Archive | April, 2012

The acid test for any question is: “Is this complimenting or contaminating the principles of the spiritual way of living by which I am basing my life?”

26 Apr

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“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.” Big Book page 93

Spiritual based Principled decisions will solve all my problems. Anything less puts me in conflict with spiritual principles and, at whatever the cost, has to go and anything that contributes to spiritual principles I want MORE of. The suggested actions via the Steps we take out of the Big Book changes our minds and we are transformed by the actions we take not the analyziing we do… self-knowledge AVAILS US NOTHING – ACTION ACTION ACTION – IN TO ACTION, NOT ANALYZING.

Are my thoughts and thereby actions being Led by God/Love or driven by ego based self-centered fear (the chief activator of our defects of character)?

GOD IS. – Wherever you are, God is… waiting eagerly with the answer to every question, the fulfillment of every desire, and the solution to every problem that can arise. ~ Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

“I am divine light radiating to all I greet today. I am the love of God expressing in my workplace.”

We are here to glow as the light of God. We are here to embrace as the love of God We are here to stand in Truth as the power of God. We are here to radiate as the presence of God Wherever we are, God is. The light of God surrounds us. The love of God en folds us. The power of God protects us. The presence of God watches over us. Wherever we are, God is.

Joe M. and Suzanne M. from TX, speaking on the topic of Traditions in Relationships at the 20th Annual Chisholm Trail Convention, Georgetown, TX – March 4th-6th 2011 The traditions show me how to have loving relationships. We spend so much time looking for the RIGHT person, instead of allowing God to shape us into becoming the right person. The Steps can bring us to a point where at long last live at peace with ourselves. The Traditions can bring us to a point where at long last live at peace with others. Each Tradition contains a solution to our, as alcoholics, inherent personal weaknesses and tendencies. The Traditions are a guide to better ways of working, living and enjoying a happy marriage. They are as important to the sanity and survival of our marriage as the 12 steps are to our personal sobriety and peace of mind.

25 Apr

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CLICK LINK TO LISTEN TO WORKSHOP: http://feetfirstspeakersgroup.org/Workshops.html

“The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.”  12X12 pg 53

 

Joe & Suzanne McFadden  Ph#: 512 417 0169  email: grandpatexas@gmail.com

“The primary fact that we fail to recognize is our total inability to form a true partnership with another human being.- We feel a man is unthinking when he says that sobriety is enough. A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.  Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other alcoholics, and practice these principles in all of our affairs.

The traditions show me how to have loving relationships. We spend so much time looking for the RIGHT person, instead of allowing God to shape us into becoming the right person. The Steps can bring us to a point where at long last live at peace with ourselves. The Traditions can bring us to a point where at long last live at peace with others. Each Tradition contains a solution to our, as alcoholics, inherent

personal weaknesses and tendencies.

The Traditions are a guide to better ways of working, living and enjoying a happy marriage. They are as important to the sanity and survival of our marriage as the 12 steps are to our personal sobriety and peace of mind.

Tradition One describes the problem (LACK OF UNITY) and Tradition Twelve tells us what will happen if we abide by the Traditions and it even goes so far as to give us a warning that things will get so good we need to watch for them spoiling us!

We are not experts, therapist, authorities or professionals on relationships, A.A. or the Traditions!  Our experiences with the Traditions, like AA’s, grew out of our relationship failures. We’ve have found that by applying the 12 Traditions in our marriage we have become happy and at peace.

Thought starters:

 

1. What attracted you to this relationship?

2. Who or what is the ultimate authority in this relationship?

3. What is a successful or useful relationship of this type?

4. In what ways do you see/feel your relationship failing?

5. In what areas are you still a selfish user of people, places or things?

6. Do you feel/think you or others must control or govern, otherwise

nothing gets done?

1. Our common welfare should come first. A healthy relationship depends upon unity.

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 1

•    What am I willing to sacrifice for our relationship?

•    What affect do my actions have on our relationship? On our family?

•    Am I a giver or a taker?

•    Do I do unifying things? or am I quick to criticize? Slow to praise?

•    Do I use silence as a refuge or punishment while expecting my mate

      to read my mind?

•    Do I listen when my mate has something to say?

