From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
Our great triumph was not because of our victory over alcohol, but because of our complete defeat. It was only when we were beaten to our knees that we sought the only help that could save us. So we came into AA, not as boastful conquerors but as cringing and bloody casualties of an unequal fight. We were whipped; we knew it; we gave not a damn who else knew it. For us, it was unconditional surrender. There were and could be no reservations.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)

Maybe no one ever told you about this problem you have.
You don’t want to be where you are, doing what you are doing, mixing
with people you really don’t want around you. The only reason you are
in this sad state is because you have not yet learned that an unwant-
ed life is unnecessary. And this is because you insist upon taking
orders from your present mind. You need a new mind. You can have it
by letting yourself go. Let go.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 185
4 April 2017
“This very real feeling of inferiority is magnified by his childish sensitivity and it is this state of affairs which generates in him that insatiable, abnormal craving for self-approval and success in the eyes of the world. Still a child, he cries for the moon. And the moon, it seems, won’t have him!”
While drinking I seemed to vacillate between feeling totally invisible and believing I was the center of the universe. Searching for that elusive balance between the two has become a major part of my recovery. The moon I constantly cried for is, in sobriety, rarely full; it shows me instead its many other phases, and there are lessons in them all. True learning has often followed an eclipse, a time of darkness, but with each cycle of my recovery, the light grows stronger and my vision is clearer.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
Prayer is not an act of overcoming God’s reluctance, 
But should be an active acceptance of his highest willingness. 
The Science of Mind page 152 
Would I rather be Right or would I rather be HAPPY
Ala-non member
You folks gave me back gratitude. 
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
— Matthew, V:9
“Your love should never be offered to the mouth of
a Stranger / Only to someone who has the valor and
daring to cut pieces of their soul off with a knife /
Then weave them into a blanket to protect you.” 
― Hafiz

l “Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.
 If the whole world turns against you keep your eyes on the Friend.”

various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 93 Insights
“Light and joy and peace abide in me.”
In today’s lesson, Jesus is helping me distinguish between the real and unreal. He reminds me that the individual self image I made is not the the Son of God. The individual self image my brother made is not the Son of God, therefore all these images do not exist at all. What these images seem to do mean nothing. This helps me when I watch the images of war on television or the images of harm made by a new virus they are calling SARS. Jesus is helping me remember these images are not bad or good, they are merely unreal. The truth is light and joy and peace are what we all are and nothing else.
This lesson helps me see the unreality of the images, which helps me loosen my grip on them. I see the practice of today’s lesson of repeating the idea for the day at the top of every hour and then giving five minutes to let the experience of this truth soak in as very helpful for me today. Jesus uses repetition often to help me learn to distinguish the difference between the real and the unreal and wake up to the truth. I still identify with the self I have made as my identity. I need this practice. It is worth the effort. I need the practice of recognizing the truth in my brothers. It is worth the effort.
I want to come to the point where I automatically recognize that light and joy and peace abide in everyone, and that everyone’s sinlessness is guaranteed by God. This lesson is pivotal in my awakening. I recognize how important it is and I am determined to practice it every hour today. In this is my salvation and the salvation of the world.
If we simply accepted ourselves as God created us, this lesson and the entire Course would be unnecessary. But as the first paragraph spells out in vivid detail, we have very clearly made up an image of ourselves that is very different from what God created. It is this that must be undone. Whenever I feel sad or tired or irritated or guilty or angry or anything other than love and joy and peace, I am believing in an image of myself that is not true. It is time to remind myself that Love and joy and peace abide in me. I remain as God created me and He has guaranteed my sinlessness. There can be no exceptions to this in my thinking. If I attempt to hold out exceptions, I am attempting to deny the Will of God.
In the moments when I have felt firmly rooted in Love, I have experienced the reality of peace and joy and Love abiding in me. I have experienced the truth of this statement. My job now is to dismiss the other image of myself that I made up that denies this reality. That is what this lesson is here to help me do. I am grateful for this exercise, which will help me strengthen my acceptance of the reality of What I am, my acceptance of my Self. Here is my safety and my strength.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
Surround yourself with the best company,
those who will inspire you and strengthen
your discrimination and willpower.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Then to this earthen Bowl did I adjourn
My Lip the secret Well of Life to learn:
And Lip to Lip it murmur’d—“While you live
“Drink!—for once dead you never shall return.”
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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