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APRIL 15 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 15 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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“We have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. If what we have learned and felt and seen means anything at all, it means that all of us, whatever our race, creed, or color are the children of a living Creator with whom we may form a relationship upon simple and understandable terms as soon as we are willing and honest enough to try.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
There Is A Solution, pg. 28
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VERNON HOWARD
The Reality of Spiritual Experiences
“Perhaps you raise the question of hallucination verses the divine imagery of a genuine spiritual experience. I doubt if anyone has authoritatively defined what an hallucination really is. However, it is certain that all recipients of spiritual experiences declare for their reality. The best evidence of that reality is in the subsequent fruits. Those who receive these gifts of grace are very much changed people, almost invariably for the better. This can scarcely be said of those who hallucinate. “Some might think me presumptuous when I say that my own experience is real. Nevertheless, I can surely report that in my own life and in the lives of countless others, the fruits of that experience have been real, and the benefactions beyond reckoning.”
TALK, 1960 
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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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“Does this thing I wish to do express more life, 
more happiness, more peace to myself, 
and at the same time harm no one? 
If it does, it is right. It is not selfish.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
 
 
It said that AA tells you how to find what you want and how to
stay sober as you acquire it.
Anonymous
 
The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, 
and not to twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Thomas Merton
 
 
“You were born with wings,
why prefer to crawl through life?”
RUMI
 
 
 
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.
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The yogi offers his labyrinthine human longings to a monotheistic bonfire dedicated to the unparalleled God. This is indeed the true yogic fire ceremony, in which all past and present desires are fuel consumed by love divine.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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