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Eye Opener (1950)
In our drinking days, we were ready to take a poke at anyone who suggested we couldn’t handle our “likker.” It was a very sore spot with us, as we all kidded ourselves into believing that our over-indulgence was a well-guarded secret when, actually, we knew it was not.
Upon our entrance in AA, we soon made a public confession of our alcoholism and, to our surprise, we lost some of the sense of stigma and we could learn to laugh at our affliction and at ourselves. Our sense of guilt was lessened by our acknowledgment of its existence.
 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Human beings live the way they _choose_, but not the way they
_want_. A vast difference lies between the two. We _choose_ from
our acquired beliefs, habits and taste. We select this friend or
that viewpoint because they harmonize with our preconceived notions,
usually false, of the best way to get along. Regardless of how often
they lead us straight into grief, we don’t see them as the cunning
traitors they are. So we continue to stumble in our sleep.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 5, p. 66
February 13,2017
To the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman, many A.A.’s can say, “Yes, we were like you — far too smart for our own good. . . . Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone.”
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 60
Even the most brilliant mind is no defense against the disease of alcoholism. I can’t think my way sober. I try to remember that intelligence is a Godgiven attribute that I may use, a joy—like having a talent for dancing or drawing or carpentry. It does not make me better than anyone else, and it is not a particularly reliable tool for recovery, for it is a power greater than myself who will restore me to sanity—not a high IQ or a college degree.
rom the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Oh thou who dost inhabit Eternity 
and dost dwell within all Creation, 
Who Dost live through all things 
and in all people, hear Thou my prayer.
The Science of Mind 549 

I was hanging in the park with the homeless 
because they look happy. My home was right
 next door to the park.
We don’t have to act on our feelings, 
we can look at them and let them pass.
Ala-non member

Love is the way messengers from the mystery tell us things. 
Love is the mother. 
We are her sons. 
She shines inside us, 
as we trust or lose trust,
 or feel it start to grow again.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


ACIM Workbook Lesson 44 Insights
“God is the light in which I see.”
The Light of God is always there in our minds. It is not outside. We may not be aware of It, but It never really goes away. In truth, the Light of God is all there is to see. If we choose to hide from it, we will not experience it. Today’s lesson involves accepting the Light that is always there, accepting the Love that is always there.
There is never any coercion to make us accept the Light. It is there when we choose it. When we deny the Light through dissociation, we do not experience It. It is all about willingness. As I practice today, I expand my willingness to accept the Light of God a little bit more. Jesus asks me to consistently practice this lesson. He knows that it is one of the most important things I can do.
Accepting the Light I am helps me see that the Light of God is all there is to see. There are no problems in the Light, only peace, joy and happiness. I can relax now. I accept the means to return to the Light as I practice it with willingness today.
Today’s lesson is teaching me a new way of seeing. Its pointing out that what I have called seeing is not really seeing at all. By telling me that the Light for seeing is not outside me, it tells me that all the things I think I see with the body’s eyes are not really seeing. In fact, by saying the equipment for seeing is not outside me, its telling me that the body’s eyes are not the means for seeing that it is talking about here. So it must be talking about an inner seeing, a metaphysical seeing, beyond the physical.
In other parts of the course it tells me that the body was made as a fence to keep God and ‘others’ out, to wall off a private domain I could call my own. Yet this private domain is achieved at the cost of seeing. I cannot believe that a private domain with private thoughts and a unique identity is real and experience the unity of God’s Love.
This lesson is the beginning of practice in sinking past the fence to allow a taste of the freedom that comes with accepting God’s unifying Love. It is always there. My only job is to let go of trying to use the wrong equipment and choose the Light of God as my source of seeing. It is a process of letting go of what I have valued in error and accepting that the most important thing I can do is to accept the Light of God that is already in me, is me. God is the Light in which I see. In God’s Light I see only innocence, only safety, only Love and unity. That is my one goal.
As I set my intention to connect with the Light within, I begin to watch the thoughts my mind produces. I watch the parade of thoughts come and go, rise and fall, and I simply let it be. As I allow my mind to detach itself from these thoughts, the natural state of my inner peace begins to emerge. The Light of my Beingness begins to grow and expand and fill my awareness. Within this inner Light there is only perfect peace, perfect holiness, perfect serenity. This is the peace that passeth all understanding. In this place I am perfect, whole and complete. I choose today to go to this place of my inner peace often to remind me of the truth of my Self and my brother’s. “God is the Light in which I see.”
As I choose to remember that God lives within me and I am an extension of His, I realize that I need to allow His sight from within me to light my way and look through the eyes of Love rather than my physical eyes for all my decisions in life that I make. When I choose to see only Love through my eyes and really be conscious of His presence within me to lead the way in all I do and say I will be seeing through the eyes of God and not my own. To see through the eyes of God is to only see Love in all I do and only see patience and grace in everything I say and do. To see through the eyes of God and allow Him to light my way I am living in a state of grace and peace! What a way to live!!
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Endowed with a spark of immortality,
I have flown from life to life…. 
No transiency enthralls me; 
my true home is as I change,
Thy Changeless Spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda

“I sent my Soul through the Invisible, 
Some letter of that After-life to spell: 
And by and by my Soul return’d to me, 
And answer’d: ‘I Myself am Heav’n and Hell” 
― Omar Khayyám
Ron Richey
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