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From “A Vision for You”:
“But life among Alcoholics Anonymous is more than attending gatherings and visiting hospitals. Cleaning up old scrapes, helping to settle family differences, explaining the disinherited son to his irate parents, lending money and securing jobs for each other, when justified these are everyday occurrences. No one is too discredited or has sunk too low to be welcomed cordially if he means business. Social distinctions, petty rivalries and jealousies these are laughed out of countenance. Being wrecked in the same vessel, being restored and united under one God, with hearts and minds attuned to the welfare of others, the things which matter so much to some people no longer signify much to them. How could they?”
2001 AAWS, Inc. Fourth Edition
Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 161

Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
“Instead of feeling guilty, why don’t you look and see? Listen,
instead of feeling guilty and building something wrong inside of
you, why don’t you say, ‘Now let’s see, I did this or I said that,
or I felt that inwardly. Now let’s see, is that something that
caused me to feel nervous, to feel unhappy?’
Ah, now the whole thing is different. In stead of going into guilt
and blaming yourself or someone else, you say, ‘Ah, now I under-
stand what it means to live in self-defeating reactions in life.
I am the one who gets punished when I permit myself to be careless,
to be ignorant on how to behave on any level at all, whether it’s
the social level, spiritual level, personal level.’
When you can see self-defeating behavior as self-defeating, where
does guilt have any place in that? None at all. But we love to feel
guilty, falsely so, because it builds up attention to ourse lves. And
then we can do all sorts of other wrong things like pretending that
we’ve been forgiven for it simply because we go through some reli-
gious gesture of some kind. But the basic problem has stayed and what
we are trying to do is get rid of all actions inside ourselves that
cause us to react, not only with wrong guilt but anything else.”
Questions and Answers 14
Here are the steps we took. . . .
These are the words that lead into the Twelve Steps. In
their direct simplicity they sweep aside all psychological
and philosophical considerations about the lightness of the
Steps. They describe what I did: I took the Steps and
sobriety was the result. These words do not imply that I
should walk the well-trodden path of those who went
before, but rather that there is a way for me to become
sober and that it is a way I shall have to find. It is a new
path, one that leads to infinite light at the top of the
mountain. The Steps advise me about the footholds that are
safe and about chasms to avoid. They provide me with the
tools I need during the many parts of the solitary journey of
my soul. When I speak of this journey, I share my
experience, strength and hope with others. 
Prayer is not an act of overcoming God’s reluctance, 
But should be an active acceptance of his highest willingness. 
The Science of Mind page 152 
A poem by Hafiz – Stop Being So Religious
Do sad people have in
It seems
They have all built a shrine
To the past
And often go there
And do a strange wail and
What is the beginning of
It is to stop being
So religious
Like That.
(“The Gift” – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson
“Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 151 Insights
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God.”
There are two main points that I get from this lesson. The first is that the information I obtain through the body’s senses is not only woefully inadequate as a basis for judgment, but it is totally false. The second point is that I have an alternative that will always show me the truth and that is the Holy Spirit.
I have gone through my life thinking what I see and hear and touch is the basis for understanding. Yet like the lesson says, there have been innumerable occasions in which I made a judgment, only to find out later I didn’t see what I thought I saw or hear what I thought I heard. Or I may have heard and seen accurately, but there was more I didn’t see or hear that changed the meaning of the event.
Surely by now it would seem I would have learned that my body’s senses cannot give me all I need for accurate and true judgment. Yet it seems I am still more inclined to believe the information I gain through the body than to listen for and trust the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
I am grateful for this Course because I am more and more willing to question everything I think I know and turn to the Holy Spirit for His Vision. Whenever I do, I always find peace. I always see innocence in my brother and myself. I recognize that all things are echoes for the Voice for God when I am willing to step back from my judgments, to not believe the information coming to me through the body’s senses, and listen instead to the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
When I am able to successfully do this, it is like the images of the world are thin veils through which I am able to see the loving Light that unifies everything. The veil is so thin and faint that it does not interfere with seeing the Light, the innocence, the Love that is truly there.
It is my goal to be able to walk the world lightly and carry this “x-ray” vision of the Holy Spirit in all my doing. I can imagine putting on a set of “Christ vision goggles.” With these goggles I am able to see through the chaotic confusion of images and remain at peace because I see the unity of Love and innocence in all. The images of form may still be there, but the old meanings I gave them have faded away and with Christ vision goggles I am able to see the face of Christ everywhere. Today, in any moment in which I do not feel complete peace, I will practice seeing with Christ vision goggles. This is a way of walking in peace.
As I read the Course each day, I am always led in one way or another to follow the perceptions of my inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Today Jesus reminds me that it is only the Holy Spirit That can be the true Judge of anything.
What I see through the body’s eyes always bears false witness. The body’s eyes were made to see separation from God and from my brother. None of this is true.
Through the Holy Spirit I am led to look past these false witnesses and see nothing has changed from God’s extension of the Love and Light that everyone is. It is only by my consistently opening to Holy Spirit that I am able to awaken from this false dream of separation and return to the awareness of the unity of God. In truth there is only one Life, and that is the Life we all live in God as One. Today my job is to practice giving all judgment to the Holy Spirit, where it belongs.
Holy Spirit help me see that I cannot judge. What I see through the body’s eyes only brings false witness. Help me not to believe in these false witnesses, but rather receive Your Vision of what is eternally true. Be my Guide all through the day. Purify my thoughts as I hand them over to you, one by one. Help me distinguish between what is real and what is false. Help me see as You see, that I may extend what You extend. Help me see the innocence and unity that is behind every form of separation. Help me remember the truth. My part is to give all my judgments to You, remembering that I cannot judge. Only You judge truly.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Desires, which gives meaning and purpose to life plan your life….
Map out the path of your desires that they lead to
peace-yielding mind-satisfying goals. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Who is God? Who are we? What is our purpose? All these questions remain unanswered. I want to reach the genuine seeker of spiritual well-being. My goal is to satisfy the hunger and longing for those who are seeking the truth. 
Ravi Zacharias

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