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“Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!”

Courtesy of
The Freeman Institute
“Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy!”
On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
 
It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.
 
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
Pepsi originally contained pepsin, thus the name. 
 
Our eyes are always the same size from birth,
but our nose and ears never stop growing.
 
 
 
In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies,
including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
 
The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins,
“Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.” 
 
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. 
 
 
 
Honey is the only natural food that is made without
destroying any kind of life. What about milk you say? 
 
A snail can sleep for three years. 
 
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would
have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
(Hardly seems worth it)
 
If you passed gas consistently for 6 years and 9 months,
enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
 
The human heart creates enough pressure when
it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
 
A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
( In your next life do you want to be a pig?)
 
A cockroach will live nine days without its
head before it starves to death. 
 
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
(Do not try this at home ..maybe at work)
 
The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head
is attached to its body. The female initiates mating by
ripping the male’s head off. 
 
The flea can jump 350 times its body length.
It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.
 
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
(What can be so tasty on the bottom of the pond?)
 
Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
 
Butterflies taste with their feet.
(Something I always wanted to know)
 
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
 
Elephants are the only animal that cannot jump.
(OK, so that would be a good thing….)
 
A cat’s urine glows under a black light.
(I wonder who was paid to figure that out.)
 
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that.)
 
Starfish have no brains. (I know some people like that too.)
 
Polar bears are left-handed
(Who knew…? Who cares!)
 
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
 
 Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. 
 
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. 
 
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. 
 
The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing. 
 
The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. 
 
There are more chickens than people in the world. 
 
Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey. 
 
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.” 
 
On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over
the Parliament building is an American flag. 
 
All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20. 
 
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. 
 
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.” 
 
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln
Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. 
 
Almonds are a member of the peach family. 
 
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance. 
 
Maine is the only state (in USA) whose name is just one syllable. 
 
There are only four words in the English language
which end in “dous”:
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. 
 
Los Angeles’ full name is
“El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” 
 
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. 
 
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. 
 
In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10. 
 
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer. 
 
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were
named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s
“It’s a Wonderful Life.” 
 
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. 
 
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. 
 
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. 
 
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. 
 
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world. 
 
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak. 
 
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked
by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. 
 
Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister. 
 
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes. 
 
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. 
 
Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. 
 
A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
 
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of
mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
 
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne
will bounce up and down continuously
from the bottom of the glass to the top.
 
A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
 
A 2″ X 4″ is really 1-1/2″ by 3-1/2″.
 
During the chariot scene in “Ben Hur,” a small red car can be seen in the distance.
 
On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily (I knew it!).
 
Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
 
The number of possible ways of playing the
first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
 
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with
orange, purple, and silver. What about “month?”
 
The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”
There was never a recorded Wendy before.
 
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in
World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
 
If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion,
it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
(Who was the sadist that discovered this??)
 
Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to
slow film down while shooting so you could see his moves.
That’s the opposite of the norm.
 
The first CD pressed in the US was
Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”
 
The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
 
The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an
old English law which stated that  you couldn’t
beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
 
The first product Motorola started to develop was
a record player for automobiles.
At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola,
so they called themselves Motorola.
 
Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
 
By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back,
you cannot sink into quicksand.
 
Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to
eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
 
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
 
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
 
Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
 
An old law in Bellingham, Washington made it illegal for
a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
 
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
 
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for
being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
 
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
 
Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into
space because passing wind in a space suit damages them.
(The suits or the astronauts?)
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As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year! (May & October) Women
always kept their hair covered while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.
Wealthy men could afford good wigs. The wigs couldn’t be washed so to clean them, they could carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term “big wig.” Today we often use the expression “Here comes the Big Wig” because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy. 
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In the late 1700’s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide
board was folded down from the wall and used for dining. The “head of the household” always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Once in a while an invited guest would be offered to sit in this chair during a meal whom was almost always a man. To sit-in the chair meant you were important and in charge. Sitting in the chair, one was called the “chair man.” Today, in business, we use the expression/title “Chairman.” 
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Needless to say, personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told “mind your own bee’s wax.” Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term “crack a smile.” Also, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt, and therefore, the expression “losing face.” 
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Ladies wore corsets which would lace up in the front.
A tightly tied lace was worn by a proper and
dignified lady as in “straight laced”. 
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Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the “ace of spades.” To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t “playing with a full deck.” 
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Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what was considered important to the
people. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs and bars who were told to “go sip some ale” and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. “You go sip here” and “You go sip there.” The two words “go sip” were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and thus, we have the term “gossip.” 
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Some More Things You May NOT Have Known
 
1. Money isn’t made out of paper; it’s made out of cotton.
2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.
3. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks -otherwise it will digest itself.
4. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
5. 40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
6. Every person has a unique tongue print.
7. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
8. The ‘spot’ on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes.
He was albino.
9. 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
10. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
11. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
12. Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system;
a few ounces will kill a small sized dog.
13. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
14. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up
into the shark’s stomach from underneath,
causing the shark to explode.
15. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand
and draw with the other at the same time.
16. American Airlines saved $40,000 in ’87 by
eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
17. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
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Let’s Ask Bill–What were the conditions that led to the Twelve Traditions?

Let’s Ask Bill–What were the conditions that led to the Twelve Traditions?
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Let’s Ask Bill
Q – What were the conditions that led to the Twelve Traditions?
 
A – After the Jack Alexander article was published in 1941 it brought down a deluge on our little New York office of thousands upon thousands of inquiries from frantic alcoholics, their wives, their employers and at that moment we passed out of our infancy and embarked upon our next phase- the phase of adolescence.
 
Well, adolescence by definition is a troubled time of young life and we were no exception as groups began to take shape all over the land and these groups immediately had trouble. We made the very sad discovery that just because you sobered up a drunk you haven’t made a saint out of him by a long shot. We found that we could be bitterly resentful and we discovered that we had a much better booze cure than we thought possible. A lot of us found that we could gripe like thunder and still stay sober. We found that we were in all sorts of petty struggles for leadership and prestige. A lot of us were very suspicious of the Book enterprise in the hands of that fellow Wilson who has a truck backed up to Mr. Rockefeller who has all the dough. And we began to have all sorts of troubles.
 
Money had entered the picture – it had to. We had to hire halls that didn’t come for nothing, the book cost something, we had dinners once in a while.  Yes, money came into it.
 
Then we found little by little that the groups had to have chores done. Who was going to be the Chairman, would we hand pick him or elect him or what? You know what those troubles were and they became so fearsome that we went through another period of flying blind. The first period of flying blind you remember had to do with whether the individual could be restored into one piece, whether the forces of destruction in him could be contained and subdued. Now, we were beginning to wonder in the early part of our adolescence, whether the destructive forces in our groups would rend us apart and destroy the society. Ah, those were fearsome days.
 
Our little New York office began to be deluged with mail from these groups, growing up at distances and not in contact with our old centers and they were having these troubles: There were people coming out of the insane asylums. Lord, what would these lunatics do to us? There were prisoners, would we be sandbagged? There were queer people. There were people, believe it or not whose morals were bad and the respectable alcoholics of that time shook their heads and said, “surely these immoral people are going to render us asunder.” Little Red Riding Hood and the bad wolves began to abound. Ah yes, could our society last?
 
It kept growing, more groups, more members. Sometimes the groups divided because the leaders were mad at each other and sometimes they divided because they were just too big. But by a process of fission and sub-division this movement grew and grew and grew. Ten years later it had spread into thirty countries.
 
Out of that vast welter of experience in our adolescence it began to be evident that we were going to take very different attitudes towards many things than our fellow Americans. We were deeply convinced for example, that the survival of the whole was far more important than the survival of any individual or group of individuals. This was a thing far bigger than any one of us. We began to suspect that once a mass of alcoholics were adhering even halfway to the Twelve Steps, that God could speak in their Group conscience and up out of that Group conscience could come a wisdom greater than any inspired leadership.
 
In the early days we all had membership rules. Where have they gone now?  We’re not afraid anymore. We open our arms wide, we say we don’t care who you are, what your difficulties are You just need say, “I’m an alcoholic and I’m interested.” You declare yourself in. Our membership idea is put exactly in reverse.
 
Years ago we thought this society should go into research and education, to do everything for drunks all the time. We know better now. We have one sole object in this society, we shoemakers are going to stick to our last and we will carry that message to other alcoholics and leave these other matters to the more competent. We will do one thing supremely well rather than many things badly.
 
And so our Tradition grew. Our Tradition is not American tradition. Take our public relations policy. Why, in America everything runs on big names, advertising people. We are a country devoted to heroism, it is a beloved tradition and yet this movement in the wisdom of it’s Group’s soul, knew that this was not for us. So our public relations policy is anonymity at the public level. No advertising of people, principles before personalities. Anonymity has a deep spiritual significance – the greatest protection this
movement has.
 
As our society has grown up it has developed its way of life, it’s a way of relating ourselves together, it’s way of relating ourselves to these troublesome questions of property, money and prestige and authority and the world at large. The A.A. Tradition developed not because I dictated it but because you people, your experience formed it and I merely set it on paper and tried beginning four years ago (1946) to reflect it back to you. Such were our years of adolescence and before we leave them I must say that a powerful impetus was given the Traditions by the Gentleman who introduced me. (Earl T.)
 
