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The Puzzle and the Key








Grants Pass


PART 1 of 2


By Roy Masters
Author of "Hypnotic States of Americans"
March 18, 2013

What you are about to read cuts as close to the nerve center of all human misery as can be conveyed through words. Each person who reads this will identify with it as he flashes upon his own experiences. No one has at any time written such words. You have not read this anywhere, yet you will mysteriously and instantly recognize what is said, proving the omniscience and ever-presence of Truth. And it just may be that the power of it will overwhelm you and save you from your suffering.

Unfolding before your eyes in just a few pages is the root of all sickness and suffering—even war itself. And no matter how many times you read the same words, they will take on new meaning, new depth, and encompass more relationships and expose more human folly.

It is too much to expect words alone to express all I want to say. Your own mind must go beyond the horizon of the written word. And, if it please God, the Spirit will witness and interpret in such a way as to free you once and for all from your enslavement and compulsions.

There is in all of us an unhealthy need for something or someone to stimulate and excite us, to make us feel alive and happy. As we grow older, ordinary stimulation from people ceases to be enough and we look down to the world of beasts and drugs (and other poisons) to turn us on or off. There is no depth to which a depraved man will not sink for escape and for excitement. To escape (through excitement) is to lose awareness, and to lose awareness so as to relieve guilt is to let something unspeakably evil enter, take up residence, and act as a parasite on your soul. We cling to what corrupts us, and as we draw security from it, it draws life from us.

At this point, that thing in you wants to make you drop this article as if it were a hot coal, as if the spirit of this book were a demon. But if you are blessed, the real you—now a prisoner of the passion and the poison—beckons you to read on. No matter what the pain or the price you must pay, in a wordless way it says, “Read on.”

As every slave has a need, so every master has a need to be needed. In his psychotic state, the victim’s need cries out to be fulfilled by the reinforcing love of the tyrant who created it.

NEED comes from a dying, guilty, falling soul crying for identity and for life. It is a baby hell sucking at the bosom of the parent hell, which, in turn, lives through its child.

TENSION is the life force that gratifies such a need. And tension is generated in the familiar presence of that temptation which created the creature and its need. Every (traumatic) experience which gratifies creature-need is itself another corruption. Each experience provides, through tension, certain ingredients for egocentric development— such as identity reinforcement, apparent life, growth, false innocence, distraction and pleasure. The very presence of a person, animal or object can generate just enough tension to keep the mind distracted from its guilt. The addict cannot live without a stimulating, lowly external presence of some kind, even if it is only a pet dog.

A guileful female delights in teasing and irritating and then rewarding a man’s failing with her body. Men derive pleasure from the distraction of a female tease, and they are also very happy and grateful to be released from such sexually induced tensions. Men’s greatest ego-pleasure lies in having their failings stroked as if they were virtues and their compulsions rewarded as if they were loyalties.

The less tension (pain) there is, the less relief (pleasure) there can be. Without the original tease, and then the release from it, there can be no (release of) pleasure. Bear this most important fact in mind: IF YOU DO NOT TEASE YOURSELF ON THE ONE HAND, YOU WILL NOT BE A SLAVE OF PLEASURE ON THE OTHER.

Too much tension evolves to become compulsion in terms of sex and violence. A climax in either behavioral extreme brings release from pain, and actually serves the will and purpose of the rabble-rouser/provocateur behind the tease.

The temptress or rabble-rouser first provokes, with a wiggle, or with a hint of meanness. Then he or she offers a release, an avenue of expression in terms of sex or violence. He or she has the power first to cause the tension (guilt) we need—and later to relieve that excessive tension by subtly rewarding the errant behavior. Both the need to be excited and the need for relief from excessive tension will appear to be love for the provocateur. Some people actually seek terrible cruelty in order to feel teased, loved and fulfilled.

We become tensed because of our ego-greed and guilt. When we discover that tension is good, in that it releases us from guilt and boredom, we then gobble up more to stay ahead of the guilt of that. It is like eating something so good you can’t stop until the pain comes. Then you can feel good again by relieving your indigestion with seltzer water and starting all over.

Our human need for one another and for “life and love” is really a misguided need for God. Our cry of need arouses the false compassion of those who have a need to be needed.

Again, the driving force behind the need to be aroused is the desire to escape and ease the anguish of guilt—we need tension to pull us away from anxiety.

Our psychopathic counterparts, who have a need to arouse and please, are also driven by guilt, which they are able to forget as they bloat up with power sucked from their victims.

There is another more subtle need behind this need for tension, and that is the need to make decisions. Indeed, the pain of life in general makes it imperative that we escape through seeking answers, and that requires the exercise of decision-making about the things that will give us the feelings we need.

When any ego-need is sensuously fulfilled through the decision-making process, it creates more problems that only increase guilt and conflict. Suffering, loneliness, sickness and anxiety eventually force the ego to realize its failure. If we resent the dawning of Truth, our stubbornness continues to prevent us from making sensible decisions. Our wrong, with its need for the escape into life, compels us to decide on carnal experiences with other wrong people that reduce awareness. It is a substitute lifestyle that revolves around external temptation sources rather than inner guidance.

Breaking down “need” into two unconscious drives, we see the following:
1) a need to escape from guilt, which leads to
2) the emotions and tensions of animal life.

