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Eye Opener (1950)
So many times we have seen the practicing alcoholic helped over a period of months and even years and, each time someone labored over him, they were rewarded by failure after failure. Surely the Twelve Stepper has done his very best. It was apparent that this guy just didn’t want it or he was so far down the ladder he couldn’t be helped.
Intelligence or common sense would say drop him flat. Yet there is hardly a group today that does not number among its regulars one or more people of this type. These men owe their present sobriety to the fact their sponsors had more heart than brains.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“There is a surge of fresh health in realizing that we can do nothing
for others until we have first done something for ourselves.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 174
He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being.
Many of us in A.A. puzzle over what is a spiritual awakening. I tended to look for a miracle, something dramatic and earth-shattering. But what usually happens is that a sense of well-being, a feeling of peace, transforms us into a new level of awareness. That’s what happened to me. My insanity and inner turmoil disappeared and I entered into a new dimension of hope, love and peace. I think the degree to which I continue to experience this new dimension is in direct proportion to the sincerity, depth and devotion with which I practice the Twelve Steps of A.A.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
There is a specific Truth for every problem,
and the Abiding Place of that truth is in your Consciousness.
 Joel Goldsmith 
My thoughts now rest in contemplation of my real self and
that clarify that makes it easy the way for the operation 
of the life Essence through me. 
This science of Mind page 241 
As I continue to explore and deepen in my spiritual work, 
I contemplate myself as a joy – filled, spiritual being having
 a human experience that I am. 
 I thought I couldn’t be happy until everyone else was, 
that’s the way I thought God wanted it to be. Ala-non member
I felt like a blind man in a dark room
 looking for a black cat that wasn’t there.Anonymous

What does this patch-sewing mean you ask?
Eating and drinking. 
The heavy cloak of the body is always getting torn. 
You patch it with food and other ego-satisfactions. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 338 Insights
“I am affected only by my thoughts.”
Today’s lesson is one of empowerment. It reclaims our power over all that we experience. With that power we are free to choose the peace and joy and Love of God instead of the darkness and emptiness of the ego.
The ego’s very existence depends on our believing that we are not responsible for what we see or think, that we are at the mercy of outside forces to the point of death. The ego needs us to believe that we are powerless before all these forces. At best we can make meager defenses that can temporarily hold off their advance, but ultimately we will succumb in death, which the ego tells us is ‘proof’ that we have ‘lived.’ But this is not life. It’s a cruel hoax, which substitutes for the tranquility and joy of the Life we share with God.
As I can accept that “I am affected only by my thoughts,” the ego ceases to have control. I become free to choose the happy thoughts of Love I share with God instead of the frightening thoughts of guilt the ego offers. I have long believed the ego’s lies without questioning them. And so I must practice day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, bringing all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit. I must ask Him with an open mind, “What does this mean? I do not know.”
This is how I will learn that I am truly affected only by my thoughts. This is how I will learn that I have a choice so that I can choose again. This is how I will learn that indeed I am God’s beloved Son, along with all my brothers. It is our unity in Him that keeps me safe, invulnerable, tranquil, in quiet joy and perfect Love. It is this I seek to remember today.
If I ever feel sad, depressed, anxious or fearful, it is only because of my thoughts. If I feel happy, enthusiastic and full of joy, it is because of my thoughts. My thoughts are the cause of everything I experience. The thoughts I hold in my mind are what gives meaning to everything I see and experience.
With Holy Spirit, I am now in the process of retraining my mind to think differently. I am learning to watch my thoughts and ask myself often, “With the thoughts I am thinking now, am I joining with the ego or am I joining with the Holy Spirit?”
With ego thoughts, I am perceiving the world as real. I think I am separate and alone and think others are separate and distinct from me. The ego thinking always looks for distinguishing differences. It looks to put all the guilt I am holding inside onto something or someone outside of me. The ego is attracted to thoughts of conflict, blame and judgment.
The Holy Spirit’s thoughts always lead me to peace and seeing the truth behind every separate form I see in this world. The Holy Spirit does not make this world real, but helps me see past this world of separation to the real world of unity. The Holy Spirit changes my perceptions to look past bodily behavior to the one Light that never changes. The Holy Spirit moves past time and space to what is eternally true. The Holy Spirit brings me to the holy instant, where all is one Mind.
As I go through my day, it is important that I remember the truth that “I am affected only by my thoughts.” It is important for me to take whatever thoughts are in my mind to the Holy Spirit to be purified and cleansed of all false ideas. If I want to be truly happy, I will do this on an ongoing basis all through the day. I will choose the Holy Spirit as my constant Companion and remember not to decide what anything means on my own based on my past learning.
I know too much to go back to the old ways of thinking. On page 22 of the Text it says, “Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit.” I am at the stage where I would rather be happy than right. When I open to the Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions, I am led to forgive the thoughts that I thought were true. I am led to the experience of peace, joy and happiness. “I am affected only by my thoughts.”
What a beautiful lesson. He tells me that I will have thoughts that will frighten me, and I do. But He is in that place of quiet, patiently waiting for me to go there, and I do, but unfortunately sometimes only after I become frightened, and He gently and lovingly reminds me that this is not the way it has to be.
He tells me that it is my own plans that frighten me in the first place and that His plan is sure. And my heart tells me this is true, because He has never failed me before. My mind was in conflict this morning and I asked Holy Spirit to talk to me and He just did, in this lesson.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
 It is God’s play of light and shadow that has
made creation appear as it does to us. 
When you realize this, you see it as a dream motion picture. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
“The scent of wine rising
from my grave will be so strong
that it will intoxicate passers-by.
There will be such an atmosphere of serenity
that couples in love will find it impossible
to tear themselves away.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Edward Fitzgerald’s The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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