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Five Magic Steps


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. Steven George Hunter on September 17, 2016 at 12:28 am

    “Shake you loose”, I sure like this because it’s not as simple as voicing that you want to be free. It requires a lot of effort, but it is well worth every bit of effort. Saving for a rainy day also applies to your inner psyche (Your well being). Don’t forget to take care of it.

  2. nd on August 7, 2017 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.

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