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Problematischer spiritueller Lehrer / Problematic spiritual teacher

Robert Augustus Masters (*1947)
Kanadischer Psychologe, Psychotherapeut, Kultführer der Xanthryros Wohngemeinschaft, Autor
Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author

 

 

 

 

Robert Augustus Masters

 


 

Zitate von / Quotes by Robert Augustus Masters

Zitate von und bezüglich Robert Augustus Masters

Persönliche Bekenntnisse

  • Zaubergetränke waren der Zugang zu höherem, universellen Wissen, den Ebenen der Totenwelt, der Schlüssel zu der Macht und den Ebenen der Götter. Weltweit bekannte Ritualgetränke wie das Haoma der Perser, das Soma der Inder, oder das Ayahuasca der südamerikanischen Indios haben eines gemeinsam: die chemische Zusammensetzung der Wirkstoffe in den genutzten Pflanzenbestandteilen. [...] Die ältesten Abbildungen von Pflanzen stammen aus der Kultur der Sumerer und sind mit dem Korn und dem Grantapfel wohl die für die Kulturgeschichte der Menschheit am wichtigsten zu nennenden. [...] [E]in wichtiger Zusatz während des Brauens war ein weiterer Bestandteil des Bieres, nämlich der psychoaktive Wirkstoff des Mutterkornpilzes, das Ergolin. [Der] Bierkonsum [war den] Götter[n vorbehalten]. Ergolin führt nicht selten zu verfrühtem Ableben, und die Kunst des Brauens eines stark halluzinogenen Biers, war den Priestern vorbehalten. [...]

Industrieller Hanf
Der Granatapfel ... findet seine Verwendung in den rituellen Getränken der Perser und der Sumerer. Er ist kein Nahrungsmittel, das zur Versorgung der Massen genutzt wurde. Der Granatapfel trägt eine wichtige psychoaktive Substanz in sich, das DMT. [...]
Die Paradiesgeschichte der Bibel benennt zwei Bäume in mitten des Garten Edens:
➤ den Baum des Lebens und
➤ den Baum der Erkenntnis des Guten und des Bösen.
Die beiden Bäume stehen im übertragenen Sinne [...] für den Inhalt und die Wirkweise ihrer Inhaltsstoffe.
➤ Der Baum des Lebens ist wohl ein Nadelbaum (Kiefer/Pinie) und trägt Alkaloide MAO-Hemmer in sich.
➤ Der Baum der Erkenntnis des Guten und des Bösen ist der Granatapfel, der in allen verholzten Teilen ein sehr hohen Anteil von n-n-DMT in sich trägt.
Erst die Kombination der beiden Inhaltsstoffe ermöglicht das Passieren des DMTs durch den Magentrakt.
Die trauminduzierende Wirkung des DMTs bringt den Menschen in einen Erkenntniszustand und eine sehr reinigende Rückverbindung mit der Quelle allen Seins.
➤ [D]ieser Baum (der Erkenntnis) [wurde] von den Göttern Edens für die Menschen verboten. Der Wirkstoff sollte den Menschen verwehrt bleiben und dadurch den degenerierten Zustand aufrechterhalten. Aus dieser Sichtweise heraus hat die Schlange einen ganz anderen Auftrag, nämlich den Menschen in die Erkenntnis zu bringen, also in die Erleuchtung. War mit der Schlange etwa die Kundalini-Kraft gemeint? Die Kraft, die nach ihrer Kultivierung sich über die Energiezentren des Menschen bis zur Zirbeldrüse hinaufarbeitet, um dort die Erleuchtung (massive DMT Ausschüttung) zu verursachen?
Dimethyltryptamin (DMT) nennt sich der Wirkstoff, der bei den Göttergetränken den entscheidenden Fakor und den großen Unterschied zu anderen psychoaktiven Wirkstoffen ausmacht. DMT ist der einzige psychoaktive Stoff, der in allen Lebewesen ganz natürlich vorkommt bzw hergestellt wird. Körperliche oder geistige Abhängigkeiten sind daher ausgeschlossen. Der amerikanische Arzt Rick Strassman hat bei seinen Studien herausgefunden, dass dieses Erkenntnismolekül [DMT] bei Neugeborenen, beim Eintritt des Todes und bei Nahtoderfahrungen das Gehirn regelrecht überfluten und dass unsere Wahrnehmung der "Realität" durch dieses Hormon sehr stark für unser Selbstempfinden verantwortlich ist. Die Gotteserfahrungen können also entweder durch Pflanzenbestandteile, den Zaubertränken, oder aber durch unsere Hormonprogramme (Geburt und Tod) hervorgerufen werden.   Rasmin B. Schafii, iranisch-deutscher investigativer Referent, HAOMA – Verborgenes Wissen alter Kulturen. Das Lebenselexier der Götter, der Paradiesapfel und das Erkenntnismolekül. DMT und der Baum der Erkenntnis, Vortrag am 3. Freigeistforum Tübingen Kongress, Stuttgart, 14. Juni 2014, gedruckt in Zeitschrift NEU-ZEIT, Heft Juni 2014

Quotes by Robert Augustus Masters

Personal avowals

Nine months of a helltrip into madness
I spent most of that first post-5-Meo night sitting up in bed (Nancy slept on and off beside me), helplessly absorbed in extremely gripping, three-dimensional replays of the horror I had experienced, now and then trying to comfort myself with the thought that this wouldn't, couldn't, last for more than a few nights. The waves of remembrance did not come gently. I was throbbing, shaking, struggling to find some semblance of calm in the psychospiritual riptides that were tossing me about like a piece of shore-bereft driftwood. A hellride minus an offramp.
Hour after hour I endured, feeling as though I would never return from the madness that was infiltrating me. Finally, just before dawn, I fell asleep and very soon found myself in a lucid dream.
I had often had such dreams, frequently using them as portals for all kinds of adventure and experimentation. As such, they were normally quite pleasing to be in; I would know that the body I "had" in the dream was not my actual physical body, and so could then freely engage in activities that would mean disaster or even Death in the "waking" state. If I was afraid in a regular dream and then became lucid during it, I coudl usually face the fear, interacting with it's dream-form until some kind of resolution or integration occured.
But not now. Yes, I knew I was dreaming, but I could not work with the fear therein. The dream was saturated with an enormous, otherworldly terror which was coupled with savagely hallucinatory disorientation. In the midst of this I stood, my dreambody but a ghostly sieve for its surroundings. I knew that if I left the dream, I would still be in the very same state.
At last, I let myself go fully into the dream, despite my conviction that I very likely would not return. Now I was completely inside it, utterly lost, immersed in an edgeless domain of look-alike, spike-headed waveforms, each one sentient and subtly scaly, moving protoplasmically in endless procession in all directions. Just like my 5-Meo setting, but without the speed.
Suddenly, I was overcome by a completely unexpected, rapidly expanding compassion. All fear vanished. A few moments later, I somehow cut – or intended – a kind of porthole in the bizarre universe that enclosed me, as cleanly round as the shrinking aperture of my consciousness at the onset of my 5-Meo journey.
Through this opening the countless alien forms spontaneously came streaming, immediately metamorphosing into flowers, birds, trees, humans: Earthly life in all its wonder and heartbreaking fecundity. Then the dream faded, and I lay radiantly awake, deeply moved, feeling as though the hardest part was now over. It had, however, just begun.  Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Darkness Shining Wild. An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell and Beyond. Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, and Liberation, S. 22-24, Tehmenos Press, 24. June 2005

 

5-MeO purgatory experience was highly instrumental in dismantling RAM's second cult.
Question by Michael D: 2. You also wrote about being in the role of "cult leader" to that community, and how the effects of your leader role became painfully apparent to you in the aftermath of the 5-meo experience. Do you think the above two factors were directly connected? In other words, do you think that the 5-meo experience was somehow instrumental in the exposition of the cult dynamic?
RAM's reply: 2. Yes. My 5-MeO experience (roughly 9 months long) was highly instrumental in exposing and dismantling the cultic elements of the community. My defenses were so devastatingly obliterated that I could not hold things together, and could not help but be receptive to what was going on.
Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Integral Naked Interviews Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Integral Naked, 13. March 2006, posted 20. October 2006

 

Maltreated and traumatized as a child by a very abusive father
I grew up with a very, very abusive father. And I was very hardened. In my twenties I found my way to some relationships that didn't go well and went badly so much so that I ended up cracking. I had to go to therapy. I had to break down. I had to find my heart. There was a lot of armoring to break down. At the same time I discovered spiritual practice. I began to meditate seriously. And I was young and ambitious, so I really went for it spiritually. I had this notion that I could become enlightened. As in my thirties I sat for long hours through all these practices and had all these extraordinary states occur. And after a while it dawned on me – I took a while, I was kind of thick about it – that I was still the same neurotic in many ways despite of all these experiences, all these extraordinary states. And that's when I realized in my heart of hearts that I was not going to get rid of these things. But what I could do was change my relationship to them. So I deepened my therapeutic process, I deepened everything about my life. Instead of trying to get rid of things (this was probably in my late 30s, early 40s) I began relating to them. So I became far more intimate with my anger, my fear, my shame, my joy, my history. And that furthered me far more than pursuing exalted states, rising above things, trying to stay on a nondual state. I honor that for what it is at its best, but I saw myself – looking back – as bypassing big time. I was probably an ideal person to write a book like Spiritual Bypassing. I have also pursued relationship my whole life. [...] I sensed there was something in relationship that I needed for my growth.  Audio interview Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Diane Bardwell Masters, US American composer, singer, Robert Augustus Masters and Diane Bardwell Masters – "Transformation Through Intimacy", MP3, presented by US American web cast The Beyond Awakening Community Blog, host Terry Patten, US American integral coach, author, minute 30:28, 1:35:25 minutes duration, aired 4. November 2010

 

Footangle anger
I see anger as the guardian of boundaries. I see a lot of people caught in spiritual bypassing as having such poor boundaries they cannot say a clear NO. They are overly attached to being nice, and sweet, and go to look positive. There is this addiction to being positive. And, they are, in a sense, being negative about their negativity.  Audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, What Really Matters, presented by the US American web radio station New Dimensions, program #3392, host Michael Toms, 60 minutes duration, recorded 23. November 2010

 

The teacher's shadow is as an essential ingredient of a cult.
More and more spiritual teachers are being caught with [their] pants and halos down. [...] I do hold people responsible who get into this trouble [sexual exploitation with their teacher] with teachers by holding the teachers more responsible. And it's very, very common. [...] Even the most immature of us still has a bullshit dedector [...] but we may be a little frightened to say it because that person [the flawed teacher] has more authority. A healthy teacher encouarages students to have access to their own innate autonomy and authority right from the very beginning which means he or she will get questioned more which makes the thing healthier and which makes the possibility that this thing will turn into a cult less likely, but that's uncommon unfortunately.  Skype video/audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, minute 0:37:44, 1:44:47 duration, posted 4. August 2011  Removed upon RAM's request on 12. March 2014, reinstated 2016

 

Eulogy on former teacher and fellow cult leader Adi Da (1939-2008)
[1] Everything he [ Franklin Jones aka Adi Da] did was presented as though it only arose in the context of spiritual awakening; if he, for example, took another man's wife to have sex with him, that was, of course, for that man's benefit, giving him the gift of an in-your-face lesson about attachment. […] I didn’t know about such activities at the time, but nonetheless intuited that they were happening. […]
[2] He gathered some heady praise, especially from Ken Wilber, and seemed to be taking his place among many as a legitimate, even exemplary, spiritual realizer, a great adept. This was in no small way helped by having over a thousand people who were totally focused on – and arguably obsessed by – every move he made, every word he said, every wish he expressed. […]
[3] There was a cult of, yes, personality, forming around him, and he didn't address it nearly strongly enough to blast through it. […]
[4] He also mirrored my own arrogance, legitimizing it as something other than arrogance, something of course spiritual! So I look back and see him shining bright, and I see myself there too, also shining, hiding my weaknesses behind my strengths, assuming that I had attained something that I, in fact, had not, namely a truly integral maturity of being. Just like him.  Eulogy on cult leader Franklin Jones by Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (RAM) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, The Death of Adi Da, presented by enlightened-spirituality.org, December 2008
NOTE: RAM's shadow chart and "Needed Shattering": Similar to Adi Da Robert Augustus Masters also
[1] was a domineering violent "trigamist" ogling for a fourth female partner,
[2] is the direct beneficiary of Ken Wilber's ongoing promotion since 2006,
[3] needed a drug-induced 9 months long hell trip to acknowledge and break away from his second dysfunctional cult,
[4] obtained a Ph.D. to embark in round 3 of his cult of personality practiced largely within the highly commercialized integral scene
[hailed as the "new man" and "relationship expert"].

