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JULY 16,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 16,2018 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
“It is a mistake for anyone to think he
has lived too long in his old, unsatisfactory
ways to make the great change. If you switch
on the light in a dark room,
it makes no difference how long it was dark
because the light will still shine. Be teachable.
That is the whole secret.
========================
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).
==============================
Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. 
It can be ignored. To the extent that we
abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. 
Denying love is our only problem,
and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love,
we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
“Winners do what they have to do
and losers do what they want to do.”
Anonymous
The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
 
Beauty surrounds us, 
but usually we need 
to be walking in a 
garden to know it.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 166 Insights
“I am entrusted with the gifts of God.”
Today’s lesson is asking us to exemplify what we are learning from the Course. To truly have the gifts the Course is offering us we must live them. It is not enough to just repeat the words that God has given me His joy and His Love. I need to accept His joy and be joyous. This is how I offer salvation to the world. This is how I offer joy to my brother — by demonstrating joy. I can only demonstrate joy when I align my will with God’s, when I remember His Will and mine are one and the same.
 
If I perceive myself attacked by a brother and respond with attack, I have made the world real and denied my Creator’s Will. His Will is to love and nothing else. The more I to take my thoughts of attack to the Holy Spirit to let them be transformed, the more I will live in peace and joy, and the more I will give the gifts of peace and joy. The transformation of my thoughts and beliefs comes in many ways, but the end result is that what I perceived as attack I have been led to see as a call for Love.
 
Sometimes I recognize the call for Love in another. Sometimes I recognize the call for Love in myself. And oftentimes I see it in both. The Holy Spirit always answers those calls for Love with Love. He reminds me that God created me in Love, has not changed His Mind about me, and so I already have the Love I seek. He reminds me that I am worthy because God has deemed me worthy. Sometimes the transformation of perception leads to an action or expression to a brother to help Him know that he is loved in a form that he can receive. Sometimes it is only a thought of Love in my mind that I can offer, but always, as I give the gift, I receive the gift. I feel the strength of Love in my heart grow.
 
Today let me recognize the Love I have and am. Let me freely give It so I may receive It’s blessing. Thus do I fulfill God’s trust in me that He has demonstrated by His gifts to me.
 
God’s gifts to me are His Love, His peace and His joy. God’s gift to me is true happiness. God’s gift to me is Heaven. Jesus tells us in earlier lessons that we are Heaven. We have been given Heaven. It is our only Identity. Our job now is to let go of wandering in the wilderness like the prodigal son. Our job is to accept our inheritance from our Father in Heaven and be willing to be led back to Heaven by the Holy Spirit.
 
We can tell if we are allowing ourselves to be led back to Heaven by the amount of peace, love and joy we let into our awareness. When we let peace, love and joy into our awareness, we feel it. We are one with these gifts. When we are one with these gifts, we spontaneously give these gifts of peace, love and joy. When we receive Love we give Love. Within the action of receiving is the action of giving. It is all one.
 
It is interesting to recognize that the most important thing we can give any brother is the gift of peace, the gift of Love, the gift of joy. In order to give these gifts, we must first receive them. And inherent in receiving them is giving them. So today my top priority is to give God’s peace, God’s Love and God’s joy to everyone, because God’s gifts are always all inclusive. I do this by being willing to receive God’s gifts.
 
My practice today is asking myself often, “Am I actively receiving God’s gifts of peace, love and joy right now?” If not, my job is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit and ask with desire. What I ask for in my heart of hearts I will receive. What a wonderful opportunity I have today — the practice of receiving the gifts of God and giving them away.
 
I have succeeded in making it a habit to ask Holy Spirit to take my thoughts of attack and transform them. Though I don’t always do it, I do it more often than not. It is making a huge difference in my life. I realized this morning that I almost never follow my request by asking for God’s Love and comfort. I am not asking for joy. I think this tells me that I am resisting my true Self and clinging instead to the self I made. I think the only way to change this is by a conscious decision to do so. I will spend today reminding myself that I want God’s gifts of peace love and joy and asking for them. I am sure that receiving them will increase my motivation.

