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Eye Opener (1950)
The greatest battles of life are won or lost without the sound of a single shot. Suppose Christ had lost His battle with Satan at the time of His temptation? Its repercussions would have been greater than all the battles of history.
Your greatest victory, your greatest display of courage in your fight against Alcohol was not accomplished amid flying banners and the flourish of trumpets but in the quiet of your own heart.
The most courageous thing a man can do when he has fought a good fight and realizes that he is up against unconquerable odds, is to admit that he is whipped. General Robert E. Lee‘s reputation for courage suffered not one bit by his surrender at Appomattox
“No one on earth can hurt you, unless you
accept the hurt in your own mind. . .
The problem is not other people; it is your reaction.”
Quote by Vernon Howard


Now, what about the rest of the Twelfth Step? The wonderful energy it releases and the eager action by which it carries our message to the next suffering alcoholic and which finally translates the Twelve Steps into action upon all our affairs is the payoff, the magnificent reality, of Alcoholics Anonymous.
To renounce the alcoholic world is not to abandon it, but to act upon principles I have come to love and cherish, and to restore in others who still suffer the serenity I have come to know. When I am truly committed to this purpose, it matters little what clothes I wear or how I make a living. My task is to carry the message, and to lead by example, not design.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

The world needs spiritual experience,
as it needs bread and butter. Individuals 
need spiritual convictions as they need meat and drink.
And with his spiritual convictions come all else. 
To those who have, she’ll be given. 
The science of Mind page 451 
With a sense of great joy a, I bless every being
 on the planet and every path to the One.
We never experienced this very moment before and the next moment 
will not be the same as the one we are in now. 
Pema chodron
Be in nature and discover how much God loves you,
 “Pause, so you can hear the rabbits.”.
Alanon member

Everything was so good that I started drinking again.

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted.

Then, there’s another way: 
a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 343 Insights
“I am not asked to make a sacrifice
To find the mercy and the peace of God.”
This lesson is telling us that we must give to know the mercy and the peace of God. This is confusing to the ego, which cannot conceive of giving without sacrifice. The key is in sentences 3 and 4. “You only give. You never take away.” In God, giving cannot mean loss. There can be no “taking away.” Because He gives everything eternally, we as God’s Son, have everything eternally. We cannot lose.
To know that I have everything, I must give everything freely. If I try to hold back, to reserve something for me alone, I have lost awareness that everything is given to all and thus will not know that everything is given to me. So it is not giving that brings experience of loss. It is holding back that makes us feel that loss is possible.
This experience of giving to know that we have everything cannot be found on the level of form. Because every form is finite, if it is given away, it is no longer part of the giver. That is the law of separation, which governs the world of form. But in our holy Mind there is no form, only the Thought of Love.
Love knows no limits. To extend Love is not sacrifice but only gain, for Love is magnified by Its extension. Love does not condemn, and so it is merciful. Love is one and so it has no conflict and brings complete peace. To know the mercy and the peace of God I must give the Love I have been given. Only thus will I know my Self as God created It. Love must be freely given and received.
Today I will continue my practice of bringing all my thoughts in this world to the Holy Spirit for His help in removing all blocks to the free giving and receiving of the mercy and the peace of God.
The sentences that stand out to me in this lesson are, “I, too, must give. And so all things are given unto me forever and forever. As I was created, I remain.” (1:6-8) Love is abstract. Love is not specific. Love is all encompassing. It includes all that is. I was created as nonspecific, universal Love. That is what I received and that is what I must give.
Because Love is not specific, there is no judgment, no evaluation. As I return to my true Identity and learn to accept my true Identity, I open to the abstract, universal Love of God. I recognize that the specific is untrue. And so I learn to let go of specifics so that I may know the Love of God that I am. Love only gives so I, too, must give to be my Self. I was given all and I give all. As I was created, I remain.
Returning to this awareness is my opportunity today. When I get lost in specifics or thinking that specifics are real, I can hand it over and remember that Love is universal. Love is giving all to all. This I would practice accepting and giving today.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
In meditation…
 the power of God begins to reflect 
in the clear waters of your consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
But leave the Wise to wrangle, and with me
The Quarrel of the Universe let be:
And, in some corner of the Hubbub coucht,
Make Game of that which makes as much of Thee.
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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