experiments with tomatoes were narrated and sent to us by Daphne Beall, a
mathematics instructor for eight years at Yuba College in Marysville, California.
In addition to being an academic instructor, for the last two years of those
eight, she taught the Silva mind training system in Marysville. Many thanks to
Ms. Beall for permission to present her observations to our graduates.)
By way of preface in
relating these experiments and their results, let me state that they were
occasioned by a remark made by Jose Silva in a lecture that he presented in
Laguna Hills, California in August 1974.
Elaborating on the point that human energies can be
focused and used for the purpose of healing, he suggested that we might observe
the effects of humanly energized tap water and non energized tap water on a
tomato. He indicated that going to the alpha brain wave level and energizing
for twenty minutes the water placed in one container would affect the condition
of a tomato in relation to a tomato placed in the same amount of non energized
I decided to perform the experiment for myself and note the results.
My first experiment
The first time
that I conducted the experiment I filled a glass with water, entered the alpha
level, and placed my hands around the container, not touching it, visualizing
energy leaving my hands in the form of a white light entering the water.
I imagined the
glass becoming white and bright from the energy from my hands, knowing that the
water was being energized. I moved my hands around, playing with the energy, so
to speak, feeling the energy fill the glass of water.
Although Mr. Silva had recommended twenty minutes of
energizing, I found it tedious to do nothing except visualize energy, so I only
visualized for ten minutes. Then I came out of level, placed a tomato in the
energized water, left it in there overnight, then put it on a plate.
I also placed another tomato in an ordinary non energized glass of water, left
it in overnight, then placed it on a plate also. This was in September of 1974.
Within about three
days, the tomato that had been in the ordinary (non energized) water began to
leak, and continued to do so more each succeeding day. Eventually, with its
fluid running out, it shriveled to become smaller and smaller.
The tomato that had been in the energized water, however, remained healthy
looking for a week, and then after about eight days I noticed a small leak in
it, and thought to myself, "Well, there goes that one."
It leaked for
about half a day, and then sealed itself up and didn't leak any more. This
eventuality interested me, and made me decide to be more accurate and
scientific about the procedure of this experiment.
passed, and the tomato that had been in the energized water got a split in its
skin, and I thought, "Well, now it's really going to fall apart."
Again, to my surprise, it didn't leak. The split remained there for about a
week, but it did not leak. It did nothing: In fact, the break in the tomato's
skin actually resembled a cut on human skin that is about half healed.
So, the tomato in
the energized water was still holding up after three weeks, whereas the tomato
that had been in the plain, non energized water had begun deteriorating after
about three days. At that point I concluded the first experiment, because I was
lecturing in both a college and a high school at that time, and the tomatoes
were deteriorating rapidly as I carried them with me for demonstration.
My second experiment
Because of the
marked difference in the "life span" of the two tomatoes, presumably
because of the waters in which they had been placed, identical except for
energizing the one, using deeper levels of mind for projecting energy and not
energizing the other, I decided to conduct another experiment, but one
different from that first one.
In this second
experiment I decided to use a third tomato, it being placed on a pyramid energy
generator, the kind used by Dr. Pat Flanagan in his pyramid researches.
Furthermore, I decided to photograph the three tomatoes
in the experiment at different stages in the experiment.
experiment, I energized the water for fifteen minutes instead of only ten
minutes as I had done in the previous experiment - I am including photographs
taken on the eleventh day, the twenty-ninth day and the fiftieth day. (Figs. I,
II, and III) All three tomatoes sat in water for twelve hours.
The tomato on the left was in water that I energized mentally, the tomato in
the middle was in non energized water, but it sat for twelve hours on a pyramid
energy generator, and the tomato on the right was in ordinary non energized
the pyramid energized tomato and the non energized tomato
were decaying from the top down, whereas the humanly energized tomato was
decaying only where it was in contact with the plate.
This leads me to
wonder how much deterioration would occur on the humanly energized tomato were
it not in contact with the plate - in other words, if the experiment could be
set up with minimal surface contact.
As a postscript to
the second experiment, it was interesting to note that in comparing the
photographs that I took during the experiment, the energized water tomato at
one hundred and twenty days looked like the ordinary water tomato did at
thirty-five days - except that the energized water tomato had no mold on it,
whereas the ordinary water tomato did have a fuzzy, white mold.
The results of
this experiment have, as did the results of the first experiment, sparked my
curiosity so that I anticipate still other experimentation.
My next experiment
will again include three tomatoes: One in plain water, one under a very small
cardboard pyramid, and the third, in water which I shall energize for fully
Silva is correct in attributing healing energies to human beings who know that
energy exists and can be transferred by technique, desire, belief and
expectancy. So far, it has worked with tomatoes.
In 1993, Mr. Silva
asked that we publish the following:
Since this was
first published in the 1970s, the procedure has been refined.
While the effect occurs when you imagine energizing the water, it also works
when you use the mental screen and the Three Scenes Technique.
In the first scene, directly in front of you, visualize (recall) the present
situation - an ordinary tomato.
In the second scene, towards your left, imagine the treatment - energizing the
water, and soaking the tomato in it.
In the third scene, farthest to your left, imagine the tomato dehydrating but
The main factor is to have strong and clear visualization and imagination. If
you have a strong mental image of the end result that you want, this can happen
in a fraction of a second. It is all that is necessary, provided that you have
a strong and clear image of the end result that is desired. All that you need
is to take enough time to clearly picture the three scenes, with a strong
desire to reach your goal.