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A New Life
“Is sobriety all that we are to expect of a spiritual awakening? No, sobriety is only a bare beginning; If more gifts are to be received, our awakening has to go on. As it does go on, we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life – the one that did not work – for a new life that can and does work under any conditions whatever.”
Bill W., Grapevine, December 1957
c. 1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It p.8
“There is just one real world. But for our study today, we’re going
to divide it, classify it into two different worlds. You’ll understand
what I’m talking about as we go ahead. There is a spiritual world and
there is the mental world.
The mental world itself is divided into two parts. And you should know
by now what they are. You can think practical thoughts or you can think
useless thoughts. You can think thoughts that serve your everyday needs.
You can be what is called reasonable, logical; in other words, you can
use your mind clearly, properly, efficiently to settle matters of your
physical social life. Just be logical, to add up the figures correctly,
to drive your car carefully.
But the mental world can be negative too and that is when you don’t use
your mind right at all. You waste it, and the extent of the wastefulness
is unknown to you. It is so overwhelmingly in your mind that you don’t
have the capacity to stand aside and see where ninety-nine and nine-tenths
of that time you’re simply draining your life energy away for no purpose
whatever, no good purpose.”
from a talk given 8/8/1987 
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).

“We will not refuse to help the helpless or lift up the fallen, but we will reuse to wallow in the mud because of our sympathies.” 
 Ernest Holmes
 It’s our shared experience to be open and willing. 
Sometimes this long. Tells us that we have needs too. 
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation “some fact of my life” unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” 
 Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous
On the day of death, when my coffin is on the move, 
Do not suppose I have any pain at leaving this world. 
When you see my hearse, say not 
“Leaving! He’s Leaving!” 
That time will be for me union and encounter. 
When you commit me to the grave, 
Say not “Farewell! Farewell,” 
For the grave is a veil over the reunion of Paradise . 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 19 Insights
“I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.”
There are no private thoughts because there are no private minds. I am realizing that the idea of anything being ‘private’ is all just a fabrication, an illusion. In truth, we are all joined in one mind. As I am willing to let go of thoughts of separation, I help my brother let go of thoughts of separation. As each of us refuses to join with illusions, it gradually falls apart because even in the ego thought system, it takes two to agree in the illusion for it to hold together.
Telling myself often that I do not know what anything means helps me to open my connection with the Holy Spirit and receive a corrected perception. The Holy Spirit, which is also called Universal Inspiration, works through all of us as we are willing to have an open mind. As we join with the one Mind, the one Mind is all we see. Today I practice again, holding Holy Spirit’s hand, realizing that I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
There is only one word that is different between the central idea of yesterday’s and today’s lessons — seeing and thoughts. The lesson points out that seeing is the effect of thoughts, and cause and effect are never separated. One does not come before the other. They are simultaneous. The ego ploy of projection is an attempt to disconnect cause from effect and then make the effect appear to turn on us and be a cause of our distress or vulnerability. So the recognition of the unbreakable connection between cause and effect is central to our release from the hell of separation, the hell of the ego thought system.
Because cause and effect cannot be separated, everything we see is the effect of our thoughts. This puts everything we see in our domain, subject to our thoughts. We can change our thoughts and thus we can change what we see. We cannot be a victim because we are the master of our domain. The full recognition of this is the end of the ego, for it is the recognition that oneness is real and separation is illusion.
Once again I am seeing that this one lesson, if fully embraced without reservation, would bring about my complete release and return me to my Home in Love. The Course acknowledges that this is not a leap that I am willing to make at this time. I am grateful that it does not judge me for that. It simply offers an exercise to help me move in the direction of freedom.
I am so grateful for the gentleness of the Course. Its ideas may be upsetting at times and I may resist them tooth and nail, yet the Course gently urges me on to take one more baby step toward my complete release from all limitation. I am willing to keep practicing, because I want the peace of God.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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When you know this world to be God’s Lila – his play – then you aren’t upset by the contrasts in this drama of good and evil.
In a dream you behold rich people, poor people, someone strong, someone else groaning with disease, someone dying, and someone being born. But when you wake up, you realize that it was only a dream. This universe is God’s dream.
hen you are neither touched by the nightmares of disease and suffering and worries, nor bound by the beautiful dreams, then God says “Wake up now! Come back home.”
Mystics are those who are half awake and half dreaming: on one side awake in God, and on the other side dreaming the dream of incarnation.
But they can quickly get out of this dream.
So remember, God is dreaming this world.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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