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Life on Life’s Terms 
“For years, I was sure the worst thing that could happen to a nice guy like me would be that I would turn out to be an alcoholic. Today, I find it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. This proves I don’t know what’s good for me. And if I don’t know what’s good for me, then I don’t know what’s good or bad for you or for anyone. So I’m better off if I don’t give advice, don’t figure I know what’s best, and just accept life on life’s terms, as it is today – especially my own life, as it actually is. Before A.A., I judged myself by my intentions, while the world was judging me by my actions.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 449-50
I am liberated from dreaming the impossible dream and free, finally, to start living the possible dream.
TRUST = Try Relying Upon the Steps and Traditions
After you have exhausted what there is in business, 
politics, conviviality, and so on – 
have found that none of these finally satisfy, 
or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains. 
Walt Whitman
But does trust require that we be blind to other people’s
motives or, indeed, to our own? Not at all; this would be
folly. Most certainly, we should assess the capacity for
harm as well as the capability for good in every person that
we would trust. Such a private inventory can reveal the
degree of confidence we should extend in any given
I am not a victim of others, but rather a victim of my
expectations, choices and dishonesty. When I expect others
to be what I want them to be and not who they are, when
they fail to meet my expectations, I am hurt. When my
choices are based on self-centeredness, I find I am lonely
and distrustful. I gain confidence in myself, however, when
I practice honesty in all my affairs. When I search my
motives and am honest and trusting, I am aware of the
capacity for harm in situations and can avoid those that are

Ernest Holmes never subscribed to the popular idea of an eternal hell. “If there was one,” he once said as a teenager, “God would have to have a hand in it, and if He did have a hand in it, He wouldn’t be God. He would be the devil.” Later He loved to quote a story about Judge Troward’s view of the devil.
An old lady was incensed by hearing Judge Troward declare in a lecture that there was no such being as the Devil. When the lecture was over she indignantly challenged him. He looked at her and said, What do you want the Devil for, for yourself? Of course not, she replied. For your friends then or perhaps your enemies? Oh no, she said . Then what the devil do you want him for, madam?
Science of Mind Ernest Holmes a short Bio

Thank you God for a place I
can talk about the voices in my head. 

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to believe what is true.
There is a smile and a gentleness
inside. When I learned the name
and address of that, I went to where
you sell perfume. I begged you not 
to trouble me so with longing. Come
out and play! Flirt more naturally.
Teach me how to kiss. On the ground
a spread blanket, flame that’s caught
and burning well, cumin seeds browning,
I am inside all of this with my soul.
From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks


ACIM Workbook Lesson 172 Insights
Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“In my defenselessness my safety lies. I am among the ministers of God.”
My practice now is opening to the truth. The truth is that all is Love. My body’s eyes do not show me this. But I am quietly learning to look past the separate body to the one Love that is always there.
I am going through a daily mind retraining process. My ideas about individuality, vulnerability, time and space are being undone. I am learning that only the holy instant is eternally true. Only God, Which is Love, is true. The rest is a dream and it is false.
Only the Holy Spirit in my mind can show me the difference between what is real and what is unreal. This is an ongoing process. Each day I practice having a clean and open mind. I practice opening a space for the Holy Spirit. I practice letting the Light of the Holy Spirit heal my conflicted mind. I practice being open to receive the truth. I come back to remembering only God’s eternal changeless Love is real.
I may forget again and again, but now I know the path to freedom, and it is a return to joining with the Holy Spirit to have my false ideas be undone once again. That is all time is for. My practice of seeing my brothers as Love and nothing else is very important to me now. It strengthens my remembering. It strengthens my return to Love.
Only Love has ever been real at all. The rest is just silly illusions and mean nothing. Today I would rather be happy than right. Today I would practice stepping back and leaving space for the Holy Spirit so that my mind can be healed again of another false idea.
If I am to know my Self as Love, I have to give up the denial of Love. Defensiveness denies Love, for it sets me apart with the idea that I am separate from my brother. Defenselessness acknowledges the one Self I share with all my brothers. There is no need to defend against what is one with me. If I would know my Self, I cannot hold resentments against a brother. I cannot judge anyone as different from me. I cannot equate myself with a weak and vulnerable body, born to die. I cannot perceive myself as vulnerable to destructive outside forces. All these deny that I am Love as God is.
As I give up denial of my Self, I begin to feel It’s certainty, the peace that comes with knowing there is no ‘other’ to defend against, nothing outside me that can harm me in any way. I settle into a serene and deep inner peace. I open to the Light of Love that has always been What I am.
As I walk the world, holding this more strongly in my awareness, I am a minister of God. No preaching is necessary. I need only live in harmony with my Self. I then see past my brother’s illusions to the Love in him I share. I see his innocence reflects my own. I see the holiness in him comes from the one Self we are.
Today I practice bringing all disturbances to my peace of mind to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction. Thus is my Self revealed to me. Defenses are laid down and I bring peace wherever I go. From Love I was created and to Love I return.
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But how can I convey to you in words the nature of God?
He is ineffable, indescribable.
Only in deep meditation shall you know His unique essence.
Paramahansa Yogananda
About Ernest Holmes part one
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.
“Our time should be devoted to knowing the Truth that sets humanity free from the problem of ignorance; that Truth which alone can bring enlightenment to the world, that war should cease, that people should live together in harmony because they have recognized the Divinity within each other.”
Who was Ernest Holmes? Where did he come from? And how is it that a man who had a distaste for organized religion becomes the founder of the Science of Mind movement?
In studying his life, our goal is not just to learn about the life of this man but to attempt to capture his consciousness knowing that that consciousness is the vitality of our teaching.
Ernest Holmes founded the international Religious Science movement and wrote The Science of Mind and numerous other books on metaphysics. He also founded the international monthly periodical, Science of Mind Magazine, which has been in continuous monthly publication since 1927 and has influenced millions of people. His Science of Mind teaching, recognized today as one of the leading viewpoints in modern metaphysics, is a spiritual philosophy that people throughout the world have come to know as a positive, supportive approach to life.To Continue
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