Responding To Pressure

Roy Masters from 'How Your Mind Can Make You Well'

Emotional non-response to pressures has great spiritual significance. Non-response is a response, but not to the cunning pressure.

Patient non-response cancels out the effect of conditioning. When we are turned on from within, we are turned off from the programming of the world.

Conditioned reflex has made us more and more mechanical and led us away from reason and independence.

Patience (non-response) will starve our egocentric will by depriving it of the daily-dose nourishment of emotionality that has promoted its growth.

One by one, our sins will emerge from the body as babble thoughts, to be observed and resolved in the light of understanding.

The lessening of ego need (desire for power, wealth and glory) strips temptation of its power. The non-response to things is synonymous with response (change, unfolding and development) to the true source of life.

It opens up a whole new inexpressible world of psychology. Each time we are patient we starve the roots of the old way. When the

emotional roots wither, negative thought patterns lose their power to obscure or stand in the light of reason.

So our minds are remolded from within.We grow out of a different order. Count it a joy when you now meet pressure and temptation. Without upsetting conditions, we have nothing on which to practice our new way.

"The trying of our insight works patience. Let patience make every work perfect."

The trying of our insight works patience. Let patience make every work perfect. The claim to virtue is in the face of temptation, without

which we would be obliged to remain a temptation ourselves.

So you see, even the bad will work to our ultimate good, if our desire is toward that good and we prove it by denying temptation.

Withdrawing from experience (to save face) is a foolish mistake, for by withdrawing (saving ourselves) we elude the gift of salvation.

Observing what we have become, without hiding, excusing or being angry with it—feeling our utter helplessness— refines into the pain called repentance, which brings a reply of new growth.

Step by step, pain turns to joy, defeat to victory, despair to hope. This helplessness (not hopelessness) and pain, humility, stresses the Spirit to compassion and provides a remedy that will strengthen your wonder (faith).

Without meditation, you cannot live with your problems. Neither can you live without them.