One day he came down to Bedford Hills after the long form of the Traditions were written out at some length because in the office we were forever having to answer questions about Group troubles so the original Traditions were longer and covered more possibilities of trouble. Earl looked at me rather quizzically and he said “Bill, don’t you get it through your thick head that these drunks do not like to read. They will listen for a while but they will not read anything. Now, you want to capsule these Traditions as simply as are the Twelve Steps to Recovery.”
 
So he and I started the capsulation process, which lasted a day or two and that put the Traditions into their present form. Well, by this time we had a lot of experience on these principles, which we began to think might bind us together in unity for so long as God might need us. And at Cleveland (1950), seven thousand of us did declare “Yes, these are the traditional principles upon which we are willing to stand, upon which we can  safely commit ourselves to the future and so we emerged from adolescence. Again, last year we took destiny by the hand. © (Attribution lost) (Transcribed from tape. Chicago, IL, February 1951).
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Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision. 
–Stevie Wonder
 
It has been easy for many of us to meet our limitations with self-pity. Maybe we think being a real man means always being strong, capable, good looking, and in charge. If we have a handicap, like blindness or a learning disability, we may have thought we were less masculine or less worthy.
All of us have handicaps. Some are greater than others, and some are more visible than others. These handicaps confront us with our powerlessness. We do not find our finest human qualities until we have met our limitations and accepted them. A new side of our strength develops when we accept our powerlessness and yield to it rather than trying to take charge of it. We develop greater vision when we stop feeling sorry for ourselves about our handicap and surrender to its truth. We then see our kinship with all men and women who struggle with their limitations.
Today, I will set aside self-pity and remember to be grateful for the lessons my limitations have taught me.
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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT 3/30/19

 
 
 
 
 
 
“”The books that the world calls immoral are the 
books that show the world its own shame.” 
— Oscar Wilde
“Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave you. . . ” 
–Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 84
 
“Silence is the great revelation.” –Lao Tzu
 
 
The world owes me nothing tho i am nothing without
giving the breath of life to our sacred inheritance,
to be kind to one another…👥 jrc

 
“It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels.
We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe.”
— p. 85

 
“Today, I will stop forcing things to happen. Instead, I will allow things to happen naturally.
If I catch myself trying to force events or control people, I will stop and figure out a way to detach.”
–M. Beattie

 
“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
–Wayne Dyer


Doctors Opinion “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

“Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be.
But what will happen in all the other days that ever
come can depend on what you do today.” –
Ernest Hemingway (For Whom the Bell Tolls)

“An Chéad Rud Ar dTús”=First Things First

“Heaven and hell is right now. . .
You make it heaven or you make it hell by your actions.”
–George Harrison

La Amháin Sa Turás”
–ODAT

“Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection.
So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt…”
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 15

“Beauty is not caused. It is.”
— Emily Dickinson

 
“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”
–Pope John Paul II

 
“Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave you. . . ”
–Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 84

 
 
“To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” 
–Mother Teresa
 
“Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.”
–David Grayson

 
“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.” –Ralph Marston
 
     
“Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.”
–David Grayson
 
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
–Native American Proverb
 
“Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection.
So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt…”
AS BILL SEES IT, p. 15
 
“Showing up is 80 percent of life.”
–Woody Allen
 
I feel like I know a few things, and one that’s important is that we have to be strong enough to continue to love and care about the generations to come in the way  our ancestors have done for us.
LAURIE WEAHKEE


 
I feel like I know a few things, and one that’s important is that we have to be strong enough to continue to love and care about the generations to come in the way our ancestors have done for us.
LAURIE WEAHKEE
 
For me, a lovely day is any day I wake up.
BERNIE S. SIEGEL
 
“The present will not long endure.” 
–Pindar
 
The question is not why they don’t like you 
when you are being you. It is why you are 
wasting your time worrying what they think of you. 
Spiritual Awakenings
 
“I came to a fork in the road… so I picked it up!” – Lawrence ‘Yogi’ Berra

Heaven and Earth are threads from one loom.
FRANK WINKLER
 
I care about truth not for truth’s sake but for my own. 
Samuel Butler
 
I now choose to rise above my personality problems to recognize the magnificence of my being.
 I am totally willing to learn to love myself. 
Louise Hay 
 
If you work on your mind with your mind, 
how can you avoid any misconfusion? 
Seng-ts’an 
 
There is no such thing as a problem 
without a gift for you in it’s hands. 
Richard Bach 
 
Do not be anxious about tomorrow;
 tomorrow will look after itself. 
The Bible 
 
Love is not consolation, it is light. 
Simone Weil 
 
Patience is the key to Paradise. 
Turkish proverb 
 
What a lovely surprise to discover 
how unlonely being alone can be. 
Ellen Burstyn 
 
By yielding you may obtain Victory. 
Ovid 
 
We cannot tell what may happen to us
in the strange medley of life. 
But we can decide what happens in a 
dash how we take it, what we do with it – 
and that is really what counts me in. 
Joseph Fort Newton
 
 “At the back of every noble life are the 
principles that have fashioned it.”
George Lorimer
 
The main thing in one’s own private
world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
MAYA ANGELOU
 
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.
For all serious daring starts from within.
EUDORA WELTY
 
May you embrace this day, not just as any old day, 
but as this day. Your day. 
Held in trust by you, in a singular place, called now.
CARRIE NEWCOMER
 
 “At the back of every noble life are the 
principles that have fashioned it.”
George Lorimer
 
The main thing in one’s own private 
world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
MAYA ANGELOU
 
May you embrace this day, not just as any old day,
but as this day. Your day. 
Held in trust by you, in a singular place, called now.
CARRIE NEWCOMER
 
May you embrace this day, not just as any old day, 
but as this day. Your day. Held in trust by you, in a 
singular place, called now.
CARRIE NEWCOMER
 
Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask
 whether it will be a good place from which 
to go on as well as a good place to remain.
MARY CATHERINE BATESON
 
If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel,
we can find something to be thankful for.
TERRY LYNN TAYLOR
 
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet…. 
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
JACK LONDON
 
“Honesty” without compassion and understanding 
is not honest, but subtle hostility. 
–Rose N. Frarnzblau
 
“When people talk, listen completely. 
Most people never listen.”
 — Ernest Hemingway
 
“Simmering resentment saps energy.” 
–N. Qubein
 
“Children are our most valuable natural resource.”
 –Herbert Hoover
 
When you listen generously to people they 
can hear the truth in themselves, often for the 
first time.
RACHEL NAOMI REMEN
 
Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless
pursuit of getting somewhere else,
 is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.
TARA BRACH
 
We are walking each other home.
RAM DASS AND PAUL GORMAN
 
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” 
-Scottish Proverb

You can’t change the world from the rearview mirror.
ANITA RODDICK


Sticks in a bundle cannot be broken.
EAST AFRICAN PROVERB
 
“If there is anything we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is not 
something that could be better changed in ourselves.”
 –Carl Jung
 
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep 
streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music,
or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all
the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here lived a great
streetsweeper who did his job well.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.


The beautiful is everywhere.
FERNAND LÉGER

I’m not in charge “God has no grandchildren.”
Anon


The whole world is a series of miracles, 
but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN


“The Depth of My Shallowness Knows No Bounds.”
Anonymous


“God, help me be so clear on who I am that I can
generously afford to let other people be who they are, 
too. Help me to set aside my defensive behavior,
 and teach me to blend with other people and see 
their point of view while not relinquishing my own.”
 –Melody Beattie
 
A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day.
A string of such moments can change the course of your life.
CHRISTOPHER K. GERMER
 
Living simply makes loving simple.
BELL HOOKS
 
 “According to my experience, the principal characteristic
of genuine happiness is peace, inner peace.” 
–Dalai Lama
 
Nothing is a waste of time if you use your experience wisely.
AUGUSTE RODIN
 
A well taken care of today will pave the way for a well taken care of tomorrow.
SRI SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA
 
 “To the world you’re just one person but to 
one person you could mean the world.
Anon
 
An act of love that fails is just as much a part of 
the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, 
for love is measured by its own fullness, not by its reception.
HAROLD LOUKES
 
“Fear is everywhere, and many fears lie within us, 
whether screaming loudly or sitting dormant. 
We must cast away fear, as we would the plague.” 
–S. Zee
 
Goodness of heart is a continuous feast.
PROVERBS 15:15
 
“To know all things is not permitted.” 
— Horace
 
The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life,
 the more you realize that how you use it, how you manifest it,
is all your responsibility. We face such a big task, 
so naturally we sit down for a while.
KOBUN CHINO OTOGAWA ROSHI
 
“Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
 — Jesus
 
It’s impossible for me not to believe in some kind of a power greater than myself. 
I couldn’t have created this beauty on my best day. 
Patricia Dixon
 
just to be alive is a grand thing.” 
–Agatha Christie
 
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
NATIVE AMERICAN PROVERB
 
Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.
GLORIA NAYLOR
 
I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today.
KEN WILBER
 
Don’t plan it all. Let life surprise you a little.
JULIA ALVAREZ
 
HP Nieces & Nephews Leading White House mtg Awareness Humility “God, help me be so clear on who I am that I can generously afford to let other people be who they are, too. Help me to set aside my defensive behavior, and teach me to blend with other people and see their point of view while not relinquishing my own.” –Melody Beattie
 
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. 
I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, 
the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, 
even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.
RUMI
 
Prayer 
 
“In A.A. we have found that the actual good results of prayer are beyond question. They are matters of knowledge and experience. All those who have persisted have found strength not ordinarily their own. They have found wisdom beyond their usual capability. And they have increasingly found a peace of mind which can stand firm in the face of difficult circumstances.”
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 104
As Bill Sees It, p. 127 
 
Thought to Consider . . . 
 
