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Sole Authority
Tradition Two: For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience.
Where does A.A. get its direction? Who runs it? This, too, is a puzzler for every friend and newcomer. When told that our Society has no president having authority to govern it, no treasurer who can compel the payment of any dues, no board of directors who can cast an erring member into outer darkness, when indeed no A.A. can give another a directive and enforce obedience, our friends gasp and exclaim, “This simply can’t be. There must be an angle somewhere.” These practical folk then read Tradition Two, and learn that the sole authority in A.A. is a loving God as He may express Himself in the group conscience. They dubiously ask an experienced A.A. member if this really works. The member, sane to all appearances, immediately answers, “Yes! It definitely does.” The friends mutter that his looks vague, nebulous, pretty naive to them. Then they commence to watch us with speculative eyes, pick up a fragment of A.A. history, and soon have the solid facts.
1981 AAWS Inc.
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, page 132
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“There is one way to command the exterior world, 
which is to command your own reactions to it, 
which you can do.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 116

Continued to take personal inventory. . . .
The spiritual axiom referred to in the Tenth Step—”every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us”—also tells me that there are no exceptions to it. No matter how unreasonable others may seem, I am responsible for not reacting negatively. Regardless of what is happening around me I will always have the prerogative, and the responsibility, of choosing what happens within me. I am the creator of my own reality.

When I take my daily inventory, I know that I must stop judging others. If I judge others, I am probably judging myself. Whoever is upsetting me most is my best teacher. I have much to learn from him or her, and in my heart, I should thank that person.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” This is a blessed thought, for it means that we cannot wander from the presence of God, or depart from divine care. Always God watches over us and comforts us. Forever we sit in the house of the divine and we are ceaselessly cared for. The all-seeing eye cannot overlook any one, and all are kept in sacred care. All are kept in divine care.”
― Ernest Holmes, Daily Meditations for Self Help and Healing

That power greater than ourselves kept me out
of the rooms for 2 years. I discovered that the hoop
is bigger than I thought it was.
 If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
 Without you, the world is a torment; may it not be without you for a single instant; by your life I implore this, for life without you is a torture and an agony to me.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, Mystical Poems of Rumi


ACIM Workbook Lesson 282 Insights
“I will not be afraid of love today.”
It doesn’t seem that I am afraid of Love when I make this dream real. It doesn’t seem that I’m afraid of Love when I focus on bodies or individual personalities as though they were real.

 In truth I know that this whole world is a defense against Love’s oneness. When I believe in the stories of the world, I am joining with the ego. This means that I am afraid of Love. This means that I am choosing not to recognize the truth.

 Fortunately Love is still there, whether I am willing to recognize it or not. In fact Love is all that is really there. No image making can change Reality and make It what It is not. Choosing to focus on separate forms instead of recognizing the Love that is there is just the fear of Love.
Today I would practice opening to the recognition that Love is all that is there, no matter what the form looks like. Today I would practice recognizing that God is Love and therefore so am I. Today I would practice opening to Love’s Presence, Which is always there, waiting for my acceptance. Let me not be afraid of the truth today.
Sometimes its fairly obvious when there is fear of Love, such as when someone is offered a gift of appreciation and responds with, “Oh no, I couldn’t accept that.” But most fear of Love is disguised in forms we do not recognize. The Course tells us that the world and bodies were made as a fence to keep God out, to keep Love out. Thus belief in the reality of any form in this world is fear of Love. It is trying to keep Love’s Oneness away.
The forms are there to hide the deep guilt that everyone in this world has from believing we have separated from Love, our Source. This guilt is so intense that it cannot be acknowledged, so a world of images was made to project the guilt onto. This mechanism of projecting guilt does not deal with the Source of guilt. It merely seeks to place guilt outside of us so that we can seem to be relieved of guilt.
The only way to really be relieved of guilt is through forgiveness. It is not God’s forgiveness that we need, for He has never condemned us. He still sees us as innocent as He created us. It is our own forgiveness that we need. We remove the fear of Love by forgiving ourselves for what we thought we did but that never happened in truth. It is through forgiveness that we recognize that we are still as God created us.
I practice forgiveness by taking each perception of an image, be it a person, a personality, a sunset — any form in this world — to the Holy Spirit to receive His interpretation. It is not wrong to see images. But it is a mistake to think I know what they mean on my own.
Let me walk this day with the Holy Spirit as my Interpreter so that I may see the Love beyond all forms and not use the images of this world as a defense against Love. With Him I walk in peace and gratitude, for He shows me the face of Christ everywhere I look. With His help I will welcome Love today.

