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     “There is no real happiness for those on the wrong side. The greatest pleasure in life is the security of the true side. You can vainly try to win over the world or you can nicely be over the world. Your task is to change your operating center from strained imagination to relaxed reality.”

Monthly Lessons Archive 2014

  • January 2014

         I’m going to give you a very profound spiritual fact. Any spiritual student who has a crisis – something jumps up and attacks him, something hurts or disappoints him or her – if that individual will not become a ‘remark shark’ and tell everybody else about it – if that individual with the critical news will just stand there and suffer, but knowingly, the suffering will dissipate, fall into pieces and disappear.
         You’ve never done that. You’re so impulsive, so quick to say something trying to get the nervousness out of your system that you keep the pain rather than getting rid of it. You do the wrong thing with that bad news [your problem] which is to pass it on, put it on the shoulders of someone else and then run away to the next person to burden, and the next, and the next. The whole world lives this way. Tell me someone who doesn’t.
         You’re here to be unique. You’re here to be someone who in the moment of the crisis, decides to do something different with it. You decide to remember that where there is pure pain, you so well understand that there is [only] pure pain that you know it is useless to try to do anything about it because the pain and the perplexity is all there is. There’s only confusion, there’s only horror and who’s going to do something good about that?
         Application time: Do good hard work with this. You’re to inform yourself that, as a sincere soldier in the army of heaven, you are going to stop your destructive self-deceit as it begins to verbalize itself when you talk to someone else. You are not going to unload your junk onto them and into their minds.
         The motive for doing that is that you want everlasting life, something more than this very impermanent life. You want to find out what’s really permanent. That’s why you should do it, but you don’t understand that yet. You still want you to be permanent and it’s absolutely impossible. It can’t be done.
         Why are you trying to do the impossible when you can do the possible, when you can understand this lesson? Be an alert conversationalist when talking with anyone. Notice the moment you begin to go into contagious dreadful dread, trying to relieve your tension by pouring it off onto the back of someone else. You will know you are about to do it by coming wide awake, and then let your request be known to heaven. “God let your way be my way.” You will do that twenty thousand times if it is necessary. You will do it!
         After 20,001 times the dawn will begin to break in your mind and you will know stronger and stronger, as the spiritual sun comes up, you will be so grateful, so glad that you listened in spite of yourself. There’s no enemy in the whole universe that you have to conquer except your own unseen resistance to a God who wants you to be saved. You’re not saved. You’re lost. I assure you that truth is trying to get through to you and all you do is argue. You can’t run away anymore. You have to just stay and suffer until it bursts itself apart. You have to understand that is the only course of authentic self-liberation and authentic happiness.

         If you will ask God himself to reveal your inner nature to yourself — the shocking facts — then after the shocking facts comes the marvelous healing. There is no other order. Liars shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. You don’t have to be afraid of what you see. Be correction minded. Ask God to be the power behind the correction.

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  • December 2014

     “Over the last 14 years Vernon Howard’s books, booklets, daily quotes and newsletters have been the only sources of sustenance that have endured over all other material that has come and gone over the years. When I’ve become discouraged or bored with other material I always find myself coming back to VH’s works and I always find something that inspires me to uncover more truth.”

— Lady from Texas via e-mail

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