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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Inner liberty can be judged by how often a person feels offended,
for you
can no more insult a mature man than you can paint the air.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 15
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, . . .
As I continued to go to meetings and work the Steps, something began to happen to me. I felt confused because I wasn’t sure what it was that I was feeling, and then I realized I was experiencing serenity. It was a good feeling, but where had it come from? Then I realized it had come “. . . as the result of these steps.” The program may not always be easy to practice, but I had to acknowledge that my serenity had come to me after working the Steps. As I work the Steps in everything I do, practicing these principles in all my affairs, now I find that I am awake to God, to others, and to myself. The spiritual awakening I have enjoyed as the result of working the Steps is the awareness that I am no longer alone.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, In
There is but one mind, the mind of God and that mind is my mind now!”
Ernest Holmes
They said you can change your life, 
and then they fed me the big book 
with a steam shovel.
The future has many names.
For the weak it is unattainable. 
For the fearful it is the unknown. 
For the bold it is opportunity.

“When someone beats a rug,
the blows are not against the rug,
but against the dust in it.” 


ACIM Workbook Lesson 331 Insights
“There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
This lesson highlights the stark difference between what the Course teaches us about God and what most of us learned about God from our cultures and religions. As I read the first paragraph, I felt a sense of comfort from having a Father Who loves me and Who’s will for me is that I be safe and that no matter what “trouble” I seem to get myself into, He provides the means for me to find my way out. His Love does not judge, but sees me always as part of Him sharing all that He is and all that He has. How blessed am I to have a Father Who loves me without judgment, without limit, Who loves me as Himself.
The ego paints a very different picture. Because the ego is the idea of judgment and guilt, it projects this on its image of God and teaches us that God is judgmental and would condemn us to pain, suffering and death for the guilt He sees in us. If you want to know what the ego believes about itself, look at the judgmental image of God it portrays. This image is not real and could never be real. Yet in our feverish dreams of insanity, pain, suffering and death seem very real.
But our loving, compassionate Father provided a way out of these terrorizing hallucinations. It is the Holy Spirit in our minds. No matter how deeply we believe we are in darkness, the Holy Spirit is always with us, ready to shine His Light on the way Home. The only reason we do not see His Light is because we deny it. We don’t see what we don’t want to see. But that doesn’t mean the help is not available to us.
We need only ask. It is not the Holy Spirit That needs us to ask. It is we who need the asking because in our asking we acknowledge our willingness and openness to another way of seeing. The Holy Spirit does not impose. He merely offers His Light. We must accept it. Love waits only on welcome. There is no other condition, for Love makes no demands. What is already whole and complete is in need of nothing.
Today I am willing to give up wandering in a world of darkness, where separation seems to be real and I believe I am vulnerable to myriad forces intent upon my destruction. Today I am willing to take my thoughts to the Holy Spirit in my mind to let His Light show me what is unreal so that I can let it go. And I will let His light show me the Love that is real so that I may join with It and know It as my own.
Thus will I cease to be in conflict with the world. I will learn to see the Love in all things and I will learn to answer calls for Love with Love. Such is the Holy Spirit’s teaching. His teaching reminds me that only Love is real and that the Will of Love is that I remain one with It. And so I must be. My true Self rests in calm serenity, remembering that there is no conflict, for my will is Love’s Will.
Today’s lesson reflects the proper use of denial. Conflict could never be real because it is not God’s Will. Separation could never be real because it is not God’s Will. There is no will accept the Will of God. Illusions of separation do not make reality.
Today’s lesson truly reflects our real Will, which is changeless and eternal. Our real Will knows its oneness with God. Our real Will does not try to make illusions of separation real. Our real Will sees that conflict is just mistaken ideas that mean nothing and are nothing.
Today I would practice returning to my real Will. This is forgiveness — seeing illusions for the false ideas that they are. Today I would practice accepting that the truth of oneness is true and nothing else is true. Love is. God is. And then I cease to speak. “There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Let my soul smile through my heart and my
heart smile through my eyes, that I may
scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
Paramahansa Yogananda

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