“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” – Vernon Howard
About Vernon Howard
Vernon Linwood Howard (March 16, 1918 – August 23, 1992) was an American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher. Howard was born near Haverhill, Massachusetts and began his writing career in the 1940s as an author of humor and children’s books. He began speaking on the principles of personal development in the late 1950s while living in southern California. In the 1960s, he began writing books that focused on spiritual and psychological growth. These writings emphasized the importance and practice of self-awareness. By the early 1970s, he had moved to Boulder City, Nevada and had begun teaching spiritual development classes after being contacted by numerous individuals interested in his writings.
He taught that there is a way out of suffering, and advocated self-honesty, persistence, the study and application of spiritual principles, and a sincere desire for inner change, according to Psycho-Pictography (page 34). He explained that a new and higher inner life is found through releasing the negative conditioned ego, which he described as the “false self”. He asserted that this new life can only be found through awareness, and that the human ego is a barrier to this awareness. Thus, he taught that inner liberation is a ridding process, and that the false self is a fictitious collection of self-images or pictures about who we think we are (Psycho-Pictography, page 33).
In 1979, Howard founded the non-profit learning center New Life Foundation, where he continued to teach until his death in 1992. After Howard’s death, several non-profit Foundations were established as a result of his many years of teaching.
(Source – Wikipedia)