(by Vernon Howard)

Knowledge about how to work on yourself is necessary.  It provides a compass that guides us safely into the unknown territory of our minds.  Equally important is applying what we learn to our everyday life.  When we work simultaneously on both, we find there is no choice but to give up.  You could say we fall into a tender trap.  One of the most challenging situations we face is: ‘Always wanting to be right’.  So often we are easily offended if anyone questions or even slightly challenges our position.  This exercise may be the hardest, but quickest way to having a free spirit.  Test it out and see for yourself.

eagleArouse Yourself to Lose

REJOICE every time someone passes you, gets the advancement, the romance.  REJOICE every time they pass you up, until you are in last place.  And stay there until you see you should have done it years ago.

NO MORE WINNING, only conscious losing….of all your false values.

DON’T BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.  Allow yourself to lose!  Never mind the resistance (such as, “Where is the next race?”  There is none!  That is Heaven!)

BE PASSIVE.  No ego victories.  No wanting attention.  No aggressive putting forth of YOUR ideas, views, opinions.

LET THE DEFEAT BE COMPLETE.  Defeated!….Humiliated!….Broken-spirited!…Sick!….Crushed!….

That is the Grand Experience! – Exhilarating! – Don’t goof it!



  1. Melodie Machovina on March 18, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Wow! Great reminder! I’m always amazed about how simple the work is, but it does take a lot of courage to do it. But be courageous even if you’re scared!

  2. Lisa Hunter on April 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    The mind will never be able to explain this miracle. It must be experienced to understand. Dare to be a door mat. It wont kill you! 🙂

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