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APRIL 15, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 15, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Into the fabric of recovery from alcoholism are woven the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions.  As my recovery progressed, I realized that the new mantle was tailor-made for me.  The elders of the group gently offered suggestions when change seemed impossible.  Everyone’s shared experiences became the substance for treasured friendships.  I know that the Fellowship is ready and equipped to aid each suffering alcoholic at all crossroads in life.  In a world beset by many problems, I find this assurance a unique stability.  I cherish the gift of sobriety.  I offer God my gratitude for the strength I receive in a Fellowship that truly exists for the good of all members.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Goodness is intelligence. Intelligence is goodness. The more
you are truly virtuous in a spiritual way, the more intelligent
you are in a spiritual way. Intelligence and goodness go together.
They’re like two oars that you’re rowing the boat of your life
with, so that you can sense and see the harbor and row toward it.
You are in conscious command, conscious command of where you’re
going which is toward the true harbor.
 
Otherwise, and you consider this now, be very reflective inwardly,
otherwise, if you don’t have the two oars of goodness and intel-
ligence, the boat is going to be taken over. You don’t have charge
of it; someone else will have charge of it. And what will have
command of your life will be the underground currents.
 
I’m talking about the subconscious parts of you. They don’t care
where they take you. The currents themselves have no intelligence
and goodness, psychologically speaking. They’ll take and send
adrift anyone who is not guided by being above the currents, by
being a good person, a nice person, a decent person, an intel-
ligent person. Now already you have a lot to think about.”
from a talk given 2/15/1992
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
15 April 2017
THE BONDAGE OF RESENTMENTS
. . . harboring resentment is infinitely grave. For then we shut ourselves off from the sunlight of the spirit.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 5
It has been said, “Anger is a luxury I cannot afford.” Does this suggest I ignore this human emotion? I believe not. Before I learned of the A.A. program, I was a slave to the behavior patterns of alcoholism. I was chained to negativity, with no hope of cutting loose.
The Steps offered me an alternative. Step Four was the beginning of the end of my bondage. The process of “letting go” started with an inventory. I needed not be frightened, for the previous Steps assured me I was not alone. My Higher Power led me to this door and gave me the gift of choice. Today I can choose to open the door to freedom and rejoice in the sunlight of the Steps, as they cleanse the spirit within me.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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One who has learned to trust will not be 
 surprised even when he finds things coming 
from the most unexpected sources. 
Ernest Holmes creative thought 1938 edition page 49 
 
I don’t worry about tomorrow because God has 
already been there and He has set the stage.
.Ala-non member
 
 My Freewill is in my frontal cortex. 
Anonymous 
 
“For she had eyes and chose me.” 
― William Shakespeare, Othello
 
To reach peace, teach peace.
— Pope John Paul II
 
 
Last night things flowed between us that cannot now be said or written. 
Only as I am being carried out and down the road,
has the folds in my shroud opened in the wind, 
will anyone be able to read, as on the petal-pages of a turning bud what passed through us last night. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 104 Insights
“I seek but what belongs to me in truth.”
As I observe my thoughts during the practice periods, it is clear how conflicted my mind is about what I want. I start by affirming that I seek but what belongs to me in truth and shortly thereafter I realize that my mind has wandered into thoughts about things to do, a conversation I had, various thoughts about my day-to-day experience. Somehow I have given importance to these thoughts, more importance than I give to God’s peace and joy. If I follow those trains of thought, some part of me must think I want those things more than God’s peace and joy. It is simply a demonstration that in the split mind, there are conflicting goals.
 
The split appeared to occur because of a belief that something other than God’s gifts is more valuable to me. It’s no wonder Jesus calls the split mind insane. What could in truth be more valuable than eternal joy and peace? What could be more valuable than perfect happiness that cannot be shaken? Obviously the ego thinks there are lots of things more valuable. But what the ego offers never lasts.
 
It does seem to bring periods of happiness, yet because this happiness is based on illusion, there is always an underlying sense that it will not last. There are periods when I seem to feel comfortable and safe, yet my mind is always on alert to defend against the intrusion of some disruptive force. Someone’s actions, a disease, some words I determine are hurtful. This is not really happiness. This is not peace.
 
To experience God’s joy and peace I must set aside all thoughts, all belief that anything in the world of separation, any form, has any value to me. To the ego this appears to be sacrifice because it means giving up all that the ego values. But because everything the ego values is illusion, it is really giving up nothing. And by letting nothing go, I make room to receive everything. I make room to accept God’s gifts, which is all of Himself, all that Is, all Love.
 
Peace and joy are the attributes of Love, so when I accept peace and joy, I accept Love. When I accept God’s Love, I accept His peace and joy. These are mine already. I need do nothing to have them. To know that I have them, I simply need to cease denying them. Today I practice accepting my inheritance. God’s peace and joy are mine. Thank you God. I love you God.
 
 
In this lesson it talks about clearing a holy place within our minds where His gifts of peace and joy are welcome. One way that works for me is to imagine myself standing underneath a waterfall of Light. As I stand there, the Light dissolves all that is not of God’s Light. After a short while there is nothing but God’s Light left. There is only God’s Light. And in this place, where there is nothing else, I am able to see that in everyone I know, everyone in this whole world, there is only God’s Light. God’s Light is all there is left to see. This is a wonderful experience. There is no conflict because there are no differences. God’s peace and joy are everywhere. God’s Love is all. The veil is lifted.
 
When I want to see the truth, I will see the truth. When I want to see God’s Light, I will see God’s Light. The ego cannot stop me seeing the truth and feeling the truth. I am the decision maker. I choose what I want to see. In truth I am and everyone is peace, joy and Love. This is what is in the mind of God. This is God. This is all. I can rest in God, in peace and joy and Love, any time I choose. It is eternally present. It never changes.
 
The stories in the dream have seemed so attractive, but now they are losing their luster. Seeing the Light of God in everyone really does bring joy with it. I realize this is a gradual process and that it toggles back and forth as I am willing to join with the Holy Spirit’s dream of awakening to the truth. As I join with Holy Spirit’s perception, the world seems less complicated. The stories carry less importance. Truth is true and nothing else is true.
 
When I get wrapped up in dreams again, a very helpful process for me is returning again to standing beneath that shower of Light. I stand there until everything gets washed away but God’s Light. I find this process very helpful when I think something that is not of joy and peace is real. I am grateful to the Holy Spirit for this important handrail, this important pathway, that leads me very gently back to the truth, that leads me back where I belong. It is always there as I am willing to accept it. It is there now. Joy and peace are my inheritance. It is all I have in truth. It is all I am.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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 Walk Surly on the garden path of life that leads to God.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
“Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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