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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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  • 2018 May Banquet

         Students interested in the Higher Life gathered at New Life’s branch in Westminster in Southern California for a delightful May banquet. Just as spring is a time of refreshing renewal in nature, so too the banquet experience offered spiritual renewal and rejuvenation for all those who were there to reap its benefits. This higher source was present in all banquet activities, from the four classes held, to the great food served, and on to the fun and entertainment of the Saturday banquet day itself.
         The powerful Wednesday evening class in Pasadena was led by New Life Director Richard Wooldridge. His talk centered around the fact that this is a negative world pretending to be positive. We were encouraged to take to heart the old adage “If it looks like a duck, if it talks like a duck and if it walks like a duck, then it must be a duck.” In other words, stop labeling human behavior in weak, compromising terms. Don’t be afraid to call a duck a duck! We can have the courage to be straightforward and honest about what we’re observing, both within and without. Richard said, “God doesn’t want you to be intimidated by anything. Don’t cave in to the pressures and negativities of this sick world or to your own resistances to Truth. It stops here and now with me! The Spirit of Truth will then live for you and feel for you.”
         The following three classes held on Friday night and Saturday and Sunday mornings reflected an unmistakable enthusiasm for what we are learning at New Life. On Friday, some students even commented that the frankness and forthrightness of Wednesday’s class had provided them with new energy and determination to go against the demanding false nature.
         Here’s a list of some of the more striking and compelling points made in these talks:

    • You don’t have to prove yourself to anyone.
    • A Vernon Howard story (from MP3 CD Volume18, Talk 18) was told of a Captain crossing the ocean with a load of cargo to deliver. His ship was boarded by pirates threatening to take the cargo in exchange for a bribe. But the Captain, being a true man, knew that he could cut no deals with the treacherous pirates, just as we cannot compromise with a brutal society that wants to keep us chained to its demands.
    • We are in pain because unfortunately there is still someone there receiving the pain.
    • Acquire the knowledge but then go on to experience the knowledge.
    • Gratitude to God can take you all the way out.
    • Nothing is excluding you from finding the Higher Life.
    • Your arguments with others are not real. Rise above them. Then you’ll be free from all you’re presently experiencing.
    • You were made to conquer.

         Light humor is frequently a part of New Life classes since it serves as a natural antidote to the heaviness of the artificial, gloomy self. On Saturday, for instance, Richard mentioned that he had had swordfish for dinner the night before and woke up in the middle of the night wanting to duel with someone. And Doug Stewart gave an amusing illustration of our runaway thoughts, likening them to a popcorn popper gone wild, with thought after thought cascading out beyond our control. Doug also told a story of a friend of his who once informed him that every morning when he left for work, he put a psychic shield up around his car to protect it from being in an accident. One day the friend had an accident in the car and Doug asked him what had happened to the shield. He said he hadn’t put it up that day! What a great example of what human beings will do to delude themselves into believing that imagination will provide protection.
         After Saturday’s class, a homemade meal of delicious salads with beef and chicken tacos and lots of accompaniments was served, followed by some very entertaining acts put on by New Life students. They included melodic singing, graceful dancing by the Pretties, and some very funny jokes. And more lightness and good humor was present in the informal dancing than ever before. Truth is happy, vivacious and buoyant and so were we after partaking in the entire banquet experience.

  • 2018 Irish Banquet
  • 2017 Christmas Banquet
  • 2017 September Banquet
  • 2017 Pagosa Springs Banquet
  • 2017 May Banquet
  • 2017 Irish Banquet
  • 2016 Christmas Banquet
  • 2016 Thanksgiving 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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