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Whose Will?
We have seen A.A.’s ask with much earnestness and faith for God’s explicit guidance on matters ranging all the way from a shattering domestic or financial crisis to a minor personal fault, like tardiness. A man who tries to run his life rigidly by this kind of prayers, by this self-serving demand of God for replies, is a particularly disconcerting individual. To any questioning or criticism of his actions, he instantly proffers his reliance upon prayer for guidance in all matters great or small. He may have forgotten the possibility that his own wishful thinking and the human tendency to rationalize have distorted his so-called guidance. With the best of intentions, he tends to force his will into all sorts of situations and problems with the comfortable assurance that he is acting under God’s specific direction. 
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, 
I am large, I contain multitudes. 
Walt Whitman
. . . primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The difference between a demand and a simple request is plain to anyone.
Peace is possible for me only when I let go of expectations. When I’m trapped in thoughts about what I want and what should be coming to me, I’m in a state of fear or anxious anticipation and this is not conducive to emotional sobriety. I must surrender – over and over – to the reality of my dependence on God, for then I find peace, gratitude and spiritual security.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

My eyes behold the complete and perfect in all Creation, “In all, over all and through all.” I see the perfect; there is nothing else to see, and no suggestion of otherness can enter my thought. I know only the perfect and the complete. I am perfect and whole, now. I see the Good.
“The real You is hidden beneath the mental noise in Your head.” 
― Bert McCoy
I changed the way I looked at things. Life didn’t happen to me, 
it happened for me. 
Every child has known God, 
Not the God of names, 
Not the God of don’ts, 
Not the God who ever does Anything weird, 
But the God who knows only 4 words. 
And keeps repeating them, saying: 
“Come Dance with Me , come dance.”
ACIM Workbook Lesson 190 Insights
“I choose the joy of God instead of pain.”
To me this lesson is about responsibility. It makes it very clear that everything I think I experience is because of my own choice. Much of my life I lived believing things happened to me that I had nothing to do with. This lesson is teaching me I am responsible for what I see and what I feel for everything I experience.
The title implies I have chosen pain. In case I miss the point in the title, he explains in specific detail that fear and pain are my choice. But I have another choice. I can choose instead the joy of God, the peace of Heaven. And most importantly, the choice for the joy of God is the choice for reality instead of illusion.
All I really need do is lay down the self denial that has made illusions seem real. The moment I do this, the reality of the joy and peace of God rushes in to fill the space made empty by laying down illusions. I don’t have to work to become worthy of God’s joy. I don’t have to jump through hoops to please God in order to receive His joy. I need only lay down the illusions that block my awareness of the joy that is always there.
It cannot really be hard to let go of nothing in order to receive everything. What makes it seem hard is my unwillingness to recognize nothingness for what it is. This unwillingness comes from identifying with a self image made up of nothingness. It seems that if I give up my belief in it, I will lose my identity and everything of value. This is the effect of misplaced values. In fact, the whole world is the effect of misplaced values. The moment I value reality more than illusion, I will experience reality. I will experience the joy of God.
Holy Spirit, help me recognize my misplaced values today. Help me see their nothingness so I can lay them down. Help me see the treasure given me by my Creator and mine for eternity. Help me see Love everywhere. This is the treasure I seek and would offer in every moment. Thank You for Your support.
I ask myself, “Why have I believed in the existence of pain and death? What attracts me to believe in bodily illusions instead of the truth that I am still in the Mind of God? What attracts me to believe that I or anyone can be hurt? What is the payoff for believing in what is not true?” I take this to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shares:
Love is all powerful. Love is What you are. This is your Identity. You cannot leave your Identity. God’s Will is your Will. There is only one Will. Thinking there is something other than the Will of Love is the cause of all pain. There is nothing other than the Will of Love and therefore pain is illusion.
The only thing to do with illusions is to lay them down because they are not true. You cannot fix illusions or make them better. What really works is to just give them up, let them go. They are not real. They are thoughts of being unlike God. God is not special or different. God is universal Oneness. God gives all Love to All of Itself. That is What you are for eternity.
Being willing to lift the veil of illusions is what cures all pain and sorrow. Being open to the Truth of your Identity as Love removes all belief in weakness, loss and pain. Practice this today.
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“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; 
one must try to include, as necessary to one’s happiness, 
the happiness of others.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda

About Ernest Holmes part 15
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
Once, when asked to provide a concise definition of the Science of Mind teaching, he replied that it is a “correlation of laws of science, opinions of philosophy and revelations of religion applied to human needs and aspirations.”
Ernest Holmes spent a lifetime concerned with and involved with prayer and meditation. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the world was the technique of scientific prayer, which he called “spiritual mind treatment.” In an article in the January 1929 issue of Science of Mind Magazine entitled “Treatment – What, Why and How,” Ernest offered an explanation of this technique.
A treatment is for the purpose of changing one’s own consciousness, not to change the attitude of God. Quiet the mind and definitely state that faith and understanding are present. Mentally state and spiritually feel that a conscious and constructive Presence pervades all life. Affirm that the Spirit wills to respond and that It does respond. Sit quietly and believe. Now state your desire as simply as possible, using only such words as have a real meaning to you. Never try to use other people’s thought. You are alone with Cause, see to it that no denial of this thought enters your mind. As simply as you can, create a definite acceptance in the mind that you are being guided into paths of peace and abundance. Feel a response in your thought, feel that what you state is the truth about yourself. Affirm that you accept and believe and receive.
The original offices of the Institute housed Ernest and a growing staff, a library, lecture halls, and practitioner offices – and were the site for many classes, including those in psychology, philosophy, and the history of religions. Ernest attracted to the Institute many well-known teachers and scholars. One of the greatest influences on Ernest during his early days, Christian Larson, even became a member of the staff.
Professors of religion, psychology, and philosophy from USC, UCLA, and other universities taught at the Institute. The curriculum of philosophy, religion, psychology, and metaphysics was expanded to include human relations, creative thinking, and parapsychology.
Although Ernest Holmes had by this time taken his place as one of the great metaphysical thinkers of the time, he remained an ardent student. For a while he was the private pupil of Dr. Ralph Flewelling, director and founder of the School of Philosophy at USC. And later, Ernest frequently was a guest lecturer in Dr. Flewelling’s philosophy classes at the university.
In 1935 the organization was reincorporated as the Institute of Religious Science and Philosophy. That same year it acquired property at Sixth and New Hampshire Streets in Los Angeles, a beautiful building that had adequate space for administrative offices and classrooms. The site remains as the international headquarters for the organization, and long-range plans call for continuing development and expansion.
While the Institute had found a permanent home for its administrative offices, Ernest continued to hold Sunday services in various theaters in Los Angeles. Thousands of people were attending services, and even at the Wiltern Theatre, which seated more than 2800, many people were turned away each Sunday.
Graduates of Ernest’s classes also began teaching, and these extensions of the Institute became known as chapters, which eventually became churches of Religious Science. By 1943 there were eighteen such chapters, or churches, in addition to the Institute, and twenty practitioners were working at headquarters.
Expanding the audiences he reached, Ernest Holmes began a weekly radio program in 1949 entitled “This Thing Called Life”. And in 1956 a half-hour television program by the same name aired for a short time in the Los Angeles area. People would come from all over Southern California to hear Ernest explain the Science of Mind with warmth and humor and systematic logic, but what struck people the most was his conviction and sincerity. He believed what he said and put it into practice and dared his listeners to do the same.
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