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. . . nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics . . . Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress. . . . Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances! 
Doing the right things for the right reasons – this is my way of controlling my selfishness and self-centeredness. I realize that my dependency on a Higher Power clears the way for peace of mind, happiness and sobriety. I pray each day that I will avoid my previous actions, so that I will be helpful to others.
Copyright 1990 
Random Quote – Anger – Personal and Group Enemy
“As the book ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ puts it, ‘Resentment is the Number One offender,’ It is a primary cause of relapses into drinking. How well we of A.A. know that for us ‘To drink is eventually to go mad or die.’ Much the same penalty overhangs every A.A. group. Given enough anger, both unity and purpose are lost. Given still more ‘righteous’ indignation, the group can disintegrate; it can actually die. This is why we avoid controversy. This is why we prescribe no punishments for any misbehavior, no matter how grievous. Indeed, no alcoholic can be deprived of his membership for any reason whatever. “Punishment never heals. Only love can heal.”
LETTER, 1966
“It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
How It Works, pg. 66
“A magazine article tells about Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the
German air act of World War I. As commander of the famous Flying
Circus, he instructed his pilots, ‘Keep your head and eyes moving
around. Be awake to everything. You must never be caught unaware.
This does not mean you should be afraid. It means you should be
alert. That is how to have a safe flight.’ [Mental Picture 16]
That is a good parallel to how we must fly. We need not be anxious
about anything, but we must be alert to everything. Alert to what?
To opportunities for clearing our lives of everything bothersome.
If we take these daily opportunities, we can uplift ourselves
before our very eyes.”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 67
“Does this thing I wish to do express more life, more happiness, more peace to myself, and at the same time harm no one? If it does, it is right. It is not selfish.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
My sponsor said in the first year you can have
all the sex you want and in the second year you
can have it with a partner. 
Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.
Rachel Naomi Remen

It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.
Thomas Troward

“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 356 Insights
“Sickness is but another name for sin.
Healing is but another name for God.
The miracle is thus a call to Him.”
Opening to a change of mind is how we return to Him. If we are in pain, we are believing in our guilt and the guilt of our brother. We have forgotten that this is but a false idea.
When we get tired of holding on to the pain, we will open to the idea that there is another way. We become willing to open our minds to a correction of our perception. Accepting this change of mind brings us the miracle that is the reflection of God’s Love. The more we are willing to open our minds to a correction in our perception, the faster we are returned to the truth, the faster our minds are healed. The Holy Spirit needs our openness so that this healing can occur.
We are God’s Son, but we have forgotten. By being open to be led by the Holy Spirit, we are led to healing. We are led to God. Today I would practice not thinking that I know what anything means on my own. I would practice being receptive to Holy Spirit’s lead. Thus will I have a peaceful and happy day.
  Remembering that God is Love, the miracle is a call to Love. It is a call in which the answer is desired. Everyone in this world is calling for Love. But while separation and specialness are valued more than the unified wholeness of Love, the miracle cannot happen because Love is not desired more than specialness. Love waits on welcome.
Love and specialness cannot coexist, for Love is given equally to all. Specialness is the idea that Love can be withheld and more given to one while less is given to another. This idea is inconceivable to Love, which sees no differences, for It looks only upon Itself. Love is all there is. Only Love is real.
The miracle of the call to God occurs as specialness loses its value to us. It occurs as we begin to recognize the pain that specialness brings. Specialness can only seem to be in a thought system that believes separation, or sin, is real. But since only Love is real, specialness can only be an illusion.
When I look back honestly at every situation in which I felt hurt or offended, it is always because I believed that some aspect of my special and unique identity had been harmed. I believed that in some way I had suffered loss. I could only believe this if I believed I was separate from Love. In this world this belief is centered around the image of a body as my identity. Along with this I must also believe that other bodies are the identity of others, distinct and different from me. Thus conflict between these identities is possible and fear and guilt inevitable.
It is time to learn that a unique, special identity offers me nothing that I really want. The yearning for Love, which has kept me searching to fill the sense of emptiness that everyone in this world experiences, will lead me Home if I turn to the Guide Who knows the way. If I follow the ego’s direction, I will only continue to wander in the wilderness, not realizing that what I seek is closer than my hand. If I think I know on my own what anything means, I am following the ego’s lead, for the ego is the idea that I am on my own.
When I am willing to recognize that on my own I know nothing and turn to the Holy Spirit for His guidance, I have put my feet upon the pathway Home. I have made a wilderness for myself that seems dark and confusing with many pitfalls and false trails. The Holy Spirit remembers what is real for me. He will lead me out of the maze if I will but follow.
When I call upon the Holy Spirit, I call upon God’s Name and my own. I desire to know my Self. I desire to know Love in Its fullness, without limit. I have searched in the wilderness long enough. I desire to return to the Light of my Creator.
Once again today I dedicate to practicing interpreting nothing on my own. I dedicate this day to following the Holy Spirit’s lead and I will experience the miracle of Love.
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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. There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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