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     “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.”

Take Charge of Life Archive

     Here is a new and exciting ongoing series of articles written by New Life Students who have been attending classes for a number of years. They have experienced the benefits of coming to class on a regular basis for themselves. Life throws challenges at us all the time so why not learn to deal with them consciously and effectively. Read and enjoy these helpful and insightful essays which will cover a wide variety of life topics.

  • Moe Janosec
  • Dr. Lynne Wooldridge
  • Judith Anderson
  • Doug Stewart
  • Regina Netherton
  • Bill Brown
  • Katherine Pascal
  • Dave Netherton
  • Kyle Rickert
  • Paul Wolfe
  • Katherine Pascal 2
  • Karen West
  • Bill Brown 2

    Be Spiritually Stunned by Bill Brown
         Students at New Life Foundation get supremely accurate and helpful information and some of it is just stunning. Vernon Howard told us that ninety nine percent of our thinking is unnecessary. Do you know what is doubly stunning? He also informed us we would forget that fact — and we do! “Ninety nine percent of our thinking is unnecessary” should stop us in our tracks and send us on an all-out exploration, but something interferes, and that something is called “my intelligence.”
         Ever so often there will be a news story about how someone has been conned out of his money in a certain way. It is usually someone advanced in age, someone older than me personally. They fall for something like: “We’re from the government and we would like you to help us catch an embezzler by withdrawing $10,000 from your bank account.” Hearing that usually produces a sense of smug superiority that we would never be duped like that, but that arrogant thought and feeling of superiority means we just did get duped. Only imitation intelligence must think it is intelligent.
         What do we do with this ninety nine percent unnecessary thinking? We create a completely illusory world with the surface personality at the center. Although we always sense this illusion is unstable, we think of ourselves as intelligent. With this kind of viewpoint, we lose a lot more than $10,000; we lose authentic happiness. We cannot think about ourselves and be happy.
         Vernon Howard created banquets at New Life Foundation where there is entertainment put on by the students including songs, dances, poetry and comedy acts. Some of the comedy acts are about “someone who just doesn’t quite get it.” Here is one I remember from a long time ago: Two men (Smart and Smarter?) are checking the turn signal on a car while driving, with Smarter reporting: “It’s working, oh, now it’s not …Okay, there it goes, no, it went off … Oh, thought we had it … it just won’t stay on …”
         This act perhaps contains a hint that just maybe should stun us. Could we be as oblivious to the way life really works as Smarter was to the way a turn signal works? Yes, this is fortunately what we are being told — that we have completely missed the mark.
         Ordinarily we might think of being stunned as being overwhelmed and incapacitated, of drawing more into ourselves. But being spiritually stunned means being overwhelmed by revelations about ourselves that we have allowed to come to us and bit by bit, they shock us out of the prison of the limited thinking and feeling life we’ve chosen.
         We must be astounded that we are tolerating the intolerable — the nonsense and pain produced by our current low nature. We also must be amazed that something malicious has us ignoring what we really want: the relaxed freedom of being an aware person instead of a compulsive thinker. We really must be stunned that we are ignoring Higher Help that knows how to handle what we don’t — our life.

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   “I wanted to thank you for keeping the banquets and New Life going. The atmosphere there is very unique and I can see how man could tarnish and corrupt the simplicity of both. Thanks again.”

— Man in California  via e-mail

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