read the following instructions carefully, including a necessary word of
caution, before proceeding with the meditation exercise.
Masters believes the technique embodied in these tapes to be the authentic
meditation exercise of the ancient Jewish and Christian mystics. This exercise
is so simple and natural that he remembers having practiced it to some degree
from childhood; but he did not start to develop the approach in a conscious,
verbal and systematic way until he was working in hypnotic therapy and saw the
great need his patients had for such an orientation.
may see a resemblance between this meditation exercise and standard hypnotic
procedures and you may be reluctant to use it on that account. Of course, it is
possible to use the record (or anything else) hypnotically, but before you
reject it for fear of becoming hypnotized, please ask yourself this question:
What makes you so sure that you are not already hypnotized?
you not reacting to the pressure of your environment like a puppet on a string,
knuckling under to this one, blowing up at that one? Today, it is the world
that controls you. This recording will introduce you to the most important
experience of your life because it will be a vital inner one, and it will be
your own motive for using the meditation that will determine whether you will
have a "good trip" or a bad one.
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