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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

    Thought Watching Is Imperative by Kyle Rickert
         Doing things in nature has always been a refreshing way to help me feel connected to the higher energy available in life. I’ve spent a lot of time in the ocean, on rivers, in the woods, in open fields, and for me, being outdoors is a reminder of how powerful, beautiful and well-balanced God's creation is. We are a part of that creation, but struggle to recognize that power, beauty and balance within ourselves. Humans have relentlessly worked against what is natural and normal and now the world is in the state that it presently is in. Vernon's work has helped me to realize that the world will continue its downhill course, but that I can do something very different with my life by slowing down and seeing where its direction departs from the natural ways God intended.
         Sitting on a hillside this fall in the forest, giving my best attempt at being a hunter, I got to observe a lot. My objective was to enjoy some time outdoors and if the hunt happened to be successful, I would fill my freezer with food that would last through the year. Sitting still for long periods of time is not easy for me, but I had the idea that it wouldn’t be a problem. Well, it was a problem! I know as an exercise it is incredibly helpful to watch all the thoughts streaming through the mind. What I saw was restlessness, frustration and anxiety. I wondered why nature wasn't cooperating with my hunting plans. Then I realized these were my plans and didn't necessarily coincide with what Truth's plans were for me.
        
    I worked on letting the thoughts and feelings go in order to just appreciate the quiet and beauty around me. Sometimes it worked, and I was able to reconnect with what I really enjoyed about being out there. But it took a lot of effort to not let expectations creep back in and to lose the tranquility the setting was letting me experience. At the end of the day I saw clearly that sitting and watching your thoughts is a tremendously important exercise, mostly because every part of your mind wants to fight it and carry you off from the moment.
         Seeing that alone provided great encouragement to delve deeper and to intensify my efforts to observe my thoughts and to understand why their motivations are not in line with God’s intended plan for my life. I guess I thought after many years of working on this, I’d be further along, but a goal-oriented, competitive idea that comes only from the mind isn’t based in Truth’s reality. It’s an excellent reminder that your mind can convince you you’re getting somewhere intellectualizing these truthful principles but take a seat and see the facts about where your life really is. Presented with evidence that I’m not the mystical, calm human being that has it all figured out is a shock to the mind but a relief to the spirit. The honesty in seeing how much more work you really must do is imperative if you want to separate from all the pretense and negativity of this world. Be encouraged that you are trying to do something different. God recognizes that and matches every step you take towards Truth.

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