Dr. Paul Leon Masters
January 1, 1935 – January 10, 2016
As Dr. Masters’ Teachings Are Timeless,
His “In Memoriam” Page Will Be Endless
Dr. Masters peacefully made his transition into the light on Sunday, January 10, 2016. His last few days were filled with thoughts and words of love for his students and staff, and he passed gently in his sleep.
Yet, if the mystical truth be told, everyone already exists in an after-death or astral plane. We exist there all our physical lives, from the time we take our first physical breath–and yes, even before that.
This other existence is another dimensional energy body that is a part of one of several dimensions that make up one’s beingness. To add to this mystery of one’s beingness, conscious life activity exists at every level of one’s beingness.
Passing on, or the ending of one’s physical life, is a shifting from physical awareness to astral awareness, and that already exists and has been living an existence in the afterlife or astral world…. Yes, you are many lives being lived simultaneously.
The enormity of this reality of your beingness cannot be overstated.
As Dr. Masters always wanted, we, the staff of the International Metaphysical Ministry, will continue his legacy of Love into the future. His teachings and ministry will continue through the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona, his websites, and upcoming publications. The International Convention and Graduation Ceremony taking place this May will offer formal tribute to Dr. Masters’ lifetime achievements.
It was his heartfelt wish and intention that his students and graduates continue their ministries through their loving actions and service.
And So It Is!
As appearing in the Sedona Red Rock News on January 20th 2016
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Founder and CEO of the International Metaphysical Ministry,
President of the University of Metaphysics,
and University of Sedona
Beloved teacher, counselor, mentor, friend, and Sedona resident since 2003, Paul Leon Masters, 81, passed peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Paul Masters moved to Sedona after a visit with a friend. He felt so drawn to Sedona’s beauty and power that he re-located his distance-learning metaphysical university and ministry here.[EXPAND Click to view the full obituary ] Born in Syracuse, New York and growing up in Los Angeles, California, Paul Masters had been drawn since a young boy to the mysteries of life, the universe, the mind, the soul, and the Presence of a Higher Intelligence — or God — behind creation. What he had studied in California metaphysical colleges 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 went on to achieve advanced degrees in mystical psychology and New Thought.
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 and meditation as they relate to spiritual reality and human self-betterment. Over the next several decades, he taught many new teachers and founded what would become the National Metaphysics Institute in 1965 for the ordination of new ministers. In 1976 the University of Metaphysics replaced the Institute of Parapsychology for the study of metaphysics. All during this time he was presenting public talks to packed auditoriums in the Los Angeles area, and as word spread he began offering distance learning and ministerial ordination throughout the United States. Word caught on in other countries, and in 1989, to meet the needs of this enormous growth, Dr. Masters incorporated the International Metaphysical Ministry, which is still operating today throughout the world.
After moving to Sedona, Dr. Masters founded the University of Sedona in 2003 to be in concert with the University of Metaphysics, both under the guidance of the International Metaphysical Ministry. All three organizations continue to operate here under his Board of Trustees and dedicated staff.
Having earned recognition as one of the world’s foremost teachers in the field of mystical psychology and New Thought, Dr. Masters’ contributions have been those of a trail-blazer. Both of his non-profit 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. In addition to his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree offerings at the Universities, Masters has produced hundreds of lectures that cover nearly every Metaphysical topic related to improving one’s connection to Universal or Christ-Mind Consciousness and one’s relationships — with oneself and with others.
As far as the wisdom and knowledge he has gained, Paul Masters always gave full credit to prolonged contact with the inner Universal, Christ-Mind Guidance during his experiences in higher consciousness meditation. Many other people throughout the world, from all walks of life, have been able to fulfill their inner promptings to higher spiritual understanding and awareness as a result of learning about their true inner guidance as taught by Dr. Masters.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ vision continues to live on and thrive through the dedication and commitment of his trusted staff here in Sedona and his beloved students and graduates throughout the world. A private memorial service will be held at Seventh Day Adventist church in Sedona on January 22 at noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the IMM Student Scholarship Fund c/o the University of Metaphysics at https://universityofmetaphysics.com/donation-or-tithe/[/EXPAND]
Dear Students, Graduates, and Friends,
It is with bittersweet sadness, yet also with great joy that we send out this newsletter to share Dr. Masters Memorial Service with all of you.