 

Recommendations

Intimacy vs. transcendence
Don't settle for oneness, go for intimacy. [...] Intimacy transcends transcendence. We are not here to transcend our humanity. We are to live it fully.  Skype video/audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, minute 0:04:33, 1:44:47 duration, posted 4. August 2011  Removed upon RAM's request on 12. March 2014, reinstated 2016

 

Insight

Sense of specialness
The sense of being somebody special (a legend in our own mind!) helps immunize "I" against the bare facticity of its own mortality, here-and-now instability, and innate insubstantialness.
Even when "I" dreams of transcending itself – as in those programs that have (or advertise) as their central agenda the eradication of ego – it is still an "I" who has now achieved the incomparable goal of self-transcendence! "Look, Ma, no ego!" we announce as we unicycle past our rapt inner audience, too proud to notice our pride, forgetting that self-conceit persists well into advanced transpersonal stages of development.
In our craving to be somebody special – and don't forget that we may find our specialness through being "nobody" – we bypass exploration of that very craving, committing far more of our passion to fulfilling our dreams than to actually awakening from them.  Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Darkness Shining Wild. An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell and Beyond. Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, and Liberation, S. 58, Tehmenos Press, 24. June 2005
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Fear

  • Opening to our fear is an act of intimacy, a courageous welcoming of the disfigured and outcast into the living room of our being. Opening thus is also an act of surrender. As such, it is not a dissolution – or collapsing – or personal boundaries, as in submission, but rather an expanding of them.
    In submission, we deaden ourselves, sinking into the shallows; in surrender, we enliven ourselves, dying into a deeper Life. In surrender we may lose face, but we do not lose touch. Submission flattens the ego; surrender transcends it. Submission is passive, but surrender is dynamic. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Darkness Shining Wild. An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell and Beyond. Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, and Liberation, S. 30-31, Tehmenos Press, 24. June 2005

 

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Ego

 

  • Instead of trying to get beyond our personal history [i.e. as an unredeemed cult leader], we need to learn to relate to it with as much clarity and compassion as possible, so that it serves rather than obstructs our healing and awakening. This also means relating in similar fashion to our tendency to spiritually bypass, casting a lucid, caring eye upon the part of us who buys into us. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Spiritual Bypassing. When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters, Kindle location 225, North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 27. July 2010

 

  • When we remain outside or removed from our fear [i.e. for being exposed as an unredeemed former cult leader], we are trapped by it, but when we actually do get inside, cultivating intimacy with it, we are no longer trapped by it, discovering – and not just intellectually – that it is but darkly contracted energy, a knotted-up vitality that can be freed when we become intimate with it. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Spiritual Bypassing. When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters, Kindle location 337, North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 27. July 2010

 

  • Real shadow work does not leave us intact; it is not some neat and tidy process but rather an inherently messy one, as vital and unpredictably alive as birth. The ass it kicks is the one upon which you are sitting; the pain it brings up is the pain we've been fleeing most of our life [i.e. for being exposed as an unredeemed former cult leader since 20+ years]; the psychoemotional breakdowns it catalyzes are the precursors to hugely relevant breakthroughs; the doors it opens are doors that have shown up year after year in our dreams, awaiting our entry. Real shadow work not only breaks us down but also breaks us open, turning frozen yesterday into fluid now. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Spiritual Bypassing. When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters, Kindle location 635, North Atlantic Books, 1st edition 27. July 2010

 

  • There's a shame that cripples, and a shame that stands us up in integrity. Without shame, there would be no conscience. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Facebook comment, 26. September 2010   Link invalid due to termination of RAM's Facebook fan account in May 2015

 

 

  • Grace could be said to be a divine intrusion. […] Grace reaches down. The gravity of the situation demands it. […]
    In Grace there often is an implication or felt sense of sacred intervention, a not-by-us engineered doing that deeply serves our well-being, often in ways that are far from expected.
    A serendipitous infusion of what may quite convincingly appear to be more-than-human guidance — this is Grace, however ragged or rough its delivery may be, however unreceptive its reception may be. Grace arrives whether or not we recognize it. In fact, it is never not arriving.
    Somewhere in us there persists a longing for Grace, a longing to receive it and let it carry us where it may; and at the same time there may be a longing for Grace to arrive in a particular form, which of course does not necessarily happen.
    Sometimes what we most need is what we assume we least need or don’t need, and Grace serves what we most need, which often means that it doesn’t seem to us to be Grace at all, but rather just a nasty or unfortunate turn of the wheel.
    Grace simply persists. [...] Invite it in, even though it’s already here. Serve it even as it serves you. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Facebook comment, 24. November 2011   Link invalid due to termination of RAM's Facebook fan account in May 2015

 

  • Authentic spirituality's under no obligation to be nice, cosy, comfortable. Its fire not only gives light but also heat. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Facebook comment, ~December 2011   RAM's Facebook fan account deleted in May 2015

 

  • Few really get to the core of their wounding and work through it because of what such an undertaking asks of them, not the least of which is the courage to fully be in a state of prerational or preverbal vulnerability. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Facebook comment, 20. December 2011   Link invalid due to termination of RAM's Facebook fan account in May 2015

 

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Shadow work

 

  • The passage from immature to mature monogamy is not just a journey of ripening intimacy with a beloved other, but also a journey into and through zones of ourselves that may be quite difficult to navigate, let alone get intimate with and integrate with the rest of our being. But however much this passage might ask of us, it gives back even more, transforming us until we are established in the unshakable love, profound passion, and radically intimate mutuality that epitomize mature monogamy. And even if we don’t end up in such a relationship, our having taken the journey toward it will immeasurably benefit us in whatever we do. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (RAM) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Transformation Through Intimacy. The Journey Toward Mature Monogamy, Tehmenos Press, 1st edition 18. October 2007

 

Reference: ► Quotes on anger and aggression by Robert Augustus Masters, excerpted from
To Be A Man. A Guide to True Masculine Power, Sounds True Inc., 14. January 2015

Quotes by other sources


Weißblühender Seidelbast
  • He (Bob Banner) was the sort of person willing to follow one of those trails into the arms of a group he came to consider a cult. Make that two groups that he came to consider cults: At the dawn of the nineties, feeling aimless again after a decade of publishing Critique, Banner joined Xanthyros, an intentional community in Vancouver led by a guru named Robert Augustus Masters. Critique was revamped as a New Age magazine called Sacred Fire, and Masters took it over, with Banner serving as little more than a typesetter until he left the community. United States of Paranoia: Excerpt, presented by Hopedance.org, Bob Banner, 26. August 2013, cited from: Jesse Walker, US American author, United States of Paranoia. A Conspiracy Theory, Harper, 20. August 2013


Quotes on horse wisdom by Linda Kohanov

Personal avowal
Historic leaders who were great horsemen dealt with aggressive, challenging stallions without resorting to violence or panicking but taking the non-predatory teachings from the horse: Buddha, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great, George Washington, Geronimo, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan.

 

Rite of passage: Gaining the trust of an angry stallion – ancient power archetype

  • I thought that I could win him [my angry life threateningly dangerous stallion] over through kindness, sympathy, understanding and bodywork. He wasn't having any of that. He actually demanded that I become powerful in order to work with him. That also became a metaphor for me of what we're facing in our culture. The whole reason there are so many bullies and sociopaths in power is because the empathetic, compassionate people out there in the world have not exercised a different form of power where they can stand up to those people in a way that creates productive social change. I realized it wasn't enough to be empathetic and understanding and compassionate. I also had to have [warmhearted connecting] power in order to rehabilitate this very angry abused stallion who would threaten my life. So I think more people who are sympathetic and understanding must step in that new kind of power in order to change the world because otherwise we will keep the bullies and sociopaths in power. Audio podcast interview with Linda Kohanov, US American riding instructor, horse trainer, speaker, author, The Power of the Herd; Non-Predatory Power and Horse Sense, presented by The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, host Rob Kall, US American radio host, minute 1:05:36, 1:30:21 duration, aired 18. July 2013

RAM's nightmare concerning horses

  • An image of rearing horses, wild-eyed, sleek powerhouses, now comes to me, for my parents' place was, among other things, a thoroughbred racehorse farm, and I was part of that from early on, working with horses, cleaning their stables, etcetera, to the point where they began to gallop through my dreams, obliterating the fences between them and me. Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Integral Naked Interviews Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Integral Naked, 13. March 2006, posted 20. October 2006

Domesticated horse
  • Social change is not going to occur until people have power. And it has to be a new form of power, a non-predatory form of power. It's not just a lack of empathy that causes conflicts and suffering to continue it is also a lack of power, particularly non-predatory power and emotional heroism. Not only do we need empathy to change the world, but we need empathetic, compassionate people with emotional heroism to walk into situations where suffering occurs and also show a form of power that effects change and holds people accountable without also becoming abusive. We need more than empathy and more than ever we need sensitive, compassionate individuals to develop the power and emotional heroism to step into these conflicts. Otherwise we just get bullies and sociopaths in power. Audio interview with Linda Kohanov, US American riding instructor, horse trainer, speaker, author, A New Interview with Linda, presented by US American web radio Attunement, host Anthony Write, posted by Eponaquest, multi-disciplinary educational organization, minute 50:56, 52:50 minutes duration, aired ~3. May 2013

 

See also:
Innate horse wisdom – Four stages of effective usage of emotions
nnate horse wisdom – Four stages of effective usage of emotions
Quotes by Linda Kohanov – Horse wisdom
Don't hand over your dream to dream stealers

Öffentlicher Appell

  • Gesellschaftlicher Wandel wird sich erst einstellen, wenn die Menschen über Wirkmacht verfügen. Er erfordert einen neuen Ausdruck von Macht, eine friedsame Form von Macht. Nicht nur mangelnde Empathie lässt Konflikte und Leiden weiterhin bestehen, sondern auch die fehlende Wirkmacht, insbesondere die friedliche [nicht-raubtierhafte] Macht und Zivilcourage. Wir brauchen nicht nur Empathie, um die Welt zu verändern, sondern auch empathische, mitfühlende Menschen mit Heldenmut, die Situationen, in denen gelitten wird, thematisieren und obendrein eine Form von Macht anwenden, die Veränderung auslöst, indem sie Menschen zur Rechenschaft zieht, ohne selbst missbräuchlich zu agieren. Wir brauchen mehr als nur Empathie, und mehr denn je brauchen wir empfindungsstarke, mitfühlende Einzelne, die Wirkmacht und Zivilcourage entwickeln, um solchen Konfliktherden zu Leibe zu rücken. Andernfalls nehmen lediglich Tyrannen und Soziopathen Machtstellungen ein. Audiointerview mit Linda Kohanov, US-amerikanische Reitlehrerin, Pferdetrainerin, Dozentin, Autorin, A New Interview with Linda, präsentiert von US-amerikanischen Webradio Attunement, Gastgeber Anthony Write, Minute 50:56, 52:50 Minuten Dauer, eingestellt von Eponaquest, multidisziplinäre Bildungsorganisation, ~3. Mai 2013

Retrieved BATGAP comments on the unredeemed past of cult leader Masters (Jan-March 2014 ◊ 2017)

Xanthyros  – 8 January 2014

  • Please be informed that Robert Masters was once the leader of a cult named Xanthyros where he used brain washing techniques and damaged the lives of many of its members. This cult ended in 1994 when Robert had a drug induced near death experience that left him in need of constant care for months, at which point the members disbanded. Robert knew what he was doing when he took the drugs and did it with other members of Xanthyros. He expected his trip to reinforce his god like self-image, but instead it was disastrous. Please do not trust this man with your emotional and psychological well-being. Truly, he should not be able to practice any form of psychology with the atrocities he committed in his past.

zubromakk – 21 February 2014

  • Although Robert claims to have "changed" out of his 5MEO melt down in the 90's – he has yet to directly apologise:
    • to the three mothers of his children for his abusive treatment, (none of whom want ANYTHING to do with him to this day);
    • to community members who were coerced to give their children up for adoption;
    • to the dozens of children (now adults) who were separated from their parents, and experienced terror, confusion and daily emotional abuse for years under his "leadership";
    • to the dozens of genuine seekers who joined his community, and left years later with horrendous long lasting wounds from his ego maniacal self centered pathological abuses.
There is virtually no one from that period who feels Robert has made good on his past transgressions with them: this includes
  • putting young children in isolation for extended periods,
  • spitting in people’s faces,
  • banging members’ heads against the wall and floor,
  • humiliating a ten year old to wear diapers for three weeks,
  • facilitating the regular group mobbing of members and children,
  • and separating children from their parents, and married couples from each other.
When confronted with this GROSS omission of doing right by those whose boundaries he abused, Robert uses spiritual gobbledygook to avoid, deny, and reject any opportunity to authentically do right by those he abused. His comment to two (adult) children struggling to come to terms with their broken spirits, was:
"Stop complaining and turn the past shit into compost."
They eventually sued him for abuse.[*]

 

His appeal to people like Ken Wilber is his ability to sound fearless and all knowing, but use the word litigation or police in dialoguing with Robert, and his throat becomes dry and his fear is palpable.
  1. In the 80's he left Victoria BC and moved to Vancouver because of the negative reputation he garnered there coleading a community with John Robbins.
  2. In the 90's he left Vancouver and moved to White Rock BC after Xanthyros fell apart.
  3. In the last years, he finally left Canada to take up residence in Oregon, again leaving the negativity he was part of, (hopefully) behind him.

 

Like many wanna be gurus – he has inspired, impressed, seduced, and pulled the wool over many intelligent and aware people, and continues to do so, on the ashes and darkness of his not so distant past.