•    Do I admire and approve of my mate? Does he/she know that?

•    Am I a healing, mending, integrating force in our marriage or am I divisive?

•    Am I a peacemaker? Or, because of my own insecurity, is it critical

      to my ego that I be right?

•    Can I be flexible? Flexibility is taught by nature. You will see the

      trees bend in the wind. You will see that tree branches are flexible.

      To be rigid is to break. When we have life problems it is good for us

      to be flexible. Sometimes we need to flow with what is going on. If we

      resist, it becomes more painful. We need to be on the path of least

      resistance. Water flows down the mountain through the path of least

     resistance. Electricity flows through the path of least resistance.

     Power flows through the path of least resistance.

Tradition One Affirmation— Let me remember that my fulfillment, love, joy and forgiveness come through my sharing and joining with others in our common welfare.

2. For our group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority: A loving God as he may express Himself in our group conscience. Each of us is God’s trusted servant – neither governs.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 2:

•    Do I insist on being the leader. Do I feel that it is my place to

      govern? Do we strive for equity?

•    Do I try to speak for my mate without consulting him/her?

•    Do I criticize my mate? Or do I trust him/her?

•    Am I absolutely trustworthy? Try this little prayer: “God, treat me

      tomorrow the way I treat my mate today. Or this one: God, help me not

      to do anything today that I can’t tell my mate about tonight”.

•    Is my ego so strong that I must have credit for more than I do? Am I

      so insecure that I must always have praise for my actions and ideas?

•    Do I do my share? And is that my opinion or my partners?

•    Does the thought of God being in charge of our relationship cause me

      any discomfort or do I like and rely on that idea?

Tradition Two Affirmation– Let me remember that God, as we understand Him, is our only True Source, that we are His children, His agents, His individual expressions, and that we have come together for His purpose. Even now He is guiding and directing us.

3. The basic requirement for a good relationship is a mutual desire to make it work.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 3:

•    Do my actions say that I have a desire to be in this relationship.

•    Do I set myself up as a judge of my partners intentions or

      sincerity? Do I judge my partner in anything?

•    Do I approach my marriage unselfishly or do I depend on my mates

      language, looks, race, education, age, appearance, job, or other such

      things for my own self esteem? What does my mate have to do to keep my

      ego fluffed up.

•    Am I committed to and do I encourage my mates spiritual,

      professional, and individual growth and freedom?

•    Am I able to share my feelings with my partner? Can I listen to my

      partners feelings with an open mind?

•    Am I reluctant to work on of the relationship?

Tradition Three Affirmation– Let me remember that out of enlightened self-interest I want and I choose to share all I can with whomever He brings.

4. Each of us should be autonomous except in matters affecting the

other, our family, or society as a whole.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 4:

•    Do I feel like there are only certain ways to do things? And are

      they my ways? And do I insist on things being done in those ways?

•    Do I always think about how or if my decisions will affect my

      partner? And if so, do I communicate with my partner and come to

     agreement?

•    Am I willing to go to any lengths – his/her lengths, not mine – to

      protect the integrity of the relationship?

•    Do I carefully avoid injuring my mate emotionally, physically, or

      spiritually?

•    How do I deal with my partners anger regarding something I’ve done

      through my autonomy? Am I defensive? Do I try to subdue him/her with

     still greater anger? Do I point out previous “mistakes” they have

     made? Do I try to punish him/her in any way?

Tradition Four Affirmation– Let me remember that the one(s) I am sharing with and myself must come to our own decisions or agreements but not at anyone else’s expense.

5. A relationship has but one primary purpose – to love each other and to serve as an expression of God’s love.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 5:

•    Do we have a “primary purpose” and do we know what it is?

•    Do I resort to emotional blackmail? Do I ever start sentences with

     the phrase, “If you loved me you would….”

•    Do I demand precise equality? And if so, do I monitor my share as

      closely as I monitor my mates? Do I really understand that my troubles

     are of my own making?

•    Do I really understand that I have a part in everything and that

     whenever I am upset, there is something wrong with me?

•    Do we express God’s love in our relationship and do we share it with others?

•    How important is liking myself to my relationship. Do I have or need

      self-esteem, self-respect?

•    Am I a patient and uncritical listener?

