December 6, 2011
Without awareness of how hypnotic influence works and of how to counter its influence in oneself and others, even people living in supposedly free societies will become increasingly enslaved to influences largely invisible to them—while simultaneously being hypnotized to regard themselves as free and in charge of their own lives. There are many ways this can happen. Let me show you the details of how one of those ways, cruelty, can be used to produce the hypnotic emotion of resentment (in bystanders as well as direct victims of the cruelty). Once this resentment is induced, it can be used make people slaves and keep them slaves, without their even realizing it. But there is a solution. I have developed and utilized for over 50 years a technique available in a simple audio exercise for resolving this tendency to resent—so as to free you from this treadmill and the resulting enslavement, and enable you to become progressively free. The Be Still and Know exercise can be tried free and ordered at fixanxiety.org. Until you find your way out of the resentment trap, you will remain helplessly susceptible to the scenario discussed below, thinking that your only choices are to be a bully, or submit to one.
Driving along, I sometimes listen to those inane talk show hosts speaking to people calling in to discuss this subject or that. And, my God!—I find I can't track with it. It is astounding how they can keep up such an endless barrage of verbal garbage. But every now and then, a small meaty flicker jumps out to me, and that sets me on thinking what they are about.
Sometimes I become inarticulate when I am obliged to talk on mundane matters; but when it comes to spiritual and meaningful things, then I am alert and clear.
Television brings the crazy world into our living rooms without us having to experience the actuality. As I watch this garbage I often find I am unable to keep my mind on what is going on or what they're saying.
Last evening I tuned into the TV educational channel scanning for worthwhile tidbits and pieces of information, as is my custom. I decided to stop at the channel that was depicting the voyages of Charles Darwin. During his travels in Brazil he encountered some slavery. There was a scene depicting a 'Christian' overlord, the owner of a plantation, allowing his foreman to be cruel to a little black child. Poor Darwin was shown to be appalled.
As I watched this dramatization of universal cruelty towards an innocent child, I saw more clearly, the reason behind all cruelty, and I turned off the TV to contemplate what had been revealed to me. Here is the principle in a nutshell. The entire purpose behind cruelty is to enslave. Cruelty throws a person into a psychotic state through the victim's own resentment, representing as it does an inherent weakness of the soul. The inability to cope with the horror of stress signifies lack of grace. Without the response of grace (which is no response at all), one is left with the response of pride that enslaves one to tease.
Slaves are created and imprisoned by the inherent weakness of their own pride. Resentment sustains pride in its animal form as irritation sustains resentment. The slave surrenders in order to spoil his master into being a greater object of hate—on which the slave can model himself.
To expand the concept of enslavement through cruelty, let me say that cruelty hypnotically excites the psychotic state of fear and resentment where the ego of the little sinner feels served by the greater weakness of the bigger sinner. Pride must be served tease in order to grow.
Just look around and see how much cruelty there is in factories, homes and schools, and observe the various psychotic states and emotional problems of young and old. All this is a direct result of the overlord parent, teacher or feudal boss playing god, projecting a psychotic state in order to establish and maintain power over the victim.
The second villain in the Darwin story was the foreman of the ranch, a cruel but otherwise 'people pleasing' peasant, himself a slave of a cruel master. As his master was with him, he was with the boy—weak before the strong, strong before the weak. He couldn't bow low enough to this master, but in the presence of the child, he took on his master's personality. Before the child his pleasant, appeasing, attitude and demeanor changed, and became ugly.
Life is a wretched dog-eat-dog chain gang of victims. We are all weak before the strong, and strong before the weak. Because we are weak before the strong, we acquire, through failing, the character of those who corrupt us. The worst kind of taskmaster is one who is himself a slave. Through failing we learn about our weakness, but instead of conquering it, we turn around and do unto others as was done to us. We learn to lord it over people by using their weakness against them.
We do not develop much understanding about our slave role, because the psychotic state forbids our seeing failing as failing. With carnal knowledge evolved from our encounter with hell, we perpetuate power through suffering and cruelty. In this fashion, the system of man's enslavement of man through man's inhumanity is perpetuated down through the centuries. We seem to acquire the mysteries of hell's power by falling to it and rising again as lords over others.
Few people know much about the nature of their own enslavement because they are so distracted, busily becoming what they like hating. The psychotic bent for the forbidden prevents the Truth from entering and awakening the soul.