 

[*] "I hear from various spiritual teachers who I think have not done their personal work deeply enough who say to their students 'Just drop your story. It's just a story.' In that that person is being given the message, 'Your history doesn't matter that much.' And then the dots that need to be connected can't be connected."
Audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Spiritual Bypassing and Deep Inner Work, presented by Transformation Talk Radio, host Adam Seward, 14. February 2012, YouTube film, minute 15:44, 53:59 minutes duration, posted 29. September 2012   Link deleted

 

Elfriede – 2 March 2014

  • In his interview with Rick Archer Robert Augustus Masters (RAM) said in minute 0:37:44, recorded August 1, 2011, posted August 4, 2011:
    "More and more spiritual teachers are being caught with [their] pants and halos down. [...] I do hold people responsible who get into this trouble [sexual exploitation] with teachers by holding the teachers more responsible. [...] we may be a little frightened to say it because that person [the flawed teacher] has more authority. A healthy teacher […] will get questioned more […] which makes the possibility that this thing will turn into a cult less likely."

 

Referring to above quote I wrote on RAM’s Facebook thread on December 2, 20121
"Robert, you were one of these unhealthy violent hierarchical teachers who bullied those who dared to challenge you. only 5-MeO-DMT could knock you out. as long as you strip your past from your new narrative you might be setting up a cult all over again."

 

NOTE: On his about and in his telecons with Ken Wilber (2006 onwards), Tami Simon, Michael Toms, and Rick Archer, RAM carefully avoided to mention his community cult Xanthyros to keep the crimes committed in there hidden. RAM declared that his books produced by Xanthyros Foundation are out of print, also avoiding to mention the name that would possibly expose him.

 

On December 28, 2011 Robert Augustus Masters had started a thread on his Google open Facebook page2 asking:
"…when the group/community … becomes too poor a fit? Do we … challenge the very structuring and foundational assumptions (and cultic tendencies) of such a group/community, no matter how convincingly our protests might be summarized as "resistance" or "our problem" or mere reactivity?"

 

After I cornered RAM and held him accountable to his own words, he apologized to me – to save face. Celebrating the "miracle," I’ve soon learned from those he had abused during his years as their cult leader that RAM’s written apologies resulted from his fear of being prosecuted. He had failed to truly come clean with the former Xanthyros cult members including his wives and children.

 

In his thread I asked RAM how he has reconciliated his own cult building (Xanthyros) and the members thereof? he replied,
"By acknowledging that it was a cult, apologizing for the hurt I caused, and cutting through my cult-building leanings until they no longer had any pull for me."
These words do not hold truth: in public RAM is hiding his past as a cult leader. Only under threat of prosecution he issued apologies – gestures without appropriate compensation.

 

In answer to my question end of 2011, he announced his plan to write an article on his experiences as a cult leader. Two decades after the fall of his cult, such a rare avowal has not been released – due to RAM’s refusal to redeem its former members.

 

I have tested RAM at four occasions, and he failed all tests.
  1. I had been a working guest from abroad volunteering in his cult-commune Xanthyros in Vancouver for 4-5 weeks (March-Easter 1991).
  2. At my last meeting with RAM’s shadow bearers I turned down his request to set up his German dependence. Instead of bidding me farewell, all three of them screamed at me bullying me for my decision.
  3. In a 17 page long feedback letter I had predicted that Xanthyros would fall apart (which did happen in 1994). No reply was issued to it.
  4. 20+ years later I met RAM for the second time on his Facebook "fan" page.3

 

Challenged – as requested – for his own "cultic tendencies", this is how RAM dealt with me:
  1. He turned off the cult-related thread from Google view by transfering it to a less frequented location.
  2. He deleted one of my critical posts, unwilling to "appreciate the dirt" (as suggested by him for those on the path).
  3. He informed me per PM about this deletion act and offered to handle the issue privately. No more answers given.
  4. A year later – the discussion had continued (without him) for two weeks. Once he discovered it he deleted all my posts on this thread.
  5. As expected, he blocked me from posting, liking, or sharing anything from his Facebook page.

 

Unwilling to account for his abuses as a cult leader, RAM reminds me of the wolf who reaped stones in his belly after the girl and the old woman were released from him. Rare it is to meet a wolf who may bear the stones gracefully.

Peace – 4 March 2014

  • The oath of all physicians is ‘Do no harm!’ Dr. Masters was a practicing psychotherapist while he set himself up as the leader of an experimental community in North Vancouver, British Columbia, during the early 90′s…which means he is accountable and answerable for his actions.
    Dr. Master’s needs to examine his own 'spiritual by-passing' where the community is concerned. There were babies and children who where irreversibly damaged by his methods.
    He often talks about getting 'clean', I believe Dr. Masters' needs to do just that.

Great heart – 5 March 2014

  • I have read all of Robert’s work and was, at first, impressed with his wisdom although his writing style always left me cold. I get the feeling he just wants to show everyone how smart he is, but doesn’t have any capacity to actually relate to other humans. Too many spiritual leaders write about embodiment but live in their egos. I get the feeling he is hiding a lot about his inner life from the reader. He does not feel like someone who is one of us.

zubromakk – 5 March 2014

  • That’s quite insightful Great heart. His writing always makes a strong impression the first time. But just like all the short bio’s on pages like this, back book cover blurbs, and Amazon bios – all of which he writes – everything (after a second or third reading) has a similar ring to it: "I am the #1 authority on everything." Is that really what one sounds like when they have had a spiritual awakening?

Personal avowal by kobally – March 6, 2014

  • After reading the posts here I felt compelled to write my story on Robert Augustus Masters. I was closely associated with him for 13 years from 1981 to 1994. In that time, I became his ‘right-hand’ woman. I did his bidding, I paved his way wherever he went or wanted to go to make his passage smooth. I held him in high esteem and devoted myself to him in his journey
    • as body worker,
    • then therapist,
    • then ‘teacher’,
    • then guru.
I helped elevate him to that status. I believed he had a great gift to give to others. I felt so uplifted working with him after a harrowing time in India addicted to drugs and going downhill fast. I wanted others to benefit too and share in the bliss I experienced. But all that changed as I got to know him more closely, and eventually I suffered profoundly at his hands, literally and figuratively.

 

In the beginning of our ‘relationship’ I believed he saw me for who I truly was, a wise, beautiful, powerful, deep woman. I had never felt this before. I was open, loving, vulnerable, and hungry for attention, and I hate to admit it, power. These were things I did not feel I’d experienced in my life from a man. Robert gave me that. But, it was short lived.

 

Eventually, I joined him and his partner and their baby boy in Victoria to be part of a community of Sannyasins of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho. That so-called community was the beginning of me seeing how he and John Robbins operated –
  • create dependence,
  • rule by anger and power, then
  • instill fear thus keeping all members close – the epitome of a cult.
I had cut many ties with friends and family and so felt very dependent on what I had there.

 

Eventually, due to the egos of these two dominating men, the community disintegrated and Robert, his partner, their baby son, and my daughter and I came to North Vancouver. Here, over the next 2-3 years I promoted his work and created yet another dysfunctional-abusive community.

 

He was, as many of the other people who have commented here have said, an abusive, cruel, egocentric, power hungry paranoid child. He projected all his fears and beliefs, collected from a childhood in a cloistered family compound with a passive mother and abusive father, onto all of us. He coerced us into abusing our families outside the community as well as those inside – spouses, children, and friends.

 

I lost my daughter for 15 years because of him. I was not a perfect mother, but I would never have given up my child without his driving me into it with the threat of losing everything I held dear and that was good in the community by making me choose – the community or my child. I could have chosen my girl, but, I'm ashamed to say, I did not. I have paid the price, as has my child. She is strong, and brave and working her way through all the trauma she accumulated from her experience in Xanthyros and after – it followed her long and hard. But it is a long challenging journey. He has NEVER apologized or taken responsibility with me or her, for what he did to her, during her time there and how he orchestrated my giving her up.

 

Robert abused many, many others, young and old, on his journey to the pinnacle of Guru. Many of us are still close friends. We have, together, shared our pain, asked forgiveness from each other for the times, out of fear of Robert’s dire disapproval, betrayed one another, and we have, together, healed many wounds.

 

Robert has done none of this reparation or healing. There have been a few attempts by him but only after others have written to him or threatened him with lawsuits and exposure. HE DOES NOT PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES – no matter how eloquently he writes about it. This frightened, sad man presents himself as all knowing, as all seeing, as an omniscient teacher who can lead you to enlightenment. Do not be fooled. He only talks the talk, and very well, but he does not nor has he ever walked the walk. He has no capacity for love or empathy even with his own 5 children who, on the whole, really don’t want anything to do with him. He says Xanthyros was an experiment that we all participated in, but he was the mad scientist at the helm, manipulating and controlling the people who were looking to him for true guidance, care and loving support.

 

I’m writing this not to elevate myself or to hurt Robert. But lying is lying, whether by omission or changing the truth. Robert has done both and those who follow him now, need to know who he was so they can see him with clear eyes and make their own choice about him from and informed place.

Elfriede – 6 March 2014

  • Hello readers,
    Thank you, zubromakk, for taking a history on the so far undisclosed dark side of Xanthyros/RAM.
    Thank you, kobally, for sharing your testimonial as what I call the shadow bearer of a cult leader.

 

Possibly as a result of the 2014 entries on this site Ken Wilber, a main promoter of RAM’s public appearances since 2006, has retracted from supporting/endorsing him and his work any longer.4

 

After RAM’s first and second round as cult leader he reemerged as lauded author and speaker and role model for "the evolutionary man".

 

To me it is quite amazing to note that it took around 20 (and more) years until a spot on the Internet was found that seems welcome and safe enough to inspect the shadow of an endorsed "shadow expert."
Thank you, Rick Archer, for availing this possibility.

Lizzy – 8 March 2014

  • Thank god people have come forward to reveal who this man, Robert A Masters, really is and was. I experienced the other side of Xanthyros as a someone who was barred from contacting a family member involved with this cult for 8 years.
I could not believe when I first saw Robert’s name, face, and book titles emerge on a free seminar offered through a popular website. The Seminar was called The Self-Acceptance Project [Sounds True Inc.], and I was devastated his advice was being promoted alongside people I had come to respect as teachers. It made me question the credibility of anyone out there. I actually contacted the website and asked if they screened the people they promoted but received no reply.
It takes courage to come forward and articulate the truth. Thank you to the above people for doing so and keeping people accountable for their actions. This man should not be counselling anyone who is vulnerable and seeking advice on matters of the heart. In my opinion, he should be discredited and banned from counselling altogether, and I wonder how he has been able to get away with things for so long.

A Deeper Deeper – 10 March 2014

  • It is encouraging that Ken Wilber has withdrawn his endorsement of RAM. A teacher carries the responsibility to be true to what they teach. Ken is taking the correct and obvious step. RAM's present day acrimonious relationships with the mothers of his children, their children, 99% of the former members of his cult, many living with deep emotional scars, are a testament to his hypocrisy and callous selfrighteousness. His lack of clean up of the past has been pointed out to him ad nauseum. If you have endorsed RAM or can reach people who have, you will be doing a service for the greater good to update your connection to him.

zubromakk – 10 March 2014

  • Kudos and thanks to Rick Archer for making this forum available for Truth to be advocated for and spoken, and darkness to be exposed. Instead of RAM whining to Ken Wilber that he is being treated unfairly (!!!) – why would RAM not address the mothers of his children, his ex-wife, his former associates, confidents, cult members and their children, all of whom attest that he has done NOTHING to clean up his past, all of whom have nothing good to say about him, all of whom want NOTHING to do with him, while he skips town and starts over, selling himself off as a "Relationship Expert"?

Philip Clement (former alias zubromakk) – 3 March 2017

  • Listener be warned: If you want to know why this self proclaimed RELATIONSHIP EXPERT has no relationship with the mothers of his children NOR his children, nor his step children, if you want to know why the mother of his grandchild won't allow this relationship expert to visit, if you want to learn about the dozens of children and families he took advantage of and abused, and if you want to learn more about how psychopaths are incapable of taking PERSONAL responsibility for their past mistakes (except to write about it "transpersonally" after feeling the country) – you can do no better than follow Elfriede Ammann's links below. Look for the letters from his previous personal manager, lovers and clients. Viewers' comments, posted 2016
Source: ► Retrieved comments (2014) on the interview with 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by US American webcast Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, posted 4. August 2011  Removed upon RAM's request 12 March 2014, reinstated in 2016     Separate viewers' comments, posted 2016

Englische Texte – English section on Robert Augustus Masters

Testimonials, warnings, and observations – RAM's Xanthyros cult builders and Ashland Cult Watching

Open Letter to advocates of Robert Augustus Masters (RAM)
Testimonial by RAM's former Xanthyros front man of 6 years – Philip Clement

 

Dear RAM enthusiast,

 

This letter is not about the transgressions Robert was party to as therapist-turned-Guru during the Xanthyros Cult days (1984-1994). Everybody makes mistakes. This letter is not about eliciting any kind of apology or gesture from Robert. (He has already shown his hand in that regard multiple times[*].5) This letter is not about reaching out to Robert through your good graces as a supporter of his. Not at all. This letter is about going a little deeper into Mr. Deep.  

