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“I feel myself a useful member of the human race at last.  I have something to contribute to humanity, since I am peculiarly qualified, as a fellow-sufferer, to give aid and comfort to those who have stumbled and fallen over this business of meeting life.  I get my greatest thrill of accomplishment from the knowledge that I have played a part in the new happiness achieved by countless others like myself.” 
1976AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 229
The joy is in the journey, so enjoy the ride. 
B E S T = Been Enjoying Sobriety Today? 
This is what you should do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men … re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Walt Whitman


We have found that God does not make too hard terms with
those who seek Him. To us, the realm of spirit is broad,
roomy, all inclusive, never exclusive or forbidding to those
who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men.
Open-mindedness to concepts of a Higher Power can open
doors to the spirit. Often I find the human spirit in various
dogmas and faiths. I can be spiritual in the sharing of
myself. The sharing of self joins me to the human race and
brings me closer to God, as I understand Him. 

The One Spirit speaks Its Word. Emanating from the Word of One Spirit comes all creation. All creation contains the consciousness of the One Spirit. Consciousness evolves and as it evolves creation becomes more complex. Parts of the one creation which has evolved out of the one spirit has become self-consciousness. These self-conscious parts of creation appear to be individual but are actually individualizations of the One Spirit. They are learning that they can speak their word in conscious cooperation with the One Spirit and that they can co-create their reality. This is the beginning of true freedom.
I speak my word now as a conscious co-creator with the One Spirit. I speak my word of health, of harmony, of abundance and of loving relationships in all my affairs. I know wherever I go and whatever I do the loving Presence and Power of the One Spirit is with me. My life is blessed now and always.
Ernest Holmes Science of Mind

I read Dr. Bob’s story and something came down 
and lit the pilot light in my heart. 
There have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have–with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.
~ Will Smith

Remember you are braver than you believe
Stronger than you seem
Smarter than you think
And twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.
~ Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 165 Insights
“Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.”
This lesson gets to the core of what A Course in Miracles is all about. Jesus brought the Course to us because we have denied What we are and Where we are. We are denying that we are in Heaven now. We are denying that we are a Thought in the Mind of God. As the first sentence says, “What makes this world seem real except your own denial of the truth that lies beyond?” This lesson and the whole Course is there for us to help us change our mind about this denial and about what we desire.
When we desire the truth, we will receive it. When we desire to see illusions, we will see that. All through the Course, Jesus tells us again and again that the desire to see a world of separate bodies only brings us illusions of limitation, pain and death. He helps us see that this is not what we really want. He helps us remember that the truth lies beyond the illusions of separation.
As we stick with the Course day by day, our minds are slowly changed. We are led to let go of what we thought was real. We are led to see all the forms of separation for what they really are, which is a defense against God. We are led to open our minds to the truth that we are in Heaven now and never left. We are led to understand that it is only our wanting separation that continues to make the forms of separation we see appear real. Jesus tells us, “Ask with desire.” (5:1) We always get what we want in our heart of hearts.
Holy Spirit, I open my mind to You. I want Your healing Light, Your healing peace, Your healing understanding. I want to let go of denying the truth. I open my mind to Your thoughts. I let Your thoughts comfort me and heal my mind of all false images. I will let my mind be healed today and accept the truth. The truth is I am still in God and of God. All is one in God.
As I continue to work daily with the Course, my values are changing. As I realize that something I value is bringing me pain or sadness or fear, I let it go. More and more I realize that all I really want is to remember God’s Love for me. No substitute will ever satisfy me. I am doing less looking for love in all the wrong places. Life is much simpler now. There is less efforting. Less energy is put into trying to make the circumstances of the moment fit my image of what they should be to make me happy.
Glimpses of the happiness available to me in God show me that all the forms of this world cannot come close to offering me the happiness I really want. Nothing in this world can offer me that happiness. Likewise, nothing in this world can keep me from it. It is only my mistaken idea that something in this world offers me something I want that interferes with my awareness of the peace and joy already given me by God.
I am deeply grateful to know that the Holy Spirit is always in my mind, ready to lead me Home to the Heaven of God’s Love. My only job now is to practice listening to His guidance. In any moment that I feel apprehensive or uncertain, I will use this as a reminder to turn to Him for His guidance and His vision. He will show me with certainty what is truly valuable and show me the valuelessness of the empty images I have mistaken for reality. This is my path to peace and certainty. It is my path to eternal Life. It is my path to freedom.
The above comments reflect my process as well and help me to articulate it. Sometimes I become discouraged by my apparent lack of progress and forget to see how far I have come. I now see I am experiencing denial of the truth and allowing it to hide God’s perfect Will for me.
I really appreciated the passage from today’s lesson that reassures us that sureness is not required, only desire. I tend to forget that and start thinking that because I doubt, I cannot have it. My desire is strong and with each lesson I do and with each small success, it becomes stronger.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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The ego consciousness in man keeps the soul attached to matter by presenting a series of mortal desires, and by emphasizing the “individuality” or peculiarities of each man, reminding him of the limited physical relations of country, race, nation, family, possessions, individual characteristics, and so forth. The soul, a reflection of Spirit, should manifest its omnipresent, all-knowing character. Samadhi reminds the soul of its omnipresence. Struggling for the state of samadhi through meditation is thus the way to overcome the ego consciousness. 

Paramahansa Yogananda

Robert H. ‘Dr. Bob’ Smith continued
Because she had been enabled to face and transcend other calamities, she certainly did understand mine. She was to become a vital link to those fantastic events which were presently to gather around the birth and development of our AA society. Of all names the obliging Rector had given me, she was the only one who cared enough. I would here like to record our timeless gratitude.
Straightway she pictured the plight of Dr. Bob and Anne. Suiting action to her word, she called their house. As Anne answered, Henrietta described me as a sobered alcoholic from New York who, she felt sure, could help Bob. The good doctor had seemingly exhausted all medical and spiritual remedies for his condition. Then Anne replied, “What you say, Henrietta, is terribly interesting. But I am afraid we can’t do anything now. Being Mother’s Day, my dear boy has just brought in a fine potted plant. The pot is on the table but, alas, Bob is on the floor. Could we try to make it tomorrow?” Henrietta instantly issued a dinner invitation for the following day.
At five o’clock next afternoon, Anne and Dr. Bob stood at Henrietta’s door. She discreetly wisked Bob and me off to the library. His words were, “Mightly glad to meet you Bill. But it happens I can’t stay long; five or ten minutes at the outside.” I laughed and observed, “Guess you’re pretty thirsty, aren’t you?” His rejoinder was, “Well, maybe you do understand this drinking business after all.” So began a talk which lasted hours.
How different my attitude was this time. My fright of getting drunk had evoked a much more becoming humility. After telling Dr. Bob my story, I explained how truly I needed him. Would he allow me to help him, I might remain sober myself. The seed that was to flower as AA began to grow toward the light. But as dear Anne well guessed, that first tendril was a fragile thing. Practical steps had better be taken. She bade me come and live at their menage for awhile. There I might keep an eye on Dr. Bob. And he might on me. This was the very thing. Perhaps we could do together what we couldn’t do separately. Besides I might revive my sagging business venture.

Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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