From the BlogMeet Ron


All these, and many others, have one symptom in common:
they cannot start drinking without developing the phenomenon of craving.
This phenomenon, as we have suggested,
may be the manifestation of an allergy which differentiates these people,
and sets them apart as a distinct entity.
It has never been, by any treatment with which we are familiar,
permanently eradicated.
The only relief we have to suggest is entire abstinence.
I earnestly advise every alcoholic to read this book through,
and though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.
William D. Silkworth, M.D. Pg. xxviii 
The best way to start doing something
is to start doing something.
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).
People appreciate and follow the person
who can persuade them properly.
Make that person you.
Ernest Holmes
Not long after I came to the fellowship,
I started to feel the peace of my HP.
Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Plant the love of the holy ones within your spirit;
don’t give your heart to anything,
but the love of those whose hearts are glad.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 210 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I choose the joy of God instead of pain.”
What stands out to me in this lesson is that God’s Will for me is joy and only joy. If I am not experiencing joy, I must be choosing against God’s Will. Pain is my own idea, not a Thought of God. All the discomfort I experience — stress, anxiety, impatience, feeling hurried — are all the result of choosing against God’s Will. Choosing God’s Will must bring me joy because that is what His Will is.
Is it a sacrifice to accept the joy of God? Part of me must think it is because part of my mind tenaciously hangs on to this image I have made of myself that never feels quite secure or safe and seems to need to be constantly alert for hazards of some kind. This image of a vulnerable self hides from my awareness the Self that knows and is the joy of God.
The joy of God is already in me. In fact, the joy of God is me. I don’t need to do anything to experience His joy. I only need to stop maintaining a false image that obscures awareness of my true Self. That is why I must continue to repeat, “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.” As I reinforce this focus more and more, the false image of a limited self softens and fades. The way is gradually cleared to see the joyous Self God created one with Him. As I withdraw identification with the limitations of a body, I am free to choose the joy of God instead of pain.
I am willing today to continue to practice remembering I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me. I can choose the joy of God instead of pain. This choice is simply the choice to be what I am in truth. I am deeply grateful for these lessons, which help me release a false self-image and clear the way for return to my Self as God created me.
This morning I woke up with a sore muscle in my shoulder. In today’s lesson I am reminded that pain is my own idea. It is not a Thought of God. This is one more place where I need to open my mind to the healing presence of the Holy Spirit. The pain in my shoulder is an effect of a thought apart from Him and from His Will. My job now is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions and let myself be led to a change of mind.
On my own, I do not know. The Holy Spirit is the healer and the healing needs to happen in my mind. The sore shoulder is merely an effect of a thought still residing in my mind. Pain is not of God. It is through forgiveness or letting go of some form of thought of separation that needs to be loosened and undone in my mind.
Holy Spirit, You know the way. I am willing to relax and open to Your healing Light. This is what I choose instead of pain. I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me. Today I choose to remember this and return to it again and again to heal my mind.
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No one can be a yogi, maintaining a state of mental equilibrium,
free from inner involvement in planned desireful activities,
unless he has renounced identification with his ego
and its unsatisfiable lust for the fruits of actions.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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