 


⚑ I was a signing witness at Robert's wedding to the mother of his two eldest children.
⚑ I sat beside him as he read pages and pages and pages of hand written vows to her.
⚑ I was privy to him trying to throw that same woman down a flight of stairs in a fit of rage.
⚑ I attended four of his five kids' births, midwifed three of his children, and for a long period was his confident.
⚑ Later I was the confident in varying degrees to the mothers of his children.
⚑ I protected Robert in front of TV cameras, lawyers, social services, and threatening family members.
⚑ I was in the front row.
⚑ I was a seeker, a willing and eager student, client and advocate for six years.
⚑ I was his first representative in Europe.
⚑ I helped publish his first book.
⚑ I was the therapist people worked with before they met with the master.

 

To the point: This letter is about calling your attention to Robert's unfinished business, which he has chosen over and over NOT to do.
► The woman who Robert left Gail for, and with whom he has his two youngest children, spelled out to him in excruciating detail who he needs to ask forgiveness from, and why.
► Myself and many others over the years, have articulated as clear as day the direction he must take to do right by the children and adults he abused. I warned him of an impending court case if he didn't make amends.

  • Nothing moved him.
  • His empathy for the children who were given up for adoption, and their struggles of today, is nil. (See Kobally's personal avowal above [and below].)
  • His empathy for ____ and ____, two of his step children, whose spirits are utterly damaged out of their relationship with him, is non existent.
  • His sense of regret for separating families, putting children into isolation, humiliating people and provoking mobbing, spitting in people's faces, banging heads against walls, is essentially nil.
  • His lack of remorse would be damning enough, but to posture himself
    • as the New Man,
    • as the authority on relationship,
    • as the emissary of "a deeper" wisdom all should seek,

is what is fueling the growing momentum to hold Robert accountable for his past, or better put, for not cleaning up his past.
Except for one person, NO ONE from that time [1977-1985 and 1985-1994] wants ANYTHING to do with Robert, including the mothers of his children, and most of the children themselves. That is a reflection of who he is today, rather than who he was.

 

What is encouraging however, is that high profile people who have been seduced by Robert, are reading these testimonials, and are dropping their endorsement of him.

Ken Wilber being one of the first.6  Rick Archer of batgap.com being another.

There is discussion going on right now with others who have been attracted to the glitter.

 

I feel compelled to let anyone who engages with Robert know of these things. Buyer beware. As disturbing as these letters must be to read, I hope you believe me when I say I honestly hope it serves your, and the greater good.

 

Mid March 2014, Philip Clement

 

[*] Robert's reaction to Ken Wilber and Rick Archer's withdrawing their endorsements of him was to call and whine that he's not being treated fairly. To the suggestion that he respond directly to the testimonials on this [ batgap ] [comments] page, he retorted that he already has, that his apologies have not been accepted, and that the testimonials are inaccurate. Here is where you the reader come in. Read the testimonials here, read a letter from RAM's Canadian assistant [kobally] of 13 years and who established him in Vancouver after he fled Victoria. You decide if she feels RAM has acknowledged the emotional cost in her daughter being given up for adoption.

Testimonial by RAM's former Xanthyros assistant of 13 years – kobally

 

After reading the posts here7 I felt compelled to write my story on Robert Augustus Masters. I was closely associated with him for 13 years from 1981 to 1994. In that time, I became his 'right-hand' woman. I did his bidding, I paved his way wherever he went or wanted to go to make his passage smooth. I held him in high esteem and devoted myself to him in his journey

  • as body worker,
  • then therapist,
  • then 'teacher',
  • then guru.

I helped elevate him to that status. I believed he had a great gift to give to others. I felt so uplifted working with him after a harrowing time in India addicted to drugs and going downhill fast. I wanted others to benefit too and share in the bliss I experienced. But all that changed as I got to know him more closely, and eventually I suffered profoundly at his hands, literally and figuratively.

 

In the beginning of our 'relationship' I believed he saw me for who I truly was, a wise, beautiful, powerful, deep woman. I had never felt this before. I was open, loving, vulnerable, and hungry for attention, and I hate to admit it, power. These were things I did not feel I’d experienced in my life from a man. Robert gave me that. But, it was short lived.

 

Eventually, I joined him and his partner and their baby boy in Victoria to be part of a community of Sannyasins of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho. That so-called community was the beginning of me seeing how he and John Robbins operated –

  • create dependence,
  • rule by anger and power, then
  • instill fear thus keeping all members close – the epitome of a cult.

I had cut many ties with friends and family and so felt very dependent on what I had there.

 

Eventually, due to the egos of these two dominating men, the community disintegrated and Robert, his partner, their baby son, and my daughter and I came to North Vancouver. Here, over the next 2-3 years I promoted his work and created yet another dysfunctional-abusive community.

 

He was, as many of the other people who have commented here have said, an abusive, cruel, egocentric, power hungry paranoid child. He projected all his fears and beliefs, collected from a childhood in a cloistered family compound with a passive mother and abusive father, onto all of us. He coerced us into abusing our families outside the community as well as those inside – spouses, children, and friends.

 

I lost my daughter for 15 years because of him. I was not a perfect mother, but I would never have given up my child without his driving me into it with the threat of losing everything I held dear and that was good in the community by making me choose – the community or my child. I could have chosen my girl, but, I'm ashamed to say, I did not. I have paid the price, as has my child. She is strong, and brave and working her way through all the trauma she accumulated from her experience in Xanthyros and after – it followed her long and hard. But it is a long challenging journey. He has NEVER apologized or taken responsibility with me or her, for what he did to her, during her time there and how he orchestrated my giving her up.

 

Robert abused many, many others, young and old, on his journey to the pinnacle of Guru. Many of us are still close friends. We have, together, shared our pain, asked forgiveness from each other for the times, out of fear of Robert's dire disapproval, betrayed one another, and we have, together, healed many wounds.

 

Robert has done none of this reparation or healing. There have been a few attempts by him but only after others have written to him or threatened him with lawsuits and exposure. HE DOES NOT PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES – no matter how eloquently he writes about it. This frightened, sad man presents himself as all knowing, as all seeing, as an omniscient teacher who can lead you to enlightenment.
Do not be fooled. He only talks the talk, and very well, but he does not nor has he ever walked the walk. He has no capacity for love or empathy even with his own five children who, on the whole, really don't want anything to do with him. He says Xanthyros was an experiment that we all participated in, but he was the mad scientist at the helm, manipulating and controlling the people who were looking to him for true guidance, care and loving support.

 

I'm writing this not to elevate myself or to hurt Robert. But lying is lying, whether by omission or changing the truth. Robert has done both and those who follow him now, need to know who he was so they can see him with clear eyes and make their own choice about him from and informed place.

Source: ► Retrieved comment dated 6 March 2014 on the video interview[*] with 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by US American webcast Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, posted 4. August 2011  [*]Removed upon RAM's request on 12 March 2014, reinstalled in 2016 minus the comments section
Observations made by Ashland Cult Watching

 

During his cult leading days Robert Augustus Masters' psychopathy deeply affected adult individuals, couples, families, children, and the extended families of those involved with him outside of his cults. His deranged methods of control and manipulation devastated many peoples' lives.

 

  • After his psychotic meltdown in 1994, RAM was not stable enough to continue his abusive cult leading "career" that lasted for 17 years in Canada.
    Note: Xanthyros members disbanded the cult due to RAM's dangerous mental instability and high levels of dysfunction, terrible confusion, and extreme abuse administered to them. Some had left or escaped RAM's cult before his meltdown – attempting to salvage their broken spirits and families.
  • RAM's former cult members are still suffering from the abuses and crimes he administered to them to this day. As a result there were three lawsuits (each settled out of court!) against the atrocities committed by RAM.8
    Note: Given RAM's frightened and traumatised victims had not been too psychologically devastated and financially broken to deal with legalities, there would have been more lawsuits.
  • Twice failed as an experimenting cult leader, RAM aimed for a broader audience, seeking promotion and endorsements by multiplicators in the spiritual growth scene.
  • Only 1 year after his close to death psychotic breakdown in 1994 megalomaniac RAM began practicing therapy again, persistently presenting himself as an authority, a teacher, a guru.
  • RAM chose to reemerge with his "sacred mission" by beginning his Ph.D. program in the United States.
  • By relocating to Ashland, Oregon (later to become cultish headquarter #3) he escaped from his [bypassed] shadow and abuse. On the run again!
  • After first self-publishing in 2005, he has modified himself into a more acceptable and even appealing teacher figure and lauded author.
  • In 2006 he gained access to his most effective and ongoing promoter integral thought leader Ken Wilber.9
  • Since ~2007 RAM is covertly using his entrained tactics.
  • By 2010 RAM had paved his way into the self proclaimed "relationship expert" title attached to himself and his wife Diane.
  • RAM's promoters, unsuspecting audience, and the Ashland community, have been duped into believing that he had not only recovered after his meltdown but miraculously transformed his psychopathic pathology which prevented him from feeling deeply humbled and from seeking the rare to find help he needed.
    Note: People are largely unaware about the nature of psychopaths. Highly adept to morphing themselves, they are notoriously difficult to treat.10
  • RAM – still dangerous – is a predatory man of the mind whose psychopathy is alive and unhealed. Lacking empathy, remorse, or compassion, this 'relationship expert' is unable to relate with people outside of promoting himself, and of being a therapist, an expert, a master.
  • With his understandings gained through his own psychopathic behavior RAM continues to fool his readers and customers.
  • RAM's strong need to be cheered as an expert and master is driving his eager chase for money, status and influence.
  • Terrified of being exposed, neither RAM nor his wife Diane will disclose data on his dark past.
  • RAM does not live his talk.

 

Dear readers, pay attention, ask questions, hold RAM and Diane accountable. Be[A]ware!

 

3. August 2015, Ashland Cult Watching

Retrieval of gutted/deleted Facebook discussion thread opened by RAM (2011-2015)

Discussion addressed to former cult members willing to challenge their former gurus failing them
Social media thread issued 28. December 2011
Year General thread activitySpecific thread activityVisibility on Google
201128·Dec RAM opens thread on his Facebook fan page. Open to Google viewers
201130·Dec  ⚡  RAM denies Google access to HIS thread by transferring it to the less frequented Facebook rubric "Activities of friends." Removed from Google
201131·Dec  ⚡   RAM removes 1st one of Eflriede's entries offering her further PM exchange instead.Result: Dead end "communication" off Google and off Facebook
201213·Dec Last thread entry Off Google
201213·Dec  ⚡   Upon discovering the revived thread 11 days later RAM removes all of Eflriede's remaining entries.Elfriede can still view RAM's Facebook fan page, yet is denied to like or comment.
2014March  ⚡  Thread is temporarily invisible to reappear days later. Off Google
201516-20·May  ⚡  Truncated thread is deleted.Upon discovering discussions where links to RAM's cult history appearedOff Facebook/Google
201521-25·May  ⚡  RAM's Facebook account is terminated.Upon he had discovered various discussions where he was tagged and sharers of his entries were cautioned to take note of RAM's cult history.Off Facebook/Google

 

Robert Augustus Masters ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 28 December 2011 – 25 likes; 4 shares

  • What happens when the group/community that once gave (or apparently gave) us so much needed support becomes too tight or poor a fit? Do we then simply make ourselves wrong, assuming that there’s something that WE are doing that’s generating our restlessness or unease, or do we go further, dealing not only with our issues but ALSO challenging the very structuring and foundational assumptions (and cultic tendencies) of such a group/community, no matter how convincingly our protests might be summarized as "resistance" or "our problem" or mere reactivity?

 

28 December 2011 – Undisclosed posts by KK, PK, AWL, GA, JJ, JG, SL

 

Robert Augustus Masters ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 28 December 2011 – 3 likes

  • If the painful sense of separateness or estrangement that so often drives us to seek membership somewhere is not properly worked with, so that our yearning for togetherness or belongingness is not just an escape from our sense of separateness or strandedness, then we’ll remain highly susceptible to the pull of various "parental" or "we have the answers" institutions and movements ...

 

28 December 2011 – Undisclosed posts by CS, HO

 

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 30 December 2011 – 2 likes

  • Robert, how have you reconciliated your own cult building (Xanthyros) and the members thereof?

 

Robert Augustus Masters ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 28 December 2011 – 2 likes

  • By acknowledging that it was a cult, apologizing for the hurt I caused, and cutting through my cult-building leanings until they no longer had any pull for me.

 

30 December 2011 – RAM transfers thread to less frequented Facebook rubric "Activities of friends".

 

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 30 December 2011 – 1 like

  • good to hear that, Robert. it's the first time i read that.
    i listened to your interviews with Ken Wilber where you didn't mention this part of your past.
    Wilber himself has 3 fallen gurus as his dear friends. in his public talks he calls them "assholes" because their ethics sucks.
    this is your chance to apologize to me now and here: i have been a guest in your cult in Vancouver for 4 weeks (Easter 1991). i refused to start your German dependence and was screamed down by your representatives.
    your # 2 in the chain of command was the first to break free. he suffered a lot for having served to carry your shadow. he was the first to return a letter. you didn't. i had sent you a 17 page letter which you've left unanswered. i had predicted the breakdown of Xanthyros. was astonished to see it fall apart earlier than suspected.
    it was an act of grace that had you take an overdose of DMT.
    have an essential new year 2012.

