So Why Do I Feel Like Shit? Silva Life System Review Part 2

March 12, 2009

I’ve achieved one huge goal I’ve been procrastinating on for years. But my progress on the Silva Life System course hasn’t been great in all areas so far. To be honest, I feel like my life has been thrown in the washer and left on spin for too long.

I’ll explain why in this review of days 3 and 4 of the Silva Life System home study course. If you didn’t already read my review of days 1 and 2, you might want to check it out first.

Silva Life System Day 3 – What Was Included

  • How to sleep without medication.
  • How to have more energy.

  • How to wake up without an alarm clock.

  • Explanation of dream/sleep cycle.

  • How sleep deprivation can affect your life.

  • 5 Step Method For Problem Solving.

  • How To Solve Problems Through Dreams.

  • A Meditation To Aid Sleep.


Silva Life System Day 3 – My Experience

In my opinion, too many sleep related exercises were included in day 3 of the course. So, instead of trying to do all the exercises in one go, I decided to focus on a couple and do the rest another time.

The first exercise was designed to help you to sleep if you’re struggling. It was kind of like counting sheep. After about an hour, I could finally feel myself drifting off. Trouble is, something woke me up again and it took me about three hours to get back to sleep after that.

The second exercise involved setting a mental alarm clock, which would wake you up at the exact time you chose, feeling awake and refreshed.

I wasn’t convinced that this would work. But it did – sort of. It woke me up at the exact time specified. But as I hadn’t slept well, I didn’t feel remotely awake and refreshed. In fact, I was so knackered that I fell back to sleep in seconds.

Anyway, despite the sleep problems, I did feel like trying to give up smoking on day 3 of the course. I could have waited until the bad habits session later in the course, but I decided to try now. This was a huge breakthrough for me, as I’ve been procrastinating on even trying to quit smoking for a few years. And if you’ve smoked yourself, you’ll know that it’s easy to come up with endless excuses for not trying now.

Anyway, the course has helped me try and I haven’t smoked since Monday lunchtime. That may not seem like a big deal but for someone who has smoked for years, usually getting through at least a couple of packets a day, it’s amazing.

I’m using aids like nicotine patches to help deal with any cravings, so hopefully, using those, in conjunction with the Silva Life System will help me to make this a long term thing.

And before anyone starts to give me lectures on using willpower alone – don’t bother. Most people who’ve given me those lectures on using willpower to stop smoking in the past, have at least 140 pounds to lose. Enough said.

Feelings after Day 3

I’m pleased that the course has helped me attempt to stop smoking. But my sleep problems are screwing up everything else. I guess I’m probably expecting far too much too soon and I need to persevere.

Silva Life System Day 4 – What Was Included

  • How To Cure Headaches.

  • How To Do Glove Anaesthesia.

  • Using Water for Special Problem Solving & Healing

  • A Meditation Which Takes You Into Theta So You Can Remember How To Do These Exercises

Silva Life System Day 4 – My Experience

I’d been looking forward to this part of the course, as I’ve read reviews by people who claim to have cured illness and disease using the Silva Life System – even terminal cancer.

But I quickly realised that much of what I was learning today will need to be practised many times. So anyone hoping to change their life in 10 days should be aware that this program would need to be adapted into your regular lifestyle to achieve the best results.

One exercise that worked right away was the Water Problem Solving Solution. Silva Life System claim that this exercise will give you solutions to a particular problem upon awakening, or the following day. And it worked. But I wasn’t surprised, as I’ve used similar techniques in the past.

Some of the solutions that came included suggestions for improving my physical environment, to improve my sleep problem, so I’m going to try this. Also, I need to do more physical exercise. I’ve always been lazy in the winter, as I detest the cold, so this doesn’t surprise me.

After completing session 4, it took me around 3 hours to fall asleep, which isn’t great. But I really can’t blame the Silva Life System for this. Sometimes, drugs like valium won’t even work for me, so I can’t expect miracles overnight. Also, it occurred to me that I hadn’t eaten enough during the day and hunger certainly doesn’t aid sleep.

Feelings After Day 4

I’m happy that I’ve quit smoking and I hope that I manage to keep it up. Also, I haven’t been drinking wine at night since the beginning of the course. It’s a bad habit I got into a while ago and although I cut down during the summer, my wine intake began creeping up again in the winter. My goal, from now on is to have a glass or two of wine a couple of times a week.

