Vernon Linwood Howard was an American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher. He 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.