Robert Augustus Masters ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 30 December 2011 – 4 likes

  • Elfriede, I apologize for whatever harm I caused you, both directly and indirectly. I don't recall receiving your letter, but assuming that I did, I am sorry for not responding to it. And you're right about my having taken 5-MeO-DMT; it was fierce grace, and took me, regardless of my resistance, down to ground zero, changing my life profoundly.

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 30 December 2011 – 2 likes

  • Robert, Xanthyros was my 3rd cult. it took me 5 weeks to break free from it. and a lot of anger against patriarchs (burdened with a father complex) came to the open after returning to Germany on April 4th, 1991.
    the other 2 cult leaders were Sun Myung Mun (never saw him in person) and Werner Erhard (met him in person), both of them failed gurus. it took me 2 years each to break free from them / their cults.
    your female rep # 2 ... [see kobally] called me a "tough cookie" and you and her felt that Moon was still a factor in me and a threat to you / your cult then.
    i met you first on Maui (at age 35). then i was about to tell you in front of the whole group what i saw happening with you – it was at the occasion of an encounter. you turned me off before the stage was set. and i allowed you to do so.
    you (sort of) saved the face of the guy (KC) who acted as the pied piper. he was your sponsor of the Maui event adding European blood to your endeavors.
    he and you and a few other guys are tied into a past life drama in Ireland which i was shown before arriving on Maui.
    yes, fierce grace was needed to break down the arrogance of a cult leader. my cult leaders # 1 and # 2 are still alive. Erhard fled the country. his cult functions without him. i have not had the chance of starting a (semi)public chat via facebook with either of them.

    i am glad you survived your DMT breakdown and were graced with a conversion experience induced by God.
    my first break-off from Moon dumped me right into hell. it took 1.5 years to burn off deep seated self-defeating beliefs in me and then an act of grace to lift me off. the breaking off from Erhard was less dramatic. it felt like a rerun though.
    finally the anger concerning all 3 cults in this life came out after i broke away from yours. and then there was # 4 in my hometown. he was a former runaway from Scientology.
    it took a course of 23.5 years and 4 trials. now the cult lesson my soul has chosen as my karma-dharma is [...]. i am free to speak on it.
    one of my visions is: a humbled wolf comes to apologize for having devoured the sick Grandmother and the naive Red Riding Hood. you're the first to do so.
    thank God and thank you for your willingness and humility to accept and to apologize.
    congrats for your new path, Robert. i appreciate it.

    i wish to read an article written by you where you offer a report how the conversion of a former cult leader looks like. what brought you into the cult scene and what got you out – at last. let me know if such paper already exists or if you plan to write one – or to give an interview on it.

Robert Augustus Masters ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 31. December 2011 – 3 likes

  • Such an article does not exist, but I plan to write one.11

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 31 December 2011 – 0 likes

  • looking forward to read it. would you paste it as a document on your facebook account or let me know where i can find it on google.
    would love you'd go about it with Ken Wilber. he wrote a whole book on the subject and has trouble to spot the trouble with his fellow teachers who have fallen.
    it's not Ken Wilber and his co-pundits who spot it, it's the matured "victims" and the press (some 10-20 years later) who break the scandal.

JF ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 31 December 2011 – 1 like

  • I admire both of you for this exchange, and healing for you both. This is what I hope for 2012... more illumination and healing like this. I am thankful to have witnessed this one. Many blessings to you both.

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 31 December 2011 – 2 likes

  • Hi Jan, one of the features of narcissism is a deep hunger for admiration. so pls do not admire.
    appreciation and gratitude, an open heart and open ear are a well received support.
    i join you in gratitude for witnessing this healing exchange. it comes as a miracle at the end of the 11th year to Elf.

 

31 December 2011 – RAM removes Eflriede's entry offering her [dead end] PM exchange instead. RAM ended his public response right here.

 

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 1 January 2012 – 1 like

  • Robert, i wish you a Happy Essential Year 2012.
    your personality cult ended in 1994 due to an overdosed drug intake. fierce grace had DMT act as your master in truth and humility at the time.
    a former longterm member of Xanthyros who is easily accessible due to their public appearances reported to me that you did not reach out to them and apologize for the error (of common immaturity) made together.
    now that you are in the 21st year of the new phase of your life i wish you will make an effort to contact all your former longterm cult members, your sponsors and even your visiting guests of Xanthyros and come clean with them – on a more mature base.
    this experience might possibly give you deeper insight for writing the article on the rise and fall and reconciliation of a former cult.
    "coming clean" is an act of grace itself.
    Herman Cain i.e. and many others before him did not raise to the occasion of truth-based reconciliation. and the occasions (like this one here) will keep arising. the tendency of the power abusing predatory rankist wolf archetype is to fall to the ground (back out) than to face its own "prerational and preverbal vulnerabilities".

    as a sacred intervention grace simply persists. Facebook entry on grace by RAM, 24. November 2011

    grace to you and all you(ve) touch/ed. Elf

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 1 December 2012 – 0 likes

  • Robert, months have gone by since we talked last.
    i was grateful to receive your apology you made to me here last year.
⚑ did you already write the envisioned article confessing on what you have done, regretted and learned from your time as a cult leader?
⚑ are you still obsessed with your image (in the eyes of your readers and of Ken Wilber) above all else?
⚑ did you apologize for the crimes that were made in Xanthyros by you or ordered by you out of 'deeper love and deeper truth'?
⚑ did you ever apologize to the mothers of your children who don't want anything to do with you?
⚑ did you ever apologize to the two mothers who you forced to give up their children for adoption?
⚑ did you ever apologize to all those couples coming to Xanthyros who you forced to live apart?
⚑ did you ever apologize to all those parents and their children who you ordered to live in separate houses?
⚑ did you ever apologize to the then 12 year old boy who you forced to wear a diaper for a week?
⚑ did you ever apologize to those former members of Xanthyros who suffered your or others physical violence?
⚑ did you ever apologize to the people who you spat in the face?
⚑ did you offer your written apologies truly or as a result of your fear of being prosecuted?

happy advent.

JMW to RAM ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 2 December 2012 – 1 like

  • These are fierce charges from someone who does her research and has a gift for calling us all to greater integrity. I bought your book on spiritual bypassing and before I read it, teach from it and recommend it to others, I'd like to know how you've responded to these charges. Please take this opportunity seriously.
    Be blessed.

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 2. December 2012 – 0 likes

  • Robert, in the opening paragraph of this thread you wrote:
    What happens when the group/community that once gave (or apparently gave) us so much needed support becomes too tight or poor a fit?
    Do we then simply make ourselves wrong, assuming that there’s something that WE are doing that’s generating our restlessness or unease, or do we go further, dealing not only with our issues but ALSO challenging the very structuring and foundational assumptions (and cultic tendencies) of such a group/community, no matter how convincingly our protests might be summarized as "resistance" or "our problem" or mere reactivity?

 

⚑ does that mean you're starting to encourage aspirants to leave their respective groups/teachers? to flock to you instead?
⚑ when the members of your Xanthyros cult tried hard to challenge the "very structuring and foundational assumptions" of your cult-commune you not only "summarised" their trials as resistance or reactive, you crucified them. you led the charge. you have been reported a master at mobbing members and students within the Xanthyros commune and way past it.
⚑ what do you suggest for students (followers, groupies, fans) to do, Robert, if their guru's version of summarizing TOUGH QUESTIONS as "resistance" includes mobbing, ostracizing, banging heads against walls or floors, and physically abusive assignments to humiliate, degrade and weaken?
yes, the guru is you in this example.
⚑ what do you see as the effective, meaningful and spiritually advanced correct steps to take for such a guru to be able to make amends with the people they abused?
⚑ ultimately, what steps will you, as the former leader of a cult, take to REALLY make amends with ALL the people you have abused and mislead in Xanthyros?
⚑ Will you share this with Ken Wilber?

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 2. December 2012 – 1 like

  • Robert, i have watched your Skype interview 081. Robert Augustus Masters with Rick Archer issued last August.
    i noticed that in your telecons with Ken Wilber (2006) and Rick Archer (2011) you leave out mentioning a word on your cult Xanthyros and the crimes committed in there.

 

RAM minute 0:37:44, 1:44:47 duration, posted 4. August 2011: More and more spiritual teachers are being caught with [their] pants and haloes down. [...] I do hold people responsible who get into this trouble [sexual exploitation] with teachers by holding the teachers more responsible. And it's very, very common. [...] Even the most immature of us still has a bullshit dedector [...] but we may be a little frightened to say it because that person [the flawed teacher] has more authority. A healthy teacher encourages students to have access to their own innate autonomy and authority right from the very beginning which means he or she will get questioned more which makes the thing healthier and which makes the possibility that this thing will turn into a cult less likely, but that's uncommon unfortunately.

 

you were one of these unhealthy violent hierarchical teachers who bullied those who dared to challenge you. only 5-MeO-DMT could knock you out. as long as you strip your past from your new narrative you might be setting up a cult all over again. you have set up your inner circle to extremely bully those people [like me for example] who were unwilling to walk your path. i had my sense of "innate autonomy and authority" intact then, and neither you nor your inner circle of bullies were able/willing to acknowledge that. they were programmed by you to try to once more tearing it down. i am sorry that Xanthyros people had no grace to bid a leaving guest good bye and send blessings on their way.

LB ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 13. December 2012 – 1 like

  • Having just become aware of this thread, think this is an important topic and due to his being uniquely qualified, I would be interested to hear Mr. Robert Augustus Masters respond?

Elfriede ♦ Retrieved Facebook comment ♦ 13. December 2012 – 0 likes

  • Laurie, Robert A. Masters does not seem to receive notification on further entries of this picture thread. Otherwise, i suspect, he would have deleted the posts or the whole thread which he soon had removed from public view on google last year.
    Sadly, R.A.M. has not substantially and credibly cleaned up his past crimes as a violent cult leader – so confirmed by former members of his inner circle.

LB ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 13. December 2012 – 0 likes

  • I'm not surprised. Thank you Elfriede.

LB ♦ Facebook comment ♦ 14. December 2014 – 0 likes

 

Source: ► Discussion thread on challenging cult structures and cult leaders, issued by RAM on his Facebook fan page, issued 28. December 2011 ♦ gutted end December 2012 ♦ DELETED 16-20 May 2015
Further avoidance of accountability: On 10 March 2014 RAM's former front man Philip Clement raised several pointed questions under RAM's various threads on his Facebook page. Less than a day later all these entries were removed and Clement was banned from commenting there any longer.

⚡ Notes on the shadow  ♦◊♦  Robert Augustus Masters failing to walk his talk all the way


Unrestituted abuses committed by unrepentant cult leader RAMOS aka Robert A. Masters
in his two dysfunctional cultic communities in Victoria (~1977-1985) and Vancouver (1985-1994)12
Shielding and dodging in RAM's third guru round (1999-present) [Status 2015]

"HE [RAM] DOES NOT PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES – no matter how eloquently he writes about it. […]
Do not be fooled. He only talks the talk, and very well, but he does not nor has he ever walked the walk."

