From the BlogMeet Ron


Near you, alcoholics are dying helplessly like people in a sinking ship. If you live in a large place, there are hundreds. High and low, rich and poor, these are future fellows of Alcoholics Anonymous. Among them you will make lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “Love Thy neighbor as thyself.”
c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 152-3
Sobriety is a journey, not a destination.
T E A M=Together Everyone Achieves More
“Would you like to reply to a foolish world with power and poise?
You can.
  Thoughtfully read the seven answers. _Remember, you do not actually
speak the answers aloud to another person_. The answers are designed
to build right and strong attitudes within you. And, of course they
are not said as angry accusations; you are merely seeing obvious facts
about the person. These silent answers will build your firmness and
understanding. You will learn how to avoid the traps of cunning people.
 These answers are really very kindly, for they come from a high source
of strength and wisdom. It is weakness and confusion toward people that
is unkind, for it keeps them undeveloped. So have no guilt in seeing
thru deceitful men and women. You have a right to free spiritual speech,
and it returns a rich inner reward. When you truly understand a harmful
person you are free of him, so let these answers dissolve all problems
with people.
The world has a desperate need for strong people who know and live the
real answers to life. Be one of them.”
 1. Please do not use my personal affairs for your private entertainment.
 2. What do you secretly expect in return for your help?
 3. You pretend to help because you know of nothing else to do with
 4. The greatest help you can give me is to leave me alone.
 5. If I wish your help I will ask for it.
 6. How would you feel if I asked you a personal question like that?
 7. Your kind of help just adds to the problem.”
How to Handle Difficult People, p. 4
“Q: How can we escape feelings of weakness?
A: Weakness handled with an alert mind turns to strength. Suppose you
suffer a loss of some kind, making you feel weak and sad. Wake up!
Refuse the feeling. Make it absolutely clear that you will have nothing
to do with the weakness. A new feeling of strength will come.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 407
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).
“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am” 
― Ernest Holmes

“How did I get here, sober?”

When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul!  
Rabbi Harold Kushner
“Be empty of worrying.
Think of who created thought!
 Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?” 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 111 Insights Review: 
“Miracles are seen in light.” and
“Miracles are seen in light and light and strength are one.”
This lesson reminds me to give time to God, to give time to the strength in my mind. This lesson reminds me to open to the truth. It encourages me to maintain this practice of opening to miracles throughout the day. It is only by opening to the Light and strength in me that the truth comes into my mind.
This Inner Wisdom is always there, waiting eagerly to be accepted into my mind. This practice of opening to the truth all through the day is the way that my false ideas are undone. It is the way that I learn to identify with the strength in me. Light and strength are one. The strength of God is always there in my mind, waiting for acceptance.Today’s practice is very important practice. Accepting the Light of God that we all are is very important practice. In today’s review lesson, Jesus defines the practice very clearly. My willingness to follow through is what will bring me the gifts of receiving miracles all through the day. O Happy Day!
The Course uses Light as an attribute of God, like peace and joy and happiness. Since God created me as an extension of Himself, and I remain as God created me, I share His Light. And remembering that peace and joy and happiness are companions of God’s Light, if I am experiencing anything but peace and happiness, I must have cut myself off from the Light and believe I am in darkness. Thus the world of separation is a world of darkness, a place of believing that I am separate from God’s Light, and therefore my own.
This is why it is important for me to welcome God’s Light, to invite It into my mind. His Light will dispel all the images that I have made to fill darkness. I see miracles when I invite the Light of truth into my mind. I see miracles when I am willing to accept my true Self as What I am.
If I see a situation as disturbing, if I perceive someone’s words or actions as an attack, I have forgotten the Light. I am seeing made up images in darkness. Because I made these images up, they seem very real to me. I need the Light and strength of God to recognize that these images are not real. It is helpful to be reminded that strength is one with Light. When I welcome God’s Light, I welcome His strength.In darkness I will feel weak because darkness is the effect of believing I am separate from strength, from God. But I can reverse the situation instantly simply by being willing to accept the light and strength that are already in me as I was created by God.
Today I will be consistently mindful of what condition I am allowing in my mind. I will use any disturbance of my peace as a reminder to welcome Light and strength into my mind. This is how I give myself the gift of seeing miracles all through the day.
When I see with God’s Light, I see only innocence and wholeness and purity. Everything else is recognized as illusion. This is forgiveness. This is my salvation and the salvation of the world. Today I will practice accepting salvation.
I used to think the word “light” was a shade of white, or a group of angels coming out of the clouds opening up in the sky, or the room lighting up around me with glorious music. As a result, I would get frustrated with myself and the Course, thinking I wasn’t doing something right, thinking all my efforts weren’t working because I never saw or experienced any of those things.
Today I realize that Light means recognition — recognition of who I am, recognition of the strength in me to remember my Identity and that of my brothers. Today I might recognize that I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t understand where I’ve been, but the miracle is that I’m willing to learn, to be taught by my Divine Guidance.
The recognition of this thought gives me the strength I need to carry me until I recognize another miracle, which then doubles in strength, and on and on. This is the way I’ve been able to commit to the Course, no matter how difficult it sometimes gets — one day at a time, one lesson at a time, one miracle at a time.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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