Ideas | The Art of Peace | Maintain a Joyful Mind | Haunted House | Never Give Advice
Haunted House Revisited | Dracula? | Change | Awakening | Goodness
From birth onward, a man collects hundreds of ideas about himself as
being good or bad, wise or stupid, confident or fearful, and so on.
Through repetition, these false ideas harden into what he calls "I"
which tyrannizes his life, but he cannot see it because he has never
It is not a disaster to discover you are not the person you assumed
you were. To the contrary, it is the beginning and the end of disaster.
Experiment. How would you feel if you were neither a success or a failure?
How would you feel if you were neither popular or unwanted? Can you
conceive a way of life in which these opposing self-definitions do not
exist? There is a way, and it is a way of true life.
The new way to see the world of people and events must begin withe
the new way of seeing ourselves. Realize this! How many trouble people
do you know who have not given the slightest attention to this vital
fact. Now you know why people remain in their blurred lives. How should
you see yourself? As someone capable of self-enriching self-change.
ESOTERIC MIND POWER by Vernon Howard
The Art of Peace
The Art of Peace is medicine for a sick world. There is evil and disorder
in the world because people have forgotten that all things emanate from
one source. Return to the source and leave behind all self-centered
thoughts, petty desires, and anger. Those who are possessed with nothing
Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great
ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your
body fillied with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom
The Art of Peace (Morihei Ueshiba)
Always maintain a joyful mind
The point of this slogan is continuously to maintain joyful satisfaction.
That means, you maintain a sense of cheerfulness because you are on
a path; you are actually doing something about yourself. While most
sentient beings have no idea what should be done with themselves, at
least you have some lead on it. The idea is that whether it is a rainy
day, a sunny day, a very hot day, or a very cold day, whether you are
hungry, thirsty, very full, or very sick--you can maintain a sense of
You could say that this slogan is based on how to go about maintaining
your awareness. This kind of cheerfulness has a lot of guts. In some
sense the whole thing is ridiculously trippy. But if somebody doesn't
provide some kind of harmony, we will not be able to develop sanity
in this world at all. Somebody has to plant the seed so that sanity
can happen on this earth.
Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Chogyam Trungpa
The average person is like a haunted house with dozens of dark rooms
filled with ghosts and phantoms. These rooms are the unconscious and
unvisited parts of his inner life. The rooms are occupied by repressed
angers and terrors, by baffling voices that whisper weird and dangerous
things to him, and by strange urges and pressures that he can neither
express or dismiss. It all adds up to a life of painful chaos that he
is glad to hide from others. But since he can't hide it from himself
he suffers endlessly, never really knowing what to do.
Unknowing is unnecessary. Because Truth exists. It will teach you all
you need to know. It is a basic law that an individual must see what
is wrong with him before he can build what is right.
Have you ever noticed how often an argument runs thru your mind? It
is usually an agitated attempt to solve a problem or push away a threat.
And the only thing that results is an agitated mind unable to solve
YOUR POWER TO SAY NO by Vernon Howard
Never give advice. The ignorant won't heed it and the wise don't need
(The Washington Post)
I have never been keen on advice. I firmly believe that the best answers
for each of us are already in us. All we need to do to realize these
is to recognize them and act upon them.
It does not surprise me that people feel irritated when they hear this
much overused phrase, "Know yourself." The term has been tossed
about since the dawn of civilization and has been especially abused
over the past two decades. We are seldom told if we can do this alone,
if one needs a guide, psychiatrist, a minister or a mystic.
It is obvious that since we are far more potential than we shall ever
be able to realize, a goal of knowing oneself fully is unrealistic.
It is, at best, an ongoing process. Still, some degree of self-knowledge
is essential for survival. Since developing as a person is a lifetime
process we must risk disclosing ourselves at the moment as we are--incomplete
Loving Each Other The Challenge of Human Relationships (Leo Buscaglia)
Haunted House Revisited
What does every man want? He wants to be free from his heartache and
suffering, from his compulsive desires, from this fear of what other
people can do for him, from secret shames and guilts carried over from
past folly. He wants self-liberty. But he doesn't know where it is,
or where to find it. Still he anxiously seeks, and almost always in
the wrong places. In despair over finding the right needle in the haystack,
he doesn't even see he is searching in the wrong haystack.
