Rule Your World!Finding Freedom & Living
Audio Course Instructions
ACTING ON THE COURSE MATERIAL
1. This entire course represents
an integrated philosophy that is one whole concept. It has to be presented
in pieces. And it's even better presented in pieces. This means certain
points will be presented pending counterpoints to come further in the
course. Withhold making any great application of this material, even if it
makes complete sense to you, until the course is completed. If itís a
point you've been using all your life then thatís something else. But if
it's a new point, I do suggest that you hold off a little bit. In other
words, try out the ideas in small applications and see how they work for
you. But save any major steps until the entire concept has been presented.
2. After session three, one person
suggested that my view of reality is that it is bad, and you should build
a wall around yourself and isolate yourself from the world. I'm not going
to take the course to that conclusion. But Iím anxious that we start from
zero - expecting no more from reality than it has to give. It wonít do you
any good to think there's more that you can get out of reality than
exists. But once having recognized what is there and what you can work
with, you won't waste your resources trying to do what can never be done.
I will turn the course around entirely at some point to the positive, and
start demonstrating many of the ways that this understanding can be used
to your advantage to immediate profit. But in the meantime, I will spend
time tearing down what I feel to be misconceptions and building ways of
replacement right off the bat.
COMMUNICATION THROUGHOUT THE COURSE
1. We are dealing with a very
imprecise science of communication. I employ every worthwhile technique
that I know to make it as easy for you to know exactly what I'm saying.
But all the techniques that I know on this subject still are not nearly
enough. I can not communicate precisely what I'm thinking in each case.
That means to profit from the course youíll have to work a bit to overcome
my inefficiencies in transmission. It isn't enough that I define my words.
Because if I've defined a word that is in any way different from the way
you've been using it before - it means every time I use it you have to
make a translation. I recognize thatís not easy. So I try to make the
definitions as close to the general usage of the word. But still, by the
very act of defining the word, I'm going to use it in a little different
way probably than you would define it. But I can not talk to each
individual in the sense of your own vocabulary. The only common vocabulary
we can use is the one I think that will aid us the most in communication.
But it does have to be one vocabulary because of the nature of this kind
2. I may say something that
triggers an emotional response or reaction in you because of experiences
you've had in the past. And this might cause you to miss something that
could possibly be useful to you. It's easy enough for ones mind to wander
during a lecture either because the lecture is not interesting, or because
in fact it's so interesting that it triggers interesting thoughts in your
mind that you want to take down while you're thinking about them. Either
way, the more you can concentrate on what is being said during the session
the more you can profit from the course.
3. Keep a notepad handy and as
something occurs to you make a note. Then force your mind back on the
4. I have found that in attending
lectures in the past, many thoughts of business value have occurred to me
just from the mental stimulation of a lecture that had nothing to do with
business. But the principle suddenly triggered an application in my mind
of an entirely different nature. Try to compel yourself to stay on the
track. Simply recognize the triggering process when it takes place.
5. If I say something that causes
you to resent me or what Iíve said, recognize what's taking place and make
a note. Then deal with it later. But right now be sure to get the
practical application of the philosophy.
6. After the lecture is over, take
off mentally in every direction that has occurred to you during the
session. Look at your notes and see what you want to challenge and think
about them. Then take the rest of the notes and begin to follow all of the
ideas to their logical conclusion.
HEARING THE COURSE OUT OF CONTEXT
If anything you hear in this
course sounds authoritarian, you must have heard it out of context -
meaning you probably missed what came immediately before or afterward.
There isn't anything authoritative in this course because I refuse to
accept such authority. Whatever I say that you choose to accept can only
be because you searched your experience, and what is self-evident to you
and your present perception, and found that it
matches the truth as you see it. When you
come right down to it, you can't really learn anything from me or from
anyone else. But you can be stimulated in ways that will make it easier
for you to find the truth, and you can receive suggestions to shortcut the
truth seeking process.
MAKING THIS COURSE VALUABLE
1. Go over the course lesson by
lesson. Ask yourself what your attitude is. Determine it for sure. You may
want to take several days thinking over all the ramifications of a single
part. But make sure that it is your attitude you're coming
to. And determine that attitude once and for all on each of these points.
2. Write down your findings. The
fact that you're writing it down doesn't mean it's the final and complete
truth forever. It can be improved upon. But youíll always have this
previous statement as a minimum upon which to build and add new insights.
But writing it down will clarify it for you - make it much more a firm
part of your own understanding.
3. Look over your points at
random. Organize them into general subject areas. See how much you can
generalize upon this mass of information. Create general rules that sum up
many points in one single rule. (The limit of your generalization should
always be the absolute truth as you see it - meaning that you never
generalize beyond the point where exceptions come in. Any generalization
should be complete in and of itself - not including any exceptions.)
4. Go over your notes periodically
to remind yourself. Review them and improve upon them.
