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“If we were to live, we had to be free of anger.
The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us.
They may be the dubious luxury of normal men,
but for alcoholics these things are poison.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
How It Works, pg. 66
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Q: How can we recognize and remain on the right path?
A: Imagine yourself hiking a forest trail with the aim of reaching
the peak of a distant mountain. Coming to many forks along the trail,
you don’t know which way to turn. This is not a severe problem as long
as you maintain your wish for the mountain. See why? Your clear goal
enables you to recognize the wrong path, for you see how it takes you
away from the mountain, not toward it. Loyalty to your lofty aim is
your corrective guide.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 188
We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly planted on earth. That is where our fellow travelers are, and that is where our work must be done. These are the realities for us. We have found nothing incompatible between a powerful spiritual experience and a life of sane and happy usefulness.
All the prayer and meditation in the world will not help me unless they are accompanied by action. Practicing the principles in all my affairs shows me the care that God takes in all parts of my life. God appears in my world when I move aside, and allow Him to step into it.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“I believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty;
one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause.
This One manifests itself in and through all creation,
but is not absorbed by its creation.
The manifest universe is the body of God;
it is the logical and necessary outcome
of the infinite self-knowingness of God.”
Ernest Holmes

I have come to realize that when I judge another,
I am judging myself.

Awakening is possible only for those who seek it and want it,
for those who are ready to struggle with themselves and work
on themselves for a very long time and very persistently in order to attain it.
G. I. Gurdjieff
Grief can be the garden of compassion.
If you keep your heart open through everything, 
your pain can become your greatest ally in
your life’s search for love and wisdom.
~ Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 352 Insights
“Judgment and love are opposites. From one
Come all the sorrows of the world. But from
The other comes the peace of God Himself.”
If I am not feeling peaceful, it is important for me to remember that I have made a judgment on my own. If I am not peaceful, I have not listened to the Holy Spirit. The way I return to peace is to once again open my mind to the healing perceptions of my inner Comforter, the One Who straightens my mind. My one vocation now becomes that of stepping back and following the lead of my inner Teacher, the One Who can return me to my true Identity.
I can tell right away when I have stepped away from the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And the barometer that tells me this is my level of peace. Paying attention to my level of peace helps me recognize the signal that it is time to again step back and open my mind for a mental adjustment. I have forgotten once again that I need to allow the Holy Spirit to return my mind to peace. Judgment brings sorrow. Forgiveness brings peace.
Today it is my practice once again to pay attention to my level of peace. Today it is my practice to step back and let myself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Today is a day of mind healing.
Judgment is not my job. I have taught myself that judgment is an essential tool for survival. I need it to protect myself from the evils of the world, from other people’s attacks, from the dangers of the environment, even from those who I believe love me. Judgment is the primary tool of the ego to hold separation in place in my mind. It is judgment that reinforces that I am different from everything and everyone else.
The ego does not want us to recognize the pain that judgment brings. In fact it tries to convince us that judgment is the way we protect ourselves from pain. It does not tell us that the “life” that judgment protects is not life at all, but really death. Judgment “protects” us from the Love of God, which the ego fears.
Here again we see the insanity of the ego. It seeks endlessly for Love, but fears It, and therefore does not really want It. No one finds what they do not want. And so the ego’s mode of operation of seek and do not find is held in place.
Yet beneath that ego fear, the Love that we are calls to us. We feel Its attraction and we yearn to remember It. It is there to be found. We need only follow the Guide Who knows the way to It. The ego does not know the way, because it does not know what Love is, being itself the rejection of Love. But the Holy Spirit knows the way, being the messenger of Love in our minds.
All I need to do is practice listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in my mind. He will judge all things for me on my behalf if I will let Him. Because His judgment is very simple, it sees only what is real and rejects the unreal. His judgment leads me out of the pain of the judgment I have tried to do on my own. The Holy Spirit knows how to judge truly. Thus listening to His Voice is the means by which I am freed from all sorrow and my mind is opened to the peace of God.
Today I will practice stepping back and following. I would not lead. I would follow in His footsteps as He leads me back to the memory of my Father, to the Self that God created to be Love and nothing else. Thus will I receive God’s peace and share it with all my brothers.
I am having an issue with my supervisor right now and I sense that she’s being distant and somewhat cold with me. I believe that part of that perception comes from my own paranoia, my own insecurities when I forget who I am. But most of it is from that judgment you speak of, that tool that I think I need to protect me from the evils of the world.
So then what happens is that I put on those gloves of defense and prepare to protect myself in case my supervisor says or does something that I perceive as hurtful. And if she senses that I’m wearing defense gloves, naturally, she’s going to put gloves on to protect HERSELF, and the ego is standing back enjoying the victory.
The Course asks me to think of my brother as a mind in which illusions still persist. These lessons help me to remember, not only who I am, but also who my supervisor is. My supervisor’s peace and mine are One. I now choose to step back, make no judgment on myself or my supervisor. I ask Holy Spirit to help me see this situation as He would have me see it, and I know, without a doubt, that by the end of my work day, I will have peace. Thank you, Holy Spirit.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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~To renew our minds we Must be willing to allow for a ‘re-thought’ or re-training of the way we looked at life before we began to P R A C T I C E the teachings of the savior of the world Jesus Christ~
Explanation: How you look at ‘others’ is how you will perceive yourself. By FORGIVING others you will experience Forgiveness. “Give as you would like to receive.” When, by P R A C T I C I N G FORGI…VENESS 70X7, you see your brother and sister as one with you, you will understand the Love of God for YOU, and you will see “eternal punishment” by God as INSANE!!
Paramahansa Yogananda

