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 Eye Opener (1950)
Man is the only animal that smiles, 
and he is the only one that has need of it. 
Not that God provided more for the animal
kingdom than He did for us.
But man, through the stupid misuse of his
willpower and his other advantages,
as brought misfortunes upon himself that
would be unendurable but for the healing
balm of smiles and a sense of humor.
No man is completely beaten as long as he can smile, 
and we know from past experience that we can wade
 out of most of our messes on the stepping stones of good-humored grins.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Picture two men walking through a recent battlefield, surrounded by
silent reminders of man’s horror toward man. One viewer is frightened
by the shattered steel and black smoke, but the other walks in self-
possession. It is this way in life. Most men stare in horror at their
own deeds, for they know they will do it again. But the man who has
learned to possess himself walks through life with understanding of
it all. Having ended his own unconscious need for fighting, the war
has ended for him forever.”
Esoteric Mind Power, p. 162
February 28,2017
When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues, . . . our friends gasp and exclaim, “This simply can’t be. . . .”
When I finally made my way to A.A., I could not believe that there was no treasurer to “compel the payment of dues.” I could not imagine an organization that didn’t require monetary contributions in return for a service. It was my first and, thus far, only experience with getting “something for nothing.” Because I did not feel used or conned by those in A.A., I was able to approach the program free from bias and with an open mind. They wanted nothing from me. What could I lose? I thank God for the wisdom of the early founders who knew so well the alcoholic’s disdain for being manipulated.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Scientific mental healing is the result of clear thinking and logical reasoning. 
The Science of Mind page 203 
I didn’t cause it, but if I recognize that I may have contributed to it, 
then I need to own that part: only that.
Ala-non member
The old-timers told me that if I just sit 
around feeling sorry for myself I would
 just end up with the rings around my ass. 
She was the moon and the messenger of moons,
greater than the dark greater than the light.
Rune Lazuli 
    How will you know the difficulties of being human,
 if you’re always flying off to blue perfection?
    Where will you plant your grief-seeds?
Workers need ground to scrape and hoe,
 not the sky of unspecified desire.
Lesson 59
The following ideas are for review today:
(41) God goes with me wherever I go.
How can I be alone when God always goes with me? How can I be doubtful and unsure of myself when perfect certainty abides in Him? How can I be disturbed by anything when He rests in me in absolute peace? How can I suffer when love and joy surround me through Him? Let me not cherish illusions about myself. I am perfect because God goes with me wherever I go.
(42) God is my strength. Vision is His gift.
Let me not look to my own eyes to see today. Let me be willing to exchange my pitiful illusion of seeing for the vision that is given by God. Christ’s vision is His gift, and He has given it to me. Let me call upon this gift today, so that this day may help me to understand eternity.
(43) God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.
I can see what God wants me to see. I cannot see anything else. Beyond His Will lie only illusions. It is these I choose when I think I can see apart from Him. It is these I choose when I try to see through the body’s eyes. Yet the vision of Christ has been given me to replace them. It is through this vision that I choose to see.
(44) God is the light in which I see.
I cannot see in darkness. God is the only light. Therefore, if I am to see, it must be through Him. I have tried to define what seeing is, and I have been wrong. Now it is given me to understand that God is the light in which I see. Let me welcome vision and the happy world it will show me.
(45) God is the Mind with which I think.
I have no thoughts I do not share with God. I have no thoughts apart from Him, because I have no mind apart from His. As part of His Mind, my thoughts are His and His Thoughts are mine.
A worthwhile desire is like a divine steed which… 
will lead you toward the kingdom of God. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears
TO-DAY of past Regrets and future Fears—
To-morrow?—Why, To-morrow I may be
Myself with Yesterday’s Sev’n Thousand Years.
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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