PART 1 of 2
The Killing Fields of Corruption
Early in life we were emotionally shocked and traumatized. And with that first fall away from our original state of being, fault took root and grew into the multi-layered ugliness that we see ourselves composed of, when we first (if ever) begin seeking for what went wrong.
The seeker should bear this basic principle in mind: a human being can be shocked, excited, angered, stimulated, distracted, entertained, emotionalized and so on. The very moment that happens true values are displaced, and the shock, the excitement, the anger, etc. is substituted for those true values. In most of us, these displacements have become the “long-forgotten” experiences of childhood (forgotten because associated with those traumatic events is “shame”).
Instead of facing up to the weakness associated with the corrupting event, the ego tries to assert, or maintain, a posture of “original innocence.” All those friends and relatives who aid you in maintaining this charade of “innocence” succeed only in violating you more. Before true maturity, all friends are really fiends. All excitement, entertainment, drugs, pills, counseling, encounter and group therapy, sensitivity training etc. work toward the same result: they help you feel secure and “right” while actually helping you to grow more wrong.
Once you fall to accept any form of comfort, you associate growth with the feeling of comfort. Without re-experiencing that comfort, you sense that original anxiety, or loss, that has actually grown more severe through your use of those assorted false comforts.
And—lurking behind those comforts—are the frozen smiles of the professional comforters, ready to assure you at every turn that you are perfectly all right the way you are. All you really need is just a little more of their services and help. Payable monthly.
Doctors of Doom
“I smoke two full packs of cigarettes a day,” a man complained.
“Don’t be so concerned,” assured the doctor. “I smoke three packs on a bad day!”
A patient-parolee in a therapy group was instructed not to repress anger but to let it out, express it! Now she is back in jail.
A terrible danger attends this kind of “advice.” In spite of their “advanced” medical training, these counselors are unable to use their knowledge for good, achieving nothing more than the ability to use the information about their patients’ problems to justify their own anxiety over their similar weaknesses. Comforted, no longer in conflict with his own Conscience, the patient soon falls to temptation again. Then, haunted by increased guilt, he is forced to return either to the confessional, the jail or the operating table.
With the logic of a mad hatter, self-indulgent counselors point out with “scientific” solemnity that the inability to quit smoking is a reliable sign that cigarettes are necessary and proper for the body—as indeed they are in the counselor’s own case! Thus we are advised to continue smoking to get the essential “ingredients” provided by the tobacco. Unable or unwilling to overcome his own degrading enslavement to nicotine, the counselor scores a double “victory” by earning money from his patients, while making his own vice more bearable.
But even more insidiously, such advice unconsciously blocks us from ever finding the real cure. There are all kinds of gurus of vice, ranging from fat little champions of gourmet to the emaciated wizards of pot and LSD—most doctors are no different. They are all people with wrong motives.
No doctor is likely to grow poor with this kind of treatment, for the patient will always be returning for reassurance as well as for treatment for the other problems that will grow out of the original one. The same is true of the psychological advice given to the parolee, namely that “anger is natural. You must not suppress it, that’s what makes you sick. You must instead continue to get upset and let it out.” The psychologist who makes this kind of statement also misleads his victims. His motive is not to help the patient but to help himself—to excuse and be comfortable with his own private tantrums.
Have you ever filed a complaint against an impatient corporate employee only to find the management willing to defend his rudeness for their own personal reasons? Subconsciously the leaders of those who desire to remain blind are themselves unwilling to accept the truth, for that would put them out of business and undermine their authority and power, which stands upon a lie. For this reason they mostly treat (excuse) the guilt rather than attack the selfish existence that gives rise to it.
The healers in their turn are likewise addicted to doing their thing, that is, comforting wrong people for the ego appreciation and money (symbolic tribute, homage and love for a king) they obtain for their services.
Lying on the Comforter’s Couch
Too often the common man appears to be seeking diligently for a cure, but he too (unconsciously, perhaps) is drawn to the adviser that will excuse him; so he looks in the wrong places and gobbles up the wrong advice. Then, after gallantly trying everything under the sun (except the Truth), the “average” citizen abandons himself to lust and vice. He has what seems to him the perfect excuse. After all, he has searched everywhere and has tried his best—hasn’t he?
