What is the best way to practice
the home study courses?
Q: I have recently purchased the home study
course and need some guidance. I have listened,
and practiced, the first two CDs (Sessions 1-4), but
am unclear if I can go on to the next ones without the
2 weeks of practice from these CDs. Am I suppose to
wait on this? Am eager to proceed and guess I am
asking how the program is suppose to be laid out. I
want to do it right so that I get the most out of it. Your
comments are appreciated.
A: These audio recordings are designed to be very
flexible so that you can use them in the way that
suits you best. For instance, some people like to
listen to all of the recordings first, and then go back
and start practicing. Some like to experience the
whole program and then select one specific area to
work on. Some prefer to master each session step
by step. All of the approaches are fine.
The most important thing to remember is that Jose
Silva's techniques all work at the alpha brain wave
level - it is the Alpha level that gives them their
power. So you want to be sure to find your level and
learn to use it with conscious awareness. You do that
by practicing the Silva Centering Exercise, in
As soon as you are able to relax physically and
mentally with the Silva Centering Exercise, without
falling asleep, you are ready to learn the rest of the
techniques in this home study course. When you
have used your mind to cause an effect in your body
- to relax physically and mentally - then you are
ready to start using your mind to accomplish other
You may feel relaxed and ready to proceed after
practicing the Silva Centering Exercise just once, or
you may need to practice the Centering Exercise
several times in order to learn to relax physically and
mentally. Keep practicing until you are able to relax.
Once you have accomplished that, then continue
with the rest of the program.
In the UltraMind ESP System classes, we
intersperse the Silva Centering Exercise with the
other conditioning cycles. That is, we do the Silva
Centering Exercise, then the first mental projection
exercise. Then we repeat the Silva Centering
Exercise before doing the next mental projection
conditioning cycle. We continue to alternate the Silva
Centering Exercise with the Mental Projection
You can simulate the course experience by doing
the same thing. After you do the exercise in Session
4, then do the Silva Centering Exercise in Session 2
again. Then proceed to Sessions 5 and 6, then
practice the Silva Centering Exercise again, and
continue in that manner.
If you have any questions, you can log on to the
Silva Support Group Web Site or the searchable
knowledge base at the Silva Support web site:
There you will find information to help you develop
your ability, as well comments and experiences from
other UltraMind students. You can also contact other
UltraMind graduates and Instructors, who will be
happy to share their experiences with you.
Q: Thank you so much for your quick response. It
is very helpful, but one last question.....is it OK to do
a number of the exercises in one day (maybe three-
A: Absolutely... sorry I forgot to mention that. In
class, we do as many as 8 exercises in one day,
along with explanations, etc.
Ideal for practicing is to enter level 3 times a day,
for 15 minutes each time. Just like it says in the Silva
Centering Exercise. Once the new information is
"programmed" into your "computer-brain," you are
ready to go to level and "run the programs" - start
Q: I recently obtained the UltraMind ESP home
workshop on CD's from Nightingale Conant. When
the workbook suggests doing the Long Relaxation
Exercise (I think this might be called the Centering
Exercise in the seminar) once a day for two weeks,
does it mean doing the exercise with the Long
Relaxation Exercise playing on the CD and the
moderator talking? Or does it mean doing it yourself
with only the alpha sound? Thank you for clearing up
A: That's a good question... I will add it (and the
answer) to the Home Study Course FAQ page.
You can use the recording for guidance until you
learn what to do. Then it is great to practice on your
own. Nobody knows better than you just how long
you need to spend on each step, nobody knows your
needs better than you do.
You can practice both with and without the
Alpha Sound playing in the background, and notice
what kind of results you get. You might also want to
try it with the Theta Sound (5 beats per second). As
always, let your results be your guide.
For more information, read the interview we
conducted with Juan Silva on Deepening.
Let me know if that answers your questions.
Thanks again, and please feel free to call on me
any time we can be of service.
Response: Thank you so much for answering my
question about the long relax exercise on the home
I just want to tell you how much I'm getting out of
this program already. I learned long ago that we
create our own reality with our thoughts, and that
guidance is available from one's guides, but to have
a well-defined method for using and applying this
knowledge is a great blessing.
I'm grateful to Jose Silva for the years he put in
researching these topics, and to you and the other
facilitators for your important work in teaching it.