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       A Journalist's Account Of The Silva Mind
       Control Class - From the Washing Post -1972

1              Reprinted by permission from The Washington Post OUTLOOK Editorials, Sunday, April 30, 1972.
Journalist From The
Washington Post Investigates
The Silva Method

	       This particular      only see something     happened in the last 40
article talks about the      pointing to the section of the
ESP and case working         brain saying, ‘This is where
                                                      The pricing mentioned
experiences one gets         it is, this where it is...’”
                                                    and core structure
from Silva Mind Control      Then she described his described the programs
classes.                     movement: “He’s leaningof the 70s, much has
	       A journalist for     forward...he’s         changed, th 4 days
the Washington post          lumbering like he was rather
                                                    course that is described,
decided to investigate the   over-weight...I get the great
                                                    is now taught as 2
class after hearing many     impression he’s favoring one
                                                    separate programs -
of the claims about the      side, the right: he’s not using
                                                    Silva Life System and
Silva Method back in         his left...I don’t think
                                                    Silva Ultra Mind
1972.                        anything’s broken...”  System.
	       While the             
        It was an accurate
                                                    	       Students no
journalist openly admits     portrayal of my uncle’slonger have to take these
his initial skepticism and   symptoms.”             programs live - You can
                                                                                                    I wanted to make this article
raises his objections and                           study the program at
                                                                                                    available to you because what
concerns in the           	       If you have been  home - for more
                                                                                                    I like is the objectivity and
beginning of the article, to a recent Silva Method information go to
                                                                                                    honest review from the
the interesting part      course, you will see
comes at the end, when    fundamental similarities
                                                                                                    	       So read on for the full
he describes his first     from 1972 with today's    	       I loved this article,
hand account from the     current training's of the its important to realize
journalist about case     Silva Method.             that different instructors
                                                                                                    Better and Better,
working:                  	       An important      have different styles. Not
                          point to note about this everyone will have the
“Kathy’s analysis of my article is that its         same experience as the
uncle was, however, to    important to enter the    writer.
reduce the cynicism.      seminar with an open      	       The only thing i
With no prompting, her    mind.                     didn't like is that he                        Laura Silva Quesada
“scanning” of the         	       As you will see   referred to Jose as a
body identified the head from the article, Silva
                                                    former waiter, while he
and the brain as the
                          Method training has       did wait tables at one
affected area. “There’s a
dark spot or part         always been very          point, he was also an looks like   powerful and efficient in entrepreneur who ran a
it has been eaten out...” developing ESP abilities successful radio
       Later, asked to    in its students.          technician.
examine the rest of the   	       Although there
body, Kathy said, “I can are a few important        honest review from the
                          changes that have         author.

     2                                               Reprinted by permission from The Washington Post OUTLOOK Editorials, Sunday, April 30, 1972.
                                      Tripping Through The
                                      Twilight Zone
                                      By David R Boldt, Washington Post Staff Writer         “There were other stories about Mind
    The ads for Silva Mind Control are not          Control alumni: The mother who
                                      modest: “...through alpha wave function you            informed her hot-rodding son that his

                                      can learn to control your problems and                 distributor casing was cracked--
                                      improve your life...control your health,               without ever seeing the car:
                                      memory, weight, sleep, headaches...get higher          a Philadelphia doctor who diagnosed
                                      grades...tap your creative potential...develop         his patients before they arrived”
                                      ESP.”                                                  each to hear why they should pay $175 more
                                      	      Similarity, during 40 hours of                  for the full course.
                                      instruction that I attended over one week at a         
       Anderson mainly cited case histories,
                                      cost of $175, Silva Mind Control was billed as         like that of George, The American University
                                      the answer to psoriasis, traffic congestion,            student who, using Mind Control got an A on
                                      arthritis, oversleeping, theism, nearsightedness,      a sociology test he hadn’t studied for by
                                      glaucoma and cancer among other ills. but              literally imagining his professor dictating the
                                      more than that, the dream                              answers to him. (I later met George, an
                                      held before us by the instructors was that Silva       inspiring Mind Control instructor, and he
                                      Mind Control could turn each of us into                averred that it was all true. I also met
                                      functioning psychics able to see into the              another Mind Control graduate who had tried
                                      problems of our fellow mean, yea, verily, and
                                                                                             George’s method and got a D for his pains.)
                                      even heal them, OR OUR MONEY BACK!
       There were other stories about Mind
      After that week, I don’t want my money          Control alumni: The mother who informed
                                      back.                                                  her hot-rodding son that his distributor casing
                                      We met in a conference room of the Beltsville          was cracked--without ever seeing the car:
                                      Holiday Inn. Our meditation was disturbed              a Philadelphia doctor who diagnosed his
                                      each night by reverberations from the band in          patients before they arrived: a National
                                      the motel night club and by kitchen workers            Institute of Mental Health research
                                      who, from time to time, would sneak a look at          psychologist who had come to the course to
                                      the class.                                             scoff--and then had seen his grandmother
      The instructor, an erstwhile electrical         rescued from death’s doorstep, apparently be
                                      engineer named Donald Anderson,                        extrasensory perception (ESP).
                                      embroidered on the ads at the Monday                   
       The NIMH psychologist, Dr. Richard
                                      introductory lecture, at which some 60                 Green, Said in an interview later that “very
                                      outwardly ordinary people had paid $3.00

