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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 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 2020 Fall Newsletter

         In 50 Ways to See Thru People, Vernon Howard states, “Seeing is freeing.” The problem is that our seeing is clouded by stupid ideas, ideals, beliefs, sentiments, opinions, assumptions, and other things which originate in the mind. None of these things has anything to do with reality. They are all formed in imagination. The dictionary defines imagination as the part of the mind that envisions, fantasizes, imagines things. That means they don’t actually exist. They are fictitious but we believe they are substantive and real.
         The mind is incapable of understanding anything spiritually. It can only distort or interpret the truth. It can form opinions but again an opinion is an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge. As long as the intellect is king or queen there will be no peace on earth, nor will there be a lasting solution to personal problems.
         As long as we cling to ourselves there can only be suffering because we are holding onto something which requires a defense. When you take a position on something, its opposite will invariably appear. And the appearance of the opposite always leads to argument, dissension, a fight or something negative or catastrophic and we end up paying a heavy price for our stubborn inflexibility. We’re like a dog with a bone. Have you ever tried to take a bone away from a dog? You’re fighting a losing battle.
         God wants us to see. He wants us to be happy, unafraid, in charge of the universe. What was your immediate reaction to the phrase ‘in charge of the universe’? How can that be possible? Yes, it is possible. If we are in command of ourselves, of our mind, our emotions, our body — then aren’t we in charge of the whole universe? We must honestly inquire if these things are in charge of us or if we are in charge of them. If we observe our physical, mental and emotional movements at all, it will become obvious that they are pushing and driving us, not the other way around. We must start loving the Truth more than we love the neurosis, the sickness. If we are afraid of anything, we love fear more than we love God.
         One of the things you hear a lot about in the world today is the high incidence of insomnia or the inability to sleep well. It could be an overactive mind with thoughts driving you crazy and not allowing you to fall asleep or worry about something that keeps running over and over again in the mind or maybe it’s even external influences affecting the ability to relax and rest. The world, meaning human beings, take advantage of the problem and offer hundreds of solutions. Some of them are so-called natural remedies with herbs, others are prescription-related, some are man-made inventions such as special mattresses and pillows, all of which for a certain price will do the trick.
         Vernon Howard tells us there’s only a spiritual solution to all human problems. One night, it occurred to me to do something different. I was moved to read something spiritual before going to sleep. I noticed that my mind had been super active and there have been things going on in the world which I didn’t comprehend, but there was a wish to understand. So I picked up Powerful Guides for Spiritual Freedom and began reading it.
         Something in me loved what Vernon was saying in that guidebook. It made perfect sense. It explained the madness that is going on in the world today. There was no resistance to what was being read. A part of me was absorbing the pure truth which put my mind at ease. In fact, it was far above the mind. It chased out the frantic thoughts and left me with calmness, which is not part of the wandering mind. Interestingly enough I noticed that after putting the guidebook down I quickly went to sleep. I wasn’t being hounded by my own thoughts and feelings any longer.
         Here’s something else which we need to observe. Have you noticed how the world, lost and depraved human beings, always have to be stirring things up? Their restless spirits and thoughts are always causing trouble. They are never happy about anything. Nothing is ever right. There’s always something wrong. They can’t stand peace and quiet and order. To put it another way they are seriously disturbed. But as the expression goes, it’s the nature of the beast.
         In 50 Ways to See Thru People, #40, Vernon Howard states, “Anger cannot be logical, tears cannot be calm, fear cannot be perceptive. This means you must see thru people who try to lure you into an emotional whirlpool.” Look at all the things going on in the world today. What a perfect opportunity to use these practical, powerful and beautiful truths, to put them to work for us so that we can rise above all the lunacy. Do we want eternal life, or do we want hell? Most people prefer hell.
         Something you should find beneficial is something we recently covered in class in Pagosa Springs. Everyone reading this article right now should be extremely grateful that a place like New Life exists and that Vernon Howard fulfilled his purpose here on earth. This planet that we live on is a staggeringly evil, filthy place. The odds of someone actually seeing this are astronomical but you and I can. Human beings have been so brainwashed they can’t even begin to fathom the depravity of most humans. A few have, which is good news.
         Human beings can’t stand peace and quiet. They say they want harmony and security, but their lives prove otherwise. In Pathways to Perfect Living, Vernon Howard states, “With mental and physical relaxation, listen to what it is trying to tell you, for it is good news.” God is trying to get thru to us all the time, but we prefer to remain in fear, stressed out, tense, fussy, irascible, grumpy, bilious, touchy, etc. You see it’s fun to see how all these different negative states connect to one another plus you can expand your vocabulary.
         Vernon told us we’re supposed to ‘meet life with skill.’ We were meant to be able to handle all situations that life throws at us. It’s like a baseball player who expertly fields his position. We can learn to do the same. Vernon Howard wasn’t born into this world awake. Through hard work, a sincere wish to understand, tremendous effort to go against the false nature, by not running away from difficult challenges, he succeeded in conquering this illusory world both within himself and out there. Just as Christ and a few others have done while here on earth, he proved it can be done.
         That should inspire and rightly excite any human being who has an ounce of sincerity in him or her or is simply sick and tired of being fooled and hurt by living from their lying, deceitful self. In There Is a Way Out in a section entitled Cosmic Inspiration it was put this way, “Rightness is not on the level of influence. Rightness resides on the loftier level of cosmic inspiration.” Wouldn’t it be fantastic to feel the whole power of the universe behind you? What a relief it would be. Truth guarantees us we can feel the pure, refreshing and permanent energy and presence of God if we’ll just follow the instructions of these teachings and stop allowing the darkness and deception of the mind to trick us. We must obey cosmic laws.

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     “In 2005 I got divorced, my children got so angry with me they haven’t spoken to me since and I made a very disastrous financial mistake. I now live in a small apartment instead of the beautiful home I once had. Am I complaining? NO WAY. I can say with all truthfulness that I am happier than I have ever been. I live alone but am not lonely. I almost never experience boredom even though I am retired with many hours spent alone. I have faced very painful truths about myself but thanks to Vernon Howard I began to see them as ways to freedom. Guilt was a constant companion for most of my life and letting go of it is a gift beyond price.”

With great love,
Bonnie H.

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     “I am writing from Papua New Guinea, a very small country north of Australia.
     Two weeks ago I was checking for reading material in a bookshop when I came across the book titled The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power.
     Anyway I would like to say that I feel very happy when I am reading it. The information presented is so powerful that I read a chapter every time I come home after work. It really explicitly explains the true meaning of life. It provides me with insights and a clear vision of me being on this planet.
     I am so pleased that I could just take this time to thank you for the inspirational words and countless encouragements.

Thank you,
Roncy via e-mail

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