From the BlogMeet Ron


The Gift 
“When asked, ‘Are there any conditions?’ we joyfully reply, ‘No, not a one.’ When skeptically he comes back saying, ‘But certainly there must be things that I have to do and believe,’ we quickly answer, ‘In Alcoholics Anonymous there are no musts.’ Cynically, perhaps, he then inquires, ‘What is all this going to cost me?’ We are able to laugh and say, ‘Nothing at all, there are no fees and dues.’ Thus, in a brief hour, is our friend disarmed of his suspicion and rebellion . . . Alcoholics Anonymous is saying, ‘We have something precious to give, if only you will receive.’ That is all.” 
Bill W., February 1948 
1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 79
“Don’t you sometimes look around and wonder at the lack of
authentic compassion and understanding in this world? Don’t
you look in vain for it in friends and acquaintances and in
experiences? Doesn’t it look very certain to you when you see
the crowds in the shopping centers and the people in the business
offices and at the games; doesn’t it seem to you as if the world
is rushing madly to get a shout and a thrill to even consider the
words ‘mercy and understanding’?
Therefore, aren’t you delighted to discover even in an elementary
way just now, discover that there is something that has mercy on
you, because you don’t have any on yourself. Oh, what you do to
yourself! What you did today against yourself. And worst of all,
you didn’t even know it.
You didn’t know what you were doing against your own real life
when you became sad, when you lashed out at something, when you
went into a confused emotional state. You didn’t know, did you,
that you were showing an utter lack of mercy toward your own
life, toward your own possibilities for being something other
than what you now are. It didn’t occur to you, did it?”
You Belong in Your Castle DVD # 13, talk 3 
The willingness to grow is the essence of all spiritual development.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 171
A line from a song goes, “. . . and I look to find a reason to believe . . .” It reminds me that at one time I was not able to find a reason to believe that my life was all right. Even though my life had been saved by my coming to A.A., three months later I went out and drank again. Someone told me: “You don’t have to believe. Aren’t you willing to believe that there is a reason for your life, even though you may not know yourself what that reason is, or that you may not sometimes know the right way to behave?” When I saw how willing I was to believe there was a reason for my life, then I could start to work on the Steps. Now when I begin with, “I am willing. . . ,” I am using the key that leads to action, honesty, and an openness to a Higher Power moving through my life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“I believe that Love is at the center of everything; therefore, I accept Love as the healing power of life. I permit Love to reach out from me to every person I meet. I believe that Love is returned to me from every person I meet. I trust the guidance of Love because I believe it is the power of Good in the universe. I feel that Love is flowing through me to heal every situation I meet, to help every person I contact. Love opens the way before me and makes it perfect, straight, and glad. Love forgives everything unlike itself; it purifies everything. Love converts everything that seems commonplace into that which is wonderful. Love converts weakness into strength, fear into faith. Love” 
― Ernest Holmes, 365 Science of Mind:
A Year of Daily Wisdom from Ernest Holmes
That’s how I understand God today.
 I don’t understand God.I don’t have to.
 I just experience God.
We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, 
so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, 
envy and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.
Oh, if a tree could wander
     and move with foot and wings!
It would not suffer the axe blows
     and not the pain of saws!
For would the sun not wander
     away in every night ?
How could at ev?ry morning
     the world be lighted up?
And if the ocean?s water
     would not rise to the sky,
How would the plants be quickened
     by streams and gentle rain?
The drop that left its homeland,
     the sea, and then returned ?
It found an oyster waiting
     and grew into a pearl.
Did Yusaf not leave his father,
     in grief and tears and despair?
Did he not, by such a journey,
     gain kingdom and fortune wide?
Did not the Prophet travel
     to far Medina, friend?
And there he found a new kingdom
     and ruled a hundred lands.
You lack a foot to travel?
     Then journey into yourself!
And like a mine of rubies
     receive the sunbeams? print!
Out of yourself ? such a journey
     will lead you to your self,
It leads to transformation
     of dust into pure gold!
Look! This is Love – Poems of Rumi, 
Annemarie Schimme
ACIM Workbook Lesson 246
“To love my Father is to love His Son.”
To love my Father is to focus on the Truth of my brother. The Truth of my brother is not his personality and is not his body. The Truth of my brother is not his ego mind. The Truth of my brother is that he is an extension of God’s Love and he is still in the Mind of my Father.
The Truth of my brother has no form. The Truth of my brother has no individuality, no uniqueness, no differences. The Truth of my brother is pure Love and nothing else. The Truth of my brother does not change. This is how I Love God’s Son. This is what “to love my Father is to love His Son” means to me.
In my daily life, this means that the way for me to come to my Father is to see past individual bodies to the One Light of God That is in everyone. The same Light of God is in my sister, my mother, my neighbor, the friend across town and the terrorist in the middle east. To focus on the Truth in every brother, I must be willing to lay down the barriers of individuality. I must be willing to see past bodies and past personalities and past differences. All these define separation. When I make these differences real in my mind, I am making the ego thought system real and acting as if it were real. All this I must let go of.
