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.
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/
It was Dr. Masters’ wish that every IMM member worldwide could have the opportunity to participate in his “Celebration of Life” memorial service. If you would like to join us in holding sacred space in tribute to Dr. Masters, the service will start in Sedona this Friday, January 22nd at 12pm Mountain Standard Time (11am PST Los Angeles | 1pm CST Chicago | 2pm EST New York | 7pm UTC London).
In addition, the service will be recorded and made available in the student Online Center of our website as a free download.
Please click here to visit Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ In Memoriam page and sign his Memory Wall.