kobally, RAM's Canadian long-term assistant (1981-1994), 6. March 201413
Time frameTest arenaBehavior – action – eventRemark
~1977-1994
Since 2006
STATUS
INFLUENCE
As a self-aggrandized cult leader, called megalomaniac by local Vancouverians, Robert Augustus Masters practised the "cult of one" in two consecutive small-sized experimental communities in Canada.
In his third and most successful round as an integral academic "relationship expert" RAM continues the path of hard to come by narcissism.
See stage 1 of RAM's relationship chart: "cult of one"
RAM admitted in 2010: "I was kind of thick about it – that I was still the same neurotic in many ways […]."14
~1977-1994SEXNot openly polyamorous, yet unilaterally polygamous, RAM did not permit his wife and two other concurrent partners (mothers of his children) to have any other intimate experiences, unless he was there, whereas he also had sex with a few other women in his community.Supposedly on behalf of their "spiritual growth"
End of 80tiesMONEYRAM encouraged members of Xanthyros to cheat by filing for welfare, which resulted in a simultaneous raid on three of the community houses by the Welfare Agency of the province.Result: Many members went off welfare after that raid. Records of the raids might still be availed on request.
Early 90tiesSEXRAM groomed a teenager, preparing her to be sexually initiated by him.Supposedly on behalf of her "spiritual growth"
1985-1991VIOLENCE
HUMILIATION
RAM threw his wife Gail down the stairs, forcibly and repeatedly banged his front man Philip's head on the floor while sitting over him, and banged the head of an intimate against the wall which resulted in prolonged headaches. In the middle of a group, he farted in kobally's face. He forced a child at age 10 to wear a diaper for three weeks in front of his peers, and the adults. He spit in more than a dozen people's faces, both men and women.RAM's pathological need to control his surroundings, fueled by his manicly obsessive need for recognition, attention and devotion drove him often into fits of anger, stress filled impatience, frustration.
1985-1991FORCERAM put each infant in the middle of a Xanthyros group circle and was only satisfied if the baby crawled towards him. The babies and very young children who were not yet programmed to be afraid of RAM shunned him by instinct.Since he could not control the babies, RAM coerced their mothers for two adoptions.
~1990FORCERAM "sent" back Philip's wife G. along with their 9 month old daughter to Germany, ostensibly for her personal growth.RAM did not succeed to intimidate the baby, plus he preferred the undivided time and attention of his "unmarried" front man.
1985-1994MONEYRAM expected sooner than later that each joining member would give over their life savings to him. Many did, given the very forceful group pressure.RAM failed to return the savings obtained via group pressure.
~1984-1994FORCE
SEX
Keen to remain the focus of EVERYONE and intolerant for any other receiving more love than him, narcissist RAM extensively meddled with set existing relationships. Eventually he separated, physically and emotionally, each of the 20-30 (married) couples that joined the Xanthyros community as well as children from their parents.Ostensibly on behalf of their spiritual growth
Only one out of ~25 separated couples succeeded to reunite afterwards.
~1984-1994FORCE
SEX
RAM paired up ~50-100 community members and ~50 visiting guests, in most cases neither by openly giving orders nor by obtaining informed consent by both parties involved.Covering his meddling with lengthy concealed 'spiritual' justification
1990-~1994MONEY
FORCE
Pressurized to join the Xanthyros community cult, founder/editor of the magazine Critique Bob Banner granted RAM to engross it. Until he was "banned" (for his honesty), Banner served as typesetter of RAM's revamped periodical called Sacred Fire.Banner lost advertisers, subscribers, and basically the magazine he had published for years ceased to exist.
No recompensation availed to him
Reference: 15
1985-1994FORCERAM succeeded in disempowering all the members of Xanthyros, by applying the standard mind control tricks as in intimidation, seduction, pushing boundaries, zero tolerance for criticism by way of threat of aggression, isolation from family and friends, creating growing financial and emotional dependency, resulting in genuine confusion as to what was right and what wasn't – after years of these tactics. As a way to manipulate the group dynamic in his direction, RAM constantly encouraged psychological mobbing and physical bullying.In respect to psychopathological featuers RAM is scoring considerably high – given the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised.16
1994-1995CRIME
PRIDE
RAM had set up his inner circle to commit crimes on his behalf.17Dissociation
Denial of responsibility
Lack of compassion
1995-presentMatrimony
VIOLENCE
Survivors of abuse, his two former wives and two life partners want NOTHING to do with RAM.Only one of them has to have contact with RAM because of addiction issues of their child.
"HE [RAM] coerced us into abusing our families outside the community as well as those inside – spouses, children, and friends."
kobally, RAM's Canadian long-term assistant (1981-1994), 6. March 201418
1994-1995
Up to present
DEATH
FORCE
Though thoroughly sobered by his 5-MeO-DMT drug intake, self-admitted spiritual bypasser RAM avoided to voluntarily apologize and subsequently come clean with his former cult members. As a result, 70-80 people (99% of all the adult and children survivors of RAM's abuse), except for one adult, broke ties with RAM.None of the former cult members endorses his work as "relationship expert."
RAM admitted in 2010: "I saw myself – looking back – as bypassing big time. [...]
I sensed there was something in relationship that I needed for my growth."
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1995-presentMONEY
PARENTING
The three mothers of RAM's five children claim that he abandoned his financial obligations toward his children.Denial of responsibility
Neglect
1995-presentPARENTINGFour out of his five now adult biological children are estranged from RAM. His four step children hate him.Denial of responsibility
Lack of compassion
1995-presentPARENTING
FORCE
RAM has shown zero remorse for the fate of the two children whose mothers he had coerced to give them up for adoption.Denial of responsibility
Lack of compassion
1999STATUS
VIOLENCE
To upgrade his range of influence, RAM completed a Ph.D. program in psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in Oakland, California. His dissertation was an interdisciplinary, psychospiritual investigation of anger.As a boy he was exposed to his father's anger, as an adult RAM committed his own cruel fits of anger.
2003TEACHINGRAM offered yearlong apprenticeship programs training students in his psychotherapeutic working style. 
Since ~2003STATUS
FORCE
In his third round as guru, positioning himself as self-styled "relationship expert" and "new man" mainly within the US American spiritual "enlightenment business" arena, RAM gained fame and a large following – mainly due to his elevated status in the integral scene. Industrious author, he is reaping (continued) endorsements by informed!!, associated and unsuspecting bloggers, media people, colleagues of the pen, distributors, and luminaries.Upon having been informed about RAM's unredeemed great harm committed as a cult leader, his loyalty-bonded advocates in his 3rd round took note, yet stayed put.
Namely: Bernhard Guenther, Jeff Brown, Tami Simon, Ken Wilber
2001-~2005FORCE
STATUS
Two brothers, children during the Xanthyros community days, approached RAM for support for their recovery from years of his abuse. He rejected them with, "Turn the shit into compost." Consequently, they sued him for physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse. To avoid a public upheaval that could damage his newly styled image and career, he settled out of court, financially.Note: Working with clients RAM claims to integrate the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
RAM stated in February 2012: "I hear from various spiritual teachers who I think have not done their personal work deeply
enough who say to their students 'Just drop your story. It's just a story.' In that that person is being given the message,
'Your history doesn't matter that much.' And then the dots that need to be connected can't be connected."
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March 2005-
2 April 2006
MATRIMONY
STATUS
RAM met Diane Bardwell, who was raised with strong cult dynamics as a child. A year later she became his third wife. Whereas both confirm to enjoy a monogamous intimate relationship with each other, he is her adored guru-master, whereas she acts as his intermediary to the world covering his shadow.Practicing the "cult of two"
See stages 3 and 4 of the Masters' relationship chart
2008MONEY
STATUS
Not a licensed therapist Diane Masters became cotrainer at their Masters Center for Transformation (MCT).Off-law
1995-2010
2010
2015
STATUSRAM moved cities while in British Columbia, Canada.
The Masters moved to Ashland, Oregon, in the United States
heading to California, given their clients manage to pave their way in.
Bypassing his crimes and traumatizations inflicted onto the members of his two cults and their relations.
2011-2015STATUS
FORCE
When held accountable at two social media outlets for his unredeemed crimes as a cult leader – as publicly requested by himself – RAM saved face/image/status, ducked, dodged, deleted, silenced-blocked and insisted on removal.Gutted Facebook thread, started 12/28/2011, gutted 2012,
deleted 15-20 May 2015,
Retrieved BATGAP comments disclosing the unredeemed past of cult leader R. A. Masters, Jan-March 2014
➤ Termination of RAM's fan platform on Facebook >20 May 2015.
RAM challenged in 2011: "More and more spiritual teachers are being caught with [their] pants and halos down. [...]
I do hold people responsible who get into this trouble [sexual exploitation] with teachers by holding the teachers more responsible."
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RAM's mission statement ⇔ Letter from a veteran to commander-in-chief
         RAM's mission statement (2007)                Dying veteran's letter to Bush/Cheney (2014)         
"My passion is to fuel, illuminate, and support the living of a deeper life, a life of love, integrity, and fully alive awakening. Providing environments (both inner and outer) in which deep healing and transformation can take place is my vocation and privilege. […] Since 1977 I've worked as a psychotherapist (I have a Ph.D. in Psychology), group leader, bodyworker, and teacher of spiritual deepening practices, integrating the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual in my practice."  Robert Augustus Masters (*1947), guest profile presented by Conscious Talk, ~14. February 2011"I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans – my fellow veterans – whose future you stole."  Tomas Young (1979-2014) US American paralyzed military Iraq War veteran, war protesting activist (2004-2014)
                   Usual pattern of disgraced gurus
I have witnessed […] fallen spiritual leaders be publicly exposed, subsequently disappear, and invariably pop up in a new location several years later only to repeat the same pathological patterns that led to their downfall the first time around. The taste of power often seems to be so inebriating and irresistible that offenders are doomed to repeat their history again and again. Article What Happens When Your Guru Disappears?, presented by Eliezer Sobel (*1956) US American publisher, editor, journalist-blogger, author, 27. March 2015
Note: Ironically, Eliezer Sobel himself is one of the endorsers of RAM's book "Spiritual Bypassing", issued in 2010.
Sources:
► Incomplete testimonial by Robert Augustus Masters A Needed Shattering, presented on website robertmasters.com, February 2015
Robert Augustus Masters Wiki, presented by robertaugustusmasters.com, undated
References:
► Blog article
THE "A" LIST: A Catalog of Trauma and Abuse, presented by whatenlightenment.blogspot.com, posted by Hal Blacker, US American founder of whatenlightenment blog, former senior editor of magazine What is Enlightenment (WIE) founded by cult leader Andrew Cohen (1994-E/1996), 18. July 2013
► Kindle book by Dr. David Mc Dermott, US American author, Mind Control Manual. Important concepts about mind control, cults and psychopaths, Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 5. June 2012
See also: ► Third guru round of predatory power player Robert Masters  ♦◊♦  United States (1999-2015)

"A Needed Shattering" – RAM's incomplete report on his cult history (February 2015)

RAM's brief public statement on his "needed shattering" appears in part as an attempt
to whitewash himself and embellish his history as a twice failed community cult leader.
༺༻Updates on Robert Augustus Masters (aka Ramos) cult historyTime frame
Omission 1 RAM failed to mention his first dysfunctional cult experiment in Victoria, BC, Canada, a community of Osho Sannyasins run by him and his companion John Robbins, until their unresolvable power conflict drove them apart.~1977-1985
Omission 2 RAM failed to mention the name and location of his second dysfunctional community cult – named Xanthyros in Vancouver, BC, Canada.1985-1994
Deranged·leader
Cult·implosion
After his 5-MeO-DMT drug induced near-death experience RAM suffered nine months of haunting paranoia. He consulted with a specialized leader of vision quests with "spirit medicine" including 5MEO from abroad. Over the phone RAM learned from this well known experienced shaman teacher that his hellish trip emerged due to his "tight rectum."1994
Lie 1 RAM: "When I fell apart in 1994, I soon thereafter disbanded the community." 2013
Correction Contrary to his claim mentally ill RAM was unable to "disband" his already dissolved Xanthyros commune.1994     
Update      In need of continued full daycare after his 5MEO hell trip started, RAM had lost control. One of his students accepted the task to nurse him. Teenagers who he had abused for years stood up to his face. To his close inner circle, desparate RAM expressed he was thinking of obtaining a gun. The prospect of a mentally deranged man shooting (himself or others) was the 'last straw' for devoted intimates to jump off the ship without captain. First gradually, then increasingly 30-40 dishevelled cult members moved out of the Vancouver housing complex to embark on the long road of their recovery. The remainder of 30-40 Xanthyros cult members left the peripheral houses located in BC and USA to which RAM had demoted them for having spoken up to him. No one had asked RAM for permission to leave and no one waited for him to declare the nightmare was over.
Lie 2 RAM: "I was immensely humbled, broken down so deeply and for so long that I could not resurrect my former way
of being, and took steps to make amends, including writing a large number of individual letters of apology."
2013
Correction Contrary to his claim RAM didn't make substantial amends with former cult members since more than 20 years.221994     
Update     RAM wrote individual letters of apology to about 20 percent of his regular former cult members, not addressing each one of his former cohabitants. None of the selected recipients of RAM's letters of apology were moved by his written words. As if an insincere politician was clamoring for their votes, they felt that RAM was indeed attempting to appease them so they would not consider sueing him. RAM's contrition letters were evidence that his behavior had not profoundly changed. 21 years later the survivors of the Xanthyros cult still loathe RAM for his express avoidance to come clean with them.
Out of his volition RAM apologized to one man from his inner circle (of shadow bearers) covering 25% of the abuses that were committed on his behalf within a period of six years of cult history. When reminded of the defaulted 75% of violations RAM slipped back into his usual arrogance mode. No apologies were extended to his right-hand assistant kobally, who helped build up both of RAM's dysfunctional community cults and accepted his ultimatum to give up her daughter for adoption. Neither did RAM apologize to the second mother who he forced to give away her child nor did he apologize to the abandoned children (by then young adults).
Source: ► Incomplete testimonial by Robert Augustus Masters on his Xanthyros community cult experiment
A Needed Shattering, presented by website robertmasters.com, February 2015

 

RAM's avowals juxtaposed to insights of former cult members and cult watchers
༺༻RAM's·avowal     <1994-2015Quoted comment by contemporary cult watchers
1a. "I assumed far too much authority, getting increasingly grandiose.
There was too much me in the community, too much uncritical focus on what I did."
The circular logic of emotional vulnerable cult members is:
1. Sun Myung Moon is of God. 2. God will fix all the problems in the world.
3. All I have to do is to humbly follow. 4. Then God will fix all that I fell overwhelmed by.
The most dangerous problem is that it creates separation: Us vs. Them, Right vs. Wrong, Good vs. Evil.
  Video presentation by Diane Benscoter, American ex-moonie, deprogrammer, How cults rewire the brain, presented by TED Talks, minute 4:13, 6:24 minutes duration, filmed February, posted June 2009
The minds of cult members are subjected to a viral memetic infection.
2a. "I thought I had a sacred mission and wasn’t about to let anything get in the way of it, even if I had to run roughshod over people." "Indeed, it may well be that much of Da Free Jon's deep psychological insight into the human condition didn't stem from his self-proclaimed "enlightenment" but from observing day to day his own neurotic behavior and his own self-centered interactions with those closest to him."  David Christopher Lane, Ph.D. (*1956) US American professor of philosophy and sociology, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California, lecturer in religious studies, author, The Paradox of Da Free John, review of same article dated 1985, 24. May 2015
3a. "My arrogance was immense.
I was a spiritual asshole, surrounded by followers, entrenched in a position I'd vowed never to be in."
"The asshole
1) allows himself to enjoy special advantages and does so systematically;
2) does this out of an entrenched sense of entitlement; and
3) is immunized by his sense of entitlement against the complaints of other people."

