From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
Think back to those days when we would creep off to 
our dens where we were holed up, and there like animals
 try to satisfy our appetites alone – so horribly alone.
Just drinking, drink after drink, and dying slowly of despair.
 If we had a friend in the world, we didn’t know it. 
We just wanted to drink and die alone.
It was people who brought us out of this pit, 
people of marvelous sympathy and understanding
 and now, joining hands with these people, 
we have learned the joy of living – 
not alone but with, and a part of a community, of people.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
Be teachable. That is the whole secret.
26 April 2017
I don’t think happiness or unhappiness is the point. How do we meet the problems we face? How do we best learn from them and transmit what we have learned to others, if they would receive the knowledge?
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 306
In my search “to be happy,” I changed jobs, married and divorced, took geographical cures, and ran myself into debt—financially, emotionally and spiritually. In A.A., I’m learning to grow up. Instead of demanding that people, places and things make me happy, I can ask God for self-acceptance. When a problem overwhelms me, A.A.’s Twelve Steps will help me grow through the pain. The knowledge I gain can be a gift to others who suffer with the same problem. As Bill said, “When pain comes, we are expected to learn from it willingly, and help others to learn. When happiness comes, we accept it as a gift, and thank God for it.” (As Bill Sees It, p. 306)
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Teaching practice, practice and teach. 
That is all we have, that is all we are good for, 
that is all we ever had to do.
 Ernest Holmes 
The Apollo 13 was only on track 10% of the time, 
so is always doing u-turns.
Ala-non member
Hell, just a plain ordinary life can be rough. 
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.” 
― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & the Dawn
If we are peaceful, if we are happy, 
we can smile and blossom like a flower, 
and everyone in our family, our entire society,
will benefit from our peace.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Love is when the holy nothiigness loves itself.
~ Rumi
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 115 Insights
Review: “Salvation is my only function here.” and
“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”
My function here is to let go of all the guilt I have projected onto the world. With separation comes guilt. With guilt comes projection, or seeing the guilt somewhere else and denying that it is in my own mind. As I let go of guilt, I see innocence. As I see innocence in my brother, I am able to see myself as innocent.
God did not make separation. When I try to make separation real by believing in separate bodies, at deeper levels I feel guilty. At deeper levels I know that this is not of God. Releasing these barriers to Love is my salvation. Letting go of seeing a world outside myself is my salvation. The world I see outside me is still in my mind. As I change my mind, what I see changes. As I forgive others, in other words, let go of my projections, I am doing my part in God’s plan for salvation.
Today I am willing to practice stepping back and remembering that anything I perceive as outside myself is a projection. This projection is coming from my own mind. Today I am willing to step back and hand these projections over to the Holy Spirit to receive a new perception, a healed perception. Today I am willing to practice seeing only innocence. Today I am willing to practice seeing as the Holy Spirit sees. Today I am willing to do my part in God’s plan for salvation.
It feels so good when I forgive. It’s amazing that I don’t do it all the time. I feel deep peace, loving, happy and safe when I forgive. I walk with a lighter step. I smile. I laugh and I enjoy every moment when I forgive. It seems that this ought to be motivation enough to be on constant alert for opportunities to forgive. Yet it seems some days it’s just the opposite. I’m vigilant instead for opportunities to judge and criticize, to be dissatisfied in one way or another. It gives me the “satisfaction” of being right, but it certainly does not give me the peace and fulfillment of being happy. The fear of not being right seems to be a greater motivator than the attraction of happiness and peace.
On the surface it seems unbelievable that this could be true. But beneath the surface is the fear that if I’m not right, I do not exist. I need to be right to defend the image of myself that I have made, that I think I am. Having identified with this image, the loss of it would be perceived as death. It is the terror of death that makes being right more appealing than being happy. From this place I would rather defend a false and empty image out of fear of death than accept the calm, peace, serenity and perfect happiness that is mine by God’s Will. It is this false image of myself as alone and separate from God that I must let go of or forgive.
All the seeming circumstances, situations, events and people that seem to need forgiveness merely are stepping stones to the core forgiveness that must be done. They simply symbolize the core belief in the false image of separation. It is this I must forgive and this forgiveness is the salvation of the world. Here is my true and lasting happiness. Here is Love allowed to be Itself, and I accept my Self. The world is saved along with me because I recognize that all the world is part of my one Self. I breathe a sigh of deep relief as I sink into the serenity of God’s loving arms.
Today I will practice being vigilant for every judgment, every unforgiveness, in whatever form it may appear. I will practice turning each one over to the Holy Spirit to receive His reinterpretation, His perception, His Light. And with each one I move a step closer to the ultimate forgiveness in which I fully accept my place in God’s plan for salvation and I see the world as healed and whole. Here I will find joy unspeakable and full of glory.
“But beneath the surface is the fear that if I’m not right, I do not exist.” This just took my breath away. This is so the illusion, or maybe just one of them, that is in my way. It must be in my brother’s way as well.
Dear brother please forgive my unforgiveness. I can’t tell you how often I have recently asked (both silently and out loud) myself, and my brother, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” Never once did I ask guidance from Holy Spirit. Funny thing is, I didn’t ask because I thought I was so right in asking the question.
How often the Course reminds us that it is Spirit Who Knows the place, and attitude, and the questions that would be helpful (rather than scary) to the student He brings to us. Again Spirit has taken The Leap …
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Trace the visible effect to the Invisible Cause, the Spirit. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
Listen again. One Evening at the Close
Of Ramazan, ere the better Moon arose,
In that old Potter’s Shop I stood alone
With the clay Population round in Rows.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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