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“Much to our relief, we discovered we did not need to consider another’s conception of God. Our own conception, however inadequate, was sufficient to make the approach and to effect a contact with Him. As soon as we admitted the possible existence of a Creative Intelligence, a Spirit of the Universe underlying the totality of things, we began to be possessed of a new sense of power and direction, provided we took other simple steps.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
We Agnostics, pg. 46
“The Pleasures of Self-Forgetting
Man’s meaningless motions and agonizing appetites are nothing more than
attempts to forget himself. Alcohol, social climbing, material acquisition
 — all are attempts to escape an unwanted self.
   What is this unwanted self? We come back, as always, to man’s false sense
of identity. Man yearns to escape from _his own pretensions of who he is_.
Inwardly, he knows that he is not the pseudo-self going around with surface
smiles, drawing excitement from applause, swelling with pride over some
achievement. His intuitive mind tells him that is all an act — and how
weary he is of the routine role.
   So he tries to forget. But he never succeeds. He always does the wrong
thing. His churning and chasing merely cover up the anxiety, leaving it
to do its dark destruction.
  But there is a genuine way of self-forgetting. The false self and its
built-in pains, can be demolished. Like a ball of string held at one end
and rolled along the floor, the false self can become smaller and smaller
and finally disappear altogether. Then you forget it. Who thinks about
something that doesn’t exist?”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 10, p. 173
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 are surrounded by an All-Seeing, All-Knowing Mind, which is One and runs through all. The belief in the dual mind has destroyed practically all philosophies and religions of the ages, and will continue to do so until the world comes to see that there is but One. Whatever name is given it there is but One. It is this One that creates for us, whatever we believe. Our thought operative through this One produces all our affairs. We are all centers in this Mind, centers of creative thought activity. There is nothing which appears in the manifest Universe other than an objectified thought, whether it be a bump on your head, a growth on your foot, or a planet. It could not be there were it not made out of Mind, for mind is all there is to make anything out of. Whatever is made is made out of it. Nothing exists or can exist without a source from which it springs.
Ernest Holmes
For no particular reason I woke up one morning 
and knew I was doomed unless things changed. 
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religion.
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks

ACIM Workbook Lesson 27 Insights
“Above all else I want to see.”
Seeing with Christ’s vision means seeing the real world. It means seeing through the eyes of Christ. It means seeing past bodies to the one Light and Love of God. It means overlooking the barriers to Love and recognizing that only Love is real. Seeing with Christ’s vision brings infinite happiness and joy. It brings healing to myself and everyone around me. When I remember this, why wouldn’t I want to make seeing with Christ’s vision my very highest priority?
Jesus tells us often in the Course that we see what we want to see. This lesson is encouraging us to want to see with Christ’s vision. As we make it our top priority, we will see with Christ’s vision. What an opportunity we all have today to give ourselves the constant suggestion that “above all else I want to see.” I want to see with Christ’s vision above all else.
This makes today a very exciting day. A day of great strides toward what is the most important thing there can be. There is nothing more important than my return to seeing with Christ’s vision. There is nothing more important to my happiness than this. There is nothing more important to my awakening than this. This is my one true function, seeing with Christ’s vision.
Through Christ’s vision I heal and am healed. I feel inspired to follow the instructions at least every half hour. I see that the benefits are huge. Seeing with Christ’s vision is really my one goal. It brings me the peace of God. It brings me deep happiness and fulfillment. It helps me see my invulnerability and everyone’s invulnerability. It helps me see past illusions to the truth. What could be more important than this? What an opportunity I have today! There is nothing more important than this.
This lesson acknowledges that right now, we may not be wholehearted in affirming that above all else we want to see. It even gives us an antidote to the fear that might come up that we might lose something we value if we make seeing through Christ vision our top priority. And it tells us that we need this affirmation to help us move toward the time when we can say it wholeheartedly, without reservation.
It is helpful to remember this supportive and understanding view that the Course holds of our process of awakening. There are many times in later Workbook lessons when it appears that the Course is expecting us to be at a level of clarity and certainty that we do not yet feel. This lesson is making it clear that Jesus is holding a view of us as we truly are, even though we may not hold that view of ourselves as yet. That is his gift to us, by seeing past our false self-images and not accepting them as true, he makes it easier for us to let them go. We do the same for our brothers when we are able to forgive and see their innocence, even when they do not see it themselves.
This lesson is very inspiring. It not only offers us a tool to set a new priority for ourselves, it supports us with gentle compassion in letting go of our fears. It holds a view of us as a holy Son of God in spite of the false images we have built in our minds and believed to be true.
It gives me a feeling of comfort and rest as I am held in the gentle, loving arms of God. I have a Friend Who sees the truth in me and Whose only function is to support me in seeing the truth in myself. “Above all else I want to see.”
This morning I woke up slightly depressed, the way I sometimes do for no particular reason. When I read today’s lesson, I almost cried with plea to my Heavenly Father “yes, above all else I want to see. Please help me!”
I get so tired of being depressed, I get tired of holding resentments over petty issues, I get tired of seeing the world that I made. I can’t understand why I resist giving myself entirely to what the Course is trying to tell me. Today I surrender myself and my life to my Father and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me.
I wrote today’s lesson on my hand with black permanent marker because I am determined to repeat the lesson as often as I can today to remind myself that above all else I want to see.
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D.: Why are there good and evil?
M.: They are relative terms. There must be a subject to know the good and evil. That subject is the ego. Trace the source of the ego. It ends in the Self. The source of the ego is God. This definition of God is probably more concrete and better understood by you.
D.: So it is. How to get Bliss?
M.: Bliss is not something to be got. On the other hand you are always Bliss. This desire is born of the sense of incompleteness. To whom is this sense of incompleteness? Enquire. In deep sleep you were blissful: Now you are not so. What has interposed between that Bliss and this non-bliss? It is the ego. Seek its source and find you are Bliss. There is nothing new to get. You have, on the other hand, to get rid of your ignorance which makes you think that you are other than Bliss. For whom is this ignorance? It is to the ego. Trace the source of the ego. Then the ego is lost and Bliss remains over. It is eternal. You are That, here and now.… That is the master key for solving all doubts. The doubts arise in the mind. The mind is born of the ego. The ego rises from the Self. Search the source of the ego and the Self is revealed. That alone remains. The universe is only expanded Self. It is not different from the Self.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
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Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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