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When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with 
creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures 
bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.
 — Dale Carnegie 
Logic is great stuff. We liked it. We still like it.
 — Alcoholics Anonymous, page 53
 I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God’s love.
— Sacred Space
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
We never get upset over what happens. Never. 
We get upset because of preconceived ideas as 
to what we think should happen, what we want to happen.
When our preference clashes with the reality, we get hurt. 
Rid yourself of all preconceived ideas as to what 
should happen. You are then at peace whatever happens.
MARCH 22, 2017 
And we have ceased fighting anything or anyone—even alcohol.
When A.A. found me, I thought I was in for a struggle, and that A.A. might provide the strength I needed to beat alcohol. Victorious in that fight, who knows what other battles I could win. I would need to be strong, though. All my previous experience with life proved that. Today I do not have to struggle or exert my will. If I take those Twelve Steps and let my Higher Power do the real work, my alcohol problem disappears all by itself. My living problems also cease to be struggles. I just have to ask whether acceptance—or change—is required. It is not my will, but His, that needs doing.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
Spiritual mind practice does not call for a great concentration,
but for deep realization and conviction.
Ernest Holmes how to use the Science of Mind page 48 
The Apollo 13 was only on track 10% of the time, 
so is always doing u-turns.
Ala-non member
 My experience is that the bigger the storm the bigger the rainbow.

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, 
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
— Helen Keller

“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 80 Insights
“Let me recognize my problems have been solved.”
If only Love is real, then there can be no real problems. Separation is the only problem and separation in reality has never occurred. So the problem of separation has been solved. All are still within the Mind of God. As I remember this, I return to peace, remembering that the only problem has been solved.
This lesson reminds me of another place in the Course which asks me to rise above the battleground to see the Love that is always there. When I am willing to open to God’s Love and really receive It, I come to the awareness that Love is all that is important. Love is all that is real. In this place of remembering Love, I realize that the conflicts that constantly arise within the stories of separation are just a series of attempts to make the false ideas of separation real.
I do not have to fight what I recognize is an hallucination. I do not have to fight the ego. I do not need to make the ego real. In fact, letting go of making the ego real is what helps me realize that the one problem has been solved.
Love is eternal. Love is changeless. Love cannot be threatened. What is not Love does not exist. Realizing this, I return to peace. Peace is constant. It is only when I try to make what is not real my reality that the appearance of problems could arise. Thank God this could never happen in truth. Thank God that only Love is real. My only problem has been solved.
This lesson makes it clear how simple salvation truly is. There is only one problem and that problem has already been solved. In our experience in the world, simple and easy do not necessarily equate. The difficulty in accepting the solution is not because the problem is complex. The difficulty comes from lack of willingness. It comes from a deeply held desire to have specialness, which was the cause of the belief in separation in the first place. In order to fully accept that separation is the only problem and accept its solution, I must be willing to relinquish specialness. This is what forgiveness is for.
Every judgment is an attempt to maintain specialness. It is an attempt to distinguish and therefore separate me from what I judge. By making it appear that there are myriad differences, I hold the illusion of specialness in place. Consequently I cannot see the underlying common thread that makes all the problems the same.
This is exactly what the ego wants. Because as long as I see problems as different, I will look for solutions where no solution can be found.
By practicing today’s lesson, by reminding myself all through the day that my problems have been solved, I am accepting the possibility that I may have been looking for solutions in the wrong place. If my problems have been solved, but I don’t perceive them as solved, I must not be looking where the solution is. As this idea becomes more prevalent in my mind, I become more and more open to be led to accepting the real solution. Whether I apply this idea to a specific perceived problem or repeat it as a general affirmation, I am accelerating my process of relinquishing my grip on belief in a false reality.
I am deeply grateful for the genius of the Holy Spirit for the many tools offered in the Course to help me question all that I thought was real and open my mind to new possibilities. Today, no matter what conflict I look upon, I would remember that all my problems, all conflict, has been solved. God’s Love remains unchanged. And being extensions of God’s Love, all God’s Sons remain unchanged, as God created Them.
Isn’t this a perfect follow up to the lessons we have been learning? I worked on yesterday’s lesson as often as I could. I tried to see the real problem in every upset, every negative thought. Now that I have my mind around the idea that each one stemmed from the same mistaken idea, that I am separate, I can consolidate by doing the same thing today except I will recognize that not only are all problems the same, they have been solved.
I like what we are doing with this set of lessons. I feel like a gardener who has spent the winter months clearing the land, preparing the soil and planting the seeds. I am beginning to see the fruits of my labor. Just as I am seeing the first blossoms of spring out my window, I am seeing blossoms within.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
If you need respite from inharmonies….
Go to some peaceful place and stay alone for a while, 
listening to the soft sounds of nature and of God within. 
All the happiness you seek lies within you,
the image of God within you. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise
To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies;
One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies;
The Flower that once has blown for ever dies.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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