On a sunny Friday at noon, on January 22, we gathered to celebrate the life of Dr. Masters in a church perched upon a hill of red rocks that overlooks the glorious mountains of Sedona.
Longtime friends and devoted staff spoke and sang, paying tribute to our beloved Founder, while the same caring team that films our conventions and graduations recorded it all, so that we may share everything with you.
To again borrow a quote from the Mystical Insight that was sent out the same Sunday that Dr. Masters made his gentle transition, we present these following words of his…
Yes, you are many lives being lived simultaneously. The enormity of this reality of your beingness cannot be overstated.
One may then ask – if all this is true, what should I do?
– Live your life as you have, and God’s Presence within you will guide you.
– By meditating daily and constantly releasing the false sense of personal will and ego identity that dominates, rather than God’s Presence, a higher state of awareness will gradually begin guiding your awareness and life.
– Eventually, whether in this physical lifetime or another, we become aware of the various states of our beingness; and through the Grace of God’s Presence, we integrate all levels into a harmonious working Wholeness of Beingness.
It is not impossible – for in Absolute Truth – all that will be, already is.
Click here to view the Program
of Dr. Masters’ Memorial Service
Video of Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Memorial Service
Special thanks to Schelli and Michael from Taltos Video Productions for their photography and videography.
Slideshow of Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ Life
Please click here to visit Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ In Memoriam page and sign his Memory Wall.
Thank you for holding so steadfast to the consciousness and vision you believe in so deeply. Your invaluable work has laid the foundation for future generations in ways we cannot yet imagine.
Dr. Masters’ contributions to humanity through his dedicated and selfless service, is almost inexpressible in vocal or written terms – they were many and varied. He certainly was a Spiritual Bastion in New Thought and also a major contributor of awakening and insight to New Awareness of Consciousness and Spirituality in my own life.
K.T. (South Africa)
Dr. Masters will be in our hearts forever. He has taught us much, helped us to get on our own feet, and certainly was a true human being of high integrity and love. His sense of humor will not be forgotten. I respected him and looked up to him. This image will stay in my heart with much gratitude for what he presented to us and who he was.
Dr. Masters will be remembered for his outspoken enthusiasm and integrity to convey lasting knowledge and spiritual insights.
W.D. (United Kingdom)
What an amazing man, and remarkable legacy he leaves with us. The impact of his teachings and insights have touched so many, and will continue to do so through ongoing ministries. God Bless Dr. Masters. Thank you for a life of service to others.
My joy comes from knowing the great legacy he left among us and the sure knowledge that his energy and intelligence has been reunited with the God-mind for the next phase of his existence. I dwell in the knowledge that he is not separate from us, and that together we can continue to share the eternal truths he taught with others.
I salute him as a human being, but, equally as important, I salute him for all the work that he has done to elevate the consciousness of every life that he touched. He truly had noble intentions. And I’m certain that his work will continue to grow and make an impact on many more lives. N.R. (New York)
Dr. Masters has successfully achieved a unique an enormous role in life. He established common grounds between various religious orders and beliefs and among different cultures across the globe.
He was a very giving soul, a beacon of light and I have and will continue to value his training which has had a very deep impact on my personal life and career. While he will be sorely missed it is true, his legacy will live on. And So It Will Be!
Dr. Masters was a living breathing example of wisdom and love embodied in the human condition. It is my hope to reflect what he deposited in me as well as thousands of my classmates around the world.
More tributes to follow…
IMM Moving Forward
Message from Dean J. Selimos, Esq.
Dr. Masters may have passed away physically, but we know he has transitioned into spirit, soaring beyond our physical plane in unification with Divine Universe.
Dr. Masters was a father figure, Dr. Masters was a friend, and Dr. Masters was a teacher in metaphysics. During my 25 years of knowing Dr. Masters, his teachings and wisdom have grown to a worldwide ministry in metaphysics. In our many dialogues on many subjects, including metaphysics, he has emphasized nurturing disciples of the Spirit, the Universal Christ-Mind.