                     alpha wave
                     function you
                     can learn to
                     control your
                     problems and
                     improve your
                     your health,
                     get higher
                     your creative
                     velop ESP.”

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                         little” of what was claimed for Mind
                         Control could be scientifically                                                           “The “calm state of
                         demonstrated.                                                                            relaxation”--also known
     But he added that he would                                                       as “Level 1”
                         be “charitable” in assessing Silva                                                       from the 3-2-1
                         Mind Control. “Setting aside the                                                         countdown procedure
                         mythology involved in the course,                                                        used to get there--was
                         most researchers agree on the                                                            just sort of an eyes-

                         validity of ESP events. Mind                                                             closed, day-dreaming
                         Control does get you to a state                                                          state, made more
                         where these can occur.”                                                                  relaxing and pleasurable
       Green said that during the                                                       and allegedly alpha-wave
                         course, a fellow student had warned                                                      producing (“deepened”)
                         him during a psychic drill session                                                       by visualization of idyllic
                         that his grandmother was having a                                                        scenes and other
                         near-fatal seizure. To be safe, Green                                                    exercises.”
                         had called an aunt, who lived near
                         the grandmother, and asked her to
                         check on the 94-year-old woman.
       When the aunt arrived she
                         was barely in time to call help. The
                         old woman had fallen on the floor,
                         her face becoming blue and               the Mind Control classmate was              the full course that night.
                         twitching, in agony from pain in her     saying, “Pat, pat, all pink.” I can say     
      The four week night sessions--
                         leg- -just the symptoms Green’s          it wasn’t a coincidence...I can only        Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and
                         classmate had stipulated and all         say that is happened.”                      Friday---stressed lectures
                         more or less as Don Anderson told        
      At the Monday night lecture,         maintaining that Nils Bohr, Albert
                         our class.                               Anderson also gave us a glimpse at          Einstein, Thomas Edison and others
       There was also a part of         the methodology--no equipment,              had, wittingly or not, used Mind
                         Green’s story that Anderson              just the logging in of “flying time”         Control techniques to gain insights.
                         hadn’t covered. “About a month           in a self-induced pleasurable state of      Several times each night we also
                         later,” recalls Green, “I went back      relaxation while building up the            descended by stages into the mood
                         for a sort of refresher course. My       ability to visualize and imagine--and       of relaxation to the 10-cycle- per-
                         grandmother had been brought             a gloss of the scientific                    second beat of an alpha wave-like
                         back from the hospital, but was          interpretations of why it all               buzz played on Anderson’s portable
                         bedridden, and couldn’t even sit up.     happens. “We’re not going to get too        cassette tape recorder.
                         The doctors didn’t expect her to         heavy on this,” said Anderson,              
      The “calm state of
                         live.”                                   explaining that the basic idea is that      relaxation”--also known as “Level 1”
       “I gave her name as a case       in a condition of relaxation, the           from the 3-2-1 countdown
                         again. The woman who did the case        mind generates more alpha brain             procedure used to get there--was
                         said that she could see clots in the     waves. When generating these                just sort of an eyes-closed, day-
                         grandmother’s left lung and that the     waves, he said, it heals itself better      dreaming state, made more relaxing
                         woman was having trouble                 visualizes more easily, and is more         and pleasurable and allegedly alpha-
                         breathing. I asked her if she could      open to ESP.                                wave producing (“deepened”) by
                         send help, and she did so in a sort      	      We also received a thumbnail         visualization of idyllic scenes and
                         of childish way, imaging that she        sketch of Jose Silva, the                   other exercises.
                         was patting the clots with a cloth       Mexican-American ex-waiter with             
      In one exercise we imagined a
                         and saying, “Pat, pat, all pink.’”       three years of formal education who         clock on our “mental screen.” We
       “When I got to my                parlayed his parapsychological              could, Don said, use the body’s
                         grandmother’s apartment she was          methodology into a nation wide              subconscious awareness of time as
                         sitting up for the first time. She said   franchise system that turns out             an alarm clock by mentally setting
                         she felt much better. Today she’s        psychics almost as fast as                  the clock’s hands at the hour we
                         alive, as active and alert as she was    McDonald’s turns out hamburgers.            wished to wake up, and then pulling
                         before the first attack.”                 Almost 50,000 persons have taken            the alarm button
       Green said he now feels his      the course in five years, 14,000             
      Also while “at level” we could
                         grandmother had a blockage of the        of them in the Washington area.             suggest to ourselves that a headache,
                         left lung that cured itself on the day   Fifteen of us signed up for                 if we had one, was going away;

