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Vernon Howard and Richard Rose had very different presentation styles but in certain aspects they were closely aligned:

  • Reverse path
  • Direct confrontation of the ego
  • Emphasis on the seeker making effort, within a group setting
  • Insistence that total dedication is necessary
  • Zero tolerance for untruth

Although never really highlighted as such, a large percentage of Vernon Howard's teaching is framed in terms of the "reverse vector", i.e., confront the false and let it go, rather than postulate what truth might be and work positively toward it. He does occasionally say that a higher state exists, a state of freedom which he calls the natural Self, but he emphasizes that the higher is reached only by leaving the the lower: "You can't enter North Carolina without leaving South Carolina." And then he returns to confronting the lower.

The quotes below illustrate Mr. Howard's reverse-path and direct-confrontation attitude. They are taken from the New Life daily quote archives linked at the left. They will be updated occasionally.

"Human beings sell their soul by the minute, not by the year, not by the week but by the minute to whatever comes along."
- From a talk given 9/19/1986

Any unpleasant fact about yourself you can bear to face can be eliminated as a fact about yourself. Any unpleasant fact about yourself you cannot bear to face will continue to be a fact about yourself.
- 700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 207

You don't have to try anymore to give importance to your life. You're not going to find it!
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 902

The wise person replaces toys with medicines.
- Treasury of Positive Answers, p. 111

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.
- SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 112

Unpleasant behavior is sick behavior. If another person is unpleasant, realize that your wish for sunlight must have nothing to do with his darkness.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 476

It is entirely possible for you to live unburdened by one crisis after another.
- Psycho-Pictography, p. 74

I live and feel only my own nature. So my inner location, whatever and wherever it may be, is the only factor that determines whether I'm going to be happy or unhappy, free or chained.
- From a talk given 9/3/1988

Q: You have urged us to see ourselves as we are, not as we like to picture ourselves. What are most people like? A: Like a thermometer. Their feelings rise or fall according to the social atmosphere. Never living from themselves, they remain at the mercy of exterior events. Everything outside tells them how to feel inside. They are slaves to bad news, or an angry look, or an unex- pected change of plans. And, of course, the more a man is influenced by exterior events, the more he will angrily insist that no one tells him what to do. It is not necessary to live like a mindless thermom- eter. Any man can learn to live from himself."
- The Esoteric Path to a New Life, p. 39

If life is difficult it is simply because the person has not corrected his difficult self.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1179

Never accept the gloomy attitudes of unhappy people.
- Esoteric Mind Power, p. 63

Q: I am afraid we rarely see ourselves as others see us. A: Ah, yes. The more obnoxious the man the more he is sure that others cannot survive without his charming company.
- Treasury of Positive Answers, # 177

Never anchor yourself to anything, for only in detachment can you feel what you really want to feel.
- Inspire Yourself, p. 145

Q. How can we change unpleasant facts about ourselves? A. By seeing and accepting them as unpleasant facts.
- Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 76

We find the light only after total defeat of our attempts to deceive and outwit it.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 667

Develop sincerity by questioning your sincerity.
- Cosmic Command, # 1101

When a frantic world tries to carry you away, remind yourself that you need not go.
- 40 Inspiring Guides to a New Life

One man is the echo of the next man, both wrongly assuming they are original sources.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 56

It is just as much a mistake to feel unworthy as to feel superior, for both cling to a false sense of self.
- The Power of Esoterics, p. 167

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.
- The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, p. 110

The low world tells you what to do; the high world tells you what to learn. And when you learn you won't want to do anything that the world tells you to do any more.
- From a talk given 3/21/1987

Never try to turn failure into success; instead, try to turn your failure into understanding.
- From a talk given 4/3/1987

How much of my life is wrongly determined by external influences?
- Cosmic Command, # 911

Stop giving bothersome people false rewards and they will stop bothering you.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 881

The feeling of self-worth of every person is like an elevator, right? Your feeling of self-value goes up, stays up for a short time, plunges down again. Something favorable comes across your path and the elevator goes up. Up and down. Up and down. Always restless. Never stable, never still. Always making a racket and making movements. This a form of self-betrayal, which you have not as yet detected.
- From a talk given 4/29/1988

Anytime you are unhappy, instantly realize it is a wrong thought which is unhappy, not the essential you.
- Secrets for Higher Success, p. 163

Esoterically, slowing down is rushing forward.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 1184

There is no danger whatsoever in not knowing your psychological future, in not knowing what will happen to you. The only danger is in insistently predicting what it should be, for sooner or later your desire will smash itself to pieces against the wall of reality. To prevent this, never protect yourself against the next moment.
- Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 132

