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The Puzzle and the Key








Grants Pass




By Roy Masters
January 18, 2012

[NOTE: My Be Still and Know exercise is an antidote to the sort of pressured learning discussed in this article. See the very end of this article for information.]

“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” —Genesis 2:16-17

There are rapists who are psychopathic enough to feel that their victims benefit from being violated.

But sexual rape is not the only kind there is; one can rape the soul, mind and body with religion, education and with drugs. Likewise, rape is not always forced and violent. Seduction is also rape, whereby through deception you find in yourself what is not supposed to be there.

There are classes of social psychopaths who, like the sex rapist, feel that they are doing you a service when they violate you with education, religion, politics and medicine.

The “benefit” of rape, whether by seduction or by sudden violent pressure, is the special creation of a new identity and reality for the victim. For, once violated, the victim tends to cling to vile rapists of all kinds for reassurance through escape and for identity reinforcement (in the same moment of escape). Psychopaths pride themselves in being creators of sick realities for sick personalities (all the while pretending to enrich your life).

Afraid of truth, all psychotic victims are indeed fascinated with the reassurances of evil. Being drawn hypnotically toward the familiar spirit makes them its legal prey; a bad conscience makes every temptation attractive. Victims are drawn like moths to a candle because the violently implanted identity craves the comfort of the rapist “parent” that gave it life. Seeking refuge from one psychopath, you become involved with others. Unless you find something called understanding, there is no salvation, no escape from wicked-shepherd, letter-of-the-law authorities.

The syndrome is something like having a fight with a woman and making up in bed. Any violation through violence, pressure or tease has a way of making itself familiar. Being raped is like undergoing psychic judo—you trip, you fall, you cling to what tripped you because that’s all there is left to give you support, and you fall harder.

Would you believe it—if you were violated by fire, you would find ordeal-by-fire attractive and you would seek fulfillment by fire? Psychopaths know this principle well.

Do you know what welders often do when they get burned? They put the torch close to the burn for comfort. They call that pulling the heat out of the burn. Would you do that sort of thing if you were burned? Some people would, and the reason why has something to do with the way they react, with whether or not they were violated by the experience.

Now this principle applies to everything in life, especially education. Are you going to learn in such a way that you lose yourself in what you are doing so much that it becomes you and cries out for the “rapist”?

Some rapists are psychopaths, others are psychotic puppets carrying out programmed “orders,” compulsively acting out a dream and dramatizing the character of their models. In a manner of speaking, they kill because the captain ordered the sergeant to order the soldier, and the soldier cannot refuse. Amazing how one man—the general—can move an entire army to its death, and the whole army cannot oppose the general.

When we are violated, that which disturbed us becomes the basis, the foundation, of what we are and what we are going to be. And no matter how vile that potential is, it is all we have. To lose the assurances of our corrupter/model seems like ceasing to exist. The baring of the guilt-stained soul to the light is more torture than we can bear. If sinning and killing pleases our master, then we kill for the relief of his embrace.

Like Chinese communists who brainwashed people by making them study Mao Tse-tung’s book, so do false religions and false education create a robot-elite by forced study. From six to eighteen years of age, children are required to sit six hours a day listening to some impatient bore instead of being outside, learning and playing through experience and curiosity. No wonder our children are mad, bad and sick.


Since time immemorial it has been said that knowledge opens new worlds. We are persuaded or forced (for our own “good”) to learn everything we can because knowledge is supposed to liberate the mind. That concept is certainly very appealing, for it is almost perfectly true—but not quite true, because, in fact, only the truth can set you free. Pridefully acquired knowledge merely liberates the soul from understanding.

But surely truth and factual knowledge are the same, aren’t they? The answer is that although they should complement one another, they can, through seduction and pressure, become separated and lead in opposite directions. People can learn themselves away from understanding.

Haven’t you heard the old saying, “all knowledge and no common sense”? Knowledge minus understanding is prideful, hypnotic and traumatic. However, knowledge can lead to awakening and to understanding, and when it does, knowledge ceases.

When knowledge leads you up to understanding and is no more, understanding takes over, replacing the dependency upon knowledge with the wholesome dependency upon self-understanding. Since it involves growing through discovery, understanding sets you free from knowledge and from the need to memorize; it delivers you from dusty old teachers and books. It is precisely for this reason that understanding threatens authorities; this is why they selfishly force you to learn.