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                     through similar suggestion                got to start with us.” “It’s got to start   becoming farther and farther
                     procedure, he said, we could also         with us.”                                   estranged from the inner conscious.
                     “program ourselves” to stop over-         
      Mixed with the ethics were           She felt, like many of the authors
                     eating or smoking--indeed, eradicate      increasing illustrations from Biblical      she was reading, that it was time to
                     virtually any malady. There seemed        depictions of Christ as faith-healer        reverse the trend, and hoped that
                     to be no problem, not even                and Mind Controller. Christ,                Mind Control was a way to do it.
                     nearsightedness or procrastination,       Anderson paraphrased, had told his          Larry, a freshman college student

                     for which help was not offered.           followers to be as little children,         who took the first two-session
       Toward the latter end, Don        meaning, to Mind Control                    portion of the course (it was all he
                     would read a series of aphorisms,         aficionados, that we should recover          could afford), was following up on a
                     while we were “at level,” such as, “I     the easy use of the alpha brain wave        longtime interest in the occult and
                     will never allow myself to                state that children have for                ESP.
                     develop...arthritis...diabetes            visualization and imagination.              One subject we discussed during
                     ...glaucoma...or the disease known        Christ also taught that the                 break times was where all the
                     as cancer,” and, “ increasing        “Kingdom of heaven is within,” a            money goes. It was clear that there
                     faculties are for serving humanity        reference, Anderson would have us           was plenty coming in, even with
                     better...Every day in every way I’m       believe, to the octave of brain cycles      special discounts for students and
                     getting better and better and             in the alpha range.                         couples and with special
                     better...”                                	       But it was left to Ron              arrangements sometimes made
       “Try it, you’ll like it,” urged   Williams, area coordinator for              for paying on time (Silva Mind
                     Don after explaining each                 Silva, to really spell it out as we         Control takes Master Charge and
                     procedure. I tried the headache           prepared for the ESP exercises on           Bankamerica). The only overhead
                     remedy and, to my stupefaction,           Saturday. “Christ told us to go forth       appeared to be meeting room
                     exorcised one of the throbbing sinus      and cleanse the lepers and heal the         rentals, advertising and coffee that
                     headaches I get, which usually don’t      sick. Well, I don’t know about you,         was served twice.
                     succumb to anything but a massive         but that’s not what they were doing         
      Area coordinator Williams
                     dose of aspirin. My mental clock,         in my church.” Mind Control world,          later said that the instructor
                     however, turned out to be running         he said, bring us back to the               gets “about $400” plus health and
                     almost exactly a half hour behind         meaning of religion that Christ had         pension benefits for the 40 to 48
                     Eastern Standard Time, resulting in       proclaimed.                                 hour course. The remainder, he said
                     several mornings of havoc. I have         	      During the week the 15               is divided between the national
                     had no appropriate opportunity yet        students got to know each other             office in Laredo, Texas, and the
                     to test another procedure called          and compared notes on why we’d              local office goes to research
                     “glove anesthesia,” which is reputed      come. Carol had come with a                 organizations, he added, and 5
                     to halt severe pain and even              “terrible sense of urgency” after           percent of each tuition is a royalty
                     bleeding.                                 hearing about the course from               paid to Jose Silva’s family.
       We were told(“programmed”)        friends. She hoped it would help her        
      Despite a seeming diversity of
                     by Anderson to expunge malevolent         understand her stepdaugther. She            age and dress style-- jeans to
                     thoughts by saying “cancel, cancel.”      and her husband George drove                blazers--the students had some
                     That was to erase them from our           down to Beltsville each night from          things in common, chief among
                     brains (“multi-million-dollar             Annapolis.                                  them perhaps being able to afford
                     computers”).                              	      Ted a government                     the course. Another common strand
       This clean thinking               microbiologist who was going                was wide reading on sleep research,
                     (“elimination of negative program-        through the course a second time,           alpha state meditation and ESP. We
                     ming”) and the aphorisms were our         hoped it would help him learn to            had one astrology buff and a Yoga
                     introduction to the fervently moral,      play the organ (it hadn’t the first
                     and ultimately religious, harmonics       time). Beverly was there with
                     surrounding the Mind Control              Michael, who had taken the course
                     message.                                  be fore. Mind Control, they said,
       Anderson came on strong           had brought them together via an
                     with the pitch Wednesday night,           ESP message that Michael sent.
                     exhorting us to go forth from Silva       
      For Marcia, who was at the
                     Mind Control and de-pollute rivers,       course with her husband and high
                     reform our education system, and          school-age daughter, the course tied
                     bring peace to Vietnam and peace          with her work on a master’s degree
                     to Ulster, among other items.“We’ve       in art history that had defined
                     got to take a stand,” he said. “It’s      Western artistic tradition as