This lesson says, “I will accept the way You choose for me to come to You, my Father.” My Father, Which is Love, is oneness. And my Father chooses oneness for me. So seeing oneness is my practice today. Seeing past differences, past behavior, is the way to my Father. I cannot see differences and oneness at the same time because they are opposites. God does not ask me to love differences, but to love the oneness of the Son, for that alone is true. This is my practice today.
To love my Father is to fully appreciate all He is. He is Love and nothing else, for only Love is real. This Love is One, wholly consistent, indivisible and changeless. Because of this, It is given equally to all. The ego cannot appreciate this Love because the ego cannot conceive of equality and unity. In fact, the ego is the idea of inequality, of specialness. Thus, to love or fully appreciate God, I must set aside the ego thought system. I must disown all it teaches. Thus I clear the way to recognize the unity of Love that is God. Being wholly unified, God’s Son must be one with Him.
So to fully appreciate God, I will also fully appreciate His Son, Who is like Him in every respect. To experience this appreciation, I must lay aside all the ego’s judgments, all its values. For this I need the Holy Spirit’s help. I must be willing to bring all the thoughts I have about this world to the Holy Spirit. He will shine His Light of Love upon them. This Light will show me what is real, and what is unreal will fade away. This Light is not of this world. That is why I need it. Nothing within this world of the ego thought system will do anything but perpetuate the ego’s lies. But the Holy Spirit’s Light shows me their nothingness. And in that Light it is easy to lay them down.
Holy Spirit, I dedicate this day to the practice of bringing my thoughts to you to receive your Light. I would make no decisions on my own. With you, I will experience the Love of my Father and the Love of His Son, my Self. Thank You.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“If you criticize others judgmentally, rather than simply commenting on their behavior impartially, that shows that you have their faults to work on in yourself. By criticizing others, moreover, you increase those faults in yourself. What you condemn in others, you will have to experience, someday, yourself. That is the karmic law. In that way, people are taught compassion.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda” 

Read Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
Katie Reilly
Jul 02, 2016
Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor who served as a voice for millions and prominently drove attention toward that and other mass atrocities in the 20th century, died Saturday at the age of 87. Wiesel was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
At the time, the Nobel committee said he had “emerged as one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterize the world.”
Below is the speech Wiesel gave while accepting the prize in Oslo on Dec. 10, 1986.
It is with a profound sense of humility that I accept the honor you have chosen to bestow upon me. I know: your choice transcends me. This both frightens and pleases me.
It frightens me because I wonder: do I have the right to represent the multitudes who have perished? Do I have the right to accept this great honor on their behalf? … I do not. That would be presumptuous. No one may speak for the dead, no one may interpret their mutilated dreams and visions.
It pleases me because I may say that this honor belongs to all the survivors and their children, and through us, to the Jewish people with whose destiny I have always identified.
I remember: it happened yesterday or eternities ago. A young Jewish boy discovered the kingdom of night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish. It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car. The fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.
I remember: he asked his father: “Can this be true?” This is the twentieth century, not the Middle Ages. Who would allow such crimes to be committed? How could the world remain silent?
And now the boy is turning to me: “Tell me,” he asks. “What have you done with my future? What have you done with your life?”
And I tell him that I have tried. That I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.
And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Of course, since I am a Jew profoundly rooted in my peoples’ memory and tradition, my first response is to Jewish fears, Jewish needs, Jewish crises. For I belong to a traumatized generation, one that experienced the abandonment and solitude of our people. It would be unnatural for me not to make Jewish priorities my own: Israel, Soviet Jewry, Jews in Arab lands … But there are others as important to me. Apartheid is, in my view, as abhorrent as anti-Semitism. To me, Andrei Sakharov’s isolation is as much of a disgrace as Josef Biegun’s imprisonment. As is the denial of Solidarity and its leader Lech Walesa’s right to dissent. And Nelson Mandela’s interminable imprisonment.
There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention: victims of hunger, of racism, and political persecution, writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the Left and by the Right. Human rights are being violated on every continent. More people are oppressed than free. And then, too, there are the Palestinians to whose plight I am sensitive but whose methods I deplore. Violence and terrorism are not the answer. Something must be done about their suffering, and soon. I trust Israel, for I have faith in the Jewish people. Let Israel be given a chance, let hatred and danger be removed from her horizons, and there will be peace in and around the Holy Land.
Yes, I have faith. Faith in God and even in His creation. Without it no action would be possible. And action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all. Isn’t this the meaning of Alfred Nobel’s legacy? Wasn’t his fear of war a shield against war?
There is much to be done, there is much that can be done. One person – a Raoul Wallenberg, an Albert Schweitzer, one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death. As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true. As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.
This is what I say to the young Jewish boy wondering what I have done with his years. It is in his name that I speak to you and that I express to you my deepest gratitude. No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately.
Thank you, Chairman Aarvik. Thank you, members of the Nobel Committee. Thank you, people of Norway, for declaring on this singular occasion that our survival has meaning for mankind.
Ron Richey
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