It is essential I do this because I must have them so that I can give them away. This is my part in the salvation of the world. I think that unconsciously I was beginning to realize what I’ve been doing because lately it has been bothering me a lot that I am so seldom accepting these gifts from God. I’ve been talking to Holy Spirit about it, but somehow I’ve been thinking of them as rewards, nice but hardly necessary, and perhaps not deserved yet. I see it differently now and I thank God for this new vision.
© 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 physical ego, the active consciousness in man,
should uplift its body-identified self into unity with the soul,
its true nature; it should not allow itself to remain mired
in the lowly delusive strata of the senses and material entanglement.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

JULY 17,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 17,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“I have come to believe that hard times are not just meaningless suffering and that something good might turn up at any moment. That’s a big change for someone who used to come to in the morning feeling sentenced to another day of life. When I wake up today, there are lots of possibilities. I can hardly wait to see what’s going to happen next.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“Just be honest with yourself.
That opens the door.”
========================
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).
==============================

We have within us, a power that is greater than anything we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.

Ernest Holmes
“Most alcoholics would rather die than learn
anything about themselves. In fact, they do.
Anonymous
A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.
Swami Sivananda
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 167 Insights
“There is one life, and that I share with God.”
The eternal Spirit of Love is What is true, now and forever. My job is to open to this eternal Spirit of Love. It will wake me up to Reality. It is the only Life. It will show me the meaninglessness of a pretend life within a world of time and space. This one Life is the truth of all that Is. It is changeless and eternal.
 
I can open to this Life any time I choose, but I must be willing to let go of my ideas of what is real. I must be willing to let go of the idea that separate bodies could ever be real or that individuality exists. I must be willing to let these false ideas go. I must have an open mind without preconceived ideas. I must open my mind to Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions. I must let all these false ideas be gently washed away.
 
God is everyone’s Source and This alone is real. This alone is eternal. This alone cannot die. The Father and the Son are one and no dreams can change that. My job now is to let go of trying to be different from God. My job now is to open to the truth and be willing to let go of illusions. God is One and cannot be separated.
 
Holy Spirit, today I give my mind to You. Heal it of all false ideas. I open to Your healing Light. This is my one goal, today and every day.
 
As I observe my thoughts, I am amazed at how much of the time my attention is given to thoughts of death as described in this lesson. It doesn’t seem that I am thinking about death. But I’m aware that I’m often monitoring how my body is functioning. Is there a discomfort here, an ache there? Is it working like it should? These could only occur because I think the body is vulnerable and that I think I am the body. These thoughts are a defense against death and so proclaim that death is real and must be guarded against.
 
This is all occurring within a dream in which I have imagined myself as separate from God and therefore separate from Life. Only if this were true could death be possible. This body monitoring attests to the importance I place on it as proof of my existence. Yet this is merely an imagined existence in a dream where nothing is real. I am not a body. I am Love, created by Love and one with Love. That is unchangeable. Being unchangeable, I cannot die. This is the truth about me and all my brothers. Worry about the body simply reflects a belief that I have succeeded in separating from Life, my Source. But I remain as Love created me.
 
Holy Spirit, I offer you my thoughts of death, of weakness and vulnerability. I ask for your help and strength to let them go. I ask for your vision so I may see the Life I am and see this Life in all my brothers. Only here is the certainty I seek. Here is perfect health and infinite abundance because this Life I share with God. There is nothing else to share.
© 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


JULY 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 18,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation “some fact of my life” unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“The terrible immoralities are the cunning ones
hiding behind masks of morality,
such as exploiting people while
pretending to help them.
========================
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 you want to do a big thing, get the mental pattern, make it perfect, know just what it means, enlarge your thought, keep it to yourself, pass it over to the creative power behind all things, wait and listen, and when the impression comes, follow it with assurance. Don’t talk to anyone about it. Never listen to negative talk or pay attention to it and you will succeed where all others fail.

Ernest Holmes
“If you want what you’ve never had,
you must do what you’ve never done.”
Anonymous
It’s sad when someone you know becomes
someone you knew.
Henry Rollins
Your depression is connected to your
insolence and refusal to praise.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 168 Insights
“Your grace is given me. I claim it now.”
Thinking I am an individual, separate from my brothers and from God, is a mistake. Thinking my brothers are their bodies or their personalities is a mistake. Believing in separation is a mistake. This mistake will continue until I accept and claim God’s grace. It is through God’s grace that I receive the means for laying down these illusions, these mistakes. So my focus now is on claiming the grace God has given me.
 
God has already given me the means by which I lay illusions down. But I have to be willing to claim God’s gift. That is my job now. Because I am so familiar with mistaken thinking, I need to return again and again to opening to God’s gift. As I claim God’s gift, I receive it. As I receive God’s gift, the Light I receive causes my false ideas to disappear. When the false ideas disappear, the effect of holding onto those false ideas also disappears. I am then able to see the Light behind the masks of individual personalities and individual bodies. I am able to focus on the truth instead of the lies of separation.
 
