Excerpts and quotes for attaining the ‘Higher Life’

Identification

What is identification?  Vernon Howard explains it perfectly in Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge: IDENTIFICATION Begin today to comprehend the enormously important idea called identification.  Your understanding will sweep away a thousand difficulties in a flash. To identify means to believe that something gives you an identity of some kind.  You can identify with anything…

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How to Feel Great Every Minute

…Don’t hesitate to challenge any negative feelings you discover within yourself. That is a giant step toward their dismissal. Over many years of lecturing and counseling, I find many people hesitant to question their negative condition. They fear there may not be an answer. But we must dare to ask anything and everything, especially when…

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Live with Yourself as You Actually Are (audio)

Most of us have been brought up in society to want to feel a part of something; to belong to this or that group — giving us the sensing that our lives really matter and that we are not alone in the world. As Jiddu Krishnamurti so eloquently puts forth in this excerpt from “Freedom…

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Abandon Human Effort (audio)

A life saving excerpt by Vernon Howard, from The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power: *** Abandon Human Effort We remain weak as long as we cling to unhealthy attitudes.  What if a man bought a prize-winner steer and fed it all sorts of delicacies that he assumed the steer would like, rather than what nature decrees? …

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Break Mechanical Thinking

“Comfort is one thing, and truth another; they lead away from each other.  If you seek comfort, you may find it in an explanation, a drug or a belief; but it will be temporary, and sooner or later you will have to begin over again.  And is there such a thing as comfort?  It may…

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Win While Losing (audio)

The following is an excerpt from Murray Oxman’s book, How to Tune Up Your Life: Tool 9 — Win While Losing: This is truly one of the most wondrous and important tools you could ever undertake. It’s all about letting everyone else win. We all love to straighten other people out — tell them what…

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Soul-Searching

 If we are in a building and want to go up to the next floor, we walk over to the elevator, enter, make our request (push the “up” button), and the door closes, safely taking us up. It would be insane to stand in the middle of the lobby and make a request (nothing would…

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First Leave the Old

 Thank God and Truth for Vernon Howard, a true hero! The following is selected from Mystic Path to Cosmic Power: People don’t fail in their cosmic quest because they lack intelligence. The reason for failure can be illustrated by a case: A man living in an uncomfortable hut is told he has inherited a mansion,…

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Come Wide Awake

From the Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, by Vernon Howard, here are two simple yet profoundly great ways to change your day for the better — and the only requirement… putting your attention on them and noticing everything: Twenty Special Secrets Here are two: 1. When two people meet, the prize always goes to the…

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Death is Stalking Us

“How can anyone feel so important when we know that death is stalking us? “…The thing to do when you are impatient is turn to your left and ask advice from your death.  An immense amount of pettiness is dropped if your death makes a gesture to you, or if you catch a glimpse of…

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The Magician and the Sheep (audio)

The following is a wonderful Parable as related by PD Ouspensky (from In Search of the Miraculous) on the basis of what GI Gurdjieff said.  It is a perfect description of our human situation on Earth —   “There is an Eastern tale which speaks of a very rich magician who had a great many…

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Nothing to Fear in Fear Itself

Sometimes what we really fear is feeling afraid. In this short passage, Vernon Howard explains that there is nothing to fear in fear itself. Isn’t it marvelous to be in a place where you can be just as scared as you actually are? All those hidden suppressed tremors, shakings, looking around at the world with…

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