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“Resentment is the ‘number one’ offender. 
It destroys more alcoholics than anything else.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
How It Works, pg. 64
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“There is an activity which is enormously popular with human
beings, overwhelmingly popular, used by each individual on earth
thousands of times a day. It is very popular as a practice and as
popular as it is as a practice as something to do, it is equally
unpopular as something to study. Unpopular as a topic of 
investigation by the millions of people on earth. That topic, that
activity, is called complaint.
Are you acquainted with the topic of complaint? Do you know what
it is? You’ve complained perhaps once or twice in your whole life?
Or has your whole life itself been one great total complaint, of
rebellion, and anxious striking out at the world that you don’t
understand, so that indeed, instead of a thousand complaints there’s
just one whole life of complaining.
You know what complaints are, don’t you? Grumblings about conditions
as they are, feeling cheated, feeling left out, crying a good deal,
attacking conditions, attacking yourself. So you’re very well
acquainted, experimentally and personally, are you not, with the
topic of complaint?
If you really understood it, if your heart knew what it was all
about, you’d never again complain about anything.”
Let the Bus Take You Home
18 May 2017
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
My first true freedom is the freedom not to have to take a drink today. If I truly want it, I will work the Twelve Steps and the happiness of this freedom will come to me through the Steps – sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. Other freedoms will follow, and inventorying them is a new happiness. I had a new freedom today, the freedom to be me. I have the freedom to be the best me I have ever been.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
We should have no obligation to any form of healing;
 anything that helps to overcome suffering is good, 
whether it be a pill or a prayer. 
The Science of Mind page 191 
We’re here by inches and seconds, we should have been
planted with weeds a long time ago period 
Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings,
 have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom.
— The XIVth Dalai Lama
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Paul Boose
When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
~ Rumi
various contributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 136 Insights
“Sickness is a defense against the truth.”
Today’s lesson makes it clear the extreme length we are willing to go to deceive ourselves into believing that we are a body in a world of separation where pain and loss and death are real. All this comes from valuing specialness over oneness and God’s gift of all of His Love given to all.
Maintaining a separate identity is the means by which we keep our specialness and the body is the chief mechanism for making individuality (specialness) real. Because the body is so central to maintaining the sense of the reality of individuality, defending this image and our identification with it is top priority. The ego does not hesitate to use sickness as a means of reinforcing this identification. When the body is in pain, it seems to command our full attention. It’s difficult to feel peaceful when the pain seems to have all of our attention. This lesson points out that this is a choice, but we deceive ourselves into forgetting that we made the choice so that it seems to happen to us.
It surely doesn’t seem that we make the choice to get the flu. But this lesson goes to a much deeper level than the surface symptoms. They are just the effect of the decision to value separation (specialness) over the Love of God. Sickness is just a means of defending our specialness. We made our specialness and will defend it “at all cost.” Pretty extreme!
Here Jesus is showing the game for what it really is. We now have the opportunity to end the self deception. We will end it the instant we cease to value specialness more than the Love of God. This single change in values will completely reverse our perception of reality. As we value God’s Love over specialness, a body no longer is the means to make separation real. It becomes a useful instrument which serves as a means to extend Love to all our brothers, no longer used for attack and defense, the body is healthy, because it serves a healthy mind that values Love and offers It to all.
Holy Spirit, guide my thoughts today, that I might see beyond form to the Light of Love that is everywhere. Help me to recognize false values and let them go so that I can make room for the one magnificent gift that outshines all others — the Love of God.
To me this is one of the most helpful lessons of the Course. Here Jesus describes what I call “the quick forgetting.” In paragraphs 3-5 he explains just how we make the choice to maintain the illusion of separate bodies and then forget that we made this decision so that it looks like something happens to us and that we had nothing to do with it.
In paragraph 6 he gets to the core of why we made the decision to create the illusion of separate bodies. “When parts are wrested from the whole and seen as separate and wholes within themselves, they become symbols standing for attack upon the whole; successful in effect, and never to be seen as whole again.” (6:3)
During the 15 minute meditation when I asked to receive the truth, I received the following: There is nothing that your holiness cannot do. You can open to your Self and be led, minute by minute to remember What is real. You can reflect Heaven here. It takes a commitment to be consistent in your practice of being open to the truth.
In truth, there is no world of separate bodies. It could never be so in God, and you are part of God. You are eternal Spirit. You are still as God created you. You have not changed. Not one part of the Sonship has changed. All your brothers and sisters are the Light of God and nothing else.
