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Fear as a Steppingstone
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear – primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands.
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For all its usual destructiveness, we have found that fear can be the starting point for better things. Fear can be a steppingstone to prudence and to a decent respect for others. It can point the path to justice, as well as to hate. And the more we have of respect and justice, the more we shall begin to find the love which can suffer much, and yet be freely given. So fear need not always be destructive, because the lessons of its consequences can lead us to positive values.
“When living from our true nature we see what life is all about, 
which delivers self-command.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 41
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).
You are an eternal being now on the pathway of endless unfoldment, never less but always more yourself. Life is not static. It is forever dynamic, forever creatingnot something done and finished, but something alive, awake and aware. There is something within you that sings the song of eternity. Listen to it.
Ernest Holmes
I said that I’m going to go to a meeting
every day until I get this s***.
Recipients of our appreciation are apt to express their own gratitude to others, lengthening the unending, golden chain of connections-in-goodness that stretches across the world.
So in every age, a saint arises …
whether seated before you or hid from sight
He is like light and wisdom is his Gabriel
The lesser saints but lamps lit up by him …
Light emanates in grades as per a scheme,
for seven hundred veils obscure Truth’s light
and all these veils of light stack up in tiers.
Behind each veil there stands a certain folk –
these veils – rank after rank up to the top …
Masnavi 2: 815-22
ACIM Workbook Lesson 67 Insights
“Love created me like itself.”
The sentences that stand out to me today in this lesson are, “We are trying today to undo your definition of God and replace it with His Own. We are also trying to emphasize that you are part of His definition of Himself.” Our job today as we work with applying this lesson is to think about the Truth about ourselves and realize our unchangeable nature as Love.
This means I need to look at all the thoughts that conflict with my unchangeable nature and see that they are false ideas. This lesson invites me to accept the holy instant, where I recognize my true nature is outside of time and space. This lesson invites me to practice accepting my Self instead of the limited, individual self I thought I was.
As I repeat today’s lesson in my mind, “Love created me like Itself,” I feel it flow through me like healing waters. Calmness grows stronger. I feel myself relax and soften. My mind becomes more at ease. The sometimes frantic attempts to plan for my safety diminishes. My sense of being held in the comfort of God’s loving arms grows stronger. I know that I can relax now. The loving Comforter has brought me a message of comfort as it reminds me that Love created me like Itself.
Thoughts of needing to be accepted or approved of, of needing to do anything to be OK in any way fade away in the presence of the thought, “Love created me like Itself.” Guilt is gone, replaced by joy. There is a growing desire to embrace everything and everyone with Love.
As I accept this idea as the truth, everything I look upon shines in the Love of God and I see my Self in everything. Differences fade away. Only the Light of Love remains. My heart overflows with joy in the recognition of my Self as Who I am. I am at peace. Gratitude fills me.
Today’s lesson is very important in my mind healing process. Love created me like Itself. Love created everyone like Itself. All is Love. There are no differences, no changes. Eternal Love is always extending itself. There is only one Mind of Love. Each time I practice remembering this today, I am reminded about the truth of my Identity and everyone’s Identity.
Love is always present because Love is all there is. Love does not turn on and off. Love is changeless and eternal. This lesson helps me let go of all the false ideas I have believed in. It helps me remember the truth behind the appearances of differences, behind the world of time and space. As I remember the truth, I am in peace, I am in joy. All is well.
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…Make your life more simple…Self-Realization [Yogoda Satsanga] is a philosophy of living: right meditation, right thinking, and right living. Bring up your children in this philosophy. Don’t pamper them, or teach them by wrong example to cater to their bodies and harmful desires…Give them true freedom by keeping their lives simple and cultivating in them inner peace and happiness. Do the same with your own life. Don’t be bound by anything. That philosophy will save you.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
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