Welcome to New Life Foundation
Vernon Howard Founder
“It is wise to seek immortality for time defeats all other ambitions.”
“What you want also wants you. If you seek the celestial, the celestial also seeks you. There are no unanswered requests in the universe. If we do not like what we are receiving, we can learn to ask for something different.”
LIFE WITH A CAPITAL”L”
Refuse to think of what you are going to do tomorrow. Decide that you are never again going to guarantee your future. Instead, you are going to sacrifice thinking about tomorrow regardless of what happens to you. Have the courage to not think what you always think. Set aside your plans, supports and securities.
You are simply not going to do, think, plan anything for tomorrow. You've made the decision to live without them — plans, supports, thoughts, and worries. This allows something else to enter. This is sacrificing your usual life in order to find life with a capital “L.”
Refuse to think in time anymore — past or future. You don't know what an adventure you have in store if you do it! As you see the futility in thinking those thoughts again and again, it becomes easier and easier not to.
God does the work for you when you allow it. Dare to let him work it out for you.
JUST BE PASSIVE
Life works in a different way than you imagine. Don't fight what life brings. That's the same as to remember to be passive, not negative.
So things don't go your way. Just be passive. Do you know what you're doing then? You are dying to the old nature that wants to destroy you. Go to work.
THE DAMAGE CAN BE UNDONE
You are under constant and vicious attack. There is no moment in your entire life when you have not been under vicious attack. You were not aware of it while the assault was hurling its bombs at you because you convinced yourself at the moment of the attack that you were having a good time, that more money was coming in, or someone said something nice about you, or a new and exciting plan for finding something to do with yourself came to you.
And so, you very slyly suggested to yourself, “Aha, I was pained yesterday all right. I was under attack all right, by those anxieties and by those people, but today is different. Today I have some place to travel to, either physically or in my mind and imagination. Today is going to be nice because I have a productive and exciting activity, even if it's only a mental journey to the past or to the future.”
Now you have your first clue as to who the enemy really is. Your first enemy is unconsciousness of the enemy. Your life is shallow, singing bright cheerful songs, putting on the proper smiles and facial expressions, making sure that other people know how busy and successful and productive you are. You always have to have an audience and because you can't convince yourself, you try to convince someone else. Neither will work.
Now I have marvelous news for you this morning, and the first strange part of it is it's something your friends and neighbors and society as a whole do not want. Now listen, listen to this good news that almost nobody wants. The good news is this, in the simplest language that it could be phrased, the damage can be undone.
TELL THE TRUTH
Tell the truth by saying, “Yes, I have a hot burning mind that tortures me all day long.” If you did that much you’d be obeying the will of Heaven instead of the imposter-self.
ALLOW BADNESS TO BE DESTROYED
The deliberate invitation to allow badness to be destroyed within is one of the first small preliminary signs that you, as a wanderer of the path, have decided to decide all over again to allow the destruction of the phony belief in the supremacy of your ways and choices.
You’re going against not just the whole world of wickedness; you’re not just going against that. You’re going against everything you have labeled as good for me. “That boyfriend is good for me.” You haven’t the slightest notion of what is good for you. You only know what is bad for you, and you call it good. That’s the wrong path.
I’m telling you, face the fact I just gave you. That everything in this world is against you waking up. Everything is working against it, everyone you know. The lies hurled at you since you were a little kid, the lies which were intended to keep you getting worse and worse, the lies are numbered by the trillions. Don’t fall in love with being lost! That’s taking one of the wrong roads.
You listen to the way I state it; it will help you. Right now, tonight, you will give attention to falling out of love with being sad, with thinking you have to figure things out. You can’t figure things out! Don’t be afraid to face that.
STOP GLORIFYING SUFFERING
Q: The persistence of mental suffering baffles me. How can mental pain come to an end?
A: Stop glorifying suffering. It has no glory. Not an ounce. Drop the secret and foolish self-glory in suffering and you will see it fall off like a dropped hat.
HOW TO END SUFFERING
We don't want to see our suffering. We want to hide from it, which is why it continues. You'll understand what you’re hearing maybe thirty years from now.
When someone makes some kind of a sour, frightening remark about anything whatever, I want you to notice how you immediately take it as a necessity for you to start worrying and — this is the most important point — for you to start thinking about it and to chatter with them about.
“Oh, maybe sugar cane will go up,” for example. See, you start chattering with them about it. You watch how you immediately get dragged into the trap. And it's happened to all of you in this room a dozen times today already.
But you watch your reaction, how anyone can say anything — about the market maybe — blab, blab, blab! You could have had your mind to yourself. You could have kept your spirit to yourself but you fell into their evil trap — evil being unconsciousness, evil being fakery, being pretense.
When you start to get normal in even a small way, the world will call that normality abnormal.
Exercise: Answer YES or NO. This helps you understand your own mind. Mental blabber-mouthery prevents understanding.
WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO KID?
Negative emotions are very clever in disguising themselves as necessary, as essential to our psychic survival. Say, "Who are you trying to kid? God, please empower this statement." Negative emotions have no power of their own. They are a hoax. Take everything in consciously.
THE WAY OUT
When you begin to see that you have created your world in your own image, it will shock you. Here is an exercise for you. When you are pained, I can’t begin to tell you what a marvelous change this will make in your life. Every time you feel pain, agony, hurt, instead of thinking about the pain, which you now do, you will do something else. When you think about it your attention is directed toward the pain.
