|Birth name Reuben Obermeister|
Name Roy Masters
Country United States
|Born 2 April 1928 (age 87)
London, United Kingdom (1928-04-02) |
Show Advice Line with Roy Masters
Station(s) Broadcast on 190 radio stations
Time slot 9–12 midnight PT Monday-Friday
Books How Your Mind Can Keep You, Finding God in Physics, The Secret Power of Words, The Hypnosis of Life: Se, The Adam and Eve Sindrome
Chuck williams interviews roy masters part 1
Roy Masters (born 2 April 1928) is the host of a talk radio counseling show he started in 1961 in Los Angeles, under various names, currently under the name Advice Line. He is an author and creator of a type of mindfulness meditation exercise, which has appeared in his books and recordings. Masters is the founder of the Oregon non-profit organization, Foundation of Human Understanding.
- Chuck williams interviews roy masters part 1
- Early life in Britain
- Diamond Cutting
- Lessons in Hypnotism
- The Foundation for Human Understanding
- Talk Radio Show
- Media appearances
Early life in Britain
Roy Masters was born Reuben Obermeister in London in 1928 to a Jewish family of diamond cutters. Like his father, Boris, Masters uses the common anglicisation of his original surname.
When Masters was 15-years-old, his father died, in 1943. His family could only afford education for his older brother, so Masters did not attend college. He was sent to Brighton, England to apprentice in diamond cutting at his uncle's company, Monnickendam Ltd.
Masters served in the Royal Sussex Regiment of the British Army during World War II. Following the war, he apprenticed in diamond cutting. He pursued his trade in many places, including Amsterdam; Brussels; Belgium; and Johannesburg in 1947, where he spent two years.
In 1949, Masters emigrated to the United States. In his early twenties, he traveled across America, lecturing on the topic of diamond cutting in 40 different states. He was invited to participate in radio and TV interviews on the subject, and briefly hosted a daily radio show called, "Story of Your Diamond".
Masters met and married his wife, Ann, in Birmingham, Alabama, and they eventually moved to Houston, Texas. Masters eventually sold his diamond cutting business to start a new company, called the Institute of Hypnosis.
Lessons in Hypnotism
During his early years in Brighton, Masters saw a stage hypnosis presentation where the hypnotist easily induced volunteer subjects to do strange and outlandish things. Masters distinctly remembered pondering the question: "Why can't hypnotism be used to make people act sensibly, rather than foolishly?" In the 1950s, excitement around Bridey Murphy's claimed past life regression led friends of Masters to consult with him about hypnosis.
Masters called hypnosis a "duplication of life's errors" and said no good can come from hypnotherapy. He operated the Institute of Hypnosis in Houston, but instead of hypnotising clients, Masters claims he "unhypnotised" them.
When I was a hypnotist, they used to say to me, "You're a hypnotist, are you? When are you going to put me to sleep?" And I would say, "Well when are you going to wake up? Because you're already asleep." Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, and we're not aware. When a person is hypnotised—or reacts to stress, which is the same thing—he's not aware that he's being influenced. And when he is under the influence, he moves and has his being according to somebody else's will. And we don't realize that but when we do realize it, we make excuses. We deny. We deny that somebody else is controlling us other than us. That's our problem.
In Houston, he saw as many as thirty people a day for consultation. About his changing professions from diamond cutting, Masters said in an interview, "I had my own business, but I left that lucrative work because I had a calling for this kind of work. I'm more interested in what I'm doing now than anything else."
Masters set the precedent for the legality of non-medical practice of hypnosis when he was charged with practising medicine without a license at 30-years-old. Masters was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail.
The Foundation for Human Understanding
Masters bought a house trailer in 1961 and relocated his family to Los Angeles, where he founded a California-based non-profit, the Foundation of Human Understanding. Masters produced a mindfulness meditation exercise recording record under the title of, How Your Mind Can Keep You Well.
Talk Radio Show
In 1961, Masters started a talk radio counseling show, which is currently broadcast under the name Advice Line, as a syndicated program. Masters hosts the show, which has been on the air continuously since its start.
Masters has appeared on CNN's Crossfire, Larry King Live, The Sally Jessy Raphael Show, The Sean Hannity Show, and The Drudge Report.