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“The tremendous fact for every one of us Is that we have discovered a common solution.   We have a way out on which we can absolutely agree, and upon which we can join in brotherly and harmonious action.” 
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 17
Thought to Consider . . .
The solution is simple. The solution is spiritual. 
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“The question came up, ‘I’m confused about morality. What, exactly,is right and what is wrong? I have a strong urge to break away frommy habitual life. What about this urge? Is it immoral?’‘Why don’t you go ahead and break away? Why not live the way you really want to?’‘I’d like to, but …’‘Would you like to hear why you don’t?’Several people called, ‘Yes!’‘You have a false sense of morality. Society has imposed upon you its hypocritical standards of conduct, which you fearfully take as true. This makes you feel guilty, anxious, afraid. Society sets upan ideal, like a tall stone statue, then tells you to look like that.But you can’t maintain your inner integrity and look like that. The statue is idealistic nonsense. Then, when you fail to hold that statue-like pose, you feel guilty and resentful. All statues are evasions of genuine morality. They are illusions. No one can live up to an illusion.’
Psycho-Pictography, p. 61


. . . we know that the pains of drinking had to come before sobriety, and emotional turmoil before serenity.
I love spending time in my garden feeding and pruning my beautiful flowers. One day, as I was busily snipping away, a neighbor stopped by. She commented, “Oh! Your plants are so beautiful, it seems such a shame to cut them back.” I replied, “I know how you feel, but the excess must be removed so they can grow stronger and healthier.” Later I thought that perhaps my plants feel pain, but God and I know it’s part of the plan and I’ve seen the results. I was quickly reminded of my precious A.A. program and how we all grow through pain. I ask God to prune me when it’s time, so I can grow.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“The road to freedom lies, not through mysteries or occult performances, but through the intelligent use of Nature’s forces and laws. The Law of Mind is a natural law in the spiritual world.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind


Sometimes I don’t give you much love,
at least I know you like me.


When one is able to overcome the romantic and emotional attitude,
one discovers truth even in the kitchen sink.
“The mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe that when you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear, as you yourself do at dawn, sailing through the light.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 279 Insights
“Creation’s freedom promises my own.”
Everyone has been given freedom from illusions. The question is when will we accept this freedom? The Holy Spirit is always there in our minds waiting to free our minds from the limited ideas that keep us in bondage. The Holy Spirit is always right there in our minds to show us that our ideas of limitation and lack are not true. Freedom is always there waiting for acceptance.
But in order for us to accept freedom, we must be willing to let go of the world of separation we think we made. This world is just composed of symbols of separation that in reality mean nothing because they are not true. The symbols of separation found in this world cannot bring us happiness. They only bring us guilt and pain and lack.
All this can be undone if we are willing to take every belief we have, every sense of lack, every uncertainty, every belief in death, every belief in sickness, to the Holy Spirit, where we will be brought to the truth. The Holy Spirit shows us the difference between the unreal and the real. Our freedom lies in allowing ourselves to be shown that these forms of individuality are not real in truth.
While we want these illusions, we can experience them, but they will never bring us freedom. They will never bring us eternal happiness. They will never bring us what we truly long for in our heart of hearts. In truth, we love God. We love our Creator and our return is inevitable. We have been wandering in dreams of separation long enough. There is a better way.
Like the prodigal son, we would return Home and accept our Father’s welcome. Our Father always sees our innocence and loves us with an unconditional Love that is eternal. Today we would open our minds to be led Home by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would show us that all these dreams of wandering in lands foreign to our Father are not true. We do not have to do battle in these dreams because they simply are not true. We can let our belief in them be undone by the healing touch of the Holy Spirit.
Today we open our minds to the healing Teacher within. We would be at peace a while and let our false ideas be undone. Herein lies our freedom. Today we would accept our freedom and share it with our brother.
To accept Creation’s freedom as my own, I need to recognize that I really want true freedom. I really want to accept and extend God’s Love. I really want the joy of oneness. The ego teaches that accepting oneness means I must sacrifice. I must give up my individual identity, which the ego perceives as death. And accepting oneness is death or the end of individuality.
But what does individuality really have to offer? To keep individuality, I cannot know my Creator, Who knows only one unified whole. And if I cannot know my Creator, I cannot know the Self that God created me to be. So the ego’s teaching that I must sacrifice to know oneness is a projection of the sacrifice the ego believes it made when it chose individuality, when it chose to reject the equal, eternal Love God gave to His Son in His creation.
God is eternal and limitless. To have the experience of individuality, this eternal limitlessness must be denied and replaced with an image of a limited self, separate from everything, with a little kingdom it can call its own. With this choice comes guilt because to have this kingdom I must deny my Creator and this is believed to cause harm to the Creator. In truth our Creator is unaffected by dreams of denial. But in the dream of denial where separation is believed to be real, guilt is inevitable.
This is why I must learn to listen to a different Teacher, a Teacher Who brings the memory of God, of wholeness and limitless Love, to the dreaming mind that thinks it has lost this Love. The words of this Teacher expressed in the Course help me to recognize that the world I made in identification with the ego offers me nothing I want.
As I begin to recognize that what I have been searching for cannot be found in this world, my mind becomes open to receive a new perception, where separation is recognized as unreal. I am then more receptive to the Holy Spirit in my mind.
I open to His inner teaching by building a consistent practice of taking time to go to peace, where I can receive the understanding of the Holy Spirit. With an open mind, I receive the Holy Spirit’s help to loosen the world from all I thought it was. I open my mind to be taught what is unreal so that I can see past it and recognize the reality of Love everywhere.
I open to this through my willingness to question everything I think I know about the world. I open to this through my willingness to receive a new vision of a forgiven world, in which unreality is recognized as unreal. Thus I let illusions go and Love is then recognized in my mind with Its unity and joy. And once again I remember, “Creation’s freedom promises my own.”
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The flood of peace flows over the boundaries
of your mind and moves on in infinite directions. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

The Most Famous High-Functioning Alcoholics in History

Vincent Van Gogh

Dutch painter

Van Gogh was enamored with absinthe, and it featured in many of his paintings. During much of his most productive years, Van Gogh’s diet mainly consisted of bread, coffee, alcohol, and cigarettes. Alcohol is at least partially responsible for the mental decline that led to his removal of his ear in 1888 and his suicide in 1890. Despite his alcoholism and poor mental and physical health, he was incredibly prolific during his later years, producing over 2100 pieces of art, including over 800 oil paintings, in about a decade.


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