The sheer agony, the horror of what we have become through responding to cruelty and becoming cruel, makes the light of Reality seem more cruel than cruelty itself. Shame and guilt then compels us to stay emotionally asleep in our psychotic dream state—reality being more terrifying to the guilty than hell. Under cover of the night of unawareness, the unholy spirit takes up residence and we become unto others as others were to us.
See how easy it is for me to speak in spiritual terms? How very hard it is for me to remember nonsense! I find it almost impossible to concentrate on the proliferation of banal chatter that is in the world and all its meaningless trite. I am often accused of being absent-minded because it all goes right by me. There is no room for any of it to bleed into my head. But your problem is just the opposite. All that garbage does leak into your mind, displacing understanding. Resentment—a response to adversity—pushes understanding out. You become more and more sensitive to everything, and it fills your mind like water filling a sinking ship. The sanctity of your soul is torn open!
You are meant to go through life like a boat gliding through water. The boat goes through the water; the water does not go through the boat! You must go through experience; experience must not go through you. You must not collect your nature from experience with tease and temptation, or else you will be filled with its nature. People must be awakened from the psychotic state in which the various forms of temptation have placed them.
America was the last great bastion of freedom, the most important democracy. I look around me now and see how low it has fallen. What an absurd thing they have made of freedom. People walking around in various psychotic states each imagining—in their drugged state of booze, sex, drugs, music, whatever—that they are 'free'. In such a psychotic state of slavery, we can be made to believe that we are 'free,' but we are free only from the Truth that we are slaves in a psychotic state of hell.
We enslave one another with subtle cruelties and drive one another to seek answers in religion, pot, music, politics or medicine. Each of us lives within a miniature feudal system as either a king or a slave, provoking tease and being provoked by tease. We do not know how to deal with the system, under which we suffer—the boss, the federal government, the all-powerful incumbent of the Oval Office, whatever—each projecting their own form of cruelty and frustration and inducing their own psychotic addiction.
Upset at work, we each go home as the 'lord' of our own habitat, if we are lucky. We lay down our own unreasonable rules and do our own exploiting and aggravating through them.
There is only one hope, one way we can be free from the tyrannies that are engulfing us all, and that is to find a way to change our human nature. We must truly learn the meaning of suffering. We must awaken from our suffering to deal with the source of that suffering—the emotional obligation to respond to the pressure and persuasion of our peers.
If you fail to cope with the evil of authority, if you believe and respond to it, then you must be content to remain asleep in guilt. Through the door of pleasure come the gas ovens of dictatorship and genocide. Democracies, like pleasure-centered marriages, must descend to become dictatorships. It is inevitable.
We are not ourselves. We are projections of some one else's psychosis. Every dog becomes a god to others down the line. With others, we can remember that we are lords and forget we are slaves. We pass this evil on down the chain and through succeeding generations until a few of us awaken to what we are doing, is happening, and make happen.
There is no length, no breadth or depth to which we will not sink for the pleasure of harming and the enjoyment of being harmed. Think of it: we can actually enjoy being corrupted because we feel that we are becoming and acquiring the secrets of power. Trauma is growing and evolving for the pride; we need trauma to grow and to forget what grew. To forget what grew is to grow even more.
One meritorious American figurehead said, "Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor." Democracies degenerate, forming a pyramid out of the stinging, helpless masses, with the most bizarre sexual or violent motivator at the top.
We are all immensely cruel towards one another. There isn't one single person reading this who isn't a victim of a victim of a victim, passing power back up the chain of command to the original Hell who passes down his nature and authority in the commerce of sin.
The horrors are steadily mounting up to the sky. The pain of suffering is so great for those on the bottom of the pyramid that it often forces them to dramatize their dreams of judgment through mindless violence.
Prison is a microcosm of society. The thoughtlessness of prison guards and warden bureaucracy is the subtle cruelty from which evolves rage, and from which there is no relief, save violence. If you have ever been in a prison, you know what it's like. Guards are worse than the criminals, and the warden himself is usually the chief instigator of revolt against him. In his own special way, by laying down cruel and thoughtless rules, phony and meaningless regulations, the warden represents the cruel bureaucracy of the outside world that drove the inmates to crime in the first place. He could, of course, have decent common sense rules, but that doesn't tempt—and without temptation there is no satisfaction of power.
