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Inexplicable From “Why? I Don’t Know”:
“I don’t attempt to explain with reason and logic why these things happen. When they happen, I just accept them. I feel perhaps that God, as I understand Him, found it necessary for me to suffer the pain and anguish of an addicted alcoholic and to go through the slow and, for me, difficult program of recovery in A.A. in order to be prepared and willing to do His will. I am grateful and thankful that God has given this to me. Perhaps it is because I take the Third Step every morning. My hopes and prayers are that each day I will be able to maintain this conscious contact with God.”
Kingsport, Tennessee, USA
1973 AAWS Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 70

“One thing is for sure – and everyone knows this one thing for
sure. Everyone knows that something is happening to them socially,
physically, mingling with other people, there are endless contacts,
experiences, emotional and mental reactions. There are things that
you have to do; some things that you can avoid, and inwardly the same.
Something is always going on. Now that’s where the knowledge ends.
People are aware that there are happenings and events and resulting
reactions and feelings. However, the cause and cure for these minute-
by-minute experiences, the cause and the cure is unknown. However,
there is another knowledge besides the cause and cure which they
don’t know, which is that these experiences are mystifying, they are
painful. There is something happening all the time and the individual
feels helpless in the face of the inflowing floods of experiences, of
thoughts, of moods. The individual, therefore, sees himself as a dodger.”
from a talk given 11/19/1988
At the moment we are trying to put our lives in order. But this is not an end in itself.
How easily I can become misdirected in approaching the Eighth Step! I wish to be free, somehow transformed by my Sixth and Seventh Step work. Now, more than ever, I am vulnerable to my own self-interest and hidden agenda. I am careful to remember that self-satisfaction, which sometimes comes through the spoken forgiveness of those I have harmed, is not my true objective. I become willing to make amends, knowing that through this process I am mended and made fit to move forward, to know and desire God’s will for me.
From the book Daily Reflections
“Life is a mirror and will reflect back 
to the thinker what he thinks into it” 
― Ernest Holmes
I thought that if I can control this then I 
can drink the way I want to drink. 

Why the search with a little flashlight when we are given a beacon light!? or Why settle for crumbs when our Creator has given us the whole enchilada!? or Why fly with little wings of a sparrow when given wings of an eagle!? 
copyright John-Robert Coleman
If God said, Rumi, pay homage to everything that 
has helped you to enter my arms, 
there would not be one experience of my life, 
not one thought, 
not one feeling, not any act I would not bow to. 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 216 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free.
I am still as God created me.”
“It can be but myself I crucify.”
If I see other people as bodies, I am crucifying myself. If I make what their bodies do real, I am crucifying myself. What I make real in others is what I am making real in myself. Making anyone’s ego real is denying their true Identity and my true Identity and I will suffer for it. When I do not remember I am connected with God, at some level I feel lost and alone.
As I do these lessons, I realize this need not be. I can let my mind be changed. I can learn to consistently see the Spark of God in my brother. This helps me recognize the same Spark of God is in me. We all have one real life and that is the life we live in God. If I deny this, I am attacking myself and attacking my brother. Letting go of the denial of the truth is forgiveness. It is my one purpose. As I practice forgiveness daily, I am learning how to be truly happy, how to be truly free. “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.”
There is great empowerment in the statement, “All that I do I do unto myself.” It puts me fully in charge of my life experience. If I experience suffering, it is because I have attacked. If I experience freedom from judgment, it is because I have forgiven. It is all going on in my own mind and my thoughts are entirely in my control.
At times it doesn’t seem that I have control over my thoughts. This is only because I have put the ego thought system in charge and then forgotten I put it in charge. The entire ego thought system is a system of illusions. It has no power of its own. Illusions can be frightening, but only if I believe they are real. When I remove the belief in its reality, the illusion is simply disregarded.
In my mind it is always my decision what I will believe is real. No one can make that decision for me nor can anyone change my decision for me. But I always have the power to change my mind. My salvation comes with withdrawing belief in illusion. The moment I do that, reality returns to my awareness.
As I practice remembering the body is not me and I am still Love as I was created, I open the door to the experience of Heaven — the peace and joy of the Love of God. So today, with hope and eager anticipation, I practice: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” With every repetition I move a step closer to accepting the truth of these statements. I move a step closer to freedom.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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The virtue of gratitude is, above all, for ourselves:
It is self-ennobling
From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda
and Swami Kriyananda

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is 
generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
~Johannes A. Gaertner 
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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