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“Most of us must admit that we have loved but a few; that we have been indifferent to the many so long as none of them gave us trouble; and as for the remainder – well, we have really disliked or hated them. Although these attitudes are common enough, we A.A.’s find we need something much better in order to keep our balance. We can’t stand it if we hate deeply. The idea that we can be possessively loving of a few, and can continue to fear or hate anybody, has to be abandoned, if only a little at a time.” 
c. 1952 AAWS
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pp. 92-3 
Bigotry disfigures the heart.
A. A.{ Adventurers Anonymous
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
The only way you’re going to have a good relationship
with anyone is to have a good relationship with yourself.


When we retire at night, we constructively review our day. . . . On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. . . . Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.
I lacked serenity. With more to do than seemed possible, I fell further behind, no matter how hard I tried. Worries about things not done yesterday and fear of tomorrow’s deadlines denied me the calm I needed to be effective each day. Before taking Steps Ten and Eleven, I began to read passages like the one cited above. I tried to focus on God’s will, not my problems, and to trust that He would manage my day. It worked! Slowly, but it worked!
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“Love rules through Law. Love is the Divine Givingness; Law is the Way. Love is spontaneous; Law is impersonal…Love points the way and Law makes the way possible.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

There are five year babies out there, 
10-year babies, everybody is a big baby, 
I have a year. 

Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insuperable.
Thomas Troward


“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 289 Insights
“The past is over. It can touch me not.”The more I work with the Course, the more I see its simplicity. It all points to the basic principle that there is one problem and one solution. Today we are seeing that the problem is described as hanging on to the past. Guilt is always about something from the past. But what is over cannot be in the present, unless I bring it with me in my mind. When I bring the past with me I cannot see the present, because I have projected the past in its place. The simple solution is to recognize that the past is not here and let it go. With this simple recognition, I am free to see the present clean and clear as what it is. Love is now, because Love is all there is. Though the problem and the answer are always the same, my investment in the reality of the problem makes it seem difficult to accept the solution. The ego has concocted countless schemes and images to make the past seem real so that it covers the present. The seeming complexity of these images belies the simplicity of the false idea that underlies them all. This is the ego’s defense, for the more complicated the problem appears to be, the less likely the solution will be recognized. And above all else, the ego does not want the solution to be seen. Gratefully the Holy Spirit does not grab us by the scruff of the neck and hurl us into Heaven when we would perceive it as loss and death. Instead He is present in our mind to teach us, as we are willing, that this world is really nothing and when we let it go, we are letting go of nothing so that we can accept everything that is real. The past does not hold on to us, for it has no power of its own. It is we who must let go of the power we give the past in our minds. We let go through forgiveness and see that the past is over and cannot touch us. Holy Spirit, I ask Your help today to let the past go so that I can see the Love and peace and joy that are here now, and share it with all my brothers. I thank You for Your gentle teaching that leads me Home to the Light. In the Text, Jesus talks about the tiny tick of time and the fact that with the thought of separation came its undoing. We never really could make a world of separation in reality. That thought of separation was undone in an instant. So the whole dream of separation has been undone. It is over. It is a dream of time with a past and future that never happened. The whole dream in its entirety was an attempt to cover up the truth that we, as extensions of Love, are still safe in the eternal Mind of God. As we learn to hand over each part of the dream to the Holy Spirit to be undone, we gradually undo our belief in the dream. We gradually let go of what never was. We let go of thinking that guilt could ever be real. We let go of projecting guilt onto imaginary images of separation. We gradually recognize that the past is over. We see that all that we feared is merely a dream that in fact is over. We are led to recognize that we are still Love and that can never change. We gradually free ourselves from the chains that our belief in separation has bound us with. We see that the one solution that really heals is to let go of our belief in separation. The truth of our oneness in Love is true and will forever be true. The past (the imaginary dream of separation) can touch us not as we cease to place our belief in it. This whole dream world of separation is over. A return to Love is the only answer that has any meaning. “The past is over. It can touch me not.”© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! forget the future,
for it is beyond your reach! control the present!
Live supremely well now! This is the way of the wise…”
Paramahansa Yogananda

Gorgonian (sea fan) corals on the twilight reefs of Pohnpei Island

Gorgonian (sea fan) corals on the twilight reefs of Pohnpei Island. (credit: Sonia J. Rowley)

Sonia J. Rowley, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, received the prestigious Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork from the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society of London. Rowley’s work was selected based on her project entitled “Exploration and Systematics of Twilight Reef Gorgonian Corals at Pakin Atoll.”She is only the third person to receive this award, which was given to her for her work during the 2015 Pohnpei Expedition.

Tropical coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific are critical to marine biodiversity. About 80% of reefs exist between depths of 100-500 feet and are among the most diverse, yet most unexplored, realms on the planet. These ‘twilight zone’ reefs, known as Mesophotic coral ecosystems or MCEs, are typically dominated by gorgonian (sea fan) corals.

New technology enables new discoveries

Sonia J. Rowley

Sonia J. Rowley

The mysteries of these twilight reefs are only recently being revealed through technological advances in closed circuit rebreather diving. Previously overlooked—being too precarious for conventional SCUBA and too shallow to justify the cost of frequent submersible dives—twilight reefs continuously disclose breathtaking levels of biodiversity with each dive, yielding species and behavioral interactions new to science. Further, MCEs are classified as conservation priority ecosystems and posited to act as refugia against environmental disturbances.

The primary aim of the Pohnpei field project was to explore and describe gorgonian corals on the unexplored deep-reefs of Pakin Atoll using technological advances in electronically controlled rebreathers, data digitization and dissemination.

A lifetime of training

“I was raised on commercial diving vessels in the UK and I am now a test pilot for Poseidon/CisLunar rebreather technology,” said Rowley. “It’s amazing to combine this advanced technology with marine science and biology. Ultimately, I want to know what things are, what they do, and how this came about relative to the environment over geological time. This involves continuously pursuing a suite of technological techniques to address various research questions, which essentially provide information to how deep gorgonian corals have been so biologically successful over time. In addition, this type of research has and continues to benefit local communities.”

Bringing the ‘twilight zone’ to light

Rebreather dive team

Rebreather dive team, from left, Richard Pyle, Sonia Rowley and Brian Greene. (credit: K. Kaing.)

In collaboration with the Waikīkī Aquarium, Rowley and others are developing ways to re-create conditions that closely match the twilight reef environment. Through continuous measurements of key parameters, they are working to create a natural exhibit of gorgonian coral and increase understanding of adaptations that have evolved over time. Rowley recently shared her findings from the twilight zone in a public presentation through the Waikīkī Aquarium Distinguished Lecture Series.

Rowley has been at UH Mānoa since 2010, first as a visiting scholar and then as a post-doctoral fellow with Steve Stanley. She received her doctoral degree from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and bachelor of science at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom.

For more information on Rowley’s annual expedition to Pohnpei and its atolls including research experimentation, collaboration and community involvement visit the Association for Marine Exploration Expedition blogs page.



Ron Richey


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