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“Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.  At the start, this was all we needed to commence spiritual growth, to effect our first conscious relation with God as we understood Him.  Afterward, we found ourselves accepting many things which then seemed entirely out of reach.  That was growth, but if we wished to grow we had to begin somewhere.  So we used our own conception, however limited it was.” 
1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 47 
The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual.
S O B E R Spiritually On Beam; Everything’s Right
My ties and ballasts leave me – I travel – I sail – 
My elbows rest in the sea-gaps. 
I skirt the sierras. 
My palms cover continents – 
I am afoot with my vision.
Walt Whitman
For without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. . . . Without it, they cannot live to much useful purpose, or, in adversity, be able to summon the faith that can meet any emergency.
Why do I balk at the word “humility”? I am not humbling myself toward other people, but toward God, as I understand Him. Humility means “to show submissive respect,” and by being humble I realize I am not the center of the universe. When I was drinking, I was consumed by pride and self-centeredness. I felt the entire world revolved around me, that I was master of my destiny. Humility enables me to depend more on God to help me overcome obstacles, to help me with my own imperfections, so that I may grow spiritually. I must solve more difficult problems to increase my proficiency and, as I encounter life’s stumbling blocks, I must learn to overcome them through God’s help. Daily communion with God demonstrates my humility and provides me with the realization that an entity more powerful than I is willing to help me if I cease trying to play God myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Greater than fear is Love. Love dissolves all fear, casts out all doubt and sets the captive free. Love, like the River of Life, flows through me and refreshes me with its eternal blessings. Love cannot be afraid; it is fearless and strong, and is mighty in its works. It can accomplish all things through the Inner Light of that faith in the All Good, Which fills my very Being with a Powerful Presence. Love casts out all fear.
Quotes by Ernest Holmes

Some of us had to fall into a pit so we 
can show others how to get out. 

“If you find me not within you,
you will never find me.
For I have been with you,
from the beginning of me.”

ACIM Workbook Lesson 195 Insights
“Love is the way I walk in gratitude.”
A key idea brought up several times in this lesson is that Love makes no comparisons. Comparison is a way of setting things apart. So comparison is a reflection of unforgiveness. If I have forgiven my brother, I have let go of the idea that he is separate from me. It is impossible to compare what is one. There must be an ‘other’ for a comparison to be made.
Each time I recognize my brother shares the same need to Love I have, my forgiveness or letting go of illusion is strengthened. Everyone in the world needs to Love, because Love is what we all are. Yet the world was made to be a place without Love, where Love/God is excluded. And so we wander the world searching for Love because we hear the call from our heart to return to Love. Forgiveness is the means in this world to remove the barriers to Love’s Presence. That is why when forgiveness is complete, gratitude is complete, because Love is complete.
As I learn to look past the behavior I disapprove of, the words that seem to hurt, and see the Love I share with all things, gratitude fills my heart. I no longer need to defend. I no longer need to compare myself with anything or anyone. The full recognition of the Love I am dawns upon my mind. The search is over. I have found what I am and what I am encompasses all of Life, for what I am is one with Love, my Source. Love fills me and is my strength. Love is my safety and my peace.
Today let me look upon my brother and see him as he is, with no thought of the past and no empty images that could ever contain his magnificent Light. Thus will I recognize my Self and I will walk in gratitude.
Inherent within the Love of our Source is oneness. Oneness is the truth. Because all is One Love, there are no differences, no exceptions. When I open my mind to accept this truth, the truth of God’s Love as being all there is, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude comes inherently with accepting the truth that God’s Love is all there is.
Today my practice is to be grateful for the truth of our oneness in God. I am grateful that the truth of oneness is real and nothing else is real. This opening to the truth brings me deep peace. God is One. No dreams can change that. Of this I am grateful.
I am thankful dreams of separation could never be true. I am thankful everyone is safe in God and their true Identity could never be changed from how God created them. I am thankful all that is real still resides in Heaven and has never left Heaven. I am thankful we cannot leave God, even though we may dream of separation. I am thankful Love is the only reality and dreams of separation could never be real. Remembering the Reality and Oneness of Love is the way I walk in gratitude. That is the essence of today’s lesson for me.
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If you again and again repeat these thoughts, day and night, you will eventually realize what you really are: an immortal soul.
Walt Whitman 1819–1892
American poet, essayist, novelist, short story writer, journalist, and editor.
Although commonly and critically regarded as one of America’s premier poets, Whitman remains in some ways a controversial figure. Leaves of Grass, his masterpiece, was revolutionary in both its style and content, praising the divinity of the self, of the common individual. The volume was directed at those Americans who, in Whitman’s opinion, had been ignored by their country’s literature, a literature which had typically targeted the upper echelons of society. Throughout his life and work, Whitman promoted himself as the poet of American democracy and of the common man. Yet the focus of his poetry on the sanctity and divinity of the self has been criticized as being more egotistical than spiritual, and his exploration and exaltation of sexuality and homosexuality has been both deplored and downplayed. Additionally, critics have analyzed how the Civil War changed Whitman’s poetry, and have studied his ambivalent views on the subject of the treatment of Native Americans during his lifetime.
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