•    Can I see my partner through God’s eyes or hear my partner through

      God’s ears?

Tradition Five Affirmation– Let me remember that as an individual God created, we all have a special message to share. Joined with those we are drawn to, the sharing of this message is our primary purpose.

6. We ought never “single-handedly” endorse, finance, or lend our name to any outside enterprise lest problems of money, property, or prestige divert us from our commitment to each other.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 6:

•    Do I encourage and support my partner?

•    What is motivating me when I try to be all things to my partner?

•    Can I hear God’s voice when I am screaming at my mate?

•    Do I allow my partner the dignity to fail?

•    Do I pretend to agree with my partner just to keep things going?

•    Do I take responsibility for my own spiritual, emotional, and physical needs?

•    Am I in this relationship just to feel needed or loved?

Tradition Six Affirmation – Let me remember that we ought never try to share our special message with those for whom it is not intended nor endorse or give our power or prestige to a cause we have no business in, since doing so may divert us from our primary purpose.

7. Each of us ought to strive to be fully self-supporting spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 7:

•    Do I try to be boss? Do I attempt to assume control of my partner

      and our relationship?

•    Do my needs for comfort or a feeling of safety limit my partners options?

•    Do I accept responsibility for myself? Can I admit to my innermost

      self that my problems are of my own making?

•    Do I try to manage and control through the purse strings?

•    Am I managed and controlled by the purse strings?

•    Do I think that because something is good for me personally that it

      is also good for my mate?

•    Do I deceive myself by thinking how unselfish and giving I am when

      in reality I am giving only when I can do it on my own terms? Can I

      remember that giving is a position of control and that receiving is a

      position of powerlessness.

•    Do I take responsibility for my own physical needs (health, diet, exercise)?

•    Can I point to at least one thing, right now, that determines the

      degree of healthy independence I have?

Tradition Seven Affirmation– Let me remember that as God’s agents we are able to be fully self supporting – by His Divine Grace we can be free of outside interference. He will give us all we need to do His Will.

8. Our relationship should remain forever an unprofessional, free, and giving relationship – each to the other.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 8:

•    Do these traditions accurately describe my behavior? If not, what

      needs changing?

•    Do I try to sound like an expert on things? If so, why do I need to

      do that? Is my security at risk? Is my fear triggered? Does my ego

      feel threatened?

•    Do I believe that one or the other partner should be in charge based

      on their gender? Or experience? Or education? Or job? Or anything?

•    Do I make an effort to understand my partners opinions and views? Do

      I really listen to my mate and show respect for those opinions and

      views?

•    Does my identity and feelings of self worth depend upon my

      relationship with my mate?

•    Who or what was my role model for a healthy relationship?

•    Can I give for fun and for free – requiring nothing in return?

•    Do I charge my mate a fee for being in a relationship with me? If

      so, what is it? How expensive is my love and companionship?

•    Do I take hostages in my relationships? Do I feel that my mate belongs to me?

•    Do I really understand that I will reap what I sow – that what goes

      around comes around?

Tradition Eight Affirmation – Let me remember that we were freely given our special gifts so we must share them freely, not as a professional.

9. Our relationship ought never be organized or under the control of only one partner.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 9:

•    Do I try to be the boss?

•    Am I mature enough to understand and use the principles of AA in my

      relationship – even if no one makes me do so – with a sense of

      personal responsibility?

•    Do I exercise patience and humility in the things I do in my relationship?

•    Do I assume responsibility or do I try to take on authority?

•    Have I learned how and when to step aside gracefully when I begin to

      overstep my bounds?

•    Who decides who does what in the day-to-day business of a relationship?

•    Am I a “peace at any price” person? Doesn’t this get to be expensive

      at times?

Tradition Nine Affirmation– Let me remember that we need to keep an open-mind for His guidance, His flow of love and wisdom, avoiding the closed-mindedness of too many rigid rules or over organization.

10. We each are entitled to our own opinion on outside issues. Hence our name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 10:

•    Do I give the impression that “we” have an opinion and I am it’s keeper?

•    Am I careful to keep confidences given to me by my partner?

•    If my relationship with my partner were not guided by this

      tradition, what would it be like? Where would I be?

