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APRIL 2, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 2, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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From “A Glacier Melts”:
“I had thought I was happy in that first eighteen months of sobriety, but now everything began to look brighter; people seemed nicer; and I had moments of tremendous insight. It was as if words and sentences I had heard all my life had a deeper meaning and were reaching my feelings, rather than my intellect. It was as if my head and my heart finally had gotten glued together. I no longer seemed like two people in one, engaging in a tug of war. I experienced within this six-week period a feeling of being totally forgiven, and never since have I felt the guilt that I had throughout my life prior to that time. More than once, I had a sense of Presence which I can describe only as being marvelously warm, uplifting, and comfortable.”
1973 AAWS, Inc., printed 2004 Came to Believe, pg. 58
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VERNON HOWARD
 
 
“How would you like to know things for sure? That’s a very appealing
question isn’t it?
  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an inner state like a castle, in which
you are the king or queen of it, so that everything happening inside
the castle would be known by you? You know every room. You know every
activity. You know the timing of activities. That would be so nice
just to be certain, to have no doubts about who you are, what you are
supposed to be doing with yourself all day long. What a wonderful and
effortless day you would have if you were indeed sure, all together
sure of yourself. You know that would be a pleasant state.
  That state of certainty is available to you. It’s waiting for you but
there are rules, high rules that you have to be willing to accept as
your personal rules in order to remove doubt, nervousness, the need to
talk to someone, to get reassurance from them that you’re all right.
  There is a process by which doubt, self-uncertainty can fade out just
as the night fades out as the sun comes up. But I said and will repeat
that the willingness, the willing part in you must have no reservations at all.”
from a talk given 11/23/1988
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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).
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“You cannot heal anyone of his trouble if
it is the result of some mental attitude which
he will not surrender.”
Ernest Holmes
 
Even if they don’t have a solution for me, they are in it. 
Anonymous

 

 

“When you go through a hard period,
When everything seems to oppose you,
… When you feel you cannot even bear one more minute,
NEVER GIVE UP!
Because it is the time and place that the course will divert!” 
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Essential Rumi
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 91 Insights
“Miracles are seen in light.”
The part of my mind that remembers the truth is the strength in me. The part of my mind that makes illusions real is the part that feels weak, helpless, limited and doubtful. My faith goes to what I want and instructs my mind accordingly.
 
With this lesson I am going through the process of putting my faith in the strength in me, the Light in me. When I put my faith in the light, I see miracles. The miracle is always there, but I will only see it when I put my faith in the strength in me, in the Light in me. The Holy Spirit in my mind leads me to the Light I am, leads me to the strength that I am. As I open my willingness to be led by the Holy Spirit, I am able to feel this strength. I am able to feel the power of God’s Love. I am able to feel that I am not a body.
 
At this point, this takes determined focus and determined practice. Right now it seems all too easy to join with the weakness rather than the strength. This is a perfect lesson for me today. This lesson leads me very gently to a change of mind. This lesson helps me change my mind about what I put my faith in, about what I want to see and feel.
 
The world is an illusion. There is no outside world. I am mind in the Mind of God. This Mind is stable and strong and invulnerable. This Mind is all inclusive. This Mind is what everyone is. Today I am willing to practice putting my faith in this Mind. I am willing to practice remembering the strength in me, remembering the Light that I am. In the Light, I see through the eyes of Christ. I see miracles where I once saw weakness. I see the truth where I once saw illusions.
 
This lesson tells me that the Light that shows me miracles is not the light that my body’s eyes see. The Light in which miracles are seen does not come from a finite source like the sun or a light bulb. This Light is all encompassing, for It is the Light of Love.
 
In the first chapter of the Text, it tells us that miracles are extensions of Love. So of course miracles are seen in the Light of Love. So I am learning here to not rely on the body’s eyes to show me miracles. The body’s eyes cannot see in the Light of miracles. Yet I am assured that I am entitled to miracles. Therefore I must not be limited by the body and its abilities to perceive. I must not be a body. What am I?
 
Asking this question is an important step in letting go of identification with a false image. If I believe I already know what I am, I am not open to instruction or learning. I am not open to another perception. Of my little self, thinking I am separate and identified with a body, I cannot answer this question. But there is a part of my mind that already knows the answer. By asking the question I open my mind to be taught.
 
Today I would let go of the uncertainties that come with believing I am a body. I am willing to open to a new perception of what I am. I have experienced moments of feeling deep Love and offering It to others. It is a feeling of power and safety. It is this strength that I would accept as my own. Today I will practice walking with the awareness of the Light that surrounds me that I may see the miracles of Love’s extension wherever I look.
 
Sometimes I feel so far from my true Self that I cannot imagine how I will get back to it. I think to myself, “What am I?” and I just draw a blank. I felt very encouraged to read the line that says that doing this alone would be impossible. Wow! What a relief to know it is not just me, evidently everyone needs help and what wonderful news that we have strong support in our efforts.
 
I also appreciate the emphasis on my strength. I don’t feel very strong and this is a great excuse for my ego to use to discourage me from trying. It is my intention to experience the strength of my will today and not the weakness that I have believed in for so long.
 
I have been thinking I am struggling with a chronic health problem lately. As I worked my way through this lesson today I realized why I don’t think I am seeing the miraculous healing. I am not seeing truly. I’m going to try to put faith in the Light, because miracles are seen only in Light.
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leading to self-development, provided the doer
seeks to discover the inherent lessons and
makes the most of the potentialities for such growth.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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