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Roy Masters' Moment of Truth


His answer impressed me. It is indeed a wonderful thing to act with patience rather than to react with anger. And if Roy Masters' Meditation Exercise, the principle of which some critics say is similar in certain respects to self-hypnosis, can bring about this transformation in even a few people, it is a very worthwhile addition to the arsenal of human survival techniques.

Make no mistake, in the tumultuous days which are surely ahead, those who fail to discipline their emotional responses to outer hysteria and confusion will have a frantic fight to keep their sanity. If the way some impatient boob in a Cadillac honks his horn a second or so after the traffic light has changed upsets you, how do you think you'll react to a major crisis?

Do you want know how you'll fare in real stress? Try observing your reaction the next time your mate or child "crosses" you. See what your mental condition is when some civil rights or war news, or the announcement of higher taxes, or a particularly gruesome crime hits the news. Become conscious of your emotional involvement with the outer world. Aren't you something like a puppet jerked by environmental strings

You have a choice whether you will react in fear or act in faith. That is, you have the choice if you have recaptured the God-given ability that in most humans has lain dormant and unused for too long. Something occurs in your life; perhaps your financial situation shows an unexpected slump. What do you do? Or rather, how do you think? As soon as you perceive the unwanted sad state of affairs, do you worry, fret, and imagine the worst? Or do you have hope?

I personally believe that hope means action, while worry is a passive reaction to outer conditions. The same may be said of reacting with hate instead of acting with love. Perhaps Roy Masters doesn't spell out his philosophy in exactly that way, but I think this is close to his basic belief.

One sunny morning late in July, my wife and daughter came along with me to spend the day aboard Roy Masters' thirty-foot sampan. It's an interesting, colorful boat with kitchen facilities and it sleeps four. He told me it was a Chinese Junk, but that type of seacraft is somewhere in the neighborhood of ninety feet or so. This--to my wife's dismay--was considerably smaller.

Roy's wife and five children and another male adult were also passengers. Roy had just "discovered" fishing and sailing and gloried in this kind of outdoor activity. He is almost completely a self-taught sailor and handles the rigging like an old sea dog. We three menfolk thoroughly enjoyed the encounter with the sea, but the wives and children were a little less enthusiastic about the rolling and pitching. The fishing was poor but the conversation and fresh ocean air were wonderfully invigorating.

I remember our conversation as we pulled into King Harbor after the day's outing. We were in the midst of securing the boat and washing it down when a thought struck me. "Roy," I said, "it seems to me that most of mankind is in a continuous state of reaction because their entire motivation springs out of a desire for the three 'P's': Prestige, Power, and Profit."

He smiled and nodded in agreement, then added: "Too bad they turn from the only 'P' that really matters--Principle." The English-born philosopher, writer, lecturer, and world traveler does not guarantee that those who follow in his footsteps will magically acquire great wealth, a position of importance, or a life free of problems. Rather, his teachings lead one toward contentment, true peace of mind, and purpose.

"The road to riches is not the road to real happiness," writes Roy Masters. "The road to right response in each moment of Truth is that first step to everything."

But how does one learn to respond rightly, you ask? You start with Masters' cassette's, "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well." This teaches you how to meditate properly. He has produced three other recordings, but many claim his first is the best. One expert, a man who had spent thirty years practicing and studying Yoga meditation, went on public record as saying the Masters' technique was superior to all others he had ever encountered. (By the way, you may have noticed that, although we have discussed several aspects of Masters' meditation technique, the exact step-by-step mechanics have not been described. They are, of course, available on Masters' cassette, How Your Mind Can Keep You Well, and in his book of the same title.)

Every weekday morning at 8:30 am on KIEV in Los Angeles, Masters broadcasts an hour-long telephone call-in program that is by far the most thought-provoking broadcast of its type I have ever heard. Roy admits on the air that his programs are unsponsorable. "No client in his 'wrong' mind would dare sponsor me," he laughingly confesses. However, a couple of brave souls (businessmen who had been helped by Roy's meditation) did sponsor a part of his air time.

