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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.”

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  • 2016 Christmas Banquet

         Snow fell on Strawberry, Arizona Christmas eve and morning bringing bright sparkles and also clean-up work, a good metaphor for the banquet weekend itself. One student from California said how she loved to see the beauty of the snow, while another from Colorado had a different perspective and knew it meant both physical and inner work: plowing, shoveling and uncovering cars covered with ice, all the while watching any negative reactions that may have come up. The higher view is that we use both “positive” and “negative” ideas about events to rise above and learn.
         The recently ended presidential election was another such event which could be used either to hide our heads in the sand or to be studied for the fascinating lessons it offered about human nature. Vernon Howard was quoted as saying we “were put here on earth at this particular time to see the changes,” and the election and its aftermath have certainly been eye-openers about all forms of evil.
         We were so fortunate to have another opportunity to gather together to celebrate Christmas while receiving more sparkles from heaven in the talks based on Vernon Howard’s teachings. Since Christmas Day fell on Sunday this year, the banquet was preceded by three other inspirational classes held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
         One common theme appearing in many talks was that complaining and wishing to change another person cannot help me to change. Each individual must do the work and is responsible for his or her own reactions. Richard said, “When something doesn’t go my way, I must say NO to being negative!” Moe, using “Time to Go to Work” from A Treasury of Trueness, said, “Get tired of feeling bad. Realize there’s no way this wrongness inside can be part of me because it’s trying to kill me! It’s an outsider, an alien.”
         Christmas Day’s class began when Richard asked students to speak on the topic: “What bothers me and its spiritual solution.” This immediately encouraged right initiative and self-responsibility to ponder and contribute.
         Using The Power of Your Supermind, Doug talked about fate or what is also called “kismet” or “your lot in life,” and emphasized there is no necessity to settle for that limited way of thinking. We can say to the false self’s wrongness, “I don’t want to associate with you anymore”.
         Richard talked about the Cosmic Viewpoint, an intuitive understanding beyond “head knowledge” that transforms everything we experience. To illustrate, he described how on a recent drive, a buck crashed down a slope and crossed the highway in front of his vehicle. “I don’t get mad at the buck,” he said, who was just following his migration route; “he didn’t build the highway, we did.” Coming awake at such moments saves our lives and reveals if we’re still complaining against life’s challenges or if we’re using them to change.
         The formal entertainment, an enjoyable and relaxing learning experience, was rich with the beautiful harmonious music of the season like “Christmas in Killarney” and “Silent Night,” and jokes that all related to the winter holidays. The Christmas turkey dinner, though traditional, seemed full of fresh delights as we strived to put attention on the present moment and apply the exercise to be new each moment. Refusing to live in memories of yesterday or in worry or dreams of tomorrow makes everything new.

  • 2016 Thanksgiving Banquet
  • 2016 September Banquet
  • 2016 Pagosa Springs Banquet
  • 2016 May Banquet
  • 2016 Irish Banquet
  • 2015 Christmas Banquet
  • 2015 Thanksgiving Banquet
  • 2015 September Banquet

     I love receiving the newsletter twice a year and wouldn’t want to miss it. I reread them over and over.
     Also I want to let you know that I love the website. I visit it almost every day. It is so helpful because of the excellent design and information. Also the daily e-mail reinforce the message and give me something nice to look forward to every single day.
     I have been studying Vernon Howard for about 13 years and he has helped to completely change my life. From a whining, self-pitying person to someone who is beginning to take responsibility for my own actions and know that there is indeed a way out!
     I am planning to attend the class in Pagosa Springs, Colorado next year and maybe one in Strawberry too. I can’t wait to meet like-minded people and enjoy the wholesome atmosphere.
     God Bless you all for carrying on Vernon Howard’s work!

— S. C., Delray Beach, Florida

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