•    Am I publicly critical of my mate? If so, what evidence can I offer

      to substantiate that I have sound judgment? Am I not a member of a

      recovery program?

•    What would my mate say if asked whether or not I loved her?

•    Does either of us have emotional scars from repeated heated

      controversy and struggles for power and control.

•    How important is it for me to be right? Would I rather be right than happy?

•    Do I expect or need my partner to see and feel the same as me on issues?

•    Can I let my partner disagree with my ideas without feeling rejected

      and without getting defensive?

Tradition Ten Affirmation – Let me remember that we need to stay focused on our primary purpose, avoiding useless arguments on outside issues.

11. We individually convey our beliefs and philosophy through attraction rather than promotion. We are each in charge of our own anonymity.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 11:

•    Is my relationship treated with care in public?

•    Do I think my relationship is attractive to others? Or does it appear shabby?

•    Is my partner ever embarrassed or humiliated by my appearance or actions?

•    Do I give relationships a bad name?

•    Am I guilty of promotion rather than attraction?

•    Can I go about my affairs without giving my partner advice on how he

      or she should conduct theirs?

•    Can I do good things for my relationship anonymously? DO I do good

       things for my relationship anonymously?

•    Can I give my partner the right to be wrong? Can I give my partner

      the right to be right?

•    How do I feel when my partner criticizes the way I am trying to live

       my recovery program?

•    How can my partners being in touch with reality help me.

•    Which do I give more of to my partner: Positive strokes or negative zingers?

•    What happens when one partner in the relationship is getting

      noticeably better and the other is not?

Tradition Eleven Affirmation– Let me remember that we must walk the talk. Our willingness to be His agent will attract what or whom we need to do His Will. Humility goes hand in hand with this willingness.

12. Anonymity or selflessness is a spiritual foundation of our way of life as mates, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

 

CHECKLIST FOR TRADITION 12:

•    Is there a spiritual foundation to our relationship? Have we had a

      spiritual awakening?

•    Do I place our common welfare first? What would happen to me if my

      mate disappeared?

•    Do I treat my mate in a way that I’m proud of? Do I treat my mate

      one way in public and another in private? Do I care if others see

      every aspect of how I treat my mate? Can I comfortably say, “I can’t

      do anything my mate can’t watch”?

•    Do I have an immature need for attention and recognition?

•    What is meant by ‘discounting the message because of the messenger’?

•    Do I have personal integrity? Can I be true to my own beliefs?

•    Is my relationship growing more healthy or getting sicker?

•    Would I like my behavior to be on tomorrow’s front page of the

      Newspaper?

•    Am I treating my mate in private the same way I would if my sponsor,

      sponsees or members of my Home Group present?

•    How would a good member of AA that was really trusting God act

      toward their partner in this situation?

•    How would a good member of AA that was really trusting God talk

      about their mate relationship?

•    Is the way I am treating my mate likely to compliment our marriage

      or contaminate it?

Tradition Twelve Affirmation– Let me remember that we need to credit the results to Him – to take off our mask and practice His Principles in all of our affairs.

**(Special thanks and credit given to the following people for their help putting together the above information; Dave & Polly P., Dick & Peg M., Jim W., Bob and Joan McA.)

“The monkey is off my back but the circus hasn’t left town!”

24 Apr

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“What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” BB pg 85

Heard in a meeting, “We alcoholics, at our best, are the elite of the mentally ill!” lol

MIRACLES COME IN A CAN NOT A CAN’T – GOD CAN & WILL IF YOU LET HIM!

24 Apr

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“The age of miracles is still with us.” ~ Big Book page 153

My sponsor pointed that quote in the Big Book and said to me, “How many times do we have the privilege of witnessing before our own eyes the miraculous transformation of members who turn from being, ‘hopeless, helpless, good for nothing’ to (via the 12 Steps) being ‘hopeful, helpful do good for nothing’? HOW MUCH MORE PROOF IN A GOD DO YOU NEED KID?”

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.” — Ralph H

In recovery, we learn to trust. We trust that our Higher Power is on our side. Maybe we can’t see our Higher Power , but once we start trusting things change. Step Two says, “Came to believe. . . ” Once we come to believe, we start to see our Higher Power working in many ways. We make new program friends. We find new peace. Our family and friends trust us again. Life won’t always be fair. We won’t get all we want. But we’ll find the love and care we need. If we’re open to believing in love, the easy times will be easier and the harder times a bit softer. Do I believe in love?