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Love comes first. That must be the ideal. When two people feel an unconditional attraction for each other, and are ready to sacrifice for one another, they are truly in love. Then only are they ready for an intimate relationship in marriage. Mere possessiveness won’t do. When one marriage partner tries to control the other, it shows a lack of real love. But when they express their love in continual thoughtfulness for the true happiness of the other, it becomes divine love. In such a relationship we have a glimpse of the Divine. (dr) Knowledge prepares the way to love. You cannot love that which you do not know. Knowledge of God must therefore precede love for Him. This knowledge comes with practice of Kriya Yoga. (me) God is love. God is joy. In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good. To love those that love you is easy. To love those that love you not is not so simple. If you want to change anyone, set a better example. Show more kindness, more understanding, more love. That has a sure effect. To those who are not kind, show kindness. To those who are mean, show bigness of heart. The relationship that exists between friends is the grandest of human loves. Friendly love is pure, because it is without compulsion. … Such pure friendship has existed between saints and between others who truly love God. If you once know divine love, you will never part with it, for there is nothing else like it in the whole universe. (dr) God’s love is the supreme love. There is no love greater than that. The love that is born of instinct has its defects because it is compelled. That is why I sang to God as Divine Mother, “In this world, Mother, no one can love me; in this world they do not know how to love me.”* Only the divine love of great ones is born of wisdom. That love is infinitely greater than parental or any other form of human love—Jesus gave up his life for the world. *[Cosmic Chants by Paramahansa Yogananda: “In this world, Mother, no one can love me. In this world they do not know how to love me. Where is there pure loving love? Where is there truly loving me? There my soul longs to be.”] (jt) In the universal sense, love is the divine power of attraction in creation that harmonizes, unites, binds together. It is opposed by the force of repulsion, which is the outgoing cosmic energy that materializes creation from the cosmic consciousness of God. Repulsion keeps all forms in the manifested state through maya, the power of delusion that divides, differentiates, and disharmonizes. The attractive force of love counteracts cosmic repulsion to harmonize all creation and ultimately draw it back to God. Those who live in tune with the attractive force of love; achieve harmony with nature and their fellow beings, and are attracted to blissful reunion with God. Love gives without expecting anything in return. I never think of anyone in terms of what he can do for me. And I never profess love to someone because he has done something for me. If I didn’t actually feel love, I wouldn’t pretend to give it; and since I feel it, I give it. Love cannot be had for the asking; it comes only as a gift from the heart of another. Be certain of your feeling before you say to anyone, ‘I love you’. Once you give your love, it must be forever. Not because you want to be near that person, but because you want perfection for that soul. To wish for perfection for the loved one, and to feel pure joy in thinking of that soul, is divine love; and that is the love of true friendship. (dr) Love gives joy. We love love because it gives us such intoxicating happiness. So love is not the ultimate; the ultimate is bliss. God is Sat-Chit-Ananda, ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss. We, as souls, are individualized Sat-Chit-Ananda. “From Joy we have come, in Joy we live and have our being, and in that sacred Joy we will one day melt again.”[Taittiriya Upanishad 3-6-1] (dr) Real love is when you are constantly watching the progress of the soul. As soon as you cater to someone’s physical desires and bad habits you are not loving that soul anymore. You are just pleasing that person to avoid ill will. No matter how unpleasant it is to tell a friend that he is wrong, if you say it with love in your heart and stand firm on it, sometimes that person will respect you if you are right. If you are wrong, even then he will know that you did it with sincerity, out of love. (jt) Wisdom is a chisel, love is the sandpaper. Man needs intellectuality, but intellect must be tempered with love. When you carving a piece of furniture, you have to smooth it with sandpaper or it will remain rough. Love is the sandpaper that takes away the harshness of intelligence, and smooths your intellectuality. (dr) True love cannot be bought. To receive love, one must give it freely, without any condition. But instead of following this rule, the insecure person resorts to jealousy. This makes the loved one angry, and thus defeats its very purpose. Jealousy then responds to the anger with a desire to strike back. But anytime one wants thus to harm another, he ultimately hurts himself even more. (jt) God is love, and love is the panacea for human suffering. There is nothing greater than love-God’s quality of attraction and unity that is manifested in the soul of every being. (jt) In this world everyone wants to use us for his own purpose. Only God—and a real master who knows God—can truly love us. The ordinary human being does not know what love is. When somebody gives you pleasure you tend to think you love that person. But in reality it is yourself you love—your ego has been pleased by the other person’s attention; that is all. Would you go on ‘loving’ that person if he should cease to give you pleasure? (os) Love is short-lived unless it is divine love. What of all the lovers through the ages who have promised eternal fidelity to one another under the light of the silvery moon. Their skulls are strewn over the earth, and the moon laughs at most of them and says, “How they lied, for their love has not been forever.” (dr) Love outlasts death and the ravages of time. All those that I have loved before, in this or other lifetimes, I love the same now. (jt) It is God who is loving us through our loved ones; therefore, we should be all the more grateful to God who gives us a good mother and father, and good friends, and a guru who wants for us only our highest good. The love of the mother is close to the perfection of God’s love, because she loves us when nobody else does; and she forgives when we are in error. But the ultimate expression of God’s love is the love of a true guru. He loves us unconditionally; and out of that sublime love he instructs and disciplines us for the everlasting welfare of our souls. Though I shall always dearly love my mother, my love for my Master is supreme. (jt) God is the love you seek. (jt) “Those who love Me as only one person, or who imperfectly love Me in one person, do not know what Love is. Only they can know Love who love Me wisely, faultlessly, completely, all-surrenderingly – who love Me perfectly and equally in all, and who love Me perfectly and equally as all.” There was in India a devoted husband who loved his wife very deeply. Another man became infatuated with her. She ran away with her lover, who eventually left her without friends or funds. One day her husband came to see her. He spoke gently. ‘Are you through with this experience? Come home with me, if you are.’ She demurred. ‘I could not think of disgracing you further.’ ‘What do I care about the opinion of society?’ he replied. ‘I love you. The other man loved only your body. I love the real you – your soul. What has happened doesn’t make any difference’. That was real love. The husband wasn’t concerned for his honour; he was thinking only of the welfare of his beloved. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