5. Six months from now set the
notes aside completely (don't throw them away) and start all over again
from zero. See if this produces any new conclusions for you.
Tip: This is an excellent joint
project if you have a spouse. (Each one acting for himself with his own
nature.) Joint discussions can materially improve your abilities to
articulate your ideas and make them more meaningful. But don't feel that
you have to come to the same answer on every subject. Obviously, the more
you do the merrier. But it doesn't have to be that way. (I think it is
especially helpful if you take a certain time each week to do this. I
think it has a healthy affect on relationships in general.)
NOTE: "If all this seems to be a
lot of trouble - don't you really think that it's a small enough
investment for what is at stake which, of course, is your life and your
HARRY'S SUGGESTED GOALS
1. Work toward simplicity in your
life by reducing the elements to those having the most relevance.
2. Take on complications in your life only one at a time.
3. Make sure thereís time every week to do with whatever you want
without preconceived commitments.
1) This 20-CD course includes
brief question-and-answer periods after each session. A few of the
questions are difficult to hear, but Harry's answers are worth taking the
time to listen.
2) This course preceded Harry's
1973 book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, a
self-help book that shows individuals how to take responsibility for their
own lives. Considered by many people to be a modern classic, this book
remains in demand three decades after its first publication. Itís
HARRY BROWNE DEFINITIONS
APPROVAL: A progress report saying that you are doing
the right thing.
CODE OF CONDUCT: Method by which maximum happiness can
COMPETITION: The process in which market elements are
rearranged to bring about the ideal state - meaning maximum happiness.
CONTROL: Ability to impose a predictable cause and
COURT SYSTEM: An unnecessary attempt to inflict
manmade justice upon the natural justice that exists.
The act of choosing the most
happiness with the existing resources
EFFICIENCY: Ratio of happiness produced to resources
EMOTION: Uncontrolled feeling.
EQUILIBRIUM: The mythical ideal market state where
demand and supply are in absolute harmony.
FORCE & COERCION: Physical contact with another person
or his property for the
purpose of frustrating the other person's desire.
FREE SOCIETY: A society in which no government exists
in which coercion would be outlawed.
FREEDOM: The opportunity to act upon ones morality.
HAPPINESS: Mental feeling of well being.
HOPE: Having a vested interest in something beyond
INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM NOT SOCIETAL FREEDOM: This is the
only type of freedom.
INDIVIDUALIST: One who has had the courage to inspect
his own mind to determine for himself the nature of life.
JEALOUSY: The belief that another individual's
attraction is a threat to ones happiness.
LAW OF HUMAN NATURE: All individuals seek happiness.
LAWS OF NATURE: Systems upon which reality operates.
LIKE: To consider an object as a source for happiness.
LOSS: The decrease in happiness by replacing one
situation by another.
MARITAL ARRANGEMENTS: Physical decisions that are made
in order to enhance
the value of the marriage.
MARKETING: Locating those individuals with the proper
profit motive and demonstrating to them that your product or service will
satisfy that profit motive. It is not an attempt to change the desires,
natures, or profit motives of other human beings.
MARRIAGE: A state of mind on both partyís parts, and
the mutual recognition of romantic love between two individuals.
MIRACLE: Any event not fully explainable by present
MORALITY: The code of conduct the individual believes
will bring him maximum happiness.
OBJECTIVE YOU: The individual who is outside yourself
judging you from your standards because his standards are so close to
OPEN-MINDEDNESS: You consider new knowledge that comes
your way and integrate it into what you know.
PHYSICAL SENSITIVITY: When an individual touches you,
you experience something far different from when your brother or sister
POWER: Unobstructed resources such as time, energy,
knowledge, property, etc.
PRINCIPLE: A statement accepted as an unchanging fact
PROFIT: Increase in happiness by replacing one
situation by another.
PROPERTY: That which the individual can keep or
RATIONAL: That which is understandable and
REALITY: The fixed nature of that which affects you
and your life in any possible way.
ROMANCE: The "objective you" plus "physical
sensitivity" resulting from a sharing of principles and values.
ROMANTIC: That which exists but is not completely
understandable about the relationship.
ROMANTIC LOVE: The desire to devote oneself to one
other individual on a romantically explicit basis.
SECRET OF SUCCESS: Find out what people want and help
them get it.
SELF-ESTEEM: Individual satisfaction with his own
progress towards happiness.
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE: Total and complete act of
consumption is the act of love. A person consumes and does not produce.
SINGLE-MINDEDNESS: The state of mind that an
individual has once he has made
a clear cut decision with regard to reality and the price he has to pay
without spending resources.
STATE/GOVERNMENT: Any human entity that is more
powerful than you.
TAXES: Property taken without the consent of the
UNHAPPINESS: Mental feeling of discomfort.
VALUE: Degree of happiness you expect to receive.
WISH: Try to make reality other than what it is and
conform to your desires.
WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS: The desire for something other
than what you chose.