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“We do not like to pronounce any individual as alcoholic, but you can quickly diagnose yourself, Step over to the nearest barroom and try some controlled drinking. Try to drink and stop abruptly. Try it more than once. It will not take long for you to decide, if you are honest with yourself about it. It may be worth a bad case of jitters if you get a full knowledge of your condition.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
More About Alcoholism, pg.31
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Self-repair must be one’s first order of business, otherwise he
is like a seaman too worried about the leaks in his boat to sail
forward. Self-repair proceeds rapidly when one constantly questions
his present life. Among other things this means that physical or
financial security must not be taken as psychological security.
Safe and wealthy men tremble.”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 
25 April 2017
In the late stages of our drinking, the will to resist has fled. Yet when we admit complete defeat and when we become entirely ready to try A.A. principles, our obsession leaves us and we enter a new dimension—freedom under God as we understand Him.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 283
I am fortunate to be among the ones who have had this awesome transformation in my life. When I entered the doors of A.A., alone and desperate, I had been beaten into willingness to believe anything I heard. One of the things I heard was, “This could be your last hangover, or you can keep going round and round.” The man who said this obviously was a whole lot better off than I. I liked the idea of admitting defeat and I have been free ever since! My heart heard what my mind never could: “Being powerless over alcohol is no big deal.” I’m free and I’m grateful!
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
The highest mental practice is to listen 
to this Inner Voice and declare Its Presence. 
The Science of Mind page 334 
Control is only an illusion.
Ala-non member
 I don’t think these are extravagant promises, 
I think not, I know I saw them working in other 
people’s life and they begin to work in mind. 
“I met a boy whose eyes showed me that the past, 
present and future were all the same thing.” 
― Jennifer Elisabeth
It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, 
than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
— Andre Gide (1869-1951)
 All Intellect Falls prey to Love’s Glory.
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 114 Insights
Review: “I am spirit. and 
“I will accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.”
True happiness is accepting my Identity. True happiness is accepting God’s Will for me. God wills that I not be separate from Him. God is the universal Spirit of Love. That means that I am the universal Spirit of Love.
I am not a body. I may use the body as an instrument, but that is not what I am. I am not contained by the body or limited in any way. I am still as God created me. I am Spirit, the one Spirit of Love, joy and peace. I have forgotten my Identity, but now I am reawakening to It. I open my mind to God’s Will for me. I practice today opening to the truth. I am Spirit.
Every day I see stories of conflict. Some of them seem not to be directly related to me. They appear to occur in other parts of the world or in other people’s lives. Others seem to directly affect me. Yet the Course reminds me that no conflict can occur in reality. What is one cannot conflict with itself. Only seeming differences can conflict.
If I perceive conflict anywhere, in any way, I have a choice of two responses. One is to perceive the conflict as real and seek to in some way prevent or change or protect against that conflict. This is an attempt to substitute one form for another, but it does not deal with the cause, only the symptoms.
The other way to respond is to let Holy Spirit guide my vision, to see beyond the conflict of forms to the unity of Spirit in all things. This is how I remember my true Identity. This is how I accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. This is how I bring peace to the world.
My practice now is to seek in every moment to let Holy Spirit guide my vision. And in moments of temptation, where I perceive conflict of any kind, to respond by reminding myself that I am Spirit and I choose to accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.
I choose to open my mind and heart to the guidance of Holy Spirit to see with His vision, to Love with His Love. This is how I accept the happiness that God gave me in my creation and which He gave to all His creations. I am not a body and I am not limited by a body. I can learn to see beyond body forms. I can accept my part in God’s plan for salvation.
The fact that my Heavenly Father’s Will is that I not be separate from Him gives me a sense of security and peace that there are no words for. This thought is much easier to accept when I realize I am not a body. When I practice letting go of belief in my body, just for moments at a time, I do believe it is possible to connect with God. Even though I’m not sure at this point where my mind goes when I take the time to get away from the insanity of this world, wherever it is, I get the willingness to be open to my part in God’s plan for salvation, whatever that is.
Most Holy Spirit, help me this day to have the willingness to stay focused on the fact that I am Spirit and, being Spirit, to accept my part in God’s plan for salvation. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Tranquility is the nature of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Oh, Thou, who didst with Pitfall and with Gin
Beset the Road I was to wander in,
Thou wilt not with Predestination round
Enmesh me, and impute my Fall to Sin?
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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