But I’m disappointed that the Silva Life System isn’t helping with my sleep yet, as the insomnia is affecting the rest of my life. I know I’ve only done four days and I’m probably expecting way too much at once. I’m just worried that the lack of sleep will hinder the rest of my progress on the course. But I don’t want to go back to taking medication, so I’m going to persevere.

If you’re considering the Silva Life System course and you’d like to read the rest of my review, don’t forget to subscribe in a reader.

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34 Responses to “So Why Do I Feel Like Shit? Silva Life System Review Part 2”

  1. Betsy Wuebker on March 12th, 2009 11:40 am

    Hi Cath – I think the entire program would be worth it if just one of these issues was addressed and solved! So…congratulations! You’ve quit smoking! “I know how easy it is to quit – I’ve done it a million times.” Seriously, I’ve quit “for good” twice now, and after the first time resumed after eight years! Now, I’m into my third year of being quit. I know how tough it is. In fact, I remarked to Pete that if it looked like the end of the world was coming (if we have notice, that is), the first thing I’m going to do is go out and buy a carton of cigs. :)

    Not being able to sleep is the worst! I’ve experienced a lot of insomnia at various times. Triggers included emotional stress, pre-menopause, menopause, worry, too much caffeine after a certain time, depression. I never took anything for it – other than some herbal tea. I remember being sick and having a whiskey drink with some Nyquil and getting the best sleep of my life! :)

    I used to live in a neighborhood where a half dozen single moms were within a block or two. I’d look out the window into the dark at 2 a.m., sleepless, and see their lights on, too! I wish I had a cure for it. Often, now, Pete and I are up at 3 or 4 a.m., unable to sleep any longer. It makes for an early bedtime, too. We feel like infants undergoing a schedule change.

    So, it sounds to me, like the Silva learning system is a long-term effort, and that there’s a high likelihood that your sleep issues, while deeply ingrained, may respond after some time practicing the techniques. In the meantime, you’ve quit smoking! YAY!

    Betsy Wuebker’s last blog post..A NEW WAY TO PLAY FOR LITTLE DAISY

  2. Dot on March 12th, 2009 2:42 pm

    It’s really interesting reading your personal experiences and feelings as you go through this course. I bought it yesterday, after reading enough in various places (including your review of parts 1 and 2) to decide I wanted to try it.

    It sounds like you’re an overachiever, Cath. :-) I think these things take time — to learn a new way of doing things, to develop your ability to relax, forcus and visualize. As you point out, it would probably be better to choose just one thing, but it sounds like you have so many needs that it’s hard to pick just one. Same for me.

    The fact that you’re worried about this is probably also inhibiting your ability to relax. Have you eliminated caffeine completely? That’s what I think I need to do — if I can stand it. But I’ll have to taper off, because those caffeine-withdrawal headaches are awful.l

    Although I don’t usually enjoy relaxation tapes very much, I’ve been enjoying the free mp3 and, in fact, look forward to the time when I can use it. It has relaxed me enough to sleep a bit better (a miracle because I’m a very tense person), but not when I’ve had a lot of coffee or chocolate that day.

    You’re not the only one who feels “it’s not working.” I have a hard time with the visualizing and sensing parts of the mp3. When told to sense a tingle, a vibration and a sensation of warmth, I only feel one or none. “By now you should be able to sense the vibration of the bones in your thighs” leads to only an awareness of my pulse. I guess those things will come with time.

    I had the impression that some of these abilities would take a year or two to acquire. If the course is promising quicker results, that would be nice, but I don’t think four days is enough. Hang in there, and be patient. I’m rooting for you to get better sleep!

    Dot’s last blog post..A Few (Humorous) Words from You

  3. cathlawson on March 12th, 2009 3:36 pm

    Thanks Betsy – It isn’t easy is it? I’ve been putting it off for years. The longest I’ve ever managed was 3 or 4 months but that was years ago.

    I don’t know if you’ve seen them but I’ve read a lot of stuff about electronic cigarettes online. Many people are using them and I’m thinking of switching to them instead of the nicotine patches. In the past I’ve done ok with the patches until I’ve gone onto the really small ones and they just don’t seem strong enough.

    Insomnia is awful isn’t it? LMAO at your whiskey and Nyquil. I’ve tried Vodka and Temazepam together before.

    Hi Dot – Good for you. I know you’ll enjoy it. As you say, many of the things you’re learning will take a long time to come.

    I haven’t eliminated caffeine but I’ve cut down. I’d probably drop dead if I eliminated anything else right now.

