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From “Having Fun Yet”:
“When my own house is in order, I find the different parts of my life are more manageable. Stripped from the guilt and remorse that cloaked my drinking years, I am free to assume my proper role in the universe, but this condition requires maintenance. I should stop and ask myself, am I having fun yet? If I find answering that question difficult or painful, perhaps I’m taking myself too seriously and finding it difficult to admit that I’ve strayed from my practice of working the program to keep my house in order.”
1990 AAWS Inc.
Daily Reflections, pg. 31



“These teachings reveal stars you never before knew existed in
the spiritual skies.”
Cosmic Command, # 222


We have seen the truth demonstrated again and again: “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” Commencing to drink after a period of sobriety, we are in a short time as bad as ever. If we are planning to stop drinking, there must be no reservation of any kind, nor any lurking notion that someday we will be immune to alcohol.
Today I am an alcoholic. Tomorrow will be no different. My alcoholism lives within me now and forever. I must never forget what I am. Alcohol will surely kill me if I fail to recognize and acknowledge my disease on a daily basis. I am not playing a game in which a loss is a temporary setback. I am dealing with my disease, for which there is no cure, only daily acceptance and vigilance.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

“It has been said that we can know God 

only in so far as we can become God.” 
― Ernest Holmes

My life is so good that I don’t even want to tell you,
so I won’t.


From experience we know that whenever we are truly awake and alive, we are also truly grateful.
“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky,
to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First, to let go of life.
In the end, to take a step without feet;
to regard this world as invisible,
and to disregard what appears to be the self.
Heart, I said, what a gift it has been
to enter this circle of lovers,
to see beyond seeing itself,
to reach and feel within the breast.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 268 Insights
“Let all things be exactly as they are.”
Probably most of us do not think of ourselves as being God’s critic. Yet if we look at what the world is for, it is clearly a criticism of God’s creation. God, being Love which is one, created only Love, extending Love while still keeping His Creations one with Love. The world is the manifestation of the ego idea of not wanting to share Love equally with all, of wanting specialness. A critic is not satisfied with what it judges.

The ego has judged against God, being unsatisfied with Love being given equally to all. Only Love is real, so the ego seeks to alter reality, replacing Love with specialness. The title of today’s lesson, “Let all things be exactly as they are” is setting the intent to stop seeking to replace Love with substitutes.

In the “What is the body?” section that goes with this lesson, we are told that the body was made to keep us safe from Love. To allow ourselves to experience Love, we must give up our special, unique identity, which the body is used to define. Identifying with the body keeps us separate and holds specialness in place. It could be said that the world was made to show us exactly what everything is not, to show us illusions.

This is why it is so important for us to develop a strong inner communication with the Holy Spirit in our minds so that we learn to trust His vision more than we trust the sight of the body’s eyes. This is the means by which we let go of the ego’s substitutes for the reality of God’s Love, by learning to look past them. We maintain our openness to the Holy Spirit’s vision by staying at peace. Thus will we remember that we were created as Love by Love and learn to see only Love.

Holy Spirit, I dedicate my day to following Your vision, saying what You would have me say, doing what You would have me do. In deep gratitude I would follow only You today.

Am I willing to accept the truth today? Today’s lesson helps me with that practice. As I practice letting all things be exactly as they are, I will remember that all things are safe in Love as Love. Today’s practice helps me remember that I am still Love as God created me. And because Love sees only Love and extends only Love, I will feel safe in Love’s eternal Presence.

What a wonderful opportunity I have today — to accept the truth that only Love is real. Today is a happy day as I practice letting all things be exactly as they are.©

2003, Pathways of Light.
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If you could feel even a particle of divine love, 
so great would be your joy—so overpowering—
you could not contain it.

― Paramahansa Yogananda

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