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Some days just seem to collapse in front of you. It starts with just a simple upset. Before you know it, your mind is in an endless loop of thinking of the past, and worry for the future, that leaves you even more upset and preoccupied, without the ability to focus.
Let me give you an example. One morning on the way to work, in your brand new car, a driver cuts in front of you causing a minor fender bender. By the time you get to work you are already reliving the accident over and over in your mind. Not only are you late for work, you are so distracted by rethinking the accident, you forget about a vital meeting with a new client and you miss an important sale.
Your inner turmoil only builds. You become short tempered with your co-workers and then later, hang up on your wife. By the end of the day, you have relived your accident so many times you’re drained by an emotional equivalent of 100 car crashes.
On the way home from work, your preoccupation with the morning’s trauma, plus all the additional upsets of the day, has divided your mind’s focus. While watching for errant drivers, you’re not aware that you have run a red light …until the impact.
Were you not so upset by circumstances similar to these you would have an unclouded vigilant single-mind. You would not be preoccupied and double-minded, but fully cognizant and hence confident, always prepared for the unexpected. Trials and tribulations would come and go, leaving you free, unfazed, whole and successful.
“The double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” —James 1: 8
Your mind divides when you allow people or circumstances to emotionally separate you from the single-minded clarity of seeing. Divided, you have two minds, the virtual mind, in which you are emotionally lost, and a Presence, which is like a caring father crying after you.
One beautiful morning you are happily walking in the woods with your dad. Alas, after running after a butterfly, you lose sight of your father and suddenly his protective presence is gone. As long you were together, as one, you were carefree. It is growing dark now, you are afraid and on your own. Without his guiding presence, life in the woods is no longer the same.
So it is, when you are seduced, upset, lose faith or are drawn into worldly pre-occupation, overreacting to the forest phantoms that are lying in wait. Once upset, you are divided into two parts, one a consciousness that is trapped and preoccupied with surviving in the dark forest of your imagination, and the other, a painful aching for a missing father’s light.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light…but if your eye is unsound, your whole body will be full of darkness.” —Matthew 6:22
Emotional upsets drag you down into a dim realm of imagination where hopelessness rules and the good life becomes impossible.
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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).