Trying to pray is praying.
 
P U S H
Pray Until Something Happens
 
 
 
Depression
Step Four: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“If temperamentally we are on the depressive side, we are apt to be swamped with guilt and self-loathing. We wallow in this messy bog, often getting a misshapen and painful pleasure out of it. As we morbidly pursue this melancholy activity, we may sink to such a point of despair that nothing but oblivion looks possible as a solution. Here, of course, we have lost all perspective, and therefore all genuine humility. For this is pride in reverse. This is not a moral inventory at all; it is the very process by which the depressive has so often been led to the bottle and extinction.”
1952, AAWS, Inc.; Printed 2005; 
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, pg. 45
 
 
*^Daily Reflections^*
LOOKING WITHIN 
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42 
Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me. I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and myself. By discovering what my emotional deformities are, I can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for me. 
  To resolve ambivalent feelings, I need to feel a strong and helpful sense of myself. Such an awareness doesn’t happen overnight, and no one’s self-awareness is permanent. Everyone has the capacity for growth, and for self-awareness, through an honest encounter with reality. When I don’t avoid issues but meet them directly, always trying to resolve them, they become fewer and fewer.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
 
Courage and Prudence
“When fear persisted, we knew it for what it was and we became able to handle it. We began to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity to develop the kind of courage which is born of humility, rather than of bravado.”
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“Prudence is a workable middle ground, a channel of clear sailing between the obstacles of fear on the one side and of recklessness on the other. Prudence in practice creates a definite climate, the only climate in which harmony, effectiveness, and consistent spiritual progress can be achieved.”
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“Prudence is rational concern without worry.”
1. GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1962
 2. TWELVE CONCEPTS, P. 65 – 3.TALK, 1966 
 
“How dark it is before the dawn! In reality that was the beginning of my last debauch. I was soon to be catapulted into what I like to call the fourth dimension of existence. I was to know happiness, peace, and usefulness, in a way of life that is incredibly more wonderful as time passes.”
Alcoholics Anonymous
4th Edition, Bill’s Story, pg. 8
 
Since I’ve been in A.A., have I made a start toward becoming more honest? Do I no longer have to lie to my loved ones? Do I try to have meals on time, and do I try to earn what I make at work? Am I trying to be honest? Have I faced myself as I really am and have I admitted to myself that I’m no good by myself, but have to rely on God to help me do the right thing? Am I beginning to find out what it means to be alive and to face the world honestly and without fear? 
  God is all around us. His spirit pervades the universe. And yet we often do not let His spirit in. We try to get along without His help and we make a mess of our lives. We can do nothing of any value without God’s help. All our human relationships depend on this. When we let God’s spirit rule our lives, we learn how to get along with others and how to help them. 
Twenty Four Hours A Day
It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen. 
But you need enough hope to keep going. I am trying to make hope. 
Flowers grow out of darkness.
CORITA KENT
 
Enveloped in Your Light, may I be a beacon to those in search of Light. Sheltered in Your Peace, may I offer shelter to those in need of peace. Embraced by Your Presence, so may I be present to others.
RABBI RAMI SHAPIRO
 
“If you make yourself a doormat, you will be stepped on.” 
–American Proverb
 
“Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished, are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have nothing to do with my original problem.”
Anonymous
 
“Resentment, anger, or a desire to see someone punished,
are things that rot my soul. Such things fasten my troubles
to me with chains. They tie me to other problems that have 
nothing to do with my original problem.
Anonymous
 
We must have the stubbornness to accept our 
gladness in the ruthless furnace of the world.
JACK GILBERT
 
The bad part about living outside the law is 
that you have no longer the protection of it.
Truman Capote 

When we do the best we can, we never know 
what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
HELEN KELLER


Anyone can be happy when they get what they want;
 the challenge is to stay grateful and peaceful even 
when the world around you feels crazy and dangerous and horrible.
ELIZABETH GILBERT


Some of the back roads are the greatest Adventures. 
They usually don’t feel that way at the time. 
Patricia Dixon


Nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all the anxious fears concerning the future.
–Johann von Goethe


“I grew up learning to ‘seem’ a certain way, not to ‘be’ a certain way”

Annonymous
 
I’m sorry you need people like me to feel better about you
Anonymous
 
“May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. May God be with you and bless you; May you see your children’s children. May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings, May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward. May the road rise to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home And may the hand of a friend always be near. May green be the grass you walk on, May blue be the skies above you, May pure be the joys that surround you, May true be the hearts that love you.”
— Irish blessing🍀

Stress is when you want something to be what it isn’t. Acceptance is the only cure. So when I start to feel stressed, I ask myself what I’m resisting, and how can I loosen my grip a so that letting go can be easier? It’s unnerving how often what I think is the problem isn’t really the problem, especially when other people are not only okay with it, they actually prefer it, so clearly I’m the one making it a problem. Does that make sense? I’m the one who chooses to get stressed because I want something to be what it isn’t. If I can just be more accepting, then poof… Stress Be Gone.
Timber Hawkeye


Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
 
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, 
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. 
Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” 
–Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.” –Spanish proverb
 
You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be defeated.
MAYA ANGELOU
 
“Better the foot slip than the tongue. ” 
–French Proverb
 
There is no large and difficult task that can’t be divided into little easy tasks.
Anonymous

Sept. 19,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 19,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“Identifying, they said, was trying to see
how I was like the people I was with.
Comparing, they told me, was looking for differences,
usually seeing how I was better than others.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Start your day in a upward direction,
and the rest of the day will follow the uphill path.
========================
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).
==============================

“You have succeeded in life when all you
really WANT is only what you really NEED.” 

Ernest Holmes
Where I grew up everyone had a keg in
their basements, also a lot of block parties.
It was no problem getting a beer.
Anonymous
The more you know yourself,
the more patience you have for
what you see in others.
Erik Erikson
That which is false troubles the heart,
but truth brings joyous tranquillity.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 226 Insights
“My home awaits me. I will hasten there.”
If I am unhappy, depressed, resentful or angry, it is because in some way I am dissatisfied with what I believe about the circumstances I am in. The key word here is believe. What I believe determines what I perceive. Being unhappy with my circumstances means that at some level I believe that if what I perceive as outside me were to change in some way to my liking, I would be happy. To believe this, I must believe that I am separate from what appears to be outer circumstances.
 
Attempting to change the outer circumstances to make me happy is a way to avoid making the one change that will truly bring me happiness. To experience the happiness given me by God, I must let go of the belief that I am separate.
 
Trying to change what appears to be an outer world simply reinforces my belief in separation. The outer world seems real to me because at some level I value separation. Most of the time I do not recognize it as valuing separation. It may show up disguised to look like something else. I might want someone to show respect for me so that I will feel more valuable. I might want nice clothing so that I will look good and be acceptable to others.
 
There are myriad ways of looking outside for specialness to give us a sense of worth because we have rejected the value given us by God when we decided to separate from Him. Someone who is so depressed that they are suicidal might say, “I see no value in this world. I want to end it all.” But they are really saying, “I see no hope in getting the outer circumstances the way I want them and so I want to escape.” The ego loves this reasoning because it avoids looking at the core belief that is the source of the problem.
 
To find the happiness that is our inheritance, we must let go of valuing the belief in separation from Love. We must let go of valuing specialness. When we cease to value thinking we are separated from Love, we escape the world entirely because the whole world we see is just the effect of valuing separation.
 
As we give up the ego’s use for the body, we open to the Holy Spirit’s use for the body. What we value then is the Love we see in all our brothers and likewise in ourselves. Here is where we welcome God’s open arms. Here is where we recognize our unity with all. Here is where we experience the joy of Love flowing without end or limitation. We can make that choice in any moment and experience the peace and joy of God. We can walk the world in peace and joy, knowing we are at home in Love.
 
Jesus reminds me in this lesson that I return Home as I change my mind about the purpose of the world. The world was created to reinforce separation. My change of mind involves letting go of believing in separation and returning to my Home, which is oneness. In oneness, there is no division anywhere. Oneness is total joining and sharing of all with all. Oneness is being united in Love.
 
Returning to oneness in my mind is how I leave the world of separation. The Course tells me not to believe in what the body’s senses show me, for the body was made to be the instrument for perceiving separation. The lessons of the Course help me practice looking past separated bodies to the one Light of God that is everyone’s true Essence. The Course reminds me that nothing has changed since we were created by God. God created us all as Love and we remain Love eternally. What God did not create does not exist and so separation does not exist.
 
