Roy Masters from ‘How Your Mind Can Make You Well’
So dependent are we on outside stimulation that very often we can’t move a muscle until someone burns the toast.
We marry for the emotional drive our spouses foster in us by their unreasonable ways, their pressure and support. Our hatred provides the drive in the form of a sense of rightness and a wicked strength.
Egotists don’t want to lose their reason for hostility for fear of losing their “success drive.” Unconsciously, we often seek a spouse to take the position formerly occupied by a parent.
We continue to need someone to resent, to feel right about what we became by resenting. It is a way of life!
Hating wrong, we are more wrong, and we become dependent upon hating in order to feel right about what we became by hating! We have never known how to function without emotion.
We may one day become conscious that emotion is killing us and flee from all pressure into an unhealthy repose.
“…we come to rule our own bodies and escape from our old enslavement to pleasure and pain.”
When we begin to realize that we have become slaves of a conditioning process that was set in motion by our reactions to temptation, we come face to face with a terrible dilemma.
The only life stimulus we know is excitement, yet with it we grow wrongly—and without it, we rot.
To find a right way of life, we must find a right life-stimulus. That is why we need to meditate.
Meditation establishes a new relationship. Energy becomes available from within, so that we no longer have to wait for fear, irritation or temptation to move us.
What we do, say and think is intuitively impelled and friction-free. We grow in a new way—to see more and to respond more to what we perceive.
Naturally, without effort, we are impelled to do what we realize is wise and to shrink from what is unwise. In this way we come to rule our own bodies and escape from our old enslavement to pleasure and pain.