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In all work with a newcomer, the sponsor underscores the fact that it
is the A.A. recovery program, not the sponsor’s personality or position,
that is important.  Thus the newcomer learns to lean on the program, 
not on the sponsor.  A sponsor who has truly been putting the program 
first will not take it as a personal insult if the newcomer decides to 
change sponsors or go to other A.A.s for additional guidance.
— Alcoholics Anonymous,  Questions & Answers on Sponsorship
The butterfly silently returns when the winds blow free.
 — Chinese proverb
Remind me to guard confidences and to keep still when I feel that it is 
necessary to share information “just for someone’s own good.”
— An Alcoholic’s Prayer
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
No one on earth can hurt you, unless you 
accept the hurt in your own mind. . . 
The problem is not other people; it is your reaction.
Daily Reflections
MARCH 20, 2017 
Love and tolerance of others is our code.
I have found that I have to forgive others in all situations to maintain any real spiritual progress. The vital importance of forgiving may not be obvious to me at first sight, but my studies tell me that every great spiritual teacher has insisted strongly upon it.
I must forgive injuries, not just in words, or as a matter of form, but in my heart. I do this not for the other persons’ sake, but for my own sake. Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
There has never been an occurrence for which we have to suffer. 
The Science of Mind page 537

Any time I am in resentment, 
I am not taking care of myself.
I am blaming someone else for something I need to do.
Ala-non member

The fear I came here with his been removed
and today I’m able to listen to people talk about God. 

Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if 
thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
Marcus Aurelius

When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
~ Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 78 Insights
“Let miracles replace all grievances.”
This lesson helps me recognize that every person’s behavior, every person’s individual identity is not what they are. When I focus on the individual personality, what it says and what it does, that is holding a grievance. I don’t often think of it as a grievance, but this lesson is helping me see what is really going on. This lesson gives me a process that helps me move into seeing as the Holy Spirit sees. The Holy Spirit always sees the same Source of Light in everyone and everywhere. The Holy Spirit is consistent. Right now I need to learn this consistency with consistent practice.
When I focus on the body and what any body says or does, I am seeing now very clearly that this is a grievance against God. When I do this, I am choosing to join with the ego and forget about God. This does not bring me happiness. It only brings me disappointment and pain.
Today is a very important day of practice. Jesus outlines it very clearly here. My focus today, my lesson today, is to recognize the grievances I am holding as I go through the day, and then let the Holy Spirit help me behold my savior where I once saw a body. The Light of God is always there to see if I am willing to see it. This brings me happiness. This brings me salvation. This helps me rise above the thinking of the world to see the Love that is eternally there behind the sad stories of separate bodies. Today I am willing to practice letting miracles replace all grievances.
As I thought about the person that I was holding grievances against, it became very clear how grievances interfere with my awareness of the truth of this person. I consider this person a friend and yet the grievances that linger in the back of my mind cast a shadow on the friendship. They hide the Light that is really there. Sometimes I choose to see the Light, but I am aware that I have an image of how I believe this person should behave and that I judge that this image is not being met. The effect of this is to make a sense of distance between us. The joy that could be there is hidden. This is not a happy perception. It is this I would let go of.
I want to see the Light in my friend. i want to see the innocence. I want the happiness I feel when I look past the images of what “should” be to be consistent. I want the joy of feeling the link of Love that joins us in the heart of God. I have experienced this and I know the joy that comes with it. I want these experiences not to be periodic moments of clarity that pass as I shift back into listening to the ego’s voice.
I want to consistently share the Holy Spirit’s vision because I want the peace and joy of God. My friend offers me the perfect opportunity to forgive myself for all the thoughts of separation that have kept me from remembering the unity I share with all that is real. I want miracles to replace all grievances.
This lesson asks me to choose one person in my life that I use today as a target to hold my grievances. The lesson also asks that I let this person be a savior unto me today, which my ego not only immediately resists, but feels almost sick at the thought of this idea.
This person is my supervisor, who, in my perception is grouchy, irritating, impatient, and extremely difficult to please. However, since I have been studying the Course I have truly seen miracles in my life and if the Course says this person is my savior then so be it, as I believe anything the Course says. Today I welcome challenges such as these because today I know in my heart my Divine Guidance will walk through any fear I have about changing the way I think, or the way I see, or the way I feel. Today I know my Heavenly Father has not abandoned me, no matter what I think I’ve done and that thought gives me the willingness to try anything.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Create godlike habits by thinking of Him as beauty and fragrance in the flowers; color in the rainbow; love, wisdom and power in all human minds; and vastness in the ocean and sky. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
But come with old Khayyam, and leave the Lot
Of Kaikobad and Kaikhosru forgot!
Let Rustum lay about him as he will,
Or Hatim Tai cry Supper—heed them not.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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