My opportunity now is to reinforce the truth and not the false belief in separation. My opportunity now is to return Home to oneness. My Home awaits. I will hasten there. What need have I to continue to believe in separation when I know it is not true? Separation is an attack on the truth of oneness and it does not bring me happiness.
 
My opportunity now is to lay this unhappy dream down and open my mind to the awareness of Love’s Presence, Which is always everywhere. What a happy opportunity I have today. And it has nothing to do with changing something in the outside world. It all happens in my mind. Today, do I choose to join with the ego or with the Holy Spirit? As I choose so I will receive. As I receive, so I will give.
 
A couple of months ago I went to my regular Monday night Course study and it was so fulfilling that when I left the building, I felt like I’d been literally lifted up; I actually felt light on my feet. I was able to sustain that feeling into the next morning when I woke up and I greeted the day with joy and happiness, feeling very connected to my Source. It wasn’t until I was driving home later that day that I realized that sometime during the day I’d lost that uplifted feeling. I remember feeling a sense of sadness when I realized I was back in this world, back in the insanity, my feet firmly planted on the worldly ground.
 
I think this is what the lesson means when it says “I can depart this world entirely.” Sometimes I think we have resistance when the Course uses words like “departing” because we think of dying or leaving our loved ones. I can’t describe what it was I felt for that (unfortunately) short amount of time and I haven’t been able to get it back since, but it’s the very thing that gives me hope and makes me realize it is possible to be in this world but not of it.
 
That day the “shift” back to this world snuck up on me because, when I look back, I don’t know when I lost it. Sometimes I wonder if maybe my ego self wasn’t comfortable with that alien feeling and I intentionally let it go. Whatever the case, I believe the constant practice of these lessons strengthens my willingness to open myself to go home and hasten there.
 
Today’s lesson reminds me of a message by Ghandi. “Be the change you wish to see.” It is not what’s outside that needs changing but my thoughts within. Then my journey home need not be so hastened. Thank you, Holy Spirit.

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included. 

==================================

A true yogi may remain dutifully in the world;
there, he is like butter on water and not like
the easily-diluted milk of unchurned and
undisciplined humanity.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

Sept. 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“When a man or a woman has a spiritual awakening, the most important meaning of it is that he has now become able to do, feel, and believe that which he could not do before on his unaided strength and resources alone. He has been granted a gift which amounts to a new state of consciousness and being. He has been set on a path which tells him he is really going somewhere, that life is not a dead end, not something to be endured or mastered. In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself. He finds himself in possession of a degree of honesty, tolerance, unselfishness, peace of mind, and love of which he had thought himself quite incapable.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
========================
VERNON HOWARD
A certain number of people seek power over other
people in a desperate attempt to find themselves.
They fail, for self-discovery is spiritual in nature,
not social or political. Authoritatively telling other
people what to do is their distraction from an inner
emptiness they can never fill.
========================
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).
==============================
Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling,
arising within the mind of the one praying.
Ernest Holmes
This program doesn’t teach me perfection
Anonymous
You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint,
for in play a child says things without uttering a word.
You can see how he solves his problems.
You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially,
have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises
to the surface in free play.
Erik Erikson
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all
the barriers within yourself that
you have built against it.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 Insights
“This is my holy instant of release.”
Every moment is my holy instant of release. I don’t have to wait to be released from the tyranny of the ego. In every moment I have a choice. I choose either illusion or reality. Though choosing illusions blinds me to reality, reality remains ever present, unchanged by my choice to believe illusions are real.
 
If I experience a world of separation, it is because I have chosen it. It doesn’t seem like I have anything to do with its seeming existence. Yet in every moment that I am perceiving separation, it is because I am choosing to see it.
 
Hidden deep below conscious awareness is the desire for specialness that chooses separation over unity and wholeness. From that desire and choice I get everything that comes with the belief that separation is real: Conflict, loss, lack, loneliness, fear and guilt. These are but a few of the symptoms of having made the choice for illusion rather than truth. Gratefully the choice for illusion can never be permanent, for my mind remains eternally united with God. The memory of my Source remains with me forever, even though it may seem to be forgotten beneath layer upon layer of illusions. I may believe I have left God and experience it as so, but God has never left me. His Love still embraces me and supports me and calls me to return to the Home where I belong. I feel that call in my heart. It is the cause of all my searching.
 
While the ego directs me to search where I cannot find the Love and peace I want, the Holy Spirit is ever present, ready to guide me where I will find the release I seek. I am grateful for the Course, which teaches me how to recognize the false images offered by the ego. I am grateful it teaches me how to bring these images to the Holy Spirit, Who shows me they have no substance and no effect on the truth of What I am. With His help I lay them down, recognizing that what has no effect must not exist.
 
Every instant is my moment of opportunity. Today I am dedicated to practicing recognizing false images and taking them to the Holy Spirit, where He helps me release them in gentle laughter and joy. And thus I am released.
 
I quiet my mind and ask the Holy Spirit to bring me my holy instant of release. The Holy Spirit responds by bringing the Light of peace and a sense of well being into my mind. I feel washed in peace. I relax in its gentle presence. I rest from the busyness of the world.
 
I am reminded that there is nothing my holiness cannot do. And bringing me the holy instant is easy as my willingness grows to accept the truth. The truth is always in my mind, waiting for my acceptance. I open to it now. Behind every illusion, there God is. Behind every form there is wholeness. Behind every false idea lies the truth. Only God exists.
 
Today I would accept my holy instant of release. Today I would let illusions be released. Today I would be free of the limiting ideas of the ego. I would learn to laugh at them, for they could never be true. I would learn to accept God’s peace and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, which always brings me my holy instant of release when I am ready to accept it.
 
And the more I practice this, the easier and more natural it becomes. That release, even in the temporary and incomplete way I allow it in my mind, is such an incredible blessing. I am left feeling as if God Himself has just given me a gentle kiss on the cheek and a warm hug. Wow! What will my life be like when I completely surrender to God’s Love and His Will?

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends,
provided this copyright notice and website address are included. 

==============

====================
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
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

Sept. 14,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 14,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.” 
 Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
========================
VERNON HOWARD
We must become acquainted with our emotional household:
we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are.
This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.
========================
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).
==============================
The road to freedom lies not through mysteries
or occult performances, but through the intelligent
use of natural forces and laws.
Ernest Holmes
I am now ready to go home.My Father awaits me and
the fellowship has shown me the path.
Anonymous

Healthy children will not fear life if their
elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
Erik Erikson
Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the
barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 Insights
“This is my holy instant of release.”
Every moment is my holy instant of release. I don’t have to wait to be released from the tyranny of the ego. In every moment I have a choice. I choose either illusion or reality. Though choosing illusions blinds me to reality, reality remains ever present, unchanged by my choice to believe illusions are real.
 
If I experience a world of separation, it is because I have chosen it. It doesn’t seem like I have anything to do with its seeming existence. Yet in every moment that I am perceiving separation, it is because I am choosing to see it.
 
Hidden deep below conscious awareness is the desire for specialness that chooses separation over unity and wholeness. From that desire and choice I get everything that comes with the belief that separation is real: Conflict, loss, lack, loneliness, fear and guilt. These are but a few of the symptoms of having made the choice for illusion rather than truth. Gratefully the choice for illusion can never be permanent, for my mind remains eternally united with God. The memory of my Source remains with me forever, even though it may seem to be forgotten beneath layer upon layer of illusions. I may believe I have left God and experience it as so, but God has never left me. His Love still embraces me and supports me and calls me to return to the Home where I belong. I feel that call in my heart. It is the cause of all my searching.
 
While the ego directs me to search where I cannot find the Love and peace I want, the Holy Spirit is ever present, ready to guide me where I will find the release I seek. I am grateful for the Course, which teaches me how to recognize the false images offered by the ego. I am grateful it teaches me how to bring these images to the Holy Spirit, Who shows me they have no substance and no effect on the truth of What I am. With His help I lay them down, recognizing that what has no effect must not exist.
 
Every instant is my moment of opportunity. Today I am dedicated to practicing recognizing false images and taking them to the Holy Spirit, where He helps me release them in gentle laughter and joy. And thus I am released.
 
I quiet my mind and ask the Holy Spirit to bring me my holy instant of release. The Holy Spirit responds by bringing the Light of peace and a sense of well being into my mind. I feel washed in peace. I relax in its gentle presence. I rest from the busyness of the world.
 
I am reminded that there is nothing my holiness cannot do. And bringing me the holy instant is easy as my willingness grows to accept the truth. The truth is always in my mind, waiting for my acceptance. I open to it now. Behind every illusion, there God is. Behind every form there is wholeness. Behind every false idea lies the truth. Only God exists.
 
Today I would accept my holy instant of release. Today I would let illusions be released. Today I would be free of the limiting ideas of the ego. I would learn to laugh at them, for they could never be true. I would learn to accept God’s peace and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, which always brings me my holy instant of release when I am ready to accept it.
 
And the more I practice this, the easier and more natural it becomes. That release, even in the temporary and incomplete way I allow it in my mind, is such an incredible blessing. I am left feeling as if God Himself has just given me a gentle kiss on the cheek and a warm hug. Wow! What will my life be like when I completely surrender to God’s Love and His Will?

