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“Let’s Keep It simple”
“We need to distinguish sharply between spiritual simplicity and functional simplicity. When we say that A.A. advocates no theological proposition except God as we understand Him, we greatly simplify A.A. life by avoiding conflict and exclusiveness. But when we get into questions of action by groups, by areas, and by A.A. as a whole, we find that we must to some extent organize to carry the message – or else face chaos. And chaos is not simplicity.”
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“I learned that the temporary or seeming good can often be the deadly enemy of the permanent best. When it comes to survival for A.A., nothing short of our very best will be good enough.”
1. LETTER, 1966
2. A.A. COMES OF AGE, P. 294 

“One day Satan sat on his throne in the deep dark region where
he ruled and he was feeling – as Satan always feels – very lonely,
very sick, unsettled, filled with fire. And that caused him to try
to think of new ways to give himself more fire because that’s all
that Satan and satanically inspired human beings want – more of
what they already have. Their only food, their only nourishment is
what they have experienced and lived from, throughout the centuries.
And the way Satan gets his strength is to give of himself, of his
own nature. I’m giving you a major example of billions of minor
states and experiences that everyone on earth, almost everyone on
earth shares. The mad urge to express as much cruelty and suffering
as possible and give it out to others in order to feel more of him-
self, so that he can then convince himself, which is never convincing,
that what he has and what he is and what he does is almighty. And that
he doesn’t need anything but himself, he doesn’t need God; in fact the
very word God is a hostile word to him.
So while he sat there trying to figure out ways to cause you to suffer
more, a messenger came in through the door, excited and nervous and
ran up to Satan and gave him a note.
The note simply said, ‘Beware there are a certain very few people up
here on earth who are doing something that is a threat to your
infernal kingdom, Mr. Satan. And what these people are doing is
sending a message from their headquarters around the world, sending a message and the very simplicity of the message is frightening 
to us. The message simply telling people one thing in two words,
and that’s what we fear, the simplicity of the message.
They are telling the people of the world to ‘Look up.'”
The Miracle of a New Life – Part 1
During this process of learning more about humility, the most profound result of all was the change in our attitude toward God.
Today my prayers consist mostly of saying thank you to my Higher Power for my sobriety and for the wonder of God’s abundance, but I need to ask also for help and the power to carry out His will for me. I no longer need God each minute to rescue me from the situations I get myself into by not doing His will. Now my gratitude seems to be directly linked to humility. As long as I have the humility to be grateful for what I have, God continues to provide for me.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Let us waste no further time looking
for the secret of success or the key to happiness.
Already the door is open and whosoever will, may enter.
Ernest Holmes
What I have to tell you is that story was false, 
so much so that I started to believe it myself. 
It was a tale that I told I for years. 
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy
“Would you become a pilgrim on the road of love?
The first condition is that you make yourself humble as dust and ashes.”
― Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 201 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.”

“I trust my brothers, who are one with me.”
To the Holy Spirit, what is true about one brother is true about every brother. There are no differences. There is no specialness in Holy Spirit’s sight.
Today my practice is to see every brother as the Holy Spirit sees him. That is how I return Home. That is how I remember the truth in myself. My brother is not his or her body. Everyone is free. Everyone is still as God created them. No one is their mask. No one is an individual ‘self.’
My lesson today is to trust the truth in my brother. I am learning to practice seeing past the false identity today and every day. This is my pathway Home to freedom. This is my pathway to happiness and everlasting peace. The truth of one united Mind is true and nothing else is true. I have another day before me to practice again remembering this truth.
In this world it seems impossible to really trust anyone. It seems there is always the possibility that their interests will conflict with mine in some way and a friend becomes an adversary. This is exactly why this lesson is needed. The reason we feel we cannot trust is because the trust is misplaced. Of course we cannot trust an illusion. Illusions can shift and change with the slightest whim. The body is an illusion. In this world, when we speak of trusting people, it is usually in terms of what they do with their bodies because we identify them with their bodies.
As I practice remembering that I am not a body, I am free, I am still as God created me, I must also remember the same is true about my brother. Then the most natural thing in the world is to trust my brother because I see him as one Mind — the same Mind as I am.
When I accept and know I am as God created me, I know I am absolutely trustworthy. What God creates is Love and nothing else, so I must be Love and nothing else. Love is forever Itself, unchanging, forever giving, eternally one. That is What I am.
Trust in Love is fully justified. And because What I am is What my brother is as well, trust in the truth about him is fully justified. If I am tempted to see him as anything other than Love, to identify him with his body, then it is time for me to declare, “This thought I do not want. I choose instead to trust my brother, who is one with me.” When I can do this without reservation of any kind, my heart will be filled with the joy and peace of God, for I will have remembered Him in my brother. Together we return Home.
The few sentences of this review lesson have the power to lead me Home. I need only accept them wholly, believe them to be true, and I will know my freedom. I will know my Identity as an extension of Love.
I was asking Holy Spirit for a way I could visualize being one with my brother. The phrase that came to me was “wearing my body loosely.” I thought of easily shrugging off my body as one would a cloak, but then what I saw was a body shaped mass of light. I am so attached to my body and to the idea of me as a body, I am having trouble releasing this idea.
I thought about myself as light. I saw a light switched on in a dark room. The light has no shape, it diffuses until stopped by something, like the wall. I turn on another light. I don’t see two separate rays of light. The light blends seamlessly. I can’t tell what light comes from which lamp. It is just light.
So I visualized myself shrugging off the body and appearing as formless light that just goes on and on. Other lights join me; my ex-husband, my daughter, my manicurist. As light, there were no personalities, no alcoholics, no Vietnamese; there was just light. Not my light and their light, just light.
When I first started learning this concept, it didn’t mean much to me. I read it and said, “OK, I believe this,” but I didn’t really know what it meant. As time went on, and I practiced it, it became more meaningful. Now, I feel like I am so close. I almost know; which means I almost accept because in reality, I have always known. I think I have resisted that knowledge because of body identification; because of specialness and because I wanted to hold onto the idea I am unique. I’ve been wearing my body tightly, like a woman in a girdle, uncomfortable but afraid of losing my shape if I remove it.
I am going to practice my lessons faithfully and trust that the Holy Spirit will support my efforts and I will succeed.
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Invincible Lord, teach me to use my
will unceasingly in the performance of good actions,
until the little light of my will burns as the
cosmic blaze of Thine all-powerful will.
by Austin Cline
The Bible and other ancient texts did not represent God well, Sagan believed. He said:
What I’m saying is, if God wanted to send us a message, and ancient writings were the only way he could think of doing it, he could have done a better job. [Dr. Arroway in Carl Sagan’s Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985), p. 164.]
You see, the religious people — most of them — really think this planet is an experiment. That’s what their beliefs come down to. Some god or other is always fixing and poking, messing around with tradesmen’s wives, giving tablets on mountains, commanding you to mutilate your children, telling people what words they can say and what words they can’t say, making people feel guilty about enjoying themselves, and like that. Why can’t the gods leave well enough alone? All this intervention speaks of incompetence. If God didn’t want Lot’s wife to look back, why didn’t he make her obedient, so she’d do what her husband told her? Or if he hadn’t made Lot such a shithead, maybe she would’ve listened to him more. If God is omnipotent and omniscient, why didn’t he start the universe out in the first place so it would come out the way he wants? Why’s he constantly repairing and complaining? No, there’s one thing the Bible makes clear: The biblical God is a sloppy manufacturer. He’s not good at design; he’s not good at execution. He’d be out of business if there was any competition.
[Sol Hadden in Carl Sagan’s Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985), p. 285.]
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