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AUGUST 19,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 19,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“Almost none of us liked the self-searching,
the leveling of our pride, the confession of
shortcomings which the process requires for
its successful consummation.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
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VERNON HOWARD
Truth is not a matter of personal viewpoint.
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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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There is a Power around you that knows and that understands all things.
This Power works like the soil; it receives the seed of your thought and
at once begins to operate upon it. It will receive whatever you give to it
and will create for you and throw back at you whatever you think into it.

Ernest Holmes
I have finally come to believe that I am not this body.
I used to hate it so and now that I am sober,I realize
that this body is only a temporary thing.
Anonymous
It is another’s fault if he be ungrateful,
but it is mine if I do not give.
To find one thankful man,
I will oblige a great many that are not so.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
However much I might try to expound or explain Love,
when I come to Love itself,
I am ashamed of my explanations…
Love alone can explain the mysteries of love and lovers.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 201 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I trust my brothers, who are one with me.
To the Holy Spirit, what is true about one brother is true about every brother. There are no differences. There is no specialness in Holy Spirit’s sight.
 
Today my practice is to see every brother as the Holy Spirit sees him. That is how I return Home. That is how I remember the truth in myself. My brother is not his or her body. Everyone is free. Everyone is still as God created them. No one is their mask. No one is an individual ‘self.’
 
My lesson today is to trust the truth in my brother. I am learning to practice seeing past the false identity today and every day. This is my pathway Home to freedom. This is my pathway to happiness and everlasting peace. The truth of one united Mind is true and nothing else is true. I have another day before me to practice again remembering this truth.
 
In this world it seems impossible to really trust anyone. It seems there is always the possibility that their interests will conflict with mine in some way and a friend becomes an adversary. This is exactly why this lesson is needed. The reason we feel we cannot trust is because the trust is misplaced. Of course we cannot trust an illusion. Illusions can shift and change with the slightest whim. The body is an illusion. In this world, when we speak of trusting people, it is usually in terms of what they do with their bodies because we identify them with their bodies.
 
As I practice remembering that I am not a body, I am free, I am still as God created me, I must also remember the same is true about my brother. Then the most natural thing in the world is to trust my brother because I see him as one Mind — the same Mind as I am.
 
When I accept and know I am as God created me, I know I am absolutely trustworthy. What God creates is Love and nothing else, so I must be Love and nothing else. Love is forever Itself, unchanging, forever giving, eternally one. That is What I am.
 
Trust in Love is fully justified. And because What I am is What my brother is as well, trust in the truth about him is fully justified. If I am tempted to see him as anything other than Love, to identify him with his body, then it is time for me to declare, “This thought I do not want. I choose instead to trust my brother, who is one with me.” When I can do this without reservation of any kind, my heart will be filled with the joy and peace of God, for I will have remembered Him in my brother. Together we return Home.
 
The few sentences of this review lesson have the power to lead me Home. I need only accept them wholly, believe them to be true, and I will know my freedom. I will know my Identity as an extension of Love.
 
I was asking Holy Spirit for a way I could visualize being one with my brother. The phrase that came to me was “wearing my body loosely.” I thought of easily shrugging off my body as one would a cloak, but then what I saw was a body shaped mass of light. I am so attached to my body and to the idea of me as a body, I am having trouble releasing this idea.
 
I thought about myself as light. I saw a light switched on in a dark room. The light has no shape, it diffuses until stopped by something, like the wall. I turn on another light. I don’t see two separate rays of light. The light blends seamlessly. I can’t tell what light comes from which lamp. It is just light.
 
So I visualized myself shrugging off the body and appearing as formless light that just goes on and on. Other lights join me; my ex-husband, my daughter, my manicurist. As light, there were no personalities, no alcoholics, no Vietnamese; there was just light. Not my light and their light, just light.
 
When I first started learning this concept, it didn’t mean much to me. I read it and said, “OK, I believe this,” but I didn’t really know what it meant. As time went on, and I practiced it, it became more meaningful. Now, I feel like I am so close. I almost know; which means I almost accept because in reality, I have always known. I think I have resisted that knowledge because of body identification; because of specialness and because I wanted to hold onto the idea I am unique. I’ve been wearing my body tightly, like a woman in a girdle, uncomfortable but afraid of losing my shape if I remove it.
 
I am going to practice my lessons faithfully and trust that the Holy Spirit will support my efforts and I will succeed.
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Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts,
which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands,
from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit.
Yoga cannot know a barrier of East and West any more
than does the healing and equitable light of the sun.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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