Again, there is the technique of “making the best” of things. A man met his downhearted friend on the street.
“What’s the trouble, Joe?” he asked.
“I don’t fell very well,” Joe replied. “I feel really guilty about my drinking problem.”
“Tell you what you should do,” said the well-meaning man, handing his friend a card. “Why don’t you give this psychiatrist a call?”
Several weeks later the pair met again.
“Well, Joe? How are you? How do you feel now?” the Good Samaritan inquired. “Did you ever get in touch with that psychiatrist?”
“I sure did,” Joe beamed happily. “And I feel much better now. Thanks a lot for the help.”
“Did he stop your drinking?”
“No, he did even better. He took away my guilt and I really enjoy my drinking now!”
The point of this anecdote is to illustrate that once a person is “justified,” he is, to all practical purposes, condemned to death. Relieved of the prickling and urgings of Conscience, he continues on the road to destruction, obliterating his consciousness of the attendant follies that eventually lead to more blundering and on to his early demise.
Unwittingly, we all sympathize with each other’s faults against the common denominator of Conscience so that no one will stand as the evidence of what is Right. By so doing, we are allowing ourselves to continue in our wrong ways. Similarly, various healing groups may be observed working piously, seeking cures that in reality they are most unwilling to discover. Can you imagine the widespread chagrin if once again another uneducated “carpenter” were to discover a simple solution to all human problems—psychological, physiological and social!
The Love Affair with Error
The reason for this charade is that the average egotist would rather feel right than be right. Why? You ask. Simply because he can thus do as he pleases and feel right about it—and that attitude is the basis of all addictions and hang-ups.
It is like having our cake while eating it. As long as we hold on to this attitude, we will retain our habits that allow us to do more wrong and still feel “right” about it. We are thereby not able to see as wrong the wrong itself and the habit that blinds us to it.
When our problems get in our way, we seek a remedy—but only for the evolved problem rather than the faulty living that gave rise to it, which we jealously preserve and protect! We refuse to look at the real reason behind it because it would mean that we would have to change our selfishness, wrong motives, ambitions and goals underlying those symptoms.
Fallen man does not hunger and thirst after Rightness—he seeks only self-righteousness, the stamp of approval for what he has become through ambition. And so we become hungry and thirsty for ways to stifle our “nagging” conscience, and the activities that lead to “relief’ are called vice.
Most people, you see, are simply not willing to find the Truth and Real Purpose in life. They desire instead to continue in a willful, egocentric and separate existence. So the more wrong we become the more time we have to spend to kill pain; that is the basis of bad habits. We spend more and more time doing this “pain-killing,” until finally we are so wrong that it takes all our attention, time, and energy.
The Fork in the Road
There are but two ways available to every person: Truth and Life, or the lie and death. One road leads back toward the Highest Principle, while the other leads only from one “high” to another, from the supreme folly of error to the exquisite torture of relief.
When we choose the road to self-discovery, goal-making and glory-seeking become unimportant, blah and irrelevant. As a matter of course, our frustration diminishes and our habits start to give us up. Frustration arises only when we get what “we” planned, or when we fail to attain what we strive for. To be happy, we must embody the Highest Principles and express the intent of the creative purpose. We begin by facing ourselves and becoming completely honest.
Ambition ... dishonesty ... egotism ... selfishness ... are all facets of the same root cause, the pride of man.
We cannot exist merely as air-breathing mammals. Man must find his purpose in something other than simple existence. When we do not know our rightful place, our habits revolve around our efforts to soothe the pain that results when we fail to find that place—and that just adds sin to sin. And so, we may drink or smoke to forget the guilt of drinking and smoking, in addition to the mistakes that are made under the influence.
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When our attitude becomes one of seeking, that is, a willingness to accept correction, then we become incompatible with excuses and justifications, and we are able to yield to the pressure of Conscience instead of fighting it. What happens is that quite often our habits give us up immediately (though not without pain), because we will have the new spiritual attitude that cannot yield to temptation. Even though our bodies may cry out for them, we cannot give way. As we become clean, the real reason for that craving comes into view, and through facing that error and being repentant, it is completely resolved. For part two click below.
First published, December 1970
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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).