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“Sobriety and a plan for living that produces a personality change and a spiritual awakening are imperative. Through A.A., many receive the needed change and awakening just by trying to live by A.A. principles and associating with A.A. people. We do this by going to many A.A. meetings with an open mind and a desire to live the good-feeling life without chemicals – liquid or otherwise.” 
c. 1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 459 
The ankle-biters of everyday struggles will eat away at me unless I go to meetings and share.
H O P E”: Hearing Other Peoples’ Experience
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“If you are compelled to think about the condition, it controls you. If you don’t need to think about it, you control it. But this kind of control is unique. It is a state in which there is neither a controller nor anything to be controlled. It is non-mental control, something like a man in good health who never needs to think about controlling illness.”
“Shoemaker, stick to thy last!” . . . better do one thing supremely well than many badly. That is the central theme of this Tradition [Five]. Around it our Society gathers in unity. The very life of our Fellowship requires the preservation of this principle.
The survival of A.A. depends upon unity. What would happen if a group decided to become an employment agency, a treatment center or a social service agency? Too much specialization leads to no specialization, to frittering of efforts and, finally, to decline. I have the qualifications to share my sufferings and my way of recovery with the newcomer. Conformity to A.A.’s primary purpose ensures the safety of the wonderful gift of sobriety, so my responsibility is enormous. The life of millions of alcoholics is closely tied to my competence in “carrying the message to the still-suffering alcoholic.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
  “If you are compelled to think about the condition, it controls you. If you don’t need to think about it, you control it. But this kind of control is unique. It is a state in which there is neither a controller nor anything to be controlled. It is non-mental control, something like a man in good health who never needs to think about controlling illness.”
Ernest Holmes

I received a new freedom and a new happiness, such,
that I can’t even put it into words. 

When we release expectation and experience appreciation, all the moments of our lives become openings and opportunities.

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 298 Insights
“I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.”
In the popular television series, Survivor, each episode involves some challenge in which the participants must overcome their fears to gain a reward. They are willing to go through their fears because of the value they place on the reward. In some cases, more value is given to the fear and so they are not willing to walk through it to get the reward. This is a game of challenging illusions which seem fearful to gain a reward that is but another illusion which seems to have greater value.
In this lesson we are told that we can be sure that we can go through fear to meet our Love. In this case we walk through the illusion of fear to gain a reward that is real and eternal. We have help in going through the fear in the form of the Holy Spirit in our minds. And because the reward is actually the reality of What we already are, it’s achievement is inevitable, guaranteed by God.
There is no greater reward than the eternal, infinite Love of God. The means to reach it is in our minds. We need only bring all our thoughts to the Holy Spirit for His clarification and cleansing. He will bring them to the Light of Love. Fear will disappear, for we will recognize only Love is real.
Today I would practice once again bringing all my thoughts to the Holy Spirit to receive His interpretation. I would decide nothing on my own, for on my own I do not know what anything means. I would let Him guide my thoughts, my words and my actions so that I may be His messenger in this world and teach only Love.
My job now is to accept only what God establishes as mine. My job now is to let go of senseless journeys, mad careers and artificial values. My job now is to recognize that I am not a separate individual with a separate mind. In truth I am joined with my brother in the one Mind of God and differences hold no place in God’s Mind.
Loving my Father is accepting my Father as He truly is without trying to change Him. Loving my brother means seeing past the images of separation to the extension of Love my brother truly is. My purpose now is to welcome the complete thought reversal that the Holy Spirit brings to my mistaken mind. The Holy Spirit shows me that the images of separation I see through the body’s eyes could never be true and that Love, which is the only truth, could never change.
It is only when I try to change God’s reality that I experience fear. Separation is a fearful thought indeed. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I walk through the fear to see that the false images of separation seen through the body’s eyes have been nothing all along. They were only false ideas that could never be real. Once these images are seen for the nothingness that they are, fear falls away.
Today I practice recognizing the eternal truth in the title of this lesson, “I love You Father, and I love Your Son.”
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Family Relationship
Why is it that in a family there is a mother, a father, and a child? Because that is what God is. He is Infinite Wisdom and He is Infinite Feeling. He had to have a vehicle through which He might express His wisdom and feeling. When God manifested Himself in Creation He gave His wisdom a form, and that became the Father. He gave His feeling a form, and that became the Mother.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Tom Petty

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tom Petty
Tom Petty 2016 - Jun 20.jpg

Petty performing in 2016
Background information
Birth name Thomas Earl Petty
Also known as
  • Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.
  • Muddy Wilbury
Born October 20, 1950
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Died October 2, 2017 (aged 66)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Genres Rock
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active 1970–2017
Labels ShelterBackstreetMCAWarner Bros.AmericanReprise
Associated acts Eric Clapton, Epics, MudcrutchTom Petty and the HeartbreakersTraveling WilburysStevie NicksBob DylanJeff LynneGeorge HarrisonGrateful DeadRoy OrbisonBonnie RaittDwight TwilleyPrincePhil SeymourJohnny CashThe Shelters

Thomas Earl Petty[1](October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, and his early band Mudcrutch.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music became popular among younger generations.[2] In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[3] In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died that night at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.[4][5]

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