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Out of Self
From: “Trying the Twelve Steps”  
It may be that problem drinking is, indeed, as some psychological experts say, an ailment characterized especially by egocentricity. Not all alcoholics are egotistical, although many of us have learned to see that tendency in ourselves. Others of us felt inferior most of the time; we felt equal or superior to other people only when drinking.  
No matter which type we were, we realize now that we were excessively self-centered, chiefly concerned about our feelings, our problems, other people’s reactions to us, and our own past and future. Therefore, trying to get into communication with and to help other people is a recovery measure for us, because it helps take us out of ourselves. Trying to heal ourselves by helping others works, even when it is an insincere gesture. Try it some time.
1975, AAWS, Inc., Living Sober, page 84
“Danger recognized as danger is not hazardous,
as with a sailor who sights and steers away from rocks in the sea.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 9
Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing which makes life seem so worth while to us now. . . . the dark past is . . . the key to life and happiness for others.
Since I have been sober, I have been healed of many pains: deceiving my partner, deserting my best friend, and spoiling my mother’s hopes for my life. In each case someone in the program told me of a similar problem, and I was able to share what happened to me. When my story was told, both of us got up with lighter hearts.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“It should be considered right to live and enjoy living. To be well, happy, and to express freedom, is to be in accord with Divine Law and Wisdom.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
I sought my whole life for centeredness, 
I, we, are about 20% off center and I can identify with it. 
 “I’m not really a career person; I’m a gardener, basically.”
John Lennon
“When Allah created me, he knew that I
would drink a lot of wine. So if I didn’t, the
omniscience of Allah would stand on its head.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam…
ACIM Workbook Lesson 241 Insights
“This holy instant is salvation come.”
Salvation, release from the world of separation and limitation, is available every day, in every instant. It comes with true forgiveness. It is no accident that Part II of the Workbook begins with “What is forgiveness?” When we recognize that there is truly nothing to forgive, that nothing has occurred to change the Son of God in any way, we will know complete release from the world. It will disappear because the thought that made it is gone.
Forgiveness is the means, the only means, through which we are released to return to our Home, in the Heaven of God’s Arms. That is what it means in the introduction to the Course that this is a required course. We must all, in one way or another, come to realize that only Love is real and nothing else exists. This is what forgiveness brings us. Forgiveness lets us see what we thought we were apart from God could never be and never has been. This clears the way for us to see the Love that is our brother and our Self. The words and means used to reach this awareness do not matter. The Course is one way to find It. But even this we must let go of and come with wholly empty hands and an open heart and mind to our Creator. This is what the Course calls forgiveness.
The inner Teacher given me by God will come to me in every moment when I am willing to accept that I, of myself, know nothing. I, in unity with the Holy Spirit, know everything. To experience this unity, I must relinquish the desire for a special and unique identity. As I give this desire to the Holy Spirit, He returns a gift to me of immeasurable value. He returns my Self to me, along with all God’s glory, His joy, His peace and His Love. In this holy instant is salvation come.
This lesson speaks to me of the power of now. Because in reality there is no past and future, now is all there is. Now I would open to the Holy Spirit and let the veil be lifted. It is only in this false world of separation that there appears to be a choice as to when I choose to let the veil be lifted.
Once the veil is lifted, there is only God. God is. Love is. There is nothing else. The choice for returning to God can only be now. Only God is now. Illusions are nothing and nowhere. Nothing really matters but awareness of the truth, awareness of God, awareness of Love. Love is eternal so Love is now.
So now I open my mind and let all my fears be dissolved in Heaven’s holy Light. Now I open to the certainty of God and let all doubts disappear. The answer to every problem is in my mind now as I open to the Holy Spirit. Where do I place my trust? I place my trust in God, now. What joy there is today!
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Cal Farley
Cal Farley was an American professional wrestler and businessman. He has been called “America’s Greatest Foster Father”.
Farley was born in Saxton, Iowa and grew up in Elmore, Minnesota. He started playing semi-professional baseball as a teenager. Cal served in the United States Army during World War I with Company “C” Sixth Engineers, Third Army Division. While in the army, he competed as a wrestler and after the war became a professional wrestler. He was the World Welterweight Champion in the 1920s and has the distinction of 225 straight matches without a loss. Cal was the original Promotor of the NWA.
He moved to Amarillo, Texas in 1923 and took over a tire shop. In 1934, he started the Maverick Club, an athletic club for boys, and in 1939 founded the residential childcare facility known as Boys Ranch, located near Old Tascosa, a largely otherwise abandoned community in Oldham County north of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. Farley also founded Girlstown, U.S.A. near Whiteface about forty-five miles west of Lubbock. In 1944, Farley launched the annual Boys Ranch and Girlstown rodeo held over the Labor Day weekend.
The facilities have a strong spiritual program, with nondenominational Sunday morning chapel services and weekly Bible studies offered. The children are encouraged to participate in music ministry, read scripture, offer prayers, and serve as ushers. Education is provided by Boys Ranch Independent School District.
Farley was honored by the United States Postal Service with a Great Americans series 32¢ postage stamp. In 1989, the City of Amarillo renamed the Amarillo Civic Center coliseum for him.
Cal Farley suffered a cerebral hemorrhage during a church service at the ranch’s chapel and passed away. His wife, Mimi, passed away one month later. Cal and Mimi Farley were both buried at Llano Cemetery but were moved to the Boys Ranch in May of 1972 and are buried in front of the Julian Bivins Museum. Their beloved dog, Cricket, is buried at their feet.


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