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For the wise have always known that no one can make much of his life until self-searching becomes a regular habit, until he is able to admit and accept what he finds, and until he patiently and persistently tries to correct what is wrong. 
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity.
You need not. You can crash through…
whatever we see a negative state,
that is where we can destroy it.
– Vernon Howard
Never since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it. . . . “So long as we don’t argue these matters privately, it’s a cinch we never shall publicly.”
Do I remember that I have a right to my opinion but that others don’t have to share it? That’s the spirit of “Live and Let Live.” The Serenity Prayer reminds me, with God’s help, to “Accept the things I cannot change.” Am I still trying to change others? When it comes to “Courage to change the things I can,” do I remember that my opinions are mine, and yours are yours? Am I still afraid to be me? When it comes to “Wisdom to know the difference,” do I remember that my opinions come from my experience? If I have a know-it-all attitude, aren’t I being deliberately controversial?
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Jesus seemed to have laid no restriction on the willingness of this power greater than we are to operate for us, other than to say that everything we think and say and do should be based in a consciousness of love — in a realization that we must become one with others, even as we already are one with God. This is why he prayed “that they may be one, even as we are one.”
Ernest Holmes
She said to me, “pause when agitated or doubtful.”
Bram Stoker

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights,
and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.” 
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
“Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance when you’re perfectly free.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 305 Insights
“There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.”
This lesson is designed to motivate us to do our forgiveness work. Christ’s vision is seen through forgiving eyes. So through forgiveness we will find “a peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart.” (1:1) Doesn’t that call to your heart? This is God’s promise to us, because it is His gift, already ours.
This gift is only obscured by our judgment. Forgiveness clears away the fog, opening our minds to Christ’s vision so that we can welcome what God has given us without limit. Every time I judge what seems to be an outside circumstance, a person’s behavior, an event, every time I see death and destruction and believe it is real, I am judging against God and denying His gift. This is why forgiveness is required. Like it says in an earlier lesson, “To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering: I will forgive and this will disappear.”
Holy Spirit, hold my hand today. I need Your strength. I need Your Love. And I need Your vision so that I may recognize the face of Christ in all I look upon. I offer You my judgments, Holy Spirit and I ask for Your interpretation to replace my own. Thus will I learn to forgive, for You will show me that nothing has occurred to disturb the peace of God’s Son. In gratitude I accept Your strength and Your vision and I would offer it to all I look upon or think about today. Thus will I know the peace that Christ bestows on me.
The sentence that stands out to me in today’s lesson is, “Help us today but to accept Your gift, and judge it not.” (2:2) God’s gift is peace and peace has come to save us from our judgment on ourselves. If I am not experiencing peace at any time during the day, it is not because of outer circumstances. It is because I have chosen not to accept God’s peace.
When I accept God’s peace, I feel God’s peace. I join with peace and become one with it. It fills my mind and changes my perceptions. The ego’s thought system falls away. There is a quietness and a sense of well being that cannot be disturbed. There is a sense of safety and quiet joy that pervades everything I see and everything I do. There is an all encompassing sense of well being and knowing that everything is all right. There is a remembering that what I see through the body’s eyes is just a dream.
I always get what I desire in my heart of hearts. If I want to see separation, that is what I will see. If I want to see conflict, individuality, specialness and lack, that is what I will see. If I want to make decisions on my own, I will join with the ego thought system and the ego will show me a world where I make decisions on my own.
But if I change my mind and choose instead to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I will be brought to a new kind of seeing. I will be brought to a new experience. When I follow Holy Spirit’s lead, I will accept and feel God’s peace. I will become aware of the oneness of God’s Love that lies behind the forms of bodies. I will be guided to see the Love behind the fear. I will be guided to let peace lead the way. I will be guided every step along the way in what to say to my brother, and how to see that his true Identity is Love and nothing else.
With my willingness to open to Holy Spirit’s perspective, my mind will be returned to where it belongs. I will receive God’s gifts of peace, Love and joy. I will forgive or let go of all the empty thoughts of the ego. I will do my part in the Atonement, following Holy Spirit’s lead. The peace of Christ will lead me Home as I am willing to accept God’s gifts.
What a timely lesson for me. Today I woke up and immediately gave up my peace. Just trying to figure out how I would get everything done and hoping I didn’t leave anything out was enough to start the anxiety pumping unwelcome adrenaline through my body.
Another thing I have noticed is that thoughts of a like kind follow one another. If I start thinking about something that I am afraid of, it is like their friends come to join the party. Pretty soon I am feeling overwhelmed.
So, today I am going to call cancel, cancel and start my day over. I am going to put all that important stuff on hold while I get my thoughts going in the direction I want my day to take.
Thank you for the helpful suggestions you made to get me off on the right foot. Forgiveness is a great idea. I still tend to think of forgiveness as person to person, but I can forgive a thought as easily, especially when I remember that forgiveness recognizes the illusion.
I have started a journal of sorts to record my spiritual progress on a daily basis and I will start today’s entry by talking to myself about what I want to forgive and then watch it disappear!
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Steps toward living in the present
Own things from your heart: Nothing belongs to you and everything belongs to you, but once you say, “This is mine,” you have limited yourself. Never grieve for anything that is taken. Maybe in this life you will lose all things and yet, when you have God, you have everything. There is no limitation to what you can get. Enjoy the things you have, take care of them, but always try, in your heart, to disown them. It is very liberating to be able to disown all things in your heart.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Stephenie Meyer

“Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night.
Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. …
And then you shot across my sky like a meteor.
Suddenly everything was on fire;
there was brilliancy, there was beauty.
When you were gone,
when the meteor had fallen over the horizon,
everything went black.
Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light.
I couldn’t see the stars anymore.
And there was no more reason, for anything.” 
― Stephenie Meyer, New Moon

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