Vernon Howard’s solution to making Spiritual Progress
Recently, while all alone, I sat myself down and asked a very important spiritual progress question: “How am I doing?”… looking at my life, my spirit, my relationships and my general well-being. Plainly, after being very honest with myself, I realized I had been deceiving myself concerning my personal growth. Seeing that I have been deceiving myself is progress, for now I can shake off the wrongness and find the real thing.
I then happened upon this great comment Vernon Howard made which I put into action again and again and again… with Heavenly results.
So if you feel that you are spiritually idle and are tired of carrying around your troublesome self; or even yet, if
you see that you are simply spiritually ‘stuck’, try this:
“Every spiritual step must be accompanied by the willingness and the appearance of feeling foolish. There is no escape from the prison of your old acquired self without a deliberate, consistent willingness to appear foolish before yourself and others. The willingness to appear foolish causes great, beautiful destruction. The only question that is left is this: “How fast can I go? How ingenious can I be in inventing ways to be foolish before you and myself?” You know that the reason we want to appear wise before others is because we want a picture of ourselves presented to them. Now we are going to do the exact opposite of everything we used to do.”
-Vernon Howard, A Treasury of Trueness #200
Inner Life Exercise
ROAM FREE Think of something valuable you have learned to do, perhaps a business method or when cooking. Well, learning about life is a thousand times more rewarding than these. Appreciate learning. Take a fresh and eager look at the power of learning something new about yourself. Learning is a natural need that breaks down one wall after another to let you roam as free as a stream, enjoying everything and bothered by nothing. Memorize and practice: Learn life-liberty.
Vernon Howard, Live Above this Crazy World