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Gravity Driven Universe Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Growing up in pre-WWII England, one day as a teen he walked through a vaudeville show in the south coast town of Brighton, when a stage hypnotist caught his eye. He watched, fascinated, as the performer easily put his volunteer subjects under a hypnotic spell and induced each of them to do strange and outlandish things, like dancing around the stage with a broom, and forgetting their own names.
How, the young Roy wondered, could a smiling, personable stranger cause well-dressed, educated, competent adults to forget their names? Puzzled by the mysterious power the hypnotist had exercised over his subjects, 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.
It was during those years of practicing hypnosis therapeutically, however, that Masters made his central and pivotal discovery about the nature of human beings' emotional problems, addictions and complexes.
As clinical psychologist Ron Carlson, Ph.D., would later describe this breakthrough: "Roy Masters' books reveal with penetrating insight that, unbeknownst to most of us, we are tethered to our thoughts in a destructive, hypnotic way which forms the basis of our emotional and mental problems."
In other words, Masters had discovered that people didn't really need hypnosis, because their core problem was that they were already hypnotized--not by a clever stage performer, but by the stresses, pressures and seductions of daily life. After all, it stood to reason that whatever little-understood forces were at play on a hypnotist's stage must also exist in real life as well. Virtually everyone, it turns out, is far too easily influenced by the intimidation, impatience and cruelty of other people, which in turn reprograms them in negative and destructive ways.
Over years of counseling as well as personal experience, Roy realized that the root of the power of negative suggestion lay in our wrong emotional response, and so he began to search for a way to help people overcome the hypnotic power of stress. After years of searching, he discovered a remarkably effective meditation method, and has been teaching it--with spectacular results--ever since.
This "meditation exercise"--a simple observation technique called Be Still & Know, from the Psalm verse, "Be still and know that I am God"--is at the core not only of Masters' unmatched track record in helping people overcome even the most serious mental-emotional problems, but now comprises the centerpiece of a successful program within the U.S. military ("Patriot Outreach") that is helping thousands of U.S. military personnel and their families to overcome the ravages of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Top Customer Reviews
The writing is simple and elegant, the examples are clear and pique the imagination, and the scope is breath taking.
Physics is fun. I would like to know if Mr. Masters is correct that a boomerang will come back to you out in space!
I grew up in the 60's and 70's, and I remember the excitement of the moonwalk, the Voyager Spacecraft, and the Space Shuttle. It was a time of hope and adventure. Even as it must have been a time of adventure for physicists when Albert Einstein electrified the world and inspired college students everywhere with his papers. Then came the excitement and awesome images sent back from the Hubble Telescope.
I believe that the new frontier will be in finding green abundant energy to help us end our reliance on oil. I further think that Mr. Masters is on to something. I find his ideas stimulating and challenging, and frankly inspiring even for a seasoned college instructor like myself. When I'm on vacation and visiting the coffee shops around Berkeley or Cal Poly I'll have this book with me. It's sure to generate some spirited discussion.
The book is cleverly divided into two sections - one for scientists and one for lay people who are interested in reading about science or who have an interest in philosophical cosmology. And if you like Popular Science or Scientific American, I'm guessing you will find this book to be a page turner.
I love Maxwell's equations and I never tire of re-acquainting myself with them, and finding something new and more profound every time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good read and exercises your thought and logic process. Certainly not the theory of everything.Published 14 months ago by Joseph J Veverka
Excellent by Masters, who is not hampered by a formal education in science or any other field. He is a self educated man and is inspired by the holy spirit within.Published on December 29, 2012 by rlund