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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The man who has perceived God looks upon
all types of men as dream motion-picture images,
made of the relativities of the light of Cosmic
Consciousness and the shadows of delusion.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

Sept. 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“The feeling of having shared in a common peril
is one element in the powerful cement which binds us.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Beauty is only skin deep,
but it’s a valuable asset if
you’re poor or haven’t any sense.
========================
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).
==============================
The universal Mind contains all knowledge.
It is the potential ultimate of all things.
To it, all things are possible.
Ernest Holmes
After coming to the fellowship and working the steps,
I was able to shut down that voices that told me that I was worthless.
Anonymous

 
The way you ‘take history’ is also a way of ‘making history.’
Erik Erikson
Why should I be unhappy?
Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 228 Insights
“God has condemned me not. No more do I.”
Any time I perceive myself as vulnerable or limited in any way, I am condemning myself. I have judged myself as less than God created me. And since I am the creation of my Creator, I must also be judging my Creator. Either my Creator is limited and vulnerable like me or my Creator takes sadistic satisfaction in creating an offspring subject to pain and limited, unlike Itself.
 
This could not be the reality of God. But it is the ego’s view of what God is. That is why to the ego, God is the enemy, not to be trusted and to be defended against, at all costs. The ego’s perception of God is simply a projection of what it believes it is. No wonder God is portrayed as angry, judgmental, capable of a wrath that produces punishment that lasts for eternity. Yet this is the ego’s wish, not God’s Will.
 
God, being perfect Love, does not condemn. His love for us remains unwavering and total. He sees nothing in us to condemn, for He sees only Himself in us. Should we believe the ego’s twisted, distorted, limited and fearful view of us? Or shall we believe God’s Knowledge of us that knows we are exactly like Him, perfect Love and nothing else?
 
The ego has raised many religions that sing its songs of condemnation and guilt. They glorify the ego, not God. If we would give glory to God, we need only accept His knowledge of us as holy, innocent and sharing all that He is. We need to forgive ourselves for believing in false images of ourselves. In that forgiveness, we welcome the truth of our one Self as our Identity. And in this way we remember our Creator, our Source, our Love. I am grateful for the Course, which teaches me how to open my mind to the recognition of What I am.
In the Text Jesus asks us to deny the denial of the truth. The ego thought system is the denial of the truth. We remain as God created us, as He gave all of Himself to us. We cannot change from how we were created. The ego denies this. The ego professes that we truly did split off from God and made God cease to exist.
 
The ego thought system carries with it an innate guilt for having attacked God’s Oneness. This guilt and sense of sinfulness pervades all the stories the ego writes. Unworthiness, vulnerability and lack are at the core of its thought system.
 
In today’s lesson, Jesus reinforces the truth and returns us to the awareness that what the ego professes has happened has never happened in truth. We are still one in God. We have dreamed dreams of separation, but they are not true.
 
The process of waking up involves learning to deny the ego’s denial of the truth. Jesus encourages us to receive God’s Word for What we are.
 
All our behavior stems from the answer to the question, “What am I?” As we learn to accept God’s answer to that question, all our actions will reflect that answer and we will share God’s answer with all our brothers and remember we are one. We are eternally one with God. There is nothing else to see or be. And we give thanks that only this is true.

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Only the wise know just where predestination
ends and free will begins. Meanwhile,
you must keep on doing your best,
according to your own clearest understanding.
you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air.
Without sincere longing, you will never find God.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

Sept. 16,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 16,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“We should be sensible, tactful, considerate and
humble without being servile or scraping.
As God’s people we stand on our feet;
we don’t crawl before anyone.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Make it absolutely clear to yourself what you want from other people.
That is really half the secret for drawing your desire to you in the
shortest possible time and with the least amount of effort.
========================
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).
==============================
God gives some more than others because some accept more than others.
Ernest Holmes
I acted with hatred to the world around me, thinking that
I was being reciprocal.Then I found the World was trying to love me
and I was pushing instead of accepting.

Anonymous

He who is ashamed would like to
force the world not to look at him,
not to notice his exposure.
He would like to destroy the eyes of the world.
Erik Erikson
That which is false troubles the heart,
but truth brings joyous tranquillity.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 229 Insights
“Love, Which created me, is what I am.”
This world was made to make it look as if separation is real. Along with separation appearing real, sin appears real because harm appears to be possible. The images seen through the body’s eyes are pretty convincing. Yet today’s lesson is telling me it’s all made up, a distortion of my mind.
 
More importantly, God has not let these wild imaginings affect my true Identity at all. He has held me sinless in His Mind, shielding me from any effect that I might believe the illusions I have made up might have. This is God’s grace. Being Love, God does not condemn. I am held forever safe in His Love. His only “judgment” is that I remain Love, as He created me. Love cannot sin, for Love is one and only gives of Itself. Thus I remain innocent.
 
The images of the world my body’s eyes show me are lies and deceptions. They are not the truth about me or anyone or anything. It is my job now to loosen and let go of my beliefs in the images of this world. That is forgiveness. As I forgive, with the Holy Spirit’s help, I am able to look past the images to the face of Christ, which is ever present.
 
Holy Spirit, hold my hand today and shine Your Light, that I may see the face of Christ wherever I look. Thus will I learn to recognize my Self as Love created It. I give thanks.
 
Love waits in quiet. My true Identity waits in quiet for my return. I return to Love by going to that quiet place in my mind where Love resides. It is always there because Love is eternal and cannot leave my mind. In that quiet place I know I am safe. In that quiet place is the face of Christ.
 
My job now is to let go of duality. There is only one real world and in that world lies the face of Christ. The Course tells us, “The face of Christ is all there is to see. The song of Christ is all there is to hear. The Hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him.” Today I will practice seeing the face of Christ and remembering that Love is What I am.
 
 
Something happened yesterday which brought to mind an incident that happened years ago. In this incident someone who loved me acted in an unloving way. The details are not important. Could have been one of any number of incidents. This particular incident just happened to come to mind in a vivid way and so offered an excellent opportunity for forgiveness.
 
I didn’t recognize it as such, yesterday. When I thought about it, I marveled at how unloving this person acted and how foolish I was to accept his behavior and how I would never do that again and how glad I was he was no longer in my life. Well, you get the picture.
 
The memory popped up again as I was doing the lesson, so I took it as a signal to take a closer look at this errant thought, as often these seemingly “stray” thoughts during meditation are trying to tell me something. Sure enough, this one was trying to get my attention for a reason.
 
As I thought about it, I realized his actions were governed by what he thought was right at the moment. He had a reason for doing what he did. At that moment in his life, what he did made perfect sense to him. Don’t I often act out what I believe to be true and later realize it was just ego, after all? Do I deserve to be condemned because I made a mistake? Does he?
 
If it was ego instead of the truth we had mistaken it for, it wasn’t even real. Should we be condemned for something that wasn’t real? So, once again, I see that what I thought my brother did to me, didn’t happen. It was a distortion of the mind and Holy Spirit is happy to help me see clearly.

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==================================
Many great works of art, poetry,
and music are inspired by astral memories.
The desire to do noble, beautiful things here
on Earth is also often a carryover of astral
experiences between a person’s earth lives.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

Sept. 17,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 17,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
People appreciate and follow the person
who can persuade them properly.
Make that person you.
========================
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).
==============================
I do not believe that God has imposed suffering
upon anyone to punish them or to teach them a lesson.
Ernest Holmes

It took awhile for me to accept the love that kept coming to me,
in waves, I was pushing instead of accepting.Love lifted me.
Anonymous

Men have always shown a dim knowledge of their
better potentialities by paying homage to those
purest leaders who taught the simplest and most
inclusive rules for an undivided mankind.
Erik Erikson
You left and I cried tears of blood.
My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left.
But when You left my eyes went with You.
Now, how will I cry?
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 230 Insights
“Now will I seek and find the peace of God.”
This lesson promises that if I call on God, I will find the peace He gave. The implication is that if I am not experiencing peace, I must be calling on the ego. The ego judges everything because that is how it maintains the appearance of separation. As it says in “What is Forgiveness?” an unforgiving thought must judge and to hold unforgiveness in place, the judgment must not be raised to question. But if I would experience forgiveness, I must be willing to accept truth as it is rather than judge against it and reject it.
 
This world was made as a place where truth is rejected. So it is not surprising that judgment is part of our habit of thinking. It is a habit to be undone if we would experience peace. With every judgment we call upon the ego. Each time we release judgment, each time we recognize there is nothing to judge, we call upon God and open our awareness to the peace that has always been ours.
 
Finding the peace of God is not complicated. It need not be a long drawn out process. It is only our lack of willingness to give up our identification with the ego thought system that delays the experience of God’s peace.
 
Some part of our mind believes that judgment has some value greater than the Love of God. Who in their right mind would value anything more than the Love of God? No one. This world is a world of insanity, of belief in what could never be real or true. The good news is insanity is not permanent because illusions could never be permanent.
 
There remains within our mind the Link that forever reminds us of our Source, our Creator. It is to this Link that we must turn to receive the correction that shows us what is real and what is unreal. We have had a mistaken perception of reality, but it is correctable. Each time we turn to the Means for correction, we move a step closer to experiencing the peace given us in our creation.
 
