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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.

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

    Relax and Receive by Dr. Lynne Wooldridge
         Every year in New Life classes, students set a spiritual exercise to carry through for the entire twelve months of the year. In 2018, that exercise was to simply remember to “relax.” When taken to heart and applied, these exercises are of great personal value for any student who truly yearns to be free of the prison mentality that affects and dominates so much of our thought life. That sense of limitation of course trickles down into feelings, activities, all aspects of our lives. For me, to remember to relax is one of the most powerful and effective lessons we’ve ever been given to work with.
         Here are a few examples of how applying this exercise can produce the refreshing realization that nothing is forcing us to listen to the lying voices that say distress, strain and anxiety are necessary reactions to life events. We can know from ourselves that wrong, stressful thoughts and emotions thrive in tension but will dissolve with consistent and conscious efforts to calmly relax. Relaxation can transcend any situation you’re in.
         We recently returned to Colorado from the New Life Christmas Banquet in Strawberry, Arizona. I had put some important papers in a “special” place before we left, but could not remember where. I needed them and looked everywhere I thought they might be. They weren’t there, but this time I didn’t panic or get upset. I remembered to relax and to let something else handle it. A little while later, after walking downstairs, it suddenly came to me where I’d stored papers for safekeeping. By not falling into habitual patterns and thereby acting in my true interest, I’d saved the energy I might have squandered in an emotional outburst of dread, frustration and self-condemnation.
         We can enjoy any situation when we’re using it as an opportunity to understand and to remember ourselves. The last couple of weeks I’ve prepared meals for larger groups than usual. There’s a lot to do and a lot to remember with all the shopping and meal prep, but an intentional decision to feel at ease and enjoy the task in the present moment made all the difference in the world. While working, I was listening to an audio book, a mystery story by a famous novelist. By the way, Vernon said there is a natural human love for mysteries, in part because we’re really trying to solve “the mystery of ourselves.” This particular story was intricate and like all good puzzles, revealed something about the nature of human nature. At the very end of the book when the culprit was revealed, the main character used the phrase “the utter fury of thwarted egos” to explain the motive for the crime. I had been pondering something like this to reach a deeper discernment of what we’re currently seeing in the news. The way it was expressed in the book hit me with some force and the acknowledgment of the treachery of human nature was reinforced because I had been receptive to the truth of the lesson.
         There are other examples of how relaxing acts as a conduit to spiritual receptivity, like shoveling snow and all of a sudden becoming aware of the profound quietness of the landscape as a reminder to be inwardly silent. There is no limit to how much we can receive from the higher when simply remembering to relax. In fact, Vernon said, “You can relax yourself all the way into Heaven
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