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Children of Chaos
Over the years, every conceivable deviation from our Twelve Steps and Traditions has been tried. That was sure to be, since we are largely a band of ego-driven individuals. Children of chaos, we have definitely played with every brand of fire, only to emerge unharmed and, we think, wiser. These very deviations created a vast process of trial and error which, under the grace of God, has brought us to where we stand today.
c. 1952 AAWS, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions,  p. 146
Once we clear a hurdle, it doesn’t seem so high
C H A O S=Can’t Handle Another Overwhelming Situation
“Guilt is caused by trying to reconcile what you _were_ told was
your duty and what your inner self _knows_ is true about the whole
matter of helping others. The truth is, you are not required to help
others until you are able to do so without consciously thinking about
it. Then, your aid will be spontaneous, something you naturally want
to do.
   It’s like a young peach tree. It makes no deliberate effort to give
peaches, for it knows it has nothing as yet to give. It knows that
its present task is to harmonize with natural laws of growth by
taking in sunshine and air. Then, in the right time, it effortlessly
produces peaches for others to enjoy. [Mental Picture 27]”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 9
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.

Ernest Holmes

So when I started drinking, the tornadoes broke out. 
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. 
But if you listen, you may learn something new.
There is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life.
It’s as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human being come to this world to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you don’t do it, it’s as though a priceless Indian sword were used to slice rotten meat. It’s a golden bowl being used to cook turnips, when one filing from the bowl could buy a hundred suitable pots. It’s like a knife of the finest tempering nailed into a wall to hang things on.
You say, “But look, I’m using the dagger. It’s not lying idle.” Do you hear how ludicrous that sounds? For a penny an iron nail could be bought to serve for that. You say, “But I spend my energies on lofty enterprises. I study jurisprudence and philosophy and logic and astronomy and medicine and the rest.” But consider why you do those things. They are all branches of yourself.
Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your lord. Give yourself to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don’t, you will be like the man who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You’ll be wasting valuable keenness and forgetting your dignity and purpose.” 
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
ACIM Workbook Lesson 79 Insights
“Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.”
As I worked with today’s idea, I saw how applying the understanding that there is one problem and therefore one solution can help me with the seemingly varied of the “problems” in this world. I saw that an easy way for me to describe the one problem is the belief that loss is possible.
Separation brings the experience of loss. When I remember that separation is impossible and I remain at one with the Love that created me, the perception of loss disappears. I no longer feel threatened. And with this sense of safety comes deep peace. When I am in this place of deep peace, I have let go of any idea of defining the problem myself. My mind is open to the Holy Spirit’s solution. I find that even my perception of the problems of form in this world find easy resolution.
The solutions come through synchronicities and ideas come into my mind that changes my perception of the problem. This is a result of accepting the idea of one problem, one solution. I no longer try to define the problem myself. I then experience the peace that comes with remembering the real solution, which is my unity with God. And then my mind is open to Holy Spirit’s inspiration in how to be most helpful in the situation I see myself in. This frees me from fear and doubt and saves me time to continue my focus on healing my mind. It is a win-win situation leading to growing awareness that I remain safe in the Heart of Love.
I am learning from this lesson to recognize the real problem — separation — behind every problem. I am learning to step back from separation’s perspective, which is the ego’s perspective. The ego always sees in terms of separation. The ego is the idea of separation.
Within the ego thought system, there is always a continuous flow of problems because the underlying problem is trying to be separate from Love. The ego operates within the framework of time and space. Love operates within the all encompassing, framework of formless Love, which is eternal and changeless. Whatever thought system I attach to, I will experience.
This lesson is reminding me to step back from the ego thought system. The ego thought system is an hallucination. We could never truly be separate from our Source, which is all encompassing Love. When I step back from the ego thought system, I open to what is real. It fills my heart and mind.
In truth, we all are the Spirit of Love. As Love, we all are eternal. What we all are is outside the framework of time and space. As I practice stepping back from what I think I know and go to the Holy Spirit with every perceived problem, I am again returned to the awareness that I am Love and that nothing else matters because nothing else is real.
From this perspective, there are no real problems. The awareness of peace returns. My priorities get shifted. I return to the experience of God’s peace and joy. With peace always comes understanding. When the light gets turned on, the darkness disappears. Separation is seen for the bogus thought system it is. The ego is seen for the false idea it is. Simple, uncomplicated Love returns to my awareness and I remember that all is well in eternity. All is really safe, no matter what hallucinations appear to be real. All are loved. All are Home.
Just as the lesson states, there seems to be no end to my problems; just as one is settled, another arises, then another. And unless I recognize the problem, I’ll never know the solution. And it is so true that there is never a time in my life when I feel completely free of problems and at peace.
Most Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness to understand what this lesson means because I do despair when just as I feel a sense of peace, another “problem” surfaces and I sometimes feel like giving up and, like the lesson says, a “failure.” Help me to step back and recognize the problem as is truly is — the thought of separation. I am grateful today for the fact that my Source is trying to reach me and help me live a more peace filled life. Thank you, Father. Amen.
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Let my soul smile through my heart and
my heart smile through my eyes,
that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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