Today I dedicate again to practicing bringing all my thoughts of fear and guilt, whatever their form, to the Holy Spirit in my mind for His gentle correction.
 
 
Because our minds are powerful, what we seek for we find. The thoughts we hold in our minds are then reflected in the world. As we believe, so we see. The Course tells us that the way to find peace is to truly desire peace. As we truly seek for peace, we will find it. Peace is right there in our minds, waiting for our acceptance. So it is our willingness to accept the peace of God that we are working with.
 
The Course tells us we need just a little willingness. The Holy Spirit will take that willingness gladly and lead us to the peace of God. Peace is ours eternally. We cannot lose what is part of our Identity. As we are willing to quiet our minds of all the ego’s raucous thoughts, we will be led to peace.
 
Holy Spirit, I am willing to quiet my mind today and be led to the experience of God’s peace. Peace is all I want.
 
 
I was asking for peace this morning but I was having a hard time accepting. As I allowed my thoughts to flow through, I saw some of the things that I was choosing instead of peace. I gave those to Holy Spirit and asked for another way to see them.
 
Then I went back and reread the lesson. I could see clearly that peace had been in me all along. But like a weed-choked garden with a perfect (but hidden) flower at it’s center, I couldn’t see my bloom of perfect peace for all the “weeds.” As soon as I started pulling the weeds from my mind and giving them to Holy Spirit, I was able to recognize and enjoy the peace God placed in my heart when He created me. I can cover up what God created and refuse to acknowledge it, but thankfully, I can’t change it or destroy it.

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==================================
Truth is exact correspondence with reality.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813


Sept. 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“It is very difficult for me to come to terms with my spiritual illness because of my great pride, disguised by my material successes and my intellectual power. Intelligence is not incompatible with humility, provided I place humility first. To seek prestige and wealth is the ultimate goal for many in the modern world. To be fashionable and to seem better than I really am is a spiritual illness. To recognize and to admit my weaknesses is the beginning of good spiritual health. It is a sign of spiritual health to be able to ask God every day to enlighten me, to recognize His will, and to have the strength to execute it. My spiritual health is excellent when I realize that the better I get, the more I discover how much help I need from others.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Daily Reflections:
A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members
========================
VERNON HOWARD
The great solution to all human problems
is individual inner transformation.
========================
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).
==============================
The universe must exist for the self-expression
of God and the delight of God.
Ernest Holmes

I always knew my bottle count,
even my cigarettes
Anonymous

Men have always shown a dim knowledge of
their better potentialities by paying homage to
those purest leaders who taught the simplest
and most inclusive rules for an undivided mankind.
Erik Erikson
You left and I cried tears of blood.
My sorrow grows. Its not just that You left.
But when You left my eyes went with You.
Now, how will I cry?
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 225 Insights
“God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.”
There is no greater joy than that which comes with extending Love. When I am in the awareness of Love, my heart is filled with gratitude and overflows. As I extend Love to another, I experience It growing in me and I want to give more. That is the nature of Love. It cannot be contained. It must continuously extend to be Itself.
 
This is why I must Love my Source in order to know the Love He has given me. The more I am able to extend Love, the more my heart is filled with gratitude and joy and the more I want to extend Love. It is an eternal crescendo that can only grow, because that is Love’s nature.
 
If I am not experiencing this, it is because I have a false idea that in some way I am separate from Love. It is not true, but if I believe there is separation, I will experience it as true. That experience is one of loss, loneliness, limitation and lack of Love. It is the opposite of Love because Love cannot be separate or divided. When I am aware of Love, I experience Its unity. When I am believing in separation, Love is blocked from my awareness, though it remains ever present. All that is needed to remove the block is to forgive or let go of the thought of separation.
 
The thought of separation takes myriad forms in this world because it is the world that belief in separation made. These many diverse forms were made to disguise the one thought that underlies them all. There is in truth only one problem — belief in separation. While we believe that separation takes many forms, we need to let go of those many forms until we recognize they are all the same.
 
The Holy Spirit was given us to teach us to recognize these false images for what they are so we can let them go. Our only job is to take each false image that blocks us from the awareness of Love to the Holy Spirit. He will shine His loving Light on it and as we share the clarity of His vision, it disappears. We return to the awareness of Love where, once again, we join in the crescendo of ever expanding giving and receiving of Love.
Today I let myself be carried. The Spirit of Love is my Identity and I would open to It now. Now I let my mind be washed of all the false ideas that stem from the idea of being separated from God. God is my Source and I would not be separate from Love.
 
Today I would follow, I would not lead. I will let myself be carried by the powerful Source of Love that is my true Identity. Who do I think I am? I let that question be answered by the only One Who has the real Answer. There is only one Love and that Love is all inclusive. I am not alone. I am not separate. Nothing exists but God. I am willing to practice seeing this and feeling this and being this today.

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==================================

The man who has perceived God looks upon
all types of men as dream motion-picture images,
made of the relativities of the light of Cosmic
Consciousness and the shadows of delusion. 

Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

Sept. 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“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
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Freedom begins as we become conscious of it.
========================
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).
==============================
But even in the Christian religion,
much of its real meaning is hidden
by words that are misleading and
symbols that but few understand.
Ernest Holmes
I have only to clean house and help others and then I will go home.
Anonymous
Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence.
We need each other, and the sooner we learn that,
the better for us all.
Erik Erikson
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause
a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life. Finally,
to take a step without feet.
😇
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 226 Insights
“My home awaits me. I will hasten there.”
If I am unhappy, depressed, resentful or angry, it is because in some way I am dissatisfied with what I believe about the circumstances I am in. The key word here is believe. What I believe determines what I perceive. Being unhappy with my circumstances means that at some level I believe that if what I perceive as outside me were to change in some way to my liking, I would be happy. To believe this, I must believe that I am separate from what appears to be outer circumstances.
 
Attempting to change the outer circumstances to make me happy is a way to avoid making the one change that will truly bring me happiness. To experience the happiness given me by God, I must let go of the belief that I am separate.
 
Trying to change what appears to be an outer world simply reinforces my belief in separation. The outer world seems real to me because at some level I value separation. Most of the time I do not recognize it as valuing separation. It may show up disguised to look like something else. I might want someone to show respect for me so that I will feel more valuable. I might want nice clothing so that I will look good and be acceptable to others.
 
There are myriad ways of looking outside for specialness to give us a sense of worth because we have rejected the value given us by God when we decided to separate from Him. Someone who is so depressed that they are suicidal might say, “I see no value in this world. I want to end it all.” But they are really saying, “I see no hope in getting the outer circumstances the way I want them and so I want to escape.” The ego loves this reasoning because it avoids looking at the core belief that is the source of the problem.
 
To find the happiness that is our inheritance, we must let go of valuing the belief in separation from Love. We must let go of valuing specialness. When we cease to value thinking we are separated from Love, we escape the world entirely because the whole world we see is just the effect of valuing separation.
 
As we give up the ego’s use for the body, we open to the Holy Spirit’s use for the body. What we value then is the Love we see in all our brothers and likewise in ourselves. Here is where we welcome God’s open arms. Here is where we recognize our unity with all. Here is where we experience the joy of Love flowing without end or limitation. We can make that choice in any moment and experience the peace and joy of God. We can walk the world in peace and joy, knowing we are at home in Love.
 
Jesus reminds me in this lesson that I return Home as I change my mind about the purpose of the world. The world was created to reinforce separation. My change of mind involves letting go of believing in separation and returning to my Home, which is oneness. In oneness, there is no division anywhere. Oneness is total joining and sharing of all with all. Oneness is being united in Love.
 
Returning to oneness in my mind is how I leave the world of separation. The Course tells me not to believe in what the body’s senses show me, for the body was made to be the instrument for perceiving separation. The lessons of the Course help me practice looking past separated bodies to the one Light of God that is everyone’s true Essence. The Course reminds me that nothing has changed since we were created by God. God created us all as Love and we remain Love eternally. What God did not create does not exist and so separation does not exist.
 
My opportunity now is to reinforce the truth and not the false belief in separation. My opportunity now is to return Home to oneness. My Home awaits. I will hasten there. What need have I to continue to believe in separation when I know it is not true? Separation is an attack on the truth of oneness and it does not bring me happiness.
 
My opportunity now is to lay this unhappy dream down and open my mind to the awareness of Love’s Presence, Which is always everywhere. What a happy opportunity I have today. And it has nothing to do with changing something in the outside world. It all happens in my mind. Today, do I choose to join with the ego or with the Holy Spirit? As I choose so I will receive. As I receive, so I will give.
 
A couple of months ago I went to my regular Monday night Course study and it was so fulfilling that when I left the building, I felt like I’d been literally lifted up; I actually felt light on my feet. I was able to sustain that feeling into the next morning when I woke up and I greeted the day with joy and happiness, feeling very connected to my Source. It wasn’t until I was driving home later that day that I realized that sometime during the day I’d lost that uplifted feeling. I remember feeling a sense of sadness when I realized I was back in this world, back in the insanity, my feet firmly planted on the worldly ground.
 
