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“Men and women who use alcohol as an escape are not the only ones who are afraid of life, hostile to the world, fleeing from it into loneliness. Millions who are not alcoholics are living today in illusory worlds, nurturing the basic anxieties and insecurities of human existence rather than face themselves with courage and humility. To these people, AA can offer as a cure no magic potion, no chemical formula, no powerful drug. But it can demonstrate to them how to use the tools of humility, honesty, devotion, and love, which indeed are the heart of the Twelve Steps of our recovery.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, p. 279 
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
There are millions of men and women on earth. Each one of them is an

example of how to behave in a problem or crisis. They are examples of
how to behave — and the examples are all wrong, horribly wrong. They
behave with defeat, complaint, hostility, bitterness, violence and
other forms of personal and social destruction. You need not behave
like them at all. And when you don’t behave like them you will not
suffer like them. You can live outside of the human hurricane. The
following sections show you how to succeed.”
Conquer Anxiety And Frustration, p. 33
Finally, we begin to see that all people, including ourselves, are to some extent emotionally ill as well as frequently wrong, and then we approach true tolerance and see what real love for our fellows actually means.
The thought occurred to me that all people are emotionally ill to some extent. How could we not be? Who among us is spiritually perfect? Who among us is physically perfect? How could any of us be emotionally perfect? Therefore, what else are we to do but bear with one another and treat each other as we would be treated in similar circumstances? That is what love really is.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“God sent an angel to speak to me–
A word He was fain I hear;
And the angel brought the message
And whispered it in my ear. 
“God knew I needed the word He sent–
I had lost the zest of fight;
And the right was all but beaten;
The wrong it was all but right. 
“Simple the word that He sent me–
But it soothed a spirit raw
With the pain of too much striving–
’Twas ‘Love fulfills the law.'”
Ernest Holmes
She said that we do that to stay
alive, clean and sober that that’s
 the sole aim of the service.

The subjective mind is entirely under the control of the objective mind. With the utmost fidelity it reproduces and works out to its final consequences whatever the objective mind impresses upon it.
Thomas Troward

Oh you who’ve gone on pilgrimage—
where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved!
Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor,
he is next to your wall—
You erring in the desert—
what air of love is this?
If you’d see the Beloved’s
form without any form—
You are the house, the master,
You are the Kaaba, you!
Where is a bunch of roses,
if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul’s pearly essence
when you’re the Sea of God?
That’s true—and yet your troubles
may turn to treasures rich—
How sad that you yourself veil
the treasure that is yours!


ACIM Workbook Lesson 296 Insights
“The Holy Spirit speaks through me today.”
When the Holy Spirit speaks, His message is always, like the Course, a message of forgiveness. Thus when the Holy Spirit speaks through me, it is a message of forgiveness. The Holy Spirit speaks through me by demonstration. Words without demonstration are meaningless. It is as I demonstrate forgiveness in my life that the Holy Spirit speaks through me.
I forgive when I recognize that there is truly nothing to forgive. All seeming events in this world are illusions, whether or not I think they are real. As I listen to the Holy Spirit’s teaching and accept it as true, I learn to recognize the illusion for what it is. At first, it seems only possible to apply it in certain specific instances. This is not because the Holy Spirit’s teaching does not apply universally. It is only because I am not willing to bring all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction. But the Holy Spirit is happy to receive every thought of fear and guilt I am willing to bring to Him.
Each thought I bring to Him He shows me is untrue, an illusion, a mistaken perception. As I bring more and more of my thoughts to Him, I begin to recognize the common thread that underlies them all. I begin to see that what I thought were distinct and different circumstances are really the same. And thus forgiveness of a seeming single event generalizes to embrace all events that I recognize as similar.
This progression leads to the point where I will recognize that all events, circumstances and apparent happenings in this world are the same; all are illusions. With this recognition, I let them all go and I see a forgiven world, the real world. I am ready to take God’s Hand and return to the Heaven that is my Home.
Holy Spirit, today I dedicate to continuing the practice of bringing all my thoughts to You and opening my mind to Your healing correction. Thus will I think with You and offer only Your Thoughts to the world. I would let You speak through me today.
As I continue to practice recognizing daily that the world I see is a dream that I made up, I hand it over to the Holy Spirit’s gentle correction. It is the Holy Spirit in my mind that knows how to heal dreams of separation. It is the Holy Spirit in my mind That has the answer for every conflict I perceive. The Holy Spirit knows how to look past the dream to the truth that lies behind and will show me this truth if I but ask. The dream I made appears so real that I do not recognize it as a dream. The Holy Spirit needs to be my constant Companion and Guide through this maze I made.
My practice today is to step back and listen to the Holy Spirit’s healing perception. The Holy Spirit always shows me that separation is not real, that guilt is not real. The Holy Spirit shows me the innocence and unity that lies behind every conflict I perceive. Thus the Holy Spirit brings me peace of mind.
Today I would practice opening to the Holy Spirit again and again that all my perceptions be corrected. On my own I know nothing. With the Holy Spirit, I am led to wake up from the dream of separation. The Holy Spirit speaks through me today through demonstration.
Where is my mind? Right now, am I joining with the ego or with the Holy Spirit? The ego always brings perceptions of conflict. The Holy Spirit always brings perception of innocence and unity. What I see tells me which guide I am choosing. Today I will practice choosing the easy path to God.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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You are, and ever will be, a perfect reflection of Spirit. You were Spirit; now you imagine yourself to be mortal; but by meditation on your true Self, and by performing God-reminding actions constantly, you can remember your forgotten Spirit-nature and remain in that consciousness through all futurity. Since you are immortal, do not burden yourself with earthly limitations. 
Paramahansa Yogananda


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