Aaron James, Ph.D., US American professor of philosophy, University of California Irvine, Assholes. A Theory, Anchor, 2012, reprint edition 22. April 2014
1b.
2b.
3b.
1. "Apotheosis or de facto deification of the leadership — exalting them to God-like status in and over the group, often to the extent that the leaders become a "mediator" between the people and God."
26. "Members are psychologically traumatized and indoctrinated with numerous improper fears and phobias aimed at keeping them reeling in diffidence and an over-dependence or co-dependence on their leaders and the corporate group."
31. "Members departing without the prior permission and blessing of the leadership leave the group under a cloud of manufactured suspicion, shame, and slander."  Dr. Steven Lambert, US American Bible scholar, theologian, ordained minister, educator, author of Charismatic Captivation, 33 Signs of Spiritual Abuse, presented by Charismatic Captivation, 15. November 2008
See also:
⚡ Notes on the shadow   ♦◊♦  Robert Augustus Masters failing to walk his talk all the way
Third guru round of predatory power player Robert Masters  ♦◊♦  United States (1999-2015)
Quotes by former cult members of the Unification Church (S. M. Moon)

Third guru round of predatory power player Robert Masters  ♦◊♦  United States (1999-2015)


RAM's emergence in Oregon and Colorado – starring as shadow/relationship/man "expert"
Time frame           Behavior – action – event exerted by Robert and Diane MastersTest arena
19. December 1947
Victoria, BC, Canada
23
The Human Design System chart of psychopath Robert Augustus Masters (previously Ramos) discloses the following:
➤ RAM's type is rare (8.8% of world's population)24. He is an anger prone emotional Manifestor.
➤ RAM has a gift for language and unusual insights (activated "freak/genius" 43-23 channel).
➤ RAM seeks to mutate people, yet may act heavily antisocial (activated channel of "openness" 12-22").25
➤ His HDS profile 6/2 allows him – under favorable conditions – to become a role model for others. This demanding calling is often not met and cannot manifest before age 50.
ASTROLOGY
Late 90ties-2005After having led two failed cults – 17 years of financially, sexually, emotionally, and psychologically abusing adults, children, and extended families26 – RAM launched his "sacred mission" for the third time. Running from his shadow, he chose to
➤ not take the path of humility,
➤ not search for adequate professional help for his psychopathic tendencies,
➤ not make amends for his damaging abuses.
In 1995 – only 1 year after his psychotic meltdown – he began practicing therapy again.
In 1999 RAM acquired a
Ph.D. degree in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School, California, to earn him more clout within the literary world. Rewriting his earlier works and redesigning himself, RAM reemerged as a profiteering therapist on the North American spiritual/therapeutic scene. In 2003 he began teaching year long apprenticeship training programs. In 2005 RAM self-published his lengthy book Darkness Shining Wild avoiding to mention the host of unredeemed transgressions committed by the "mad scientist", himself, at the helm of two failed experimental community cults.
Note: RAM's cult-building leanings emerged again.
STATUS rebuilding
200?-2009 RAM's "Masters Online Center" offered varying levels of membership possibilities and ($) fees which included corresponding levels of access to and interaction with the "master therapist". Starting to establish himself in the US, Boulder, Colorado and in Ashland, Oregon RAM was aiming for the desires of his audience to belong and improve.
Note: Third emerging cult environment: megalomania, money making, predation, mind control tactics, group oversight through group blog interactions.
MONEY
CULTISH
2007-presentIn 2008 RAM convinced his wife Diane Bardwell to participate as a facilitator in group therapy sessions, private therapy sessions, intensives, therapist trainings, and teacher training programs. Raised with strong cult dynamics as a child and not a licensed therapist, Diane is unqualified to hold the therapeutic space aside from what she has learned from RAM. In their Cult of two marriage, RAM is her guru-husband.27 Whenever his psychopathic tendencies emerge, she protects, lies, and covers for him. Convinced of both their "sacred mission", she believes he is a master, whereas she is serving as his interface with the public. It did not occur to her to hold RAM accountable for his past transgressions. Shadow-bearer Diane is prevented from grasping what has been/is taking place and from receiving outside help, since RAM managed to create his third cloistered compound. Enjoying her newly found wealth and self proclaimed status as a "relationship expert", Diane also fails to live their talk.
Note similar behavior: Past cult members were made (more) important by RAM, and brainwashed into following through with the abuses the guru requested. See kobally's above testimonial.
MATRIMONY
SHADOW bearing
CULTISH
2007-2010In addition to "Masters Therapy Trainings", RAM offered another profiting scheme "Masters Bodywork Trainings". Neither are RAM and Diane licensed bodyworkers nor approved teachers of physiotherapeutic skills. The offerings attracted people into further contact with the master, and into the continuation of the non-recognised trainings at "The Masters Center".MONEY
Off-law
2008-present RAM and Diane (in unconscious collusion with him) use clients' vulnerable emotional states within the therapeutic setting as a way to influence i.e. seduce them into promoting them. Their professional boundaries get overly blurry as soon as there is something to gain from clients.
Note past cult leader behavior: RAM took what he wanted without empathy or remorse.
PREDATION
2008-present Within the therapeutic setting RAM and Diane often meddle in people's lives and healing journeys by
➤ doing matchmaking,
➤ encouraging separations,
➤ giving unsolicitated advice,
➤ violating confidentiality,
➤ using confidential information,
➤ spreading misinformation,
➤ discrediting contemporaries in the area.
Note: As the leader of the Xanthyros community cult RAM applied similar control tactics.
CONTROL
MANIPULATION
ABUSE
"Everyone from the Xanthyros days felt that confidential information, combined with misinformation, was being
shared or was manipulatively encouraged to be shared by Robert in attempts to discredit and harm the individual,
individuals, and couples that challenged him or posed a threat to him."
   Former member of the Xanthyros community cult
2008-present RAM uses mind control tactics to specially and privately invite those that are "deemed ready" by the master into over priced sessions, intensives, groupings, and non-recognized therapist and teacher trainings. Not uncommon, the Masters lure inexperienced and naive individuals or couples, and those recovering from past cults into their groupings and trainings.
Note: As the leader of the Xanthyros community cult RAM applied the same marketing method.
PREDATION
MONEY
2010 The Masters purchased a large home on the hillside in Ashland. Named the "Masters Center for Transformation School", it serves as the headquarter of RAM's third cultish endeavor. Cultish HQ #3
2011-present Clients who are deemed not ready to do therapy with the master are first sent to Masters' trained therapists, "core faculty", whose names are not being disclosed on RAM's website.
Note RAM's longterm marketing method: Aiming for people's desire to obtain the privilege of "working with the master"
CULTISH
2012 Resulting from the Masters couple inappropriately, i.e. manipulatively, sharing about their personal struggles and financial difficulties in therapeutic settings, clients or else students engaged in a fund raising effort, so that RAM and Diane could enjoy their needed "rest" and "healing". Once the endeavor occurred, RAM did neither discourage it nor redirect the funds.
Note similar Xanthyros strategy: Manipulative solicitation for financial gain; preying upon wounded seekers
MANIPULATION
EXPLOITATION
2013-presentObsessed with his Internet image and status and concealing his subtle mind control tricks, RAM changed his physical image28 to appear more soft and father-like, and he is continuously changing the wording within his website using New Age buzz words and online sales tactics ("group full", "invite only") to prey upon those in vulnerable psychological states.STATUS
PREDATION
2013-present RAM covering online exposure to his cult leanings:
March 2014: He demanded from his former one-time host Rick Archer to remove the link to their video interview 081. followed by a
BATGAP comments thread which contained disclosing testimonials of former "inner circle" Xanthyros cult members. 29
March 2014: One phone call to his most prominent integral proponent Ken Wilber served to reassure Wilber's continued promotion of RAM.30

~20 May 2015: To cut his losses and due to his express unwillingness to discuss, write honestly about, or mention in interviews his first and second (Xanthyros) failed cults RAM shut down his most prominent  
Facebook fan platform (operating since ~2010) to his generally supportive audience.31
Note: As he gains status and makes more money, "shadow/relationship expert" RAM is still avoiding to acknowledge his abuses much less redeem his crimes commited in Xanthyros.
STATUS
IMAGE
2013-present RAM and Diane terminated their not recognised trainings to become "Masters Therapists" producing "graduates" who are not licensed to do therapy work. Diplomas were extended to Masters Therapists for completing the "Masters Intuitive Integral Psychotherapy" program. Alternatively, the Masters offer "Foundational Trainings for Professionals", and "Advanced Trainings for Professionals". On his website RAM stated, "We will be not so much teaching specific techniques as transmitting a context for guiding others into the deepest sort of healing and awakening." Designed to bring experienced practitioners together, the work in these small-sized groups is actually slightly modified group work and less demanding. Still, the Masters charge substantially more money for these non recognised "trainings".
Note: The "Advanced Trainings" are more of the same manipulative techniques to acquire more money, and to keep customers hooked.
MONEY
INFLUENCE
2014-present January 2015: Following his latest and supposedly final book To Be A Man, RAM positioned himself as an authority in healing gender-based masculine wounds. Psychospiritual profiteer, he continues to gather more support from the Integral scene as well as the intellectual community, which further increases the demand for his over priced group work for men. See Masters Mens Work, 2016.
Note: "Healed man", "master therapist", and celebrated "relationship expert" RAM continues to not support his own abandoned children, the mothers of his abused step children, the victimized children of forced adoption, nor the financially, emotionally, and sexually abused former Xanthyros community and family members.
STATUS
COLLUSION
NEGLECT
2015 The work of RAM and Diane and their close associates, promoted by modern day psychopathic marketing strategies, is veered about making money and gaining status, not about the welfare of people. The Masters have settled into their newly found success built from RAM's cultish tactics.
Note: ➤ The Masters couple,
➤ their Masters therapists and associates,32,
➤ their supporters/collaborators,33
➤ RAM's publishers,34
➤ their serial broadcasting hosts35
➤ RAM's serial endorsers,36 and
one-time endorsers of eight of his books37
continue to ignore or else are unaware of the psychopathic allures that keep surfacing – a third time – through highly groomed predatory power holder Robert Augustus Masters.
STATUS
MONEY
CULTISH
"Having been to group work with Robert recently, I have witnessed first hand his cultish group think and indoctrination and left 5 days in. I would advise all considering his content to research Robert. He is not what his writing makes him seem."  Amazon customer Elise C., 4:49:48 PM, 27. October 2016
Psychopaths are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving a broad trail of broken hearts, shattered expectations, and empty wallets. Completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they selfishly take what they want and do as they please.   Robert D. Hare, C.M., Ph.D. hare.org (*1934) Canadian professor of experimental psychology, researcher in psychopathology, psychophysiology, criminal psychology, developer of Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), University of British Columbia, Paul Babiak, Ph.D., US American industrial psychologist, Without Conscience. The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us, The Guilford Press, 1st edition 8. January 1999

 

Source: ► Ashland Cult Watching    Above information was gathered from former clients, family of and ex friends of Robert and Diane Masters.
See also:
Notes on the shadow♦◊♦  Robert Augustus Masters failing to walk his talk all the way
"A Needed Shattering" – RAM's incomplete report on his cult history (February 2015)
Four stages of relationships – Robert and Diane Masters

Four stages of relationships – Robert and Diane Masters

Moving from immature polygamy or else polyamory to mature monogamy
··✿·· Type of relationshipQuality of
relationship
LegendResultBetrayal
___________
Promiscuity
Form of monogamy
1.Me centered

"Cult of one"
DependentEgo-run arrangement, egoity of one partner dominating the other, credo of each partner is 'What is in it for me?'Little intimacy for either party, transitory elevated experiences of bonding, closeness, or loveCommon
___________
Indulged
|mmature
2.We centered

"Fusion" stage
Co-dependentQuality of we equality is often overvalued, differences tend to get flattened or drained, streaks of me-centered tendencies
'Less two cults of one, in coalition, as one cult of two over against the rest of life'
Power dynamic rooted in exaggerated or force-fed tolerance; couple almost exclusively defined by the relationshipOn each person's autonomous self in service of the relationship
___________
Suppressed
|mmature
3.We centered

"Cult of two"
Co-
independent
Both partners need to surrender overattachment to autonomy and aversion to deep communion, negotiation over differences, more interpersonal risks taken, tolerance less rigidly enforcedSense of a deeper kind of relationship
more passionate, yet not fully expressed
Exposed and discussed
___________
Not threatening the relationship
Shedding immaturity
4.Being centered

'Intimacy' stage
Inter-
dependent
Aware it is beyond the previous three stages, chooses inclusion and intimacy with all qualities, recognizes that all qualities characterizing relational intimacy are to whatever degree, part of being.Freedom through intimacy
Great, ever-deepening passion
Nonexisting
___________
Not entrapping, but liberating
Mature
Each stage both transcends the previous stage and includes it, however peripherally.
Sources:
Book: Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (RAM) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Transformation Through Intimacy. The Journey Toward Mature Monogamy, Tehmenos Press, 1st edition 18. October 2007
Newsletter: Four Stages Of Intimate Relationship, PDF, presented by Masters Center For Transformation, Robert and Diane Masters, February 2012
Blogspot: William Harryman, Robert Augustus Masters – Polyamory and the Stages of Intimate Relationship, presented by masculineheart.blogspot.de, 20. January 2009

 

See also Caution notes:
⚡ Notes on the shadow   ♦◊♦  Robert Augustus Masters failing to walk his talk all the way
Third guru round of predatory power player Robert Masters  ♦◊♦  United States (1999-2015)
Maturity and ► Relationship tips and ► Trust – Intimacy

 

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Literatur

Literature (engl.)

