From the BlogMeet Ron



So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making.  They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so.  Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness.  We must, or it kills us! 
For so many years my life revolved solely around myself. I was consumed with self in all forms — self-centeredness, self-pity, self-seeking, all of which stemmed from pride.  Today I have been given the gift, through the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, of practicing the Steps and Traditions in my daily life, of my group and sponsor, and the capacity — if I so choose — to put my pride aside in all situations which arise in my life. 
Until I could honestly look at myself and see that I was the problem in many situations and react appropriately inside and out; until I could discard my expectations and understand that my serenity was directly proportional to them, I could not experience serenity and sound sobriety.
Copyright 1990 
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Growing up into the fullness of inner strength is as exciting as
seeking gold and as rewarding as finding it.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 4
20 April 2017
. . . we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.
When said sincerely, this prayer teaches me to be truly unselfish and humble, for even in doing good deeds I often used to seek approval and glory for myself. By examining my motives in all that I do, I can be of service to God and others, helping them do what they want to do. When I put God in charge of my thinking, much needless worry is eliminated and I believe He guides me throughout the day. When I eliminate thoughts of self-pity, dishonesty and self-centeredness as soon as they enter my mind, I find peace with God, my neighbor and myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Ignorance stays with us until the day of enlightenment,
until our vision toward the  spirit broadens and 
casts out the image of a no longer useful littleness. 
The Science of Mind page 418 
My Happiness is My Responsibility.
Ala-non member
 I’m not one of those guys who struggled over Step two. 
“She imagines him imagining her. This is her salvation.
In spirit she walks the city, traces its labyrinths, its dingy mazes: each assignation, each rendezvous, each door and stair and bed. What he said, what she said, what they did, what they did then. Even the times they argued, fought, parted, agonized, rejoined. How they’d loved to cut themselves on each other, taste their own blood. We were ruinous together, she thinks. But how else can we live, these days, except in the midst of ruin?” 
― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
Nothing is more precious than peace.
Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind.
— Daisaku Ikeda
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 109 Insights
“I rest in God.”
This lesson helps me remember What and Where I am in truth. Telling myself consistently, “I rest in God,” helps me step back just enough to look at life’s seeming occurrences a different way. I am so grateful for the peace and stillness of God. I am so grateful to let my mind be still a while. It is so nurturing and filled with peace.
I especially like paragraphs 8 and 9, where Jesus talks about calling all our brothers to rest with us. “Open the temple doors and let them come from far across the world, and near as well; your distant brothers and your closest friends; bid them all enter here and rest with you.”
In this world, resting seems very unproductive. Jesus shows me here how truly helpful my willingness to join with all my brothers in rest is to both myself and the whole Sonship. He tells me, “We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest. And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, “I rest in God.”
This helps me see how important my hourly remembrances are. I think of the thousands and thousands of people doing this lesson today and calling to their brothers to rest with them. What a powerful force our united practice is in this time of world turmoil.
I am so grateful for this daily practice, both for myself and all my brothers in the world who are dreaming this dream of separation. We are ready to remember that we all rest in God. That is the truth, now and forever, no matter what stories we are dreaming about.
The statement, “I rest in God” is the acknowledgment of the truth of my reality, your reality and everyone’s reality. The truth is we all are still as God created us. We are still the Thought of Love in the Mind of Love. We have not made our clashing dreams reality. We truly do rest in God right now, no matter what dreams we may be dreaming.
Accepting the truth that I rest in God all through the day helps the truth return to my awareness. It helps me awaken to the fact that I never left Heaven. Accepting the fact that I rest in God right now helps me change my mind about what I think is true. It helps me detach from the dreams I have been thinking are real. What a blessing!
Jesus tells me, “This thought has power to wake the sleeping truth in you, whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is.” Jesus is letting me know that this is a very powerful thought. It surely is worth my hourly remembrance. In fact, I don’t know what is more important than this.
While I was doing this morning’s lesson several people came to mind and I mentally invited them to join me. Then a situation came to mind and I found my sense of peace dissolving as I focused on it. So I said, “This can rest in God, too,” and I returned to peace.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Your heart is like the shore,
and the ocean of infinite love is breaking on the shores of your heart.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Indeed, indeed, Repentance oft beforeI swore—but was I sober when I swore?
And then and then came Spring, and Rose-in-hand
My thread-bare Penitence apieces tore.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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