Find a Way to Communicate

…Thou couldest have no power at all against me…
– John 19:11

Nothing is real to us unless we make it real. Nothing can touch us unless we let it touch us … Refuse to receive anyone’s condemnation.
– Science of Mind, page 307

You’ll Have to Find Another Way to Communicate With Me!

In Religious Science we say that no one can make us feel guilty without our permission; no one can manipulate us without our permission, and no one can hurt our feelings without our permission. That’s easy to say, you might be thinking, but what do I say when someone is trying to control me? Where shall I get the strength?

Recently I met an amazing young couple who gave me a powerful answer to this conundrum. Both of them are awesomely integrated, vibrant individuals who have a live, active, spiritual relationship with God.

The husband had been married twice before, and was used to being in control. In fact, he had developed the skill of manipulation into a fine art. The wife was not used to this type of interaction, and the very first time he tried it on her, she gave him a classic answer that will inspire people throughout the ages. She went within for inner strength, looked at him calmly and lovingly and said, “I don’t do manipulation. You’ll have to find another way to communicate with me.” Their entire relationship changed and they entered a new level of truth and intimacy neither of them had ever known before.

As I share this tool with my numerous students and clients, they have come up with wonderful variations, such as “I don’t do guilt, anger, control, etc.” The main idea here is to go within, set a boundary of what you will and will not accept, and then add calmly, “You’ll have to find another way to communicate with me.”


Today, I dive to the center of my being wherein my Truth dwells. From this Truth, I lovingly communicate with others, and accept only loving and truthful communication in return. Thank You, God.

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Outreach Minister

Do Unto Others – the Ethic of Reciprocity

Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them…
– Matthew 7:12

The Golden Rule is also known as The Ethic of Reciprocity! It appears in one form or another in almost every religion and philosophy known to humankind.

Each morning when I awaken, I create my day, and affirm that I can be of service wherever I am needed. And each day, I am given many amazing opportunities to do so.

For example, several weeks ago, I was about to leave for the airport, when all at once I remembered I hadn’t paid the rent. I quickly drove to my landlady’s house. She was thrilled to see me and beckoned me to come in. I tried to explain I had to catch a plane, but one look at her face, and all other thoughts vanished. She was in enormous pain from her breast cancer, heart stents, stroke reactions and more! I hugged her, and then took her hands and prayed with her, a spiritual mind treatment (5-step affirmative prayer). She burst into tears and thanked me profusely, saying she felt so much better. I hurried home and my friend informed me he hadn’t slept in 2 days, and could I give him a massage to help him fall asleep. “It would be my pleasure,” I responded. Then I received two crisis phone calls from clients. Of course I prayed with them. Time just disappeared as I was being of service.

Yes, I made my flight. And, that evening I received an email, inviting me to go to Russia and participate in the oral panel for 15 newly graduated Practitioners, fully funded!

AFFIRMATION
Today, I delight in discovering the many ways I can be of service, whether it be by smiling at someone, speaking an encouraging word, or just by being the Love that I am! My life is rich and full, and I am grateful!

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Outreach Minister

The Serenity Prayer & the 12 Steps

“WOW! I just came from a church service and it reminded me of going to a 12 Step meeting! I never thought I’d find a church that taught the same principles as the Twelve Steps!” A young man was talking to me at a rehabilitation center where I work as a clergy counselor.

That didn’t surprise me one bit. You see, the philosopher/metaphysician Ernest Holmes, and Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, were friends. In fact, one of Ernest Holmes’ close friends said that he heard Ernest say that Alcoholics Anonymous was definitely the greatest spiritual impulsion of the 21st century!

On page 10 of the book Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson states, “I had always believed in a power greater than myself. I had often pondered these things….. My intellectual heroes, the chemists, the astronomers, even the evolutionists, suggested vast laws and forces at work. Despite contrary indications, I had little doubt that a mighty purpose and rhythm underlay all. How could there be so much of precise and immutable law and, and no intelligence? I simply had to believe in a Spirit of the Universe, who knew neither time nor limitation.

Compare this with the opening statements of Ernest Holmes’ radio programs, “There is a power for good in the Universe, greater than we are, and we can use it.”

Bill Wilson goes on to say on page 55, …for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.

In I Corinthians 3:16 it says: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

And Ernest Holmes tells us on p. 227 of The Science of Mind, that “This power within you is the same that holds the planets in space.”

Bill Wilson continues… “But my friend sat before me and made the point-blank declaration that God had done for him what he could not do for himself.”

“It was only a matter of being willing to believe in a power greater than myself. Nothing more was required of me to make my beginning.”

The basic tenets of the Twelve Step Program are to believe in a higher power, to surrender to this higher power, to make amends to those one has hurt, to seek through prayer and meditation to improve one’s conscious contact with God, to be there as a support for others in recovery, and to practice the principles in daily living.