The more guilt you have, the more spiritually dead you are. The tensions that you think of as “life,” which help you to forget that guilt, become more attractive. You think you are becoming more at the moment you are being destroyed, literally eaten alive. And rising to the ego-need to escape into the false life and false innocence is tension—tension by way of sex, and tension induced by impatience. Tension has a constant value no matter whether it involves a sexual or violent partner-source.

The basis of tension is irritation and the basis of irritation is wickedness. According to the particular requirement of the moment, there is need either for sexual irritation or aggravation by way of hostility. Greedily gobbling up that tension leads to the problem of easing the pain of it. Tension releases you from guilt one way, as it produces guilt in another. The relief of guilt produced by sexual tensions and pleasure leads to relief through resentment-tensions and their expression in violence.

Enter again the ego-need to make decisions.

As I said before, your life revolves around deciding upon such matters as what will relieve tension and what will provide tension. You are so preoccupied with seeking the false life with its false happiness, through escaping into excitement and pleasure, that you are never free to do the good you were created for. Friends and enemies both are attractive because of their ability to provide intrigue and give us pleasure from judgment. The creator of our pain and of our pleasure may or may not be the same person.

Your need to be irritated and sexually aroused could express itself against those weaker than yourself. You might go to see a chorus line and then go home and take it out on your wife. The same holds true with violence. You need a big wickedness to aggravate you, and you vent the excess energy where it is safe—on a smaller sinner who needs your big wickedness to serve the same secret need. Rousing the rabble and rallying armies against a common enemy is a Satan-principle of war.

The sexual provocation which you so often require can even be, and for the most part is, cultivated in your own children. The need for excitement (love or hate) can cause a father to degrade his daughter through encouraging her to arouse him sexually in order to serve his ego. Mother, on the other hand, often coaxes the violence of her son to serve her need for tension—hence the chain, the heritage of original sin, remains unbroken. Reading the wrong meaning into the natural playfulness of little children is yet another way of creating the tension you need. That tension produces the familiar impatience, ending in violence in your own home.

Need, including any need to be needed, perpetuates an unholy dependency upon material things and the service of the flesh. We are like needy drunks, and equally needy bartenders, holding one another up. Between sexual intrigue and violence, we build a life on a foundation of nothing but dead bones and deceit.

You can love-hate just about anything. You can hate (resent) something for its energy value, and you love it for release. You can be very close to your mother, your husband or your work. The process underlying addiction to almost everything involves the resentment factor first, and the release factor in work, violence and sex second.

I cannot say it enough times. Your fascination with anything begins with its excitement or resentment value—and this gives you the tension energy, the libido or drive your fallen ego needs to function, survive and express itself.

And the release factor—the sex, violence and hard work—can follow so closely on the heels of the resentment/ excitement factor that one may never observe the underlying resentment at all. We notice only our “righteous” rage, or our “love” and “devotion” to our work or partner.

To describe our involvement with anything, we often use the word “into”—we are “into this” or “into that.” And part of the pleasure of the hate-love or love-hate “love” relationship is the escape into something. So, unlike animals, people lose themselves into whatever or whomever that something is. Consequently, your reaction to what you are aroused by and lost in is not a normal reaction. It is an over-reaction, a trauma that lowers the consciousness and triggers the evolutionary (devolutionary) process of identity.

Becoming more of an animal and demon is the only “more” there is for us in our pride. It is growth through an unholy escape into an animal self. But losing ourselves in identifying with the body is not enough. We go on to lose ourselves in people, places and things.

The soul, too, must have an identity. Guilt and emptiness drive us to cling to the spirit of temptation for its identity and for what appears to be life and growth. Do you see now that the main value behind both pleasure and pain is partly escape, partly growth and partly identity?

The less tease-reaction or tension, the less escape and, of course, the less pleasure. To find less “happiness” through experience means that you are either reacting less and developing true love for people through love of God, or, it means that pleasure is causing you so much pain (damage to the body through abuse) that the guilt is disenchanting you.

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Now when you are too guilty to enjoy pleasure any more, you are ready to enjoy pure pain. You may feel that you are not worthy to enjoy pleasure or the good life, so you give it all up for pain. Pain, or the tensions caused by resenting the torment of cruelty or harsh circumstance, is the way we originally produced feelings of life and release. We can revel either in pleasure or in self-inflicted punishment. But remember, we are not really punishing ourselves—we are enjoying ourselves, attempting to relieve guilt in our escape through judgment (hostility). For part two click below.

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[A special form of emotional self-control is the key to relating properly to yourself and to the world. Your very life depends on your responding in a right way to what is wrong with you, so that it cannot get or remain inside and rip you apart. To put up an invisible, impenetrable force shield of calm patience around you, you must learn to deal properly, without resentment, to pressures of any kind, whether from within or without. The audio exercises on my new credit-card-sized Cure Stress Device audio player show you how to do this and help you practice remaining in the proper state. To get your own Cure Stress Device, CLICK HERE, ]

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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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Unfolding before your eyes in just a few pages is the root of all sickness and suffering—even war itself. And no matter how many times you read the same words, they will take on new meaning, new depth, and encompass more relationships and expose more human folly.