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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.”

Points to Ponder by Richard Wooldridge

Richard Wooldridge     Richard has been the director of New Life since 1993. He started attending classes in 1975 and moved to Boulder City, Nevada from Dallas, Texas in 1977.
He worked closely with Vernon Howard and others in the running of New Life.
He actually lived at the building in Boulder City where he had many responsibilities. Vernon Howard was very tough on him in order to give him the greatest opportunity for discovering something higher. He is very grateful for the guidance he was given even though it was very difficult at times. The false self is not going to give up easily and it takes many years of hard work to begin to understand the deeper meanings of these teachings. But it’s all worth it for the pearl of great price.

  • From 2022 Fall Newsletter

         At New Life’s most recent banquet many excellent points were brought up. One particularly helpful point was that Vernon Howard told us we’re memory worshippers. In other words, we are slaves of the intellect, of our thoughts. But there is another element involved that Truth is actively urging us to contact, which is essence or being. There exists an undeveloped part inside of us which recognizes the Truth when it hears it. It is above and beyond the mind.
         It is something one can perceive from a different place inside of themselves. Recently in a class in Pagosa Springs a student relayed an experience he had when taking a trip through Alaska some years ago. He came upon a spectacular view and stopped the car to take it in. The scenery was breathtaking. So, he decided to try and capture it by taking a photograph. A few years later he came across the photo in a box when he was moving. He realized that the picture he took didn’t begin to capture what he had seen and felt.
         Everyone reading this article has had a similar experience including myself. You can’t capture either the present or an awe-inspiring moment from the past. One actually feels something uplifting when viewing a spectacular panorama, but it can only be experienced in the present moment. You are taking in so much more than a camera lens can record. Truth is right now.
         People try to hold onto memories, which is living in the past. If you make a conscious effort to observe yourself or other people, you will see that we’re often living in memory and almost always living in thought. And if you’ll watch even more closely, there is no life or vibrancy in the reflection of the past event. We’re trying to hold onto something which doesn’t exist in time. The event occurred, but only in that particular moment.
         There’s also a tremendous amount of pain involved in living only from thought, whether we see it or not.            Now contrast that with a true spiritual experience. A true teacher conveys something to you that lives in eternity, a cosmic insight or fact is explained, and it goes beyond the intellect. It’s not of this world. It doesn’t fade and it isn’t just a remembrance. It’s alive. It goes beyond human contact or human association. It keeps living because it isn’t in time.
         It’s imperative that we grasp what truth is trying to get through to us. Look at people’s lives, study their facial expressions. See that there is no real contentment, no enjoyment, no ‘aliveness’ there. They’re living in lifelessness because they’re living in the past or in anticipation or fear of what the future might hold or dread of what might happen to ‘me.’ Nothing lives in time; it only seems as if it does.
         Imagination is a very powerful anesthetic. It makes you think you are aware and conscious when you are really believing something exists that has no basis in reality. We are living in fantasyland. The self-deception is immense. The mind is extremely clever in convincing us we’re conscious and that we know what we are doing.
         Have you ever seen a mirage on the highway while driving? You look ahead and spot what appears to be water on the hot pavement, but once you reach the location it magically disappears. The mirage isn’t real, but people would insist it is.
         I can’t emphasize enough the importance of beginning to see things as they actually are. Recently I watched a video clip of a group of powerful people getting together to discuss new policies to manipulate and influence the way they want the direction of the planet to go. Their meddling is always for egotistical gain and profit and to lead people astray and away from the higher while saying they are doing it for the greater good and betterment of mankind. They always make it sound so noble.
         In Esoteric Mind Power, Vernon Howard states, “When society does not know what to do about a problem it invents theories to make it appear that it does know what to do. The appointed crime committee concludes that crime is caused by poverty or drugs or broken homes, which is like saying that illness is caused by sickness. Social problems are caused by human ignorance of spiritual truths, but since few can face this fact in themselves, the problems continue.”
         If you don’t see the ways in which you are being tricked, how can you ever know and discover a new way of living that isn’t filled with lies, deceit, pain, and suffering? The nature of this planet is to cause you problems, not to relieve you of them. That’s the nature of the human mind. Only you as an individual can rise above the chaos and confusion of this world, including your own inner world.
         Vernon puts it this way, “Realization is a dynamic force for self-transformation.” Notice or make an effort to notice that when you are in the present moment there is no pain. There is no problem. There is no fear. None of those exist in the ‘now.’ It’s only when you are running mental movies, when you go into thought or into memory that you experience difficulties.