Have you noticed that you never succeed in convincing yourself that the problem is out there?
- How to Sail Smooth Seas DVD #10, Talk 4

'There is something wrong inside of me.' Stop right there. Stop right there until the responsibility is so fixed there is no way you can get out of it. You've trapped yourself and that is a marvelous thing to do because when you do that you have taken a certain amount of the right responsibility for facing a problem where it exists, inside yourself.
- How to Sail Smooth Seas DVD #10, Talk 4

When someone tells you what they are, they are telling you what they are not.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 585

The more a man neglects his own life the more he will be compelled to wrongly involve himself in the lives of others. This accounts for the neurotic reformer, the busybody, the general troublemaker. Being self-deceived he will always credit himself with noble motives. This is a good example of the wrong use of natural energy.
- Treasury of Positive Answers, # 176

The truly practical person is the one who is trying to understand and end his inner warfare.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 204

Realize that ordinary thoughts cannot contact God. This explains why past attempts to reach higher help have failed. Usual thought is filled with egotism, which blocks contact.
- 50 Ways to Get Help from God, # 28

The last thing on earth which should bother you is the sudden failure of your carefully laid plans. Do not take your plans as being you and the disruption of any plan will be as nothing to you. Your plans are not you; they only appear to be so because of that human mistake called identification.
- Esoteric Mind Power, p. 86

Anyone weary of stumbling in the dark has taken the first step toward walking in the Light.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 1406

A confused mind calls itself a clear mind, and that explains the entire human horror story.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 59

Realize that truth disturbs in order to cure.
- There is a Way Out, p. 44

Knowledge of divine nature is possible only by entering and passing through the dark tunnel of human nature. Any other way leads to self-trickery and self-isolation.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 411

Try not thinking about happiness and a purposeful life. It is possible to be happy and purposeful, but not with a hypnotized mind.
- The Power of your Supermind, p. 43

All troubled people, which is all people, must if they are going to be delivered from themselves, must make the concession that there is a force, an entity, a power that is higher than their own present nature.
- From a talk given 6/29/1988

The capacity for remembering what you must do is increased by awareness that you cannot remember.
- Cosmic Command, # 576

A sour apple tree deceives only those who admire the blossoms without tasting the fruit.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 633

We should be encouraged, not discouraged, by seeing how much work we have to do on ourselves. It means we are awakening to our actual condition, we are seeing our self-defeating attitudes. People who live in self-images of being positive and wise and pleasant see no need whatever to work on themselves, so they remain in the suffering caused by living in dreamland. The worse we see ourselves to be, the more encouraged we should be, for if you know all about darkness, you also know about dawn.
- Esoteric Mind Power, p. 84

You get more out of a _No_ from life than you do from a _Yes_.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 1682

Self-centeredness is incapable of learning a lesson from an experience, having only a wish to feel a neurotic thrill.
- Cosmic Command, # 932

One value of self-observation and self-knowledge is to see who you are _not_.
- 1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 609

Everyone wishes to receive kindly treatment, but few people see how harshly they treat themselves by living without esoteric science.
- The Power of Esoterics, p. 119

An outlaw to Truth is an in-law to pain.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 1635

It is possible for you to sincerely decide to become a new kind of human being without knowing how you are going to do it. Sincerity is independent of methods and means.
- From a talk given 3/25/1987

Make every appearance of discomfort your signal for winning insight into it.
- Cosmic Command, # 543

Write down the word _gullibility_. Look it up in the dictionary. Study it.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 978

Q: Why do I suffer so much pressure from other people? A: You wrongly give them power over you.
- The Power of your Supermind, p. 102

Honestly face your inner poverty as a means of discovering your inner wealth.
- The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, p. 166

Admiration is a terrible thing. It is division. The idea stands between you and the good life.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 993

Truth does not hurt, rather, it is our resistance to its message that causes pain.
- 40 Inspiring Guides to a New Life

Never let other people tell you who you are.
- Cosmic Command, # 1153

Living from the outer to the inner, that means that you have roving eyes and alert ears to look out at the panorama of society and wonder and hope and contrive to try to get something from the outer that will satisfy the inner.
- From a talk given 3/4/1988

Remove the dark cloud of negative thought and the guiding star of understanding brightly appears.
- A Treasury of Trueness, # 1787

Whenever troubled about something, ask yourself, "Exactly who is troubled?" Now, if this troubled person does not truly represent your real nature, could the trouble exist except in wrong thinking? No, it could not. Do not pass by this idea. Stick with it for all you are worth, for it is the secret of secrets.
- Esoteric Mind Power, p. 88

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.
- Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 138