In this stage of my awakening, I seem to wobble back and forth between making illusions real and remembering the truth that all is one in God. This lesson is giving me the answer to every problem I think I have. This lesson teaches me to open to God’s gift of grace whereby the means are given me to lay illusions down once again. I need to open to God’s gift of grace again and again until all my belief in separation is undone.
 
This is a process. Instead of feeling guilty for my mistakes, I recognize them as mistakes and with God’s grace, I lay them down. This is my one function, being willing to claim God’s grace which provides the means for me to lay down all errors in thinking. I have the means to remember I am free. I just need to claim it..
 
This lesson is reinforcing the immediacy of salvation, of complete release from all fear and guilt. I need only acknowledge and accept it and it is mine because it has already been given me. In today’s lesson, God’s grace means to me that He would not let me wander off into insanity without giving me the means to return to sanity.
 
In our creation He gave us all of Himself, including all of His power. Thus when we chose in our insanity to misdirect that power, He could not interfere with that choice or He would be making of us a lesser order of power. We would no longer be equal in power as He created us. But by His grace, the moment we made the mistaken choice, we were given the means to undo the mistake. We still need to make the choice to let it be undone, but the means is already given.
 
My heart is filled with gratitude that I have a Father so loving that He was unwilling to make me lesser than He is and equally unwilling to leave me comfortless and without a means to return to Him. The Holy Spirit is His Answer to all my mistaken ideas.
 
My only need is to acknowledge my mistakes and accept the means for them to be undone. I cannot undo them alone. To attempt to do so is to reject the means He gave me. Rather, I need to accept His help and it will be done for me. As long as I continue to believe in false ideas and desire that they be true, I will not accept the means for them to be undone.
 
My part in healing is very simple: Acknowledge my mistakes and accept the means for them to be undone. This is the willingness that Holy Spirit needs. With this willingness, the rest is done for me. Today I will practice being mindful with the Holy Spirit’s help to recognize my mistaken ideas and then turn them over to Him to let His Light shine them away. This is my job today. And I give thanks that I have the means to be free.
 
“Your grace is given me. I claim it now. Father, I come to You. And You will come to me who ask. I am the Son You love.” This is so inspiring. I know what the poets mean when they say, “it makes my heart soar,” because that is exactly how I feel each time I say this prayer.
© 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.
==================================
Whoever comes to me finds me a mirror to whatever is in his heart.
Thus, I try to help him to see qualities in himself that he needs to overcome.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813


JULY 19,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 19,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“We have learned that the satisfaction of
instincts cannot be the sole aim of our lives.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“We are exactly where we have chosen to be.”
========================
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).
==============================

Expectancy speeds progress. Therefore, live in a continual state of expectancy. No matter how much good you are experiencing today, expect greater good tomorrow. Expect to meet new friends. Expect to meet new and wonderful experiences. Try this magic of expectancy and you will soon discover a dramatic side to your work which gives full vent to constructive feeling.

Ernest Holmes
“Sponsoring yourself is like using unskilled labor.”
Anonymous
A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.
Swami Sivananda
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 169 Insights
“By grace I live. By grace I am released.”
This lesson reminds me to open my mind to the truth. It reminds me that I have more ‘letting go’ or forgiveness to do. My mind needs to be purified by the Holy Spirit of all false ideas, all belief in separation. As my mind gets cleansed of the false ideas of limitation and lack, fear and guilt, a clean and open space is made in my mind. In this clean and open space, the Holy Spirit brings my mind to the truth.
 
With the Holy Spirit’s healing Light, my mind is transformed. The goals I had before are seen as meaningless. The feeling of God’s peace and gentleness motivates my willingness to let go of the dream of separation more and more each day. The world of form and bodies is believed a little less.
 
I ask for God’s grace, knowing that what I ask for I will receive. I continue doing the work of forgiveness day by day. I continue handing over my perceptions to the Holy Spirit to receive a new perception. I continue taking every concern, every apprehension, to the Holy Spirit’s healing Light. Opening to the peace of God becomes my one goal.
 
I am willing to play the part the Holy Spirit gives me in the undoing of the dream of separation. The Son of God is one. Every part of the Sonship must awaken for the Sonship to awaken fully. The way has been made. I focus on the present moment, and do the mind healing work that presents itself in this moment. Through this daily work, I prepare an open mind to receive the holy instant.
 
