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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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  • 2022 Irish Banquet

         The exact experiences we needed to see more and to grow more were provided in the circumstances and atmosphere which unfolded at the Spring Irish banquet in Strawberry, Arizona this March. In fact, Bill joked that he was meeting the numerous “emergencies” with “calm equanimity,” as a number of unexpected events occurred.
         Richard Wooldridge, director of New Life Foundation, read a very high message from Vernon Howard, his final, powerful message, describing how we can live in “a happy, convivial atmosphere,” as Vernon did even at the end of his physical life. Richard explained in his Saturday talk that the false self is a mirage, and if we look at it closely, it disappears. With more Light (such as in an approaching dawn), everything can become clear. Seeing through the false as a mirage liberates us from its delusions and pain. Richard also noted that we suffer from narrow, cramped thinking which restricts and limits our life view. What we need to break free is to grasp the whole picture, to invite a wider, unrestricted view of reality into our minds and hearts.
         On Sunday, Vernon’s very instructive talk about the three types of human beings on earth (workers, loafers and saboteurs) was referenced. The talk is entitled ‘A Library of Powerful Truths’ and can be found on the titled MP3 CD Let a Higher Spirit Guide You. We were urged to listen to it, as Vernon’s explanations of these three classifications of all of humanity will greatly expand our understanding of human nature.
         It was also revealed how often we are our own punishment, so must give up blame and shame. As Gary said, the ultimate frustration is to remain in the continuous “loop” where we keep repeating the same life mistakes over and over. We need not repeat this endless loop of falling down, crying and looking around for sympathy. The pattern can be broken by awareness, coming back to the present moment. As Jeff recalled from Vernon, “The Devil’s pitchfork is always in time,” when we’re remembering the past or we’re in thoughts of the future.
         Comments on the banquet spotlighted the new surges of energy we receive from coming and listening and working. As David said, just getting out of the big city into the fresh air is helpful for more clarity. Simply making the effort to be here and doing work raises us above the level of the world. People revealed how talk reminders and interactions bring up things we’ve been avoiding and now can see. (For instance, you could see, as one speaker read, “Those who understand the least are those who claim to understand the most.”)
         We were told how Vernon always reminded us it is “extremely positive to see the negative,” and there is no reason to suffer over that fact or over anything at all. It was great to be reminded that it is all an unnecessary hoax.
         In the entertainment portion of the banquet, three ladies, Lynne, Kyle and Nancy, charmed us with their beautiful Irish songs. All who came and participated as speakers, cooks and entertainers were energized, learning more about the inner life and and having fun. Only when we resist and abdicate self-responsibility do we suffer. As Paul told Bill at the work party Saturday night preparing the new Spring/Summer Newsletter for mailing, “I’m not leaving till we’re done” — a great work principle to use.
         We need to ramp up our receptivity to these teachings, especially now, Lynne said, for as Vernon told us in a talk years ago [May 1992], the world is being engulfed by evil, but the individual does not have to be. The current outer world is quite unlike the uplifting experience we felt at the Spring banquet.

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  • 2021 Irish Banquet
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  • 2020 Pagosa Springs Banquet
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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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