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Giving Without Demand
Watch any A.A. of six months working with a Twelfth Step prospect. If the newcomer says, “To the devil with you,” the twelfth-stepper only smiles and finds another alcoholic to help. He doesn’t feel frustrated or rejected. If his next drunk responds, and in turn starts to give love and attention to other sufferers, yet gives none back to him, the sponsor is happy about it anyway. He still doesn’t feel rejected; instead he rejoices that his former prospect is sober and happy. And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“All of humanity cries out something like this, “All I ever
wanted was to have a quiet, happy, peaceful life. I just wanted
to settle down and be safe, surrounded by safe conditions and
just live a happy life, normal, happy life.” And then the com-
plaint goes on, “But it didn’t work that way. For awhile I
thought it would. At a certain time, I got the additional
education. When I made that special effort to find higher
employment. And I met a nice man, or a nice lady. For awhile
it looked as if my wishes for a nice life would work out.”
“It didn’t, and it was a far greater defeat and disaster than
I ever thought was possible. In my younger years, I would never
have believed what was ahead of me. It was an endless parade ofmonstrous defeats coming toward me. No sooner was one blow de-livered than the next one came along. I could hardly get to myfeet to start to fight back before I was knocked down again.
And I don’t know why. If there’s an enemy, I can’t identify it.
And I’ve tried with every bit if intelligence, courage to advancemyself in spite of the wave of troubles that flooded my way. Nothinghas ever worked out for me.”
Now, I’ll pause here to make a special explanation. Everyone saysthat. The wealthiest man on earth says that.The most popular socialitecries that in the quietness of his or her own home. The individual whohas a thousand new exciting promising projects right ahead of him says
it… Now, you’re to get yourself into this story. That’s why I’m telling it to you.”
from a talk given 9/18/1988
21 May 2017
One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings…
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 37
What did I have to be grateful for? I shut myself up and started listing the blessings for which I was in no way responsible, beginning with having been born of sound mind and body. I went through seventy-four years of living right up to the present moment. The list ran to two pages, and took two hours to compile; I included health, family, money, A.A. – the whole gamut.
Every day in my prayers, I ask God to help me remember my list, and to be grateful for it throughout the day. When I remember my gratitude list, it’s very hard to conclude that God is picking on me.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Atonement is defined as reconciliation: “To make an expiation for sin or a sinner,” and “To be at one.” The definition for sin is, “To commit sin, transgress, neglect or disregard the Divine Law; to do wrong or offend.” Literally speaking, sin means missing the mark or making a mistake. “There is no sin but a mistake and no punishment but a consequence.” To assume that man could sin against God would be to suppose that a Divine Law could be broken. To suppose that Divine Law could be broken would be to assume that man has.
The Science of Mind page 308

I usually get up every morning and say thank you God for keeping me sober one more day. 
When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when
we play music the playing itself is the point.
And exactly the same thing is true in meditation.
Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always 
arrived at in the immediate moment.
If guilt and atonement were an ocean, i would not be wet
~ Rumi
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 139 Insights
“I will accept Atonement for myself.”
This lesson is telling us that this world was made as a place for self-doubters to come in the mad idea that we could change ourselves from what God created us to be. It is the result of rejecting ourselves as we were created. It’s no wonder the world is filled with people who doubt their worth, have low self-esteem and spend their lives trying to make up for what they believe is lacking. All of us do this in some way. Countless workshops have been offered to help people improve their self esteem and realize their worth.
What I appreciate about this lesson is that it goes to the core of the problem. It does not tell us that we were wounded as a child by critical parents or that if we just affirm often enough that we are worthy of whatever it is that we think we are missing, we will feel okay. This lesson simply reminds us that we remain as God created us and that our denial of Reality has not changed reality. Our denial of our Self has not changed What we are.
God created us worthy because He created us like Himself and of Himself. By accepting Atonement for ourselves, we accept ourselves as we were created. With that acceptance, whatever occurs in form does not matter, for we remember we remain perfect as God created us.
I need simply to change my mind about who I think I am. I am not a split off image, separate and alone. I am not a body. I am the holy creation of God Himself. That is my reality and the reality of everyone, unchangeable, absolutely certain. Every time I feel uncertainty, it is an indication that I have forgotten What I am. It is an indication that it’s time to remind myself that I remain as God created me and accept Atonement for myself.
Thirty years ago a spiritual teacher told me that I was playing dumb. I now know that “playing dumb” means not accepting myself as I was created by God. Playing dumb means thinking I am weak and vulnerable, isolated and alone. Playing dumb is a denial of the truth. Atonement means letting go of playing dumb and accepting my true Self instead of the weak and vulnerable image I have made.
In Reality, there is only one Mind, the Mind of God. If I identify with anything else as what I am, I am playing dumb, I am denying my Self. It has become a habit to think in limited, false ways. Atonement is letting these false ideas, these cobwebs be cleared, so that the Light of my true Identity can shine through. It has always been there. It never left. I just tried to cover It up. Now is the time to let the cover up be over. It is not a fun game. Limitation and lack, weakness and uncertainty need not be. It really never was, just in dreams.
I will accept Atonement for myself. I will let go of playing dumb for I remain as God created me. Nothing else is true. All minds are one in Love. This is certainty.
“Playing dumb”… That is such a useful way of seeing what seems to be happening when it seems that things aren’t working out. We started out “playing dumb” and “forgot to laugh.” In fact we forgot that we were playing at all and feel powerless against the circumstances which seem to overwhelm us and are totally out of our control. When, in reality, all we must do is remember that we are only playing and there is nothing beyond the control of the child of God.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Don’t depend on death to liberate you from your imperfections. You are exactly the same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give up the body. If you are a thief or a liar or a cheater before death, you don’t become an angel merely by dying. If such were possible, then let us all go and jump in the ocean now and become angels at once! Whatever you have made of yourself thus far, so will you be hereafter. And when you reincarnate, you will bring that same nature with you. To change, you have to make the effort. This world is the place to do it.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Belief in an afterlife Einstein
On 17 July 1953 a woman who was a licensed Baptist pastor sent Einstein a letter asking if he had felt assured about attaining everlasting life with the Creator. Einstein replied, “I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.”[32] This sentiment was also expressed in Einstein’s book The World as I See It, “I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls. Enough for me the mystery of the eternity of life, and the inkling of the marvellous structure of reality, together with the single-hearted endeavour to comprehend a portion, be it never so tiny, of the reason that manifests itself in nature.”[33]

Einstein was averse to the Abrahamic conception of Heaven and Hell, particularly as it pertained to a system of everlasting reward and punishment. In a 1915 letter to the Swiss physicist Edgar Meyer Einstein wrote, “I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities, for which only He Himself can be held responsible; in my opinion, only His nonexistence could excuse Him.”[34] He also stated, “I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotisms.”[35]

Part of Einstein’s tension with the Abrahamic afterlife was his belief in determinism and his rejection of free will. Einstein stated, “The man who is thoroughly convinced of the universal operation of the law of causation cannot for a moment entertain the idea of a being who interferes in the course of events—that is, if he takes the hypothesis of causality really seriously. He has no use for the religion of fear and equally little for social or moral religion. A God who rewards and punishes is inconceivable to him for the simple reason that a man’s actions are determined by necessity, external and internal, so that in God’s eyes he cannot be responsible, any more than an inanimate object is responsible for the motions it goes through.”[36]

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