Roy Masters from 'Cure Stress'
Pavlov demonstrated that dogs would respond increasingly to repeated stimuli with “idea” and feeling, and eventually “idea” alone could produce the reaction.
Conditioned reflex may be normal for animals, but it spells agony for mankind, daily robbing him of the will to do right. In the outwardly motivated person, ideas rise out of reaction to things or people or situations.
These ideas grow to create feelings (usually of fear) through the continued “idea feeling” relationship in much the same manner as Pavlov’s
dogs. They were conditioned to salivate at the ring of a bell by having food present.
When the food was removed, the idea of food associated with the bell was sufficient to cause the same reaction.
Similarly, man has guilt or panic buttons that can be pressed for another’s advantage, because his reason has not been developed as a stronger influence than outside pressures.
Every person who allows the undisciplined emotional reaction to temptation is guilty, afraid and easily controlled by those growing sensitivities. Emotional response motivates behavior patterns as the result of external pressures, creating a vicious cycle of feeling and thinking that bypasses reason.
This, then, is the cause of all our suffering. (As a matter of record here, man no longer has any reason, it having been displaced by excuses and rationale to hide the shame of his enslavement to corrupting influences.)
"All of us have within a potential inclination toward right action, such as helping one another."
The meditation is the science of starting a similar stimulation from the other side of the psyche.
It is a science of diminishing response to temptation, persons or things. By eliminating the response to outer stimulation, we starve the roots of unfounded fears and dissolve the faulty imagination, opening up a whole new world of understanding.
Then, and only then, do we begin to see reality. The secret lies in the meditation exercise, a reverse principle to the hypnosis of life.
All of us have within a potential inclination toward right action, such as helping one another.
The exercise fosters this tendency to think and do what we perceive is wise for each moment in a naturally compelled manner, without the use of any pressure or suggestion to that end.
The emphasis is placed solely upon improvement of the meditation exercise.
The directions are designed to lead us to the ability to perceive clearly for ourselves and to have confidence in and act upon what we see to say and do; and so by not doubting, we can overcome the emotionality we feel when we do doubt ourselves.