From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
If the price we paid when we took a drink was the only price we had to pay, it would not be too expensive. It was the terrible price we had to pay after the drinks that really put the screws on us. For $3.50, most any bartender will contract to deliver you ten drinks of whiskey, but the busted-up car that results can run the costs up to a first-class funeral.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Self-repair must be one’s first order of business, otherwise he
is like a seaman too worried about the leaks in his boat to sail
forward. Self-repair proceeds rapidly when one constantly questions
his present life. Among other things this means that physical or
financial security must not be taken as psychological security.
Safe and wealthy men tremble.”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 
10 April 2017
The essence of all growth is a willingness to change for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder whatever responsibility this entails.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 115
Sometimes when I’ve become willing to do what I should have been doing all along, I want praise and recognition. I don’t realize that the more I’m willing to act differently, the more exciting my life is. The more I am willing to help others, the more rewards I receive. That’s what practicing the principles means to me. Fun and benefits for me are in the willingness to do the actions, not to get immediate results. Being a little kinder, a little slower to anger, a little more loving makes my life better day by day.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
The premise upon which all mental work is 
based is perfect God,perfect man, perfect being.
The Science of Mind page 168 
Willingness = a readiness to change one’s perception.
Ala-non member
 I knew early on I was an alcoholic, and thought I could handle it.
 I couldn’t! 
“Then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before…and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Dream always of a peaceful, warless, disarmed world.
— Robert Muller
“I am your moon and your moonlight too
I am your flower garden and your water too
I have come all this way, eager for you
Without shoes or shawl
I want you to laugh
To kill all your worries
To love you
To nourish you.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 99 Insights
“Salvation is my only function here.”
As I read this lesson, I felt an inner softening. This lesson presents an image of God that differs from the world’s image and the image I learned as I was growing up. It peels away all the false ideas that God would do anything that would bring pain, suffering and loss and it brings to the forefront the recognition that God is Love and nothing else. It takes away the fear of God and replaces it with a sense of deep comfort and safety.
God is my refuge, my loving and compassionate Father, Whose only Will for me is perfect happiness and perfect peace. He did not make this world of disease, destruction and death. That is not His Will for me. His Will is that I am His one Son, forever one with His Love. I breathe a sigh of relief as I take in this thought. There is nothing to fear, for only Love is real and I am safe in that Love.
God did not make this world. The acceptance of this idea undoes all guilt, all thoughts of deserving punishment and all thoughts of a punishing God. Even in this world we see a loving parent embrace a child with love and want to protect that child from hurting itself. God, too, embraces us with His Love and gave us His Voice, the Holy Spirit, to lead us out of thoughts of destruction and pain and guide us back Home to the safety of His Love.
The loving parent we see in this world is but a tiny testament to the all encompassing Love of God. His Love is beyond anything we have allowed ourselves to experience in the world of form. It never stops, never changes. It sees us forever as innocent and worthy of all Love.
I see that it is very important to accept that God did not make the world I see through the body’s eyes. For, if I believe He made this world, I will believe that God’s Will includes pain and death. With this belief comes fear of God, which stands as a barrier to the full experience of His Love. As I remember God is still Love and this is not His Will, I release Him from my projections of fear and I release myself to receive His Love.
Here is salvation. Here is happiness. Here is freedom. Today I will practice accepting my only function and remember God is still Love and this world that I experience through the body is not His Will.
This lesson helps me step back from believing in all the stories I see through the body’s eyes. This lesson helps me remember my only function, which is forgiveness, or letting go of illusions. My job now is to let the Light of truth shine away my belief in the ego’s false idea that separation could ever be real. My function is to let go of believing in what my body’s eyes are showing me.
This helps as I watch the images of destruction on TV, the images of body pitted against body, country pitted against country. These are very fearful images of attack and defend. This lesson reminds me that my function is to see past the images to the Light that is true.
This whole world of separation is not God’s Will. This whole world of separation is a call for Love. It comes from thoughts of fear. It comes from rejecting the oneness of God’s Love. Salvation is letting all these false images be seen for what they truly are, just false ideas which mean nothing. God is still Love and this is not His Will.
Today I am willing to practice letting the Holy Spirit shine Its Light in my mind so that I see these images anew. With the Holy Spirit’s Light, I am able to see the truth behind all the images. As I am able to see the truth, I rest in peace. From this vantage point, I am able to extend peace to all my brothers. I am able to connect mind to mind with the whole Sonship and remember we are one Light, there is no distance between us.
In this place of peace, as I watch the images change constantly, it makes no difference. Truth is true and nothing else is true. God is still Love and what is not God’s Will does not exist. I see my job is to extend Love to all parts of my self that are believing in fearful dreams. As I remember that extending Love is my one function, I am helped in awakening to the truth.
Today I practice with the Holy Spirit’s help remembering what is real and what is not real. Making illusions real is not my job. Seeing past all forms of separation to the one Light of God is my function. I am determined to practice this today.
What but a Thought of God could be the plan by which the never done is overlooked and sins forgotten which were never real? I love the way I feel when I think of God; when I take the time to step back from the everyday chaos and rest with the Holy Spirit.
This lesson says that I am entrusted with this plan of salvation for me, but because my ego can’t begin to imagine what this plan is, I need to practice this thought and remove myself from the thoughts of this world and listen to the Holy Spirit as we will accomplish this plan together.
Most Holy Spirit, help me to have the willingness to open my heart, my mind, and hear the words my Heavenly Father sends to me this day, that I may know and remember my function here. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Teach me to feel thy presence in me, above me, 
beneath me, and around me. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
And lately, by the Tavern Door agape,
Came stealing through the Dusk an Angel Shape
Bearing a Vessel on his Shoulder; and
He bid me taste of it; and ’twas—the Grape!
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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