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     “There is no real happiness for those on the wrong side. The greatest pleasure in life is the security of the true side. You can vainly try to win over the world or you can nicely be over the world. Your task is to change your operating center from strained imagination to relaxed reality.”

Frequently Asked Questions

     Here are some frequently asked questions that we have heard over the years. The responses should help to give you a better understanding of these life-healing teachings. They can also clear up common confusions and misconceptions. Take them in with a receptive spirit and many mysteries will be dissolved in the light of higher understanding. The first eleven FAQs are brand new ones. (Last updated March 1, 2017)

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    Question: Why study Vernon Howard’s teachings?
    Answer: The reason to study the teachings of Vernon Howard is that they really work. They open the gateway to the higher understanding of everything we experience and will provide a new calmness and command in daily life. You will find them unlike any other teachings … but don’t take our word for it. You must keep in mind an unusual request that we’re often reminded of in New Life classes: “You don’t have to believe anything you hear or read. The proof that these principles can transform your nature is in the experiencing of them.” Only then will you really be on your way to encountering something authentic, lasting and ultimately, very satisfying.

    Question: I’m confused about what is actually good for me. My family and friends say one thing but in my heart I sense that nothing they recommend, like pursuing more activities, getting more friends or more money, is working for me.
    Answer: This sensing can be the beginning of a stunning breakthrough because a necessary stage you must go through is to realize that nothing you’ve tried up until now has worked. While there is temporary excitement, there is no deep and lasting contentment.

    Question: But how do I know if Vernon Howard’s teachings can really help me?
    Answer: You must be willing to work with the teachings to begin to enjoy their life-healing benefits. When inner willingness meets an outer truth, something rings true inside of you with a definite certainty and purity. Imagine that a friend enthusiastically recommends a movie to you. You can listen to your friend tell you about how great the movie is but until you actually see the movie yourself, you only have someone’s opinion. You then go see the film and after that, you have gained first-hand experience. You are now able to decide for yourself because you went beyond mere words.
         Vernon Howard once said that the Truth itself is a million miles above the words used to describe it. There is absolutely no substitute nor can there be any substitute for the personal witnessing of the power of Truth. And the further you go with this, the more you will learn about and experience this power for yourself.

    Question: I am upset that I am not going fast enough or far enough on this path.
    Answer: Who are you talking about? Who is not going fast enough or far enough? Always go back to the basics like the knowledge that there exists within you both a true self and a false self. It is the competitive and petty false self that feels discouraged with progress because it wants to call itself spiritually enlightened. This false nature has had its sway over our thoughts and feelings for a very, very long time and it will not give up easily. But the assurance exists that there is a true part within that wants to grow up spiritually. This part can be developed and nurtured to the point that our lives belong to it and not to the imposter.

    Question: I want to experience this liberation for myself more than anything!
    Answer: With a right intention and aim, there will be moments where you feel that something higher is present and trying to reach you. Vernon once said that an experience with God can never be taken as an experience with man. You will know and feel with certainty that you have been touched by something outside of this world.

    Question: What explains why things happen to us and why some people seem to have so many troubles and problems?
    Answer: “Level of being” explains it all. The level of being is the actual life level that a person occupies, not the level he or she claims to occupy. How much understanding a person has of human nature, his own and others, determines what happens in his or her outer life. Vernon once gave a story illustrating this principle. It was about a father at the beach with his children. He threw a stick out into the ocean numerous times and showed them that the tide always brought the stick back into shore. Whatever is put out by us comes back to us. The lesson that “The waves never lie” are words of wisdom that everyone can take out into life. A low level of being, like a life lived in interior anger and bitterness, is released into the world and will always come back to the sender. Are you beginning to see how higher knowledge can not only raise our level of understanding but can also protect us from all kinds of harm?

    Question: Nervousness is a much bigger problem for me than I had previously realized. Could you comment on this?
    Answer: Ah yes! Nervousness and all its dark buddies. Vernon said in A Treasury of Trueness #348: “The reason human beings are so jittery is that they are trying to pass counterfeit money.” And in #349: “Your single greatest cause of nervousness is your unawareness of it.” So we’re nervous because the pretender in us is faking its way through life. But amazingly, merely becoming more aware that this is what is actually happening begins to loosen its hold on us.