Óscar Ichazo (born July 24, 1931) is the Bolivian-born founder of the Arica School, which he established in 1968.


Ichazo’s Enneagram of Personality theories are part of a larger body of teaching that he terms Protoanalysis. In Ichazo’s teachings the enneagram figure has usually been called an enneagon.[citation needed]

In an interview, Ichazo said that in 1954 he achieved insight into mechanistic and repetitive thought and behavior patterns. These processes can be understood in connection with the enneagram figure, classical philosophy and what he calls “Trialectic” logic grounded in three laws of process.[1]

Ichazo says that he identified the nine ways in which a person’s ego becomes fixated within the psyche at an early stage of life. For each person one of these “ego fixations” then becomes the core of a self-image around which their psychological personality develops. Each fixation is also supported at the emotional level by a particular “passion” or “vice“. The principal psychological connections between the nine ego fixations can be “mapped” using the points, lines, and circle of the enneagram figure.[2]

Ichazo’s teachings are designed to help people transcend their identification with — and the suffering caused by — their own mechanistic thought and behavior patterns (see Fourth Way). His theories about the fixations are founded on the premise that all life seeks to continue and perpetuate itself and that the human psyche must follow universal laws of reality. Using Trialectic logic, Ichazo indicated the three basic human instincts for survival: “conservation” (the digestive system); “relation” (the circulatory system) and “adaptation” (the central nervous system); and two poles of attraction to self-perpetuation: “sexual” (the sexual organs) and “spiritual” (the spinal column).[citation needed]

Ichazo understands the fixations as aberrations from an essential state of unity. The primary difference between modern psychology and his theories is that he has proposed a model of the components of the human psyche, but modern psychology has preferred to focus on observed behavior instead of an essential model from which aberrations develop.[citation needed]

According to Ichazo, a person’s fixation derives from childhood subjective experience (self-perception) of psychological trauma when expectations are not met in each of the instincts. Young children are self-centered and thus experience disappointment in their expectations because of one of three fundamental attitudes: attracted, unattracted, disinterested. From such experiences, mechanistic thought and behavior patterns arise as an attempted defense against recurrence of the trauma. By understanding the fixations — and practicing self-observation — it is believed that a person can reduce or even transcend suffering and the fixations’ hold on the mind.

Although some modern Enneagram of Personality writers have believed that Ichazo’s teaching are derived, in part, from those of Gurdjieff‘s Fourth Way work,[3] Ichazo denied this in his “Letter to the Transpersonal Community”.[4] In 1992 intellectual copyright for the Enneagram of Personality was denied to Ichazo on the basis that he had published statements that his theories were factual and factual ideas cannot be copyrighted.[5]

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