    Anyway, I’m keen to know how you get on. The end of day 5 was yesterday for me. I can’t spoil the next post but I can tell you, I’ve made a heap of progress. Today was the most amazing day I’ve had in a long time.

  4. Sara on March 12th, 2009 4:47 pm

    Cath — I really enjoyed this post and congratulations about the smoking. I never smoked, but have watched close friends give this up and each has had to find their own way…most have used some form of aids….all power to you.

    Regarding the sleep issue, I can relate to this. I’ve always struggled with sleep. I’m a very light sleeper and almost anything will wake me, which then leaves me wondering for one or two hours what woke me up! One thing that helped me is to get a really boring audio book and put it on my Ipod. If I wake up at night, I put my Ipod on and listen to the book…it works like a charm for me:~)

    Sara’s last blog post..More than just 5 words in a journal

  5. Brad Shorr on March 12th, 2009 6:10 pm

    Cath, It’s great news that you are off cigarettes. Keep up the great work, no matter what. Cigarettes are a nasty, nasty habit.

    Brad Shorr’s last blog post..Writing for Business Blogs – Lessons Learned

  6. Marelisa on March 12th, 2009 9:18 pm

    Hi Cath: I didn’t know you were a smoker. I’ve never smoked so I can’t give you any first-hand experience with the Silva system and smoking, but I do know that a lot of people have successfully stopped smoking with Silva.

    I’ve always had trouble falling asleep as well. What I do is I visualize a staircase and I see myself walking down the steps and at each step I tell myself that I am feeling more and more relaxed and more and more sleepy.

    Oh, and my email is

    marelisafabrega at gmail dot com

    Marelisa’s last blog post..Happiness Tips From the Dalai Lama

  7. Marelisa on March 12th, 2009 9:21 pm

    Hi Cath: I just left a comment but it erased. What I do to fall asleep with the Silva Method is I visualize a staircase and then I see myself walking down the stairs; at each step I tell myself that “I’m going deeper and deeper and feeling more and more relaxed”. This does wonders for me.

    My email is

    marelisafabrega at gmail dot com

    Marelisa’s last blog post..Happiness Tips From the Dalai Lama

  8. Patricia on March 12th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Congratulations on giving up the cigarettes. I smoked during graduate school and think it kept me sane…but gave it up 30 years ago with my first pregnancy. I still smoke one or two once a year, if one of those good conversations happen with a friend and we feel decadent…but that happens rarely.

    Insomnia….I have a child with that and it is so awful, but she has mastered it except during exams, with guided meditation before sleep….Oh I hope this program works for you…I will keep you in my thoughts.

    really enjoying your posts and comments on this program.
    Thank you

    Patricia’s last blog post..Discoveries in the World of Cleft Palates

  9. Kelly@SHE-POWER on March 13th, 2009 12:19 am

    Congratulations Cath, on giving up smoking. That’s huge, so be kind to yourself while you go through this process. Do it in any way that feels right for you, and if you fall off the NO SMOKING wagon, don’t worry about it or beat yourself up. Just get back on. I took a couple of years of hits and misses to give up and I had only smoked for 9 years.

    As for the program, I think it sounds like it’s going well. Maybe you ARE expecting too much. Insomnia can be hard to change, so keep persevering and celebrating any positive changes you see and know that it will get better one day. Don’t look at what’s not working. Look at what is. And don’t try to make too many big changes at once – it’s a sure way to fail to put impossibly high expectations on ourselves.

    Good luck with it all – I’m barracking here behind you.

    Kelly x

    Kelly@SHE-POWER’s last blog post..A Moment of Bliss

  10. Evelyn Lim on March 13th, 2009 2:25 am

    I just came back from a support group session with my Silva coach last evening. Here is what I’d like to share about what she said. Silva is just a technique – a tool – and not a miracle cure. If we have problems with getting the results we want, do we blame the tool and say that it does not work? Say if we have a hammer and fail to get the nail into a piece of wood, do we say that there is a problem with the hammer? The real cause is our mind to begin with.

    Silva therefore works best when we are also able to clear some of our limiting beliefs at the same time. If we tell ourselves that something is not going to work, it is not going to.

    Having said that, I am most impressed with the results you have gotten so far with your quitting smoking. I think there is every reason to celebrate!! I know how hard it is to give up because my husband is a smoker. You definitely have my support!! Keep it up!!

    Sleep issues may not be quite so easy to solve. You may wish to consider investigating the real cause of your insomnia.

    I have had much success with the Water Problem Solving technique as well! Highly effective in getting quick solutions.

