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“Many people wonder how A.A. can function under such a seeming anarchy. Other societies have to have law and force and sanction and punishment, administered by authorized people. Happily for us, we found we need no human authority whatever. We have two authorities which are far more effective. One is benign, the other malign. There is God, our Father, who very simply says, ‘I am waiting for you to do my will.’ The other authority is named John Barleycorn, and he says, ‘You had better do God’s will or I will kill you.’ And sometimes he does kill. So, when all the chips are down, we conform to God’s will or perish. At this level, the death sentence hangs over the A.A. member, his group, and A.A. as a whole.”
Bill W., St. Louis, July 1955
c. 1957 AAWS,
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 105
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“If you are not depending on strength for guidance, then you must depend
on weakness. What else? One or the other.  
  I used that word ‘weakness’ very deliberately and I want you to look at
it very closely with me because what you just heard in the opening
statements is really astounding, and I want you to see it as astounding.
‘If I’m not depending on strength to get through my day, then I’m de-
pending on weakness?’ Oh yes you are because that’s all you can depend
on, but we have to look at it even deeper than that.
If you’re depending on weakness you’re depending on something. What
kind of a man or a woman would choose to go through his whole life
depending on what is wrong, what is misleading, what is hurting him?
Oh, I better slow down here. You didn’t get it when I went through it
the first time. You don’t realize, literally, actually, and factually,
you are leaning on your ignorance to get you through a day.”
from a talk given 1/20/1988
Tell him exactly what happened to you. Stress the spiritual feature freely.
The marvel of A.A. is that I tell only what happened to me. I don’t waste time offering advice to potential newcomers, for if advice worked, nobody would get to A.A. All I have to do is show what has brought me sobriety and what has changed my life. If I fail to stress the spiritual feature of A.A.’s program, I am being dishonest. The newcomer should not be given a false impression of sobriety. I am sober only through the grace of my Higher Power, and that makes it possible for me to share with others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
Never limit your view of life by any past experience.
Ernest Holmes
I really did some self-inflicted ass whipping.
Then, I found the fellowship and the steps. 
“It does not matter how slowly you go,
so long as you do not stop.”
– Confucius

I LOVE my friends neither with my heart nor with my mind. 
Just in case… 
HEART might stop. MIND can forget. 
I Love them with my Soul. 
SOUL never stops or forgets.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 347 Insights
“Anger must come from judgment. Judgment is
The weapon I would use against myself,
To keep the miracle away from me.”
In this lesson, Jesus gives us the basis of every problem and he also gives us the solution. He helps us understand that making judgments on our own is an attack on our Self. Judgment keeps miracles away.
In paragraph 2, Jesus gives us the one alternative that heals all problems. He tells us, “Listen today. Be very still and hear the gentle Voice for God assuring you that He has judged you as the Son He loves.” (2:1) Here we have the answer to every perceived problem. We are asked to be still and listen. We are asked to have an open mind so that the healing Voice of the Holy Spirit can be heard. As we are truly willing to open our mind, we can’t help but allow in the peace of God. When the ego’s voice is stilled, peace is there. The Voice for God is there. As our willingness to accept God’s peace grows, we are very gently led back from our sleeping state. We are very gently led to awaken to the truth.
As we awaken we see that our attack thoughts are just foolish ideas. We do not want to keep them. They do not protect us. They do not protect our brother. They take us in the opposite direction from where we want to go. We allow a lot of time now to be still and listen. Quieting our minds of the ego’s judgment becomes a high priority. We see that it is the answer to every concern, every fear, every form of suffering. We become more willing to rest in God’s healing Light, God’s healing Love. I would practice accepting this miracle today.
In paragraph one, sentences 6-7 it says that the Holy Spirit sees what I see but knows the truth. He looks on pain but understands it is not real. And in His understanding, the pain is healed. When I was in my 20’s, I had a spiritual mentor who saw in me what I was unable to see in myself. I made him into an authority figure in my mind so while I had great respect for him, I also feared him. It seemed that I couldn’t have any secrets. But because he didn’t see the limits on me that I saw, he frequently put me in positions that caused me to stretch and go beyond the box I placed on myself. I believe his compassionate direction helped me grow and establish a foundation upon which I am still building more than 30 years later.