Prior to his transition into the divine spirit, he made appointments for the International Metaphysical Ministry, the parent body of the Educational University System. Those appointed are as follows:
- Rev. Michelle-Angela Behr, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, with sixteen years of experience as IMM Office Manager and Administrator.
- Dean J. Selimos, Esq., President of the International Metaphysical Ministry and Member of the Board of Directors, with twenty-five years of experience as IMM Corporate Attorney.
- Lydia L. Reineck, Ph.D., President of the University Educational Systems–the University of Metaphysics and the University of Sedona, with two years of experience as Thesis/Dissertation Professor with IMM.
- Mary E. Gladieux, Member of the Board of Directors and Office Manager, with five years of experience as Executive Assistant with IMM.
Dr. Masters has built from his decades of loyalty and devotion to the metaphysical ministry a strong and enduring foundation. The organization, with its Board of Directors, Officers, and support staff continue to work together to perpetuate the teachings of Dr. Masters’ Metaphysical Ministry into the future.
We are together in Love with Dr. Masters.
And so it is!
Message from Rev. Michelle-Angela Behr
We extend our gratitude to all our members for the outpouring of love and support we have received since Dr. Masters made his peaceful transition to a different plane of existence. He might not be with us in person, but his presence and influence continues to guide and lead us from above.
I had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Masters as the Office Manager/Administrator for 16 years and observing his commitment to ensure his teachings were affordable and made available to everybody worldwide. It was also Dr. Masters’ intention that his timeless teachings carry on for eternity.
As Dr. Masters asked, everything will continue on as before. This includes Dr. Masters’ Daily Messages, Weekly Broadcasts and Mystical Insights. The May Convention and Formal Cap and Gown Graduation Ceremony will still take place. The theme will celebrate Dr. Masters’ life, so please show your support by attending. We also have dynamic and exciting projects in the pipeline we will be unveiling during the course of the next few months.
I would speak to Dr. Masters numerous times during the day, and he would end the conversation with the words “carry on.” It is Dr. Masters’ wishes that we all “carry on.” He would often say our members are all torchbearers blazing a trail of light across the world and by living the example, they make a loving difference. In his honor, we ask that each and every one of you continue to carry your torch wherever you go.
May we all continue Dr. Masters’ legacy!
Message from Lydia L. Reineck, Ph.D.
I have been full of gratitude working with Dr. Masters and his staff, my colleagues, these two years. My background was in academia, with my doctorate in English Literature from the University of Southern California (USC), and I had taught a variety of university-level English and Humanities courses to typical undergraduates as well as working adults returning to finish their degrees, both online and in the classroom.
My interest in religion and spirituality began when I was quite young, and blossomed while pursuing my graduate degrees. Over time, a number of unexpected meetings led me to meditation courses with an advanced master from India, spiritual healing and Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapy (hands on healing with Angelic energies), each of which dramatically changed my life for the better. They furthered me along the path that I loved–experiencing the indwelling light of spirit.
After loving prayer, an opening at the University of Sedona became available, and I was interviewed and hired by Dr. Masters, for whom I felt an immediate familiarity. I was thrilled to find that for the first time, my job and my spiritual interests merged: I am working with people who have similar, mystical interests, and I am helping wonderful students who are dedicated to the inner Light Presence in their hearts and doing God’s work in the many ways they can.
It is truly an honor to be working with so many devoted, heart-centered individuals here at the University of Sedona and the University of Metaphysics. We are dedicated to continue shining the Light wherever we can.
And SO IT IS!
Message from Mary E. Gladieux
I’ve said it so many times, but it’s so true: What’s in our hearts goes out to the whole world through our amazing students and alumni.
What a privilege it is for all of us staff members to sit in these chairs and support the work of our members. We feel honored and blessed every day when we get to talk and interact with our members. We see firsthand the incredible difference you each make in bringing more light and joy to the planet.
THANK YOU. Sending our love and blessings and deepest gratitude to you all.