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 Eye Opener (1950)
Effort has been made to carry AA into 
schools and young people’s organizations,
 but the effective response has been so 
negligible that it has usually been abandoned after a short trial.
AA is a program for ALCOHOLICS – 
persons suffering from alcoholism.
It was designed to appeal to them and them only.
 It is probably true that we can tell the kids a lot about drinking, 
but it will fall on deaf ears. Unfortunately, we must be pricked
by the sharp thorn of experience in order to learn.
 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Upon arising in the morning, renew your aim to meet daily events
freely and consciously, not with mechanical reactions.”
Cosmic Command, # 1846
5 April 2017
We have not once sought to be one in a family, to be a friend among friends, to be a worker among workers, to be a useful member of society. Always we tried to struggle to the top of the heap, or to hide underneath it. This self-centered behavior blocked a partnership relation with any one of those about us. Of true brotherhood we had small comprehension.
This message contained in Step Four was the first one I heard loud and clear; I hadn’t seen myself in print before! Prior to my coming into A.A., I knew of no place that could teach me how to become a person among persons. From my very first meeting, I saw people doing just that and I wanted what they had. One of the reasons that I’m a happy, sober alcoholic today is that I’m learning this most important lesson.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

 Healing is not creating a perfect idea or a perfect body; 
it is revealing an idea which is already perfect. 
The science of mind page 212
Kindness – I like to treat myself with a Grandmother’s heart.
 Al-Anon is where we can practice kindness to ourselves. 
Ala-non member
Here is my insanity,;insanity is my God. 
All I have to do is change the channels. 
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. 
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, 
and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
— John Muir (1838-1914)
“You want to be free. 
You also want to be mine. 
You can’t be both.” 
― Nenia Campbell, Crowned by Fire
The sword of Love sweeps away the dust from the lovers soul.
 For his sword clear sins.

various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 94 Insights
“I am as God created me.”
It seems surprising that it would be so difficult to accept that we all are extensions of God’s Love. The power and strength of God’s Love is ours eternally. We cannot give this power away, even if we wanted to. We are God’s Son eternally. God’s Son is One, and is all inclusive. God’s Son is what we all are, forever. We cannot change that. No matter what wild and crazy stories we may choose to believe in for a while, the stories are really nothing, just foolish tales of aloneness, of separation from our eternal connection with God. I cannot be God’s Son alone. God’s Son includes everyone. God’s Light includes everyone.
As I watch TV and see the maneuvering and gyrations of the war, I can remember that all are God’s Son, complete and healed and whole eternally. The dreams of being on one side or another, of a conflict, are seen as silly ideas to be laid aside.
I am so grateful for the Course because it is a helpful path that brings me to the consistent truth that the physical world is a dream and could never be the truth. Separation from God is a dream and could never be the truth. Everyone is still as God created them. Nothing has changed.
Love is. God is. I am so grateful that this is the only truth. I am so grateful to be reminded today that my hallucinations of separation are not real. I will do my best today to devote the first five minutes of every hour to remembering the truth. The Course does such a wonderful job of encouraging me to let go of illusions and return to the truth. I give thanks.
To really accept that I am as God created me and I am His Son eternally is to accept complete freedom from guilt. Since God is Love and nothing else, His Son must be Love and nothing else. Today’s Lesson could be rephrased, I am as Love created me. I am Love’s extension eternally. I am changeless Love. And that applies equally to all. If someone irritates me, when I remember that person is as Love created them and Love’s extension eternally, all sense of irritation or upset disappears.
Because Love is changeless, It cannot be harmed. And because Love is all that is real, no harm is possible. This world seems to demonstrate the opposite because it was made to make the impossible appear possible. It is only our belief in separation as real that makes it seem real to us. Today’s lesson is telling us that remembering that we remain as God created us is complete salvation from this make-believe world of impossibilities.
I dedicate today to reinforcing in my mind the idea that I remain as God created me. I am His Son eternally, whole, changeless Love and nothing else. God created me in His innocence. That has not changed. That is true of everyone without exception. Today I practice remembering that all through the day.
There are times when my self esteem is so low that I wonder what God was thinking when he created me. I keep thinking that God sees me the way I so often see myself. Even now, I still don’t know where I’m going and I still don’t understand why I’m here but the Course and these lessons continue to give me hope and willingness to reach the goal God wants me to reach.
I often think of how much I love my daughter and how it hurts me to see her struggle and I think God feels the same way. He sends us these messages and wants us to remember who we are in hopes that this thought will give us strength and shed some light on our troubled times.
Most Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness to remember this thought today for this thought will sustain me, especially in difficult times. Amen
Drinking my coffee this morning in the hotel lobby, I heard a war broadcast calling this conflict the beginning of a world war. It was very frightening. I found myself afraid for our world and for my son who is turning 18 in June. I was also becoming angry at the politician who thought this was a great idea, at Saddam and at George. As I took my walk, I asked Holy Spirit to show me a different way to see this.
I’ve been seeing my true Self as Light and seeing that Light join with the Light of others, particularly those I have trouble dealing with. I thought that I should do this with Saddam and the president now, but I was surprised that the idea repelled me and scared me a little.
I have felt so blessed all day. How fortunate we are that when we focus our energies for God, we are so completely supported.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Go to some peaceful place and stay alone for a while, 
listening to the soft sounds of nature and of God within.
Paramahansa Yogananda
“What shall I do, today? Visit the pub?
Sit down in a garden with a book? A bird
flies past. Where is it headed? It’s out of
sight already. The drunkenness of a bird in the
burning azure. The melancholy of a man
in the cool shadow of a mosque.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam…
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