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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 Spring Newsletter

         Vernon Howard once told us, “This is the greatest message ever given to mankind.” It’s a shame more people are not interested. The reason this world is in such bad shape is that human beings already think they know. They prefer to live in fear and worry. God, Truth, Reality has provided for a way out but there are too many distractions and other pursuits provided by this world instead of those we could be experiencing/ perceiving/enjoying from our enlightened higher nature.
         It is an absolute delight when we get ourselves out of the way enough to allow truth to handle something for us. It could be anything. It could be a health crisis, a family crisis, a financial crisis, any kind of a crisis. It was recently mentioned in a class that Vernon assured us Truth can handle anything, and that means anything. The problem is we continue to insist on handling things our way instead of the true way.
         Vernon Howard asks us in Secrets for Higher Success, “Have you ever noticed the weariness resulting from your present pursuit of happiness? This is a helpful sign of being on the wrong path.” We don’t see or realize the extent to which we’ve been lied to and brainwashed by this sick society. In a talk from 1983, Vernon exclaimed, “Don’t believe in people!” One of the greatest lies we’ve ever been told is that in certain situations and under certain circumstances we should feel bad. There is never any instance where we should feel bad or sad (about anything).
         In Psycho-Pictography, it is put this way, “Remember that nature has provided no permanent housing for negative emotions within you.” Do we realize how astounding this is? If we were to truly understand this fact, we would see there is nothing to fear. There is no reason for controversy or conflict or argument or dispute or worry or confusion and so on. Watch the objection that comes up inside you. That’s the nitwit self that insists it must have its way. The self that says, “I must feel bad.”
         Do you get a glimpse of why this work is so difficult? You’re going against all the dictates of the willful self and societal mores: this is the way you are supposed to behave in this situation under these circumstances. You are expected to react, follow edicts or else. Do you really think that God is going to force you to do anything? Only a malevolent entity would do something like that.
         Common sense should tell you, would a truly all-powerful creator put human beings under fear? Absolutely not. Only a sick, maniacal, evil-inhabited individual would do something like that. We must start to see the price we pay, the damage that is done when we become negative. Negativity wrecks our health, drains our energy, and has all sorts of other detrimental effects on us.
         Let’s take one particular negativity and investigate it — feeling overwhelmed. What’s its cause? Unnecessary thinking. We are unconsciously saying to ourselves, “This is too much for me.” “I can’t handle what the world is throwing at me.” What is the world? It consists of thoughts, unconscious demands and attitudes. As Vernon puts it in A Treasury of Trueness, “You’re sinking with thinking.”
         One of our problems is that we’re basically lazy. Just because you keep yourself busy doesn’t mean you are not lazy. It might be that you keep yourself physically active. Or maybe you occupy your mind all day long with frivolous things. Reading can be very beneficial, but it can also be used as a distraction. Reading can be a way of escaping or becoming agitated, depending on what you read. I once told a particular individual that, in fact, they were lazy, and it set off an explosion. It exposed an image they had of themselves of not being lazy. It is fascinating to see people’s responses under certain circumstances. Do you see it’s much easier to get angry than to stop, examine and ask yourself what precipitated such a negative reaction?
         It requires no intelligence to get irate. It proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that human beings live from ideas they have of themselves rather than from a calm, non-defensive state of relaxation, which is our natural state.
         Self-serving politicians talk about peace all the time and then what do they do? They argue with one another, or they start another war because they have warring natures. And they can also profit handsomely from the lunacy. Let me ask you something. If human beings stopped fighting with one another, what would happen to lawmakers and legislators? There would be no need for them. If we would start self-legislating, self-correcting, it would put an end to the nonsense and the insanity. God has provided a way for any sincere individual to rise above the madness of this world. Are we willing to give up the inanity? *
         The point of pondering all these things is to see the utter shallowness and senselessness of this world. We can then begin to sense that there must be Something Else. There is a different kind of excitement that human beings can experience if we’ll begin to look beyond the surface. Upon closer examination there is a way of feeling things where one views this world completely differently than the way it's presently perceived. Vernon Howard puts it this way, “… vast energy is ready to renew whoever makes himself ready for it. We make ourselves ready by refusing to take pleasure in negative emotions, by wanting to know more about life than what we see on the surface.” (Secrets for Higher Success)
         The energy comes of itself when we start to make a concerted effort to break the mundaneness and the clinging to the ordinariness and routine of our everyday lives. Have you ever driven your car on a dirt road that has been rutted previously and the ruts were fairly deep? You try to turn the wheel of your vehicle to get out of the rut, but it just keeps pulling you back into it. Well, that’s our false nature, our ego self. It keeps dragging us back into habitual patterns of reacting the same old way.
         We’re so used to doing things a certain way and we don’t want to change, or we don’t want to see what a dull, boring person we actually are. Truth can fix all that.
         How many have ever had a feeling of guilt come up for no apparent reason? You’re walking across your living room and suddenly you notice you are feeling guilty about something. It proves again that we are addicted to feeling bad. That’s what it means to be asleep. And we continue to allow these marauders to wreak havoc in our lives.
         We simply don’t catch the unconscious habitual thoughts and states that take us over. Maybe you’ve lived with something for a very long time, for instance an old computer? Over time it gets slower and slower, and some things stop working all together. But you live with it, you don’t replace it. Then at some point you decide to spend the money and you get a brand new, sleek, modern computer. You’re so used to the old sluggish computer you have a negative reaction to the new one. You react with aggravation because you must make an effort to learn some new things, including how to use added, updated features.
         Truth is like that. We’re so used to living from the same old sour, grumpy self that the false nature mightily resists being replaced by something that is pleasant, that isn’t afraid anymore, that doesn’t complain anymore.
         Truth is waiting for us to give up the old, so it can replace the negative nature with something new, vibrant and fresh. “To overcome yourself is the very same thing as overcoming the world.”(Secrets for Higher Success)

    * Inanity is the correct word. It means – lack of substance, shallowness, vapid, pointless, emptiness.

  • From 2021 Fall Newsletter
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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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