PART 2 of 2
Do you see how your ego tends to evoke the very emotions it should really be resolving? Can you see how that leads to guilt feelings, inferiority and resentment, and can you see how your ego needs (for its escape) the very stress that made it guilty?
All inferiorities, anxieties, fears and emotional responses are therefore linked to secret attitudes. These attitudes have, in some distant past, mysteriously and secretly separated you from a state of Grace and made you subject to the worldly authorities and their subtle pressures and offerings. In your rebellion and in that struggle against realizing your enslavement, you used mentally aroused emotions as well as those emotions that arose from failing to cope with pressure itself. And so, between the two, failing and not wanting to face your faults, the original sin state of pride is preserved and repeated until it kills you dead!
So the fallen, prideful attitude of self-seeking, seeking more desperately to gain, gets caught up in a failing way with external intrigue, with imagined threats, and is whisked away on the magic carpet of forgetfulness. Amid the excite-ment of fantasy, imagined danger, self-righteousness, and all that external intrigue, you become even more blinded to Reality. And blinded by ambition, rage, lust and desire, you ripen to be taken in again more quickly.
Let me site another simple example: You are ready to take your driver’s test. But suppose that passing the test is, for various ego reasons, too important. You know what your reaction will be of course. You will be nervous.
Make anything too important and that attitude ALWAYS transfers the inner rapport (relationship) to the object or objective. It is the reason why you feel response in the form of excitement, fear, inferiority and awkwardness. If you succeed, your wrong attitude will be rewarded and you will become addicted to that life style. But if you fail, you will have the mental judgment (resentment), which is that faulty means of dealing with the awareness of your failing. You learn to be fearful, cunning, sly, and treacherous.
Death enters through a successful pride appeal to your ego. If you are unwilling to face up to the facts of each failing, you must become more emotionally involved with fantasy, with people, with places and with things. An environment/image-based sense of security is formed through hate-love objects. Either way emotions are involved.
You cannot overcome your environmental subjectivity, from which your fears and inferiorities rise, until you let yourself realize the root cause: making THINGS too important in order to feed your ego a sense of security and importance. It is easy to recognize when your attitude is favorable toward God, because when the yearning for Truth is paramount, goals and things are naturally less important. And at this point all your manipulators lose their power that you have given them.
For this reason it is written in the Scriptures, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all else will be added to you.” And in another place it says concerning gain: “Where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (When your mind is on money, you can have a shock around your heart when you lose your wallet.) And in yet another place we read, “What does it profit a man that he gain the world and lose his soul (to the world)?”
To gratify yourself with any material thing, no matter how small, transfers the rapport (relationship) of your ego—your mind and your body—to the object of desire. It is this separation of your ego from your God center that causes guilt. And the stubborn belief in what promises to deliver becomes the enslavement to what lies. The loss of the person or object reveals that enslavement, and you experience the familiar shock, guilt, anxiety and fear that spring from that loss. (This is the threat reaction syndrome from a non-threatening or non-existent danger.)
I can still recall the discomfort from buying a small gadget that fascinated me, and that new car I thought I needed. The anxiety I felt was very well-founded.
So please be careful of your buying sprees. Be conscious that any time you buy ANYTHING, no matter how cheap and insignificant-even one single penny’s worth, if you buy it for luxury or for amusement, to give your ego a lift, you will notice first the tug of war with your conscience, then the excitement that hypnotically separates you from Reality and binds you to the thing. If you are a sensitive person, you can sense the meaning of the moment, and the effect of that awareness will be discipline. And you will walk away triumphant, feeling freer for each denial of lusts of the beastly ego self. But in your lack of wisdom you will feel the aftermath of a growing anxiety. Anxiety also comes in the form of monthly payments and in great waves of boredom and futility as the novelty and newness wears off. But here you can luxuriate again through recall, or by secretly resenting your spouse, the salesmen, or the object, as though it had cheated you. After all, it did appeal to you, and it did promise your ego a measure of happiness and satisfaction. But it lied and cheated; it hurt more than it helped; it enslaved as it promised to set free. Your resentment and blame evoke and involve you with memories that so neatly keep you from seeing your fault. Every sin experience leaves an impression in your head that is kept alive, recalled and reused later when you have nothing external to entertain or upset you.
A faulty attitude, then, is the secret cause behind most emotional states. Attitude does not actually cause the emotional response; it simply allows a transference of allegiance from Reason to environment. And so each trauma fixes memories in your mind that are manipulated by your ego as a means of generating excitement for work or escape.
The stupid ego has, in a sense, a portable environment. It becomes the mad director of scenes and players for its private pleasure and glory. People literally photograph your body and soul and pull you inside themselves. You become the plaything of a mad god in his private universe.
Every ego photographs scenes as it fails. In other words, whether you are seduced or frustrated, you become imprinted and take in your surroundings. Now, as you fail to manipulate the harsh, external world reality and it instead takes advantage of you, you fail. You are left with an environment associated with personalities to change around inside your head.
