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How From “Physician, Heal Thyself!”:
What is this power that A.A. possesses? This curative power? I don’t know what it is. I suppose the doctor might say, “This is psychosomatic medicine.” I suppose the psychiatrist might say, “This is benevolent interpersonal relations.” I suppose others would say, “This is group psychotherapy.” To me it is God. 
2001 AAWS, Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 308
“There is just one real world. But for our study today, we’re going
to divide it, classify it into two different worlds. You’ll understand
what I’m talking about as we go ahead. There is a spiritual world and
there is the mental world.
The mental world itself is divided into two parts. And you should know
by now what they are. You can think practical thoughts or you can think
useless thoughts. You can think thoughts that serve your everyday needs.
You can be what is called reasonable, logical; in other words, you can
use your mind clearly, properly, efficiently to settle matters of your
physical social life. Just be logical, to add up the figures correctly,
to drive your car carefully.
But the mental world can be negative too and that is when you don’t use
your mind right at all. You waste it, and the extent of the wastefulness
is unknown to you. It is so overwhelmingly in your mind that you don’t
have the capacity to stand aside and see where ninety-nine and nine-tenths
of that time you’re simply draining your life energy away for no purpose
whatever, no good purpose.”
from a talk given 8/8/1987 
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. 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, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“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. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they 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 seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.
Ernest Holmes
He said you are an a****** and you have a problem. 
 Oh i may have been lost in many a worldly translations; yet found but one universal language one can not withold or ever not care for us to behold, to rejoice, In silence Love Is our holy name..💖💕💖💕💖💕 jrc
I died to mineral, joined the realm of plants 
I died to vegetable, joined animal 
I died from animal to human realm 
So why fear? When has dying made me less? 
In turn again I’ll die from human form 
only to sprout an angel’s head and wings 
and then from angel-form I will ebb away 
And once I’m sacrificed from angel form 
I’m what imagination can’t contain. 
So let me be naught! Naughtness, like a fugue 
Masnavi 3: 3901-3907
ACIM Workbook Lesson 47 Insights
“God is the strength in which I trust.”
Remembering that God is the strength in which I trust is the same as putting my trust in Reality instead of illusions. Illusions are unstable and constantly change. God is eternal and changeless. Placing my trust in a world of illusions is like placing my trust in quicksand. It will always fail. God is the only place of real trust. Only God is invulnerable. Only God can be relied upon in every situation. We all have our foundation in God. God is the Tree of real, everlasting Life. Trusting in anything but God is just a silly idea.
God, I hand over every concern to You. Only in You is there true meaning. Returning to Love is my one function. Extending Love is my only joy. This is my strength. This is my security. This where my true happiness lies. I cannot do anything on my own, for on my own I am nothing. “God is the strength in which I trust.”
This lesson speaks to us as we perceive ourselves in this world — as separate, alone, weak and with every reason to apprehensive and fearful because we trust in the “strength” of this limited self. But if we look at the lesson as a whole, it is clear that Jesus does not see this as the truth about us. The strength of God is in us because God is in our mind, as we learned in an earlier lesson. The peace of God is there to be found in us because God is in our mind. It is only our belief in a false image of ourselves as alone and separate from God that leads us to feel weak, apprehensive, fearful and out of control. It is this false image that leads us to feel we must defend ourselves.
Remembering that God is in our mind can help us remember that God’s strength is ours. Love’s strength is ours. If only Love is real, which the Course tells us in the introduction to the Text, then harm is impossible. There can be nothing to fear.
There is another aspect of this lesson that is very important to me. Not only does it assure me that I can trust in the strength of Love, but it assures me that I can rely on this Love to guide me in every aspect of my doing. It is another way of assuring me that I am never alone. I have everything I need to safely and lovingly move through every situation, harmlessly and in perfect peace. I need only place my trust in Love, in God. Love is the strength in which I trust.
My son was expressing to me the uncertainty he feels about everything in life. There seems always to be more than one way to judge everything and how do you know what to believe and what is the best way to act on it. He said that he can’t feel certain about anything and that he realizes he doesn’t know anything. He was feeling like he was standing over an abyss with no bridge, no net under him.
I congratulated him on reaching a Truth at age 17 most people don’t reach for many years in their life, if ever. I assured him the answers were there in him and that realizing his ego didn’t have the answers made it possible to get there. Today’s lesson was great place to continue our conversation.
I find it a great relief to be able to let go of any residual in my belief that I have the answers and that I can successfully act on my own. It is a comfort to know that I don’t have to, and that I have the strength of God within me. I am not left to flounder on my own, but have certain direction that I can’t lose because it is in me.
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Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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