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Eye Opener (1950)
The troubles of the backwoods mountaineer are just as big and just as numerous to him as yours are to you. They seldom crack up mentally, however, because they have no “experts” to cure them of their present worries by finding things wrong that they never suspected before, thus giving them a brand-new crop of worries.
We often worry ourselves into the psychiatrist’s office and then worry ourselves into another when we get the first one’s bill.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Here is the Supermind way for success:
  1. Stand aside from yourself and watch your reactions.
  2. Don’t resist, condemn or seek to change the reaction,
   but quietly watch it come and go.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 8, p. 95
December 1,2016
Our Twelfth Step also says that as a result of practicing all the Steps, we have each found something called a spiritual awakening. . . . A.A.’s manner of making ready to receive this gift lies in the practice of the Twelve Steps in our program.
I remember my sponsor’s answer when I told him that the Steps were “suggested.” He replied that they are “suggested” in the same way that, if you were to jump out of an airplane with a parachute, it is “suggested” that you pull the ripcord to save your life. He pointed out that it was “suggested” I practice the Twelve Steps, if I wanted to save my life. So I try to remember daily that I have a whole program of recovery based on all Twelve of the “suggested” Steps.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. 
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the Wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.
Alan Alda 
The mind is a creative Factor within this, and when the mind takes his pattern after the spirit, it automatically renews the outer man after to holiness are homeless. 
The science of Mind page 494\

It was the beginning of true kinship with man and God.
12&12 Step Five, p.57  

Say what you mean, mean what you say, 
but don’t be mean when you say it.
Ala-non member

Don’t knock on the door of ordinary houses. 
Your arms are long enough to reach the door of Heaven. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 334 Insights
“Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.”
Today my practice is to frequently ask myself, “Am I looking through the ego’s eyes or am I looking through the Holy Spirit’s eyes?” The ego’s eyes show me that separation is real. The ego’s eyes show me that bodies and separate personalities are real. The ego focuses on what bodies do and looks for fault and blame.
The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, sees past bodies to the radiant Light that is truly there. The Holy Spirit looks at the eternal. The Holy Spirit sees that nothing has changed and that every brother is still totally sinless. The Holy Spirit blesses while the ego condemns.
Today my practice is to frequently check in to which hand I am holding, the ego’s or the Holy Spirit’s. The ego’s “gifts” offer sorrow and pain, while the Holy Spirit offers peace and joy.
Today I would behold my brother as sinless. Today I would strengthen my forgiveness muscles by practicing forgiveness all through the day. I would practice seeing past bodies to the truth in every brother and accept the gifts of peace and happiness. This is my practice today. “Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.”
It is helpful to remember that all the images I see in the world and their behavior, all events, are simply outward pictures representing my state of mind — my beliefs and thoughts. If I would claim the gifts forgiveness gives then I must learn to recognize the truth about what the images in my world represent. To learn this I must turn to the only Teacher who knows the difference between illusion and reality. That Teacher is the Holy Spirit in my mind.
At first the Holy Spirit may need to use external teaching aids such as the Course or other people who walk a few steps ahead along the path I seek to follow. But with practice I can learn to listen to the Holy Spirit in my mind and receive His guidance all through the day. He is ever present, always offering His gifts of the peace and joy of God. I claim them through my willingness to listen and follow.
When I get caught up in the activities of the world and think I know on my own what they mean, this simply reflects my resistance to following the Holy Spirit. Gratefully the Holy Spirit does not judge me for my resistance. With compassionate gentleness, He continues to offer me the gifts forgiveness brings. The moment I am ready to claim them, they are mine.
Today I would not settle for anxiety, sadness or any disturbance of my peace of mind. I would practice taking every thought that does not reflect the peace and Love of God to the Holy Spirit for His kind and gentle correction. I would practice listening and following, for thus do “I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.”
 Rise above the crowd. Step out of the choking monotony
of ordinary existence into a finer,
more colorful life of achievement and ever new peace. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“I disapprove of the vain and the religious.
Who can affirm whether you will go to Heaven
or Hell? Besides, what do those words mean? Do you
know any traveler who has been there?” 
― Omar Khayyám

“The home of Religion is the heart.” 
― Abdu’l-Bahá
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96816

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