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As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life. But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul. Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions? 
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Inner guidance is heard like soft music
in the night by those who have learned to listen.”
― Vernon Howard
We conceive the survival and spread of Alcoholics Anonymous to be something of far greater importance than the weight we could collectively throw back of any other cause.
How much it means to me that an unbroken tradition of more than half a century is a thread that connects me to Bill W. and Dr. Bob. How much more grounded I feel to be in a Fellowship whose aims are constant and unflagging. I am grateful that the energies of A.A. have never been scattered, but focused instead on our members and on individual sobriety.
My beliefs are what make me human; I am free to hold any opinion, but A.A.’s purpose —so clearly stated fifty years ago — is for me to keep sober. That purpose has promoted round-the-clock meeting schedules, and the thousands of intergroup and central service offices, with their thousands of volunteers. Like the sun focused through a magnifying glass, A.A.’s single vision has lit a fire of faith in sobriety in millions of hearts, including mine.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
We should realize that Jesus was not talking about any particular age.
He was not talking about just himself.
For over and over again he said that what he did,
we could do also — that what he was, we may become.
But it is also as though he were proclaiming:
There is a presence within you that is already perfect.
You need not worry over your previous mistakes,
nor live in anxious anticipation of tomorrow.
All of that is unnecessary. All you have to do
is learn to live right today.
And when you do, previous mistakes will be
blotted out and your future will be taken care of.
Ernest Holmes
I kept trying figure out why I kept going out.
I did everything my sponsor asked me to do.
I was to discover that I hadn’t done the Second Step.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
― Plato
“Stop acting so small.
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 303 Insights
“The holy Christ is born in me today.”
Let me welcome my true Identity today. Let me open my mind to God’s gifts of peace, joy and Love. Let me recognize the truth today. Let me give my true Identity a chance. Let me open to the Light of Truth, Who will shine away all the belief in separation still residing in my mind. Let my mind be transformed today.
Let God’s Thoughts fill my mind. Let me extend God’s Love and see God’s Love behind every barrier to Love. Let me rest in God’s Sanity. Let me remember the truth that there is only one Self behind every form of separation I see today. Let me practice waking up to the truth today. Let the holy Christ be born in me today.
As I identify with my Self, the Son as God created Him, the holy Christ is born in me. The birth of Christ in me is simply the recognition of my Self as God created me, along with all my brothers. The more I accept this, the more peace I experience. There is less conflict because I recognize more and more that we all share the same interest.
We all want to extend Love, for that is our nature. There is no conflict in that. Everyone, without exception, wants the peace of God, no matter what their behavior. This is because we all want to remember our Self and be What we were created to be. To do this, we must let go of the barriers that hide our Self from us. It is we who hold those barriers in place and it is we who must let them go. That is why forgiveness is central to the Course’s teaching. Forgiveness removes the barriers to Love’s presence. Forgiveness allows the holy Christ to be born in me today.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Steps toward living in the present
 Show appreciation: Always bear in mind that this universe has a divine origin. It would be a mistake to hate this world with the rationale that you love God alone. Renunciation is essential on the spiritual path. Its purpose, however, is to help you overcome attachment to desires and temptations, not to prove your love for the Creator by abhorring His handiwork. You should appreciate the world as God’s creation, but then remind yourself how much more worthy of appreciation is the Creator, who brought all of these material wonders into manifestation.
Paramahansa Yogananda


Dōgen Zenji (道元禅師; 19 January 1200 – 22 September 1253), also known as Dōgen Kigen (道元希玄), Eihei Dōgen (永平道元), Koso Joyo Daishi (高祖承陽大師), or Bussho Dento Kokushi (仏性伝東国師), was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer, poet, philosopher, and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan. Originally ordained as a monk in the Tendai School in Kyoto, he was ultimately dissatisfied with its teaching and traveled to China to seek out what he believed to be a more authentic Buddhism. He remained there for five years, finally training under Tiantong Rujing, an eminent teacher of the Chinese Caodong lineage. Upon his return to Japan, he began promoting the meditation practice of zazen through literary works such as Fukan zazengi and Bendōwa. He eventually broke relations completely with the powerful Tendai School, and, after several years of likely friction between himself and the establishment, left Kyoto for the mountainous countryside where he founded the monastery Eihei-ji, which remains the head temple of the Sōtō school today.

Dōgen is known for his extensive writing including his most famous work, the collection of 95 essays called the Shōbōgenzō, but also Eihei Kōroku, a collection of his talks, poetry, and commentaries, and Eihei Shingi, the first Zen monastic code written in Japan, among others.

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