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Such is the paradox of A.A. regeneration: strength arising out of complete defeat and weakness, the loss of one’s old life as a condition for finding a new one. 
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 46 
A thousand beatings by John Barleycorn did not encourage me to admit defeat.  I believed it was my moral obligation to conquer my “enemy-friend.”  At my first A.A. meeting I was blessed with a feeling that it was all right to admit defeat to a disease which had nothing to do with my “moral fiber.”  I knew instinctively that I was in the presence of a great love when I entered the doors of A.A.  With no effort on my part, I became aware that to love myself was good and right, as God had intended.  My feelings set me free, where my thoughts had held me in bondage.  I am grateful. 
Copyright 1990 
Nothing can happen more beautiful than death. 
Walt Whitman
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear. .  TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 76
When I feel uncomfortable, irritated, or depressed, I look for fear. This “evil and corroding thread” is the root of my distress: Fear of failure; fear of others’ opinions; fear of harm, and many other fears. I have found a Higher Power who does not want me to live in fear and, as a result, the experience of A.A. in my life is freedom and joy. I am no longer willing to live with the multitude of character defects that characterized my life while I was drinking. Step Seven is my vehicle to freedom from these defects. I pray for help in identifying the fear underneath the defect, and then I ask God to relieve me of that fear. This method works for me without fail and is one of the great miracles of my life in Alcoholics Anonymous.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc

Perfection is already accomplished. I do not have to wait for the Perfect Life. I am that Perfect Life here and now. Today I express the Limitless Life of the All Good. Today I manifest my Completion in every part of me. Today I am saved. Here and now I am healed.
“Silence is the room we create for the searching of God,
where we hear His voice and follow.” 
― Mark Buchanan, Your God Is Too Safe:
Rediscovering the Wonder of a God You Can’t Control
I was just sucking air out of the universe and
 gave nothing back. 
This moment, this love, comes to rest in me
many beings in one being
In one wheat grain a thousand sheep stacks
Inside the needle’s eye
a turning night of stars
There is a light seed grain inside
you fill it with yourself or it dies
I am caught in this curling energy, your hair
who ever is calm and sensible 
is insane!
ACIM Workbook Lesson 189 Insights
“I feel the Love of God within me now.”
This lesson is an extension of one of the very first lessons which taught us that we don’t know what anything means. If I can wholly embrace the idea that I don’t know what anything means, then I can come to the Holy Spirit with a wholly open mind. It is my cherished beliefs (the meanings I give things) that stand in the way of knowing the Love of God is already within me, shining with the brilliance of innocence and peace.
The Light of God is already within me. It has never left me and I have never left It. Only my denial of It, my belief that anything could be apart from or other than the Love of God, stands between me and my awareness of the Love of God shining within me eternally. His Love abides in me and my Self returns the Love in gratitude and joy. This circle of Love continues unabated within me, no matter what images I may make up that hide It from me. The Love of God is shining in me now. I don’t have to wait for It to happen. I need only remove the barriers to my awareness of It.
I am grateful I have the means within my confused and delusional mind to find my way out, to return to my natural state as Love created me. The Holy Spirit in my mind recognizes the confusion in my mind but does not believe any of it, so He can bring full awareness of God’s Love to my split mind. He can use the images and false ideas I hold for His own purpose to lead me back Home to the Heaven I never left in truth.
My job now is to practice again and again and again, turning everything I believe I see over to Him with an open mind to receive His perception. He will show me the innocence behind the behavior, the Light that is ever present in the darkness, the Love beyond the fear. As I open to His vision, I receive the miracle of Love. And I embrace the world with Its blessing.
In this lesson, Jesus shows me what my part is. He says, “Your part is simply to allow all obstacles that you have interposed between the Son and God the Father to be quietly removed forever.” (8:3) This means I am not the one to remove the obstacles. My job is to open my mind to God to let them be removed. My job is to be willing to let God, Which is Love, into my mind. When I open the door to Love, Love does the rest. Love knows what to do, I don’t.