    I am looking forward to more reviews! Thanks for publishing your thoughts on the program! All the best!!

    Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..My Personal Creed

  11. Ribbon on March 13th, 2009 2:53 am

    Hiya… I’ve just been reading a little of your posts about the Silva thingamejig and it’s got me a little curious as to what the hell it is??
    Is it a life coaching program?
    Anyway I guess the voice of skeptism is leading me in these comments and I should apologise for that.
    Re smoking….. I too was an extrememly heavy smoker for a very long while and what enabled me to quit and never return to it was using the Alan Carr method. If you haven’t heard of him then just google. His books are easy to read & follow and it worked for me and many others I know.

    I’m the queen of meditation and that’s the best quick fix I’ve ever encountered.

    Best wishes :-) Ribbon

    Ribbon’s last blog post..In the pursuit of desire…..

  12. Robin on March 13th, 2009 4:09 am

    Hi Cath – it sounds like you are are really throwing yourself into this – good on you!

    I honestly think that having a strong intention to get better, and a strong commitment to it, get results on their own – so the techniques we use are just sort of technicalities. I can feel you getting better as I write!

    – R

    Robin’s last blog post..Making The Most Of Life

  13. Robin on March 13th, 2009 4:10 am

    Forgot to say thanks for the link! (I hate pressing Submit and then realising I wanted to say something else!)

    Robin’s last blog post..Making The Most Of Life

  14. wilhb81 on March 13th, 2009 7:32 am

    Honestly, it’s totally impossible for me to wake up without using the alarm clock, Cath. I think your method is very interesting…

    wilhb81′s last blog post..It’s The Right Time to Start Your Own Ecommerce Shopping Website!

  15. Ribbon on March 13th, 2009 7:54 am

    PS sincere best wishes with whatever you do that will assist you to feel better and enjoy life more.

    I’m feeling a smidge guilty for my lack of compassion in my previous comment.

    take care x ribbon

    Ribbon’s last blog post..In the pursuit of desire…..

  16. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach on March 13th, 2009 9:01 am

    Congrats on stopping the smoking! Anything that gets you to a healthier lifestyle is a very good thing indeed.

    And I would agree with the above – products such as Silva are a tool designated to help, not to cure. Best wishes for your continued success!

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach’s last blog post..Painfully simple affiliate marketing tip from a Ninja Rubber Ducky

  17. cathlawson on March 13th, 2009 11:42 am

    Thanks for the tip Sara – Listening to a boring audio sounds like a brilliant way to get to sleep. I wonder if they have an audio version of War and Peace.

    Thank you Brad – I really do feel a lot better without them.

    Hi Patricia – 30 years is excellent. And one or two a year is ok. I don’t think I’d be able to do that. I know folks who do but I think I’d just wind up wanting to have more.

    Hi Kelly – Thank you. It’s reassuring that you still managed to pack in properly eventually, despite falling off the wagon a few times.

    And I will definitely focus on the positive changes. I’m going to post day 5 soon, as some exciting stuff has been happening.

    Hi Evelyn – I like the hammer nail explanation – it makes a lot of sense. I’m just trying to keep the review as balanced as possible so that people have reasonable expectations.

    I must admit – the Water Problem Solving sounds too simple to work – but it does. That did help with a lot of suggestions why I may not be sleeping too.

    Hi Ribbon – I guess the easiest way to explain the Silva program is that it’s a learning tool, using meditation that you can apply to many areas of your life. I don’t think it’s the same as life coaching. Mind you, I’ve never tried life coaching.

    I tried the Alan Carr book ages ago and I thought it seemed excellent and what he said made a lot of sense. But I postphoned reading the final chapter, as I knew I’d have to stop then.

    Hi Robin – Thank you. And you’re welcome for the link. Some of the things you’ve written have inspired me to try things like this. And this weekend, I’m definitely going to make the time to watch “What If?”

    Hi Wilhb – It gave me a real surprise. You can choose anytime – even a different time each morning and it works.

    Hi Ribbon – You have nothing to feel guilty for. I never noticed any lack of compassion at all. I think you gave great advice and the Alan Carr book is brilliant – I just don’t think I was motivated enough at the time.

    Hi Barbara – Thank you. The more I use Silva, the more I realise what a great tool it is. I’m guessing that by the end of the course you could use it to help with just about anything.

  18. cathlawson on March 13th, 2009 11:48 am

    Hi Mare – It looks like you’ve become a victim of the Askimet spam folder now. It seems to grab people for no reason.

