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“No satisfaction has been deeper and no joy greater than in a Twelfth Step job well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness into light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, to see whole families reassembled, to see the alcoholic outcast received back into his community in full citizenship, and above all to watch these people awaken to the presence of a loving God in their lives – these things are the substance of what we receive as we carry A.A.’s message to the next alcoholic.” 
c.1952 AAWS 
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 110 
A recovering alcoholic without a sponsor is much like a ship without a rudder.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Q: How can we recognize and remain on the right path?
A: Imagine yourself hiking a forest trail with the aim of reaching
the peak of a distant mountain. Coming to many forks along the trail,
you don’t know which way to turn. This is not a severe problem as long
as you maintain your wish for the mountain. See why? Your clear goal
enables you to recognize the wrong path, for you see how it takes you
away from the mountain, not toward it. Loyalty to your lofty aim is
your corrective guide.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 188

But first of all we shall want sunlight; nothing much can grow in the dark. Meditation is our step out into the sun.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 10
Sometimes I think I don’t have time for prayer and meditation, forgetting that I always found the time to drink. It is possible to make time for anything I want to do if I want it badly enough. When I start the routine of prayer and meditation, it’s a good idea to plan to devote a small amount of time to it. I read a page from our Fellowship’s books in the morning, and say “Thank You, God,” when I go to bed at night. As prayer becomes a habit, I will increase the time spent on it, without even noticing the foray it makes into my busy day. If I have trouble praying, I just repeat the Lord’s Prayer because it really covers everything. Then I think of what I can be grateful for and say a word of thanks.
I don’t need to shut myself in a closet to pray. It can be done even in a room full of people. I just remove myself mentally for an instant. As the practice of prayer continues, I will find I don’t need words, for God can, and does, hear my thoughts through silence.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
What happened to me was, I wanted to meet someone I had not met for sometime, and I summoned my mental energy to that thought, and later that night I ran into that person at the supermarket. At first, I thought, what a ‘miracle’, I asked for a meeting and I got it! t was like a prayer answered.Then 2 days later, I ran into the very same person again in an ice cream shop near my house! (Note: Prior to that I had never ran into this person outside of University.) I knew it wasn’t by chance but an arranged coincidence (that’s the best definition of ‘Synchronicity’). Somehow, my focused thoughts about that person had attracted them into my experience.
Ernest Holmes
I Heard a Voice say you don’t have to do this.
I left and it was snowing and it was coming down
really slow and I thought wow!
I had a Moment of clarity.
You have all the characteristics of a popular politician:
a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.
If an ant seeks the rank of Solomon,
don’t smile contemptuously upon its quest.
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth and handicraft,
wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest?


ACIM Workbook Lesson 319 Insights
“I came for the salvation of the world.”
“I came for the salvation of the world” means to me that I came to see everyone’s innocence, including my own. Guilt is the ticket into this dream. It comes from believing separation is real. And this world is an image projected from the belief in separation. The ego’s purpose for the world is to make separation seem real and keep it in place. Because it is impossible for separation to be real, this is a meaningless purpose.
The only meaningful purpose could be to let go of this illusion and let my mind be returned to full awareness of the Heaven that is my Home. It is God’s Will that I be in Heaven and so it is His Will that I return to full awareness of Where I am and that I never left in truth. My true Self shares this Will. Thus my only meaningful goal is to let go of the illusion of separation, which will show me the truth about everyone’s innate innocence.
It is arrogant to insist that this world of separation that my body’s eyes show me is real because it is the denial of God’s Will. Eternal Love, which is all of totality, cannot conceive of loss, lack and death. It is my purpose now to let these false images go and to let go of belief that separation is real. As I awaken to the full recognition that I remain Love as God created me, I become the salvation of the world. That is what I came for in truth. That is how I return Home.
Salvation’s message is that I am dreaming a dream and that its content is not true. As I am willing to let go of the arrogance of the ego, the truth is there for me to know and understand.
Behind the ego’s false lies is the eternal, changeless Love of God. It is my purpose to return to this awareness. It is my purpose to accept the truth. As I let go of false values, I see that only the truth is real. I want only the truth because it is my true Identity. I came for the salvation of the world. I came to let go of arrogance and receive and give the truth.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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provided this copyright notice and website address are included.

DR. LEWIS’ Great Yogic Passing on April 13, 1960 ~ Mrs. Lewis
See also In Memoriam article: DR. LEWIS ~ Great Disciple of Paramahansaji

Last Photo of Dr. Lewis_Fotor

From: John Rosser
Subject: In Memory of Doctor Lewis’ passing, April 13, 1960
April,  2004

Dr. Lewis, Accomplished yogi, devoted disciple and householder ~ John Rosser

Through his glorious victory over death, Jesus reminds us of our deeper spiritual nature.  But, as Master points out[1], “As Christ resurrected his consciousness from the sepulcher of mortal limitations, so must we learn to resurrect our mind by meditation from the tomb of material desires and body-confinement to the consciousness of omnipresence.”  Often, though, this lofty goal seems too far for those of us who must carry worldly responsibilities while striving to reach our spiritual goal of self-realization!