The Internal Revenue Service and other bureaucracies could have common sense rules to make life easier for people. Instead, they make it all the more complicated. Why do those in power make it complicated? Because they accumulate more power by creating guilt and frustration, driving the population into psychotic states of submission, like the little slave boy. People submit for relief until there is nothing more to give, and then they commit suicide or rebel, with an even more wicked head at the helm after whom they model themselves.
The power trip wears many guises: politics, medicine, religion, you name it. You know, those who pretend to help you but help themselves to you instead. There is the petty tyrant who enjoys needling you and walking away high, feeling better.
The typical bureaucrat is a psychotic failure who bows down to his master, conforming so completely as to be 'knighted' by his master's blessing of power. With unreasonable rules and regulations, such people make our lives bitter. They may not get rich, but they enjoy the feeling of importance that enforcing unreasonable regulations brings to them.
There is a secret, bizarre pleasure in making complicated and stupid rules and regulations, in making miles of red tape to tangle people in and make their lives miserable, in creating problems that need more bureaucratic problem solvers.
There is a secret high in driving people into psychotic states. Eventually though, there comes the inevitable backlash of sickness, depression, suicide and revolution.
Modern life has become increasingly complicated. Emotional problems are on the rise. The prisons and mental hospitals are overflowing. In their frustration with government, parents take their hostilities out on their children. Blacks kill blacks, husbands and wives murder each other at an alarming rate. Children are driven to drugs and beating up old ladies for kicks. Why? Because of the subtle snake in power, who (in a democracy) may not be overtly cruel, but is cruel by virtue of stupid rules and regulations designed to intimidate and irritate and exasperate and frustrate, to drive the population into psychotic states of submission. Power is the name of the game.
The face of evil doesn't always wear a Hitlerite mask. It changes so that as soon as you learn to cope with one form it appears in another. It can be concealed behind smiling bureaucrats or seductive, lying hypocrites, giving the kind of religious or medical advice that never leads anywhere. Except to more frustration, anger, resentment, futility and despair. All of which makes everyone need more law, more regulation and more religion.
Beware! You are all up against some subtle and very dangerous forces. The real villains are hard to catch! They are those who appear as 'pillars of society,' doing their best, doing their job.
The instigators of revolution are not the revolutionaries. The real devils have been busily setting the stage; they are the ones who sit behind desks, creating, those stupid, frustrating rules and regulations to which we all respond so angrily. And those citizens who are asleep, psychotically conform and rebel against conformity. The actual villain is a spirit that dwells within the ambition of men and women.
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That's why it is important for all of us to understand why we must be alert and aware of our own debilitating, enslaving, emotional response. The 'love need' works against you, and so does the resentment you need.
Evil aspires to power, through government and the underworld: two horns on the same devil, one for evolving the other. A government of sinners is an underworld, and an underworld is a government of sinners; one gives rise to the other and they sustain one another. Somewhere in between are the masses of society conforming and rebelling, lending their strength to the evolving extremes of power. That is why things are so hopeless for you.
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Roy Masters—who in his 80s continues to broadcast the longest-running counseling show in talk radio history, his internationally syndicated daily radio program Advice Line, grew up in pre-WWII England. He started his journey toward understanding human nature when as a teen he saw a stage hypnotist at a vaudeville show in Brighton. The hypnotist easily put volunteer subjects in a spell and made them do outlandish things, like dancing with a broom and forgetting their own names.
Puzzled by the hypnotist’s mysterious power, Roy distinctly remembers pondering the question: “Why can’t hypnotism be used to make people act sensibly, rather than foolishly?” Inspired by the idea of harnessing this baffling force for good, he later pursued the art of hypnotism and established a successful hypnotherapy practice.
After several years of practice, Masters made his central and pivotal discovery about the root of people’s emotional problems, addictions and complexes. He realized that people did not need hypnosis, because their core problem was that they are already hypnotized—not by a clever stage performer, but by the stresses, pressures and seductions of daily life.
He used his knowledge to discover a way to help us become de-hypnotized, and discovered that the root of the power of negative suggestion lay in our wrong emotional response, that of resentment. Masters’ remarkably effective exercise, a simple observation technique called Be Still and Know—is at the core of his unmatched track record in helping people overcome even the most serious mental-emotional problems, and is the centerpiece of a successful program within the U.S. military community (“Patriot Outreach”) that is helping thousands of military personnel and their families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).