From the BlogMeet Ron


“We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be “taught a lesson,” when we really want to punish. We were depressed and complained we felt bad, when in fact we were mainly asking for sympathy and attention. This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
Some folks hesitate to seize additional strength
because they think it wrong or dangerous to be
a powerful individual. Somehow they have
acquired the false notion that tyranny or dictatorship
or cruelty are the outcomes of a powerful personality.
These characteristics are not power.
They are weaknesses disguised as power.
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).

Definitely I know that every negative condition
of the past is cleared away from my consciousness.
I no longer think about it, see it, or believe in it.
Nor do I believe that it has any effect whatsoever in my experience.
Yesterday is not, tomorrow is not,
but today, bright with hope and filled with promise, is mine.
oday I live.

Ernest Holmes
I do believe that God is my Father, I guess that means I am a son of God.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
That which is false troubles the heart,
but truth brings joyous tranquillity.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 191 Insights
“I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
Today’s lesson is another step in the complete reversal of all I have thought is true. “I am the holy Son of God Himself.” This is definitely not the way I thought of myself. The list of all the forms of lovelessness given in the first paragraph, last sentence, is more in line with what I have been used to seeing. Yet I am learning this is only the effect of denying my Identity.
On a feeling level, there has always been a faint glimmer, deep in the recesses of my mind that the world I experienced and the identity I believed was me was not really true. It comes with great relief and a joyous “I knew it!” to read this lesson. I feel it releasing me from the pain of a loveless identity. I feel it resonating in my heart with a song of joy. That faint glimmer is fanned into an ever brightening flame each time I affirm, “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
I feel the relief of recognition of what is true and release from a false identity that never could be true. I walk with a lighter step and a gentle smile on my face. I look on a more benevolent world. The gratitude I feel reaches out in blessing to all and comes back to me magnified a thousand times. The Light in me recognizes the Light in you and we join together in our Creator, our Source. And I remember I am as Love created me.
Today’s lesson is about what the whole Course is about — helping and encouraging us to accept our true Identity as an extension of Love. “You are as God created you. All else but this one thing is folly to believe.” (4:2-3)
I see it is my job to watch my thoughts and look at what I am believing as I go through my day today and every day. Am I remembering all power is given to me in earth and Heaven? Am I remembering there is nothing I cannot do? Or am I playing the game of being weak and frail? Am I thinking I am helpless?
The way out of the dream is to see the barriers I am placing in the way of my recognition that my true Identity is an extension of Love and nothing else. And these barriers come in the form of placing my beliefs in limiting thoughts. Am I accepting limitation as true this minute? How are my thoughts denying my Identity as a Son of God?
Today’s lesson gets to the core of awakening. It gets to the core of how to free myself from thoughts that deny my Identity. It teaches me to reverse my thinking. It teaches me to refuse to believe in the games of limitation I have accepted as true. Practicing this lesson helps me let go of the bondage of a world that is trying to be the opposite of God. In order to do this, I must be willing to quiet my busy mind frequently through the day and let my mind be filled with the truth of my Identity as an extension of Love. “I am the holy Son of God Himself.”
This is such an incredible lesson and I feel grateful as I realize I am willing to believe it. When I read it the first time, I could not even bring myself to say it out loud! My resistance was so strong that I could barely understand what I was reading. Over time, I have lessened my resistance and today as I read it I was filled with joy. I don’t fully accept it as true, but now my resistance is more of a, “I don’t fully accept it — now,” variety. I recognize I want it and I can envision it happening. I can see the blocks to full acceptance and am glad to work on releasing them.
This morning Holy Spirit showed me one of the blocks I need to release. During my meditation I started thinking about an error I made awhile back and was surprised at how much I was still bothered by it. Later while I was dressing I thought of something else that happened yesterday and was irritated all over again. When this happened a third time, I got the hint. I thought about the passage in another lesson that assures us Holy Spirit cannot be delayed in His teaching by our errors, only in our unwillingness to let them go. I thanked Holy Spirit for helping me to see what I was doing and asked His help in releasing the past.
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Paramahansa Yogananda
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