If their syndrome is one of failure and submission, people can, by submitting to you, involve you with them in their mind. Once your image gets inside their head, they become gratified with one more puppet image they can manipulate. It is the nature of weak people to fail in their motives toward the strong. What any failure gets out of any relationship is the identity of the conqueror. If you are strong, you can feel those weaklings giving you power in order to draw from you the booby prize of your image. Naturally they would prefer to control you in reality. But their habit has been to fail and to slowly become the person who lorded it over them. On the way they learn to amuse themselves with your soul as your lord in their private hell.
People enjoy involving you with them. First they try to use you to accomplish their will, but failing that, they become lord of an imagination world peopled with subjects. Failures first fantasize with other people’s identities, regurgitating the "captured" image like a cow chewing its cud. But eventually even in this they fail, for sooner or later one or more of those identities usually takes over and becomes them.
Men use the images of females to replace their actual presence. But why should he need images in her absence? Because he becomes degraded by the female presence. To avoid seeing that failing with her, the male uses the image that got inside (through falling for her) to hide behind, and he tries to manipulate it to his advantage. He degrades that image and forces her to satisfy him in a way that it failed to do in real life. The female image is seen to worship him and his (sexual) failing. Dwell long enough on any subject and action hatches out of the egg of thought. Rape and violence are the compelling result of fantasy.
All of us who have become involved with others and lost out, use the memories left behind. In that dream we make them heel and do anything we want. We force them to give us the service and satisfaction they seemed to promise SO WE DON'T HAVE TO SEE THE ADVANTAGE THEY ACTUALL Y TOOK in real life. We become lost in delusions of grandeur, of nostalgia and revenge, and the longer we live in our fantasies the more danger there is of them becoming a reality.
Look at this principle as it applies to music: You are a romantic and the band is playing “your” song. The music lifts your ego out of its boredom and inspires feelings of love and great self-worth. The song lingers in your mind in a hypnotic way. After this experience, any time you are lonely or “blue,” the sweet refrain, the romantic melodies from those special moments come back to haunt, rescue and entertain you again and again. Your mind has millions of such scenes and your soul is lost in all of them.
This might be a good place to mention why music is so effective. Language devoid of spirit has no luster. Music (inspired by the seductive ego soothing evil behind it) puts back into language sparkle, and now seduces again through its poetry and melody.
Can you see what really happens? You actually become seduced, corrupted by a Hell-inspired, poetic, musical appeal to your ego. Your ego comes down to accept the glory of it and, for a fleeting, blissful moment you forget the pain of your guilts and feel as good as God. You get high, in other words. But fall you did and sin you did, because whether you believe it or not, sin is the transference of relationship through any successful appeal to your ego, no matter what its form, even when the offering is to feel good in your fallen state. If Adam was seduced by an apple, he can be all the more seduced by apple strudel. The aftermath of the “blues” or depression is actually the result of an awakening to what has, by seduction, really happened. So what do you do next? You conjure up the temptation, the very thing that has destroyed you, and you employ it again and again to soothe the tortured soul in thought and in deed. The memory serves in a similar way as the actual experience, providing energy, illusions of worth, and escape from the reality of what a pathetic god you really are becoming. Every time you feel guilty, useless or worthless you set a bigger goal or you hallucinate about the past glories or failings. Men stranded on a desert island dream about sizzling steaks and the girls they left behind. Why? To avoid facing reality.
Ambition, sex and judgment are the most basic forms of ego appeal. They are most frequently used to help you escape realizing what those very things have done to you.
When a male fantasizes about sex, he actually escapes from seeing what sex has done to him. When the alcoholic dreams of drink he actually fondles the memory of the corrupting power of drink to help him escape the painful guilt of the corruption by drink, and by sex, etc. What helps us escape corrupts. But, the incorrigible ego has no choice but to fondle and play with the very things that are destroying him. You do not see the danger because you don't want to see. Your involvement with fact and fantasy saves you in a hypnotic way; and as it soothes, you become that much more rotten without knowing why. Corrupt things and corrupt thoughts become more attractive, rising to meet your need to escape the painful Reality within.
We reach and fall for the glorifying, forbidden things and then get mentally involved to forget the painful shame of what we have done. Between experiences and reliving those experiences, we enervate and deplete our minds and bodies of huge amounts of vital energy. This is the main reason for feeling drained, tired and run down. And this state of mind causes us to fall prey to a host of diseases, especially cancer.
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One method of releasing lost vitality is with stimulants represented by drugs, tobacco and alcohol. The shock of each new traumatic experience becomes a new temptation base, exciting into our minds new memories to hide behind.
The drug that excites the ego to come down into a fantasy world becomes one more vile mental thing for which the victim yearns with a sinner's craving akin to true love.
So falling men yearn for sex to forget the guilt of sex, drugs to forget the guilt caused by drugs, drink, music, food-anything. The greater the guilt becomes, the greater our need to sink into delusions, into hungers and into longings for life, into the very emotions of sensuality we should be rising from and into the world we ought to be conquering.
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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).