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APRIL 30, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 30, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
 
Love is as necessary to a human being as sunshine is to a plant. 
Without it, the soul of man withers, shrivels and dies. 
Fortunate is the man who has love given to him,
but even more fortunate is he who earns it. 
The only way to earn love is to love. 
Thou shalt love thy God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself.
 He who hoards love shall lose it, but he who scatters love about him 
as he moves through life finds that it takes root and surrounds him on
 every side.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Correct self-discovery consists of awareness that we do not
comprehend something we were formerly quite sure we understood.”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 78
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
30 April 2017
A GREAT PARADOX
These legacies of suffering and of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to the other. This is our gift from God, and its bestowal upon others like us is the one aim that today animates A.A.’s all around the globe.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 151
The great paradox of A.A. is that I know I cannot keep the precious gift of sobriety unless I give it away.
My primary purpose is to stay sober. In A.A. I have no other goal, and the importance of this is a matter of life or death for me. If I veer from this purpose I lose. But A.A. is not only for me; it is for the alcoholic who still suffers. The legions of recovering alcoholics stay sober by sharing with fellow alcoholics. The way to my recovery is to show others in A.A. that when I share with them, we both grow in the grace of the Higher Power, and both of us are on the road to a happy destiny.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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There is an urge to express and all people, 
and this urge, operating through the channels of creative mind, 
looses energy into action.
 Back of all this is the impulse of Spirit to express.
 The science of Mind page 222
 
 If things are okay I always tend to think 
the shoes are you going to drop on the other foot. 
Ala-non member 
 
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
anonymous
 
 
That’s when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn’t the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn’t enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn’t enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn’t. Not enough.” 
― Jenny Han, It’s Not Summer Without You
 
Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
— Buddha (560-483 B.C.)
 
 
“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi

A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 119 Insights
Review: “Truth will correct all errors in my mind.”
and To give and to receive are one in truth.”
One sentence that stood out to me in today’s lesson is that it is impossible that the Son of God could be hurt in any way. I tried to imagine what it would feel like to really know this. I experienced fleeting moments of a hint of what this would feel like. It was interesting to observe what came with it. In those moments, body identification faded to almost nothing. I was less limited to a place in space or a point in time. My sense was of being extended far beyond the body. It was very inclusive. I welcomed everyone into my circle of being, for there was no reason to defend or protect. There was no thought of harm. It was very peaceful and joyful. Everyone was my friend. I felt a joining of my heart with all hearts. There was a wonderful exchange of energy, of Love, of unified thought. I felt uplifted, free. I carried no heavy burdens. I felt like what could be best described as floating, weightless.
 
I seem to only be able to allow this feeling for brief moments and then I would pull back into my usual perspective of being in a body, identified with it. I would move back and forth between this body identification and feeling on the fringes of the experience of total safety. I wasn’t able to allow myself to experience it totally without reservation, to totally let go of all body identification. Yet I let go enough to taste the freedom, to taste the expansiveness, the limitlessness, to taste the joy and peace, to know that this is what I want in truth.
 
And so I will continue to practice these exercises so that I may move closer to the consistent recognition that harm is impossible, that I am innocent, along with the whole world. I am deeply grateful for these fleeting moments that hint at the reality of my Home in Heaven. My goal is clear and I journey on with a lightened step.
 
 
The first part of today’s lesson gives me the benefits of stilling my mind and listening to the truth. As I am willing to open to the truth, the errors in my mind are healed. It is the errors in my mind that are causing all the feelings of limitation and distress I experience. If I really think about it, I do not want to continue holding on to the errors in my mind. They only bring me pain.
 
I hold on to the errors many times because I think they are true. I think I am right in believing in them. Jesus is helping me to realize that this is a mistake. Very gently he reminds me that I do not know what anything means. He gently encourages me to let go of the meaning I have given to everything. He gently encourages me to step back from the meaning I have given to everything in this world.
 
As I practice stepping back, the first rays of light are able to shine through. I remember that everything I see through the body’s eyes is part of the dream of separation. As I practice remembering this, it gets easier to be aware of the truth that lies beyond the dream of separate bodies. Everyone is really still the same Light of God. Everyone is really still the same Love of God. No one can be hurt. No one can be harmed. No one is their body. No one is their ego personality. No one is anything but an extension of God’s Love. That is inviolate, changeless, eternal.
 
The truth shines forth as I quiet my mind and let it enter my awareness. The truth does heal all errors in my mind as I am willing to open up and listen, to open up and receive. As I receive the truth, I give the truth. Ideas leave not their source. The truth is continuous and eternal. It is the reason everyone is safe. It is the reason there is no death; there is no world of separation. I am willing to rest in this remembering today.
 
 
When I get my feelings hurt or I’m afraid, I’m like a little kid and run to my Father for comfort, to feel that safety with Him, so He can remind me that I cannot be hurt in any way. Of course, as an ego, I can’t imagine what that’s like, but somehow when I’m in quiet, deep down in my heart I know this is not only possible, but true; I guess that’s why I keep doing it.
 
 
I too was struck by the reminder that I could not be hurt in any way. But, I was intent on my interpretation, so I didn’t think to try another way of relating. This is the exact place for me to go during any of the exercises. I too need to be where I feel Daddy’s safety. I forgot that part. It was just recently that I absorbed the meaning of “Rest In God,” or “Rest In Peace” for that matter. This time it was my need, my craving for something elusive, and asking Him for it (what ever “it” is) that gave me the experience and then the understanding of the words. I guess I still forget His gifts.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Awaken the soul and remain ever wakeful,
striving each day to be different and better in all ways.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass
Among the Guests Star-scatter’d on the Grass,
And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot
Where I made one—turn down an empty Glass!
TAMAM SHUD (It is completed.)
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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