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APRIL 5, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 5, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Daily Acceptance
Too much of my life has been spent in dwelling upon the faults of others. This is a most subtle and perverse form of self-satisfaction, which permits us to remain comfortably unaware of our own defects. Too often we are heard to say, “If it weren’t for him (or her), how happy I’d be!”
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Our very first problem is to accept our present circumstances as they are, ourselves as we are, and the people about us as they are. This is to adopt a realistic humility without which no genuine advance can even begin. Again and again, we shall need to return to that unflattering point of departure. This is an exercise in acceptance that we can profitably practice every day of our lives. Provided we strenuously avoid turning these realistic surveys of the facts of life into unrealistic alibis for apathy or defeatism, they can be the sure foundation upon which increased emotional health and therefore spiritual progress can be built.
1. LETTER, 1966 – 2. GRAPEVINE, MARCH 1962
Copyright 1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc 
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VERNON HOWARD
“Emotional pain occurs when you occupy a ‘yes’ position and a ‘no’
comes up, or when you occupy ‘no’ and ‘yes’ appears. ‘Yes’ and ‘no’
have no power for pain in themselves. Both form the naturally alter-
nating flow of life, just as the ocean expresses itself with incoming
and outgoing tides. We feel pain only when a misunderstanding of our
true nature makes us cling to either ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ while resisting
its opposite. During the next hour, experiment by not resisting the
natural swing from one side to the other, which means you will not
fight what seems to be a threat to your present position.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 118
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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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“Does this thing I wish to do express more life,//
more happiness, more peace to myself, 
and at the same time harm no one? 
If it does, it is right. It is not selfish.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
 
 
In Texas they say I don’t know y’all, but I know y’all. 
Anonymous 
 
 
We start believing that someone knows how we feel, and let them overrule our judgments so we will take action. The beginning is when a person partakes of one alcoholic talking to another alcoholic to help them reduce their feelings of difference at least enough so that they will begin to take actions they do not yet believe in. When that moment comes, sobriety begins.
Clancy I.
 
 
“I will be waiting here….
For your silence to break,
For your soul to shake,
For your love to wake!” 
― Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi – مولوی, The Essential Rumi
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 94 Insights
“I am as God created me.”
It seems surprising that it would be so difficult to accept that we all are extensions of God’s Love. The power and strength of God’s Love is ours eternally. We cannot give this power away, even if we wanted to. We are God’s Son eternally. God’s Son is One, and is all inclusive. God’s Son is what we all are, forever. We cannot change that. No matter what wild and crazy stories we may choose to believe in for a while, the stories are really nothing, just foolish tales of aloneness, of separation from our eternal connection with God. I cannot be God’s Son alone. God’s Son includes everyone. God’s Light includes everyone.
 
As I watch TV and see the maneuvering and gyrations of the war, I can remember that all are God’s Son, complete and healed and whole eternally. The dreams of being on one side or another, of a conflict, are seen as silly ideas to be laid aside.
 
I am so grateful for the Course because it is a helpful path that brings me to the consistent truth that the physical world is a dream and could never be the truth. Separation from God is a dream and could never be the truth. Everyone is still as God created them. Nothing has changed.
 
Love is. God is. I am so grateful that this is the only truth. I am so grateful to be reminded today that my hallucinations of separation are not real. I will do my best today to devote the first five minutes of every hour to remembering the truth. The Course does such a wonderful job of encouraging me to let go of illusions and return to the truth. I give thanks.
 
To really accept that I am as God created me and I am His Son eternally is to accept complete freedom from guilt. Since God is Love and nothing else, His Son must be Love and nothing else. Today’s Lesson could be rephrased, I am as Love created me. I am Love’s extension eternally. I am changeless Love. And that applies equally to all. If someone irritates me, when I remember that person is as Love created them and Love’s extension eternally, all sense of irritation or upset disappears.
 
Because Love is changeless, It cannot be harmed. And because Love is all that is real, no harm is possible. This world seems to demonstrate the opposite because it was made to make the impossible appear possible. It is only our belief in separation as real that makes it seem real to us. Today’s lesson is telling us that remembering that we remain as God created us is complete salvation from this make-believe world of impossibilities.
 
I dedicate today to reinforcing in my mind the idea that I remain as God created me. I am His Son eternally, whole, changeless Love and nothing else. God created me in His innocence. That has not changed. That is true of everyone without exception. Today I practice remembering that all through the day.
 
There are times when my self esteem is so low that I wonder what God was thinking when he created me. I keep thinking that God sees me the way I so often see myself. Even now, I still don’t know where I’m going and I still don’t understand why I’m here but the Course and these lessons continue to give me hope and willingness to reach the goal God wants me to reach.
 
I often think of how much I love my daughter and how it hurts me to see her struggle and I think God feels the same way. He sends us these messages and wants us to remember who we are in hopes that this thought will give us strength and shed some light on our troubled times.
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me have the willingness to remember this thought today for this thought will sustain me, especially in difficult times. Amen
 
Drinking my coffee this morning in the hotel lobby, I heard a war broadcast calling this conflict the beginning of a world war. It was very frightening. I found myself afraid for our world and for my son who is turning 18 in June. I was also becoming angry at the politician who thought this was a great idea, at Saddam and at George. As I took my walk, I asked Holy Spirit to show me a different way to see this.
 
I’ve been seeing my true Self as Light and seeing that Light join with the Light of others, particularly those I have trouble dealing with. I thought that I should do this with Saddam and the president now, but I was surprised that the idea repelled me and scared me a little.
 
As I continued my walk, I opened my mind to Holy Spirit and soon the thought came to me that this was just the ego way of viewing it and I asked Holy Spirit for another way to see this. I was reminded that their reality is Light just as mine is. I started to visualize them as Light. It was so beautiful and so bright I could barely see their ego selves. I saw that their Light was completely undiminished by anything their egos imagined in this illusion. I was glad to join my Light with theirs.
 
When I went back to my room, I did my lesson for this morning. I could do so easily. If I could see that Saddam’s true Self was unaffected by the egos imaginings, then all my dark thoughts and mistakes and all the wrong turns my life has taken cannot possibly affect my true Self. I understood, for that moment at least, that my true Self stands completely untarnished by my dark self. There is nothing my ego can imagine that can extinguish my Light or even dim it.
 
Suddenly I could laugh at the idea that my ego has been steadily diminishing my true Self with every cruel act it imagined itself doing. And surely, this is what I’ve been thinking. What grandiose power I have been giving the ego, that it could image itself undoing what God created and creating me anew not in the Light of God but in the darkness of ego. What foolishness! Not something to be afraid of, but something to laugh at.
 
All day today as I practiced my lesson my vision of my true Self has changed. I used to see my body as all there was to me. Then I learned to see it filled with Light and then a halo of Light around it that could join with other Lights. Today I began to see that I was so narrowly focused on the ego that I had failed to see I was surrounded by a brilliant and beautiful Light that extended on and on. My ego was just a small shadow next to this Light. Later in the day, it appeared to me that the ego/body was nearly translucent, unreal- as truly it is.
 
I have felt so blessed all day. How fortunate we are that when we focus our energies for God, we are so completely supported.
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The physical ego, the active consciousness in man,
should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul,
its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired
in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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Ron Richey
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