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 Eye Opener (1950)
Man is the only animal that smiles, 
and he is the only one that has need of it. 
Not that God provided more for the animal 
kingdom than He did for us. 
But man, through the stupid misuse of his willpower
 and his other advantages, has brought misfortunes 
upon himself that would be unendurable but for the
 healing balm of smiles and a sense of humor.
No man is completely beaten as long as he can smile,
 and we know from past experience that we can 
wade out of most of our messes on the stepping stones of good-humored grins.
We began to see that the world and its people really dominated us. 
In that state, the wrong-doing of others, fancied or real, had power 
to actually kill.
 — Alcoholics Anonymous, page 77
 A powerful spiritual practice is consciously to allow the diminishment
of ego when it happens without attempting to restore it.  I recommend
that you experiment with this from time to time. For example, when 
someone criticizes you, blames you, or calls you names, instead of 
immediately retaliating or defending yourself — do nothing. 
— Eckhart Tolle
This instruction about turning the other cheek refers to the changing 
of one’s thought when faced by error, changing from the error to the
Truth—and, as a rule, it acts like magic. If, when someone is behaving 
badly, instead of thinking of the trouble, you will immediately switch
your attention off from the human to the Divine, and concentrate upon 
God, or upon the Real Spiritual Self of the person in question, you will 
find—if you really do this—that his conduct will immediately change.
 — Emmet Fox
November 19,2016
We A.A.’s are active folk, enjoying the satisfactions of dealing with the realities of life, . . . So it isn’t surprising that we often tend to slight serious meditation and prayer as something not really necessary.
I had been slipping away from the program for some time, but it took a death threat from a terminal disease to bring me back, and particularly to the practice of the Eleventh Step of our blessed Fellowship. Although I had fifteen years of sobriety and was still very active in the program, I knew that the quality of my sobriety had slipped badly. Eighteen months later, a checkup revealed a malignant tumor and a prognosis of certain death within six months. Despair settled in when I enrolled in a rehab program, after which I suffered two small strokes which revealed two large brain tumors. As I kept hitting new bottoms I had to ask myself why this was happening to me. God allowed me to recognize my dishonesty and to become teachable again. Miracles began to happen. But primarily I relearned the whole meaning of the Eleventh Step. My physical condition has improved dramatically, but my illness is minor compared to what I almost lost completely.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Q. How can I reflect upon these things while nagged by a
noisy world?
A. By seeing that solitude exists in the mind, not in a
physical location.”
 Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 12
We are not so cold blooded has to say to a 
person with pain that there is no such thing as pain…. 
we admit the fact.
It is quite a different thing to admit it its necessity.
The Science of Mind page 213

Be empty of worrying…. 
Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? 
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking. 
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks


Lesson 222
God is with me. I live and move in Him.
God is with me. He is my Source of life, the life within, the air I breathe, the food by which I am sustained, the water which renews and cleanses me. He is my home, wherein I live and move; the Spirit which directs my actions, offers me Its Thoughts, and guarantees my safety from all pain. He covers me with kindness and with care, and holds in love the Son He shines upon, who also shines on Him. How still is he who knows the truth of what He speaks today!
Father, we have no words except Your Name upon our lips and in our minds, as we come quietly into Your Presence now, and ask to rest with You in peace a while.
Feel the hidden waters of Spirit trickling through all material life…. 
Feel the divine bliss of Spirit within you and all things.
Paramahansa Yogananda

When you are so full of sorrow
that you can’t walk, can’t cry anymore,
think about the green foliage that sparkles after
the rain. When the daylight exhausts you, when
you hope a final night will cover the world,
think about the awakening of a young child.
Omar Khayyam

“Q: “Is peace a greater word than love?” Answer: 
“No! Love is greater than peace, for peace is founded upon love.”
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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