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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 2019 Spring Newsletter

         A memory came back to me recently about one of the trips that was made to Southern California in the early 1980s. Vernon Howard periodically would go back to give talks at different locations in the southern part of California. His family had moved there when he was a boy from Massachusetts. When he grew up in LA it once was a beautiful physical location. But as time went on and LA was developed it has been consumed by what has been called progress and much of the natural beauty has disappeared.
         I was in my early 30s at the time and was full of adventure. It was my first trip to Southern California. I was looking forward to experiencing this new quest and seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life. I rode with someone else in the class who was going to the outside talks by Vernon. He was a little older than me and had agreed to camp out on the beach. I had a two-man tent and thought nothing of sleeping out under the stars next to the ocean and most important of all is we would get a chance to hear Vernon Howard speak in a different setting amongst unfamiliar faces. I was ‘pumped’ to say the least. That term wasn’t used back in the early 1980s. Suffice it to say, I was very excited.
         The talks were being held in Laguna Beach, California so we decided to stay in San Clemente State Park, which is south of Laguna Beach. It was still okay to camp out on the beach back then. You didn’t need a permit and it was safe. You could even leave your tent set-up with sleeping bags inside and other belongings and it would still be there when you got back from going out to eat or to the store or to the lecture or wherever.
         Anyway, it turned out that a storm came in off the ocean that night and it rained heavily all night with wind and crashing waves. There was no danger but it was pretty nasty out. There was a fly sheet for the tent, so we stayed dry. My spirits weren’t dampened from the weather but the other person with me hated it, didn’t get much sleep and reacted negatively to the circumstances. When we got up the next morning at the crack of dawn, I vividly remember that he empathically pronounced, “I’ll pay for a motel room. I’m not sleeping out here one more night.” Obviously, he wasn’t one to rough it or endure the somewhat uncomfortable living conditions.
         I don’t remember what we ended up doing but I suspect we got a motel room as he was the one with the vehicle. At the time I wasn’t developed enough to not let his state affect mine. However, the talks that evening by Vernon made it seem like the episode out on the beach was nothing. I completely forgot about it as inspiration from on high helped break any residue of previous reactions.
         In fact, I got another valuable lesson when Vernon assigned me to be a greeter outside in the rain in the parking lot of the edifice where the lectures were being held to watch for late comers to the meeting one night. I was fine and I had brought a poncho to wear to stay dry but my mind was in conflict because there was a part of me that wanted to be inside to hear the talk.
         We had driven all that way from Boulder City, Nevada, camped out on the beach and “I” was instructed to be outside in the rain while the talk was going on. The lesson was, I was still in the vicinity of truth, there was tremendous energy and help being sent to me. Vernon even came out before he started the lecture and said something to me and gave me some instructions to lift my spirit. But my mind was telling me to feel pain, be bothered by my fate, that I was missing out, when all I had to do was be in the present moment, be aware and watch for anyone who showed up late for the talk. It showed me we have a choice to remain divided and tormented or we can do something different, even though I was unable to do it at the time.
        
    On a talk I listened to recently, Vernon said, “Change your views toward yourself and you change your nature. Change your nature and you change your behavior. Change your behavior and you change your destiny.” (New MP3 CD — Something Higher Than Ideas, Talk 1 — See page 4) What a great fact. If only we would listen to this cosmic fact. It is an absolute certainty that I can change if I will follow these words of wisdom.
         What I was really doing in the parking lot and what the other person was doing at the beach was complaining. Our work project for the entire year of 2019 is to “Stop Loving Complaint.” To be more
    concise “Stop Complaining.” Also in a talk entitled “Let the Bus Take You Home” (DVD 26-1 or Blu-ray 9-5 — See website to purchase), Vernon instructs us to ‘unlove complaint.’ The whole lecture is about complaint and why it is so detrimental to our well-being. In the dictionary complaint is defined as an expression of dissatisfaction. We’re unhappy about the way things are, so we gripe or whine about someone or something.
        
    Now, I just have to start catching myself complaining. I have to see it clearly and the seeing of it will begin to shine the Spotlight of Attention on it so that I will see how it is causing me great pain so that I can eventually put an end to it. I simply see the harm it is doing to me and end it or the light will put an end to it for me. Vernon in this same talk poses a question to us, “Did you notice how your complaints did nothing for you?”
         It takes time for Truth to correct the damage that has been done but we must also have a sincere wish to want to change. We have spent a lifetime of complaining and we’re not just going to give it up overnight. It’s the same with any harmful negative trait that presently exists in our life. We have to see that it is negative and harmful to us.
        
    In the Fall newsletter of 2016 (New LIfe News PDF file), I made mention of a particular issue I was having with my back and that I had gone to see a chiropractor. An x-ray was taken of my spine and neck in April of 2016 and another one was taken recently to see if the adjustments and treatment I have been getting have made a difference. By comparing the two x-rays side by side you could see the changes that have occurred since beginning the adjustments.
         There was a dramatic difference in the two x-rays. The chiropractor was very pleased by the progress made. If I hadn’t gone to see her I would more than likely be looking like the hunchback of Notre Dame plus have some other serious health issues. She made a very interesting comment to me: “See things can change and progress can be made with proper treatment and your willingness to be treated.” The proof was in the x-rays.
         Life takes its toll on the human body over time, the general wear and tear, etc. Living with the false self, the negative nature all those years drains the life out of people. It destroys the human host. If we will observe ourselves and others, we will see the damage that has been done and is still being done from anger, guilt, resentment, complaint, jealousy, revenge, fear, worry, and all their negative relatives. We have the ability to observe and end this tyranny. Just like the x-rays showed the damage that had been done over the years so too can insight into ourselves show the progress that can be made from the proper application of these truth principles.
         An astonishing difference can be made in anyone’s life who willingly goes along with truth’s efforts to help them; to take correction with a right spirit and to have a right attitude. To listen in spite of voices inside which loudly protest. A genuine effort must be made to go against the false self which objects and proclaims its dominance over us.
        
    In Psycho-Pictography there is a list of the Four Golden Keys. They are: 1. A sincere desire for inner change (a man must really want to be different). 2. Contact with workable principles (we must beware of counterfeits). 3. Self-honesty (be brutally honest with yourself in order to separate truth from falsity). 4. Persistence (a man must persevere).
         If we truly apply these four golden keys, our lives will wonderfully change. The truth will begin to dissolve all these negativities for us and all will be well.

  • From 2018 Fall Newsletter
  • From 2018 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2017 Fall Newsletter
  • From 2017 Spring Newsletter
  • From 2016 Fall Newsletter
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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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