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“We enjoy certain inherent advantages which should make our task of self-restraint relatively easy. There is no really good reason for anyone to object if a great many drunks get sober. Nearly everyone can agree that this is a good thing. If, in the process, we are forced to develop a certain amount of honesty, humility, and tolerance, who is going to kick about that? If we recognize that religion is the province of the clergy and the practice of medicine is for doctors, we can helpfully cooperate with both. Certainly there is little basis for controversy in these areas. It is a fact that A.A. has not the slightest reform or political complexion. We try to pay our own expenses, and we strictly mind our single purpose.”
– Bill W.
1962AAWS Twelve Concepts for World Service
26th Printing, p. 69 


 “A widely-acclaimed scholar was asked a question. He replied without

hesitation, ‘Considering the uninhibited complexities of the prevailing

proposition, with its peripheral ramifications, it seems inevitable to

require comprehension to reside in a systematic scrutiny of human

aberration as it correlates to the consequences of psychological

permissiveness.’ He said this because he did not know how to say,

‘I don’t know the answer.'”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life

. . . except when to do so would injure them or others.

Step Nine restores in me a feeling of belonging, not only to the human race but also to the everyday world. First, the Step makes me leave the safety of A.A., so that I may deal with non-A.A. people “out there,” on their terms, not mine. It is a frightening but necessary action if I am to get back into life. Second, Step Nine allows me to remove threats to my sobriety by healing past relationships. Step Nine points the way to a more serene sobriety by letting me clear away past wreckage, lest it bring me down.

From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.


“Electricity was a reality in the universe when Moses led the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. This is true of all natural laws; they have always existed but only when understood may they be used.”
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

He took my fourth step and burned it ,
and I asked him why you did that ,

and he said you” never have to use
that for an excuse again”.


We lose touch with our wingspan when we hunch.



Why do you stay in prisonWhen the door is so wide open?”―
Jalaluddin Rumi, The Essential Rumi




ACIM Workbook Lesson 250 

“Let me not see myself as limited.”

In today’s lesson Jesus gives me a very practical ‘to do’ that I can put at the top of my ‘to do’ list for the day. He tells me to “behold the Son of God today and witness to his glory.” What a joyous thing to have at the top of my ‘to do’ list — to remember the truth in my brother and see his glory.


Remembering this happy truth about my brother brings happiness to me. Believing in stories that my brother or I am weak does not bring happiness. By following Jesus’ advice with today’s lesson, I am receiving a lesson in how to be happy.

What a wonderful opportunity I have today. I am looking forward to reinforcing it all through the day. And if I forget, instead of feeling guilty, I will just remind myself of the truth again as soon as I remember.

The truth is I am not limited and neither is my brother. It brings me joy to bring this happy truth into my awareness again. The road Holy Spirit takes us on is truly a happy one. Joining with my brother, we return Home together as we truly see that we are not limited by the illusions of this world.

The more I work with the Course, the more I am recognizing the subtle ways I see myself as limited. If I judge anything or believe in any form of conflict or difference, I am seeing myself as limited. I could not have these thoughts if I recognize myself as part of the one Self God created as His Son. If there is only one, there cannot be anything to judge or see as different or be in conflict with.

The glory of God’s Son is the glory of God, for They are one. The Son of God is What I am. He is not some distant figure in the past or future. He is now, in me, What I am.

The Son of God must be joyous, for joy is an attribute of Love. The Son of God must radiate the Light of Love, for He is Love. This is what I need to remember in every moment to know the joy and peace that is God’s gift to me. Today I would remember I am not limited, for all that God is, is part of me. Thank you God. I Love you God.

© 2003, Pathways of Light.

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“The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God. I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi


Text of President Barack Obama’s remarks at the White House Friday on winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, as provided by the White House:

Good morning.

Well, this is not how I expected to wake up this morning. After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, “Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo’s birthday!” And then Sasha added, “Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.” So it’s good to have kids to keep things in perspective.

I am both surprised and deeply humbled by the decision of the Nobel Committee. Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that this prize reflects the kind of world that those men and women, and all Americans, want to build — a world that gives life to the promise of our founding documents. And I know that throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes. And that is why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

These challenges can’t be met by any one leader or any one nation. And that’s why my administration has worked to establish a new era of engagement in which all nations must take responsibility for the world we seek. We cannot tolerate a world in which nuclear weapons spread to more nations and in which the terror of a nuclear holocaust endangers more people. And that’s why we’ve begun to take concrete steps to pursue a world without nuclear weapons, because all nations have the right to pursue peaceful nuclear power, but all nations have the responsibility to demonstrate their peaceful intentions.

We cannot accept the growing threat posed by climate change, which could forever damage the world that we pass on to our children — sowing conflict and famine; destroying coastlines and emptying cities. And that’s why all nations must now accept their share of responsibility for transforming the way that we use energy.

We can’t allow the differences between peoples to define the way that we see one another, and that’s why we must pursue a new beginning among people of different faiths and races and religions; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect.

And we must all do our part to resolve those conflicts that have caused so much pain and hardship over so many years, and that effort must include an unwavering commitment that finally realizes that the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security in nations of their own.

We can’t accept a world in which more people are denied opportunity and dignity that all people yearn for — the ability to get an education and make a decent living; the security that you won’t have to live in fear of disease or violence without hope for the future.

And even as we strive to seek a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully and prosperity is widely shared, we have to confront the world as we know it today. I am the commander in chief of a country that’s responsible for ending a war and working in another theater to confront a ruthless adversary that directly threatens the American people and our allies.

I’m also aware that we are dealing with the impact of a global economic crisis that has left millions of Americans looking for work. These are concerns that I confront every day on behalf of the American people.Some of the work confronting us will not be completed during my presidency. Some, like the elimination of nuclear weapons, may not be completed in my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone. This award is not simply about the efforts of my administration — it’s about the courageous efforts of people around the world.

And that’s why this award must be shared with everyone who strives for justice and dignity — for the young woman who marches silently in the streets on behalf of her right to be heard even in the face of beatings and bullets; for the leader imprisoned in her own home because she refuses to abandon her commitment to democracy; for the soldier who sacrificed through tour after tour of duty on behalf of someone half a world away; and for all those men and women across the world who sacrifice their safety and their freedom and sometimes their lives for the cause of peace.

That has always been the cause of America. That’s why the world has always looked to America. And that’s why I believe America will continue to lead.

Thank you very much. 


Text of Obama’s speech after winning Nobel Prize


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