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APRIL 29,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 29,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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Why Worry? 
“There are many short phrases and expressions in A.A. which make sound sense. ‘First Things First’:  solving our immediate problems before we try to solve all the others . . . ‘Easy Does it.’ ‘Relax a little.’ Try for inner contentment. No one individual can carry all the burdens of the world. Everyone has problems. Getting drunk won’t solve them. ‘Twenty-four hours a day.’ Today is the day. Doing our best, living each day to the fullest is the art of living. Yesterday is gone, and we don’t know whether we will be here tomorrow. If we do a good job of living today, and if tomorrow comes for us, then the chances are we will do a good job when it arrives – so why worry about it?” 
1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 382
Every day is a gift. That is why we call it the present.
S I T=Stay In Today
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VERNON HOWARD
“Shake yourself out of the doze and the daze that you’re in where
you walk around your home and drive your car and work and play
without realizing that something is robbing you of your heart
life, of the true life.
  You go around without a recognition that something that doesn’t
love you, doesn’t love truth, has taken over everything inside
you and is doing whatever it wants to do. You don’t realize that
you don’t recognize adverse forces. And only a new and stout and
vigorous persistent arousal of yourself can enable you to
recognize the presently unseen enemy.
  The problem in your life is not the enemy itself but your
non-recognition of it. You don’t see, you don’t have this higher
feeling of perception, of recognition of what is being done against
you.”
How to Own Your Own Life – Part 1
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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).
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When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
I know that if I drink I lose everything my
friends, job, home and security.
Anonymous
“Tomorrow doesn’t matter,
for I have lived today.”
 –Horace
 

“That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, 

He said to my heart, 
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”
RUMI
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 118 Insights
Review: “God’s peace and joy are mine.”
and “Let me be still and listen to the truth.”
   My “feeble voice” tells me that I am weak and unworthy of peace and joy. It is the voice of judgment and guilt. It is quick to respond in every circumstance with messages that tell me to be careful, protect myself, and pointing out that others cannot be trusted, that there is always danger lurking around the next corner, over the hill or in the next minute. It is a voice of fear, for from judgment and guilt comes the expectation of punishment and pain.
 
This feeble voice can never be happy because it speaks for the part of my mind that believes it is alone, separate and guilty because of having separated from its Creator. In truth it is impossible to be separate from my Source, my Creator. Thus this feeble voice represents a belief in what could never happen. Being based on a false premise, all this voice has to say is a lie. That is why it is important for me to practice this lesson. It will help me stop believing in the messages of the feeble voice.
 
Each time I affirm that God’s peace and joy are mine, I remind myself of the truth. This helps open my mind so that when I am still, I can remember to disregard the lying, feeble voice and listen instead to the truth. I have had a long habit of listening to this false voice. I need to practice to break the habit. If ever I question the value of this practice, I need simply ask myself, “Do I want peace and joy? Has this voice of judgment and guilt ever brought me peace and joy?” If I answer these questions honestly, it is clear the great value these exercises offer. They offer me a way out of lies and into truth, out of conflict and into peace, out of sadness and into joy.
 
If I want to experience God’s peace and joy, I need to practice being still and listening to my true Self. This world I live in is not my home. My true Home lies deep in my mind where there is quiet and peace, happiness and joy. Which world do I go for, the outer world of conflict, where there are differences and separation, or to the inner quiet where awareness of God’s Love awaits me?
 
It is so tempting to become so involved in the outer world that I have no time left to devote to remembering the truth. Developing the habit of stepping back from the constant chatter of the world and giving the time to open my mind to accessing inner wisdom is a very valuable practice indeed. The ego mind never thinks this is so, but my true Self waits patiently for my return.
 
God’s peace and joy are mine to experience any time I am willing, but it does require stilling my mind and opening to the Voice for truth. This Voice is gentle and kind. This inner Light brings about a change of mind that I need consistently. Because I deviate from the truth again and again, I need to take this time of inner quiet and listen to the truth again. God is Love and nothing else, and therefore I am Love and nothing else. My brother is Love and nothing else. I need to be reminded of this often. My inner journey of return to Love is the most important journey of all.
 
The only reason this journey takes time is because many times I am slow to accept the truth. The Voice for Love reminds me that Love is eternally true and has not changed. My willingness to be quiet and listen to the truth helps me remember that this is so.
My feeble voice, which is that of the ego, is also constantly standing by like a vulture just waiting for me to weaken and tells me I don’t need to be feeling pain and then sends me on this endless, fruitless search of nothingness outside of myself only to find myself back at square one again. That’s why the “sacrifice” of practicing these lessons faithfully have made all the difference in the world for me; because I’ve learned to be still and look within first.
 
Actually, it’s been my experience that the more I do these lessons, the more the ego fights for its life; and I guess rightfully so; I gave the ego a lot of power at one time and now it senses I’m beginning to take that power away from it. Now it’s the ego’s turn to be afraid because I have found a new “friend.”
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness today to know that God’s joy and peace are mine. Help me learn to be still and listen to my Heavenly Father’s voice, which is the truth. Amen.
I too have given the ego so much power before and now I am taking it away. Sometimes I am doing really well and feeling wonderful because I am doing my lessons and starting to experience change in my life. Then suddenly it is like I hear a voice warning me that there is still much to worry about, be afraid of, protect against.
 
It is that ego voice being loud and distracting, trying to get me back, and no wonder. I am the one who taught it that this is the way I want it. It is taking some effort on my part to remember that I’ve changed my mind. If I don’t stay alert to my thoughts, I fall so easily back into the old way of thinking.
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Also removed around this time – 553 A.D., at the Second Council of Constantinople – were all references to reincarnation.
 
The logic was similarly non-logical: “We need people to buckle down right now. We don’t want them to think they have all the time in the world to work things out.”
 
Again, counter arguments fell on deaf ears. Even the Pope at the time, it is believed, opposed the ban. Still it was carried out. Removing reincarnation from the Bible proved a little trickier than the lost years, and some direct references remain. (See p. 311 of The New Path, by Swami Kriyananda.)
 
Now how does all of this relate to Mary the Mother of Jesus?
 
You see, what has happened is that by taking out of the “Christian” teachings the concepts of Guru, sadhana, and reincarnation, you have removed the whole idea of Self-realization.
 
The Church accomplished exactly what it wanted. No longer can the devotee work on his own salvation, now it comes only through Jesus Christ, and – here is the worst part – through the intercession of “His” Church. Rituals, sacraments, blessings, absolutions, etc. were all gradually substituted for the direct connection between God and the devotee which is the heart of Self-realization.
 
Thus “Christianity” becomes “Churchianity.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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Ron Richey
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