The Spirit of Silva

By:  Aria E. Appleford

One of the things that most impressed me about Silva when I began, was the spirit of the program.  Over the years, countless students have all said the same thing, that they read Jose’s works years ago and it had always stayed with them.  Others have picked up old copies of his work from libraries or their parents collections and have been taken with the integrity that comes through everything the man did.  Even in this modern, fast-paced world with all the bells and whistles, there is something in the work that tugs at our inner workings and commands our respect.


Therefore it follows that the work itself will carry that very same spirit.  I have wondered what Jose might have said and done were he here in these trying times and I am sure that he would be comforting people in a way that allowed them their own self-determination and dignity.  There is no better way to do that than with Silva Ultramind. 


So much of what is going on in the world right now is born out of man’s endless pursuit of his appetites – more money, more things, more power.  Our leaders have set the bar and people around the world have bought into the idea that this treadmill of consumerism is the only way to happiness.  We measure one another’s value by the job we hold, the money we make, the car we drive, the house we live in …. And when things fall apart none of these things sustain us or speak to our deep need for connection and humanity.  We have learned nothing of who we are.


I have always firmly believed that the tragedies around the world are gifts to all of us (read my article “Because”).  It would be lovely if we might suntan by some beach and have wisdom and learning rain down upon us  - but unfortunately we learn the most when we are challenged and pushed.  As we face these tough economic times the answer is not how to make more and more money – the answer is to understand self and how to reconnect our worlds.  If we reconnect in the exact same way that allowed for the disaster, then we are insane because the old definition of insanity stands – to do the same thing over and over while expecting different results.  No, Jose would not be taking advantage of people in these times by trying to sell them products and programs promising them more of the very thing that brought on their misery – he would be showing them the way to freedom.  We got in this mess because we were all focused on ourselves and our appetites.  Those few questions that Jose asks us to consider – that our solutions be the best for everyone concerned, that it help 2 or more people, that it helps make the world a better place -  are our opportunities to understand how we are all connected and that none of us can find happiness by selfish pursuits.  If we are to be happy and at peace, we must understand and be who we are, and help others to do the same. 


We simply have to stop applying band-aids to open gushing wounds and then being surprised that they do not stop the bleeding.  People are tired and in pain, they do not know what the future will hold, they are being challenged in ways that cut to their very core, and every indication is that it will get worse.  How can we even consider taking advantage of these people?  There are many side benefits with Silva, personal choices that it can be applied to, but the essence of the program, what Jose wanted to give to the world, is the spirit of empowering every human being to fulfill the measure of their creation.  We can do that with compassion and healing and be part of the solution instead of simply adding to the problem.

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