If everyone had understanding, who would need authorities? Who would need problem solvers if we could solve our own problems? Psychopaths perpetuate their leadership by leading you away from understanding.

When knowledge can be held out to appear greater than understanding, then he who tempts through knowledge leads with knowledge. And so, as victims in bondage through knowledge, we are set apart from the understanding of how we have been tricked and what has gone wrong with our lives.

And by way of the tree of knowledge, here we are, lost in the learning trap, bewildered and confused. And now all that rises to solve the problems caused by being lost in knowledge is more knowledge, and more bondage to the serpent of knowledge. And so we sink in a mire of despair.

Are you beginning to understand the appeal of knowledge to your ego and its power over you?

If you are forced or coerced to study or concentrate too hard, too long, on anything, good or bad, your attention becomes so involved, so lost, so hypnotized, that it can’t get back to where it was. Because of the terrible errors of judgment made under that spell, you may be unable, even afraid, to come back to the reality from whence you fell. A variation of this same principle lies behind every pleasure of sin. False security and relief from guilt come from being more completely involved with whatever or whoever holds your attention ever more perfectly. And this is especially true with study—you can temporarily relieve the inferiority from the guilt of study by studying ever harder.

Whether you realize it or not, concentration is not a way of improving yourself; it is a way of giving up your soul to attain some imagined ego-objective. Fascination is the second stage of concentration. Here your ego becomes relieved of the guilt of achieving through being more and more completely captivated by ideas and concepts. To capture anyone’s soul, then, you must get him to try, will and want, and then you can trap him through his imagination. (Another form of this is to encourage egos to imagine “creatively”—later to fantasize and to escape.) Now if you try hard to do something, the same thing happens. When you realize the truth about trying, you might try not to try, but that is still trying. Trying to solve your problem by trying causes more anxiety about the problem because will is still involved.

The razor’s-edge difference between knowledge and deep understanding is the difference between doing it the easy or the hard way, and between life and death.

To seek to know oneself as God amid the knowledge of one’s own mind happens to be the original sin. Permit me now to lay bare the subtle terror which lurks behind book-learning as opposed to understanding for yourself.


There is a killer system in this world, the sole purpose of which is to trick you into being proud in order to capture you through knowledge—and defeat your unfoldment through understanding. The serpent of the knowledge tree is still around, enticing us toward glory through knowledge, mocking our innocence. The parasitical human agencies who subscribe willfully to that system are programmed to destroy your understanding for the sake of their power over you. They will try their damnedest to displace the spirit of the word (understanding) which leads toward life, with the letter of the word (the spirit behind knowledge) which leads to death. Having been converted, you too will begin to reflect, cling to and serve the serpent spirit of the dry-knowledge system.

Without realizing the danger, and thinking it to be advantageous, vast numbers of people revel in corruption by opening wide their mouths and allowing religion to be shoved down their throats. The reason is that, once separated from an intuitive source of knowing and being, the vain and the fallen crave knowledge to distract and to fill the void of their souls; it is their way of forgetting to realize. The spirit that rises to “save” you with knowledge is always that which felled you with knowledge.

Knowledge, then, begins to substitute for understanding and facts become imaginary name-things into which you can escape from understanding. You forget (guilt) in one way by remembering in another. To involve your willful self in thinking and in worry provides relief from truth as well as renewed hope for the forbidden things of glory and power.

To think hard about anything provides an almost perfect escape from realizing its deeper meaning. It is easy to fool ourselves into believing that we are seeking truth when we look to knowledge for truth, because just as the appeal of knowledge can lead astray, so can more of it lead you from realizing the sin of it. And that is just as true of knowledge about good things as it is of the knowledge of evil.

With the fall to knowledge comes the guilt of pride, and the guilty nature, retreating from understanding which exposes guilt, finds refuge in more knowledge, excuses, rationale, verses and chapters, and educational escapism.

In all psychotic positive-thinking/learning episodes, knowledge similar to understanding rises in the mind in such a way that it seems to originate from within. Knowledge enveloping your soul in this way makes your ego feel as if it were the divine source of truth. The kind of knowledge that lends itself to getting lost in makes you “high.” But no matter whether it is emotionally or intellectually induced, any high becomes the next low, attended by more guilt.