    Question: This warring world seems to be getting completely out of control. How can I discern truth from falsehood in this crazy atmosphere?
    Answer: Only the spirit can cut through all the deception to discern right from wrong but a beginning can be made by seeing that wild emotions want to rob us of all logic. In Treasury of Positive Answers #266, Vernon says, “Substituting emotion for pure logic is like burning a book instead of reading it.” To want to develop mental clarity, common sense and simple logic are a fine starting point in the aim to increase spiritual understanding.

    Question: In society it does seem as though things are deliberately being made ambiguous and obscure which results in producing even more agitation, confusion and fear.
    Answer: That’s a good insight. One way we’re kept slaves of our negative reactions to everything is to be so dazed and overwhelmed by what is going on that we just stay stuck in a whirlpool of base thoughts and emotions. A person tied up in psychic knots cannot decide which way to go. But the incredible news is that any destructive state can be conquered.

    Question: More and more often I seem to be overwhelmed by fearful states like anxiety and dread. I know they’re interfering with my ability to handle what comes my way in life but how do I conquer them?
    Answer: To quote Vernon, “Fear can be conquered but you must rise up against it with tremendous emotion, then settle down to study and understand the entire process of fear.” (Secrets for Higher Success,
    page 213). Studying the entire process means to study ourselves. God did not intend for fear to dominate our mental and emotional lives but in our panic to feel better, we forget all about God. The honest truth is that we are not alone here. A Higher Power is with us every step of the way if we will yield our will to it. And these teachings provide us with endless resources to understand what that means. It’s very inspiring to remember the following statement that Vernon once made in class: “God fears nothing!”

    Question: I have been reading Vernon Howard’s books, listening to his MP3 CDs and find his work to be wonderful. I’ve thought of coming to a class or banquet but just don’t seem to be able to make it. I’m resistant to taking that next step.
    Answer: How much resistance do you have when invited to participate in one of your favorite activities? Hardly any when the interest level is high. So, work to develop more and more enthusiasm for living a life of true command and not one of surrender to the impression of the moment. One day it can dawn on you that resistance in the spiritual realm is literally the choice between light and darkness. More and more you can learn that being asleep is dangerous and that you feel much better when being alert, aware and awake. When refusing a morose, apathetic sleep state, you can have the experience of being a much happier, lighter human being.
         Where New Life classes and banquets come in is to bring the choice between right and wrong into much sharper focus. Truth says it is your life and it is your choice, but also makes it clear that the rewards of choosing the higher are so refreshing and so renewing, why would you ever go back to the old, lazy way?

    Question: How can I correct my mistakes, so they aren’t continually repeated?
    Answer: Come to a full, conscious stop at the moment you see you made a mistake. Here’s an instructive example of something that occurred recently while two students were proofreading The Power of Esoterics for a new e-book publication. The men in the Southern California classes were using this book for a class, and one discovered a fairly serious mistake in one story, and it was sent to Richard by email. The proofreaders in Pagosa Springs read the same story and came to a place where they both sensed something wrong but didn’t come to a stop, just went full speed ahead reading. Sound familiar? The proofreaders received the correction email the same day they had read the story — what are the chances of that “coincidence” happening!?
         This incident illustrates what we should and should not do about an error. When we sense something wrong, when the still small voice speaks to us, we must listen and come to an immediate halt! If we ignore it and listen to contrary voices that tell us to keep moving blindly ahead, our impulsivity will get us into trouble. But if we see we didn’t stop, we can still just say “I was wrong” and now I can learn. Remember, to correct a mistake I must first see it as a mistake. “It is good to see the bad.” Don’t avoid and condemn the revelation of your mistake. The sensing of something wrong is a friend, not a foe.

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     “Vernon never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for keeping His work alive. The only thing I need to correct is my harmful thinking problem. I have rejoiced in his wisdom since 1979. Thanks again.”

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