Excerpts and quotes for attaining the ‘Higher Life’

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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When You Don’t Know What to Do

Excerpts from Mystic Path to Cosmic Power by Vernon Howard “What questions are asked most often by seekers?” “People ask how to be free, how to work on themselves. People want to know how to proceed.” “And the answer?” “There are many excellent techniques. An individual can choose those best suited to his own taste.…

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Put an End to Your Suffering

Put an End to Your Suffering Vernon Howard (an excerpt from a 1980 interview) Want to hear something different? Think very carefully and very deeply of what it means to face yourself inwardly until it hurts. Where am I, where are you, where is someone else hiding something inside; hiding it inwardly while outwardly pretending…

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Awareness of Unawareness is Awareness

Sometimes it takes a while to see that there is nothing I can add to myself to make me more aware and conscious. But if I watch myself in action, without condemning or judging, I may find I’m asleep most of the time. Krishnamurti gives a great example of this. “Can you practice awareness? If…

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Individuality

I love this excerpt from Murray Oxman’s insightful best seller, How to Read People Like a Book: Individuality: Once upon a time there was a flock of sheep grazing on a beautiful hillside of dark green grass in Utah. One fine day one of the newly matured male sheep looked about and noticed that all…

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Sign a Peace Treaty

  Here’s a snippet of a talk by Vernon Howard on  4/20/1986: “Just don’t love war anymore. You’re all engaged in it, and you know what warfare is. It’s attacking, it’s an attempt to hurt, injure and kill, and it’s getting wounded in return. You are engaged in violent inner warfare. This warfare consists of any…

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Arouse Yourself to Lose

Arouse Yourself to Lose  (Vernon Howard) REJOICE everytime someone passes you, gets the advancement, the romance. REJOICE every time they pass you up, until you are in last place. And stay there until you see you should have done it years ago. NO MORE WINNING, only conscious losing…. of all your false values. DON’T BELIEVE…

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