I think this is what the lesson means when it says “I can depart this world entirely.” Sometimes I think we have resistance when the Course uses words like “departing” because we think of dying or leaving our loved ones. I can’t describe what it was I felt for that (unfortunately) short amount of time and I haven’t been able to get it back since, but it’s the very thing that gives me hope and makes me realize it is possible to be in this world but not of it.
 
That day the “shift” back to this world snuck up on me because, when I look back, I don’t know when I lost it. Sometimes I wonder if maybe my ego self wasn’t comfortable with that alien feeling and I intentionally let it go. Whatever the case, I believe the constant practice of these lessons strengthens my willingness to open myself to go home and hasten there.
 
Today’s lesson reminds me of a message by Ghandi. “Be the change you wish to see.” It is not what’s outside that needs changing but my thoughts within. Then my journey home need not be so hastened. Thank you, Holy Spirit.

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included. 

==================================
Man is important in one sense only.
He was made in the image of God:
That is his importance.
He is not important for his body,
ego, or personality.
His constant affirmation of
ego-consciousness is the source
of all his problems.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813


Sept. 12,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 12,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
We clearly realize that freedom’s inner kingdom
cannot be touched by exterior attacks.
========================
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).
==============================
Each one of us is an outlet to God and an inlet to God.
Ernest Holmes
I thank my Father that I no longer have to yearn for him,
I have found He is always with me.
Anonymous
Children love and want to be loved and they very
much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph
of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
Erik Erikson
Woman is a ray of God.
She is not that earthly beloved:
she is creative, not created
.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 225 Insights
“God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.”
There is no greater joy than that which comes with extending Love. When I am in the awareness of Love, my heart is filled with gratitude and overflows. As I extend Love to another, I experience It growing in me and I want to give more. That is the nature of Love. It cannot be contained. It must continuously extend to be Itself.
 
This is why I must Love my Source in order to know the Love He has given me. The more I am able to extend Love, the more my heart is filled with gratitude and joy and the more I want to extend Love. It is an eternal crescendo that can only grow, because that is Love’s nature.
 
If I am not experiencing this, it is because I have a false idea that in some way I am separate from Love. It is not true, but if I believe there is separation, I will experience it as true. That experience is one of loss, loneliness, limitation and lack of Love. It is the opposite of Love because Love cannot be separate or divided. When I am aware of Love, I experience Its unity. When I am believing in separation, Love is blocked from my awareness, though it remains ever present. All that is needed to remove the block is to forgive or let go of the thought of separation.
 
The thought of separation takes myriad forms in this world because it is the world that belief in separation made. These many diverse forms were made to disguise the one thought that underlies them all. There is in truth only one problem — belief in separation. While we believe that separation takes many forms, we need to let go of those many forms until we recognize they are all the same.
 
The Holy Spirit was given us to teach us to recognize these false images for what they are so we can let them go. Our only job is to take each false image that blocks us from the awareness of Love to the Holy Spirit. He will shine His loving Light on it and as we share the clarity of His vision, it disappears. We return to the awareness of Love where, once again, we join in the crescendo of ever expanding giving and receiving of Love.
 
Today I let myself be carried. The Spirit of Love is my Identity and I would open to It now. Now I let my mind be washed of all the false ideas that stem from the idea of being separated from God. God is my Source and I would not be separate from Love.
 
Today I would follow, I would not lead. I will let myself be carried by the powerful Source of Love that is my true Identity. Who do I think I am? I let that question be answered by the only One Who has the real Answer. There is only one Love and that Love is all inclusive. I am not alone. I am not separate. Nothing exists but God. I am willing to practice seeing this and feeling this and being this today.

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included. 

==================================
When your mind is fully withdrawn in superconsciousness,
it becomes centered in the bliss of the spine.
You are then in your ideational, or causal, body.
That is the level of the soul.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

Sept. 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“Definition of an alcoholic is an egomaniac with an inferiority complex” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Quit thinking that you must halt before
the barrier of inner negativity.
You need not. You can crash through…
whenever we see a negative state,
that is where we can destroy it.
========================
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).
==============================
In principle the great religions of the
world do not differ as much as they appear to. 
Ernest Holmes

When I grew up  I had no father and in the fellowship
and then I found my real Father, God.
Anonymous

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding,
which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.
Erik Erikson
The garden of love is green without limit and yields
many fruits other than sorrow or joy.
Love is beyond either condition: without spring,
without autumn, it is always fresh.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 224 Insights
“God is my Father, and He loves His Son.”
Since God is Love and He is my Father, my true Identity must be Love. Love is God’s gift to me. By Its nature, Love must be extended to be Itself. That is why my true Identity (Love) is the gift I give to the world. Only Love is real. So Love is, in truth, all there is to give. Love is the Light of Heaven and the Light of the world. My job is to see that Light of Love in everyone, everywhere, all the time. The Light of Love is all there really is to see. If I think I see something else, I am hallucinating, or projecting something that is not there.
 
The moment I recognize I am seeing anything other than Love, it is time for me to turn to the Holy Spirit and give this false perception to Him. That is the essence of daily practice that leads me Home to Heaven, where I am perfectly safe, at peace and in joy.
 
If I am seeing anyone as threatening to me or disturbing to me in any way, I need to remind myself that I must be seeing wrongly, for Love does not attack by seeing separation. Love only blesses by knowing Oneness. The true Identity of everyone is Love, so the truth of everyone only gives the blessing of Love.
 
In this dream, it appears there are alternatives to Love, but this cannot be in truth. As it says in the introduction to the Course, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Only Love is real. That is my true Identity, along with everyone’s.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to look past the false masks to the true Identity in everyone, that I may recognize my Own.
 
In this lesson, Jesus reminds me of my true Identity, Which I have forgotten. He encourages me to accept my true Identity and let the false identity go. Today is a practice in accepting my true Identity. Today is a practice in remembering I am still Love, as God created me. Today is a day of practice in not making the false identity — a body with a separate mind — real. Today is a day of practice in being willing to watch the thoughts I am believing in and, if it does not reflect my true Identity, to take it to the Holy Spirit to be undone.
 
Today is a day of accepting my Source instead of rejecting It. God is my Source. God is Love and therefore Love is my Source. I am an extension of Love and so I cannot be anything other than Love. Anything else is an hallucination. Holy Spirit, help me rest today in the remembrance that I am only Love. Let me be willing to remember the truth. Let me be willing to remember Love and that only Love is real.
 
This is a good lesson for me today. Yesterday someone offered me some guilt and I accepted it. The guilt made me feel like a bad person. If I feel guilty, obviously it is because I did something wrong. Since there is nothing I can do to fix the situation, I started feeling anxious and frustrated. This is such a typical ego maneuver — putting me in a box where there seems to be no way out.
 
Thank God I know now that I can take this to Holy Spirit and ask Him for a different way to see it. When I allow my mind to get so cluttered with these ego thoughts of guilt, fear and blame that I can’t see past them, I completely lose sight of the fact that there could be another way to see it.
 
If, instead, I can focus on Truth, like today’s lesson, “God is my Father and He loves His Son, ” then I can relax and let Holy Spirit guide me out of the scary place I put myself. I look back at it from the safety of God’s Love and I laugh that I was frightened by something so insubstantial.

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included. 

==================================
As often as you fail, get up and try again.
God will never let you down,
so long as you don’t let Him down,
and so long as you make the effort.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

Sept. 10,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 10,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“To this day, I am amazed at how many of my problems –
most of which had nothing to do with drinking, I believed –
have become manageable or have simply disappeared since I quit drinking.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity.
You need not. You can crash through…
whatever we see a negative state,
that is where we can destroy it.
========================
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).
==============================
The universal Mind contains all knowledge.
It is the potential ultimate of all things.
To it, all things are possible.
Ernest Holmes

I have found as I enter this new phase of life that
God,my God, is all there is.
Ron

Children love and want to be loved and they
very much prefer the joy of accomplishment
to the triumph of hateful failure.
Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
Erik Erikson
The garden of love is green without limit
and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy.
Love is beyond either condition: without spring,
without autumn, it is always fresh.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 223 Insights
“God is my life. I have no life but His.”
Today’s lesson is leading us to a new definition of life. In this world, human life is defined as a body that can breathe, its heart is beating and brain is functioning. But this lesson says that our real Life is only the Life we have in God. Our Life is God’s Life. We have no thoughts apart from Him. And His Thoughts are ours. There is nothing here about a physical body.
 
To fully grasp this meaning of Life requires a radical shift in perception. We must recognize that only God’s Thoughts are real and our only real Thoughts are the Thoughts we think with Him. The thoughts I seem to think as I look through the body’s eyes and label images as trees and water and sky are really only hallucinations. They are not real thoughts. They are image making. God is not an image that can be defined by form. God is Thought, which cannot be limited by an image.
 
Perhaps most radical of all to our ego-based thought system is the idea that we are Thought, not form. In this world all our thoughts are tied in one way or another to images. To recognize what we are in truth, we must learn to disregard the images and give them no meaning. This is very difficult for us if we believe our identity is defined by our form, which is the case for most of the people in the world. A vast portion of our resources is invested in clothing and painting the body to make it more appealing and to protect it from harm. But the body is not what we are. We are God’s Thought.
 
