(from Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge by Vernon Howard)
A truth is understood only when it favourably influences what the individual does, what he is. He must not only know the truth with his mind, but must live it with his whole being. Everyone must guard against taking mental knowledge of the truth for living it out in daily behaviour. An honest glance at the actual inward condition is enough to prevent a mistake here. Speaking the phrases ‘kindly attitudes’ and ‘mental health’ is not the same as living with those qualities.
You want a way of life, not a pill to be taken when desperation dictates. You want a freely flowing day requiring no stops for pills. You don’t want just the words; you want the lasting inspiration of the music.
Inner Life Exercise
Here is a great exercise for living the Truth our heart so desires ~ from Vernon Howard’s ‘NO‘ booklet:
Notice the dozens of small and distressing decisions you must make each day. You just don’t know which way to go. It is like coming to forks and more forks along an unfamiliar path. Take any one of these small frustrations. Perhaps you don’t know whether you should go shopping today or tomorrow. Or maybe you hesitate to speak to someone about a minor problem. Here is how to break the torment. Just think it thru the best you can and then select one of the two choices. Stick absolutely and finally with this decision. Once making your choice the opposite choice will start screaming for its rights. Ignore it. Don’t let it intimidate you. Firmly tell it NO a thousand times if necessary. Let it know your decision is final. Once the opposite choice sees it has no chance it will go away and leave you alone. Use this technique several times each day. Watch how it sets you free.