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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.”

Special Spiritual Exercises

     Below are spiritual exercises and special lessons taken from classroom lectures by Vernon Howard. They are marvelous tools that can be applied to your life and will help you better understand what these teachings are
all about. Use them and gain the wonderful rewards and benefits which they can give you.

  • The Fundamental Error

         Let me give you the fundamental error. The chief error of every human being which causes every problem on earth is the individual thinking that he exists as himself. That he exists apart from other people, apart from events, apart from everything. In other words, a man’s mind starts to form when he’s young by saying, “I am I.”
         Now he backs up this false statement with false supports which say “I, in my physical body, am either magnificent or not so pretty.” It starts with that, because that’s the thing he knows mostly. And already he’s got an identity of being beautiful or being un-beautiful.
         That’s the bare beginning of it, though. He has hundreds of experiences, miserable ones, so-called triumphant ones, but every one of them he captures and puts into his little box labeled ‘me.’
         Here’s a forty-year-old man, his box is compacted and it’s like steel. This is why you can’t get anything new into that box, because it’s so hard. You can’t talk to him about anything outside of that “box of me,” because everything is referred to it, which is all he can do, because that’s all he has!
         Now here’s the chance you have — and don’t you miss it!  You have built this box up so that when someone talks to you about another kind of a life, another kind of a self, it doesn’t mean anything to you. But now you can say, “You know, part of the box was my imagination that I was happy, that I was free, that I’m learning, that I’m open minded.”
         You have to see where you might indeed be envious of someone else and stay there and suffer through to the very end of that envy. Because that means you’re still divided inside yourself. It means you still love the pain of envy more than you love Truth. And you don’t understand that yet.
         Let me give you the fundamental error once more. Remember this, never forget it, review it constantly. The chief error of every human being which causes every problem on earth, the chief error is the individual thinking that he exists as himself. That he exists all apart from other people, apart from events, apart from everything. A man’s mind starts to form when he’s young by saying, “I am I.” So, you’re hanging on to jealousy so you can say, “My I, myself is secure.” But you’re not because it’s a delusion. Give it up! Let it go! See what is on the other side of you seeking security by feeling envy.
         You will pass through a period of darkness when you determine to do that. And in that darkness, you won’t know who you are, which is exactly what you have to do. And the fear is beyond explanation. Marvelous! Do it. Stay in the darkness, not having anything to run back to at all! Stay in it and something will happen inside of you. This is all an internal experience, you know. This means that you have given up all hope, all refuge, all comfort — given up all past time. And when you have given all these up, they — being your false self — also disappear. And when you disappear, the darkness disappears. And there’s only the Light. And it isn’t your Light, is it, because you have disappeared. It is the Light of Pure Truth.

  • Who Are You Trying to Kid?
  • Spiritual Indifference
  • A Facial Exercise
  • Understand the Problem
  • Don't Die Asleep
  • Just Do It
  • A Sense of Urgency
  • The Witness Self
  • Spiritual Regeneration
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     “Thank you so very much. I love Vernon Howard. He was a great prophet that I continue to enjoy reading, watching his videos and listening to his
great sayings.
   He continues to inspire and lift our souls to the highest levels of our being. He is truly
a master in contacting the divine within to inspire us all.”

— CJL

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     “Vernon Howard was always and forever living proof that there is something else.”

— Regina N., Retired Teacher

All of the above exercises were transcribed by Sally Forrest or Regina Netherton from a class lecture.

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