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 Eye Opener (1950)
We alcoholics devoted a whole lifetime to the pursuit of happiness, 
but it was not until we found our fellowship that we had 
any success of a permanent nature.
This is a happy Program, made so by our happy release from
 the Hell of drinking excessively. Our happiness distinguishes
 us from the dried-up drunk.
The work we are about is dead serious, but we can go about 
it with a smile in our hearts and a laugh on our lips. 
Of all God’s creatures, we really have something to be happy about.
“Were entirely ready to have God remove
 all these defects of character.”
12&12 Step Six, p.63  

November 24,2016
Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.
I do not claim to have all the answers in spiritual matters, any more than I claim to have all the answers about alcoholism. There are others who are also engaged in a spiritual search. If I keep an open mind about what others have to say, I have much to gain. My sobriety is greatly enriched, and my practice of the Eleventh Step more fruitful, when I use both the literature and practices of my Judeo-Christian tradition, and the resources of other religions. Thus, I receive support from many sources in staying away from the first drink.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Over and over, all the great teachers instruct as their first
lesson, ‘Look at your actual unhappiness. Do not cover it up
with smiles or with worldly success. There is no need to cringe
at what you see in yourself, for all your fears can be explained
and ended.’
The following story is typical of those told by the avatars to
show men how they block their own rescue.
Being chased by a lion, a man ran over a bridge. Halfway across,
he froze in horror. A tiger waited for him at the other end of
the bridge. Not knowing what to do, he did nothing. Then, his
glance fell on a strawberry plant growing below the rail of the
bridge. The plant was thick with bright, red fruit. Hypnotized
by the fruit, the man exclaimed, ‘What attractive strawberries!
How fortunate I found them in time for lunch!’
At that moment a friend of the man floated by in a boat beneath
the bridge. Understanding the situation, he called up, ‘I can
save you from the lion and the tiger, but stop your foolish
fascination with strawberries!'”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 13
Accepting the lessons and experiences of the past, 
and taking the Best from everything, 
we should press boldly forward, looking ever for the truth, 
and ever ascending higher and higher into the heavens of reality. 
The science of mind is 439

Stars burn clear all night till dawn.
 Do that yourself, and a spring will rise
 in the dark with water your deepest Thirst is for. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

Lesson 227
This is my holy instant of release.
Father, it is today that I am free, because my will is Yours. I thought to make another will. Yet nothing that I thought apart from You exists. And I am free because I was mistaken, and did not affect my own reality at all by my illusions. Now I give them up, and lay them down before the feet of truth, to be removed forever from my mind. This is my holy instant of release. Father, I know my will is one with Yours.
And so today we find our glad return to Heaven, which we never really left. The Son of God this day lays down his dreams. The Son of God this day comes home again, released from sin and clad in holiness, with his right mind restored to him at last
 The butterfly of the soul must be free to 
spread its wings of beautiful divine qualities.
Paramahansa Yogananda
“What is my true substance?
What will remain of me after my death?
Our life is as short as a raging fire:
flames the passer-by soon forgets,
ashes the wind blows away.
A man’s life.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Edward Fitzgerald’s The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
“Experiences do not come to us by chance, 
they are sent to us by Divine Mercy for our own perfection.” ~” 
― Abdu’l-Bahá
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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