From the BlogMeet Ron


“Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery,
but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an
opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
What most men call their conscience is imaginary
virtue switching left or right according to self-interest.
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).

All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.

Ernest Holmes
I walked around as if I were a body that didn’t belong to me.
I was always wondering if someone were going show up
and take it away from me.
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The wish for healing has always been half of health.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Something opens our wings.
Something makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us:
We taste only sacredness.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 199 Insights
“I am not a body. I am free.”
The more I work with the Course, the more I realize how much of my time is focused on the body and its seeming needs. I see that in the ego’s hands the body is a powerful distraction to divert my attention from focusing on what will truly bring me peace and happiness. The more I practice letting the Holy Spirit guide me through my day, the more I recognize the things I thought I needed to make me happy or comfortable or safe are really unnecessary.
As I place my trust more and more in the Holy Spirit and in God’s Love, I feel less and less need for outer forms. I still need to eat. I still need to have clothes to keep me warm in cold weather. I still think I need a house to shelter me from the weather. But the form these things take is less and less important. I am more free in each moment to receive the blessing of the moment without judgment.
There is a growing trust in my heart that I always have what I need when I need it; I always know what I need to know, when I need to know it. Life becomes increasingly simple and more of my time is focused on following Holy Spirit’s lead. Practicing remembering “I am not a body. I am free” helps reinforce this focus, leading me onward toward greater and greater freedom. I will continue this practice today, for I know true and lasting happiness lies in it. I am grateful for this message from the Voice for God today.
In paragraph 6 of this lesson it says, “The Holy Spirit is the home of minds that seek for freedom.” (6:1) Notice it doesn’t say’ bodies’ or ‘individuals’ or ‘persons.’ It says minds. This reinforces the fact that I am not an individual person — I am mind. I am thought. I am an idea in the Mind of God.
In paragraph 1 it says, “The mind can be made free when it no longer sees itself as in a body, firmly tied to it and sheltered by its presence.” (1:4) This means that the sleeping Son of God, which is really mind, can be made free as it (mind) no longer sees itself (mind) as in a body.
It is being reinforced in this lesson that all the separate bodies found in this dream of separation are all really the same mind, all joined as one mind. We are learning we are not tied to the body or made safe by its continuing presence in the dream. We are formless mind unbound by the laws (false ideas) the ego (belief in separation) made up.
The way we free ourselves from belief that we are tied to a body is to open our minds to the Holy Spirit to hear the truth about our real Identity. As we are ready to open to the truth, the Holy Spirit shows us that the body is illusion, just a made up fabrication… a dream. Under the Holy Spirit’s guidance we use the body as a useful tool, a vehicle used only for God’s plan of awakening from the dream.
I agree with the above about beginning to recognize the things that are unnecessary in my life. Naturally, because a part of me still believes I am a body, I still need to eat, stay warm, etc., but since I’ve started the Course, my priorities have changed and I think those unnecessary things that I’m beginning to recognize are the “barriers” the Course speaks of; those things that keep me from knowing the truth about myself and my brothers.
These barriers are the ego’s way of attempting to distract me and keep me focused on things the body seems to need. And because those things change from day to day or are in constant need of being replaced, repaired, or whatever, my state of mind varies from day to day, depending on my seeming needs.
I try to think of the Holy Spirit sort of like a child would think of an imaginary friend. He goes where I go, and I try to remember to ask His opinion about any decisions I need to make, or I tell Him my deepest, darkest secrets so He can see what I see and correct my distorted perception. I realize I’ve only just begun the healing process, but it sure does feel good.
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The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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