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“The fellowship I found in A.A. enabled me to face my problem honestly and squarely. I couldn’t do it among my relatives, I couldn’t do it among my friends. No one likes to admit they’re a drunk, that they can’t control this thing. But when we come into A.A., we can face our problem honestly and openly. I went to closed meetings and open meetings. And I took everything that A.A. had to give me. It was at that point I reached surrender.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 340 
“YOUR CASTLE  Remember that working _for yourself_ is exactly the
same as working _against Satan_. The powers that build your inner
strength also demolish your inner weakness. So have no fear if
you feel a sense of loss as you work inwardly. You are losing
what has caused you to lose. The more you lose the more you win.
You lose the haunted house in order to build a shining castle in
its place. This is an exciting secret for changing your inner
residence. Move today.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 178
My stability came out of trying to give, not out of demanding that I receive.
— THE BEST OF BILL, pp. 46-47
As long as I try, with all my heart and soul, to pass along to others what has been passed along to me, and do not demand anything in return, life is good to me. Before entering this program of Alcoholics Anonymous I was never able to give without demanding something in return. Little did I know that, once I began to give freely of myself, I would begin to receive, without ever expecting or demanding anything at all. What I receive today is the gift of “stability,” as Bill did: stability in my A.A. program; within myself; but most of all, in my relationship with my Higher Power, whom I choose to call God.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“Jesus was not the great exception; he was the great example.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Philosophy of Jesus: Updated and Gender-Neutral
I tried all these different things and finally became
a Jesus Freak which is what I am now. 
If you want to see the truth you must be brave enough to look.
Rune Lazuli 
“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do , Something you are, And something you give away”
ACIM Workbook Lesson 234 Insights
“Father, today I am Your Son again.”
My Father is Love. And I am Love’s Son, or Love’s extension. As Love’s extension, my only job is to extend Love. I am willing today to practice remembering my true Identity as Love’s extension. I am willing today to practice letting go of the false identity I have latched on to as an individual, separate from God. This is not where my safety lies. My safety lies in returning my mind to my true Identity, where I reside eternally as one in God’s universal Love.
“Father, today I am Your Son again.” This means I am willing to look at the thoughts that deny this truth and hand them over to be undone in Your loving Light. This is now what time is for — to return to my true Identity as Love.
There are many stories about people who were separated from their parents at birth or at a young age who, as adults, felt a need to find their birth parents. We all have a desire deep within our hearts to return to our Parent, our Source. If we think we are a body, we will search for what we believe to be the source of that body, our birth parents. But this is just a reflection of the deeper inner desire to reconnect with our Father, with Love.
Our true and eternal sense of completion can never be found in the world of form. Our true completion is in Love. This is the only place we will find lasting happiness. Only in Love will we feel truly at Home. Only in Love will the gnawing sense that something is missing disappear. Only in Love will we know our wholeness.
When we believe we are separate, Love seems to be lost to us. We may hear the call of Love in our hearts, but if we think the world of form is real, we will search for Love where it cannot be found. Love cannot be found in a special relationship with another body. It is not found in another body that shares our DNA. Love cannot be found in winning awards or any special circumstance in the world. Love is found within because Love is what we are. Love is found by remembering we are Love’s extension, by knowing again that we are God’s Son.
I rest today in God’s loving embrace by practicing accepting my Self as His loving extension. That is how I know that I am my Father’s Son again. As I practice this I feel the safety of Love’s sure protection, and remember I am free.
Thank you God, for being my Father, my rock and my salvation. I need nothing else, for there is nothing else but Your Love, which You have given wholly to me. Thank You.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“The entire universe is God’s cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind’s deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one’s current role, rather than with the movie’s director, or God.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
Quite interesting message…
 1.  The FUTURE is approaching faster than one can handle!
In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years and, most people won’t see it coming. 
Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?  Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975.  
The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore ‘s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. 
Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.
2.  Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
3.  Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
4.  Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.
5.  Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.
6.  In the US , young lawyers already don’t get jobs.  Because of IBM’s Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.  So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only omniscient specialists will remain.
6A.  Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human nurses.
7.  Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. 
8.  Autonomous  cars:  In 2018 the  first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving.  The very young children of today will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.
8A.  It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that.  We can transform former parking spaces into parks.  1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million mi (10 million km).  That will save a million lives world wide each year.
8B.  Most  car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla,  Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.
8C.  Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.
9.  Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
10.  Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
11.  Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020.  Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.
12.  Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.
13.  Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that simply cannot continue – technology will take care of that strategy.
14.  With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per  cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents).  We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible 
if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
15.  Health:  The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it.
16.  It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease.  It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free.  Goodbye, self-serving medical practitioners and establishments.
17.  3D  printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years.   In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.
18.  Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
19.  At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D  scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.  In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-story office building.  By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.
20.Business opportunities:  If you think of a niche you want to go in, first ask yourself: “In the future, do I think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?
20A.  If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea.  Any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st  century.
20B.  Work : 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years.  There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a short time. This will require a rethink on wealth distribution.
21.  Agriculture :  There will be a $100 agricultural robot  in the future.  Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.
22.  Aeroponics will need much less water.  The first Petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018.  Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows.  Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore.
23.  There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
24.  There  is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in.  By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying.  Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not – it will ultimately compel all politicians to be truthful (a truly unique & novel occurrence).
25.  What a university student learns in the first year of a three year degree – will be irrelevant and redundant by the time the third year is completed…
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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