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It was in the mid-90’s when I discovered the “Silva Method of Mind Control”.  This was a technique designed to have people control their own minds, not that of others.  The “Silva” course took place over 2 weekends, beginning Fridays at 6:00 p.m., and ending Sundays at 6:00 p.m..  It was very intensive, and yet I was astonished at how much energy I had at the end of each day.  The foundation of the “Silva” method is “Controlled Relaxation” and may be referred to as “guided meditation exercise”, or “going to your alpha level”, which is a level of brain wave measurement.  The state of mind of the alpha level is inner conscious, so you’re awake, but very relaxed.  When in the alpha level we did all kinds of mental work, including visualization that encouraged all of the other 4 senses, touch, taste, sound, and smell.  It’s a wonderful way to imagine what you are capable of creating for yourself in your life.  When going to the alpha level, we would count down from 10 while deep breathing.  Once at the alpha level we created areas of relaxation, improved memory, stated positive affirmations, and many other things.  One of the affirmations that rang (and still rings) true for me is “I watch for and notice opportunities to use my abilities and accomplish my goals.  I take positive, effective, action in response to those opportunities.”.  In the “Silva” course, we learn there really is no such thing as coincidence.  My personal experience was evidence of this as when I would think of things, like “I really want to find a Toronto Maple Leafs Jersey for my granddaughter, and then, within 2 days, I walked into a thrift store, and there it was!  Now, in 2018, I see how this affirmation actually works in our brains. 


In our brains there is a part called the “Reticular Activation System” (RAS).  It may come as no surprise to you that we are constantly taking in millions of pieces of information through our senses.  It would be practically impossible for us to analyze every piece of that data, so we have filters that allow us to pay attention to the pieces that are meaningful to us at that time.  I knew I was looking for that Leafs jersey, and consciously looked in every store we entered.  Then, when on a walk, I came across a store with a life-size Toronto Maple Leafs jersey in the window, and I went in, went directly to the children’s section, and there it was, the perfect size for my granddaughter!


So now I can confidently explain that it’s not magic, it’s the RAS in our brains.  So, don’t ignore those moments that seem coincidental.  It’s your sub-conscious giving you what you asked for.


If you would like to listen to a 7-minute guided intentional meditation I’ve recorded one here.

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