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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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  • 2023 Christmas Banquet

         Christmas banquet of 2023 was a week-long celebration with five energetic classes filled with vital guidelines for living a new life. Speakers were increasingly firm in sharing insights and motivating students toward vigorous changes in our inner development. Classes abounded with the encouragement to be cheerful while working, “to attune yourself with cheerfulness.”
        
    Beginning Wed. Dec. 20th, speakers examined a talk [10/29/88] in which Vernon Howard urged us to “eagerly, wholeheartedly seek out, welcome and embrace experiences that prove you were wrong about something.” That surely threw down the challenge to the social lies that we are “all good people, just a little flawed.” They said to look at our mechanicalness, and to see that our reactions are always either offensive or defensive and to then go higher, to rise above them. Bill revealed that we “can’t take anything,” but that for inner change, “ego-humiliation is a marvelous experience.” Moe talked about how we weakly say, “I feel bad,” while Vernon forcefully said, “I can chase out demons; why can’t you?!”
         The classes began to establish the amazing, mind-boggling fact that while seeing what’s wrong with ourselves, we can learn to separate from the artificial nature, from reacting to being called “dumb,” and to be cheerful and to laugh at ourselves at the same time. This healthy invitation continued throughout the week.
         Friday night, the entire class was asked to remember and to explore their three top lessons learned from New Life classes and Vernon Howard’s higher teachings. This exercise encouraged a zealous right use of spiritual memory to grasp and share more and deeper perceptions.
         Spiritual revelations were the special topic investigated in Saturday morning’s class. (See also The Power of Your Supermind, chap. 2.)  Some uniquely truthful principles emerged: that “Dark revelations must come before Bright ones”; and that you can be happy, but first our egotism must suffer 100%. If we don’t follow the right order, we fall into the delusion and pretense of the know-better trap of being mental only.
        
    Bill recalled the “Excedrin headache ads in which you were taught that your headache is especially unique,” one of the many lies picked up from our past conditioning. Being alert to our identification with a particular thought can lead to Right Rebellion. And ways to go beyond thought were explained by Paul, who said, “Human thought can’t get us out.... The thought is not holding you; you are holding onto the thought.”
         Solid spiritual principles continued to be strongly introduced on Sunday morning, as we were told how to be rightly aggressive in kicking out dark forces, to not be intimidated by them and to “have no mercy on what is trying to kill us.” Moe quoted Vernon saying, “we are here to wake the dead!” — the sleeping parts of us, the “dormant ability” to be awake and aware. He said, “If you think you can do this on your own, you’re crazy.” The classes and books and talks are vital for our awakening.
         All these firm, healthy talks were injunctions to raise our spilling level above our present PDFs [precious darling feelings] in order to receive the deeper messages of Truth. These peaked on Monday, Christmas Day when New Life director Richard Wooldridge and Paul used chapter 4 of The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power as a basis for study. Paul said we can learn to break the entrenched pattern and separate from the false “it” which mechanically runs our lives, making us go from desire to fear to anger.
         Richard described an illustration which occurred in the local Pine, Arizona cafe. He observed a father rightly correcting his sullen young daughter to “drop the attitude and knock it off.”  Like the horses which were once free and then captured, we can be freed of our own programming that has imprisoned usPretties Dancing — if we refuse to remain fiercely attached to our ego, our conditioning. “Come out of your stupor!” “Come out from among them! Don’t you think God can take care of you?!” Richard questioned us fervently.
         The hearty Christmas meal, with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings and luscious pies and other desserts, was superb. The formal entertainment full of hilarious jokes added to the gaiety, while wonderful traditional songs by our outstanding lady singers Lynne, Kyle and Nancy lifted our spirits even more. Dancing as well was merry, bright, and exhilarating.
         Our yearly exercise for 2024 was given: NO COMPLAINING for the whole year! That healthy resolution for inner change can put our false nature on notice that it will not be tolerated.

  • 2023 Thanksgiving Banquet
  • 2023 September Banquet
  • 2023 Pagosa Springs Banquet
  • 2023 May Banquet
  • 2023 Irish Banquet
  • 2022 Christmas Banquet
  • 2022 September Banquet
  • 2022 Pagosa Springs Banquet
  • 2021 Christmas 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.”

Sincerely,
Marie N., Palm Springs, CA

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