My willingness to open up to God is what brings me the experience of God’s Love. I can tell how much I am opening up to God by what I feel within. If I don’t feel God’s Love, then I must still be holding on to ego’s values, ego’s priorities, ego’s thoughts. It is my willingness to open up to let the false values and priorities be removed that allows them to be replaced by God’s Love. I must learn to hold on to nothing. I must open to God’s Love with empty hands and an open heart. If I want to see the real world, I must first let God into my mind. “You will look upon that which you feel within.” (5:3)
The following is a prayer that came to me as I asked for help with my willingness: Dear God, I have joined with the values of separation, and now I choose to return to the awareness of Your ever-present Love. I have wandered in the wilderness of separation, thinking it real and have been frightened and confused by my choice to join with ego thinking.
I realize now what is truly important above all things is opening to Your ever-present Love. I consciously choose that now. I let my mind quiet, because I would have it be so. I allow the feeling of Your ever-present Love to return to my awareness. I would not keep my mind closed to Your eternal Presence. Your Love is in me and surrounds me always. Your Love is all that is real. I accept It and allow myself to feel It now. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“To work with God’s happiness bubbling in the soul is to carry a portable paradise within you wherever you go.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
About Ernest Holmes part 14
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
Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author of The Power of Positive Thinking, studied Ernest’s teachings from the time he was a young man, and the two men became friends many years later. “Two things struck me forcibly when I came to know Ernest Holmes – his power as a speaker and as a personality. Ernest Holmes was a true student, a real scholar,” Dr. Peale said “but he was primarily a thinker. You couldn’t be with him long before finding this out because he was full of questions, always wanting to know something, constantly prodding, pumping, seeking for new ideas, new material for thought.”
Ernest Holmes and Albert Einstein had an opportunity to share ideas over dinner, where each spoke on science and abstract laws. Ernest shared with Dr. Einstein his views on world peace, saying that “permanent world peace is not an illusion but a potential possibility and an evolutionary imperative, and science will aid in that evolution.” He heard from Dr. Einstein many illustrations about principles, which affirm that “good” ultimately, must vindicate itself. “Give them time, and physicists and metaphysicists will use the same textbook,” Ernest said.
Actress and singer Peggy Lee discovered the Science of Mind and became a close friend of Ernest Holmes and Hazel. They “adopted me as one of those daughters they ‘didn’t have,’ ” she said. “Ernest Holmes was the greatest spiritual influence in my experience…. His teaching reached into every corner of my life.”
Ernest’s philosophy was also to be important to actress Rhonda Fleming. “He took the teachings of Jesus,” she said, “and presented them in an exciting, contemporary way that manifested tremendous feelings of love and joy. He was a lovable, wonderful, warm friend – very sweet and kind, yet also down-to-earth, very real, and most comfortable with life. He was always willing to take the time to have fun and be light about things and not take life so heavily – a secret of youth from which we could all benefit!”
And so Ernest Holmes and Hazel were deeply involved in many aspects of the culture of Southern California. They entertained and dined out frequently, attended the opera, the Hollywood Bowl, important openings and motion-picture premiers, and took their place at civic events.
Ernest Holmes enjoyed it all, but he preferred to gather friends in his home, serve home-cooked meals before a roaring fire, and rely upon conversation for entertainment. Ernest, however, did not often participate in idle chatter. He could converse with anyone, but what he most often wanted to talk about was Truth. He wanted to know others’ ideas and viewpoints. Ernest’s commitment was to know, express, and live the Truth, and this devotion was not a garment he donned only for special occasions. It was his life.
Once the organizational details of the Institute were completed, Ernest Holmes lost no time in returning to another great love in his life – teaching. His first class under the new structure consisted of thirty-five students, and Ernest used The Science of Mind as his textbook. He always taught the basics: that we are made in the image of God and are forever one with Infinite Life. He also taught about the Law of the universe and how we have complete access to it. “There is a Power for good in the universe greater than you are,” he frequently said, “and you can use it.”
Ron Richey
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