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No Personal Power
“At first, the remedy for my personal difficulties seemed so obvious that I could not imagine any alcoholic turning the proposition down were it properly presented to him. Believing so firmly that Christ can do anything, I had the unconscious conceit to suppose that He would do everything through me – right then and in the manner I chose. After six long months, I had to admit that not a soul had surely laid hold of the Master – not excepting myself. This brought me to the good healthy realization that there were plenty of situations left in the world over which I had no personal power – that if I was so ready to admit that to be the case with alcohol, so I must make the same admission with respect to much else. I would have to be still and know that He, not I, was God.”
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“You are not who you feel you are. Even if you feel that you are who
you feel you are, you are not who you feel you are. A feeling, an
emotion is not your real nature. You’re not really a disappointed
person. You’re not really a jubilant person. You’re not really a
sarcastic person. You’re not a gloomy person. These are feelings
that you love, that you live with in great companionship. You live
with those in order to have what you call life.
But you’ve got it wrong. You’re not the storm of emotion of rage.
You’re not the stormy ocean. You’re really, in reality, you’re the
very calm peaceful lake.”
from a talk given 3/6/1988



It is a design for living that works in rough going.
When I came to A.A., I realized that A.A. worked
wonderfully to help keep me sober. But could it work on
real life problems, not concerned with drinking? I had my
doubts. After being sober for more than two years I got my
answer. I lost my job, developed physical problems, my
diabetic father lost a leg, and someone I loved left me for
another —and all of this happened during a two-week period.
Reality crashed in, yet A.A. was there to support,
comfort, and strengthen me. The principles I had learned
during my early days of sobriety became a mainstay of my
life for not only did I come through, but I never stopped
being able to help newcomers. A.A. taught me not to be
overwhelmed, but rather to accept and understand my life
as it unfolded. 
Someone said we didn’t believe in Jesus; of course we believe in Jesus — and we believe in Buddha, in Socrates, and we believe in Abraham Lincoln! We believe in every Wayshower. And more than everything else, we believe in our own soul; the only immediate testimony you and I will ever have that we exist, or that God exists, or that Jesus showed us a way.
Religious Science is not something I invented; I didn’t make it up. I added a few flourishes to it, but it is the outcome of the thought and the feeling of the ages and the great minds of many denominations and religions. It embraces all of them — Buddhism, Mohammedanism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, and all of the different sects of the Christian faith. It embraces the affirmative part of all of them and comes up with the idea that the universe is filled with God. Each one of us is an outlet to God and an inlet to God. 
Ernest Holmes Science of Mind

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Over the years I have found that
prayer and meditation help me to not over react.
Die happily and look forward to taking
up a new and better form. Like the sun,
only when you set in the west can you rise in the east.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 163 Insights
“There is no death. The Son of God is free.”
Today the last sentence of the lesson stood out to me: “We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally.” As I repeat that statement in my mind, I feel a gentle peace wash over me. I feel safe. There is a quiet joy in my heart, for I see only a loving world. I accept Your Thoughts as mine. God is only Love and so His thoughts are extensions of Love and nothing else. My only real Thoughts are extensions of Love.
As I accept His Thoughts as mine, I look upon a world of Love. There is nothing else to see. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude. My only desire is to embrace the world with Love, to bring Love to the sorrowful and the sick, to the fearful and those who perceive themselves as guilty. My only thought is, “You are loved and you are Love.” This thought I carry to every brother because I accept God’s Thoughts as mine. Because I carry those thoughts to my brothers, I feel blessed beyond measure.
As I remind myself that my will is one with my Father’s eternally, I rest in perfect safety. Conflict is gone. There is no thought of a will that differs from His. I rest in God in perfect unity. In God’s changelessness, I find peace as I accept that my will is one with His. There is nothing to disturb my peace, for now I see there is no will but God’s and His Will is mine eternally.
That changelessness is my safety and my salvation. It is in my acceptance of His Will as mine that I am free of all conflict, all sense of loss, loneliness, fear and guilt. In God is my freedom, my safety, my peace and my joy. I thank you Father for these words of comfort today.
If I am as God created me, death is the wish to be as I am not. God did not make death and therefore it is an illusion. Now is the time to wake up from illusions, to wake up from belief in death and recognize that the Son of God is free.
There is a place in my mind that helps me wake up from illusions. That place is where the Holy Spirit resides. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will help me look past death and see the truth behind it. The Holy Spirit will build a bridge that reaches to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will lead me to where I am in truth. The Holy Spirit will show me God created only Love and the whole Sonship is still as God created It. The Holy Spirit will show me if what I am seeing is not Love, it is an illusion. It is belief in death.
Today I will practice letting go of death in all the forms it takes. I will practice stepping back from my illusions and open my mind to receive the truth.
This is a very powerful lesson. It says death is a thought that takes on many forms such as concern for bodies, lack of trust, and many others. I knew there had to be more to life than this and that’s probably because half the time I have one or more of these thoughts, so therefore I’m not really living.
The lesson says all things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost, uncertain in their outcome. And I wonder why I sometimes feel like I’m walking through life on eggshells, afraid to love and be loved for fear I’ll lose the few defenses I have.
As I read this lesson, the whole thing sounds so insane, but I actually do allow these kinds of thoughts into my mind. The lesson asks, “Would you bow down to idols such as this?” and my right mind says, “No, of course not!” and yet I do, apparently over and over again.
Since I’ve started the Course, it’s been my experience that, even though my world is still an illusion, lessons such as these give me awareness. I’ve noticed I’m more vigilant and, with dedication to these lessons, I learn a little more each time I experience these thoughts.
Yes, Heavenly Father, please bless our eyes today. We are willing to be Your messengers, Your instruments of peace. Help us to remember that we live and move in You alone and are not separate from Your eternal life. Divine Father, we accept Your Thoughts as ours. Holy Spirit, help us to remember these thoughts today. Amen.
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The purpose of meditation is to calm the mind, that without Distortion it may mirror the presence. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

Robert H. ‘Dr. Bob’ Smith
August 8, 1879 — November 16, 1950
Co-Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
A Tribute to Dr. Bob
by Bill W., A.A. Grapevine, January 1951
SERENELY remarking to his attendant, “I think this is it,” Dr. Bob passed out of our sight and hearing November sixteenth at noonday. So ended the consuming malady wherein he had so well shown us how high faith can rise over grievous distress. As he had lived, so he had died, supremely aware that in his Father’s House are many Mansions.
In all those he knew, memory was at floodtide. But who could really say what was thought and felt by the five thousand sick ones to whom he personally ministered and freely gave a physician’s care; who could possibly record the reflections of his townsmen who had seen him sink almost within the grasp of oblivion, then rise to anonymous world renown; who could express the gratitude of those tens of thousands of AA families who had so well heard of him but had never seen him face to face? What, too, were the emotions of those nearest him as they thankfully pondered the mystery of his regeneration fifteen years ago and all its vast consequence since? Not the smallest fraction of this great benefaction could be comprehended. He could only declare, “What indeed hath God wrought?”
Never would Dr. Bob have us think him saint or superman. Nor would he have us praise him or grieve his passing. He can almost be heard, saying, “Seems to me you folks are making heavy going. I’m not to be taken so seriously as all that. I was only a first link in that chain of Providential circumstance which is called AA. By Grace and great fortune my link did not break; though my faults and failures might often have brought on that unhappy result. I was just another alcoholic trying to get along–under the Grace of God. Forget me, but go you and do likewise. Securely add your own link to our chain. With God’s help, forge that chain well and truly.” In this manner would Dr. Bob estimate himself and counsel us.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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