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PACE :Positive Attitudes Change Everything

From “The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous”:

“To mollify the Trustees it was decided that the author’s royalty [for the ‘Big Book’] which would ordinarily be mine [Bill W.’s] could go to the Alcoholic Foundation. I have now forgotten just what his hopes were, but they were fantastic. I was not quite so optimistic, but I did feel sure that the proceeds of the book would enable several of us to become full-time workers and to set up a general headquarters for our society. Whether this worked out or not, I was nevertheless convinced that our fellowship ought to own and control its own literature.”

2001 AAWS Inc.
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p66
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R

“Where there is true understanding of what must be done, the action
is effortless, for the understanding itself is the action.”
 The Power of Esoteric s, p. 66


“This is the Step that separates the men from the boys
” . . . the difference between “the boys and the men” is
the difference between striving for a self-determined
objective and for the perfect objective which is of God. . . .
It is suggested that we ought to become entirely willing to
aim toward perfection. . . . The moment we say, “No,
never!” our minds close against the grace of God. . . . This
is the exact point at which we abandon limited objectives,
and move toward God’s will for us
Am I entirely ready to have God remove these defects of
character? Do I know at long last that I cannot save myself?
I have come to believe that I cannot. If I am unable, if my
best intentions go wrong, if my desires are selfishly
motivated and if my knowledge and will are limited—then
I am ready to embrace God’s will for my life. 

“Prepare your mind to recieve the best that life has to offer.”
Ernest Holmes

Gratefulness is the keeper of a happy heart.


That life out there was necessary for me to be standing here today. 

Love came,
and became like blood in my body.
It rushed through my veins and
encircled my heart.
Everywhere I looked,
I saw one thing.
The Beloved’s name written
on my limbs.

on my left palm,
on my forehead,
on the back of my neck,
on my right big toe…

Oh, my friend,
all that you see of me
is just a shell,
and the rest belongs to the Beloved.


ACIM Workbook Lesson 154 Insights
“I am among the ministers of God.”
This lesson makes a point that is also made several times in the Text: To know I have received, I need to give. To experience peace, I must give peace. To feel loved, I must love. To know my innocence, I must see innocence.
My experience has proved this to me many times. I have experienced the blessing of peace as I held the awareness of peace for a troubled brother. Sometimes that peace was magnified even more as I saw my brother accept the peace as his own.
Being a minister of God is a daily practice, a way of being. It is not a title, but a mindset of receiving His messages and giving them as directed. My job is to keep my mind open and follow His lead. The holy Teacher in my mind always guides towards blessing.
Reminding myself throughout the day that I am among the ministers of God helps me remember my purpose in all my doing. The truly meaningful purpose is to use all my doing as a means of giving God’s loving message of peace, happiness and safety to everyone. To do that, I need to hold the awareness in my mind of my own peace and happiness and safety that comes from my union with my Creator.
As I go through my busy doing today, I ask the Holy Spirit’s help in reminding me, moment by moment that I am here to see only innocence, to offer only Love and to reach out in peace to everyone who comes to mind or whom I encounter through the day. As I do this, I become more and more aware of God’s generous unlimited blessings. And more and more I accept that I am free.
When we join with the Holy Spirit, we cannot help but become ministers of God. The Holy Spirit is the bridge that returns us to the awareness of our true Identity as part of Universal Love. The Holy Spirit has one focus, one goal, and that is to return our minds to freedom, to the truth. We have become enslaved by our beliefs. We have lost awareness of our Identity. This need not be.
Being willing to join with the Holy Spirit is our salvation. The Holy Spirit is always there in our minds, waiting for us to give It our full attention. The Holy Spirit will show us that there is no opposite to Love, there is no opposite to our Oneness in God. The Holy Spirit will communicate how to be helpful in this world in a way that brings us and our brothers and sisters back to the awareness of Love’s Presence.
We are all ministers of God. When we wake up to that fact is when we start opening to the Holy Spirit and following His lead in all we think, we say and do.
It is so easy to lose sight of the difference between humility and arrogance. The true meanings are so different from the ego meanings we have given them. There is a temptation to say who do I think I am to think of myself as a minister of God? Who do I think I am to think I have anything to offer?
If it is my ego that is offering and trying to minister then I do have reason to doubt. I am relieved to do this lesson today, to be reminded that it is not my ego in charge; it is Holy Spirit who is guiding me, sending me where I am needed, using me to serve the awakening. My only responsibility is my willingness to serve and my willingness to join with Holy Spirit.
I make my very life a meditation on God’s presence as I remember who I am throughout the day — going about my daily tasks knowing that God goes with me because I am one with Him. Each small moment becomes grand because I align my will with God’s Will for me. Each small task becomes productive for the highest good. Each small sharing coming from the Voice for God through me shouts God’s presence in the world.
All this I do from Love and Love will change the world I see. As Love changes the world I see, so will others see it. Each small moment, one at a time, becomes a gift of precious sharing, freely received, freely given, from one to one. In each small moment, the beauty of Love unfolds. Today I listen with gratitude. Today I share what I hear. Today I love all I see. Today I am one with God in all I do and I am free to be Me.
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Practice the art of living in this world without losing your inner peace of mind. Follow the path of balance. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
The Collective Poems of Shams?
Rumi named his first epic “The Collective Poems of Shams of Tabriz.” In the past few hundred years reasons have been offered for Rumi’s decision to name his masterpiece after his mentor and spiritual friend Shams. Some explain, since Rumi would not have been a poet without Shams it is apt that the collection be named after him. Others have suggested that at the end Rumi became Shams, hence the collection is truly of Shams speaking through Rumi.
I tend to disagree with both of these statements. They mainly have been hypothesized by non-creative types. Any artist can attest that no matter the inspiration the final work is an expression of the creative individual. We are all inspired when we create. Inspired by nature, our environment, our childhood or culture, place of birth, romantic encounters, other artists, events in history and of course other individuals who cross our path.
Rumi named the collection after his mentor to make sure Shams’ name will be remembered along side himself. Rumi knew well that his students, family members and historians had little intention to remember this wandering, wild holy man who was severely disliked by almost everyone in town. They considered Shams a blemish on Rumi’s otherwise pristine reputation. Rumi as usual took the matter into his own hands. He not only named the collection after Shams, but used Shams as the pen name or signature at the end of hundreds of his love poems (Ghazals). He assured that his successors had no possible alternative but to perpetuate Shams. Even altering the title of the epic would not have wiped Shams from the history books, since over a thousand poems still enshrined him.
Ron Richey
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