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He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being.
  Many of us in A.A. puzzle over what is a spiritual awakening. I tended to look for a miracle, something dramatic and earth shattering. But what usually happens is that a sense of well-being, a feeling of peace, transforms us into a new level of awareness. That’s what happened to me. My insanity and inner turmoil disappeared and I entered into a new dimension of hope, love and peace. I think the degree to which I continue to experience this new dimension is in direct proportion to the sincerity, depth and devotion with which I practice the Twelve Steps of A.A.
Copyright 1990 


Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE


“Truth gazes down upon wandering humanity and thinks, ‘If only they
would pause long enough to _listen_.'”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 70


Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to

Accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And the Wisdom to know the difference.

Alcoholics Anonymous® reprinted with permission


Third Step Prayer

-The Third Step Prayer is from page 63, The Big Book:

“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 

bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 

may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!”


Seventh Step Prayer

-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book

“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 

remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”


St Francis Prayer

-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”

“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,

that where there is hatred, I may bring love;

that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony

that where there is error, I may bring truth;

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;

that where there is despair, I may bring hope;

that where there are shadows, I may bring light;

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;

to understand, than to be understood;

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        

St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).

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… and all details fall into their right place and are completed with ease.
I am overshadowed by Wisdom and embraced by Love.
It is good to know and to feel the One Divine Presence

Ernest Holmes. 

I didn’t want to commit, I thought I could 
never follow through with anything. 



Hope is not dead, it is just larger than our imaginations.



“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”






ACIM Workbook Lesson 349 Insights

“Today I let Christ’s vision look upon
All things for me and judge them not, but give
Each one a miracle of love instead.”
If I am to awaken to the truth, I must be willing to see through the eyes of Christ. I must be willing to accept and not judge what Christ’s vision shows me. God has given me the gift of Christ’s vision. Today I must make it my highest priority to accept God’s gift. It is Christ’s vision that gives me the miracles that heal my mind. It is Christ’s vision that shows me the truth.
In this world, everyone is busy with shopping for gifts for their friends and family. The biggest gift of all that we could ever receive is Christ’s vision, which is the gift that comes from God.
Today let me be humble enough not to judge Christ’s vision, but to accept it with gratitude. As I am willing to accept Christ’s vision, I receive a steady flow of gifts of miracles of changed perception. Christ’s vision shows me the face of Christ in every brother. Christ’s vision shows me the truth. Today I would be willing to receive the truth and give the truth. It is the greatest gift I could ever receive or ever give. This gift heals all artificial values and returns me Home where I belong.
Christ’s vision sees only innocence because it knows only innocence. Christ’s vision is a holy perception that leads beyond perception. There is no need for vision in Heaven, for what is one has no “other” to see. But in this world where we believe there is something to perceive, we need a vision that will lead us to the recognition of our unity instead of maintaining the illusion of separation. This is the gift of Christ’s vision.
Christ’s vision disregards the forms we look upon and sees only the Love that unites us all. When we join with Christ’s vision, we bring the gift of Love to all we look upon. Perhaps there is a brother who has lost awareness of the Light of Love he is. Christ’s vision sees it for him and offers it to him as a gift of remembrance. If he believes himself unworthy of the gift, he may not accept it, but the gift is held for him to be received when he is willing.
It is not my job to judge whether or not a gift will be accepted and offer it only to those who will accept. It is my job to let Christ vision in me offer the gift of Love equally to all. It is not my job to decide the form in which the gift of Love is given. It is my job to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, Who alone knows the form that will most effectively carry His healing message.
I open my heart to the gift of Love by opening my heart to everyone and everything with equanimity, recognizing what is the same in all. As I open my heart, I feel the joy of recognition, for I recognize the Love in me that is in all my brothers. The Light we share dances in celebration of our unity, for in the recognition of our oneness, we remember our Home.
Today I will give the gift of recognition that Christ’s vision shows me. It is the miracle of Love. And I give thanks for the opportunity to give this gift and receive its blessing.
For a long time I didn’t understand what it meant to have Christ’s vision. I thought it meant that I had to see my chosen image of Christ on my supervisor instead of her own face, or my mom’s face had to be different, or the guy on the freeway. Then I would evaluate my spiritual progress when I couldn’t see those images.
Today I realize that anything I see with my physical eyes is an illusion; it is these physical eyes that cause me to see my supervisor different, my mom different, etc. To have Christ’s vision is to liberate everything I see and make no judgment period, no matter how different they look to me, no matter how I perceive the person or situation; that’s an ego trick.
It’s taken me many years to realize that I don’t know what’s best for me. I don’t know what my needs are, but my Father does know and today I trust Him. I trust that all people and all situations in my life today are here to teach me a lesson and the lessons are those that I need to learn to be free of the judgments I have made. My Father has given me the gift of grace and trusts me to trust Him. Thank you, Father.

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If you could feel even a particle of divine love,
so great would be your joy—so overpowering—you could not contain it.

Paramahansa Yogananda



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