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From “He Had Been Listening”:
“In thinking all this over, it finally became obvious to me that the God I thought had judged and damned me had done nothing of the sort. He had been listening, and in His own good time His answer came. His answer was threefold: the opportunity for a life of sobriety; Twelve Steps to practice, in order to attain and maintain that life of sobriety; fellowship within the program, ever ready to sustain and help me each twenty-four-hour day.”
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
1973 AAWS Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 11
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“The greatest day in anyone’s life is the day he realizes he’s been
going at it all wrong. Does that strike home to you? You sense the
trueness of it, don’t you? We have to be shocked by seeing we have
been complacent when we should have been alert. Once that realization
comes, you can look up and you can say, ‘I would like something else
to live my life for me, because I haven’t been doing it very well by
There you have two marvelous elements combined — one of simple, honest
realization that the road is rocky ahead and always has been; secondly,
the realization that you can’t do anything about it, that you presently
know about. But when you look up and say, ‘I’d like something else to
live my life for me,’ that is the deciding point by which you can think,
feel and act in a different way toward all the rocks in the road.”
from a talk given 4/26/1992
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.
When I am in pain it is easy to stay close to the friends I have found in the program. Relief from that pain is provided in the solutions contained in A.A.’s Twelve Steps. But when I am feeling good and things are going well, I can become complacent. To put it simply, I become lazy and turn into the problem instead of the solution. I need to get into action, to take stock: where am I and where am I going? A daily inventory will tell me what I must change to regain spiritual balance. Admitting what I find within myself, to God and to another human being, keeps me honest and humble.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it” 
― Ernest Holmes
I was watching the Super Bowl Parade but I thought I would be better off here.
This is m

y Higher Power. I’m honest.
“Well, if God can’t inspire you; who in hell can?”
Conversations w/God
“Everyone has someone:
a friend, a lover, some skill or work.
But I am alone
with the dream of my Beloved
hidden in the corner of my heart.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 276 Insights
“The Word of God is given me to speak.”
Recently I had a situation in which I perceived that someone rejected me. I observed myself analyzing that person’s actions, trying to figure out the motives, attitudes and beliefs this person might have. I told myself I was trying to understand the person. But as I observed myself, I realized that there was something else going on beneath that. I believed that I must be guilty for doing something wrong that caused me to be rejected.
The attempt to try to “understand” the person was really an attempt to put the cause outside of me and therefore to try to relieve the guilt I felt. In believing that I have separated from God, I am rejecting God.
Does God feel guilty because I rejected Him? No, He sees me as holy and pure as Himself, as He created me with His Word. It is that Self He created that I must accept to be free of guilt. No attempt to find the cause outside of me can possibly relieve the guilt because such attempts are based on the false premise that the guilt is real.
If God knows me as pure and innocent as Himself, then guilt cannot be real. To know my Self, it is this I must accept. As I accept the Word of God, His absolute certainty that I am pure and holy as He created me, there will no longer be a need to see a cause for guilt outside of me. The illusion of guilt will be gone so there cannot be a cause. Thus will I be able to see my brother with the same purity and holiness that God gave me. For what I see is the one Self we share.
I stand together with my brother now, bathed in the Light of God’s Love in Which we are united. We are one Self. There is no gap between us. We are His holy Son. The Word of God is given me to speak.
The Word of God says that we all are pure and holy as God. Would I deny that? Would I disagree with God and tell Him that He is wrong? Would I choose to see what is the opposite of God’s Word? That is what I am choosing to do if I make real something in my brother that denies God’s Word.
Jesus tells us to be open to receive God’s Word into our minds. As we open our minds to receive God’s Word, we just naturally extend God’s Word because it becomes the only truth in our minds. Instead of duality and differences, we see that nothing has changed God’s Word. No false ideas, no false stories, no false imaging, no ego projections of guilt can change the truth of the holiness and purity in God we are in truth.
Would I deny the truth today by making illusions real? Or would I accept God’s Word and know that every Son is as pure and holy as God? Today I will practice using the power of decision to let the truth be true and let go of the ego’s lies of separation. Today I would practice freeing my brother and myself of the insanity that comes from the split mind. God is. Love is. Nothing else is real. “The Word of God is given me to speak.”
I had an experience very much like the one described above. I felt rejected by someone. I was very upset by it. I was so confused because I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. I kept going over and over it in my mind, imagining myself saying things differently, but I just couldn’t figure out where I had made a mistake. When I tried to give it to Holy Spirit for healing, I kept taking it back.
After praying about it, I realized that this had to be about him and not me and I finally got relief from my anxiety by praying for him. Every time I thought of him, I would see him in God’s loving Light. After awhile I felt a lot better, but I still felt like I was missing something. As soon as I read the first two paragraphs of the above comments, I saw so clearly what was going on. I am always amazed at how willingly I will accept guilt; how easily I will see myself as wrong, even when it makes no sense.
I also recognize the pattern of seeing the problem as outside myself. I could have sworn that I wasn’t doing that, but as soon as I read the above perspective, I laughed out loud at how obvious it was. I can just imagine myself playing a child’s game, walking around with my eyes closed proclaiming, “I can’t see anything.”
I have also recently experienced a form of rejection or hurt from a person with whom I work with. As hard as I try to turn it over, let it go, and move on, I keep playing the same tape in my head over and over again. I, too, find myself analyzing this person’s actions and my own. I ask myself if this person is a mirror image of myself, if this person’s hateful attitude can be me at times, or maybe the ego part of me wants me to perceive this person as hateful in an attempt to distract me from seeing the oneness in us. I don’t know.
I read the above perspective over and over again, and part of me understands what it’s saying, but another part of me is not allowing the words to compute. In my particular situation, FOR NOW I’ve decided to discontinue my relationship with this person (although deep down I know that’s not the answer), but there’s guilt involved because of the fact that I know it’s not the answer.
I think ending the relationship gives me a sense of safety, because I think I feel that at least I won’t get hurt again. However, the Course teaches me that, as the Son of God, I cannot be hurt to begin with. So I know the ego is involved in this tangled mess I’m experiencing. Nonetheless, my awareness of knowing this need not be is still a huge step in the healing process. I still have to remember this is just that, a process.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Watch the eternal circle of rippling peace around you.
Paramahansa Yogananda


