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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.”

Truth Principles at Work Archive 1

     Here is a series of articles which will be ongoing for some time 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. Read and enjoy these helpful and inspiring essays.

  • Dr. Lynne Wooldridge

         Dr. Lynne Wooldridge grew up in Texas, studied history as an undergraduate and then obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She found Vernon Howard as a graduate student and, after her degree was completed, moved to Boulder City, Nevada to attend New Life classes on a regular basis. She found there the sense of genuine purpose in life that had always been missing. For the past 19 years, she has served as the Secretary of New Life.

         And then there were all the things that were plain to see but no one ever talked about, at least not directly. Why were people so angry and scared and trying to hide it? Why was there so much turmoil and bad news in the world? Why did people who had everything in life seem so discontented? Why did I myself feel so lost and bewildered? At the time, I wasn’t able to put any of this into words, but I certainly felt it. At the same time though, I was absolutely certain that someone, somewhere knew the answers.
         Growing older and looking for clarity, several conversations I had with friends come back to me vividly because they showed me the views and attitudes I didn’t want to live by. One friend said something like “You just do the best you can and then it’s over, you die” and a “close” friend tried to pointedly discourage me from even looking for anything higher. Another said she didn’t want to have to work for anything but was pursuing the “easy” way. This was particularly interesting because this lady was attracting all sorts of wrong people and bad circumstances to herself. It was experiences like these that strengthened my resolve to keep searching.
         At a certain point, I decided the answers to the human condition might be found by studying academic psychology. Wrong! A few years in, I realized that the professors were not interested in personal growth and change, but in finding explanations for stimulus-response behavior on a very “mechanical” level. There was no path to personal peace there.
         It is said that “when the student is ready, the teacher appears” and it was during this time that I was first introduced to Vernon Howard’s teachings. They attracted me precisely because they were so different from anything I had ever encountered. The answers reside in these teachings because they are directed toward something much deeper and more basic than visible effects and an endless discussion of “feelings.” It made perfect sense to me that in response to the relentless pressure of trying to make our way through life on this earth, we develop a made-up identity whose fears and apprehensions now exert tight control over the mind and emotions. But I could also feel Vernon’s assurance that at birth something was put into us by the Creator that was part of a higher world. And that my real purpose was to develop that seed until it eventually crowded out and yes, destroyed, the tormenting, troublemaking, phony self.
         This Work is endlessly interesting and refreshing. The fact that we can escape the tyranny of the false nature and live as God meant us to live can be a personal reality, but it is essential we become profoundly aware of the operation of the kind of negativities that now dominate us. This awareness itself is an invitation for truth to come alive in us and we’ve been given thousands of spiritual exercises to help us.
         Here is one of them I’m finding very valuable. It is our class exercise for 2018: Just Relax. Since the false self is always trying to protect itself with tense defensiveness, suddenly relaxing physically and mentally gives it a jolt and provides relief on every level. I’m using this exercise all the time now and am noticing how freeing it is to just relax when, for example, resentment comes up about handling a difficult person or about doing a particular bit of necessary work.
         There is so much work to be done, but we have been given all the tools to reach our spiritual home before dark. As one student said in a recent message of encouragement, we must continue to go “Onward and Upward.”

  • Moe Janosec
  • Moe Janosec 2
  • Regina Netherton
  • Douglass M. Stewart, Jr.
  • Judith Anderson
  • Bill Brown
  • Karen West
  • Dr. Terry Roche
  • Connie Vesely
  • Connie Vesely 2
  • Gary Blatchford
  • Judy Poston

 

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     “Thanks so much for keeping Vernon’s message active and available. He is still the best of the best!! Best to all at New Life.”

— Lady in Colorado via e-mail

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     I recently received some very bad news but thanks to Mr. Howard’s teaching I am handling everything much better than I ever thought I could.”

— E-mail from man

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