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APRIL 2, 2017OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 2, 2017OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
In our drinking days, we had sufficient knowledge to know that there was a better way of living. But it was beyond our wildest imaginings that such a life was possible for us. An idea that sprang from the imagination of Bill and Dr. Bob took root in our minds, and we became possessed of the knowledge that enabled us to convert our lives into lives beyond the limits of our imagination.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Of course the world is too much for you. What do you expect?
It overwhelms you daily, takes over your mind and your emotions
so that you don’t have a life of your own. Of course the world
takes you over because what it takes over is your self.
 
You think that there is an enemy out there. And you’re so suspicious
and so worried and so guarded and defensive and you want to believe
the enemy is out there so that you can absolve yourself from 
resposibility of being someone who has overcome the world, 
which you can do.
 
Now you stop it! Now you stop it right now, feeling as if you’re a
victim of something out there, because I am telling you that you’re
not. You’re a victim of your own wish to be a victim and nothing
else.” Stop Bumping into Life!
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
2  April 2017
CHARACTER BUILDING
Demands made upon other people for too much attention, protection, and love can only invite domination or revulsion. . . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 44
When I uncovered my need for approval in the Fourth Step, I didn’t think it should rank as a character defect. I wanted to think of it more as an asset (that is, the desire to please people). It was quickly pointed out to me that this “need” can be very crippling. Today I still enjoy getting the approval of others, but I am not willing to pay the price I used to pay to get it. I will not bend myself into a pretzel to get others to like me. If I get your approval, that’s fine; but if I don’t, I will survive without it. I am responsible for speaking what I perceive to be the truth, not what I think others may want to hear.
Similarly, my false pride always kept me overly concerned about my reputation. Since being enlightened in the A.A. program, my aim is to improve my character.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Feeling is at the center of the universe
 and reflected through man’s consciousness 
that sheds its glow wherever the thought travels.
 The Science of Mind page 414
 
 
Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, 
and not try to adjust everything to my own desires.
Ala-non member
 
 Today I’m able to live in truth instead of all of world full of lies. 
Anonymous 
 
 
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
— Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)
 
 
“But what can be done, 
the one who loves must share the fate of the one he loves.” 
― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

When lovers die in their journey, the spirit’s King runs out to meet them.
When they die at the feet of that Moon, they all light up like the sun.
~ Rumi

 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
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.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Be enthroned in the castle of goodness, 
and your memories will be like beautiful
flowers in a garden of noble dreams.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
I think the Vessel, that with fugitive
Articulation answer’d, once did live,
And merry-make; and the cold Lip I kiss’d
How many Kisses might it take—and give!
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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