From now on, each and every time you feel a pain, a disappointment, a hurt of any kind, instead of thinking about the pain, you are going to think about something else. You are going to think, “I don’t understand the pain. Just think, there is a demon there, something that is lashing at me.” And it hurts, doesn’t it? But you are not going to get a false pleasure from the pain. You are going to go to the right department and say, “I don’t understand that pain.” That’s it! Then you never have to think another thought about the agony you are experiencing. You are through. You have done your part. I HAVE GIVEN YOU THE WAY OUT.
God himself has just come to your rescue. This is what is authentically religious. God himself says, Don’t think about and swim around in the pain. Simply sit back in your chair, relax and say, “I don’t understand the anguish that is terrorizing my system.” If you don't understand it, there is nothing you can do, is there? Do nothing.
When you complain and cry and moan and groan and think “How did I get into this mess?” etc., nothing will change. With this exercise, you are putting yourself in an entirely different department and you will get the products that that department has ready for you.
Do you want the product of not having to make worried decisions all day long? Just say, “I don't understand that crisis that came up.” And stop. Go through your whole day not understanding it.
It is your spurious understanding that got you in your inner mess. Don't be afraid to have no intelligence of your own. God is willing to make the grand magnificent substitute for you. God gives you his life in exchange for your life.
The majority of people sell their souls to the devil all day long. If you are willing to say, “I don't understand anything at all about my life,” your false understanding will fall away and in its place will be the insight from Heaven itself. That insight from a very high place is all you need for this world and the next world.
SILENCE IS THE ONLY ANSWER
Question: Who am I? You don't know you ask that question.
Answer: Silence is the only answer there is. You don’t want the silence to be there because if it is, then you can’t be there. God speaks to you in silence. If you would allow the silence to be there, which can be done, you would know who you are. And it wouldn’t be from thought.
“God, please show me how to submit to your silence.”
LET TRUTH HANDLE IT
Remember the word self-responsibility and know that spiritually, it means much more than you can possibly conceive right now. Your first responsibility is to see that you can't do anything for yourself. This will be a great crisis for you because having abandoned yourself and not yet knowing God, you feel as if you're plunging down into a pit of darkness, which you are. But this is the necessary stage that we talk about where you've abandoned your own false strength and as yet don't know the higher strength of God, of Truth. It's such a dreadful position to be in that few will enter it and I keep urging you over and over at these meetings to enter it yourself.
Now, you're to watch your own mind and you're to see every day, from now on, how something scary and something dark enters into your own mind so that you tremble. That is all you're supposed to do for now. Out of every 100 thoughts, 99 of these thoughts go unobserved, which means all you can do is to be pained by them — to be tortured by them. You have chosen mental torment by your refusal to grow. Wouldn't you like to be so free that events don't turn into a problem? To be so wide-awake the event remains that, and not something to vibrate to.
God, Truth, is the power to be able to see yourself in moment by moment operation and not say, "That is me." The minute the word "I" comes into it, you've wrecked it. You've gone right back to your mind and then you'll resort to intellectual devices to help yourself, which is no help at all, which is the way of the entire world.
In conclusion, practice the following exercise, which leads to understanding. Exercise: Watch your thoughts all day long but don't join them. Know you are worried. Know you are afraid, etc. See it. Stand apart. Don't fall asleep and go into the second thought.
Sacrifice everything to the invitation of Truth to understand your own mind, and God, who is higher than your mind, will do the rest.
THE ONLY ENEMY IN THE UNIVERSE
When there's a pain, there is something you won't give up. The only enemy in the universe is your own unseen resistance. One of the weapons of dark forces is confusion. I have to get tough with the bums inside of me.
NEVER CRINGE AGAIN
You know how entrenched within is the heavy morose conviction, idea, that everything in the world is stronger than you. They can batter you at will, trick you, fool you and take advantage of you.
Yes, that is true. The world is a million times too much for you; knocks you down, torments you financially, romantically, sexually. The prince of this low world uses everything and nothing seems to stop it. That's the way you think now.
Question: What are you doing living in this world? You have no business being here! That question should startle you. Know that you belong to God though this earth belongs to Satan. When you see wrong things in the world and are appalled, then remember God is in charge and rise above it.
Never cringe again over anything that is happening out there. Stop loving to be scared. You enjoy it. It is not your place to correct what is happening in the world. Wake Up! The way you are now is contributing to what is happening. When are you going to stop letting the world drain you? This world will try to convince you it is your friend.
God is here. Nothing bad can ever happen to one who is living with the Spirit of Truth.
LET GOD TAKE AWAY ALL SORROW
Take this right step: It is not that other person or what's happening to this world, I am the problem to myself. Stick with that. The solution is where the problem is. There is no other enemy in the universe except your own inner wrongness. You worship your own wrongness instead of God. God wants to do one thing with you, which is to take away all sorrow. You side with Truth and let God take away all sorrow.
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“Vernon took the wisdom of all the ages and provided it in an understandable way. His brilliance shines brightly in my life and I am so grateful. Thank you Vernon from the bottom of my soul and my heart. Your work upon this earth was not easy but you did it anyway. And thank you to New Life for your work that continues the shining light of this wonderful man.”
— Woman in Illinois via e-mail