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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.”

Points to Ponder 2 by Richard Wooldridge

Richard Wooldridge     Richard has been the director of New Life since 1993. He started attending classes in 1975 and moved to Boulder City, Nevada from Dallas, Texas in 1977.
He worked closely with Vernon Howard and others in the running of New Life.
He actually lived at the building in Boulder City where he had many responsibilities. Vernon Howard was very tough on him in order to give him the greatest opportunity for discovering something higher. He is very grateful for the guidance he was given even though it was very difficult at times. The false self is not going to give up easily and it takes many years of hard work to begin to understand the deeper meanings of these teachings. But it’s all worth it for the pearl of great price.

  • From 2011 Fall Newsletter

         First of all, this work is magnificent. It is beyond anything anyone can imagine. It is the only thing that can truly make a difference in your life. It can turn your life around and give you real purpose and direction. If you will allow it, this work will explain everything. It is the most important thing anyone can ever pursue. There are so many charlatans and phonies and hostile people out there. But if you don’t have eyes to see and ears to hear you will be fooled. What most people refuse to comprehend is that there is an evil force that is hell-bent on destroying us, making our lives miserable and generally making everything we do while here on this earth as difficult as possible. Almost no one will look at this fact. But if you stick with it long enough you can begin to see all these things for yourself.
         So here are a few of the things that must be seen. This next point is immense, because most human beings are so tied to their mental activity, they never realize there is something which exists beyond ordinary  human thinking. Almost everyone who proclaims to have gone beyond the human mind is lying. In a talk I just recently heard, Vernon Howard says, “Human beings are thought worshippers.” (MP3 CD, Vol. 6, Track 5) Thinking is not the way out. It never has been and never will be.
         I googled the word consciousness and found many websites related to this topic. There have been all sorts of studies done by the so-called experts but the instrument that is trying to understand and explain is a function of the lower. Look closely and you’ll see that all questions and results have as their source human thought.
         The scientists and philosophers expound on imagining, visualizing, ruminating, cogitating, intellectualizing, rationalizing and everything in between. Imagination is not reality. All of the consciousness studies that have  been done originate from memorized knowledge, data and information. They’ll even show physical pictures/ images depicting what the particular state of consciousness represents. This is physical matter. This is not the actual state. It has nothing to do with what is spiritual. Awareness is invisible. All of that is meant to deceive us.
         If a person is stupid because of a lack of spiritual development, they are stupid. How many have ever in your life had contact with another human being whom you knew was stupid? There was no doubt in your mind. There was no getting around it. They were just dumb. Or maybe it was you. Come on, all of us have done stupid things in our lives for lack of spiritual understanding and awareness. Now, that’s a fact, is it not?  There is no criticism in a fact. It just is. This is so difficult for the average human being to understand. Listen to what your heart (the truth) is trying to tell you. Why? Because we have been so brainwashed by society to believe certain things. We have been told we are being insensitive, that we must be ‘caring’, we must be ‘loving’, we must go along with it.
         What we fail to see is that there are literally millions of thoughts telling us what to do, how to feel, how to act, how to handle this situation or that situation. We are nothing but programmed robots; I’m sorry, I should have said synthetic humanoids. That’s how evil forces use and manipulate us. Realize that “Almost all human advice is worthless.” (Your Power to Say NO)
         Let’s say you are in a city where you have never been before and you don’t know your way around, and someone points out that you are lost. So the fact is, you are lost. Where’s the problem? The mind says “You’ll look foolish” or “You are stupid.” If all you do is SEE that you are lost and then don’t go into a self-condemning thought, where’s the pain? There is none. Who or what says you have to go into pain over this. The ‘thought worshipping’ self does. Do you now understand why Vernon Howard says that “You love your pain.” By the way, you got lost in the first place because you allowed a thought to distract you.
