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The problem of resolving fear has two aspects. We shall have to try for all the freedom from fear that is possible for us to attain. Then we shall need to find both the courage and grace to deal constructively with whatever fears remain. 
Most of my decisions were based on fear. Alcohol made life easier to face, but the time came when alcohol was no longer an alternative to fear. One of the greatest gifts in A.A. for me has been the courage to take action, which I can do with God’s help. After five years of sobriety I had to deal with a heavy dose of fear. God put the people in my life to help me do that and, through my working the Twelve Steps, I am becoming the whole person I wish to be and, for that, I am deeply grateful. 
Copyright 1990 
“We must reach the place where we actually see that we don’t know
what we are doing with our lives. We must recognize that we don’t
know where we are going — and never have! This must be done without
anxiety and without emotion, just as we might recognize that we took
a wrong turn on the highway. We must see that our human opinions are
worthless; they can do nothing for us. When this happens, we are on
the edge of a monumental discovery.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, 
We obey A.A. ‘s Steps and Traditions because we really
want them for ourselves. It is no longer a question of good
or evil; we conform because we genuinely want to conform
Such is our process of growth in unity and function. Such is
the evidence of God’s grace and love among us.
A.A. COMES OF AGE, p. 106
It is fun to watch myself grow in A.A. I fought conformity
to A.A. principles from the moment I entered, but I learned
from the pain of my belligerence that, in choosing to live
the A. A. way of life, I opened myself to God’s grace and
love. Then I began to know the full meaning of being a
member of Alcoholics Anonymous. 
We are of like nature to this supreme Spirit. Everything exists within It. We exist within It, having arrived at a state of consciousness whereby we can consciously approach It, believe in It, and receive It. In receiving Spirit, we receive the law which is Its servant, and that law becomes our servant.
Ernest Holmes

The light could hardly get through to my open mindedness.

“He was, after all, the ultimate rebel —
it takes a lot of cojones to stand up to Zeus.” 
― Jasper Fforde, The Big Over Easy

“There is a secret medicine given only to those
who hurt so hard they can’t hope.
The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 176 Insights
Review: “God is but Love and therefore so am I.”
“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God. I am as God created me.”
“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God” is not asking my brother to do anything. It is really an affirmation to myself that I want to see the face of Christ in my brother. It is through this vision that I receive his blessing. I have had moments when my heart was filled to overflowing with Love. In these moments Love reached out through me to my brothers in warm embrace. I saw each as my friend. All barriers faded. And the more I allowed the Love to extend, the more my heart overflowed.
I believe this is a taste of what it means to accept my holy brother’s blessing. In these times of overflowing Love, I feel perfectly safe and at peace. There is no holding back, because there is no sense of vulnerability and hence no need to protect. The Course is encouraging me to let this be a daily and hourly and moment by moment experience. It reflects Heaven, where there are no limits and no boundaries.
Holy Spirit, help me open my heart today to the Love that has been given me, that I may share It with all the world. Let me see the Light in my brother and reflect his Light back to him, that we may both see the Light we share.
We wake up from this dream of separation as we are willing to look past bodies to the Light of God we all share. It is through opening to the truth of the Light in our brother that we remember that we are still as God created us. We remember that nothing has changed. We are still Love and our brother is still Love. The dream of separation is not true. The Light of God is all there is to see.
This is my practice today. I see the Light of God by making the decision to be open to the truth. The Light of God is always there. It has always been there and will always be there. When I recognize it is there depends on my willingness to recognize the truth.
If I want to see bodies, if I want to see separation, that is what I will see. So today I will work on my willingness to see the truth about my brother, and in the process, I find the truth about myself.
I choose to make today a happy one by opening to God’s truth. It is everywhere and all around me. How willing am I to see it today?
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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‘Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires & satisfactions. Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love’. He [Sri Yukteswar] added humbly. ‘If ever you find me falling from a state of God-realisation, please promise to put my head on your lap and help to bring me back to the Cosmic Beloved we both worship’.
Paramahansa Yogananda
(Autobiography of a Yogi p.90) — 

About Ernest Holmes part 5
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.
Like all the family, Ernest Holmes became an avid reader. He loved mythology and read translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, and The Last Days of Pompeii. Even at an early age, he loved poetry – one of his favorites was Longfellow’s Evangeline. Some years later he memorized Hiawatha and used it in dramatic recitals. His first public speech, which he presented at the age of six, was at one of Bethel’s church socials. A portion of his recital went as follows:
You’d scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes and Cicero,
Don’t view me with a critic’s eye
But pass my imperfections by.
As a teenager, Ernest Holmes was widely known as “the eternal question mark.” He was curious about everything and asked innumerable questions. “From the beginning I was a nonconformist,” he said, “asking so many questions I drove my relatives crazy.”
All during his youth there was no indication that Ernest Holmes would become one of the great spiritual leaders of his time. He said many years later that he never felt a special calling, no hint of being singled out as a great teacher. He always insisted that his own understanding was the result of a natural growth and unfolding and that this evolution was available to all. His curiosity naturally followed him to church, where he continually questioned the ministers about their theology. His most often-used words were “why” and “how.”
In 1904, at the age of 17, Ernest Holmes entered a private preparatory school in Bethel and began studying English, Latin, mathematics, and history. He attempted to get a formal education and to understand the religious teachings of the day. After much questioning and contemplation, however, Ernest set his sights on a course of independent thinking, deciding his education was not to be derived from conventional means. He left school and formal education forever and became a student of life.
His heart was not so much in the classroom as it was in poetry, in nature, and in the contemplation of life. He spent most of his time reading poetry and driving a horse and buggy through the Maine woods. Alone in the countryside, he asked himself the questions, “What is God? Who am I? Why am I here?” He decided to find his answers in a larger city and moved to Boston in 1905 when he was 18 years old.
Ernest Holmes went to work for some relatives in their butcher business and grocery store. He worked mornings, evenings, and Saturdays so he could have his afternoons free for study in the large public library.
 Ernest Holmes began attending church with his aunt but soon found himself questioning teachings of the church, particularly those which were dualistic in nature: heaven and hell, God and the devil, good and evil. “Belief in dualism was a part of the religion of the time,” Ernest said, “but I never did believe it, although I was just a kid when I went to Boston. I used to say to the minister, ‘How do you know there is a hell? I don’t believe it. He would answer, ‘Ernest, you mustn’t talk that way. It’s in the Bible.’ Then Ernest Holmes would ask, “Who wrote the Bible? If it’s in the Bible, then somebody made a mistake. Something inside me knows it isn’t true.”
Ron Richey
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