What you believe in order to have the effect of seeing bodies is not the truth. Practice today seeing past bodies. Practice today being aware of the Light of God that is the truth about everyone. Practice remembering that you have never changed in Reality. You are limitless Love and nothing else. Practice letting your mind be open to the truth as often as you are willing. Let Love lead you Home to where you never left. You have all the help you need. You just need to be receptive to that help.
If ever you feel weak or limited in any way, return to remembering that God is your Source. You have not left God and God has not left you. You are one. All is one in God. This is the truth. Dwell on this thought. Let it take you to the stillness and peace of God. Let yourself feel God’s peace and God’s Love. Let yourself feel your oneness with all that Is. Let yourself be led in how to be truly helpful as you continue your process of awakening to the Truth. All is whole, perfect and complete, now. Let us hold this truth together and celebrate this one Reality.
When I did yesterday’s lesson I thought that we should do it for about a year before we went on. Today’s lesson is the same. How can I give up sickness by practicing this lesson in my spare moments just this one day?
As I read the lesson and got to the part that said that the body should not feel at all, not pain or pleasure, I felt a surge of resistance. I guess I could give up pain, but pleasure? I have learned not to try to reason with my ego. I just gave my resistance to Holy Spirit and asked for another way to see this. I await enlightenment.
I discovered ACIM last fall and immediately started the lessons. I had been a spiritual searcher for many years and had a strong sense that there was something I needed to teach, something I could give to others. I was 10 pages into ACIM and I knew I had finally found it. I have been gobbling up everything I could since then and feeling like I am making tremendous spiritual progress.
Then I had the most unhealthy worst winter of my life. I live in the North woods of Michigan and winters can be pretty rough and this one was. Every ache or ailment I ever had resurfaced and agitated me. I read this lesson several times trying to understand. I think paragraph 7, lines 3 and 4 may explain what happened. I was making progress, I was glimpsing the truth and the ego counterattacked with extreme viciousness. I pray to the Holy Spirit for all those who struggle today to accept the truth of who they are.
This lesson would almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad. The ego has various ways of distracting our attention from our true selves, sickness being one of them. And the sad thing is that this is a decision we make, a choice, a plan.
At one time I was losing a lot of hair from the top of my head and my hairdresser told me that what was causing me to lose my hair was worrying about losing my hair. Deep inside I knew that was true but maybe it would help if I bought certain hair products or possibly hair implants or a number of other remedies for this problem, when in truth my “problem” is an illusion in the first place.
I also quit trying to understand my ego self a long time ago, but I’m grateful for knowing there is another way and I’m open and willing to learn it through the power of my Divine Guidance.
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Practice meditation in the early morning….
The Rays and vibrations of the dawn revitalizing and spiritually uplifting. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Einstein on Religious beliefs[edit]
Einstein used many labels to describe his religious views, including “agnostic”,[5] “religious nonbeliever”[3] and a believer in “Spinoza’s God”.[2] Although he expressed his conception of God as “pantheistic”[7] he also stated, “I do not think I can call myself a pantheist.”[8] Einstein believed the problem of God was the “most difficult in the world”—a question that could not be answered “simply with yes or no.” He conceded that, “the problem involved is too vast for our limited minds.”[9]
Early childhood[edit]
Einstein was raised by secular Jewish parents, and attended a local Catholic public elementary school in Munich.[10] In his Autobiographical Notes, Einstein wrote that he had gradually lost his faith early in childhood:
. . . I came—though the child of entirely irreligious (Jewish) parents—to a deep religiousness, which, however, reached an abrupt end at the age of twelve. Through the reading of popular scientific books I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression. Mistrust of every kind of authority grew out of this experience, a skeptical attitude toward the convictions that were alive in any specific social environment—an attitude that has never again left me, even though, later on, it has been tempered by a better insight into the causal connections.
It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the ‘merely personal,’ from an existence dominated by wishes, hopes, and primitive feelings. Out yonder there was this huge world, which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking. The contemplation of this world beckoned as a liberation, and I soon noticed that many a man whom I had learned to esteem and to admire had found inner freedom and security in its pursuit. The mental grasp of this extra-personal world within the frame of our capabilities presented itself to my mind, half consciously, half unconsciously, as a supreme goal. Similarly motivated men of the present and of the past, as well as the insights they had achieved, were the friends who could not be lost. The road to this paradise was not as comfortable and alluring as the road to the religious paradise; but it has shown itself reliable, and I have never regretted having chosen it.[11]
PS read The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox

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