From the BlogMeet Ron


 Eye Opener (1950)
We alcoholics devoted a whole lifetime to the pursuit of happiness, 
but it was not until we found our fellowship that we had 
any success of a permanent nature.
This is a happy Program, made so by our happy release from
 the Hell of drinking excessively. Our happiness distinguishes
 us from the dried-up drunk.
The work we are about is dead serious, but we can go about 
it with a smile in our hearts and a laugh on our lips. 
Of all God’s creatures, we really have something to be happy about.
“Here is what you must do: You must learn to respond in a positive
way to a negative condition. Now the negative condition that you
have is in you. You’re it. Therefore, when you respond in a positive
way to a negative condition, you are working with and on you, never,
never, never with anything exterior to yourself.
Now, to respond in a positive way to a negative condition really
means recognition of the thing that is wrong, the depressed thought,
the excited attitude because you think you’re going to gain some-
thing. What you have to do therefore is to simply say to yourself,
which is a positive statement, ‘I feel pain and strain, therefore
there is something wrong.’ Isn’t that great?”
from a talk given 8/9/1986
Twenty Four Hours A Day AUGUST 1,2016
Thought for the Day 
The Alcoholics Anonymous program has borrowed from 
medicine, psychiatry, and religion. It has taken from 
these what it wanted and combined them into the program 
which it considers best suited to the alcoholic mind and 
which will best help the alcoholic to recover. The 
results have been very satisfactory. We do not try to 
improve on the A.A. program. Its value has been proved 
by the success it has had in helping thousands of 
alcoholics to recover. It has everything we alcoholics 
need to arrest our illness. Do I try to follow the A.A. 
program just as it is? 
Meditation for the Day 
You should strive for a union between your purposes in 
life and the purposes of the Divine Principle directing 
the universe. There is no bond of union on earth to 
compare with the union between a human soul and God. 
Priceless beyond all earth’s rewards is that union. In 
merging your heart and mind with the heart and mind of 
the Higher Power, a oneness of purpose results, which 
only those who experience it can even dimly realize. 
That oneness of purpose puts you in harmony with God and 
with all others who are trying to do His will. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may become attuned to the will of God. I 
pray that I may be in harmony with the music of the 
Evolution is the Awakening of the soul to a
recognition of its Unity with the whole. 
The science of Mind page 337
When a job still looked like a mere means of getting money rather than an opportunity for service, when the acquisition of money for financial independence looked more important than a right dependence upon God, we were still the victims of unreasonable fears.
12&12 Step Twelve, p.121  
I am merely a guest, born in this world to
 know the secrets that lie Beyond it. 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 212 Insights
“I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I have a function God would have me fill.”
The function of Love is to extend Love. God created me as Love and so my function is to extend Love. I don’t extend Love when I don’t remember What I am. I don’t remember What I am when I attempt to replace What I am with illusions of separation from What I am. I am set free when I am willing to lay these illusions down.
When the ego thoughts are quieted, God, Which is Love, is there. God is the only Reality. God is freedom. God is joy. God is oneness and Love. If I am not recognizing this, I will feel bound and limited and separate from my Identity. In truth, God is my constant Companion because I am God’s extension. It is only when I return to my original function of extending Love that I find the freedom and peace that is in me.
I get what I desire and focus on. Today I seek only to fulfill my function as an extension of God’s Love. Only this brings me happiness. Only this sets me free. Letting go of illusions and extending only Love is my function today.
The Course says forgiveness is Love’s reflection in this world. Thus forgiveness is the way I fulfill my function in this world. Forgiveness is letting go of illusions. It clears the way for Love to be extended. It frees me to be the Love I was created to be.
Illusions are vain because they have no real effect. But if I believe illusions are real, I will believe reality is unreal and so the reality of Love will be lost to me. It is impossible to believe in two realities. Whatever I believe to be real blocks everything else from my awareness. If I want to experience the peace and joy and Love of God, I must let go of my belief in another reality in which God (Love) is not welcome.
This world was made as a place where God is not welcome. To be free of it, I must forgive myself for imagining a world without God and I must forgive God for not giving me what He could not give. God could not give me special love because Love is given equally by Its very nature.
When I experience true forgiveness, I experience an outpouring of Love, a sense of unity and joining with my brother. I see us as the same and my heart is filled with joy and gratitude. When I fall back into old habits of judgment, that joyous feeling fades. But the memory of it reminds me I really do want to fulfill the function God has given me. That is where I find freedom and joy.
Each experience of forgiveness strengthens my resolve to take every thought of condemnation, every judgment, to the Holy Spirit for Him to shine His loving Light upon it so I can see the reality beyond the illusion I mistakenly believed. Thus I fulfill the function God would have me fill and I receive His gift of happiness, which I cannot help but share with everyone.
True happiness is sharing. Holy Spirit, help me see with Your vision today that I might remember the freedom of being the Love I was created to be.
Whatever your worldly possessions may be many or few, you are still rich in gifts from God. Love Him, not for the outward things He may give you but for His gift to you of Himself as your Father.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Think, in this batter’d Caravanserai
Whose Doorways are alternate Night and Day,
How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp
Abode his Hour or two, and went his way.
Ron Richey
439 Nahua Street #2
Honolulu, Hi 96815

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