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                     devotee who amazed hotel guests by       Maryland countryside met the sky
                     standing on his head in the hallway      at a misty horizon. Through
                     during class breaks.                     another glass wall was the limpid,
                                                                                                               “Mind Control is
       When Anderson asked at the       splashless, aquamarine pool.
                     introductory lecture how many had        
       During his introductory                  confusing to me. I’m
                     read books by or about Edgar             homily against the sin of                        always surprised
                     Cayce, the Kentuckian who claimed        skepticism, Don told us that we                  when it works. But it
                     to have cured people by going into a     would only be convinced by our

                                                                                                               does work.”
                     hypnotic trance and then                 own experience. “I could walk
                     prescribing for them, fully half the     across that pool and it wouldn’t
                     hands in the house went up.              mean anything to you if you
         These were people who          couldn’t do it yourself. In fact, I
                     were ready to believe, and by            have walked on water.” The class              He later was to put it the way many
                     Thursday my continuing cynicism          looked at him, at the pool and back           of us were to feel it;
                     was beginning to grate on some of        at him. Was he going to? “Of                  “Mind Control is confusing to me.
                                                              course,” said he, dropping the punch          I’m always surprised
                     my classmates. “Are you still
                                                              line, “It was very cold out on the day        when it works. But it does work.”
                     skeptical?” one girl asked as I tried
                                                              I did it.”                                    
       The night’s project was to
                     to put a few questions to Anderson.      
       The mixture of the madcap             build our “psychic laboratories” in
       The answer is that I was and I   and the mystical was a constant               which we would work “cases”
                     wasn’t. I’d come on an assignment. I     feature of the course, used to weave          tomorrow. The “cases” would be
                     was looking for quackery. But by         in the theme that Mind Control was            names of relatives and friends with
                     week’s end I was hoping with             not, in Anderson’s terms, “Far                grave health problems. The
                     everyone else that it did work. Not      out...kooky.” It was the method of            rationale behind this had been
                     that I really expected to be             presentation led us to believe, a             presented carefully. ESP can be
                     vouchsafed against cancer                middle-road approach, between                 demonstrated by having people try
                     or to gain a knack for miracle cures.    palmistry and astral projection to            to transmit, for instance, the number
                     It would be enough, I thought, if I      the more extreme side, and yet                and suit of a playing card. But such
                     just learned how to concentrate          ahead of the unenlightened who                trivial matters don’t generate ESP
                     a little better, have somewhat faster    were as yet unwilling to concede              signals with anything like the
                     recall of anecdotes and statistics       the mind’s true powers.                       amplitude of a human whose
                     while writing, and maybe just            	       We spent the rest of the day          survival is endangered. Our goal
                     enough ESP sensitivity to probe a        trying to imagine ourselves                   would be to decipher what was
                     bit more effectively when                inside different metals, inside plants,       wrong, and attempt to send help
                     questioning news sources.                inside a pet animal,                          psychically. For some this would be
                     	       The Saturday setting was         and then inside a human system. We            done by imagining an operation,
                     surreal--the pool lounge of the          pictured our mental                           or the affected area.
                     Sheraton Silver Spring, where we         projection of ourselves on our                	       The initial construction phase
                     were combined with another class.        “mental screens”: Some,                       was easy: the visualization of a
                     Out the 9th floor windows, beaded         the imagining came hard. “I didn’t            room, with a view if desired, and
                     with early morning rain, the             see a thing,” confided one woman               equipped with a desk, chair, medical
                                                              during a break. But for others it was         equipment, file cabinets, other
                                                              all stunningly real--fantastic voyages        furniture and seats for our
                                                              through the tinkling atoms of                 “counselors.” Counselors? Yes,
                                                              stainless steel, for instance. Inside         counselors. Peter told us we would
                                                              the plants, for some the pulpy cells          summon a male and a female
                                                              became tangible; others claimed               person, identities unknown, to serve
                                                              even to experience the musty                  as our “advisers.” They would be
                                                              humidity of a greenhouse.                     geniuses in all fields, universal
       But it was the Saturday night         persons, he said. They would
                                                              session that for most of us marked            appear in our laboratories while we
                                                              the departure from the explicable to          were in our relaxed state via a
                                                              the uncanny. Our teacher was Peter            special imaginary elevator in which
                                                              Kline, who, when not on a Mind                the door would open downward
                       “I’d come on an assignment. I was                                                    from the top, revealing the
                                                              Control Podium, passes on the more
                       looking for quackery. But by
                       week’s end I was hoping with           mundane discipline of English                 counselor feature by feature. We,
                       everyone else that it did work”        literature at Sidwell Friends School          or our conscious minds, were to
                                                              in Washington.                                watch our unconscious minds

