Founder of the International Metaphysical Ministry
University of Metaphysics and University of Sedona
As far back as he could remember, Paul Leon Masters was drawn to the mysteries of life, the universe, the mind, the soul, and the Presence of a Higher Intelligence—or God—behind creation. In his teens, he decided to pursue his interests by becoming a member of the Rosicrucians and the Mayans (similar to the Rosicrucians, but based in Texas).
A Thirst for the Mystical
What he studied caused him to thirst for more knowledge about the mystical as well as any form of psychology that had an appreciation of the mystical. He also found that what he had learned, when applied to the lives of others, seemed to help them. This led him to seek a school that had a degree program in tune with the mystical/psychological path he wished to pursue. Traditional universities, particularly in the 1950s, did not offer anything close to what he was seeking.
The Institute of Parapsychology
He kept searching until finding a nontraditional school where he could learn more about mystical teachings, as well as spiritual psychology. In 1953 he enrolled in that college, a metaphysically-oriented religious school. He graduated with a doctorate in 1959 and went on to found his own metaphysical research and teaching organization: the Institute of Parapsychology, located in Beverly Hills. Still desirous of more knowledge, he enrolled in a second metaphysical college in 1960, this time focusing on New Thought teachings. He graduated with a second doctorate three years later.
Higher Consciousness Research
A true pioneer, in subsequent decades Dr. Masters spent countless hours with thousands of people conducting higher consciousness research—all of which enormously expanded what he originally learned in the 1950s and early 1960s. He founded the National Metaphysics Institute in 1965, conducting research on the spiritual heights and potentials of mind and spirit, which produced even more information from which he could teach.
Contributions to Mystical Psychology
His contributions to the field of mystical psychology were those of a trail-blazer. Having founded the University of Metaphysics (1976), he then founded the International Metaphysical Ministry (1989) to accommodate the world-wide interest and enrollment in his courses. Five years after that, he founded the University of Sedona (2003). He deservedly earned recognition as the world’s foremost teacher of metaphysical doctors, teachers, and ministers, offering self-paced, distance learning degree programs in Holistic, New Thought, Theocentric, Transcendent, and Transpersonal Metaphysics. But the most important achievements of all Dr. Paul Masters’ efforts were the support and advancement of higher consciousness research, education, and advanced New Thought Metaphysics.
Universal God Guidance from Within
As far as the wisdom and knowledge he gained, he gave full credit to prolonged contact with the Universal God Guidance from within himself during his experiences in higher consciousness meditation. People throughout the world, from all walks of life, have similarly heard an inner calling to help themselves help others through higher spiritual understanding and awareness. They have been able to fulfill their inner promptings as a result of learning about their true inner guidance as taught in the International Metaphysical Ministry’s Universities of Sedona and Metaphysics.
Creating the World’s Largest Non-Secular and Theological Schools
Both universities have a curriculum that is strictly non-secular and theological in nature, and they have become the world’s largest schools of their kind, spanning 123 countries with over 10,000 students and graduates.
As he always wanted students and graduates to have options to continue learning and keep current with new developments in the field, the universities now offer enrolled students and graduates an opportunity to participate in postgraduate Continuing Education. He recently added three new degrees in the University of Sedona for students to consider after they have completed the main doctoral program.
In addition, the websites and newsletters continue to offer tools and resources for self-development and uplifting humanity through the archives of inspirational weekly Video Lecture Broadcasts, Daily “Improve Your Life” Audio Messages, and the Mystical Insights teachings onMetaphysical Blog.
Reaching out to Transform the World
Supporting Dr. Masters’ legacy in this endeavor is a qualified, professional administrative staff, each having had many years of experience in various aspects of the metaphysical field. Considering the dedication and experience of Dr. Masters and his staff, you will always be able to say with pride, “I received my doctoral degree from the most prominent, well respected metaphysical universities in the world—the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona.”
From its beginning in 1959, the education he has provided has produced an international alumni and student population that continues learning and teaching the higher truth of human nature, reaching out to transform the world, one by one—to a world so very much in need of it.
