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Eye Opener (1950)
Our AA philosophy is an idealistic philosophy. It has to be in order to be a happy philosophy. Some may declare that it is too much so, that we ignore more materialistic facts. Let us take from our philosophy all the good and the joy it promises. Let us give our gold no acid test.
If our philosophy is unreal and foolish in the eyes of the more materialistic world, then what of it? It enables us to be happier than those that have good sens
DISCIPLINE . . . when they [self-examination, meditation and prayer] are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 98
The last three Steps of the program invoke God’s loving discipline upon my willful nature. If I devote just a few moments every night to a review of the highlights of my day, along with an acknowledgement of those aspects that didn’t please me so much, I gain a personal history of myself, one that is essential to my journey into selfdiscovery. I was able to note my growth, or lack of it, and to ask in prayerful meditation to be relieved of those continuing shortcomings that cause me pain. Meditation and prayer also teach me the art of focusing and listening. I find that the turmoil of the day gets tuned out as I pray for His will and guidance. The practice of asking Him to help me in my strivings for perfection puts a new slant on the tedium of any day, because I know there is honor in any job done well. The daily discipline of prayer and meditation will keep me in fit spiritual condition, able to face whatever the day brings—without the thought of a drink.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“One bridge by which you cross over to self-newness is called
500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 177

Paradise is always where love dwells.
John Paul Richter 
But how are we to regain the Lost Paradise? 
Only through so culture and be careful analysis.
The science of Mind page 446
My mind is God’s mind. My knowing as Gods knowing.
When, therefore, we speak to you of God, 
we mean your own conception of God. 
This applies, too, to other spiritual expressions which you find in this book.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, PG. 47
 When you come back inside my chest,
 no matter how far I’ve wandered off,
 I look around and see the way.
 At the end of my life,
 with just one breath left, 
if you come then
, I’ll sit up and sing.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
Lesson 307
Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.
Father, Your Will is mine, and only that. There is no other will for me to have. Let me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause me pain. Your Will alone can bring me happiness, and only Yours exists. If I would have what only You can give, I must accept Your Will for me, and enter into peace where conflict is impossible. Your Son is one with You in being and in will, and nothing contradicts the holy truth that I remain as You created me.
And with this prayer we enter silently into a state where conflict cannot come, because we join our holy will with God’s, in recognition that they are the same.

 The wise… are not tossed with the ups and downs of the waves of happiness and misery. They dive deep into the spirit- ocean of bliss, avoiding the storms of delusion, the waves of change that rage on the surface of human consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“Where is an intimate friend 
who’ll hear the secret 
from me straight out–
of what human beings 
have been from the moment they began?
of toil 
and molded 
the clay of sorrow.
They wander the world for a time, 
― Omar Khayyám, Edward Fitzgerald’s The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
“It is your duty to be exceedingly kind to every human being…until ye change the world of man into the world of God.” 
― Abdu’l-Bahá

Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96816

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