

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.”

The Washington Post Reviews A Silva Seminar

In 1972, David R Boldt, a journalist for the Washington Post, decided to investigate a Silva class after hearing about our training curriculum. He was initially skeptical, but what he discovered at this class changed his life. Download this PDF to learn more about his experiences, which included Alpha Level meditations, ESP-boosting exercises and Caseworking.

Download The Full Report

Want to learn more about the scientific history behind The Silva Method? Download How Science Discovered The Silva Method, a PDF report revealing Jose Silva’s pioneering research, how he gained the approval of the scientific community, and the eye-opening studies that support our findings.

Are you living life at the “Alpha Level”?

Mind science research has suggested that the key to most of the things we want in life, whether it’s abundance, career success, health, happiness or enlightenment, lies in a particular state of mind caused by specific frequencies of the brain.

Scientists call these frequencies alpha and theta brainwaves frequencies.

We attained these states of mind unconsciously during sleep. The question is… how do you achieve this state of mind during waking consciousness? And more importantly, how do you use it to overcome your limitations and challenges, triumph over your unwanted habits and negative thought patterns, and enrich certain aspects of your life?

Jose Silva


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.

In 1966, a radio repairman from Texas found the answer.

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.

The turning point that rocketed Silva towards his breakthroughs was a simple question. How do you make the mind more efficient?

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…

“What would happen if you could reduce the resistance in the human brain?”

Would doing this cause it to be more efficient at absorbing information, and perhaps even grant it access to reservoirs of previously hidden creativity and intuition?

Driven by this theory, Silva began a thorough process of research and experimentation, starting with his own children. By training them to function at brain frequency levels known as Alpha and Theta-levels of deep relaxation that most people experience while meditating or in light sleep-he was able to significantly improve their grades at school, and even found evidence of enhanced intuitive functioning within them.


Brain Wave Frequency (cycles per second)

Associated with…

Beta 14-21 and higher Waking state, the five senses. Perception of time and space.
Alpha 7-14 and higher Light sleep, meditation, intuition. No time and space limitation.
Theta 4-7 and higher Deeper sleep, meditation.
Delta 0-4 and higher Deep sleep. You are unconscious at Delta.

In the following years, Silva began sharing his methods with other people in his community. What he found was that by teaching people to consciously guide themselves to the Alpha and Theta level of mind through Centering Techniques, he could show many of them how to, while fully conscious, reprogram their minds like a computer.

Why is this important? Well imagine being able to rewire yourself, without spending thousands of dollars on a professional hypnotherapist. What if you could more easily overcome bad habits like smoking or snacking? What if you could raise your IQ, cultivate a positive wealth mindset, and awaken your mind’s natural healing capacity, all by rewiring your subconscious.

The result that follow were highly encouraging. A multitude of silva practitioners began reporting a variety of benefits, from stress relief to enhanced creativity and intuition to even potentially accelerated physical and emotional healing.

In short, people who used The Silva Method were often able to achieve greater control over their emotional state, their habits, their careers and finances, and their health.

Did you know?

Silva’s work has influenced many world-renowned writers, doctors, sportsmen and success coaches. These include:

wayneWayne Dyer

Best-Selling Self-Improvement Author & Success Coach

shaktigShakti Gawain

Best-Selling Author of Creative Visualization

margueriteMarguerite Piazza

Famous Opera Singer

drcarlDr. O. Carl Simonton

Cancer Research Pioneer

mckenzieProf. Clancy D. McKenzie

M.D. Medical Pioneer

richardbRichard Bach

Best-Selling Author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

cwsoxChicago White Sox

Baseball Team (in the 70s)

drbacksterDr. Cleve Backster

Scientist, discoverer of Primary Perceptive Capability in plants

The media, thought leaders and the masses take notice.

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.