The Silva method (formerly known as "Silva Mind Control") is a type of meditation, proposed by José Silva. It involves reaching and sustaining the alpha-state while actively controlling one's thoughts.
Silva claimed to be able to achieve many skills. Some were mundane abilities associated with meditation - deep relaxation, cure for insomnia.
Some were more extraordinary:
Pain control--Silva practitioners are able to not mind intermediate pain, and can get cavities filled or receive colonoscopies without any anaesthetics
Others were extreme:
- Remote viewing
- Empathic Telepathy
I read Silva's book for curiosity, and while it is obviously consists a lot of non-scientific garbage, some of these earlier claims seems to be scientifically possible.
I hear and read many stories from independent people (including ones I personally know) that confirms the method to some extent. I, however, could not find any independent scientific studies that examined this.
Picking on one claim in particular: can practitioners of the Silva method learn to ignore minor and intermediate levels of pain?