Excerpts and quotes for attaining the ‘Higher Life’

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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Total Attention – Breaking Images

When talking to a friend, I noticed I was forming a screen of words between us. I was not really seeing her or even looking at her face in front of me. Rather, I was only seeing an image I had. Obviously this is no way to relate to another person. In his book Freedom…

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Happiness Itself

The first time I read a Vernon Howard book, I felt a load of bricks come off my back. I kept the book with me, and the moment I felt the slightest tugging of anxiety, I would refer to it and it never failed to set me on course in the right direction. I can’t…

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Attract The Light

If I go out to my garden and plant a tiny tomato seed, that seed, if I take care of it and protect it, will grow into a huge plant that will produce abundant fruit. It will become something very different than that mere tiny seed that I started with. It’s the same with self-discovery…

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Now is New

Let the following excerpt by Vernon Howard serve as a reminder of the beauty and practicality of awareness and presence. Nothing could be more inspiring and joyful. From my favorite book, “The Power of Your Supermind”. “How would you feel if this were the very first day of your life? That’s the whole idea! You…

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What is Thought

What is Thought While I was reading a book this morning, the mind began adding money that was in my wallet. Sounds funny, but what was really going on? Here I am reading information that will supposedly make my life better, yet there is a distraction preventing me from attending to what it is I…

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The Magic Power of Wonderment

I’m so excited and inspired by this wonderful book by Vernon Howard, The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power. Here is another marvelous chapter; so plum full of good cheer and practical wisdom that any honest seeker will be moved with a new brightness and purpose for their day. The Magic Power of Wonderment A man…

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