From the BlogMeet Ron



“…we aren’t a glum lot. 
If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, 
they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
The Family Afterward, pg. 132
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“A spiritual guide taught his class, ‘You want to change your life
without changing yourself. Impossible. You _are_ your life. You and
your life are the very same thing. This can be understood with the
illustration of ground for planting crops. Healthy soil produces
good crops, while inferior ground can only produce worthless harvests. 
The nature of the ground and the nature of the crops cannot
be separated. Neither can your nature be separated from the results
of that nature. So self-change alone creates life-change.'”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 364
27 April 2017
We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.
Sobriety is a journey of joyful discovery. Each day brings new experience, awareness, greater hope, deeper faith, broader tolerance. I must maintain these attributes or I will have nothing to pass on.
Great events for this recovering alcoholic are the normal everyday joys found in being able to live another day in God’s grace.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
We may pass through good fortune and bad,
 but if we can come to the point where we are 
not disturbed by “things”
 we have found the secret. 
The science of Mind page 187
When I have a feeling, 
I lean into it and look at the idea behind the feeling.
Ala-non member
Sometimes I think I’m alone and then
I realize that I have all you people 
and God as my sponsor. 

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her,
as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun,
even without looking.”
Leo Tolstoy

If you want to make peace,
you don’t talk to your friends.
You talk to your enemies.
— Moshe Dayan (1915-1981)
When love is not accepted move on;
when love is not appreciated walk away;
hopefully time will teach what real, true love is.
~ Rumi…
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 116 Insights
Review: “God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.”
and “I share God’s Will for happiness for me.”
There is an aspect in my mind that seems to be on constant alert, looking for ways to sabotage my happiness. I call it the judge. The judge has a template of rules that define how circumstances should be, how events should occur, what people should say and do, and what I should say and do. It measures everything against this template. If anything does not measure up to this template, which is certain to happen, the gavel comes down and the verdict is guilty. Most of the time guilt seems to be assigned to others. The judge says it is acting on my behalf for my best interests. It’s just trying to keep things in control so that I can be happy.
What it doesn’t say is that it has conflicting rules and so it is never possible to achieve perfect happiness based on its rules. There will always be some violation, some cause for guilt. If ever I doubt its rules, it righteously points out that these rules are there for my protection. Without them I am defenseless, according to the judge. I would become a pawn to all the other forces that are out there trying to control me. It is quick to judge and always ignores the real evidence. It seems to operate under the principle, “Don’t confuse me with the facts.”
It believes it knows what’s right and wrong. Yet because its entire set of rules, its entire belief system, is based upon a false belief about what is real, it really knows absolutely nothing. Its judgments are based upon lies, and so it can never judge truly.
It is time to fire the judge and turn to the other Judge in my mind, Who has always been there, ready to remind me of what is true and real. This Judge, the Holy Spirit, always judges truly and Its judgment is always simple. The judgment is: It’s either real or unreal; Love or a call for Love. Only these two choices exist.
As I learn to bring all my perceptions to this Judge, I will learn to recognize that I share Love’s Will for my perfect happiness. Guilt, and all the pain and death associated with it, will disappear. This Judge will always show me what is loving and true. It always declares innocence and always offers Love, even to those who have mistakenly declared themselves guilty. Today I will practice taking every circumstance, every perceived problem to this Judge so that I may learn that God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
As I learn to share God’s Will, I see only innocence. I see only God’s perfect and pure extension of Himself. God’s Will is eternal. In God’s Will, nothing ever changes. Love stays Love. Happiness and joy remain themselves. God’s peace does not fluctuate or change.
It is so helpful to remember this and allow this truth to heal all my misperceptions that something other than Love has ever happened. Am I willing to rest in the truth of God’s happiness? In truth, we all live in Heaven. In truth, we are Heaven.
Letting go of dreams of separation from God’s happiness is my one function. Accepting God’s Will for happiness for me is the result. Today, again I practice remembering that God’s Will for me is perfect happiness. I practice accepting God’s Will for me. I practice letting the truth return to my awareness. I practice letting go of all ideas stemming from belief in separation. The truth is true and nothing else is true. Only Love is real.
I love that simple illustration of the judge. This is something I will use. I need it, too. I guess my ego is rebelling at all this attempted change. Last night I dreamed several dreams of everything going wrong. I woke up feeling uncertain and doubtful. Today’s lesson helps me reaffirm my desire for perfect happiness and the judge idea will help me to carry it through.
Today I fire the judge. What a wonderful illustration! I have been trying to let this guy go and trying to ignore him and hoping that someone else would come in and tell him to leave, but I have to. What a miracle!
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
A calm person, by the virtue of self-possession, 
is always at peace with others, always happy, always calm.
Paramahansa Yogananda
That ev’n my buried Ashes such a Snare
Of Perfume shall fling up into the Air,
As not a True Believer passing by
But shall be overtaken unaware.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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