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The Puzzle and the Key








Grants Pass




By Roy Masters
July 5, 2011

Adapted from Final Chapter of
Hypnotic States of Americans
Available in book and Kindle versions

From time to time, something in the news calls our attention to something that our laws and our criminal justice system have not yet taken adequately into account. This is the very real fact that quite often the actual perpetrator of a crime is acting under the influence of a hypnotic state when the crime is committed, and does something the real person never would have done otherwise. Without a better and more widespread understanding of how hypnotic influence works and how to counter it, we will continue to jail people who perhaps should not be jailed, and release them back unprepared into the abusive hypnotic environment of childhood whereby the real perpetrators remain the free hidden reason behind most all crime.

Consider some examples.

Just as my Hypnotic States of Americans book was going to press a couple months ago, the Associated Press reported that Sirhan Sirhan, the person convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, now believes that he was in a hypnotic state at the time. From the day of the assassination forward, I have claimed that Sirhan was somnambulistic, that is, a type who is easily programmed to do anything—and that the hidden motive was political. The girl in a polka-dot dress was simply the trigger to activate a post-hypnotic state in which he believed he was on a firing range and seeing circles with targets in front of him. “I thought I was at the range more than I was actually shooting at any person, let alone Bobby Kennedy,” Sirhan said in an interview with a hypnosis expert who has interviewed him—according to the Associated Press. According to the report, Mr. Sirhan has always claimed to have no memory of shooting Kennedy, and that his presence at the hotel that night was an accident, not a planned destination. There were reports from witnesses after the shooting of a female running from the hotel shouting, “We shot Kennedy.”

Many will remember the case of Patricia Hearst, great granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst who formed the Hearst publishing empire. In the 1970s Ms. Hearst was kidnapped and brutally mistreated by a group calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. After some time in captivity, she actually participated in some bank robberies with them---something she would never have even considered doing before her kidnapping. Many have heard of the Stockholm syndrome—the strange phenomena where a group of people held captive by terrorists in Sweden for several days became very cooperative with them and would not even testify against their captors after their release.

As I observe the testimony in the Casey Anthony trial, now in progress, I see signs of many unrealized hypnotic influences in both Casey and several members of her family, and see that she may very well be in a state where she really does not know what happened and may have done things under hypnotic influence that she would not have done otherwise.

As I have repeatedly pointed out for many decades, it is more than possible for a skilled manipulator to program someone else to do his or her dirty work, and even to believe that it was the ultimate perpetrator’s own idea and action. A suitable subject can be programmed so as to have no remaining memory of either being programmed, or of the person who hypnotized him, or of the details of what happened.

Children are not born criminals, thieves and killers, but they are often born into families that cause hypnotic traumas that set them up so that, later in life, they can be acted through by others who know how to tap into their vulnerability to hypnotic authorities. People skilled at spotting and exploiting those with special vulnerability in this regard can, through the person they control, commit many crimes – all while remaining quite invisible except those who understand how hypnotic influences work.


Psychopathic master criminals are rarely caught and punished. Adolf Hitler, like many dictators, never needed to commit crimes of genocide they simply acted through do-unto-others-as-was-done-unto-them system of clones. It could be that we are punishing all the wrong people while the most wicked ones lurk out there scot-free multiplying themselves through crime and getting elected, which is why we are losing our country.

I strongly recommend the excellent 1962 movie The Manchurian Candidate—starring Frank Sinatra, Lawrence Harvey and Angela Lansbury, as well as Richard Condon’s 1959 book by the same title—upon which the 1962 version of the movie was very faithfully based. The means of control and programming portrayed in that book are more than likely. I believe that movie was ready for release about when President John Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, but that its release was postponed for a year or so in the wake of the assassination.

(By the way, I recommend that you not bother with the 2004 remake of the movie, starring Denzel Washington, Liv Schreiber and Meryl Streep. This remake is not, repeat not, in any way faithful, in its essentials, to the book or to the crucial realities. It tends to hide and draw attention away from the crucial facts about hypnosis and manipulation, which—though not the fault of the fine actors in the excellent cast—may have been exactly what it was designed and released in order to do.)

The most despicable, oft-repeated lie about hypnosis is that one cannot be hypnotized to think what is untrue or to act against one’s own free will. That is simply false. Skilled manipulators have known it forever. The manipulators have guarded this secret carefully, partly by repeating the lie that such influence is impossible. It is not safe to regard hypnosis as a harmless parlor game, or to remain oblivious to how it works.

Without awareness of how hypnotic influence works and of how to counter and reduce 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. A better understanding of these matters will enable us all to deal more wisely and more justly with the problem of crime and other misbehavior in our families and communities.

Based on my discoveries about hypnotic influence gathered over more than 60 years, my Hypnotic States of Americans book seeks to show you how to become less susceptible to past and present hypnotic influences and thus more able to live in true freedom, drawing your energy from what is real and right so that you are fully alive in a healthy sense.

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Freedom from hypnotic influence, even from influences seeking to get you to do what is right or think what is true, is essential if you are ever to escape an unhealthy dependence on your manipulators, caregivers, experts and leaders (even the well-meaning among them).

Reading my Hypnotic States of Americans book, watching the hypnosis demonstration video and practicing the recommended exercise will awaken within you a spiritual center from which you will be impervious to improper influence and able to influence the world for the better—as effortlessly as the most skilled martial artist can deal with an opponent.

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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).


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As I have repeatedly pointed out for many decades, it is more than possible for a skilled manipulator to program someone else to do his or her dirty work, and even to believe that it was the ultimate perpetrator’s own idea and action.