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Eye Opener (1950)
AA is not fundamentally a philosophy, but it is rather a program of active living.
To commit the Big Book to memory, to listen attentively to all the group speakers
will not guarantee continued sobriety.
The knowledge gained thereby, put into your everyday living,
will make drinking practically impossible and certainly unenjoyable.
If we fail to make the Program an integral part of our everyday living,
we are almost sure to have some rough times ahead.
 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“People always assume that freedom consists in getting something
desirable from the exterior world, when in fact it consists
exclusively of getting rid of something undesirable in the
interior world.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 41
February 15,2017
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us — sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.
One of the most important things A.A. has given me, in addition to freedom from booze, is the ability to take “right action.” It says the promises will always materialize if I work for them. Fantasizing about them, debating them, preaching about them and faking them just won’t work. I’ll remain a miserable, rationalizing dry drunk. By taking action and working the Twelve Steps in all my affairs, I’ll have a life beyond my wildest dreams.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

It is only as we live in conscious union with the spirit,
and constantly let it work through us, that we really live. 
The Science of Mind page 463 

When I get into a situation, I always ask myself, 
“What is my part in it? What is going on with me?”

Ala-non member

I need to be here for my Higher Power. 


A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.
Marcus Aurelius
“In Silence there is eloquence. 
Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.” 
― Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 46 Insights
“God is the Love in which I forgive.”
In yesterday’s lesson, we practiced moving through the clouds with the Holy Spirit and coming to the Light that we all are. I have the choice to focus on the clouds and stay there, or move through the clouds. When I am willing to move through the clouds, then I am always brought to the Light. In the Light is peace and understanding. The Light holds no grievances. The Light remembers that the clouds are illusions of separation and are not real. Forgiveness does not mean sacrifice or being a doormat, but forgiveness comes from letting go of what is not real, letting go of separation. Forgiveness IS letting go of separation.
In the world of separation, there will always be grievances. There will always be differences, distinctions that are without end. With forgiveness I take every cloud to the Holy Spirit and ask to see it differently. I ask to be brought to the Love that is behind the barrier, the cloud. The Holy Spirit is awesome at dissolving the clouds. It makes things that seem so complicated so simple. Love is the answer. Love is what is real. Simple, uncomplicated Love brings the peace of God. Today I am willing to practice moving through the clouds and find the Love that is always there.
God is the Love in which I forgive. God is the love in which I forgive myself. Myself is the one that I really need to forgive. My response to my ego when it tells me I must do this or I must do that in order to be worthy is God is the Love in which I forgive myself. The Self that’s always been there needs no forgiveness but what I really need to understand is that the ego is nothing and is not me. And therefore I need no forgiveness, because I have never been condemned. Only the ego condemns and is condemned. So God is the Love in which I find forgiveness, in which my heart can begin to open again and again and again to Love and clarity and benevolence and peace and joy.
As I allow today’s idea to sink into my heart, what stands out to me is the importance of defining the motive behind my forgiveness. Am I forgiving out of fear or am I forgiving out of Love? Honestly, true forgiveness can only be in Love.
As I look upon my life, I notice the times I pretended to forgive. I forgave out of obligation, and always with expectations. I forgave someone because I believed it is the only way the relationship could work. I forgave someone because maybe they will love me more, I will be more accepted, or maybe they will change. This expectation was always a sign that the attempt of forgiveness was incomplete.
When I truly step into a space of true forgiveness, then I can forgive without obligation. Accepting this is the same as accepting that my brother cannot truly hurt me. Then I find myself in a space in which I am truly loving my brother.
Forgiveness is allowing the Love to flow. If I am in a situation that is a call for love, then forgiveness isn’t an obligation, it is an opportunity for joy. I can say to myself, “I do not want to limit my life and decide what this situation is for. That’s what got me here in the first place. Now I decide to let the miracles in.” Forgiving my brother means I don’t fear anyone can hurt me. I have the freedom to be whole and I can do so simply by allowing the LOVE to show me what anything is for.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
The beginning and the end of all created things are
hidden in the depths of the infinite; only the middle is visible.
Paramahansa Yogananda
“How sad, a heart that
does not know how to love, that
does not know what it is to be drunk with love.
If you are not in love, how can you enjoy
the blinding light of the sun,
the soft light of the moon?” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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