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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.

  • I Can't Help Myself

         You know that at certain times a cry of desperation surges from you. That cry is, “I can’t help myself!” How many times do you unknowingly make that shout? It becomes such a chronic pressure within you that the only feeling of relief you can get is to shout out, “I can’t help myself!”
         That’s absolutely right. You can’t help yourself to be clear minded or make yourself to act kindly and logically. Continue to express the same truth, but without a volcanic eruption.
         You now cry out when you do something foolish, harmful to someone. You feel shame, regret, in despair over your lack of self-control. You tell yourself you can’t help yourself. The statement is honest, but the emotion is a fake. There’s no need ever again to say frantically, wildly, with hot feelings, or to emotionally scream out, “I just can’t help myself!”
         There is a need for you to catch that thief in the night in your unconscious parts. The thief that is trying to add something to what is originally a truthful statement of fact. What is more factual than knowing that you never ever have been able to help yourself? “After hurting those people, I felt sorry for what I did. I’m always blowing up, saying the wrong things.” Honesty unexpectedly burst out, but you have added your fiery words and inner states. It’s unnecessary, therefore a falsehood to your original honesty. Had you taken the statement “I can’t help myself” with a scientific attitude, you could have taken a million spiritual dollars from it.
         When you catch yourself bursting out with what is basically true, keep the declaration pure. You made the error of being afraid of your honesty, “I can’t control myself, I’m wild! What’s going to happen to me now? I don’t want to be left alone with the fact that I’m lost, an exploding volcano, and always have been.”
         By adding fear you have prevented yourself from knowing the actual answer, so the intellect, with its awful antics, supplies you with emotion, nervous reactions, a cover-up. It is too much for you. So, if you don’t confront that awful fact, the alternative is to run away. That appears to solve the problem that you’re running wild and don’t know how to run controlled. You have not solved the problem.
         By adding fear, you have prevented yourself from knowing the actual answer to the seen fact that you’re out of control. You were face to face with your contradiction, afraid that you won’t be able to correct the condition, so the intellect supplies you with emotion, with nervous reactions. It’s too much. You cover it up.
         The alternative is to run away, confront the problem or run away. You’ve covered up the horror of your actual state; you didn’t solve the problem. The barrel of trash is still there, but you can turn on the TV set, or go to a party. That trash is going to go with you, and you won’t be able to get away from it intruding into your mind.
         We’ll go into the answer. That burst of intellectual honesty could have led you to having control of yourself. When you isolate that statement, “I can’t help myself,” and don’t add anything else, you’re in a new crisis, thank heaven — honorable honesty. The ‘else’ is everything that you have permitted to add, like the hitchhiker of fear that you won’t be able to think well of yourself if you face purely the fact that you’re out of control. If you think well of yourself, and you have a bad self, guess who’s caught in the contradiction.
         What I think of myself if it is either flattering or critical, both are untrue. You are never anything good or bad. There is a clear seeing of badness without identification, without saying “I can’t help myself.” There’s a clear spiritual way. That’s what we’re after.
         You are living from self-pictures of being good. “I’ll pick up that ragged looking man by the road.” Now you’ve got all those images of being a generous kindly motorist — the stage of a man or a woman who is living only from self-pictures of being good, of being religious, of being nice....
         You free yourself of the burdens in your car by knowing that they are psychic parasites and freeloaders. You stop your car, get out, open each door, and gesture to the hitchhikers to [get out].   
         A spiritual law will be done in a spirit of absolute authority so overwhelming none of those several now unwanted hitchhikers will have the smallest bit of power to resist, to argue or to say “no.” There was a storm of enlightenment in which you could see, so they had to obey, get out.
         Silent, spiritual goodness has conquered mechanical evil. But in a state of ignorance with those derelicts, we didn’t know we were in danger. Ignorance of true life is perilous.
         Exercise:
         It is true that you can’t help yourself. Quietly, and I mean this literally, practice quietly saying, “I can’t help myself.” Say it as a fact. Don’t add anything else.
         That pure honesty will grow. You’ll find yourself ordering all those extra weights to get out of your car, your life. And you will feel it! This is the beauty of spiritual advancement. You feel yourself being lighter. Your mind is definitely coming under your control.
         I can’t help myself is a fact. Remember just that, and on the other side is authentic help in which you can help yourself because the help is coming straight from Heaven.

  • Save Me from Myself
  • Breathing Exercise
  • 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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