Dr. Masters remained committed to awarding all prospective students affordable tuition rates from scholarships funded through the continuing generosity of alumni.
Recent Interview with Dr. Paul Masters
Conducted by Dr. Cindy Paulos, from Hawaii. The interview is followed by Dr. Masters’ contribution to the new CD “Angel Blessings,” produced by Dr. Paulos, with proceeds benefiting hospices.
Be certain to listen!
In 1959, Dr. Masters opened the Institute of Parapsychology in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. The aim of the institute was to research expanded, higher states of consciousness as they relate to spiritual reality and human self-betterment. This goal was accomplished through more Eastern forms of advanced meditation together with adaptable forms of self-hypnotic techniques. He attracted a large following of students and soon had to relocate to the Hollywood area where larger space was available. During the same time period, Dr. Masters trained his first few teachers.
As a follow-up to research findings amassed in the Institute of Parapsychology, in 1963 Dr. Masters opened a meditation foundation in the Los Angeles area for study and research to focus primarily on the practices and results of meditation. Thousands of research experiences by students were recorded, and the consequential effects on their daily lives and spiritual unfoldment were noted. During this time, Dr. Masters also trained numerous meditation teachers.
In 1965, information gathered from the previous years of research, in the form of printed study materials, began to spread beyond the Southern California area to all parts of the United States. As a result of people from all parts of the country expressing excitement about learning and also teaching the spiritual truths revealed in the study materials, Dr. Masters founded the National Metaphysics Institute. In so doing, he created specific ministerial ordination programs allowing students to study metaphysics and obtain ministerial status through distance learning and home study.
Dr. Masters recorded The Voice of Meditation album which sold in large quantities in various metaphysical organizations, particularly the Unity Church, nationwide.
In 1976, Dr. Masters applied for and gained the legal right to establish the University of Metaphysics and grant non-secular bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. These degrees, up to doctoral degree specialization, were to be granted to those who had been ordained by the National Metaphysics Institute ministry and were desirous of taking more classes to develop their education. Dr. Masters began to advertise the doctoral program in various regional and national magazines related to metaphysics. As if by Divine plan, enrollments came from all over the United States, as well as the entire world.
By 1989, thousands of students from throughout the world had enrolled in the distance learning doctoral degree programs. To meet the needs of this enormous growth, Dr. Masters incorporated the International Metaphysical Ministry, which exists up to the present day.
In 1996, Dr. Masters produced 31 new meditations for The Voice of Meditation series. These 31 meditations were to answer the spiritual need of those who had requested guided meditations oriented to mystical union and transpersonal/transcendent awareness.
In 2002, Dr. Masters visited Sedona, Arizona – a place he had heard of for years as having a great deal of metaphysical activity. He had met a number of people who told him of spiritual experiences that occurred for them in the energy vortexes in the area. The spiritual energy and the inspiring beauty of Sedona, combined with inner Higher Guidance, caused him to take steps to create and establish a university there. In 2003, he founded the University of Sedona, under the same non-secular rights as the University of Metaphysics. The University of Sedona awards degrees at the doctoral level.
In 2004, in order to centralize the function of the two university programs, the University of Metaphysics was moved in its entirety (all accumulated records of thousands of students and graduates) to the Sedona area.
2005 – 2015
The University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona continue to grow, with a worldwide student population in the thousands. As he always wanted students and graduates to keep current with new developments, the universities offer enrolled students and graduates an opportunity to participate in postgraduate Continuing Education.
Dr. Masters made spiritual tools and resources, including interviews, available worldwide through his free weekly inspirational Video Lecture Broadcasts, his Daily “Improve Your Life” Audio Messages, and the Mystical Insights teachings on the Metaphysical Blog.
Dr. Masters formed a new division of the International Metaphysical Ministry called the Theocentric Life Society, dedicated to teaching others how to live a life of higher consciousness with Universal God Guidance at the center.
Dr. Masters made his gentle Transition on January 10 2016.
Dr. Masters’ vision, teachings, and legacy continue to live on and thrive through the dedication and commitment of his dedicated Board of Directors and staff here in Sedona and through his beloved students and graduates throughout the world.
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