Literature (engl.) – Robert Augustus Masters

Audios and videos featuring Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (RAM) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author
TypeBook titlePublisherRelease date
BookDarkness Shining Wild. An Odyssey to the Heart of Hell & Beyond: Meditations on Sanity, Suffering, Spirituality, and LiberationTehmenos Press24. June 2005
BookTransformation Through Intimacy. The Journey Toward Mature MonogamyTehmenos Press, 1st edition18. October 2007
BookSpiritual Bypassing. When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really MattersNorth Atlantic Books, 1st edition27. July 2010
BookTransformation through Intimacy. Revised Edition. The Journey toward Awakened MonogamyNorth Atlantic Books6. March 2012
BookEmotional Intimacy. A Comprehensive Guide for Connecting with the Power of Your EmotionsSounds True Inc., US American multimedia publishing company9. September 2013
BookMeeting the Dragon. Ending Our Suffering By Entering Our Pain [Kindle Edition] 72 pagesAmazon Media29. September 2013
BookTo Be A Man. A Guide to True Masculine PowerSounds True Inc.14. January 2015

Externe Weblinks

  • Wikipedia-Einträge Guru

External web links (engl.)

  • Wikipedia entries Guru


  • Article Spiritual Bypassing excerpted from Spiritual Bypassing. When Spirituality Disconnects Us from What Really Matters, by Robert Augustus Masters, presented by the US American online magazine Reality Sandwich, 2011
  • Book excerpt by Jesse Walker, US American author, United States of Paranoia: Excerpt, presented by blog hopedance.org, host Bob Banner, 26. August 2013

Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

Audios and videos featuring Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (RAM) (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author / Diane Bardwell Masters (DBM) US American composer, singer
TypeOfferingHeadingSponsor ♦
Location ♦ P-Date
Minutes durationRelease date
YouTube videoInterview RAM+DBMStages of RelationshipMasters Center10:0312. November 2009
AudioInterview  RAM+DBMRobert Augustus Masters and Diane Bardwell Masters – "Transformation Through Intimacy", MP3The Beyond Awakening Community Blog, host Terry Patten, US American integral coach, author1:35:254. November 2010
YouTube videoInterview RAM+DBMQuestions about Spiritual BypassingMasters Center4:371. February 2011
YouTube audioInterview  RAMSpiritual Bypassing and Deep Inner WorkTransformation Talk Radio, host Adam Seward, 14. February 201253:5929. September 2012
YouTube videoInterview
RAM+DBM
Robert Augustus Masters & Diane Masters share inside their relationship with Julie HartThe Hart Centre, host Julie Hart, Australian psychologist, director of The Hart Centre 1:00:2222. April 2015
YouTube videoInterview
RAM
Robert Augustus Masters is interviewed by Julie Hart about his new book "To Be a Man"The Hart Centre, host Julie Hart, Australian psychologist, director of The Hart Centre23:0823. April 2015
Audio podcastInterviewRobert Augustus Masters On True Masculine Power, Episode 20Podcast The Amiel Show, host Amiel Handelsman51:448. June 2015
Minute 6:00 Men need to face shame head on; Minute 16:30 Importance of an authentic apology

Educational movie links (engl.)


 

Interne Links

Englisch Wiki

Hawkins

 

 

1 Retrieval of gutted/deleted Facebook discussion thread opened by RAM (2011-2015)

2 Retrieval of partially gutted Facebook discussion thread opened by R. A. Masters – 28 December 2011

3 Retrieval of partially gutted Facebook discussion thread opened by R. A. Masters – 28 December 2011

4 Wilber's intention to silently retreat from his promotion and association with RAM including the deletion of references/links to events where he appeared with RAM, expressed during a private email exchange during February/March 2014, did only last for 2-3 weeks. As soon as Masters found out about a series of testimonials posted on Rick Archer's batgap site, wherein his unredeemed past was exposed, he did not answer the call, but felt treated unfairly. Around March 9, 2014 he got in touch with Wilber, whereupon his most influential promoter – following his established pattern of serially enabling predatory power players – switched sides again. Masters successfully instructed the site owner Rick archer to remove the whole thread containing disclosures. Hence, the entries were retrieved on this SpiritualWiki page.

5 Retrieved comments disclosing the unredeemed past of cult leader Robert Augustus Masters

6 Note: Ken Wilber's privately expressed his intention to terminate his support of Robert A. Masters in February 2014. In beginning of March he changed his mind as a result of one directive phone call to him by RAM.

7 Retrieved comments disclosing the unredeemed past of cult leader Robert Augustus Masters

8 Two lawsuits were filed by RAM's stepchildren, one by a woman retrieving her funds given to Xanthyros.

9 See also: ⚡ Notes on the shadow  ♦◊♦  Robert Augustus Masters failing to walk his talk all the way

10 See research results: Quotes on psychopathy, Psychopathy check list (revised) (PCL-R) –  Robert Hare, Features of psychopathy – Stefan Verstapen

11 "A Needed Shattering" (February 2015) – RAM's incomplete report on his cult history

12 A Needed Shattering, February 2015
Robert Augustus confessed on his website in 2013: "I led an experimental psychospiritual community (from 1986 to 1994)," leaving out to mention the 2nd cult's name and location (Vancouver).

13 Retrieved comment dated 6 March 2014 on the video interview[*] with 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by US American webcast Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, posted 4. August 2011  [*]Removed upon RAM's request on 12 March 2014
See: Testimonials and words of warning by RAM's former "inner circle" Xanthyros cult builders

14 Audio interview Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Diane Bardwell Masters, US American composer, singer, Robert Augustus Masters and Diane Bardwell Masters – "Transformation Through Intimacy", MP3, presented by US American web cast The Beyond Awakening Community Blog, host Terry Patten, US American integral coach, author, minute 30:28, 1:35:25 minutes duration, aired 4. November 2010

15 "He [Bob Banner] was the sort of person willing to follow one of those trails into the arms of a group he came to consider a cult. Make that two groups that he came to consider cults: At the dawn of the nineties, feeling aimless again after a decade of publishing Critique, Banner joined Xanthyros, an intentional community in Vancouver led by a guru named Robert Augustus Masters. Critique was revamped as a New Age magazine called Sacred Fire, and Masters took it over, with Banner serving as little more than a typesetter until he left the community." Jesse Walker, US American author, United States of Paranoia. A Conspiracy Theory, Harper, 20. August 2013

16 Article Quiz: Is Your Boss a Psychopath?, presented by the monthly US American business magazine Fast Company, staff members, issue July 2005

17 "A Needed Shattering" – RAM's incomplete report on his cult history – February 2015

18 Retrieved comment dated 6 March 2014 on the video interview[*] with 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by US American webcast Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, posted 4. August 2011  [*]Removed upon RAM's request on 12 March 2014
See: Testimonials and words of warning by RAM's former "inner circle" Xanthyros cult builders

19 Audio interview Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Diane Bardwell Masters, US American composer, singer, Robert Augustus Masters and Diane Bardwell Masters – "Transformation Through Intimacy", MP3, presented by US American web cast The Beyond Awakening Community Blog, host Terry Patten, US American integral coach, author, minute 30:28, 1:35:25 minutes duration, aired 4. November 2010

20 Audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D. (*1947) Canadian psychologist, psychotherapist, cult leader of Xanthyros community, author, Spiritual Bypassing and Deep Inner Work, presented by Transformation Talk Radio, host Adam Seward, 14. February 2012, YouTube film, minute 15:44, 53:59 minutes duration, posted 29. September 2012

21 Skype video/audio interview with Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D., 081. Robert Augustus Masters, presented by Buddha at the Gas Tank. Interviews with "ordinary" spiritually awakened people, host Rick Archer, US American former TM meditator, minute 0:37:44, 1:44:47 duration, posted 4. August 2011  Note: This video interview and comment thread was removed upon RAM's express request on 12. March 2014

22 ⚡ Notes on the shadow  ♦◊♦  Robert Augustus Masters failing to walk his talk all the way

23 RAM's reference to his data of birth

24 Chart: Four basic types (raves) of humans – Human Design System

25 Founder of HDS Ra Uru Hu commented on the 12-22 channel: "They are deeply, deeply antisocial beings." (listen to the end.)

26 See RAM's references here: Robert Augustus Masters Wiki

27 See also: Four stages of relationships – Robert and Diane Masters

28 He grew grew his hair and a beard, and began wearing colorful T-shirts.

29 See Retrieved BATGAP comments disclosing the unredeemed past of cult leader R. A. Masters (Jan-March 2014)

30 Ken Wilber had been warned about the dealings of cult leaning power holder RAM via letters mailed to his office in 2007 and in 2008, to which he did not respond. In February 2014 he was updated with more recent data on RAM per email to which he privately expressed his "lip service intention" to retract from RAM by way of silently deleting the web promotion links concerning RAM. In effect, as seems to be Ken Wilber's longterm pattern in dealing with abusive gurus, he did not follow through.

31 RAM's exit from Facebook occured after he had become aware of a series of caveat discussion threads (posted in February, April-May 2015) sharing links and data about his unredeemed past.

32 Iyeshka Farmer, Canada iyeshka@iyeshka.com, Brett Butler, United States, Lauren Calderon de la Barca, Mexico City, Bridge for Health, Vancouver, Canada, Paola Ardiles, paola@bridgeforhealth.org, Rochelle Jaffe, Ashland, Saleem Berryman, Ashland, Laura Loescher, Ashland

33 Bill Kauth, Ashland bkindman@mind.net, The ManKind Project, RogueValley, United States, The Man Kind Project, United States (Regional contact lists), The Hart Centre, Australia, Julie Hart, Bernhard Guenther info@bernhardguenther.com

34 Sounds True, Inc., founder and CEO Tami Simon Contact, North Atlantic Books Contact

35 Tami Simon (*), Gay and Katie Hendricks (*/2x), Ken Wilber (*/1x), Terry Patten (*/1x), Mary Allen (*/1x)

36 Jeff Brown (3x), Jean Houston (2x), Stephen Levine (2x), Nancy Dreyfus (2x), Ian Macnaughton (2x), Katherine Woodward Thomas (2x), Saniel Bonder (2x), Donald Rothberg (2x), many of whom are associated with Tami Simon's publishing hub Sounds True, Inc.

37 Book To Be A Man (2015): Harville Hendrix About, Alan Clements, Diane Musho Hamilton, Jackson Katz, Karla McLaren, Joe Ehrmann Coach-for-America, Raphael Cushnir, Hank Wesselman, Robert K. Hall, Sarah Nicholson, Vanessa D. Fisher, John Dupuy, Anna Jedrziewski
Book Emotional Intimacy (2013): Christiane Northrup, Mark Nepo, Stan Tatkin
Book Spiritual Bypassing (2010): Stephen Batchelor, Biography, Jack Kornfield, Mariana Caplan mariana@realspirituality.com, Eliezer Sobel About, Stephen A. Diamond drstephendiamond.com, Spiritual Media Blog by Matt Welsh, Integral Options Café by William Harryman, New Consciousness Review Facebook account, Scott Kiloby
Book Meeting The Dragon (2009): See serial endorsers.
Book Tranformation Through Intimacy (2007): Arjuna Ardagh, Barry and Joyce Vissell, Marnia Robinson, Diana Daffner
Book Divine Dynamite (2006): Stanley Krippner, Jenny Wade
Book The Anatomy And Evolution of Anger (2006): John E. Nelson
Book Darkness Shining Wild (2005): Thom Hartmann thomhartmann.com, David Lukoff, Ph.D.

 

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