Your Five Magic Steps to Truly Victorious Living

(an excerpt from Pathways to Perfect Living by Vernon Howard)

Esoteric wisdom quickly defeats whatever now defeats you.  To gain this wisdom, let’s examine the five steps to victory:

1. The Event
2. The Disturbance
3. The Endurance
4. The Awakening
5. The Victory

Presently, you may understand only the first two steps, that is, an Event of some kind causes Disturbance.  This is the limited life of most people, which you will transcend. 

Your victorious effort begins with Endurance of the Disturbance.  What does this mean?  It means to observe the Disturbance, to stand aside and watch as it causes a nervous mind and body.  It means you do not try to escape the Disturbance with a defense or an attack; it means you don’t explain or complain or resist.  You simply watch.  Endurance means exactly that — to endure, to let yourself get shaken up without objection.  It helps to remember that what is shaking is trying to shake you loose.  It is like shaking sour fruit off a tree to make room for sweet fruit.

As you permit Endurance to have its way, something magical appears.  You begin to sense something fresh.  You begin to understand that you are not permanently connected with the Disturbance which is your awakening.  Then, Victory comes of itself.  It happens.  It is a real experience.

For instance, suppose an Event causes the Disturbance of feeling lost and empty.  By practicing Endurance, you sense an Awakening to the true nature of these feelings, which provides final Victory.  When this happens, even once, you will never  be the same again.  You have the beginning of the true view.  And with it comes the ending of agitation, like unhooking yourself from a tractor that has dragged you over bumpy ground.


Inner Life Exercise

Permit Endurance to have it’s way — something magical appears.



  1. Anonymous on February 17, 2020 at 1:45 am

    What a great revelation about the value of endurance to a given disturbance. To let it have its way and
    to acquiesce in its shaking is to consent without protest. The very acquiescence is throwing water on the fire of reaction (Awakening) allowing the ultimate Victory.

  2. Gina on February 17, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    So beautiful! And, as is always so clear in this teaching, there is nothing to do. Endurance is so powerful because it eliminates the need for a ‘doer’, opening space for pure energy ~ untainted by ‘my’ years of preferences and wrongly placed energy. When I step aside and endure whatever is, understanding comes and the heavens open up. That deep longing within now has an opportunity to reunite with the creator. My surface being wrongly thought there was something to do, and then wrongly aligned with the ensuing frustration of not being able to do. Only in the absence of me does victory exist. Glorious beyond measure!

  3. karan kumbhare on February 22, 2020 at 4:16 am

    it is the same as the concept of TRANSFORMATION OF SUFFERING in the fourth way tradition. excellent.

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