Bust of Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero

Greek philosophy and rhetoric moved fully into Latin for the first time in the speeches, letters and dialogues of Cicero (106-43 B.C.), the greatest orator of the late Roman Republic. A brilliant lawyer and the first of his family to achieve Roman office, Cicero was one of the leading political figures of the era of Julius Caesar, Pompey, Marc Antony and Octavian. A string of misjudged alliances saw him exiled and eventually murdered, but Cicero’s writings barely waned in influence over the centuries. It was through him that the thinkers of the Renaissance and Enlightenment discovered the riches of Classical rhetoric and philosophy.


Marcus Tullius Cicero was born in the hill town of Arpinum, about 60 miles southeast of Rome. His father, a wealthy member of the equestrian order, paid to educate Cicero and his younger brother in philosophy and rhetoric in Rome and Greece. After a brief military service, he studied Roman law under Quintis Mucius Scaevola. Cicero publicly argued his first legal case in 81 B.C., successfully defending a man charged with parricide.

Cicero was elected quaestor in 75, praetor in 66 and consul in 63—the youngest man ever to attain that rank without coming from a political family. During his term as consul he thwarted the Catilinian conspiracy to overthrow the Republic. In the aftermath, though, he approved the key conspirators’ summary execution, a breach of Roman law that left him vulnerable to prosecution and sent him into exile.


During his exile, Cicero refused overtures from Caesar that might have protected him, preferring political independence to a role in the First Triumvirate. Cicero was away from Rome when civil war between Caesar and Pompey broke out. He aligned himself with Pompey and then faced another exile when Caesar won the war, cautiously returning to Rome to receive the dictator’s pardon.

Cicero was not asked to join the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar in 44 B.C., but he was quick to celebrate it after the fact. In the infighting that followed Caesar’s death, Cicero made brief attempts at alliances with key figures, first defending Mark Antony before the Senate and then denouncing him as a public enemy in a series of withering speeches. For some time he supported the upstart Octavian, but when Antony, Octavian and Lepidus allied in 43 to form the Second Triumvirate, Cicero’s fate was settled. Antony arranged to have him declared a public enemy. Cicero was caught and killed by Antony’s soldiers, who are said to have cut off his head and right hand and brought them for display in Rome—Antony’s revenge for Cicero’s speeches and writings.


Cicero was one of the most prolific Roman writers, and the number of his speeches, letters and treatises that have survived into the modern era is a testament to his admiration by successive generations. For Cicero, philosophical understanding was an orator’s paramount virtue. He was deeply influenced by his own training in three Greek philosophical schools: the Stoicism of Lucius Aelius Stilo and Didotus, the Epicureanism of Phaedrus and the skeptical approach of Philo of Larissa, head of the New Academy. Cicero usually sided with the Stoics, who valued virtue and service, over the pleasure-loving Epicureans. But his New Academic training equipped him to combine elements of the various philosophical schools to suit a given situation.

Cicero offered little new philosophy of his own but was a matchless translator, rendering Greek ideas into eloquent Latin. His other peerless contribution was his correspondence. More than 900 of his letters survive, including everything from official dispatches to casual notes to friends and family. Much of what is known about politics and society of his era is known because of Cicero’s correspondence. Few of his letters were written for publication, so Cicero gave free reign to his exultations, fears and frustrations.


Cicero’s inventive command of Latin prose provided a model for generations of textbooks and grammars. The Church Fathers explored Greek philosophy through Cicero’s translations, and many historians date the start of the Renaissance to Petrarch’s rediscovery of Cicero’s letters in 1345. Enlightenment thinkers including John Locke, David Hume, Montesquieu and Thomas Jefferson all borrowed thoughts and turns of phrase from Cicero. The first century critic Quintilian said that Cicero was “the name, not of a man, but of eloquence itself.”


A room without books is like a body without a soul.
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
While there’s life, there’s hope.
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.
You will be as much value to others as you have been to yourself.
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.
A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.

Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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