         What almost every ‘authority’ does, whether they are ‘trained’ or self-taught in the field of spiritual studies or consciousness, is to read a bunch of books. They then take certain key points that strike them and meld  them into their own philosophy or discipline of life. There is nothing original or higher involved. Their discourse has nothing to do with God, Truth, Reality. It has all been created from the mind, from thought. They say their motive for doing this is to ‘help’ people but they may also see an easy way to make money in order to survive on this earth. Maybe they don’t like digging ditches or doing some other labor-intensive job so working in the intellectual realm is very appealing to them. See, people are looking for the easy way to get through life. Nobody wants to have to work for anything anymore. They want it all handed to them on a silver platter.
         Here’s the mistake we are making. We choose what to do in this life rather than allowing truth to choose for us. Vernon Howard puts it this way, “You choose to allow God to choose for you. Now you don’t have to be a thought worshipper anymore.” Have you ever considered all of the problems inherent in living a thought life? If you are looking for love or companionship or completion in another human being you’ll never find it. You will only find pain and heartache, because that’s the nature of the beast. “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all else will be added unto you.” Real completion can only occur when we, as individuals, return to our spiritual homeland.
         Here’s another popular misconception put out by sick human beings who profess to be religious guides. Have you ever considered the possibility that there are those who are deliberately twisting everything to purposely lead you astray? How many have heard or think or believe that God punishes you for your sins or transgressions? God doesn’t punish you; you punish yourself. We punish ourselves by our lack of awareness of cosmic laws, which reside far above human laws. This isn’t religious rhetoric; this is fact. The world is trying to foist off lies that certain behaviors are now all of a sudden acceptable. They can legislate it, they can shove it down your throat, they can rationalize it, they can do all sorts of things with it, but it doesn’t change the Truth of what is. Study the faces of those who think they can do whatever they feel like doing.
         All right, study yourself when you get into an argument with another person. Have you ever done that? Watch the effect it has on your inner psychic being. It drains your energy. You feel bad. It brings along regret, self-hate, hopelessness and other negative friends/enemies. Now make the connection that you are breaking a cosmic law. If we were to see this clearly enough to stop doing it we wouldn’t feel bad anymore. This is the beginning of breaking away from the thought-self and discovering that another world exists. Make another connection. How can argument lead to clarity, a real solution? Now, bring up to memory the national debt crisis in the U.S. “All man-made solutions have failed and will always fail. There must be a spiritual solution or none at all. Where human intellect has failed, spiritual intelligence can succeed.” (Your Power to Say NO)
         It is great when a human being actually begins to see for himself/herself what is really going on. You SEE clearly the trick that is being played on you. You cut through all the nonsense and lies you are being fed and have been fed since you’ve been here on this earth. And finally, you SEE that God truly does exist and that there is an invisible world of understanding that is waiting for any sincere person who wants to know what is really going on. Most of the people on this planet believe in the tragedy or the fallibility of their lives. If they didn’t, there wouldn’t be war, problems, hunger, drugs, economic woes, murder, headaches, divorce, thieves, etc. You are being duped and don’t see it. “All you have to do is come awake and stay awake.” (MP3 CD, Volume 6, Track 5)

  • From 2011 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2010 Fall Newsletter
  • From 2010 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2009 Fall Newsletter
  • From 2009 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2008 Fall Newsletter
  • From 2008 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2007 Fall Newsletter
  • From 2007 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2006 Fall Newsletter

     “I believe that nothing in this life is accidental. I believe that the despair I have been feeling for 20 months didn’t stop me from having moral courage to address very wrong things related to 9/11. I believe I reached the lowest point of despair in my life by not knowing how to connect with or begin to deal with what was inside me. I believe that few on the outside have patience to understand how those who live here (NYC) are shattered by this. I believe that few of the well-intentioned people who come to counsel us have a clue of what’s in their own hearts. And I believe that providence led me to Vernon Howard’s words that provided me with the healing I need to carry on, when nothing and no one else could: ‘Good things come to those who refuse to be intimidated by their despair.’ This combination of words — and no other — was the semantic key that opened a door back to my heart.
   Thank you for keeping his words alive. I looked at his photographs and yes, you can see in his eyes and his face that he is the real thing.”

— Indira S. via e-mail

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