As I practice this idea, I become more and more aware of the many ways I put time and thought and effort into maintaining body identification. This is not limited to just the things I do to keep the body healthy, clothe it and house it. It is also about how I think of others and what others do. If I think one person is more successful than another, or I feel sad because I see someone who is having difficulty in their worldly experience, these are ways of keeping my belief in individual identities in place.
 
The truth is there is no difference between me and everyone, for we are all the same Thought in God’s Mind. We are one as God’s Thought. As I move my awareness more in this direction, my life becomes simpler. Less effort is put into having special things or looking a special way. More and more my attention is on seeing the Light in every brother, to seeing the face of Christ in him. There is less and less of a sense of difference and more and more of a sense of unity. As I remember that God is my Life and I have no Life but His, I am able to rest in His peace.
 
Part of the process of my waking up is to recognize my mistaken thoughts. This lesson reminds me that when I think I am living a life apart from God, it is not true. I have no life apart from God. This life I think I am living as a separate person is just a mistaken idea.
 
Unless I come to realize that my thoughts are mistaken, I will not lay them down. And it is only when I lay them down that I become aware of the real Thoughts I think with God. I cannot have both my mistaken thoughts and real Thoughts at the same time, for they are opposite in every way.
 
Jesus is there for all of us to help us recognize the mistaken ideas and let them go. He remembers our true Identity for us while we are forgetting and is there to remind us of the truth as soon as we will let him.
 
There is only one Life and that is the Life I live in God. My practice today is to remember this and extend the Love I feel from my true Home to everyone I see or even think of. Today is truly a happy day.
 
Today is my first real day back to work after vacation and after my ordination. I started wishing this weekend that I didn’t have to go back. I wished I could stay home and write and pray and distribute my fliers and be a full time minister. I wished this even though I knew I wasn’t ready for that. If I did that full time at this point, I would be through in about two days. I am still learning and growing and allowing time for things to fall into place.
 
As I read today’s lesson, I remembered it doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing. Every minute, everywhere, is an opportunity to practice my ministry. It makes me happy to think of bringing love and comfort to all of my customers and each person I drive past and every clerk in every store I stop to buy gas from along the way. I don’t have to do or say anything special to do this. As I use this time to practice setting aside my false thoughts and recognizing, instead, the thoughts I think with God, then I am serving the awakening. My attitude and my words will reflect these new thoughts and I will be serving the awakening. This is my ministry and it goes where I go.

© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, provided this copyright notice and website address are included. 

==================================
The Creator, in taking infinite pains to shroud
with mystery His presence in every atom of creation,
could have had but one motive –
a sensitive desire that men seek Him only through free will.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813


Sept. 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“I have found that the process of discovering who I
really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
All forms of self-defeating behavior
are unseen and unconscious,
which is why their existence is denied.
========================
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).
==============================
When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
Ernest Holmes

I was told that I just have to trust the process,
even if I couldn’t see what was in front of me.
Anonymous

In the social jungle of human existence,
there is no feeling of being alive without
a sense of identity.
Erik Erikson
Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell,
for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul,
my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 219 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I am not a body. I am free.
The statement “I am not a body. I am free” implies that if I were a body, I would not be free. The body is limited to a few cubic feet of space in this world. It is disconnected from everything else. This is an extreme limitation compared to the universal unity that is the reality of what God created. What God created is forever joined with Him and all creation. God loves what He created because He created it out of Love. That Love is eternal, unchanging and unchangeable.
 
The Self He created is Love and that is What He loves as His Son. It is What I am in truth. Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am. I am not a body. Believing I am a body is just a mistake to be undone. Because I am not a body, my innocence remains untainted. If I believe I am guilty for anything, it is because I have accepted a false image of myself as what I think I am.
 
The commandment that says, “You shall have no other God’s before Me” is a path to freedom. It is the mistaken images I have made of myself that are false idols which keep me bound to an experience of limitation and lack of Love. As I let them go, I open my heart and mind to the Love of God that has never ceased. Remembering “I am not a body. I am free. I am God’s Son” is an affirmation of my innocence and my wholeness. It reminds me I am still as God created me.
 
God is formless, changeless, eternal Love. God, or Love, is universal. This means Love is everywhere. There is nothing but Love. Love shares all of Itself with all. Love extends. Love is giving. Love’s extension is God’s Son. The one Son that we are is eternally united and eternally Love.
 
Dreaming of bodies with separate minds is just a mistake to be undone. No matter what we dream, we all still remain Love as we were created. We are still an extension of Love, which is continuous and united.
 
It is only as I am willing to quiet my mind of all the false ideas of separation that I can remember this truth. I have been confused about what I am and what my brother is, but I can lay this confusion down. I can remember what my Father loves forever as His Son. I can remember that nothing has really changed. Love remains Love as one forever. I need not be bound by dreams of false ideas.
 
Today my practice is to remember I am not a body. All still remains Love as God’s extension. I have reinforced false ideas and now it is my opportunity to reinforce the truth.
 
I woke up this morning thinking about my errors and berating myself for not being perfect. I sat down to do my lesson and started doing the “wrong” one. I read, “Only my condemnation injures me.” I felt a sense of relief, as if God were answering the question my mind was asking, “Am I condemned because of my mistakes?” For that is really what I fear when I do something that doesn’t feel right or have thoughts that don’t feel right.
 
I realized this was yesterday’s lesson and laughed out loud at how perfectly the Universe works to support my growth and my happiness. Then I read the comments from Staff and thought you must be speaking directly to me this morning. Especially the line that says, “Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am.” Thanks for the help!

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There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.
That magnet is unselfishness, 
thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others,
they will live for you.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

Sept. 5,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 5,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Selfishness–self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that at some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt.
 
So our troubles, we think, are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves, and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible. And there often seems no way of entirely getting rid of self without His aid.
 
We had to have God’s help.
 
This is the how and why of it. First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work. Next, we decided that hereafter in this drama of life, God was going to be our Director. He is the Principal; we are His agents. He is the Father, and we are His children. Most good ideas are simple, and this concept was the keystone of the new and triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom.
BB  Pg. 62 
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VERNON HOWARD
The thought of judgment, criticism and condemnation must,
in time, operate against the one who sets it into motion.
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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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Where the mind goes energy flows.

Ernest Holmes
I spent a lifetime blaming others,
never taking responsibility for my own actions.
Anonymous

The idea of a news broadcast once was to find someone with information and broadcast it.
The idea now is to find someone with ignorance and spread it around.
P. J. O’Rourke
What shall I say, O Muslims, I know not myself,
I am neither a Christian,
nor a Jew,
nor a Zoroastrian,
nor a Muslim.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 218 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“Only my condemnation injures me.”
In order to believe that I can condemn, I must believe that I am separate from what I would judge. Thus judgment becomes a way to reinforce the seeming reality of separation. This is self-injury because it cuts me off from my unity with Love, my Source.
 
It is impossible to know Love and perceive myself as separate. Love does not condemn, for Love is one and cannot conceive of an “other.” That is why condemnation puts me in the dark. It is impossible to perceive the Light of Love while I believe I am separate from it.
 
The good news in this lesson is that I can change my mind about this today, now. I can open my mind to vision and see the glory of Love that is my one true Self, in me and all my brothers. The body’s eyes cannot see this glory because they were made as instruments for image making. These images stand as barriers against the vision that shows the light and glory that is the truth in everyone.
 
As long as I seem to be in a body in this world, the body’s eyes will show me these made up images that are not real. But that does not mean the vision of glory is out of reach. It simply means I need to learn that nothing my body’s eyes show me has any meaning of its own. I must learn to give priority to the vision of Christ in my mind instead of the images the body’s eyes show me. It means I need to give value to the perception offered by the Holy Spirit rather than the perceptions offered me by the ego through the body’s image making.
 
The Holy Spirit will always show me what is pure and true. He will always show me Love and nothing else. As I learn to give this priority, He will show me how to use the images of this world as a means of returning to Love instead of using them as barriers against Love. I cannot make this shift in perception on my own because believing I am on my own is the error that must be corrected. It is in the joining with Holy Spirit that the shift in perception occurs.
 
Today I will continue my practice of putting Holy Spirit in charge of my thoughts to guide my seeing, to guide my words and hands and feet. He will lead me to the glory that is already mine and everyone’s. And I give thanks.
This world is not my home. I do not need to give it credence. I do not need to judge it or condemn it. To judge it would be to make it real. I awaken only as I cease to make it real. Judging anything in the world only serves to bind me tighter to the false ideas of the ego. The Holy Spirit is gradually teaching me that there is nothing in this world I want because the world is truly nothing. This means there is nothing in this world I need to judge.
 
If I see something other than the reality that there is nothing but Love, I am seeing hallucinations. And these hallucinations only come when I join with the false ideas of the ego. This joining with the ego only brings me pain and unhappiness.
 
The best use of my time now is to become aware of when I am joining with the ego and allow the Holy Spirit to open my eyes from this blindness. I really do not want to reinforce separation. My practice today is to step back and be open to Holy Spirit’s perception, again and again. I would let my mind be healed today.

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The Creator, in taking infinite pains to shroud with mystery His presence in every atom of creation,
could have had but one motive –
a sensitive desire that men seek Him only through free will.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813