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“In this book you read again and again that faith did for us what we could not do for ourselves. We hope you are convinced now that God can remove whatever self-will has blocked you off from Him. If you have already made a decision, and an inventory of your grosser handicaps, you have made a good beginning. That being so you have swallowed and digested some big chunks of truth about yourself.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
How It Works, pg. 70


“It is ever needful to remind oneself that one does not know what
one assumes he knows; to see that assumptions, beliefs, so-called
personal convictions about something are not the facts about it.
You are constantly, though unconsciously, reminding yourself that
you are leading a double life. Painfully, you exclaim, ‘I did it
again.’ That very exclamation is a dim self-reminder that there’s
a gap between profession and truth.”
from a talk given 8/20/1988
Many of us who had thought ourselves religious awoke to the limitations of this attitude. Refusing to place God first, we had deprived ourselves of His help.
Many false notions operate in false pride. The need for direction to live a decent life is satisfied by the hope experienced in the A.A. Fellowship. Those who have walked the way for years – a day at a time – say that a God-centered life has limitless possibilities for personal growth. This being so, much hope is transmitted by the elder A.A.s.
I thank my Higher Power for letting me know that He works through other people, and I thank Him for our trusted servants in the Fellowship who aid new members to reject their false ideals and to adopt those which lead to a life of compassion and trust. The elders in A.A. challenge the newcomers to “Come To” – so that they can “Come to Believe.” I ask my Higher Power to help my unbelief.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.

You have discovered the spiritual universe. Many others have discovered this same world, but each must make the discovery for himself. You are going to have a lot of joy sailing around this world of yours. Don’t fight the opinions of others, or waste your time arguing over these things. Follow the inward gleam of your consciousness and you will arrive.
Ernest Holmes

I looked at the stain on My ceiling and “
screamed oh my God I’m an alcoholic!
I never had a drink after that.
That night I got struck sober.

You shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you mad.
Aldous Huxley

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart and soul there
is no such thing as separation.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 202 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I will be still an instant and go home.

I am in Heaven now. I am still as God created me. But I am still not aware of my Home as long as I choose to believe in separation. With the power of my mind, I experience a world of bodies and have forgotten my true Identity as an extension of God. Now I would reverse that. I would practice reinforcing the truth instead of the ego’s lies. I would practice opening to the Holy Spirit’s perception, Who sees past bodies to the Light of God that is always there.

Today’s practice helps me let go of identifying myself with a body. The more I repeat the words of today’s lesson, the more I let the truth sink in to my awareness. Repeating this lesson many times a day is very helpful. After a while it becomes an automatic thought. “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” It is like playing a piano where many, many repetitions help make it an automatic response.

I consider this series of lessons to be very important to my awakening. I have reinforced the ego for a long time. It is now time to reinforce the truth and awaken from dreaming of separation. I can still use the body for the Holy Spirit’s purposes, but I do not have to be lost in the dream. I do not have to think the dream is real. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I can see past the dream to oneness. I can find my Self.

Why would I not listen to the Voice for God in my mind That lovingly and gently calls me Home? Only fear would make me unwilling to listen. The fear is that my will and God’s Will are not the same and if I were to listen to His Voice, I would be called to sacrifice my will.

This is one of the ego’s central lies, for the ego is the idea of sacrifice and loss. As long as I think I am the ego, I think my will is in opposition to God. But each time I am able to allow myself to become peaceful for an instant and go Home to the loving Heart of God, my identification with the ego thought system is loosened. The more opportunities I give myself to experience an instant of peace in God, the less I am bound to the world’s thought system and the more real my Home in Heaven is to me.

Only my belief in another world makes Heaven seem distant and unreal to me. The simple practice of being still an instant to go Home is a gentle, step-by-step process of loosening the bonds I have placed on myself which bind me to a world of illusions of limitation that could never be real.

Today I will practice this lesson as often as I can to open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s Voice in my mind, for I know It leads me to the comfort and peace of God. It will help me remember I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.
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O Father, Thine unlimited and all-healing power is in me. Manifest Thy light through the darkness of my ignorance.

by Austin Cline
Although the idea of an afterlife appealed to Sagan, he ultimately rejected the possibility of one. He said:

I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides. [Carl Sagan, 1996 – “In the Valley of the Shadow,” Parade Magazine. Billions and Billions p. 215]

If some good evidence for life after death were announced, I’d be eager to examine it; but it would have to be real scientific data, not mere anecdote. As with the face on Mars and alien abductions, better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy.
[Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, p. 204 (quoted in 2000 Years of Disbelief, Famous People with the Courage to Doubt, by James A. Haught, Prometheus Books, 1996)]
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