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Suffering Transmuted, p. 35 
“A.A. is no success story in the ordinary sense of the word. It is a story of suffering transmuted, under grace, into spiritual progress.” 
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For Dr. Bob, the insatiable craving for alcohol was evidently a physical phenomenon which bedeviled several of his first years in A.A., a time when only days and nights of carrying the message to other alcoholics could cause him to forget about drinking. Although his craving was hard to withstand, it doubtless did account for some part of the intense incentive that went into forming Akron’s Group Number One.  Bob’s spiritual release did not come easily; it was to be painfully slow. It always entailed the hardest kind of work and the sharpest vigilance. 
1. Letter, 1959 
2. A.A. Comes Of Age, p. 69 

Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
“We are rewarded according to personal effort, like a man who is
given as much land as he can walk over during a day.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 6


But it is from our twisted relations with family, friends, and
society at large that many of us have suffered the most. We
have been especially stupid and stubborn about them. The
primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability
to form a true partnership with another human being.
Can these words apply to me, am I still unable to form a
true partnership with another human being? What a terrible
handicap that would be for me to carry into my sober life!
In my sobriety I will meditate and pray to discover how I
may be a trusted friend and companion. 
Jesus: While the Science of the Mind Church regards Jesus as the Son of God, they do not believe He is Lord and Savior. Christ’s teachings are highly esteemed, but He is considered merely a teacher.

I found that I can’t do this thing alone, 
I need you. I would never have been able to admit that.
Gratitude places you in the energy field of plentitude. Perceiving life in a consciousness of gratitude is literally stepping into another dimension of living. Suddenly the seeming ordinariness of your days takes on a divine sparkle.

You come to us from another world;
From beyond the stars and a void of space
Transcendent, pure – of unimaginable beauty.
Bringing with You the essence of Love.
You transform all who are touched by You –
Mundane concerns, troubles and sorrows dissolve in Your presence
Bringing joy to ruler & ruled, to peasants and kings.
You bewilder us with Your grace;
All evil is transformed into goodness.
You are the Master Alchemist!
You light the fire of Love in earth & sky,
In heart & soul of every being.
Through Your loving, existence & non-existence merge –
All opposites unite –
All that is profane becomes sacred again.
~Rumi Rumi’s deto Christ


ACIM Workbook Lesson 161 Insights
“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
In this lesson Jesus provides an important key in the undoing of the dream. First he helps me understand that when I see bodies, it is a projection of fear that is coming from my own mind. But he doesn’t leave it at that. He shows me a way to reverse that seeing. He gives me a practice to see the Christ in my brother instead of focusing on his body. That is why the title is “Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
When I see the Christ in my brother, I receive a blessing. When I see holiness in my brother, it helps me see the holiness in myself. This practice helps me undo my projections of fear. It helps me change my mind. This practice helps me open to the truth to receive Heaven’s blessing.
Jesus reminds me that I see only what I want to see and my body’s ears hear only what I want to hear. In this lesson, Jesus is encouraging me to expand my willingness to see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. As my willingness to see the Christ expands, I will see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. I get what I focus on. Jesus reminds me that one brother is all brothers.
Today my practice is to see the Christ in everyone. It is the only reality. This is the key to the undoing of the dream. This is my key to awakening to the truth about myself and my brother. This is my way out of fear. This is the way I return to Love. Am I willing to accept the truth today? The practice of today’s lesson shows me how.
This world is a world of projection. For projection to work, it must have an object to project upon. A movie projector shows us nothing without a screen to reflect the images it projects. In the same way, if there is no object for us to project our fear and anger upon, there is no basis for the fear and anger. Thus to the ego thought system of separation, the body is the central symbol onto which it projects fear, anger and guilt. The ego’s purpose for the body is to use it as a means to show us justification for our fear and make it seem real. It seems to work, because we believe the body is real.
As we practice seeing with Christ’s vision, we withdraw our belief in the reality of the body. The reflection of projected fear and guilt fades and the face of Christ in our brother comes forward, showing us instead his innocence and our own. The idea of not seeing ourselves or anyone as a body is so central to the Course that in a later review we repeat many times a day for 20 days, “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.” Today’s lesson is a step in moving our awareness in that direction.
Holy Spirit I ask Your help and Your strength to guide me to see the face of Christ in all my brothers today so I may receive their gift which shows me my perfect innocence.
I like the part in the lesson that says,“Mistake not the intensity of rage projected fear must spawn. It shrieks in wrath, and claws the air in frantic hope it can reach to its maker and devour him.” (8:3-4) This explains what it feels like is happening in my mind many times. I can be fine one minute, but as soon as I let my mind wander with the ego, it feels like all hell breaks loose in my mind and next thing I know is I’m back in insanity wondering where my peace went.
This lesson clearly explains how and why we react to each other the way we do. There are no words to tell my Heavenly Father, “Thank You,” for getting these messages of Love to us. We are all on this journey together and the dedication to these lessons are for our own sanity, our own salvation and, I would guess, years of needless suffering. These lessons truly are gifts and I am grateful for my awareness of them.
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The sage remains unperturbed by the oppositional states of the cosmic dream world. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
Was Rumi a Sufi?
The short answer is no.
Rumi was a professor, a theologian and a scholar for most of his life. He was nearly 40 when he met the wild dervish named Shams who transformed his life. Until then he led a quiet, disciplined life of an orthodox religious figure from an elite family who was an incredibly popular university professor.
Going back eight hundred years and the life expectancy not being so great, 40 by the standard of the time was considered mature age. So, in essence his life should have remained the same for the remainder of his days, had he not met and embraced Shams.
Let’s look at what it means to be called a Sufi. To be a Sufi, is the same as belonging to any cult or sect or small religious or spiritual group that has a structure and a system of hierarchy. There is the master at the top, then officers below him and then the disciples. The master, whether it’s a small Christian cult in the Midwest of the US, or an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community in Jerusalem, or a small Sufi sect in Egypt, or a Guru in an ashram in a village in India, has complete and total control over the group. His or her word is considered a command and is obeyed by all the disciples blindly.
Unless the organization has grown very large to include multiple locations, no new student can join the group until deemed worthy by the master. Also, joining such groups means adhering to strict rituals and routine practices formulated by that cult.
Keep in mind that Sufism is a relative newcomer in the region that dates back many thousands of years and is rich with culture, spirituality, mysticism and the desire to explore the mysteries of humanity and the universe. Being a mystic in Mideast doesn’t necessitate in being a Sufi. For examples many dervishes in Iran trace their heritage back to at least 5,000 years and would clearly distinguish themselves from Sufism, which is only a several hundred year old tradition.
Based on the above, Rumi certainly was not a Sufi. He didn’t belong to any such sect neither did he pay homage to any particular master–short of Shams, who was not a Sufi and had no other followers. Lastly Rumi knew Shams for only a couple of years before Shams was killed in the hands of Rumi’s youngest son.
Rumi was a universal soul appearing as a Persian mystic poet, with an incredibly brilliant mind, who lived by his own code. Many years after he passed away, the order of Whirling Dervishes was formed in his honor and that often confuses people as though he was part of such a sect. 
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