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     “There is no real happiness for those on the wrong side. The greatest pleasure in life is the security of the true side. You can vainly try to win over the world or you can nicely be over the world. Your task is to change your operating center from strained imagination to relaxed reality.”

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  • 2021 September Banquet

         The September New Life banquet in Arizona was a spiritual eye-opener, revealing what had previously been unseen. Efforts expended to put on this event returned tremendous rewards of increased energy and insight, and a lessening of the painful thought self.
         The external world of discord and conflict did not negatively affect our spirits at all. We came dedicated to rise above what wants to drag us down, and to “come out from among them.”
         We were cautioned by New Life director Richard Wooldridge: “You’re afraid to be without that awful world.” He threw the cause and self-responsibility back on us, giving us the tremendous exercise to “not have the slightest annoyance over anything at all” (from MP3 CD Vol. 34). “What do you expect from this world?” He described us as being like gritty sandpaper, snapping back at people. “You think someone is always trying to thwart you.”
         In Saturday’s banquet talks, while examining Secrets of Higher Success by Vernon Howard, Chapter 10, Jeff added, “If you let someone hurt you, you did not have real understanding.” We must learn not to blame or to take anything personally.
         Sunday, using The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Moe explained that there can be a “detached observer” who is bothered by nothing. “Sentimental nonsense toward human nature must go.” We can only be free of sadness, weariness and grief if we refuse to live in imagination and in memories of the past.
         Moe also jolted us with Vernon’s vehement statement, “We are here to wake the dead!” The sluggish, lazy parts of us were put on notice that they aren’t welcome here. If we “welcome painful correction”, which is mentioned in the new Fall/Winter 2021 newsletter, we can learn how to be free of ourselves. We are always in our own way. And as Bill and Eric had explained earlier; “pure prayer” is when you are not there (see Your Power of Natural Knowing).
         Comments about the banquet described how “everything is intensified” at the event, concentrated so we can make new leaps of understanding. The charged energy makes us feel alive, giving us renewed vigor and enthusiasm. Lynne mentioned that Vernon knew exactly what he was doing when he set up the banquets the way he did. For example, the informal dancing can help to break down our mental barriers and free the spirit, the essence.
         Bill mentioned that real fun is the same as goodness. It certainly felt good to be there, except to the prickly, gritty, grim nature, which prefers all forms of gloom, resistance and other negativities.
         In the formal entertainment, an exquisite harmony emerged when three ladies sang the old western favorite, “Cool Water.” Humorous skits and jokes encouraged us to relax and enjoy healthy laughter, a wonderful “immune system booster.” Nancy also amused and entertained us with her animated, satiric rendition of the song “My Man.”
         Warm fall days and cool crisp nights and early mornings extended through the weekend. Amid the tall green grasses of the forests, numerous elk were popping up all around the buildings, delighting all who glimpsed them. We left for home so glad we had come….

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     “Thank you so much for the newsletter. Each one is a delightful treat to receive in the mail and is a sheer little treasure of fresh inspiration and relevant comments from Mr. Howard. I have made a vigorous determination to devote myself to my freedom and wholeness. This determination and continuous study of Vernon Howard’s writings yielded life saving results nothing short of miraculous.
    Anyone who really wants an ‘authentic’ life filled to overflowing with the good Life can’t afford to ignore Vernon’s writings and powerful insights into the human condition. His writings answer a life-time of real and imagined concerns that have mystified the most learned minds.”

Marie N., Palm Springs, CA

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