Back in the summer months of the 1970's, he also had a forty-five-minute evening call-in program. Once the station offered him an additional early-morning slot between 5 and 6 A.M. He naturally took it, and believe it or not, people called up at that ridiculous hour and spilled out their innermost torments to him. One Beverly Hills grandmother set her alarm clock by his broadcast. Only once did I manage to arise in time to hear him. Despite the predawn hour, it was an interesting session. I almost called up myself. he also had a weekly TV program that received much favorable comment. (Editor's note: Roy Masters is currently broadcast nationwide on 20 radio stations)

His basic advice, not matter what the problem, is always: get the cassette and start meditating. And the problems his audience calls him about range from everyday so-called normal heartaches to the most embarrassingly intimate revelations. Even Mr. Anthony in his heyday would have been a little taken aback at some of the calls, but not Roy masters.

"My husband has masturbation problem, Mr. Masters. What can I do?

"Lady!" Roy blasts back, "you've done enough. Masturbation isn't his problem, it's you."

"You're right," she sobs, "tell me how I can change the kind of person I am."

"Get my cassette."

A man with broken English phone in. "I'm on community aid, Mr. Masters. I live in a slum where most of us are supported by welfare. I hate this charity business and I want to break out of this kind of life--but how can I?"

"I can hardly afford to feed my family, let alone buy your cassette."

"Give me your name and address and I'll mail you one free."

The next call is from a career woman. Her complaint concerns a lady boss who bullies all the girls. "How can we insulate ourselves from her terrible tactics?" she asks.

"There is only one way," Roy tells her, "and that is by learning how not to respond in an emotional way to her actions. In other words--don't get upset."

"Believe me, I'd love not getting upset but how can I learn not to?"

"My cassette, How Your Mind Can Keep Your Well, explains how."

A nurse calls him and confesses that she feels that she is living and working in error. "What can I do?" she wants to know.

"Your reason for choosing nursing as a career was wrong in the first place, wasn't it?" Intuitively, Masters has summed up the situation.

"Yes. . . .Yes, you're right. I can see now that my motives were all wrong and I realize now that I am supporting a process of error. How can I change?"

"Do you have my cassette?"

"Yes," comes her hesitating reply.

"Then use it."

Another lady calling long distance explains: "My husband has two daughters by a previous marriage. His first wife called him last week and demanded that he come and get the girls because she can't afford to keep them. So he went and got them. They had no clothes except what they wore. He spent a lot of money on new wardrobes and then she comes storming to our house demanding he return the girls to her. . . ."

Roy interrupts. "You resent this first wife tremendously, don't you?"

"Why yes, I do."

"You have a problem and it's not the girls, your husband's first wife, nor how unfair she may act. Your problem is resentment."

Defensively, the woman retorts, "Why should my resentment be a problem? Isn't it only natural?"

"Resentment, my dear woman, is most unnatural. It excites you to feel right. But know this, when you are resentful--no matter what the reason--you are most assuredly not right."

"How can I free myself from this resentment?"

Again comes the answer, "Get and use my cassette."

Surprisingly, quite a few young people listen to The Roy Masters Show, perhaps because in his no-nonsense attitude, they sense someone who cuts through sham with the truth. One girl in her early teens called Roy to complain about what sounded like an alcoholic mother and a father who was more than likely a borderline psychotic. Roy gave the girl some advice, and when I followed up on the girl later, I learned the Roy had helped her cope with her difficult home situation without damaging her own feelings.

Roy's ability to deal with children and young people is a rare gift. Another potential reason for the attraction he holds for them might lie in his spontaneity and dynamism. These two factors were strong influences on a more or less "instant cure" involving a teen-age girl who revealed on the air that her parents had just committed her to a state mental institution. Roy's amazement was profound. So was his reaction, and I wish the girl's parents could have heard what Roy had to say about them, and the situation. No, his outburst and incisive advice didn't save the day in one blinding flash, but it left the girl with a positive course of action she could understand and follow. . . .if she wished.

Never one to mince words, Roy Masters is a man who says what he feels no matter what the cost. Perhaps that's why his program remains, in his opinion, unsponsorable. As a youngster growing up in England, his almost painful honesty, his perception, and his relentless questioning of the adult world's sham standards cast a chilling silence at many a family gathering. Outspoken and guileless, he was called tactless by his elders and it was hoped he would outgrow this annoying trait. He never did.

