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Life Is Not a Dead End
“When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being.”
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“He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which he had hitherto denied himself.”
“Practical experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity
from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
Working With Others, pg. 89
“The fable is told of the traveler staggering down the road with a
rock in one hand and a brick in the other. On his back was a sack of
earth, and around his waist was wound a long coil of vines. On his
head was balanced a heavy pumpkin.
  Along the way he met a villager who asked, ‘Weary traveler, why
burden yourself with that big rock?’
   ‘That’s odd,’ replied the traveler, ‘but I never really noticed it
before.’ So he tossed the rock aside and felt much better.
   Along came another villager who inquired, ‘Tell me, weary traveler,
why wear yourself out with that heavy pumpkin?’
  ‘I’m glad you pointed it out,’ said the traveler, ‘because I didn’t
realize what I was doing to myself.’ So he knocked the pumpkin off
his head and went on his way with a much lighter step.
  One by one, the villagers made him aware of his needless burdens.
So one by one, he abandoned them. Finally, he was a free man – and
walked like one. [Mental Picture 5]
  What, really, was his problem? The rock and the pumpkin? Not really.
_It was his unawareness of them_. Once he saw them as pointless burdens,
he dropped them soon enough and was no longer tired.
  That is the daily problem of many people. They are carrying unnoticed
loads. No wonder they are tired!”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 32
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).

“As he learns the Truth, the Truth will automatically free him.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
I have finally surrendered and lie has gotten
much better and less inexplicable.
“What we must realize is that we cannot see everything. 
We do not know everything. More important, 
we must understand that it is impossible for us to control anything. 
The process of life is a spiritual one, governed by invisible, 
intangible spiritual laws and principles.” 
— I. Vanzant
“Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded.
Someone sober will worry about things going badly. 
Let the lover be. ” 
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 150 Insights
Review: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“I will accept Atonement for myself. Only salvation can be said to cure.”
  Only returning to God will cure all sorrow and all pain, all lack and loss. We all came from God and have never left God in truth. We experience something other than our true Self, our Source, when we join with the ego thought system. We join with the ego thought system by identifying with its beliefs, its thoughts, its false ideas.
All the false ideas found within the ego thought system are founded on the belief that we are separate from our true Self, that we are separate from God’s Love. When we believe we are separate from God’s Love, we can’t help but experience sorrow and pain, lack and feelings of loss. Belief in the ego thought system is belief in the death of our one Self.
The only cure or antidote for the pain and loss we feel is accepting Atonement for ourselves. Accepting Atonement means accepting a change of mind, accepting a return to the truth, accepting God’s Love, returning to our right mind, remembering that our mind holds only what we think with God. Only this return to the truth is a true and lasting cure for all the ills of the world. Our real salvation comes as we return to our one true Identity which alone is real. We delay this return when we get so wrapped up in the world’s activities that there is no “time” left to devote to God.
God is my salvation. God is the cure to every ill, every sense of lack, and return to God is the only answer; return to Love is the only answer. Today I will practice letting my mind open to receive the truth about myself and my brothers. It is only the truth of our oneness in Love that provides the real answer I seek.
It is helpful to remember that the Course defines Atonement as perfect Love. It also says it is the undoing of what never happened. It is not paying for or doing penance to expiate sin. Atonement does not make sin real, but in fact recognizes its unreality.
This is a reversal of most Christian teaching and is an example of the many ways the Course redefines many religious terms as part of the complete thought reversal it is leading us toward. In the Manual for Teachers, Atonement, salvation, forgiveness and healing are all equated as one.
There is no sacrifice in Atonement or salvation, only healing and forgiveness. Through forgiveness I learn to see innocence everywhere. As I see innocence, I see harmlessness and I return to the awareness of God’s perfect safety and His Love. I no longer need to defend against the truth but rather see it as my Source of happiness, peace and freedom.
The recognition that this world is all illusion means that all the interactions between bodies and forms have no effect whatsoever on Reality. What is unreal cannot affect Reality at all. I begin to see, as truth replaces illusion in my awareness, that nothing has ever really happened to change me in any way. Thus forgiveness is natural, for it is recognized that in truth, there is nothing to forgive. This recognition opens my mind to the awareness that it holds nothing but the thoughts of Love I think with God. Step by step, these lessons are guiding me to the full acceptance of my Self, as I was created.
A passage that means a lot to me is, “The Holy Spirit is not delayed in His teaching by your mistakes. He can be held back only by your unwillingness to let them go.” I have posted this where I will see it frequently. It is important to me that I remind myself that my errors have no real effects. There is no reason for me to feel guilty or afraid because of them. Experiencing fear and guilt is just my way of clinging to my errors. I choose, instead, to release them. This is a way that I accept Atonement for myself.

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Most people think first and foremost about themselves, and about making money to satisfy their own desires.  If you do that, sooner or later you are going to be deceived.  Rather, you should start with this thought: “My life’s duty is to make others happy.”  Be motivated by how your actions and plans can be of benefit to others.  
Paramahansa Yogananda, Journey to Self-Realization


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