This is a small and limited example of what the Holy Spirit in our mind is ready to do for us in every instant. He does not believe the limits we have placed on ourselves. He recognizes that we believe we suffer and have pain. We feel guilty and lack of Love, but He knows it is not true. In every moment He is ready to help us let these false ideas about ourselves go.
With loving compassion, He looks upon our ideas of limitation and to each one He gently says, “It is not so.” To feel His healing blessing, we need only take each thought of pain and limitation to Him and let Him show us it is not so. That is His healing judgment on all the fearful and limiting images we perceive. Where we see darkness, He shows us the Light behind the false images. Where we perceive lack of Love and guilt, He shows us the Love that shines upon us beyond the imaginary barriers we have built.
The Holy Spirit is our loving Mentor in our mind, ready in every instant to guide us to a kinder and gentler view of the world and therefore of ourselves. Following His kind direction, we walk a path of Light that leads us ever on toward the Home He knows we never really left. Here we find peace. Here the thought of lack and attack is inconceivable. Here is the experience of Love beyond anything we have ever experienced in the dream of separation. Here we remember our unity with our Creator and we are at peace.
There are a couple of things that jump out at me in this lesson — line 2 and 3: “Straighten my mind, my Father. It is sick.” (1:2-3) I often use a similar prayer. I ask the Holy Spirit to heal my thoughts. It is such a simple prayer, but incredibly effective. Sometimes I ask myself if it could really be this simple. Sometimes I ask more than once as I wait on myself to choose peace, But I persist and, with the Holy Spirit’s gentle and patient correction, everything changes.
I also appreciate the reminder to be quiet today and to listen. I need the reminder as Christmas looms closer and time seems to speed up. As I venture into the frantic crowds today, I ask the Holy Spirit to work through me to bring peace to those I touch. Instead of adding to the chaos this season often brings (or rather that we bring to the season), I want to be a blessing.
Beloved Indwelling Spirit, I am willing, this day, to be still and hear that Voice for God You speak of. I have strayed and wandered and gotten lost. And in that wandering, my mind has become sick from all my misperceptions. I am tired, Holy Spirit. Therefore, I surrender this day to you that you may straighten my mind. Though I might not recognize truth today, as I heal I will trust My Father’s will and know that He will use any situation I encounter as part of His plan to lead me back to Him. I am willing to listen today; please speak to me, sing to me Father. I choose to experience the gift of freedom You offer me. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Never limit your view of life by any past experience.
Paramahansa Yogananda
The Buddha Teaches
After his enlightenment, he went to the Deer Park near the holy city of Benares and shared his new understanding with five holy men. They understood immediately and became his disciples. This marked the beginning of the Buddhist community.
For the next forty-five years, the Buddha and his disciples went from place to place in India spreading the Dharma, his teachings. Their compassion knew no bounds, they helped everyone along the way, beggars, kings and slave girls. At night, they would sleep where they were; when hungry they would ask for a little food.
Whenever the Buddha went, he won the hearts of the people because he dealt with their true feelings. He advised them not to accept his words on blind faith, but to decide for themselves whether his teachings are right or wrong, then follow them. He encouraged everyone to have compassion for each other and develop their own virtue, “You should do your own work, for I can teach only the way.”
He never became angry or impatient or spoke harshly to anyone, not even to those who opposed him. He always taught in such a way that everyone could understand. Each person thought the Buddha was speaking especially for him. The Buddha told his followers to help each other on the Way. Following is a story of the Buddha living as an example to his disciples.
Once the Buddha and Ananda visited a monastery where a monk was suffering from a contagious disease. The poor man lay in a mess with no one looking after him. The Buddha himself washed the sick monk and placed him on a new bed. Afterwards, he admonished the other monks. “Monks, you have neither mother nor father to look after you. If you do not look after each other, who will look after you? Whoever serves the sick and suffering, serves me.”
Ron Richey
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