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      The first case was a disaster. I  
        Kathy’s analysis of my uncle
                             It was eerie. One woman who       gave Helen the name, age and            was, however, to reduce the
                     had taken the course before told me       address of a friend of my wife’s who    cynicism. With no prompting, her
                     she had been badly shaken when            was nine months pregnant, a fairly      “scanning” of the body identified
                     her male “counselor” arrived              severe period of trauma it had          the head and the brain as the
                     wearing an animal mask. She finally        seemed to me. “Would you believe,”      affected area. “There’s a dark spot
                     got him to take it off, she said and it   Helen finally said, “that I’m            or part looks like it has

                     turned out to be her one-time             drawing a complete blank?”              been eaten out...”
      There was some switching         
        Later, asked to examine the
       We lowered our imaginary          around after the first case. Kathy       rest of the body, Kathy said, “I can
                     elevator doors to the sequence Peter      and I ended up moving into a group      only see something pointing to the
                     read out of the course book. “      with one of the graduates of an         section of the brain saying, ‘This is
                     you can see your counselor’s              earlier course back for a refresher.    where it is, this where it is...’” Then
                     hair...its color...the way it is          	                                       she described his movement: “He’s
            the                                                   leaning forward...he’s lumbering like
                     are beginning to get an idea of the                                               he was rather over-weight...I get the
                                                                     “But diagnosing
                     counselor’s age...and now the face,                                               great impression he’s favoring one
                                                                     people I knew
                     feature by feature by feature...” it                                              side, the right: he’s not using his
                                                                     amazed me less
                     has been eaten out...”                                                            left...I don’t think anything’s
                                                                     than my own
       The level of excitement rose.                                             broken...”
                                                                     diagnosing of
                     Helen, a middle-aged former nurse,                                                
        It was an accurate portrayal
                                                                     others. In the case
                     told me later that as her imaginary                                               of my uncle’s symptoms. But what
                                                                     of a 94 year old
                     door was descending “my heart was                                                 was to be more remarkable was that
                                                                     man, I saw his
                     throbbing---I felt high.” Her                                                     she didn’t portray them as clearly or
                                                                     eyes beside his
                     “counselors,” she said, were                                                      quickly as other students would
                                                                     head and said that
                     strangers. For some people, none                                                  later. And she had, in fact, seen
                                                                     meant he
                     appeared. Others said they                                                        some things that to the best of my
                                                                     was losing his
                     witnessed the arrival of next-door                                                knowledge aren’t correct. (She
                                                                     eyesight (he had
                     neighbors, ex-roommates, old                                                      thought he was a heavy smoker and
                                                                     glaucoma). I found
                     flames. Carol got Ida Lupino;                                                      overweight.)
                                                                     myself literally
                     Danny Kaye turned up for another                                                  
        The most poignant moment I
                                                                     asking him if
                     student. My own “counselors”                                                      witnessed came when Sally, a later
                                                                     anything else was
                     turned out to be the late Robert F.                                               partner, tried to “send help” to a
                     Kennedy and a girl I had known 12                                                 longtime friend of mine whose case
                                                                     I can’t explain it”
                     years ago.                                                                        she had immediately pin-pointed
       The “cases” were to start on                                              as paralysis of most muscle
                     Sunday afternoon,. and during the                                                 functions. “It’s so sad, she said, tears
                     morning the class peppered Peter          
       The initial lack of success had slipping out of her closed eyes.
                     with questions. Does it matter if the     been deflating, and as I began to        
        But diagnosing people I knew
                     age and address of the “case” are         give to Kathy the case of an uncle, a   amazed me less than my own
                     only approximate? No. In fact, the        victim of the mysterious unravelling diagnosing of others. In the case of
                     name isn’t really necessary. What if      of the brain’s action to the muscles    a 94 year old man, I saw his eyes
                     you don’t see anything--should you        known as multiple sclerosis, my         beside his head and said that meant
                     make it up? Yes, in fact, everyone        skepticism was on the rise. After all, he was losing his eyesight (he had
                     who does it will feel like they are       I was thinking, if you know the age glaucoma). I found myself literally
                     making it up. What if you get things      and sex of the subject, the range of asking him if anything else was
                     wrong? Don’t worry, you will. Lots        possibilities is considerably reduced. wrong. I can’t explain it, but I
                     of things. But you will get more          An educated guess might be right a actually thought I heard him say, “I
                     things right than you can possibly        good percentage of the time,            can’t eat.” His grandson, who had
                     anticipate.                               especially if a few clues were          given me the case, said the old man
       When the afternoon session        dropped. The “orientologist” was        was constantly losing his false teeth
                     started, Kathy, Helen and I formed        allowed, for example, to suggest a      and complaining about what he had
                     a group. We would take turns being        check of a certain system, like the     to eat when he didn’t have them.
                     the “psychic,” who does the               circulatory system, or let the person 	          Neither problem, to be sure,
                     diagnosing, the orientologist, who        functioning as psychic know when        would be an unlikely occurrence.
                     presents the case, and the recorder,      he had identified an affected section What surprised me more was my
                     who writes down what both say.            of the body.                            strong (and correct) feeling that he