“We needed to ask ourselves but one short question. ‘Do I now believe, or am I even willing to believe, that there is a Power greater than myself?’ As soon as a man can say that he does believe, or is willing to believe, we emphatically assure him that he is on his way. It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this
simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.” Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, We Agnostics, pg. 47

Living in the Realm of the Spirit – the AA way of life!

24 Apr

“To us, the Realm of Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek.” (BB pg 46)

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Just as self-centeredness manifests in a variety of ways for different people so does God-centeredness as well as the road to God-centeredness. Though we all start from our own experience and bias we all have the same solution available through the steps, which is getting in touch with a Power that solves our problem. What a great deal!

“Alcoholism was a lonely business, even though we were surrounded by people who loved us… We were trying to find emotional security either by dominating or by being dependent upon others . . . We still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy sort of domination or dependence.” AS BILL SEES IT, p. 252

When I did my personal inventory I found that I had unhealthy relationships with most people in my life-my friends and family, for example. I always felt isolated and lonely. I drank to dull emotional pain. It was through staying sober, having a good sponsor and working the Twelve Steps that I was able to build up my low self-esteem. First the Twelve Steps taught me to become my own best friend, and then, when I was able to love myself, I could reach out and love others.

It only takes one person to change your life – you.

LIFE PROBLEMS = SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS “Quite as important was the discovery that spiritual principles would solve all my problems.” Big Book page 64

24 Apr

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“What we have here in AA is a solution – My Sponsor didn’t say, “As soon as you are comfortable, we’ll start working Steps.”:

One of the biggest obstacles to taking the 1st Step is that alcoholic newcomers often don’t know what the truth is. They have lied to themselves so many times that they have come to believe their own lies. They are sincerely deluded. If you took most actively drinking alcoholics and hooked them up to a lie detector, then asked them if they thought they were alcoholics, many would answer no, and the lie detector would show that they were telling the truth.

Why? Because they sincerely do not believe they are alcoholics. What do they usually believe instead? Many believe that they have life problems that are causing them to drink, and if they could solve those problems, their drinking problems would be over.

“If you want to stay sober, if you are new here tonight, as best you can try to become a listener. I was once told, “We don’t have any answers here.” If you want answers for your problems you can pick any stranger on the street & you lay out your problem & they’ll have an answer for you. What we have here in AA is a solution, & if you get into the heart of that solution you’ll find your own answers. And we know this because that has been our experience.

My Sponsor never tried to fix me. He showed me what to do so I could get into fit spiritual condition & then I don’t need to get fixed because I’m not broken any more. The solution has taken care of the problem, which is gone according to the 10th Step Promises. I’m so grateful that my Sponsor didn’t say, “As soon as you are comfortable, we’ll start working Steps.” What he did say was, “If you EVER hope to be comfortable, we better start this 12 Step Program right away.” I believe the difference between the spiritual state & the non-spiritual state is really very simple.

The non-spiritual state is that time of no hope, there is no hope, no answer, no reason for living, it’s over. The spiritual awakening is the moment when there’s hope again. If there is a God, God is the answer. If there is no God, there is no answer. And AA gave me hope in the people that I could tell were worse than I was, & I knew this because of what I saw & the stories they told, & now they were changed. AA’s message is a simple one – If you are an alcoholic, you don’t ever have to drink alcohol again. That’s our message. But there is a BIG difference between not drinking, & not drinking & being happy about it.

We have a real answer & we can be free, no matter what our present circumstances are. We can be free because we have changed, but we must have a spiritual awakening of our own & we must live by spiritual principles. What we are promised is recovery from alcoholism & I had a living example of this change in my Sponsor.

This promise of recovery from alcoholism is mentioned in the first two sentences of the Big Book’s Foreword to First Edition as it was written when the Big Book came out in 1939 – “We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.”