    In the UK – I’ve found it’s best to keep any smoking habits quiet. Some people look at you as though you’re smoking crack or something, if you dare to light up over here.

    It looks like I was using your old email address. I will resend on your new one.

    I like your idea of using the stairs and I can see how that would work better. I’ll try it tonight – thank you.

  19. Ribbon on March 13th, 2009 12:46 pm

    G;day me again… I’ve had a little read of the advertising and now I’ve a better concept of it.
    I use Holosync which is a meditation tool using soundwave technology. I’ve been using it for a couple of years and it works very well for me and others I know.
    I guess we’re all looking for a little assistance a long our way :-)

    best wishes Ribbon

    Ribbon’s last blog post..In the pursuit of desire…..

  20. Andrew on March 13th, 2009 1:31 pm


    I am glad to hear that you feel inspired to quit smoking, and I certainly hope that you are able to free yourself of the habit for good.

    I’m completely no expert, but your comment with respect to consumption of wine during the evenings reminds me of something I read during a short period of employment when I worked for a regional health service. Basically, the documentation said that although alcohol has the effect of inducing a feeling of tiredness, it also makes one wrestles and therefore hinders the ability of one to get a good night’s sleep.

    Like I said, I am absolutely not an expert, but from what I read, I hope that your ceasing of the practice of drinking wine at night helps at least to some small extent with your sleep related problems.

    Andrew’s last blog post..Should nightclubs pay for cops?

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  25. Meg on August 19th, 2009 10:51 pm

    this WONT work!!! i Promise!!!

  26. Christoph on September 24th, 2009 7:08 am

    Great post, i have been practicing meditation methods for a long time.

    Christoph’s last blog post..Home

  27. Johnny Blaze on October 6th, 2009 2:54 pm

    Response to CathLawson:
    “I don’t know if you’ve seen them but I’ve read a lot of stuff about electronic cigarettes online. Many people are using them and I’m thinking of switching to them instead of the nicotine patches.”

    Hi Cath,. I actually own an electronic cigarette company, and can tell you that we have more and more people switching to our e-cigs. They love being able to maintain the whole hand-to-mouth habit, and of course still getting their nicotine dose. Most of our customers really enjoy being able to smoke them anywhere including restaurants, clubs, bars, etc. They also love the fact that there’s no tar, and a zillion less chemicals than a regular tobacco cigarette. If anyone has any questions on them, just contact me through the site.

    Johnny B
    Halo American Made Electronic Cigarette Company

  28. E-Cigarette on November 14th, 2009 11:08 pm

    I hate it how you get angry everytime you need to quit smoking. I still have 3 boxes of that nicotine gum sitting in my closet, it just didnt get rid of the craving.

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  30. use purse on December 26th, 2009 7:26 am

    Smoking is a tough egg to crack. Some people can kick it fairly easily while others take years fighting cravings and other effects. My hats off to you for quiting.

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  31. electronics cigarette on December 28th, 2009 10:38 am

    I am signing up for your RSS feed. Reading your post makes it sound the same as my life. I too suffer from insomnia and fell into the habit of drinking at night time to get to sleep.

    Luckily I manged to give up smoking with the help of electronic cigarettes and now swear by them. I love your comments that all the people who say just rely on will power need to eat at least 140 pounds!

    good luck with everything you are trying to achieve and I look forward to the next installment.

    BTW – I love the way your write. Makes for easy reading and is a natural flow.

  32. Electric Cigarette Smoker on March 6th, 2010 12:40 am

    A lot of people think of the electric cigarette as a stop smoking device. For me, smoking electric cigarettes has made smoking more enjoyable and has removed some of the downside and even made it somewhat cheaper – so it hasn’t done much to help me quit – al least I’m not getting so many chemicals, tar and other bad stuff.

    Electric Cigarette Smoker’s last blog post..Smoking Electric Cigarettes vs Smoking Tobacco

  33. Hypnotherapy Winchester on March 29th, 2010 3:56 pm

    I encountered the Silva system early on in my days of exploring NLP, meditation (TM). hypnosis and personal development.

    Some very good things there, but I was always left with a feeling of uncertainty about the principles.

    Good to read about your experiences!


  34. burglar alarms warwickshire on April 21st, 2010 3:28 pm

    Congratulations on quitting smoking cath, but do you really not feel you could have done this by yourself? I admit to being a little bit sceptical about life enhancement systems and things. I always just find it easier to write down my goals and go for it one thing at a time, one day at a time. But good luck and thanks for posting about your experiences with the Silva system.

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