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Fifty Ways to Get Help from God Paperback – February, 1981
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Have you read a book titled "Self-Help Stuff that Works"? I haven't, but I received an excellent excerpt in an e-mail newsletter. It talked about the technique of combating our own nonsense with "the blade of rationality". I didn't realize how important this was at first, until I tried it for a while, almost automatically. I don't agree with the author in all of his points of view, but I don't have to. Just look at these words: The blade of rationality. Look at them carefully, because I suspect they can take you to a new world. All your prejudices, all your false egotistic opinions can be struck, shaken, demolished by the blade of your own objectivity, which is wiser and more powerful than you may think.
So where does Vernon Howard enter? Once you learn to question yourself regularly, you'll have gained much. Now he's going to give you tremendous tools to tear your own falsehood all over. This is the blade, but it has become more than just the blade of rationality. This is the Blade of God. No, friend, don't take me wrong, this is not religious stuff. You need not believe in anything. What's more; it's better that you don't believe in anything, because then you can be totally ignorant, ready to receive something.
The didactic prose of Mr. Howard is amazing. It is so condensed, so short. Yet is seems like tremendous arrows to falsehood, to human pretense. God is truly willing to help you anytime, if you set aside your pretenses of being so wonderful, and allow yourself to listen. So relax and get ready for the journey. Here are several ways to get help from... God is not a belief, not an object, not an idea. Then what is God? I don't know, and probably neither you. But there's some kind of remote sensation, perhaps some far away memory, that you'll be able to... recognize...