         Let’s say that there’s a task that must periodically be taken care of. The wind blows and deposits leaves and other particles into a certain corner of your porch. This corner seems to be a magnet for attracting debris. If you ignore it, it could lead to expensive repairs. A part of you wishes it would magically take care of itself and you wouldn’t have to deal with it. However, you know better; it needs to be handled.
         So, instead of procrastinating you clean it up. Now am I studying myself when taking care of the issue? Does resentment come up? Does annoyance rear its ugly head? Why does this keep happening? The mind says, “I have more important things to be doing with my time. I know what I’ll do, I’ll make lots of money and hire somebody to take care of it. This job is beneath me.” I remember one time Vernon picked up some paper that had blown into the entryway. I was there and he could have easily asked me to pick up the trash that had blown in. He did it consciously without any negativity and you could feel the difference.
         Truth has no resentment or anger in it. The intellect does. It hates everything. If we’re living only from the mind, it’s always either on defense or offense. It’s a god unto itself. Its nature is that of an egotistical maniac. In Treasury of Positive Answers, Vernon puts it like this, “Q: Give us something to clear the mental mist. A: A man takes his own viewpoint as the only world in existence, which is like taking earth as the only planet in the universe. Look beyond yourself! Feel the meaning in these three words and you will generate power enough to carry you to the cosmic world.”
         We must start feeling things rather than thinking things. Not in an earthly way but in a heavenly way, where you begin to perceive things entirely differently. I know people who are super intellects, and they can’t see things happening before their very eyes. They can quote spiritual truths word for word but are not aware at all that they’re immersed in exactly what the quote is talking about. They are asleep. They don’t get it. This is simply a fact.
         Vernon states, “His unconsciousness is his slavery …. Never having sighted their psychic chains they deny their existence.” We have to want to see beyond our blinding beliefs.
         A new neighbor recently moved in close to where we live. He has three horses and periodically likes to ride. He saddled up one of the horses and rode into the National Forest which backs up to his property. It’s bear country and he came across an area where there were bushes loaded with wild berries but there were also signs of bear everywhere. His horse became very skittish as it sensed and felt the bears were nearby. The horse instinctively did not like it. So, the neighbor realized it was a good idea to get out of there. He dismounted the horse, grabbed the reins, and led it away from danger. He didn’t want the horse to get spooked and then rear up and throw him.
         You see, the horse instinctively and naturally knew there was a predator nearby. It didn’t have to think about it, it just knew. It followed natural laws of self-preservation. We need to learn to recognize and follow natural cosmic laws just as the horse does. It is not natural to think so much. Everything is processed through our memory banks when we should be focusing on self-awareness.
         Vernon says it this way, “Our single greatest problem is unawareness.” “Unnaturalness covers and blocks naturalness.”* It is not natural to be negative. It is not natural to suffer. Why can’t we as humans see that? “Consciousness of the need for a wisdom beyond the self draws that wisdom to us.”*
         Vernon Howard’s teachings go way beyond thought and the limits of intellectualism. They are loaded with uplifting and inspiring messages we can use to rise above the utter madness and stupidity of this world, as well as our own negativities and shortcomings. We are instructed to “Meet everything with a free and flexible mind which is not tied to past experiences.”*
         *From Esoteric Mind Power

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     “In 2005 I got divorced, my children got so angry with me they haven’t spoken to me since and I made a very disastrous financial mistake. I now live in a small apartment instead of the beautiful home I once had. Am I complaining? NO WAY. I can say with all truthfulness that I am happier than I have ever been. I live alone but am not lonely. I almost never experience boredom even though I am retired with many hours spent alone. I have faced very painful truths about myself but thanks to Vernon Howard I began to see them as ways to freedom. Guilt was a constant companion for most of my life and letting go of it is a gift beyond price.”

With great love,
Bonnie H.

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     “I am writing from Papua New Guinea, a very small country north of Australia.
     Two weeks ago I was checking for reading material in a bookshop when I came across the book titled The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power.
     Anyway I would like to say that I feel very happy when I am reading it. The information presented is so powerful that I read a chapter every time I come home after work. It really explicitly explains the true meaning of life. It provides me with insights and a clear vision of me being on this planet.
     I am so pleased that I could just take this time to thank you for the inspirational words and countless encouragements.

Thank you,
Roncy via e-mail

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