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What I’ve Learned
From: “Building a New Life” 
There have been some hard times too during these years of sobriety. When I was five years sober, the daughter who drove me to the treatment program and helped me get admitted disappeared. My A.A. friends helped me search for her, but she has never been found. Her mother and I raised her three daughters. I did not have to take a drink. I went to lots of meetings to relieve the pain. When I lost a second daughter to cancer a few years ago, I did the same thing.  
What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter what hardships and losses I’ve endured in sobriety, I have not had to go back to drinking. As long as I work the program, keep being of service, go to meetings, and keep my spiritual life together, I can live a decent life. 
2001, AAWS Inc.
Alcoholics Anonymous, page 485

As a clerk in a courtroom, Wayne daily observed human beings in
conflict with each other. As part of his inner work, he tried to
connect human affairs with the facts absorbed in class, which
speeded his progress. At one group gathering he commented,
“The best word to describe human relations is confusion. Is
there some opening in the wall we can work on to make things
‘You get for yourself exactly what you wish for others — what
you _really_ wish for others, not what you say you wish. It can
be no other way. It is a law of spiritual science. Work with
that opening.”
_Conflict does not enter the life of anyone who understands the
spiritual laws governing human relations.”_
Inspire Yourself, p. 46
He [Bill W.] said to me, gently and simply, “Do you think that you are one of us?”
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 413 (Third Edition)
During my drinking life I was convinced I was an exception. I thought I was beyond petty requirements and had the right to be excused. I never realized that the dark counterbalance of my attitude was the constant feeling that I did not “belong.” At first, in A.A., I identified with others only as an alcoholic. What a wonderful awakening for me it has been to realize that, if human beings were doing the best they could, then so was I! All of the pains, confusions and joys they feel are not exceptional, but part of my life, just as much as anybody’s.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
“We are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life. 
We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through 
us a creative something… call it what you will.” 
― Ernest Holmes
The sanity finally returned when I could do Life Is Life On Life’s terms.
The trick, it seems, is to be able to hold both things very close – the gratitude and the misery – and then, with a semblance of faith, to let them fly.
You are the sea, I am a fish—hold me as you desire;
show compassion, exercise kingly power—
without you, I remain alone.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 267 Insights
“My heart is beating in the peace of God.”
This lesson says to me that peace gives my body a new purpose. When I am at peace, I am able to see past behaviors of the body and see the Love that surrounds me everywhere. This is what forgiveness does. It lets go of illusions of separation and sees only the Love that is the reality in all that is.
If I am not at peace, I am in conflict. If I am in conflict, I will use the body to defend and attack. I use the body to see differences and to perceive myself as separate from everything. So it comes down to a simple choice. Do I want to be at peace and thus let go of illusions of differences and separation or do I want to hang on to my individuality, exchanging peace for conflict? Those are my only choices in truth. It always comes down to choosing between reality and illusion. The peace of God is reality. Conflict is illusion.
Judgment keeps conflict in place. Forgiveness releases illusion and opens my mind to recognize that my heart beats in the peace of God. Would I rather be right or happy? When I need to be right, I hang on to my judgments and hold separation firmly in place.
When I release my judgments to the Holy Spirit, He shows me what is real and what is not. What is recognized as unreal is easily let go and I can accept the reality of God’s Love and peace everywhere.
Holy Spirit, guide my thoughts today. Guide my voice and my hands that I may be your messenger of Love to all I look upon or even think about, for I would remember that my heart is beating in the peace of God.
I always have everything I need to serve God’s Plan for the awakening because everything comes from my one Self. And I cannot separate from my one Self. My one Self always resides in my mind. As I allow my mind to quiet and listen, I am able to feel the peace of God which is always there, waiting for my acceptance.
As I am willing to quiet my mind and listen, I remember that I am safe eternally. I remember that there is only one goal, and that is to awaken from the dream of separation. I remember what matters and what does not matter.
I rest a while in this healing peace. I remember that all that I need to play my part in the salvation of the world is given me. Every answer I need comes from my willingness to accept the peace of God and extend it to everyone equally.
Thank You Holy Spirit for Your ever present Love. I would practice listening to Your Voice all through the day, remembering that I am surrounded by God’s Love. I would remain open to accepting Your peace. I would remember that my heart is beating in the peace of God. Let me attend Your answer, not my own.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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In the universal sense, love is the divine power of attraction in creation that harmonizes, unites, binds together….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.
― Paramahansa Yogananda
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