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 
“Q: Can’t we make progress merely by steady association with
spiritual things? Why do you stress receptivity instead of
  A: Association without receptivity is useless. A bottle of
unclean water can float for years on a lake without becoming
clean. For purification, the bottle must be broken. This
means we must empty ourselves of wrong ideas.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 3, p. 38
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).
According to Religious Science [RS], men and women need no salvation from sin, death or the wrath of God. Everyone is already saved, if they will only realize it. In Gateway to Life, Holmes states, “The only salvation necessary is from ignorance”; that is, ignorance of one’s innate divinity and the negative effects that flow from this ignorance. “There is no need to seek unity with God and the Universe. We already have it. It is something we must become aware of.”[1] “Today is the day of salvation. This does not mean a salvation of the soul as though it were lost.” [2] Holmes, who claimed to “believe in Jesus’ teachings,” emphasized, “There is no such thing as a lost soul.”[3] “It is impossible that any soul can be lost.”[4] “DEATH CANNOT ROB HIM [MAN] OF ANYTHING IF HE BE IMMORTAL.” [5] “We do not have to save the world; the world is not lost, just confused.” [6]
Ernest Holmes
It all works, no matter your path to God,
it all works.
“Go often to the house of your friend: 
for weeds soon choke up the unused path.” 
–Scandinavian proverb.

In one his greatest poems in the book of Shams Rumi opens with, this time all of a sudden I twisted me in love, this time all of a sudden I untwisted me from salvation. Rumi originally was a devout religious scholar and after his encounter with Shams-e Tabrizi and after a 60 day discussion, his metamorphosis to the poet we know today transpired. He used to believe in doing good so he will be rewarded in afterlife (Salvation) but he learned that doing good is the only way to conduct one in life for merely the love of it with no expectation and no reward. This is the path of love.

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 …
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Think how much of Autobiography of a Yogi is about Master’s search for his Guru, his years of training with Sri Yukteswar, and his intense effort to meditate and realize God. Yet he was born Self-realized. This wasn’t his own karma he was expressing; it was a freely chosen role to show generations to come how to achieve Self-realization.
The life of Jesus was just the same.
Master tells us that when he was 12, Jesus left home and wandered for 18 years in India, learning from the Masters there and doing intense sadhana to set the example, and prepare himself for the mission ahead.
For some centuries after Jesus passed away, this part of his life was included in the Gospels and known by all his disciples. It helped define how they, too, should live if they would fulfill the destiny their Master offered them. “That which I do, ye shall do and greater things,” Jesus said.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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