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Eye Opener (1950)
The churches in their quarrels over purely sectarian
 issues have done much to divert attention from 
the primary purpose of religion, which is spirituality.
Some pastors take a more critical attitude toward
 the neglect of church duties than they do toward
 moral transgressions.
AA should be kept free of all controversial questions.
We have but one purpose, and that is to help
the suffering alcoholic. 
Ours is a way of life; not a way of worship.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE ,
“Permitting your life to be taken over by another person is like
letting the waiter eat your dinner.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 1
February 3,2017
We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. “Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?” As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way.
I was always fascinated with the study of scientific principles. I was emotionally and physically distant from people while I pursued Absolute Knowledge. God and spirituality were meaningless academic exercises. I was a modern man of science, knowledge was my Higher Power. Given the right set of equations, life was merely another problem to solve. Yet my inner self was dying from my outer man’s solution to life’s problems and the solution was alcohol. In spite of my intelligence, alcohol became my Higher Power. It was through the unconditional love which emanated from A.A. people and meetings that I was able to discard alcohol as my Higher Power. The great void was filled. I was no longer lonely and apart from life. I had found a true power greater than myself, I had found God’s love. There is only one equation which really matters to me now: God is in A.A.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

 They saw the shadows of bondage and thought they were bound,
while all the while the chains had no reality. 
The science of mind page 314 
 For once I didn’t buy into it and it was wonderful.
Ala-non member 

 I felt like I was in a row boat with
the anchor down. 

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears. 

Lesson 34
I could see peace instead of this.
The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.
Three longer practice periods are required for today’s exercises. One in the morning and one in the evening are advised, with an additional one to be undertaken at any time in between that seems most conducive to readiness. All applications should be done with your eyes closed. It is your inner world to which the applications of today’s idea should be made.
Some five minutes of mind searching are required for each of the longer practice periods. Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts. Note them all casually, repeating the idea for today slowly as you watch them arise in your mind, and let each one go, to be replaced by the next.
If you begin to experience difficulty in thinking of specific subjects, continue to repeat the idea to yourself in an unhurried manner, without applying it to anything in particular. Be sure, however, not to make any specific exclusions.
The shorter applications are to be frequent, and made whenever you feel your peace of mind is threatened in any way. The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day. If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form:
I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.
If the inroads on your peace of mind take the form of more generalized adverse emotions, such as depression, anxiety or worry, use the idea in its original form. If you find you need more than one application of today’s idea to help you change your mind in any specific context, try to take several minutes and devote them to repeating the idea until you feel some sense of relief. It will help you if you tell yourself specifically:
I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.
When the Mind becomes still, 
you are in the Kingdom of the Infinite.
 Paramahansa Yogananda

“Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days 

Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: 
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays, 
And one by one back in the Closet lays.” 
― Omar Khayyám
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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