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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 2021 Fall Newsletter

         I was sitting in my truck waiting to turn onto a street from a shopping center parking lot. A pickup truck was going by driving very slowly and I wondered why it was taking them so long. As it passed by me, I observed that the driver was a woman and I could see that she was completely lost in thought. Who knows what she was thinking about, but that is why human life is the way it is. That’s why we have accidents. That’s why we get into trouble in all sorts of ways. We’re not really driving our vehicle. We’re not at home. Our mind is somewhere else. We’re supposed to be in the present moment, living right now.
         The intellect lives in time. It cannot go beyond time. So it is impossible for the mind to realize or understand that there is something beyond thinking. An awakened human being knows, feels and perceives things above the mind. Because human beings are thinking machines, they are very predictable in how they will react and respond in every situation. They are mechanical. They are imitators and mimickers. That’s why a study of history shows that the same mistakes are repeated over and over.
         How can something that creates wars ever find peace? How can a troubled person supply genuine answers? How can something which causes problems discover real solutions? How can something which creates pain come up with lasting relief? How can a criminal, who lives to hurt people, effect change for good? We could go on and on with examples of contradiction, but do you see it will never work on that level?
         In There Is a Way Out, Vernon puts it this way, “A person failing to think from his cosmic mind is the ready victim of every other person who also fails to think for himself. People mistakenly assume that borrowed ideas can keep them safe.” The earthly mind can be used for practical matters and for accumulating right facts but cannot implement them. The earthly mind is useless in understanding higher matters. Only that which is above the mind can bring true happiness and cheerfulness.
         Did you know that the world hates cheerfulness? Something that isn’t affected by the gloominess, negativity, and the wrongness of this world. Take a look at yourself. Is there a part of you that hates the Truth while saying the exact opposite?
         Evil knows all this as well and uses it to destroy stupid humans. It counts on ignorance and entrenched beliefs to fool and trick people into enabling their own destruction.
         When you live from a belief system you are stuck in a rut. It limits your thinking. It keeps you trapped in time. You wrongly hope that earthly solutions will work when the crisis comes up. They have never worked and never will work because the earthly solutions are on the same level as the problem. In The Esoteric Path to a New Life, Mr. Howard tells us, “One of the great secrets of the esoteric path is your ability to escape from time…. we can be free of psychological time and live entirely in the present.” We must see the reality of this for ourselves, which can be done.
         Periodically we get e-mails from people requesting that we Zoom our classes. This is where you film a conference via video camera. There are dozens of Apps such as GoToMeeting, Google Meet, Skype, WebEx, Zoom, etc. that allow you to video a meeting that a person anywhere in the world can watch in real time with their computer, tablet, smart phone, TV, etc. We will not do that. We do understand that there are students whose circumstances limit their ability to travel, but we also know there are quite a few people who could make the effort to visit New Life and come to some classes, but who choose not to. People are basically lazy. In this world today everyone wants everything to be handed to them on a silver platter with the least amount of effort on their part. If you want the rewards of the higher life, sacrifices must be made. For example, fear, anger, frustration, depression, any kind of negativity must willingly be given up.
         You can also go against the fear and resistance and give up some of what you call your precious time, energy, money. Vernon Howard did not make it easy on anyone. He said, “You must come to where the Truth is.” We had to be moved to go to where the pure Truth was being taught and not the other way around. Vernon Howard or any true teacher does not need us, we need them. In There Is a Way Out, Vernon puts it this way, “Everyone makes the same mistake. He tries to substitute his personal course for the cosmic voyage.” This isn’t a self-improvement class. It’s all about seeing what is actually and factually going on. Seeing beneath the surface personality to know what people are really like.
         I personally made some trips to Boulder City, Nevada where Vernon was teaching before I eventually moved there to attend his classes full time. I did not have a lot of money and wasn’t sure how I was going to make a living, how things would work out, etc., etc. But something in me knew that if I really wanted help, I needed to go where the oasis was. Over the years there were many people who moved to Boulder City to study with Vernon, and they too had to go through challenges, life changes, etc. Not everyone was financially strapped like me, but they all had to deal with difficult circumstances to make the move.
         For those who may not know much about Boulder City, Nevada, it’s about 30 miles from Las Vegas. It was built and used as a base camp to house the 5,000 workers who built Hoover Dam. It has a harsh, desert environment. Temperatures in the summertime can reach up to 115, which I personally experienced. So physically speaking it wasn’t the most comfortable place to live, but we didn’t move there to enjoy the weather, though it could be enjoyable. It all depends on your state of mind. However, the cosmic weather and atmosphere were fantastic.
         Over the years I have watched and studied many people and have observed that humans are very adept at making excuses, finding reasons why they can’t do something, justifications for choosing not to make the effort to come to class, rationales for not endeavoring to follow instructions (the rules), to consciously go against themselves (the lazy false self), etc. There are also students of truth who have made and are still making incredible efforts to come to a class. God is very aware of all these things, and we are and will be rewarded handsomely if we have a right attitude and a contrite, humble spirit. This is all very real.
         But evil never stops working on gullible humans and is constantly at work to keep new people from discovering these teachings. It also keeps working on long time students to lead them away from the teachings and the classes. It will use the areas in which we are the weakest to attack us. It will threaten our physical existence for instance. Since darkness has no conscience, it will do absolutely anything to deceive us, like bringing up past follies to create feelings of guilt and regret.
         In Freedom from Harmful Voices #80, “They stir up memories of unpleasant events in an attempt to distract and discourage a spiritual seeker.” It will whisper to you that you are being disloyal to your religious upbringing or conditioning. It will try to convince you into believing you are responsible for all the ills of this world, which is a horrendous lie.
         The interesting thing in all this, if we will notice it, is that the false nature always wants us to feel bad. Notice how human nature always focuses on something wrong, something that must be overcome. Our original nature is happy and content. It doesn’t have problems. Troubles do not exist in this higher nature. Just ponder this, if we were normal, we wouldn’t feel guilty and we wouldn’t feel bad. Wouldn’t that be marvelous?
         Truth tells us we can understand all of this and much more.

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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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