From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
The sooner we alcoholics realize the fact that sobriety
 by itself is not enough to insure real living, the better off we will be.
For us to emerge from our shell and then cease all growth is to stagnate,
and stagnation is death itself to an alcoholic. 
Everything on this planet has a part in the Grand Scheme and unless
we discover and act our little part, we are dead, and decay has already set in.
It is contrary to the laws of Nature for man to stand still. We either go ahead or we go back.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Work to understand spiritual and psychological principles,
for example, love attracts love.”
 The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 8, p. 140
6 April 2017
We were having trouble with personal relationships, we couldn’t control our emotional natures, we were a prey to misery and depression, we couldn’t make a living, we had a feeling of uselessness, we were full of fear, we were unhappy, we couldn’t seem to be of real help to other people. . . .
These words remind me that I have more problems than alcohol, that alcohol is only a symptom of a more pervasive disease. When I stopped drinking I began a lifetime process of recovery from unruly emotions, painful relationships, and unmanageable situations. This process is too much for most of us without help from a Higher Power and our friends in the Fellowship. When I began working the Steps of the A.A. program, many of these tangled threads unraveled but, little by little, the most broken places of my life straightened out. One day at a time, almost imperceptibly, I healed. Like a thermostat being turned down, my fears diminished. I began to experience moments of contentment. My emotions became less volatile. I am now once again a part of the human family.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
All tomorrow’s good may rest today upon your gratitude. 
Ernest Holmes The voice celestial page 172 
Kindness – I like to treat myself with a Grandmother’s heart.
 Al-Anon is where we can practice kindness to ourselves. 
Ala-non member
I’m certainly not the queen of thought and action. 
“I never lie,” I said offhand. “
At least not to those I don’t love.” 
― Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat
If you want peace, work for justice.
— Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)
Do not worry if all the candles in the world flickering 
die we have the spark that starts the fire. 
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 95 Insights
“I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
Jesus knows that we can’t be aware of our one Self and make illusions real at the same time. We have to let go of one to have the other. In this lesson he guides us to focus on the truth about ourselves and our brothers. To do this, we must let go of our illusions about ourselves and our brothers.
As we allow in the awareness of the truth that we are one Self united with our Creator, we are able to feel our Identity as peace and joy and Love. It fills up our mind and relaxes every concern. We realize that the truth is true and nothing else is true. We realize that only Love matters. We realize that all the craziness of the world is just a reflection of the ego’s madness and it doesn’t matter because it is an illusion.
Behind all the conflict is the truth. Behind all the conflict is the peace of God. Behind all the conflict is our one true Identity. We have never left our Creator. We are one Light and there is no distance between us. This remembering carries a feeling. It is a feeling of safety and joy and peace.
Let me practice opening up to this feeling today. Let me remember the truth. Let me lay all illusions aside. Let me practice this again and again and still again today. I will to be happy. I will to remember the truth that we are one Self, united with our Creator, and nothing else is true.
As I repeat slowly to myself, “I am one Self,” I feel myself moving into deeper and deeper levels of peace. I am one Self. I include more and more in my awareness of What is my one Self. Exclusions and exceptions diminish. I feel more deeply that you and I are one Self, united with our Creator. As I move toward including all and excluding nothing, my experience of peace deepens. Joy grows as gratitude fills my heart. Everywhere I look, I see my one Self. I see past words and behavior and forms of many kinds.
As the Light of my one Self grows stronger and stronger in my awareness, I see that there is no loss in my one Self, for It remains one with my Creator, one with all Love. As I remind myself throughout the day that I am one Self, united with my Creator, I move closer and closer to identifying with the truth of What I am instead of a false image of weakness, fear and guilt. This is my goal today, to remember my one Self.
I am grateful for these practice sessions, which redirect my attention from a false image to the truth about me and everyone. “I am one Self, united with my Creator.”
This morning as I sat down to meditate, I had to stop and complain. I told Spirit, “How could I possibly stop at the top of every hour and close my eyes for five minutes to think of the lesson” I have too much to do! And I don’t feel good if I reach the end of the day without getting my stuff done.” Etc, etc. Oh my.
I think I know so much about how to be happy. I think if my house is clean and the paperwork done that I will be happy. And when I’m at work, I think that if I keep my thoughts focused on the tasks required that I will be happy. I think to please my ego and this ego is my cruel dictator that I have come to think I love.
I need to understand how brainwashed I have become. This lesson tells me the only way I can do this right now is to give five minutes of every hour to remembering how to Think. I will try.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
In the solitude of my inner silence I have found the paradise of unending joy. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
The Vine had struck a Fibre; which about
It clings my Being—let the Sufi flout;
Of my Base Metal may be filed a Key,
That shall unlock the Door he howls without
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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