Vernon Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

Howard, fully Vernon Linwood Howard

American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher

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Self-development begins where self-righteousness ends.

The greatest day in your life is when you hear the voice of God.

The noble aim supplies the practical how.

The truth inspires because it connects what is real in you with what is real in the universe.

Those who imagine they understand themselves do not want to hear anything that scares their imagination.

Truth is delighted to give us an abundance of rich gifts, but our cherished ignorance prevents our reception.

We are slaves to whatever we don’t understand.

What exactly is suffering? Our pains are caused by our wrong viewpoints toward things. The false self throws up an imaginary picture of how it insists things should be. And every time this 'should be' clashes with what actually happens, we react painfully. The problem is not what actually happens, but our demands that something else should happen. Don't take my word for this; experiment for yourself.

Where did you ever get the notion that the spiritual rules are your enemy? The enemy in you calls them an enemy. The simple action of yielding to rightness when you don't want to yield will make you a skilled locator of lost parts inside of you.

Self-honesty coupled with self-investigation will bring you to self-healing.

The Higher Feeling comes faintly at first like a dimly remembered dream.

The only activities of true value are those which aim at inner transformation.

The two shallow substitutes which people unconsciously take as happiness are activity and acquisition.

Thoughts go out and seek what is identical to them.

Truth is exceedingly close, comforting and strong. Now isn't that a delightful thought to think about. Since Truth is close and strong, why are you weak? See Truth says something to you. It says, I want you to know that when you tremble, I don't tremble. If you were to bring yourself back to where you should be internally, you would be right with Truth. It would be your comfort. You need nothing else on earth.

We burden ourselves with useless ideas which we carelessly take as facts. Instead of letting reality come as a new surprise, we insist that it conform to our habitual concepts, and thus, we spoil everything.

What it can do is to conquer the universe.

Whether a person is aware of it or not, he is assaulted constantly by misleading and hostile voices within the mind. They speak both through you and to you. Everyone is their target, but because of their extreme cunning, few people ever detect and dismiss them. So the only problem is a lack of information about these foreign voices. The curing facts are as close as your desire for them. It is extremely important for you to remember the following truth: these hurtful voices are not you, and they do not belong to you, but merely speak through your psychic system. Don’t take them as being your own voices, any more than you take radio voices as being your own. They simply use unaware human beings. Your true nature has nothing to do with them. When finally dismissing these sinister speakers you make room for spiritual health and true life.

Self-ignorance is the only crime and punishment.

The individual has had a problem only with his own wrong thinking toward love.

The only difference in sleeping people is the way they snore.

The whole problem is to get an unaware person to see that he is unaware, which is not easy. How can he see what he will not see? But there are ways, and one of them is to listen to the lesson of suffering. But even this lesson is resisted, for people love their pains in preference to reality. This is because they have not as yet tasted freedom. An animal accustomed to the confining comforts of his cage will fear the open spaces, and will snap at whoever tries to force him out.

To be like the light we must be in the light.

Truth is not a matter of personal viewpoint.

We can accept God becoming man to save man, but not man becoming god to save himself.

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American Spiritual Teacher, Author and Philosopher