The Twelve Steps of Recovery have proven so powerful, that they have assisted millions of people in their recovery. Today, there are well over 60 varieties of twelve step meetings all over the world. Although the primary addiction of these meetings may be different, the twelve steps to recovery remain the same in all meetings. In addition to Alcoholics Anonymous, some other twelve step meetings are: Co-Dependents Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Fundamentalists Anonymous, Parents Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Smokers’ Anonymous, Workaholics Anonymous, Seducers Anonymous, Messies Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Marijuana Anonymous. There are also related groups some of which are: Al-Anon for families and friends of alcoholics, Alateen, Narcanon, Narcateen, and Adult Children of Alcoholics.

The Twelve Steps originated with Alcoholics Anonymous and have been adapted by all the other recovery groups with AA’s permission.

The Twelve Steps
1. We admitted we were powerless over our emotions — that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to emotionally and mentally ill persons, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

In addition to the Twelve Steps to Recovery, the watchword of all twelve step meetings is The Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr *which says:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.

This is indeed a beautiful and inspiring prayer, and used by twelve step meetings all over the world. It implies that we need to be awake and aware of the events in our lives, and know which things we can change and which things we cannot change. But here is where Religious Science takes a different view. We say that no matter what the situation, there is always something we can change. What could that something be? That something is — our view of the situation. Even if we were in a concentration camp, or imprisoned in solitary confinement, it would be our view of the situation that would create our reality.

I am reminded of Abraham Maslow, who related in Man’s Search for Meaning how his attitude when he was a concentration camp prisoner literally saved him. While thousands of others gave up, he continued to assist others and exercise his mind and heart and emerged victorious!

Some of you may be thinking, “What do The Twelve Steps have to do with me and my life?” Well, in metaphysics we teach that the more we look at things which on the surface appear different from ourselves, when we look under the costumes and masks, and delve beneath the surface, we find, to our great satisfaction, that indeed, as Ernest Holmes so beautifully states: “There is One Life back of everything that lives…There is One Energy back of all that is energized. This Energy is in everything…That is the meaning of that mystical saying: “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

*Reinhold Neibuhr (1892-1971) won fame as a writer and teacher. He served as dean of Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1950 to 1960.

Niebuhr was born in Wright City, MO. He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1915, was ordained and became pastor of an Evangelical church in Detroit, MI. Detroit was growing into a vast, industrial city. Niebuhr defended labor an criticized such industrialists as Henry Ford. He became an active Socialist and a leader of the “social gospel” liberal Christians.

In 1928 he became as assistant professor of the philosophy of religion at Union Seminary. He was gradually disillusioned by Marxism, fascism, pacifism, and the “social gospel” theology. By 1929, he ranked as a leading anti-social gospel theologian. He worked on a theology that would retain Reformation values, apply to present-day social problems. He edited a small journal, Christianity an Society.

His writings include Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), the two-volume Nature and Destiny of Man (1941 and 1943), Christianity and Power Politics (1940), and Discerning the Signs of the Times (1946).

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Outreach Minister

Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program

Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program (ADAAP) is dedicated to drug and alcohol rehabilitation solutions that work. While there is no “magic solution” to the addiction of drug and alcoholism, we have developed a community-based rehabilitation services that work for the individual patient. We are committed to finding the right combination of rehabilitation service to change the behaviours or a pattern of repeated alcohol and drug abuse. Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program sole purpose is to fill this need in the Austin, Texas and surrounding areas.

Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program believes that successful recovery and rehabilitation occur when help is enlisted from accredited professionals in the drug and alcohol field across Austin, Texas. It is our hope and goal that each and every afflicted patient will feel supported by the wide-range of alcohol and drug support meetings offered locally in our area. We hope that through this support our patients will find their way on a new positive journey of rehabilitation and recovery.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation does not always work but when it does, patients are able to emerge into a new life they did not think was possible for them. It takes a community of people with different points of view, to show recovery from addiction from the darkness to the light and a new way of living. This is the secret to Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program’s philosophy.

If you or a loved one is abusing drugs and/or alcohol, please give us a call today to start your new way of living. There is hope in the fight against alcoholism and drug addiction. Take this opportunity to turn your life around and free yourself from the burdens of chemical dependency. Your freedom from addiction is worth it. You are worth it! Why risk an accidental overdose or worse death. We are here with open arms with professionals in alcohol and drug treatment to help!

Your loved ones don’t want you to wait. Do this for you! Even if it seems they’ve given up on you, only you can make the decision to change and turn your life around before it’s too late!

Please call Austin Drug & Alcohol Abuse Program at 512/454-8081 today or go to www.ADAAP.com to make an appointment and see what our Program has to offer you for your recovery.

DWI Program

1st Time Offender DWI/DUI Programs

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ADAAP’s 1st time offender DWI Program educates DWI offenders on the debilitating effects alcohol & drugs have on their driving skills, and the tragic consequences that all too often occur, afterwards.  Attendees identify their own drinking/drug habits, and how it affects their driving patterns.

A state certified instructor leads each class through a series of Multimedia presentations, Group tutorials & frank Discussions  that provide offenders a groundwork to develop plans to reduce the probability of future DWI episodes.

The DWI Program fulfills requirements mandated for 1st time DWI/DUI offenders by the Texas Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.  Several Classes are held each Month, at various times.

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The Cost is $70.  Classes are limited to 25 attendees, & are filled  1st come, 1st serve basis.

ADAAP also offers a more intensive, 32 hour DWI Intervention Program.

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