Cancer cover-up? Alcohol industry accused of mass deception
 Frank May / Global Look Press
The public is being deceived and misled by the alcohol industry over links to deadly diseases – in an industry scandal scientists compare to denials made by Tobacco companies in recent history.
Drinkers are unaware of the frighteningly real risks facing them, according to the authors of a study suggesting the associated risks of alcohol have been “distorted or misrepresented” in nine out of 10 websites and publications funded by the alcohol lobby.
Researchers have claimed about four percent of new cancer cases annually in the UK can be traced back to alcohol consumption – which is now an established risk.
Some marketers have been accused of denying any cancer link with alcohol products, seriously endangering and misleading drinkers.Campaigns which encourage drinkers to be “aware” of their intake do not go far enough to highlight the dangers, academics claim.
The study by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet looked at websites and how they discussed health risks.
Published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, the study found in 2016, 30 companies downplayed the risk.
“The most common approach involves presenting the relationship between alcohol and cancer as highly complex, with the implication or statement that there is no evidence of a consistent or independent link,” the report reveals.
“Others include denying that any relationship exists or claiming inaccurately that there is no risk for light or ‘moderate’ drinking, as well discussing a wide range of real and potential risk factors, thus presenting alcohol as just one risk among many.”
The study also said some industry publications went as far as denying there was any danger at all for light or moderate drinking.
Alcohol can increase the risk of breast and bowel cancers, yet links were commonly omitted or misrepresented, the experts said.
Lead author Mark Petticrew, professor of public health, said the industry actively attempts to offer other explanations for the cause of breast cancer, instead of alcohol.
“Existing evidence of strategies employed by the alcohol industry suggests that this may not be a matter of simple error. This has obvious parallels with the global tobacco industry’s decades-long campaign to mislead the public about the risk of cancer, which also used front organisations and corporate social activities,” Professor Petticrew said.
The professor said tactics practiced by “responsible drinking bodies” were comparable to those employed by the tobacco industry for decades, while advising drinkers to turn to the NHS for information.
“This has obvious parallels with the global tobacco industry’s decades-long campaign to mislead the public about the risk of cancer, which also used front organisations and corporate social activities,” he said.
However, anyone drinking no more than 14 units a week was advised they need not be overly concerned about the risks.
“With only one in 10 people aware of the link between alcohol and cancer, people have both a need and a right to clear information about the health risks of drinking alcohol” Alcohol Health Alliance UK chairman Professor Sir Ian Gilmore told Reuters.
“The time has come to stop relying on voluntary agreements with an alcohol industry that is putting profits before people’s health.”
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