I, as did Bill W, do this as an addition to and not in place of my 11th step: The Golden Key by Emmet Fox

23 Apr

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“There are many helpful books also. Suggestions about these may be obtained from one’s priest, minister, or rabbi. Be quick to see where religious people are right. Make use of what they offer.”~ Big Book page 87

I, as did Bill W, do this as an addition to and not in place of my 11th step: The Golden Key by Emmet Fox

Scientific prayer will enable you to get yourself or anyone else, out of any difficulty. It is the golden key to harmony and happiness.

To those who have no acquaintance with the mightiest power in existence, this may appear to be a rash claim, but it needs only a fair trial to prove that, without a shadow of doubt, it is a just one. You need take no one’s word for it, and you should not. Simply try it for yourself.

God is omnipotent, and we are God’s image and likeness and have dominion over all things. This is the inspired teaching, and it is intended to be taken literally, at its face value. The ability to draw on this power is not the special prerogative of the mystic or the saint, as is so often supposed, or even of the highly trained practitioner. Everyone has this ability Whoever you are, wherever you may be, the golden key to harmony is in your hand now. This is because in scientific prayer it is God who works, and not you, and so your particular limitations or weaknesses are of no account in the process. You are only the channel through which the divine action takes place, and your treatment will be just the getting of yourself out of the way.

Beginners often get startling results the first time, for all that is essential is to have an open mind and sufficient faith to try the experiment. Apart from that, you may hold any views on religion, or none.

As for the actual method of working, like all fundamental things, it is simplicity itself. All you have to do is this: Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead. This is the complete rule, and if only you will do this, the trouble, whatever it is, will disappear. It makes no difference what kind of trouble it is. It may be a big thing or a little thing: it may concern health, finance, a lawsuit, a quarrel, an accident, or anything else conceivable: but whatever it is, stop thinking about it and think of God instead — that is all you have to do.

It could not be simpler, could it? God could scarcely have made it simpler, and yet it never fails to work when given a fair trial.

Do not try to form a picture of God, which is impossible. Work by rehearsing anything or everything that you know about God. God is wisdom, truth, inconceivable love. God is present everywhere, has infinite power, knows everything, and so on. It matters not how well you may think you understand these things: go over them repeatedly.

But you must stop thinking of the trouble, whatever it is. The rule is, to think about God. If you are thinking about your difficulty, you are not thinking about God. To be continually glancing over your shoulder in order to see how matters are progressing is fatal, because it is thinking of the trouble, and you must think of God and nothing else. Your object is to drive the thought of the difficulty out of your consciousness, for a few moments at least, substituting for it the thought of God. This is the crux of the whole thing. If you can become so absorbed in this consideration of the spiritual world that you forget for a while about the difficulty, you will find that you are safely and comfortably out of your difficulty — that your demonstration is made.

In order to “golden key” a troublesome person or a difficult situation, think. “Now 1 am going to ‘golden key’ John, or Mary. or that threatened danger”: then proceed to drive all thought of John, or Mary, or the danger out of your mind, replacing it with the thought of God.

By working in this way about a person, you are not seeking to influence his conduct in any way, except that you prevent him from injuring or annoying you, and you do him nothing but good. Thereafter, he is certain to be in some degree a better, wiser, and more spiritual person, just because you have “golden keyed” him. A pending lawsuit or other difficulty would probably fade out harmlessly without coming to a crisis, justice being done to all parties concerned.

If you find that you can do this very quickly, you may repeat the operation several times a day with intervals between. Be sure, however, each time you have done it, that you drop all thought of the matter until the next time. This is important.

We have said that the golden key is simple, and so it is, but of course it is not always easy to turn. If you are very frightened or worried, at first it may be difficult to get your thoughts away from material things. But by constantly repeating a statement of absolute Truth, such as: There is no power but God: I am the child of God, filled and surrounded by the perfect peace of God: God is love; God is guiding me now; or, perhaps best and simplest of all. God is with me — however mechanical or trite it may seem — you will soon find that the treatment has begun to “take.” And that your mind is clearing. Do not struggle violently; be quiet, but insistent. Each time you find your attention wandering, switch it back to God.

Do not try to think in advance what the solution to your difficulty will be. This is called “outlining” and will only delay the demonstration. Leave the question of ways and means to God. You want to get out of your difficulty that is sufficient. You do your half, and God will never fail to do God’s.

“Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).