Roy had a natural leaning toward the healing profession and it was decided that when he came of age he would be sent to medical school. His eldest brother was to become an architect. However, when he was fifteen his father passed away, and this meant that college for Roy was out. The family could only afford a higher education for the older boy.

Roy was sent to the seacoast city of Brighton to learn the diamond-cutting trade in his uncle's factory. Following his apprenticeship he traveled to South Africa to pursue his profession. It was there that he began to be increasingly interested in the power of suggestion and the way the mind influences bodily functions.

Some years previously, he had attended a vaudeville performance featuring a stage hypnotist. When he had seen how apparently staid and dignified people could be manipulated into doing foolish things, something within had begun to click. He had perceived a principle at work and he was aware that this power could be used in a more constructive way than for entertainment.

In the evening and on weekends he traveled to the outskirts of Johannesburg, where he was able to witness the archaic ceremonies of native witch doctors. He was an astute observer and in due time began to understand their secrets. Bits of information were beginning to fall into place, and one day all would jell into a full comprehension of mental processes.

Masters returned to England, but wanderlust seized him once again. In 1949 he emigrated to the United States and soon prospered as an enterprising diamond cutter, lecturer, and gem expert. In a whirlwind courtship lasting a week, he met and married his wife. From Birmingham, Alabama, they moved to Texas, and Roy Masters unknowingly edge closer and closer to the work which would catapult him to front-page notoriety.

The Masters' finally settled in Houston to raise their growing family. Roy's reputation as a diamond authority grew, and he was often invited to participate in radio and TV interviews.

It was know that Roy had some familiarity with the phenomena of hypnosis, and when the Bridey Murphy furor swept the nation some of his friends asked him to explain. He obliged, and his home was soon jammed with people besieging him for demonstrations.

He realized at once that hypnosis was a "duplication of life's error." Although many people are convinced that through hypnosis they can rid themselves of bad habits and limiting personality traits, Roy is just as certain that no good can ever come of such a practice. So instead of hypnotizing people he unhypnotized them. Of course, most never realized what was taking place.

Finally he decided to sell his diamond-cutting business and become a full-time professional in the field of hypnosis (or rather dehypnosis). And so he founded the Institute of Hypnosis, which was the forerunner of his present Foundation of Human Understanding. From the beginning his new venture flourished.

As many as thirty people a day--one every fifteen minutes--came for consultation. Roy never claimed he could heal anyone. He just explained principles and taught his meditation exercise. But cures started to occur, and this new miracle man by the name of Roy Masters caused quite a stir in medical circles through-out the sprawling Western metropolis.

Then one bleak day, the police arrived at the Institute with a warrant for his arrest. It was to be a test case to determine the legality of non-medical practice of hypnosis. It was also to be quite a test for the Houston police officials who jailed Roy. They had an unexpected experience instore for the once Mr. Masters was put behind bars.

Ever persuasive, Roy couldn't refrain from counseling his fellow inmates. As he explained what motivated their antisocial behavior he caused some profound changes. Soon he had almost half the prison population under his spell. Newspapers got wind of the story and publicized the strange turn of events. People clamored to talk to Roy. Some even attempted to bribe their way in to jail.

Putting Roy into solitary confinement couldn't halt the increasing demand for his services. Finally, after eighteen days, they allowed time off for "good behavior" and release him. He immediately opened the doors of his Institute and continued his career. This went on for two years, and during this time he perfected and finally produced his famous cassette, How Your Mind Can Keep Your Well.

Once again the urge to move prompted him to pack his belongings, hitch a house-trailer to his car, and head with his family (now numbering four children) for wherever inclination took him. So off they drove in eager anticipation off new horizons.

When asked how he came to settle in the Los Angeles area, his frank reply is, "It was the end of the summer and time for my children to attend school. So, wherever we happened to be--that was where we would stay put, at least for a little while."

For the moment, at least, Los Angeles and Roy Masters seem very right for each other. And it's only the present that interests Roy. For he not only teaches but practices the belief that it is the wise man who lives in the present in the presence.




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