Doctor Lewis, one of Paramahansa Yogananda’s most devoted disciples, is a proof that the goal of self-realization is attainable in our life-time even for householders.  From the day Doctor met Master in Boston on Christmas Eve, 1920 (when he was shown the spiritual eye and the thousand petal lotus), to his glorious passing on April 13, 1960, his life was that of an exemplary yogi disciple following faithfully in the steps of his guru.

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Paramahansaji gives Dr. Lewis his Christmas Present

When, after sharing his home for three years, Paramahansa Yogananda left Boston to spread his teachings to the West Coast, Doctor wanted to follow him.  But Master told him to stay in Boston to raise his family, secure financial revenues (to support Master’s mission) and guide the Boston group.  Doctor acquiesced obediently.  He was given permission by Master to join him in Encinitas in 1945. 

He then lectured in Encinitas and San Diego and was put in charge of the Encinitas Colony.   After Master’s passing in 1952, Doctor became Self-Realization Fellowship’s first Vice-President. [*see footnote explanation]  He continued to lecture in Hollywood, Encinitas and San Diego, giving up to 7 lectures a week in addition to being in charge of the monks’ training in Encinitas.  In spite of his very busy schedule, he always took time for meditation, taking one day of silent communion with God every week in his home in Borrego.   Mrs. Lewis draped heavy black cloth over his meditation room so that the solar light would not diffuse the great spiritual light that he beheld.


Yogananda’s birthday celebration with the Lewis’s and others, not shown

His great yogic passing was witnessed by his wife, Mildred Lewis, and recorded in the following terms in the book: Dr. M.W. Lewis: The Life Story of One of the Earliest American Disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda[2]:

“On April 7th, 1960, Doctor entered Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for a rest and medical tests.  On April 13th, as I was visiting him, Doctor took a nap at seven p.m. He slept peacefully until seven-thirty when he awakened and told me, “I want to sit up straight.”  I arranged the pillows at his back as he assumed the lotus pose for his usual evening meditation.  His hands were upturned, his eyes closed.  I sat beside the bed, thinking that I too would meditate.

“I was aroused in two or three minutes by a tremendous sound.  It resembled the suction sound of a huge pump, or the breath sound of a giant Kriya.  With the sound came a great flash of spiritual white light, whose brilliance might be compared to that given forth by a million electric light bulbs.

“Doctor’s blue eyes opened; piercing flashes of blue light came from them.  Then they were locked at the Christ center in the forehead.  His head lowered somewhat, but his body remained erect.  For an instant, the face of Swami Sri Yukteswarji appeared, enveloping Doctor’s face.   Then all was over.

“How many times I have thanked God, the Great Ones, and beloved Master that I was privileged to witness such a glorious passing!”

Doctor Lewis’ example heartens us to continue making efforts in our sadhana.  Master’s guidance and encouragement (published in Treasures Against Time: Paramahansa Yogananda with Doctor and Mrs. Lewis[3]) are applicable to all of us who strive to reach our spiritual goal while carrying our family and world responsibilities.


[1] Resurrect Yourself! – An Easter Message by Paramahansa Yogananda
[2] Dr. M.W. Lewis: The Life Story of One of the Earliest American Disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship, 1960
[3] Treasures Against Time: Paramahansa Yogananda with Doctor and Mrs. Lewis, by Brenda Lewis-Rosser, Borrego Publications, 1992; published with the approval of Self-Realization Fellowship.

*[Like many organizations, Self-Realization Fellowship had more than one Vice-President at the same time, referred to as first vice-president and second vice-president] 

This article was sent in his devotee email list in 2004 from John Rosser, husband of Brenda Lewis and son-in-law of Dr. Lewis

from left Mrinalini Mata, Mrs. Mildred Lewis, Brenda Lewis-Rosser, Unknown, Meera Mata, Daya Mata, Paramahansa Yogananda, Dr. Minot W. Lewis
Mrs. Lewis and daughter Brenda Lewis, second and third from lef
Paramahansa Yogananda
Who is the nicest actor or actress in Hollywood?
Morgan Strebler 
Morgan Strebler, I’m a Mentalist, Actor, Director, Writer and Published Author.
Answered Jan 12
I worked for Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and their son Collin one night at the Bellagio, in Las Vegas
I’ve done magic/mentalism for Hundreds of Celebrities.
They were by far the most down to earth, friendly, and humble people that I’ve ever met.

Ron Richey
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Treasury of Positive Answers, # 188

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