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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 2

     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.

  • Remember Something You've Forgotten

         Vernon Howard gave this delightful illustration and exercise: Once upon a time a poem was written. A marvelous poem called “Recessional” written by British author Rudyard Kipling. It became immensely popular because it had a spiritual message.
         In addition, the poetry and writing are excellent. For example, there is one line that says, “God gave us  dominion over palm and pine.” The British Empire was mighty in those days, and had conquered a good part of the world from palm to pine —  “palm” representing the warm countries and “pine” the cold.
         The poem told of man’s conquest of other men. And it has this beautiful and marvelous lesson:

    Lord God of Hosts,
    be with us yet.
    Lest we forget,
    lest we forget.

         That’s the theme of the poem. We come into the world and make our petty little conquests. We set ourselves up as the conqueror of our own little home, our family, our business. This is parallel to Rudyard Kipling’s reference to the British Empire conquering and having dominion over palm and pine.
         The lesson is we’ve forgotten where we belong. The naming became the power in our lives instead of the power of remembering. Remember God? Remember who you’re supposed to be? And remember that you didn’t create yourself; therefore, you do not have and must not have responsibility for what happens to you. Wouldn’t you think that the Creator of the universe would be more qualified to take care of you than you? Then why don’t you let God do it?
         Here is an exercise to help you remember where you really belong. You’re going to have a determination to remember something you’ve forgotten. You’re going to look out at the world and you’re going to remember how many and how varied are the negative and corrupt influences that are pointed toward you and taking you over. You are to remember how negative everything is in this world. Take advertising. It’s quite appealing at times with pretty girls and apt phrases. Of course, the motive is to get your money.
         Listen to people talk. Do you hear anyone conversing on something that is of authentic value to them?
    No, they have forgotten. What we’re doing here in class is remembering that we forgot.
         We’ve forgotten what is true, what is kingly and truly permanent.
         Don’t settle another second for any impermanent life, which is all society has to offer.
         To be who you really are in essence is the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. You can come home right now. Do it.

  • What Was I About to Say
  • Bear Your Own Burdens
  • Make Up Your Own Ads
  • Getting Your Life Back
  • Never Cooperate with Anyone Who Angrily Judges You
  • You Never Have to Create Anything
  • Stay Home Psychologically
  • Review Your Day
  • Action and Reaction

     “I have been waiting all my life for the information contained in his teachings.”

— Solomon B. via e-mail

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

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