It seems everyone is busy these days. And if we are not busy we have the pressure of a long list of things that must get done asap! We all read the articles screaming “Stress Kills” and wish we had the time to take a vacation or at least get a good night’s sleep (which we haven’t had in ages!) but we’re too stressed to relax and sleep well

The Good News – it’s not the stress, it’s what you think about the stress that matters.

Instead of believing the pounding heart and faster breathing are damaging, realize the faster heart rate helps prepare you for action and the rapid breathing sends more oxygen to your brain, helping your body rise to this challenge.

In a study of 1000 adults ages 34-93 it was found that the subject’s who realized those benefits had a healthy response. In a 8 year follow up 30% of those who experienced major stress died. Among those who cared for others during such a stressful time there were no deaths. The conclusions were that we can see stress as helpful and engage courage and connection with others to create resilience and strength.

The Siva Method seminars are designed to help us “rewire” our brains to a default of relaxation in the presence of stress. The basic Silva Life System, through the use of dynamic meditation, enables us to learn body and mind relaxation leading to restful sleep, improved memory and concentration,  management of our habits, improved decision making, relieve of headaches and other pain, and many other benefits which enhance our response to stress.

If you are interested, contact me about upcoming classes. Marjorie


Charles  Darwin believed we are a social and caring species and that kindness, sympathy, empathy, and compassion for all life both human and non-human was the highest moral achievement, although most people associate him with the phrase “Survival of the Fittest” and wrongly assume that he thought humans were ruthless, competitive and selfish in their natural state.

Experiments Demonstrate Response to Feelings

The Institute of Heart Math performed the following experiment which demonstrates how our physical DNA is affected by various emotions.
Human placenta (the most pristine form of DNA) was placed in containers from which the researchers could measure the changes in the DNA. Twenty-eight trained researchers were involved in the experiment.  It was discovered that the DNA changed its shape according to the feelings of the researcher who held the container of DNA. When the researcher FELT gratitude, love and appreciation, the DNA responded by RELAXING and the strands unwound. The length of the DNA became longer. When the researcher FELT anger, fear, frustration or stress, the DNA responded by TIGHTENING UP. It became shorter and SWITCHED OFF many of our DNA codes.

In another experiment researchers at the University of California said that the brains of volunteers lit up when they were (FEELING) rejected in virtually the same way as a person experiencing physical pain, an insult or snub created the same response in the brain as physical pain.

Our physical bodies respond to our emotions and can create health or dis-ease based on the feelings we choose to experience.

Which Response do you Choose?

Scientists say we have about 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day and that 95% are the same thoughts we had yesterday and many previous days. And perhaps 80% of those are negative. The good news is, our thoughts aren’t always true. And even better news, we are not our thoughts, we are simply thinking them. Therefore we can choose to change them and in doing so change our mental and physical health.  The research show that thinking new and different thoughts creates new neural pathways and when we choose to think positive thoughts and think them more frequently, the negative neural pathways shrink and the positive neural pathways widen, making it easier and more automatic to think them in the future.

The Silva Method Dynamic Meditation is suitable for people who choose to take an active role in creating the positive thought processes and so create a more positive experience in their life.


You have read of the importance of creating a detailed description or image of the goal you desire to manifest.  You probably have read about the importance of creating the feelings (based in the heart) in addition to the thoughts (based in the brain) you will have after the goal has manifested.  You may not realize the vital importance of this last step in manifesting your goals.

You are aware, I am sure, of the Law of Attraction, the principle that we attract to us that which we focus upon.  And when we are deliberately focusing upon things we wish to create we surely would want to use the strongest process we can to create.  I recently heard Gregg Braden, scientist, scholar and author, speak about the Heart Math program and their studies showing the power of psychophysiological coherence.

Research by Dr. J. Andrew Armour, one of the early pioneers in neurocardiology,  working with Dr Jeffrey Ardell, and reported in their recent book Neurocardiology, shows that the heart has its own intrinsic nervous system that operates and processes information independently of the brain or nervous system.  Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.

Other studies were concerned about the electromagnetic energies of the organs of the body.  They found that the heart produces the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body’s organs. “The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. This field, measured in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG), can be detected anywhere on the surface of the body. Furthermore, the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 5,000 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain…”

This information has far reaching implications in many areas of study.  As it relates to manifesting our goals, it emphasized to me the importance of creating those feelings in the most coherent way possible.  In our Silva classes I have stressed the need to experience our feelings while in meditation for many years.

One graduate related her story of how she made pages of characteristics of an ideal mate and programmed to attract him.  When she did attract him she found they were not compatible because she had not included the feelings element in her program.  After a period of time she tried again and was successful in attracting a compatible mate with the desirable characteristics.

I would welcome stories from other graduates who have found this helpful.