From the BlogMeet Ron


A Different Swinging Door
When a drunk shows up among us and says that he doesn’t like the A.A. principles, people, or service management, when he declares that he can do better elsewhere – we are not worried. We simply say, “Maybe your case really is different. Why don’t you try something else?” If an A.A. member says he doesn’t like his own group, we are not disturbed. We simply say, “Why don’t you try another one? Or start one of your own.” To those who wish to secede from A.A. altogether, we extend a cheerful invitation to do just that. If they can do better by other means, we are glad. If after a trial they cannot do better, we know they face a choice: They can go mad or die or they can return to A.A. The decision is wholly theirs. (As a matter of fact, most of them do come back.)
TWELVE CONCEPTS, pp. 72 – 73
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
“There is a much better thing to do than run
away from our deliverance,which is to run toward it.”
Cosmic Command, # 620
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 believe thoughts are things and they create our life.  That is a very simplistic way to describe what I feel and believe.  Based on this, I can tell you with absolute certainty that I have created the knee pain that I am feeling in my left knee.  How do I know this?  Well, as soon as I felt the slightest “negative difference” in my knee, I started to focus on it.  Then when I felt a pain, I focused even more on that pain.  Soon enough it was bad enough and not going away; I had to stop skating and see a physical therapist and a sports medicine doctor.  Surgery has even been brought up.  Great!   So, I have been wondering, “If my thoughts create my life, then how the heck do I *change* my thinking and reverse this seemingly physical imperfection?”
A Student of Ernest Holmes
Do I create the crap in my mind, of course I do.
Free Will is Still Alive!
“We think we are the partial authors of our own lives. Most of us think: “I am more than the sum of the circumstances that affected what I am now. I want some credit for my accomplishments, and will accept some blame for my mistakes.” That’s the basic reason we care about free will. Not many of us view ourselves as programmed robots, even if the programming were complex, subtle, and included a feature that triggered it to reprogram itself.”
  “Is there any good reason to overturn this self-image of partial autonomy? I don’t see it. The recent slew of popular anti-free will literature inspired by micro-neurology or by psychological research is, at best, only suggestive. At worst, it is completely confused.”
Johnny Stork

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

ACIM Workbook Lesson 117 Insights
Review: “God, being Love, is also happiness.”
and “I seek but what belongs to me in truth.”
Accepting God is accepting inner happiness. Accepting God or Love is accepting joy. I don’t often think of it that way. But today’s lesson is telling me that this is the truth. My true Identity is happiness and joy. Everyone’s true Identity is happiness and joy. Let me today connect with the happiness and joy in everyone. Let me today see beyond the false ideas to the happiness and joy that is always there to be found.
Today I choose to accept happiness and find happiness everywhere. If only God is real, only happiness is real, only joy is real. Happiness and joy are inherent in Love. They go together. Today I will practice accepting my inheritance. I will practice accepting happiness and joy. They are inherent in what I am. I will practice accepting my Self today. The frequent repetitions will help me remember the truth today.
Advertisers use words and phrases such as genuine, original, accept no substitutes, it’s the real thing. They appeal to the part of us that is seeking for what is real. It’s time to stop accepting substitutes for Love. Love is what is real and true about us.
The world was made as a substitute for Love when specialness was valued more than the universality of Love given equally to all. The substitutes leave us feeling empty because the substitutes are empty. I cannot have both Love and specialness. Love is oneness and specialness can only exist in separation. To be special I must set myself apart. But to be apart means to be alone. I cannot be happy if I believe I am apart from all that Is.
Today I would let that go and accept my oneness with Love and happiness. Holy Spirit, help me to see the sameness that I share with all my brothers. Help me to see the Love, my one Self, in everyone. Help me to let go of all the false images I have sought to overlay upon my brothers as a substitute for the real thing. Today is a day to practice accepting no substitutes and seeking the real thing: Love and nothing else. I seek but what is mine in truth.
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He promised Self-realization, not merely after death, but while living, as Jesus himself showed.
However, at some point, in Kali Yuga descending (the darkest of the ages on this planet, which reached its nadir at 500 A.D.), the Church began the process of making Jesus more and more “special.” Being steeped in the materialistic thinking of Kali Yuga, Church officials – by now more bureaucrats than saints – could no longer understand the true nature of their own Master and set about remaking his image to more closely resemble what they felt it ought to be.
It was at this time that those 18 years were “lost” from the Bible.
Church officials reasoned that it would hurt people’s faith to think that Jesus had to undergo a period of training under the guidance of other Masters.
Some argued that it didn’t hurt the faith of the disciples who were with Jesus and heard about it directly from him, but that plea fell on deaf ears. And in the end those 18 years were removed.
As Swamiji points out, one proof that they were taken out, rather than omitted by the original writers, is that there is a complete blank where those years are concerned. The officials had the nerve to remove information, but they could not bring themselves to create new facts.
Any biographer would have at least said, “And he grew up and worked in his father’s shop.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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