He hopefully comforts himself, "Well, tomorrow will be different."
But it won't. And he knows it. He knows he will look back and find himself
in the same old despair. The only change will be in a few exterior surroundings.
But its the same old haunted house.
There is a way out! It consists of finding your true identity. It is
because we don't know who we are that we behave in the generally silly,
the often insane, the sometimes criminal ways that are characteristically
human. We are saved, we are liberated and enlightened, but perceiving
the hitherto unperceived good that is already within us, by returning
to our eternal ground and remaining where, without knowing it, we have
always been. Mystic Path to Cosmic Power
Dracula is a symbol, a representative of everything that is bad, everything
that is sneaky, everything that is evil, everything that needs to live
off of other people. You can see Dracula in action: the headlines of
war between countries, two groups of people slaughtering each other,
neighbors fighting, two people living together and spending their lives
screaming at each other. The sound you hear is only a small part of
it. They're internally screaming at each other the rest of the time.
People don't understand their own evil, their own stubbornness, their
own egotism, their own vanity. They don't understand their own ignorance,
therefore, they don't understand how they perform Dracula-like actions
and drain other people.
Think of some people you know who were at first all smiles and friendliness,
but who later turned into the monsters that they really were. (That
hit you, didn't it? Because you know people like that and you got foolishly
involved with them because you didn't know Dracula when he came along.)
In life, a weak mind is easily lured and corrupted by promises, by
false friends. Demon-possessed subhumans use wars, financial panics,
threats, scary rumors of all kinds to manipulate and wreck their human
Anyone who loves and lives with the spirit of Truth is protected day
and night from both visible and invisible wickedness.
SOLVED THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE by Vernon Howard
Change proves true on the day it is finished. For great success, it
is profitable to be upright and true; then regret disappears.
Change is symbolized by water and fire extinguishing and evaporating
each other. It proves true on the day it is finished; when the change
has happened, then it is believed. When it is civilized and pleasing,
very successful because it is right, and the change is appropriate,
the regret disappears. As heaven and earth change, the four seasons
Great people change like tigers. They have certainty without arguing,
that means their patterns are clearly evident.
Cultured people change like leopards, their patterns are intricate.
Ordinary people change their outward appearances, that means they conform
to the leaders they follow.
I CHING The Book of Change (Translated by Thomas Cleary)
A perfect method for awakening is to examine the results of our daily
actions. If they are harmful, we know we need more consciousness. Awakening
starts when we actually see our hypnosis, we are entirely different
people then we think we are. Distress is caused and felt by the artificial
self. Whatever helps us to awaken is right; whatever keeps us hypnotized
is wrong. Here are some ways to gain new strength:
Don't accept unhappiness as necessary!
Increase your self awareness.
Abandon self-defeating attitudes
Insist upon strict self-honesty
Try to understand your desires.
Refuse to sacrifice your integrity to anyone.
No longer take excitement as happiness.
Stop wasting energy in negative emotions.
Make self-change your aim in life.
Don't identify with anything.
Make self-discovery your daily hobby.
Want the truth more than anything else.
Mystic Path to Cosmic Power by Vernon Linwood Howard
The highest form of goodness is like water. Water knows how to benefit
all things without striving with them. It stays in places loathed by
all men. Therefore it comes near the Tao.
In choosing your dwelling, know how to keep to the ground.
In cultivating your mind, know how to dive in the hidden deeps.
In dealing with others, know how to be gentle and kind.
In speaking, know how to keep your words.
In governing, know how to maintain order.
In transacting business, know how to be efficient.
In making a move, know how to choose the right moment.
If you do not strive with others, you will be free from blame.
Tao Teh Ching (Lao Tzu translanted by John C.H. Wu)
Added January 9, 2003
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