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Dividends and Mysteries
“The A.A. preoccupation with sobriety is sometimes misunderstood. To some, this single virtue appears to be the sole dividend of our Fellowship. We are thought to be dried-up drunks who otherwise have changed little, or not at all, for the better. Such a surmise widely misses the truth. We know that permanent sobriety can be attained only by a most revolutionary change in the life and outlook of the individual – by a spiritual awakening that can banish the desire to drink.”
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“You are asking yourself, as all of us must: ‘Who am I?’…’Where am I?’…’Whence do I go?’ The process of enlightenment is usually slow. But, in the end, our seeking always brings a finding. These great mysteries are, after all, enshrined in completely simplicity. The willingness to grow is the essence of all spiritual development.” 
1. LETTER, 1966 2. LETTER, 1955
Whoever degrades another degrades me, 
And whatever is done or said returns at last to me. 
Walt Whitman


. . . deep down in every man, woman and child, is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself.
I have seen the workings of the unseen God in A.A. rooms around the country. Miracles of recovery are everywhere in evidence. I now believe that God is in these rooms and in my heart. Today faith is as natural to me, a former agnostic, as breathing, eating and sleeping. The Twelve Steps have helped to change my life in many ways, but none is more effective than the acquisition of a Higher Power.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.

There is no pain nor inflammation. All fear is swept away in the realization of Truth. I am free from every belief in pain. The Spirit cannot pain, and I am Pure Spirit and cannot be hurt nor harmed. I am free from all pain.
I find ecstasy in living — 
the mere sense of living is joy enough.
The point is that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines.
“Everything in the universe is within you.
Ask all from yourself.”
– Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 187 Insights
“I bless the world because I bless myself.”
One of the most significant sentences in this lesson to me is, “Illusion recognized must disappear.” (7:1) It is only my belief in pain and loss, sickness and death, that keeps it in place. As I remove my belief from these ideas, they must disappear. “Illusion recognized must disappear.” In hypnotherapy training we learned that belief is what holds experience in place. So now my job is to recognize the beliefs which are the opposite of God’s oneness and with the help of the Holy Spirit, let them go. Not because of sacrifice but because they are not true.
It is helpful to ask myself, “What beliefs am I holding on to that are not true? Holy Spirit help me recognize these beliefs. Shine Your light on them and they will fall away.” And we can look at those false beliefs with gentle laughter. I can then see that I do not need these silly beliefs. They do not help me and never did.
I thought I wanted separation. I thought it would bring me something that I wanted. I thought it would bring me something more than I already had. I thought it would be an exciting new adventure. But the truth is I still remain as part of God and never left. This recognition is a blessing to myself, and as I bless myself, I bless the world because I know the same truth is about my brother also.
We are all still enfolded and encompassed in God’s Love. Everyone’s Identity is still Love as part of God. As in a hologram, every part contains the whole. This is God’s blessing and it remains eternally true. “Illusion recognized must disappear.” I don’t have to accept suffering because it is simply a false idea not to be taken seriously.
Today I would let myself soak in the remembrance of everyone’s oneness in God’s Love. Like taking a comforting soak in a hot tub, today I will soak in the healing waters of remembering the truth of our oneness. What a happy day to have this opportunity to receive and give this remembrance of the truth.
It is our oneness with all things that makes it possible for us to bring salvation and blessing to the world. That means whenever a brother extends a loving thought to anyone, I am blessed, even as he blesses himself with the thought. The only gift I can really give is Love because only Love is real. Love only increases in the giving. It is the only thought there is in truth. We each are a thought of Love in the mind of Love. That is why I bless the world because I bless myself.
In this world Love’s reflection is forgiveness, seeing the innocence in all my brothers, letting go of the past, letting go of the belief in separation. Each time I have a thought of forgiveness, whatever form it may take, I bless the world because I bless myself.
Today is a good day for me to work on recognizing illusion so it can disappear. I have a lot of quiet work to do which allows my mind to wander and it is always interesting to see where it wanders. Each time I notice it wandering into illusion, I ask Holy Spirit to look at it with me and heal that place in my life. Can it really be so simple? Yes, I think it can. It is ego that makes everything seem complicated.
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“So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda

— About Ernest Holmes part 12

The majority of the following material on the life of Ernest Holmes was gathered from a booklet entitled, Path of Discovery written by Rev. Scott Awbrey ( and published by United Church of Religious Science and used with permission
The first four chapters of The Science of Mind reveal the heart of Ernest’s teaching. “There is One Infinite Mind from which all things come,” he wrote. “This Mind is through, in and around man; It is the Only Mind there is, and every time man thinks he uses It. There is One Infinite Spirit, and every time man says, ‘I am,’ he proclaims It. There is One Infinite Substance, and every time man moves, he moves in It.”
By the time Ernest Holmes completed The Science of Mind, his following consisted of more than casual spectators. Many people were dedicated students of his philosophy, actively supporting his teaching. They began urging him to set up an organization and incorporate.
Ernest Holmes resisted initially, feeling that an organization would be restrictive. He insisted on the necessity of individual spiritual freedom, saying that Infinite Truth was not the exclusive property of any special group of people, and that his teaching was not a “final revelation.”
His students responded by saying that the Science of Mind philosophy would live far longer with an organizational structure to support it than it would as just a group of people sharing a common philosophy.
In February 1927, twenty years after Ernest Holmes began his path of self-education, he incorporated the Institute of Religious Science and School of Philosophy, Inc., as a nonprofit religious and educational organization. The Institute rented office space on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and lectures were presented at the nearby Ambassador Hotel. Ernest was 40 years old.
As the organization took form, however, Ernest made it clear that the founding of the Institute was not intended to promote Religious Science as a cure-all religion. He would not allow anyone to regard the Science of Mind message as infallible. Religious Science is shorn of dogmatism, freed from superstition, and open at the top for greater illumination, unbound and free,” Ernest said.
A few months after starting the Institute, Ernest Holmes began the monthly Science of Mind Magazine, the purpose of which was to inform its readers of “the subtle powers of mind and spirit, and to show how such powers may be consciously used for the betterment of the individual and the race.” The magazine’s readership grew continuously and today the magazine enjoys a worldwide circulation.
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