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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 seven FAQs are brand new ones. (Last updated September 1, 2018)

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    Question: I have a desire to turn toward something higher but seem mired in old reactions and feelings of disappointment and regret. What will help me to remember this right aim?
    Answer: Just this morning I walked outside to the garden and noticed a group of sunflowers I hadn’t seen before. Every one of them was turned toward the rising sun. What an encouraging view to brighten my day and my outlook. It reminded me that spiritually speaking, the rising sun and all it represents is ever-present. In a world of fleeting, temporary thrills followed by frustrating setbacks, the sun-nature is patiently and quietly waiting for a student on the path to change direction in order to receive its warmth, energy and vitality. However, the wish to turn in a new direction cannot be separated from a continual willingness to turn away from what is hurting us.

    Question: The picture of the sunflowers naturally turning toward the light really appeals to me, but I doubt my own ability to do the same.
    Answer: The only thing that blocks us from understanding all of this is lack of receptivity and unconscious resistance to what we’re hearing. The entity that doubts your God-given right to live a trouble-free life is the same one clinging to the false feeling of life created by immersion in disappointment, regret or any other bad feeling. In complete contrast, a life dedicated to the superior and exceptional force of truth is exactly the same as a life dedicated to our own real happiness. When the force above occupies our inner space, there is no room for lowness. Our inner home will be as clear and as refreshed as a beautiful mountain landscape after a cleansing rain.

    Question: Recently, my neighbor and I had a strong disagreement. The experience upset me, and I became aware that I subsequently wanted to avoid him. I knew this feeling was not coming from a position of inner strength but was based in hostility and fear.
    Answer: Depending upon the circumstances, wisdom can reside in either approaching or cutting off contact with the neighbor, but the crucial point is the strength of your wish to be free from your own cringing reaction to the encounter. How much do you really want to stop vibrating to your own loss of control and to someone else’s negative atmosphere?

    Question: You know, there is something in me that longs for freedom from all the negativity.
    Answer: Then get very serious and honestly ask yourself, “Do I really want to continue to be controlled by these underground fears and shakings or do I want to calmly command every situation I’m faced with?” One problem is that the reaction is lightning-fast, isn’t it? It comes up in a nanosecond. But do you know what? Because Truth doesn’t exist in time, it is quicker than the downward pressure of the familiar response. Slowing down the freight train of clattering thoughts and feelings is an effective way of inviting something higher in that can handle what the old nature can’t handle. A deliberate effort to slow down creates self-awareness which puts distance between the challenge and the self-defeating reply. This is how spiritual memory, the ability to remember these lessons in the moment, is developed.

    Question: Something in me senses the importance of the idea that men and women are occupied by two selves, a False Self and a True Self, but I can’t quite grasp its full meaning.
    Answer: Know that this is much more than a just a compelling idea, it’s a reality. The False Self, which embodies personal egotism, is the creator of every single problem, every trouble we have. Convinced that it is emperor of the universe whose every demand should be met, it cannot see anything outside of itself. It can’t be reformed but can be dissolved. And thank heavens, there is also a True Self within that is meant to replace the illusory nature. Right now, it’s covered over but can be uncovered with right work. A fuller understanding will enter when you know from yourself that the presence of these conflicting selves is not just a convenient or expedient concept for the mind to latch on to. The replacement of the false nature by the true nature is our actual destiny.

    Question: Why do we need spiritual help?
    Answer: Wherever we go we take our whole world with us. We have settled in troubled lands. There is an urgent need to refresh, reboot and remember that Now is always New. A new nature is necessary.
         The answer to every problem is a spiritual one. There is no separate answer to the financial problem, the relationship trouble, the work difficulty, the anger problem. The answer to every problem resides in a different place, on a different level than the problem itself.

    Question: It’s hard to understand that there’s only one solution. Why can’t I just work on the specific areas where I see there’s an issue?
    Because then you’ll just be caught in the endless trap of solving the “next” difficulty, then the next and on and on. The mental self doesn’t want salvation. You call it intelligence but it’s really ignorance that insists it knows what should be done about all these difficulties and heartaches. Deep down though, something in you knows all solutions on that level have always failed and will always fail. “You” can’t do it, but God can!

    Question: I’ve been trying a number of different churches and philosophies looking for answers to questions I have about my life. They all claim to know the answers but mostly I wind up confused again. What makes New Life teachings different?
    New Life is a place for those who have trodden wearily down the road of life and finally have admitted to themselves that they, unfortunately, have been going in the wrong direction. They really know they are lost and that all the advice and solutions they’ve been given have not solved the fundamental puzzle of why we are here and what we should be doing with our lives. New Life is different because it is based 100% in Truth. The purity of these teachings does what nothing else can. These are not idle claims. Your searching has guided you to the right place. Be different. Make a choice for yourself and walk in a new direction. The real answers to all your questions await you.

    Question: I am attracted to these teachings but am unsure how to start the work on myself.
    Take one principle that resonates with you and make a super-effort to work with it during the week. You may realize that you’re not really very comfortable with other people and even sense that being dependent upon them for approval and smiles is a kind of psychological and emotional slavery. Work at knowing that God has provided a way for your spirit to be independent from this neurotic, demanding world. This does not mean you become a hermit; it means that people will come in and go out of your life on the terms of your higher understanding.  You can develop yourself to the point where your self-command will naturally extend itself to others and you will enjoy your relationships without any discomfort, fear or guilt at all.

    Question: How do people get mixed up in trying to understand these higher truths?
    Some take them as similar or identical to worldly advice. Take the man or woman who confuses monetary prosperity with spiritual success and security. Vernon assures us you can have little of what this society calls success and be completely victorious in the spiritual realm. A recent ‘Secrets of Life’ quote said, “Practice at placing the spiritual before the material.” It can be a surprisingly healthy shock to realize how little we do this. However, the extent to which we learn to value the invisible over the visible world determines the quality of our inner life. Many people say they want to change themselves but few really mean it. Be one of the few.

    Question: I’ve noticed I often seem to be moving along OK through life, but then I feel the pressure and frustration building. How can I stop this strain before the inevitable explosion or lashing out, which I’ve done so many times in my life?
    Realize that you’re unnecessarily living from a wrong part of yourself. That wrong part is always wrapped up with useless and repetitive thought. It then very quickly welcomes its low buddies — negative emotions. Break the spell! Relax from unnecessary thought. Be as fierce as you can, inwardly, against these unwanted invaders. Vernon told us that who we really are has no need to be worried or frustrated over anything whatsoever.

    Question: Please summarize the basis of what Vernon Howard teaches.
    Answer: Vernon once said if there was one phrase he would put in huge letters on the side of the New Life building it was “SOMETHING ELSE.” He wanted to shout it from the rooftops. There is something else besides the overwhelming obstacles and circumstances we face in this wobbly and scary world. There truly is another way to go through life and to live in complete spiritual safety and protection. But this higher life isn’t made up of trying to feel secure by getting money, relationships, power or anything else from outer circumstances. Genuine knowing and happiness is discovered in the inner world. Within us there is a center that is not part of this world at all. It stands free and untroubled in the midst of all the craziness.

    Question: How can I know this center within?
    It is already there but must be uncovered and activated, in part by the honest admission that we have never really known how to deliver ourselves from inner pain and negativity. Troubled states may go away temporarily but always come back to reassert themselves, don’t they? With that realization can come the certainty that only something else, something not part of the habitual psychic system, can rescue us. So instead of spending the day looking for comfort and affirmation where it cannot be found, we can choose to direct our considerable energies toward connecting with what is above this warring world.

    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.

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