From the BlogMeet Ron


Newcomer Problems
The temptation is to become rather possessive of newcomers. Perhaps we try to give them advice about their affairs which we aren’t really competent to give or ought not give at all. Then we are hurt and confused when the advice is rejected, or when it is accepted and brings still greater confusion.
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“You can’t make a horse drink water if he still prefers beer or is too crazy to know what he does want. Set a pail of water beside him, tell him how good it is and why, and leave him alone. “If people really want to get drunk, there is, so far as I know, no way of stopping this – so leave them alone and let them get drunk. But don’t exclude them from the water pail, either.”
2. LETTER, 1942
How many times have you found yourself involved with a person or
event only to later regret it? This exercise keeps you out of
trouble in the first place.
The whole idea is for you to be on guard against invitations and
suggestions that look like fun at first but which turn out to be
painful traps. A person will get you involved in something, then
suddenly lose interest in it, leaving you with the responsibilities
and even the debts. Such a person is a hit-and-run artist.
Employ the power of Themaswot. This special word was created to
help you recognize a trap when meeting one.
Themaswot means, ‘Themaswot makes the suggestions are the ones who
must do the work, make the decisions and pay the money.’ Let this
be your attitude toward deceptive people. Stay away from their
lures. Do not let them unload their follies onto you. Let their
problems remain their problems. The person who causes grief is
the person who must suffer from it and correct it. This is a
Law of Life.
These sly invitations are far more numerous and dangerous than
you may now see. Become aware of them; then let Themaswot keep
you safe.”
Practical Exercises for Inner Harmony, #  4
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
You have discovered the spiritual universe. Many others have discovered this same world, but each must make the discovery for himself. You are going to have a lot of joy sailing around this world of yours. Don’t fight the opinions of others, or waste your time arguing over these things. Follow the inward gleam of your consciousness and you will arrive.
Ernest Holmes
Today I know that if I take that first 
drink the insanity will start all over again. 
“Life is so astonishing; it leaves very little time for anything else.
Emily Dickenson


Mystics in the Islamic tradition after Hallaj (executed in 922) usually addressed themselves to two audiences simultaneously: the common folk not privy to the mysteries of esoteric discourse, and for whom it might seem blasphemous; and to an initiated elite. Rumi argues that since the Qur’an contains seven layers of meaning, providing sustenance for both common and elite readers, the perfect teacher should provide a smorgasbord of nourishment to suit the taste and constitution of every potential pupil (Masnavi 3: 1894-7). Nevertheless, readers do bear some responsibility for closing the hermeneutic circle by listening carefully for the speaker’s inner meaning. As the reed flute complains in the opening lines of the book:
I raise my plaint in any kind of crowd,
in front of both the blessed and the bad.
All befriend me hearing what they want to hear
None seek those secrets that I bear within
Masnavi 1: 5-6
ACIM Workbook Lesson 57 Insights
Review of Lessons 31 – 35
This review lesson for me comes back to “What am I allowing into my awareness? Which thought system am I choosing to be in?” The thought system I choose will bring me what I see. This is how I invent the world I see. Ideas leave not their source. What I see is coming from my own mind. There is no outside. That is why I invent the world I see.
If I am not happy, if I am not in peace, I can change it. I can choose peace instead of what I am seeing. I can choose to recognize my right mind. I can choose to recognize the holiness that resides right in my mind, always. From this place I will feel peace, I will be aware of peace, I will extend peace. I will be aware of Love, both in myself and others. It is always my choice. It is all up to my level of willingness to chose to identify with my one Self instead of the ego thought system.
To me this lesson’s principal emphasis is my freedom of choice. It shows me how I have misused it to limit and imprison myself, but in reminding me that my mind is part of God’s and it is very holy, it is also showing me that I can use my choice to let go of the limitations and walk out the prison door. What a relief it is to know the power of my choice. The ego would have me believe that I do not have the choice, that I am the victim of the world I see.
Here I am learning that I have the choice not to buy the ego’s lies. This does not mean that I simply say the world is an illusion and deny what I am experiencing. It does mean that if I experience anything other than peace, that I am believing in something that is untrue. It is a clear indication that I need to turn to the Holy Spirit in my mind and ask His guidance. If I am not experiencing peace, I am following the wrong guide.
Every time i recognize that I am not in peace, it is simply a reminder that I need to ask for help that comes from outside the world that I see. By exercising the choice to listen to a different Guide, I have the help and strength and clarity I need to walk out the prison door and accept the peace of God. I don’t deny that I have believed I am in prison. I simply ask for help to let it go. And I wait with a quiet mind to receive the comfort that God is forever holding out to me.
There is one Life and that I share with Him. As I choose to lift the veil of separated thoughts from my mind, I feel and experience Love, laughter and peace within. This is the freedom of experiencing my true Self. In this freedom I am aware of my oneness with all God’s creations. This is the world I choose to see, shining brightly through the eyes of Love. Peace to my brother who is one with me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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“The interpenetration of man’s three bodies is expressed in many ways through his threefold nature,” my great guru went on. “In the wakeful state on earth a human being is conscious more or less of his three vehicles. When he is sensuously intent on tasting, smelling, touching, listening, or seeing, he is working principally through his physical body. Visualizing or willing, he is working mainly through his astral body. His causal being finds expression when man is thinking or diving deep in introspection or meditation; the cosmical thoughts of genius come to the man who habitually contacts his causal body. In this sense an individual may be classified broadly as ‘a material man,’ ‘an energetic man,’ or ‘an intellectual man.’ “A man identifies himself about sixteen hours daily with his physical vehicle. Then he sleeps; if he dreams, he remains in his astral body, effortlessly creating any object even as do the astral beings. If man’s sleep be deep and dreamless, for several hours he is able to transfer his consciousness, or sense of I-ness, to the causal body; such sleep is revivifying. A dreamer is contacting his astral and not his causal body; his sleep is not fully refreshing.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
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