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Eye Opener (1950)
When a member of AA can take his first inventory and compare it with his last and then truthfully say, “I am not now that which I have been,” he has arrived at a definite stage of improvement. When the next one shows still more improvement, then he is definitely on the Program. When this improvement continues until there is no more room for improvement – look out below!

Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE ,
“We can call a deer a horse but it will still not have the power of
a horse. What a man calls strength is really weakness. It is weakness
in the form of misunderstanding. Man thinks he has strength to make
himself and others happy, but this is merely a form of vanity. The
only strength capable of making anyone happy is the power of his
Cosmic Mind, not his self-centered and petty mind.”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 634
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE
“You never really hate another person. Believing that you hate him
is another type of cunning self-deception. What you really hate is
the weakness in yourself that is revealed by the other person’s
rejection of you. This principle contains the secret of liberty
from all wrong human relations.”
 A Treasury of Trueness, # 577
February 4,2017
Sometimes A.A. comes harder to those who have lost or rejected faith than to those who never had any faith at all, for they think they have tried faith and found it wanting. They have tried the way of faith and the way of no faith.
I was so sure God had failed me that I became ultimately defiant, though I knew better, and plunged into a final drinking binge. My faith turned bitter and that was no coincidence. Those who once had great faith hit bottom harder. It took time to rekindle my faith, though I came to A.A. I was grateful intellectually to have survived such a great fall, but my heart felt callous. Still, I stuck with the A.A. program; the alternatives were too bleak! I kept coming back and gradually my faith was resurrected.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Two things are infinite in universe and human stupidity;
 and I’m not sure about the universe. 
Albert Einstein 
My existence is a harmonious progression,
 that of a Son of God entering from a dream
 fully into Conscious Sonship.
 My career through life is a joyous, happy expression,
 a daily expansion into the Realms of life and living…. 
I now surrender every personal doubt, fear or hard 
feeling that would retard the perfect flow of life through me 
The science of Mind page 250 
 I embrace my humorous side and 
don’t take myself so seriously. 
Spirit has a joyful sense of humor as do I!.
The higher the expectations,
the lower the serenity.
I try to keep my boundaries high, 
my expectations low, and my heart open. 
Ala-non member

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see.
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks


Lesson 35
My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.
Today’s idea does not describe the way you see yourself now. It does, however, describe what vision will show you. It is difficult for anyone who thinks he is in this world to believe this of himself. Yet the reason he thinks he is in this world is because he does not believe it.
You will believe that you are part of where you think you are. That is because you surround yourself with the environment you want. And you want it to protect the image of yourself that you have made. The image is part of this environment. What you see while you believe you are in it is seen through the eyes of the image. This is not vision. Images cannot see.
The idea for today presents a very different view of yourself. By establishing your Source it establishes your Identity, and it describes you as you must really be in truth. We will use a somewhat different kind of application for today’s idea because the emphasis for today is on the perceiver, rather than on what he perceives.
For each of the three five-minute practice periods today, begin by repeating today’s idea to yourself, and then close your eyes and search your mind for the various kinds of descriptive terms in which you see yourself. Include all the ego-based attributes which you ascribe to yourself, positive or negative, desirable or undesirable, grandiose or debased. All of them are equally unreal, because you do not look upon yourself through the eyes of holiness.
In the earlier part of the mind-searching period, you will probably emphasize what you consider to be the more negative aspects of your perception of yourself. Toward the latter part of the exercise period, however, more self-inflating descriptive terms may well cross your mind. Try to recognize that the direction of your fantasies about yourself does not matter. Illusions have no direction in reality. They are merely not true.
A suitable unselected list for applying the idea for today might be as follows:
I see myself as imposed on. 
I see myself as depressed. 
I see myself as failing. 
I see myself as endangered. 
I see myself as helpless. 
I see myself as victorious. 
I see myself as losing out. 
I see myself as charitable. 
I see myself as virtuous.
Inspiration, creative power, and energy flow into 
you when you attune yourself to the Infinite Mind
 during meditation. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
“And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to it for help — for It
Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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