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Jose Silva Jr. (known as Joe or Joe Jr. to his friends) is one of the last links to his father’s pioneering research that led to the development of a system to help everyone develop their natural God-given ESP, so they can use it and benefit from it every day, in every area of life.
Joe was born in 1941, the first of Jose and Paula Silva’s 10 children. When his father began to experiment with hypnosis in the late 1940s, using Joe’s younger sisters and brothers as subjects, Joe was there to help and to document much of the research. He recorded prenatal age regression sessions when his siblings went back to so-called “past life regressions.”
Joe was in the U.S. Navy serving in Vietnam when his father began taking his findings to the public via a series of workshops in the mid 1960s. There was a huge demand for Jose Silva’s “Mind Control” system, as it was called it back then, so in 1967 Mr. Silva asked Joe to come back to Laredo as soon as he could to help take care of the electronics repair business.
When the new seminar business began to grow, Joe helped manage it too, and was one of the three incorporators of Silva International, the corporation that still manages the original course.
In 1995, Mr. Silva nominated Joe to take over the presidency of Silva International. In 1998, when they set up a separate company to manage the new Silva UltraMind ESP System, Joe was named president of that company and assigned the majority ownership.
Throughout the tremendous growth of the Silva programs from their modest beginnings in Laredo, Texas, to more than 100 nations around the world, Joe has been the most consistent factor, along with his father and his Uncle Juan, who both passed on in 1999.
Joe has been married to his wife, Ruth, since 1967. They have two children, David and Ruthie, and five grandchildren. Joe holds a black belt in karate, and served as a consultant to Ed Bernd Jr. in developing the Silva Star Athlete program and the book "Think and Grow Fit—Jose Silva's Guide to Mental Training for Fitness and Sports."