lighthouseThe Light of Self-Honesty

Keith stated, “All of us sense the power of self-honesty.  How can we make it work for us?”

“When  a man takes an unpleasant fact about himself as a fact, and not as a hurtful criticism, it ceases to be a fact.  This is mental magic.  Suppose a deceitful man is told that he is deceitful.  He wrongly takes it as a criticism but not as a fact.  By refusing to face the fact the self-punishment of deceit must continue, such as the punishment of nervousness.  But when honestly taking it as a fact he admits self-light.  This light then reveals that deceit is self-punishing.  Seeing this, deceit vanishes of itself, for self-punishment never continues when seen as self-punishment.  Honesty is light.  Light cancels darkness.”

People who say they want help and encouragement need look nowhere else but toward their own self-honesty.

Vernon Howard, Inspire Yourself


Inner Life Exercise

from How to Tune Up Your Life by Murray Oxman

Tool 4 – Conserve Your Energy:  Energy and Light are synonymous.  In order for the Inner-Light to shine brightly we must not waste energy.  How do we waste our energy?  Through all kinds of negative feelings, negative thoughts and actions.  No matter how large or small, they rob us of vital energy.  Negativity damages our bodies and our spirits.



  1. Gina on May 30, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Vernon Howard’s writing is so clear, practical, and spiritually uplifting! What could possibly more important than learning the proper way to exist happily on this planet. He gave us everything we need to know… which is how to handle the largely misunderstood and rampant thoughts that course through us daily. Simply observe the insanity ~ in brief glimpses of our negative states – and voila, the Light has been provided as the healing medicine. Self-honesty is a Life saver! And in small doses at a time, we can handle the shock.

  2. Melodie Machovina on May 30, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great explanation and exercise. My heart knows this information to be true, I just need to stop overthinking it and let something besides my mind live my life for me.

  3. Terry Ingraham on June 6, 2020 at 8:04 am

    A fact seen completely for what it actually is, is in itself self-transformational.

    As with all of Vernon’s messages, they can be personally verified. It’s a crime
    to our own humanity not to do this.

    Thank you, Success Without Stress, for your unswerving dedication to sharing the truth.

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