With knowledge comes guilt; through understanding comes innocence.

Guilt and inferiority are caused by the conflict between what we have become through knowledge and what we might have become through understanding. Alas, through ambition or weakness we have become prisoners of the spirit behind knowledge and we can’t (or won’t) get back by struggling against it improperly, i.e., with resentment.

Knowledge, which causes sin when we use it to build our ego, then appears in different guises as if to save us from sin. Without the benefit of understanding, our feelings of emptiness and inadequacy get twisted around and interpreted to mean that our solution lies in more knowledge. You can be intimidated into thinking that you don’t know enough, and tricked into wanting to be with people who are supposed to know. We look to accomplished, lettered men of science and religion to save us. And that is the knowledge trap.

Even when you are “into” sound philosophic truths, you are rarely threatened by what such lofty words mean. The excitement of learning tends to draw the ego deeper into a psychotic sleep that prevents the awakening to meaning; instead, we awaken in a dream universe amid comforting, lofty word-things. So it comes to pass that we can know truth egotistically, without really realizing or being intimate with truth at all. All we have are noises and image-things in our heads which are real to us, memories that one day fall apart at the grave, laying bare the evil spirit of knowledge behind them.

Before I go on, allow me to run through the principle of evolutionary compensation through knowledge once more.

Any excitement or pressure creates a psychotic, emotional state of involvement with the intelligence behind that pressure which frees the prideful soul from reality to evolve physically and spiritually separate from God, with an earthy, independent ego-life and mortal selfhood. Through the challenges and problems caused by self-seeking through knowledge, a false, selfish type of concern and cunning evolves which passes for goodness and intelligence. As in all psychotic episodes, the soul eludes its guilt amid evolving knowledge-answers. We don’t want simple answers; we need complexity to maintain our pride.

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The illusion of progress is almost perfect, except that every upset or shock which evolves an answer also produces greater problems. Eventually, when our own systems fail miserably, we substitute other people’s knowledge-answers. But what really is the basic nature of any ego-answer? It is always a more complete involvement with mind (through emotion), aiming for grandeur (at best), but settling for “innocence” (at least). If we can’t be great ourselves, we can at least be grateful to those who help ease our guilt. For part two click below.

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[NOTE: The antidote to becoming or remaining entangled with unhealthy knowledge is learning to deal properly, i.e., without resentment, to pressure of any kind. My Be Still and Know audio exercise shows you how to do this and helps you practice remaining in the proper state. You can listen to it free and, if you like it, purchase your own copy, at or by calling 800-877-3227.]

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Roy Masters—who in his 80s continues to broadcast the longest-running counseling show in talk radio history, his internationally syndicated daily radio program Advice Line, grew up in pre-WWII England. He started his journey toward understanding human nature when as a teen he saw a stage hypnotist at a vaudeville show in Brighton. The hypnotist easily put volunteer subjects in a spell and made them do outlandish things, like dancing with a broom and forgetting their own names.

Puzzled by the hypnotist’s mysterious power, Roy distinctly remembers pondering the question: “Why can’t hypnotism be used to make people act sensibly, rather than foolishly?” Inspired by the idea of harnessing this baffling force for good, he later pursued the art of hypnotism and established a successful hypnotherapy practice.

After several years of practice, Masters made his central and pivotal discovery about the root of people’s emotional problems, addictions and complexes. He realized that people did not need hypnosis, because their core problem was that they are already hypnotized—not by a clever stage performer, but by the stresses, pressures and seductions of daily life.

He used his knowledge to discover a way to help us become de-hypnotized, and discovered that the root of the power of negative suggestion lay in our wrong emotional response, that of resentment. Masters’ remarkably effective exercise, a simple observation technique called Be Still and Know—is at the core of his unmatched track record in helping people overcome even the most serious mental-emotional problems, and is the centerpiece of a successful program within the U.S. military community (“Patriot Outreach”) that is helping thousands of military personnel and their families cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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There are classes of social psychopaths who, like the sex rapist, feel that they are doing you a service when they violate you with education, religion, politics and medicine.