Monday, December 10, 2007

Affirmations in Alpha

"In this moment, I choose to live in the present. I choose to let go of the past and let tomorrow be for tomorrow."

I recently took a weekend refresher course on the Silva Method. The Silva Method is a form of mental programming designed to use the untapped power of the mind to elicit positive results and accomplish whatever outcomes you desire. It’s based on the obscure research started in 1944 by Jose Silva, a self-made, self-taught electrical engineer, who discovered that when the brain is in the alpha state -- the relaxed state -- mental acuity is heightened. I know it sounds like woo-woo, but it’s not really. It’s now an established fact that the brain is an electrochemical organ, and its activity is measured in brainwaves.

Very simply, when someone is in the awake-alert state, that person’s brain is in beta. In beta, the brain generates amplitudes of between 14 to 40 cycles per second. Someone who’s engaged in an activity is in beta. A blogger blogging is in beta. I’m in beta right now, maybe in the 14 to 18 cycles per second range. Someone in road rage is probably at 40.

Mental programming or auto-suggestion can’t occur in beta. Your internal editor is present in beta. Your committee of censors is watching in beta. Guilt resides in beta.

In the Silva Method, you bring yourself down to alpha, the basic plane level of 9 to 14 cycles per second, where you can program your mind to do whatever you want to accomplish -- like cope with stress, or abolish bad habits, or heighten your intuitive powers, or in the extreme, perform remote healing. Now that’s a little woo-woo. Even for me. There’s also theta and delta but I won’t go into that now (my college art history professor Cedric Crofts once scribbled PEDANTIC across my test essay and then grudgingly gave me an A).

Point is, when your brain is in alpha, the relaxed state, it’s easier to imbibe new ideas. Can you imagine the power of affirmations recited during alpha when there’s no resistance present, when you bypass the internal critic, resident cynic, in-house skeptic?

How do you get to alpha? This takes practice, but as you get better and better, it becomes easier and easier to get there. The expert practitioner of Silva even has certain advanced techniques to get there even faster, even in awake states.

Start by taking a deep breath, and as you exhale, allow your whole body to relax. Do this a couple of times, allowing your body to relax more and more.

Then with your eyes closed, take a deep breath, and as you exhale, visualize the number 3 three times.

Take another deep breath, and as you exhale, visualize the number 2 three times.

Take another deep breath, and as you exhale, visualize the number 1 three times.

Now count backwards slowly from 10 to 1, and when you reach 1, you are now in the alpha level, the basic plane level necessary for programming your mind for any purpose you desire. Be gentle and patient with yourself if your mind is still rumbling with riotous chatter. Remember, this takes practice!

Now that you’ve silenced your self-defeating skeptic, say to yourself –

“My increasing mental faculties are for serving humanity better.”

“Everyday, in every way, I am getting better, better, and better."

“Positive thoughts bring me benefits and advantages I desire."

“I am One with the Universal Mind, my Source and Creator.”

“I am the perfect manifestation of God’s love.”

“I am a love magnet. Love flows to me and through me effortlessly and naturally.”

“Every cell of my body exudes health and beauty.”

“I eat what is good for me."

"I lose weight easily.”



1 comment:

glynda said...

I am familiar with alpha waves because I picked up a two CD set called "Alpha Relaxation System" by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. Being in an alpha state does increase productivity and creativity in a relaxed state.

Thank you for the affirmations and breathing exercises. Your blog gave me an idea: I will do them with Alpha Relaxation System music in the background.

Silva Method was mentioned in a motivational email newsletter I subscribed. You're the first person I know personally who has used it. I'm glad it works for you.