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APRIL 19, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 19, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
A THANKFUL HEART
I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits.  When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion that we can ever know. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p.  37 
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“When a student asked about his greatest fault,
his teacher told him,
‘You believe too many things which are not true.'”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 36
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
19 April 2017
BROTHERS IN OUR DEFECTS
We recovered alcoholics are not so much brothers in virtue as we are brothers in our defects, and in our common strivings to overcome them.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 167
The identification that one alcoholic has with another is mysterious, spiritual—almost incomprehensible. But it is there. I “feel” it. Today I feel that I can help people and that they can help me.
It is a new and exciting feeling for me to care for someone; to care what they are feeling, hoping for, praying for; to know their sadness, joy, horror, sorrow, grief; to want to share those feelings so that someone can have relief. I never knew how to do this—or how to try. I never even cared. The Fellowship of A.A., and God, are teaching me how to care about others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Who knows in part has found a door ajar that opens to the whole. 
Ernest Holmes the voice celestial page 94
 
This is what I want. This is what I need. 
This is what I feel. This is what I think. 
This is what I will do.
Ala-non member
 
This just gives me a better way to be a better listener.
Anonymous
 
“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.”
Buddha
 
“Heart’s blood and bitter pain belong to love,
And tales of problems no one can remove;
Cupbearer, fill the bowl with blood, not wine –
And if you lack the heart’s rich blood take mine.
Love thrives on inextinguishable pain,
Which tears the soul, then knits the threads again.
A mote of love exceeds all bounds; it gives
The vital essence to whatever lives.
But where love thrives, there pain is always found;
Angels alone escape this weary round –
They love without that savage agony
Which is reserved for vexed humanity.” 
The Conference of the Birds
 
l “Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.
 If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend.”
-Rumi.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 108 Insights
“To give and to receive are one in truth.”
I have experienced both sides of this truth. I have experienced guilt and fear when I have judged (attacked) another. And I have experienced great feelings of peace and love when I have offered peace and love to others. In fact it seems that sometimes I feel the love stronger when I offer thoughts and words of love to another than when someone offers loving expression to me. Perhaps that is because there are some aspects in my mind that do not feel worthy of love. Perhaps it is because as I offer love and peace, I identify with it first in order to offer it. Or perhaps it is a combination of both. On thing is sure: It is clear that giving and receiving are the same.
 
Because of this truth, if I want to experience love, peace and joy, it certainly behooves me to offer them to everyone I meet or think of. Peace does not come through criticism, trying to change others so that their behavior will be to my liking, trying to make others guilty, defensiveness, berating myself for “dumb” mistakes, or any of the myriad other ploys the ego uses to try to make it seem that my lack of peace is the result of some external cause.
 
Peace comes through connecting with the Source of peace that is always within me, my true Self. This peace is then magnified again and again as I share it with anyone and everyone. It is a blessing to bless. I know that I am blessed when I bless.
 
Today I will seek to only bless with all my thoughts. Holy Spirit, I ask Your help to guide my thoughts that I might share only loving thoughts throughout the day.
 
Practicing the process in paragraphs 7-9 today is quite convincing. What I offered, I received. As I offered everyone quietness, I received quietness. As I offered everyone peace of mind, I received peace of mind. As I offered everyone gentleness, I received gentleness.
 
I am realizing that this truth — that to give is to receive — is happening all the time. What I am accepting into my mind is what I am giving and what I am giving is what I am accepting into my mind.
 
This is the beginning of understanding the truth of unified thought spoken of in paragraphs 2-3 of this lesson. What particularly stands out to me is, “It is a state of mind that has become so unified that darkness cannot be perceived at all. And thus what is the same is seen as one, while what is not the same remains unnoticed, for it is not there.” (2:2-3) and … “This is the light that brings your peace of mind to other minds, to share it and be glad that they are one with you and with themselves. This is the light that heals because it brings single perception, based upon one frame of reference, from which one meaning comes.” (3:2-3)
 
When I practiced the process in paragraphs 7-9, I was led to the experience of vision referred to in paragraph 1. This vision reconciled all seeming opposites that I saw before doing the process. As I accepted true perception, I gave true perception. What a powerful practice to use to transform my mind whenever I find myself not at peace! This Course is truly very practical to apply to every part of my daily life.
 
Thanks for the reminder not to try to change others so their behavior will be more to our liking. I was just about to do that. Now that I think about it, I can see that my Inner Guide was trying to direct me away from that course of action, but my ego wanted to do it so bad, that I wasn’t paying attention. I will offer silent blessings instead and see how that feels.
 
I, too, have, a million times, experienced both sides of this truth. Unfortunately, if I look back, my ego tells me that I’ve experienced more fear than love, which, in turn, causes guilt. But the Course tells me to hang on to the power of the Holy Spirit and bring from the past with me only those thoughts of love; anything else than that has but given me the strength to seek and find my Heavenly Father.
 
Many times I just don’t feel like I have it in me to forgive or to love the way I think I should. It is these times that I’ve learned to withdraw from the thoughts of this world for awhile and work on my relationship with my Higher Self until I am able to receive love and forgiveness for myself; at that point I can then give it away and it’s at that point that I see I don’t need to be critical or unforgiving of others. It is only myself I need forgive.
 
Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness today to offer peace and love to everyone, especially the people my ego tells me have hurt me. Help me know that to give to them is to give to myself. Amen.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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This is my wish for you:that you all reach the land ,
beyond your dreams where there is peace and joy eternal.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to it for help — for It
Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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