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Complete Defeat 
From:  “From the Taproot” 
   The principle that we shall find no enduring strength until we first admit complete defeat is the main taproot from which our whole Society has sprung and flowered.
Twelve and Twelve, pages 21-22  
   Every newcomer is told, and soon realizes for himself, that his humble admission of powerlessness over alcohol is his first step toward liberation from its paralyzing grip.  
   So it is that we first see humility as a necessity. But this is the barest beginning. To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long, long time. A whole lifetime geared to self-centeredness cannot be set in reverse all at once.
Twelve and Twelve, pages 72-73
1967 AAWS Inc., As Bill Sees It, page 305
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“To be a flyer just hear the higher. I am a firm believer in
terse verse to put in your mind properly on the intellectual
level, words and ideas that you will remember and store up in
your spiritual memory so that when you hear the little poem
it will remind you of the thought behind it and that thought
can be inspired by the higher and you’ll remember it and it
will be your guide. Don’t be afraid to use words properly.
I’ll rephrase that.
  Do everything you can to use words, ideas, sentence, verse.
Use it in order to get it properly, right thoughts properly
planted in your mind and you can go on from there.”
from a talk given 12/27/1986
The Serenity Prayer.
God grant me the serenity.
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; 
And wisdom to know the difference.

Third Step Prayer. 
God, I offer myself to Thee To build
with me & to do with me as Thou will.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear
witness to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy love & Thy way of life.

The seventh step prayer
My Creator, I am now willing that You should have all of me, good and bad. 
I pray that You now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to You and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do Your bidding. 

The 11th Step Prayer

Lord, make me a channel of Thy peace – that where there is hatred, I may bring love –
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness –
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony –
that where there is error, I may bring truth – 
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith –
that where there is despair, I may bring hope –
that where there are shadows, I may bring light –
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved, as to love;
for it is in the giving that we receive;
it is in the forgiving that we are forgiven ,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Amen ( so be it)

Nightly Prayer

God, forgive me where I have been resentful, selfish, dishonest or afraid today. Help me
to not keep anything to myself but to discuss it all openly with another person – show me
where I owe an apology and help me make it. Help me to be kind and loving to all
people. Use me in the mainstream of life, God. Free me of worry, remorse or morbid
(sick) reflections that I may be of usefulness to others. AMEN 


Thought is the most subtle of all the forces which we know anything about, and but few understand what a tremendous power it has, either for good or for ill. To learn how to control one’s thought means knowing how to control one’s body and destiny.
– Ernest Holmes
I have learned that giving and receiving are one and the same.
Hope is not dead, it is just larger than our imaginations.

“Shine like the universe is yours.” 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 344 Insights
“Today I learn the law of love; that what
I give my brother is my gift to me.”
The Course is very clear that the world we see is a projection from our own minds. Thus the “brother” that I see out in the world represents what I think of myself. Some brothers I seem to like. Others seem to anger me or make me afraid. They all represent aspects of what I think I am. There is one Son. But because I believe in separation, I see God’s one Son in many images, projected from my mind, starting with the body I call me.
Because I have so completely bought into the thought system of separation, the Holy Spirit leads me from where I think I am to the gates of Heaven. Thus He starts with teaching me to forgive that ‘other’ brother, who seems not to be me. Each time I truly forgive a brother, I feel the blessing of release. I walk with a lighter step and so I experience the law of Love. I thought I gave my brother a gift of forgiveness, yet simultaneously I was blessed by the gift.
As I experience this more and more, I become more motivated to practice forgiveness because I want the blessing of peace and happiness that comes with it. Gradually it dawns upon me that what I give my brother is a gift to me.
Sometimes it looks like my brother’s behavior changes and I may attribute the blessing I feel to his changed behavior. But once again I remember all that I see is a projection from my own mind. And so my brother’s changed behavior is just another form, reflecting the change in my own mind. Perhaps his behavior doesn’t seem to change. But with forgiveness in my heart, his behavior has no effect on me. The love in my heart continues to embrace him because it sees past behavior to the face of Christ.
With the Holy Spirit’s help, I learn to see Christ’s face more and more and that face of innocence teaches me of my own innocence. Gradually I learn to see every brother as my savior, offering me the opportunity to see my own innocence. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I walk with my brother to the gates of Heaven. Here I recognize my brother as my Self. And in the recognition of that unity, form fades away and we are united once again in the Heaven that is our Home. And I give thanks.
The law of Love is the law of unity, the law of oneness. The law of oneness remains unchangeable. This is the ultimate lesson that we are here to learn. We can’t turn what is one into many separate individuals. We can’t do the impossible.
Forgiveness means letting go of trying to do the impossible. Forgiveness means letting illusions go. As we forgive our brother, we learn to see the face of Christ where once we saw a separate individual. As we learn to practice forgiveness with every brother, we learn to see the same face of Christ in every brother. Thus our illusions are undone.
Through forgiveness, we learn to overlook what never happened. We learn to see past illusions of separation to the one truth that can never change. The face of Christ that I see in my brother shows me that nothing has changed. My brother is only Love and remains eternally changeless for Love is eternal.
Seeing the face of Christ in my brother heals my mind. Seeing the face of Christ in my brother reminds me that the separation never happened. Love cannot change into something it is not. Each time I see the face of Christ in a brother, I take one more step towards healing my projections of separation. As I give I receive.
Today is another day of practice with opening my mind to what is forever true. The face of Christ is all there is to see. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him. Today I will practice letting my mind be healed of all thoughts of separation.
The brother I see out in the world represents what I think of myself. If I’m totally honest with myself, I’ve noticed the people I have the hardest time accepting have characteristics I dislike in myself. I don’t claim them or want to own them so I attempt to get rid of them by projecting them onto someone else. But no matter how much I try to avoid or run away from these people in my life, they still keep showing up in my face. They just show up in different form or they play a different role.
As I practice forgiveness because I’m tired of running, I begin to see the Christ in these people, which reminds me of the Christ in me. My brothers and I do have the same characteristics, but they are of innocence, of perfection, of guiltlessness. If I see anything other than this, it is my own distorted perception
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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
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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