How It Works
This exercise delivers results. It is not an escape just to make you feel better. It is designed to set you free; empowered.
Imagine that you have gone to the movie theater and we are sitting together. As the movie begins, you get caught up in the action and, before you know it, you're living the movie. Lost in the imagery of the movie, you feel the action and react to the excitement of a kiss, a chase, or a fall. If I hit your arm and you react to me, it breaks the imagery of the movie and you remember that you're in the theater. Not only is the imagery of the movie broken, so is the emotional bond that held you. The power of the imagery fades away into nothing. The Be Still & Know exercise works on the same principle. Simply put, it breaks the endless loop of thought sustained by emotional energy. It sets you free from re imagining the trauma again. Your thoughts rage into a battle, keeping you confused, lost and emotionally charged, and worse yet, causing you to seek escapes (to feel better, e.g., drugs, alcohol, sex, outbursts). Being aware is effortless. There is nothing to study, nothing to learn. Just be still, aware, and the reoccurring images with their assorted pains wither away. All you have to do is sit in a straight-backed chair and listen to the exercise. The narrator, Roy Masters, walks you through it. (As you sit, you’ll become aware of your hand and it’ll tingle just a bit until a thought pulls you away and the tingling stops. It’s a mini-battlefield between being in the Movie [caught up] or the Audience [aware].) Day-by-day this simple Exercise breaks the shackles of your mind, and you're no longer reliving the past. As you see it, and watch it, the thought will simply fade away.
Dr. George Hayter, M.D., Psychiatrist and Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, says this Exercise "…is the only program of self-therapy which achieves the desired end-state of therapy; to lessen the dependence on the therapist – the goal is self-awareness.” Also, he says, “It’s the only approach that I have ever seen in the whole field of psychology which allows you to become independent, competent and effective.” (excerpt from a letter from Col. Anthony Monaco)
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Dear Friends; I dislike asking for financial support, but, at the same time, I have realized that, if I do not properly express the pressing financial needs that do exist, the FHU could simply cease to exist, and separately, I would have denied my listeners the chance to have grace in both supporting my program, and the organization I founded over 50 years ago, and “Paying Forward” to others the help they’ve received throughout the years. Today I ask for your support in helping me help others, especially our active service members, military veterans, first responders and their families. Suicides from PTSD are down from 22 to 20 per day. But that’s 20 per day too many. You can help me help them. I deeply appreciate your ongoing support at this critical time. THANK YOU! Roy Masters