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                     was otherwise in excellent
                     health, free of heart trouble,
                                                                                                        “What does it all mean
                     arthritis, circulatory ailments,
                     intestinal problems or motor                                                       to me now, two weeks
                     difficulties. I missed that he was                                                  later? I haven’t taken an
                     senile.                                                                            aspirin and my weight is
                     	       During the case of a boy                                                   now under 175 lbs. for
                     with speech defects caused by

                                                                                                        the first time in four
                     brain damage, my tongue lolled
                                                                                                        years. I think I’m
                     in my mouth, my right eye
                     twitched--the subject’s exact                                                      sleeping
                     symptoms. A hysterectomy                                                           better. But no miracles.
                     appeared to me as an abdominal                                                     I’ve had only marginal
                     tube with a ribbon bow on it. A                                                    success with a
                     couple of times I could                                                            technique touted by
                     accurately describe the people                                                     some graduates for
                     involved, including acne scars
                                                                                                        turning traffic lights
                     and age blotches; a cigar smoker
                     appeared puffing on one.                                                            green and finding
         I wonder if any of the                                                   parking places.”
                     “help” sent was received. And I
                     find the thought that I am
                     wondering it, when before I would      have scientific verifications been             hoped for out of mind control. “I
                     have rejected the possibility out of   made of the efforts of graduates             want some proof,” she said, “that
                     hand, amazing.                         to apply their powers to horse               life is more than what Shakespeare
       What does it all mean to me    racing, the Mexican national                 said, “a tale told by a fool, signifying
                     now, two weeks later? I haven’t        lottery and bridge.                          nothing.’”
                     taken an aspirin and my weight is      
       When a former classmate
                     now under 175 lbs. for the first time   called and asked if I’d be
                     in four years. I think I’m sleeping    interested in following up on my
                     better. But no miracles. I’ve had      mind control by joining a
                     only marginal success with a           “graduate group,” I said I would,
                     technique touted by some graduates     and I asked her what, if anything,
                     for turning traffic lights green and    the course had meant to her.
                     finding parking places.
                  She said it had been the concept of
                     	       There is no research, of       offering help to other people, even if
                     course, demonstrating that Silva       the act might seem imaginary. “I
                     Mind Control alumni have better        like people better,” she said.
                     health, less cancer, fewer headaches     I never did find out if another
                     or greater command of ESP. Nor         classmate got what she

       8                                                Reprinted by permission from The Washington Post OUTLOOK Editorials, Sunday, April 30, 1972.