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DR. PAUL LEON MASTERS, PH.D.
Founder of the International Metaphysical Ministry
University of Metaphysics and University of Sedona
1/1/1935 – 1/10/2016

With a saddened heart I am dedicating this issue to Dr. Paul Masters. I have just learned that he made his transition last January. I was introduced to Dr. Paul by my best friend; musical and spiritual mentor Dr. Antonio L. Newton back in late 1977. I started attending his Sunday morning services in Hollywood every week. His guided meditations were so beautiful and enlightening that I approached him and asked if I could work with him. He hired me at the University of Metaphysics and we became good friends.

I recently wrote a dedication to him on his obituary website and here it is: “Thank you Dr. Paul for helping me, teaching me and giving me a chance when I was young and growing in knowing my spirituality. You were always kind and understanding to my family and me and I know you are somewhere leading a deep meditation of souls. God bless you, my dear friend!”

Dr. Paul allowed me to take my studies at his University College Seminary concurrently with my studies in religion at the academic universities of L.A. Pierce College and Cal State Northridge. He challenged me at every turn and I wrote my thesis on “Religions of the Lost Continents.” It took me many years of diligent study, trips to the library and visiting many different churches in the Los Angeles area to gather and research my thesis.

When I graduated from L.A. Pierce College in 1985 I was soon after awarded my D.D. from his seminary. The last time I saw him in person he told me to always be true to the spirit within and do whatever I could to help others. I had lost contact with him for many years and a few years ago, thanks to Facebook and the Internet, re-established contact with him He had moved his schools of religious and metaphysical degrees to Sedona, AZ.

Many great teachers have graduated from his schools including Dr. Antonio Newton, Dr. Joe Vitale and Dr. Della Reese. For many years the unenlightened ego driven critics tried to diminish his accomplishments and claim that his schools were diploma mills. I can tell you that they were NOT. We earned our religious and metaphysical degrees even though they are not recognized as academic degrees. We all had to put many hours of work and diligent study into being accredited with our religious degrees. In his own words he explains:

“In founding the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona, one of the most important reasons I did so was to bring greater legitimacy to the field of metaphysical spirituality. The field has always been under attack from extremist fundamentalist religious groups as well as academics, especially in regard to degree granting schools in the metaphysical field.

Unfortunately, the criticism has been justified in many instances by people running outright diploma mills—or others using accrediting mills. Since inception of my work in the metaphysical field in 1959 to our first graduating class of ministers in 1963, one of the first priorities was to maintain honesty and integrity. Since 1959, the intention has always been to bring further legitimacy to the metaphysical field, so that higher metaphysical education and metaphysical spirituality might gain further acceptance in the world as a realistic alternative for people who could not be nourished spiritually by traditional religions.

If you, like myself, would like to have a better acceptance of metaphysical spirituality in the world, then enroll or be a member of only schools and ministries which do not bring the field down through deceptive or misleading practices. This will give the entire field of metaphysical spirituality greater legitimacy and public acceptance of its schools, counselors, coaches, and wellness ministers.” ~ Dr. Paul Leon Masters, Ph.D.

The following is excerpted from the University of Sedona’s website:

As far back as he could remember, Paul Leon Masters was drawn to the mysteries of life, the universe, the mind, the soul, and the Presence of a Higher Intelligence—or God—behind creation. In his teens, he decided to pursue his interests by becoming a member of the Rosicrucians and the Mayans (similar to the Rosicrucians, but based in Texas). The more he learned throughout his life, the more he envisioned a synthesis of science, psychology, transcendentalism and mysticism so that eventually, Absolute Spiritual Truth and Absolute Scientific Psychological Truth complement and explain each other as one Reality.

Universal God Guidance from Within

As far as the wisdom and knowledge he gained, he gave full credit to prolonged contact with the Universal God Guidance from within himself during his experiences in higher consciousness meditation. People throughout the world, from all walks of life, have similarly heard an inner calling to help themselves help others through higher spiritual understanding and awareness. They have been able to fulfill their inner promptings as a result of learning about their true inner guidance as taught in the International Metaphysical Ministry’s Universities of Sedona and Metaphysics.

Creating the World’s Largest Non-Secular and Theological Schools

Both universities have a curriculum that is strictly non-secular and theological in nature, and they have become the world’s largest schools of their kind, spanning over 120 countries and having enrolled over 10,000 students and graduates.

Reaching out to Transform the World

Supporting Dr. Masters’ legacy in this endeavor is a qualified, professional administrative staff, each having had many years of experience in various aspects of the metaphysical field. Considering the dedication and experience of Dr. Masters and his staff, you will always be able to say with pride, “I received my doctoral degree from the most prominent, well–respected metaphysical universities in the world—the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona.”

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Everything is created from God; what is seen and unseen. To say that this magnificent creation of dualism is separate from God because of a mistranslated verse from the Bible (God is light) is ludicrous at best. The ego has its purpose and it is NOT always vain and perverse or ignorant. When you sense danger and step out of the way of a bus is it the ego's attention to self-survival or is it Divine intervention? The ego keeps us trapped in the perceived dualistic reality and it has a job to do. Keeping it in its place comes from daily meditation and centering on the Divine. To look at anything projected from God as being separate from Him is NOT seeing the entire picture. Peace. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Feeling Good?

How do I know when I am making the right steps at the right time with the right people to fulfill my purpose? You simply feel good about the interaction and timing and joy bubbles up in your heart. If you feel caution, uncertainty and lack of confidence then something isn’t right and you must find what needs to be rectified to restore balance and peace to the situation. You are in control and you need to listen to your heart. Your head will move forward and your heart will lag when something is not in alignment. Seek to allow Divine order to align the circumstances for everyone’s benefit. If it feels good, move ahead. If it doesn’t, re-evaluate, seek alignment and follow your heart. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.


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