Lights Along the Mystic Path

If we are stressed out and unhappy, it is because we are not living from our True Self.
Ponder these helpful ideas from Vernon Howard’s book  Cosmic Command to discover what has been waiting for us all along.


A wise plan for knowing who you are is to first discover who you are not, and you are not your acquired self-descriptions.

Lose false identity and win true life.

To be free of yourself really means to be free of every acquired and unconscious notion you have about yourself.

The less a man knows who he really is, the more he will frantically describe himself.

Never let anyone tell you who you are.

No one feels right with his imaginary identity.

The pain of not knowing who you are is ended by seeing you need not be anyone at all.

One’s real identity is not that either of an evil or good person, but is an unlabeled expression of the Cosmic Whole.

Our true identity as part of the Cosmic Whole has no need for protection or promotion.


Inner-Life Exercise

Express even a faint wish to leave the lower and it will attract aid from the higher.



  1. Gina on May 14, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Just reading these beautiful Truths this morning has lightened my spirit to that of a feather!! That such a sense of relief can be experienced, is an inspiration I want to continue with every moment of every day. ‘An unlabeled expression of the Cosmic Whole” ~ that is all I want to be today. A Universe of thanks to Vernon Howard !!

  2. Steve on May 17, 2019 at 12:31 am

    When I was much younger I was ready to describe myself, if anybody asked me, I had rehearsed what I would say. I liked that they asked, but because my answers came from whom I thought I should be and not really who I was, I didn’t want them to keep questioning me about myself. I knew unconsciously, down deep, I was on shaky ground. Why, because they were just words with no reality to back them up. I was putting on a show that I wanted to believe and hopefully they would believed. The whole mess was utter nonsense. The realty is; “Our true identity as part of the Cosmic Whole has no need for protection or promotion.”
    What a huge relief to drop the whole self mess.

    • Terry Ingraham on June 21, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Well put, Steve, our entire past before any self-work was a series of repeated mechanical rehearsals. Yep, the best thing we can do is to ‘drop the whole self mess’!

      • Steve on June 22, 2019 at 12:59 pm

        Attempting to be Mr. Wonderful has caused me nothing but griefs…”It” never delivered the peace “it” promised, instead it continued and said; “Your almost there, peace & rest are around the next corner or in the attainment of a new desire. 10,000 lies. Learning to give up the “self” is very healthy for whom I really am.

  3. Leo on May 17, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks goodness I am not my acquired self-descriptions. The more I can remember this the better!

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