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“Your job now is to be at the place where you may 
be of maximum helpfulness to others, 
so never hesitate to go anywhere if you can be helpful. 
You should not hesitate to visit the most sordid spot on 
earth on such an errand. Keep on the firing line of life 
with these motives and God will keep you unharmed.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 102
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“When permitting other people to think for us,
we cannot complain if they
think us into disaster.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 583

Lord, make me a channel for thy 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. Amen.
No matter where I am in my spiritual growth, the St. Francis prayer helps me improve my conscious contact with the God of my understanding. I think that one of the great advantages of my faith in God is that I do not understand Him, or Her, or It. It may be that my relationship with my Higher Power is so fruitful that I do not have to understand. All that I am certain of is that if I work the Eleventh Step regularly, as best I can, I will continue to improve my conscious contact, I will know His will for me, and I will have the power to carry it out.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty, it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.”
Ernest Holmes

When I take that first drink it’s like
putting Miracle Grow on my defects.

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Henry Ward Beecher
Suffering is a gift; in its hidden mercy
ACIM Workbook Lesson 331 Insights
“There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
This lesson highlights the stark difference between what the Course teaches us about God and what most of us learned about God from our cultures and religions. As I read the first paragraph, I felt a sense of comfort from having a Father Who loves me and Who’s will for me is that I be safe and that no matter what “trouble” I seem to get myself into, He provides the means for me to find my way out. His Love does not judge, but sees me always as part of Him sharing all that He is and all that He has. How blessed am I to have a Father Who loves me without judgment, without limit, Who loves me as Himself.
The ego paints a very different picture. Because the ego is the idea of judgment and guilt, it projects this on its image of God and teaches us that God is judgmental and would condemn us to pain, suffering and death for the guilt He sees in us. If you want to know what the ego believes about itself, look at the judgmental image of God it portrays. This image is not real and could never be real. Yet in our feverish dreams of insanity, pain, suffering and death seem very real.
But our loving, compassionate Father provided a way out of these terrorizing hallucinations. It is the Holy Spirit in our minds. No matter how deeply we believe we are in darkness, the Holy Spirit is always with us, ready to shine His Light on the way Home. The only reason we do not see His Light is because we deny it. We don’t see what we don’t want to see. But that doesn’t mean the help is not available to us.
We need only ask. It is not the Holy Spirit That needs us to ask. It is we who need the asking because in our asking we acknowledge our willingness and openness to another way of seeing. The Holy Spirit does not impose. He merely offers His Light. We must accept it. Love waits only on welcome. There is no other condition, for Love makes no demands. What is already whole and complete is in need of nothing.
Today I am willing to give up wandering in a world of darkness, where separation seems to be real and I believe I am vulnerable to myriad forces intent upon my destruction. Today I am willing to take my thoughts to the Holy Spirit in my mind to let His Light show me what is unreal so that I can let it go. And I will let His light show me the Love that is real so that I may join with It and know It as my own.
Thus will I cease to be in conflict with the world. I will learn to see the Love in all things and I will learn to answer calls for Love with Love. Such is the Holy Spirit’s teaching. His teaching reminds me that only Love is real and that the Will of Love is that I remain one with It. And so I must be. My true Self rests in calm serenity, remembering that there is no conflict, for my will is Love’s Will.
Today’s lesson reflects the proper use of denial. Conflict could never be real because it is not God’s Will. Separation could never be real because it is not God’s Will. There is no will accept the Will of God. Illusions of separation do not make reality.
Today’s lesson truly reflects our real Will, which is changeless and eternal. Our real Will knows its oneness with God. Our real Will does not try to make illusions of separation real. Our real Will sees that conflict is just mistaken ideas that mean nothing and are nothing.
Today I would practice returning to my real Will. This is forgiveness — seeing illusions for the false ideas that they are. Today I would practice accepting that the truth of oneness is true and nothing else is true. Love is. God is. And then I cease to speak. “There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“You must not let your life run in the ordinary way;
do something that nobody else has done,
something that will dazzle the world.
Show that God’s creative principle works in you.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Beauty without brains

Ron Richey
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