What stands out to me in this lesson is how important my part is in the plan for the salvation of the world. If there is one aspect of the Sonship that does not recognize it shares God’s Will completely, then there is still work to be done. I may think of that aspect as being in my own mind or perceive it as a brother in pain or fear. It does not matter because we are all part of the one Sonship.
 
The more I awaken to Love, the more I realize I could no more leave a brother perceiving himself as lost and alone than I could leave my arm behind when I go off to work. And so as Love grows stronger in my heart, the desire to share Love with everyone grows stronger, because that is what Love does.
 
To be truly helpful my job is to forgive, to let go of all attachment to any form in this world. My job is to let go of any belief that separation is real. This letting go comes with willingness. As I am willing to look at each limiting belief and bring it to the Holy Spirit, I receive His clear vision. His vision shows me what is real and what is not. As I recognize the unreal, I freely lay it down. Thus I prepare an open place in my mind to receive the gift of grace, the gift of unity and freedom from all limitation.
 
With this release, I walk with a lighter step and a quiet smile on my face and the Love in my heart draws me to share my joy and gratitude with all my brothers. The Light I receive I am compelled to share, not by obligation, but by heart’s desire. Today I would again practice forgiveness that I might feel the release and live more fully in Light.
 
When I read this lesson the first time I did not feel I really understood all it had to say. So I took it an idea at a time.
 
I think I understand that, through forgiveness, I prepare my mind for grace. Grace is a gift from God that allows me to see a world without fear, even as I live in a world of fear. Grace allows me to recognize I am not separate, even as I seem to live a life based on separateness. Grace restores the memory of God.
 
The problem is, I can’t imagine this. I can’t think, “Oh, this is how it will feel!” I cannot imagine how it will feel to be without fear of any kind or to never worry about having enough money or whatever form fear takes at any particular moment.
 
I can imagine thinking I need money for something and being afraid I will not be able to get it and then realizing I want to forgive this thought of lack and fear. I can imagine giving this to Holy Spirit and allowing him to show me another way to see it. I can imagine doing this all day long, becoming aware of the need to forgive (myself and others) and giving it over. I can imagine as time goes on I don’t need to do this as often because I am slowly learning to live a forgiven life. I can even imagine someday I will not need to forgive anything that day. I don’t see it happening today, but…
 
I am grateful for this process. Taking this one step at a time is something I can see myself succeeding at. I truly believe that, as I continue to allow Holy Spirit to heal my mind, I go ever forward until, someday, I will reach a state that today I can’t even imagine.
© 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


JULY 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 20,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“Self-knowledge is the great power by
which we comprehend and control our lives”
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================

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

Ernest Holmes
“The healthy person finds happiness in helping others.
Thus, for him, unselfishness is selfish.”
Anonymous
We all learn lessons in life.
Some stick, some don’t.
I have always learned more
from rejection and failure
than from acceptance and success.
Henry Rollins
Grief can be the garden of compassion.
If you keep your heart open through everything,
your pain can become your greatest ally in your
life’s search for love and wisdom.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 171 Insights
Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God. The power of decision is my own.”
An echo is a reflection of sound. Thus all things are a reflection of God’s Voice. All things, seen truly, are messages from God, reflected through what I am seeing. If I don’t see those messages, then I have used my power of decision to deny them. When I deny His messages, I deny God and therefore I deny my Self. When I deny God, I deny Love.
 
This world seems to show me everything but Love, which is sharing one Self. But Love is there to be seen. It is not the body’s eyes that will show me this. It is through Christ’s vision that I see the Love that is everywhere. In every moment I make the decision: Will I accept Christ’s vision or will I believe literally what the body’s eyes show me?
 
If I want to know my Self as created by God, I must accept Christ’s vision. To do this, I must let go of believing that I am a body and that it is my identity. Being an illusion, the body cannot offer me anything I really want. It cannot offer me happiness. It cannot offer me peace. It cannot offer me Love. If I use the body to seek the attention of other bodies, I have forgotten who I am. I am not a body. I am Love and nothing else.
 
Love is complete in Itself and therefore so am I. I lack nothing because I am Love. I am alone in nothing because I am Love. My joy is shared with all that is because I am Love. I am free and unlimited because I am Love. I am whole and perfectly safe because I am Love. I am Holiness Itself because I am Love and nothing else. I recognize that all this is mine when I choose to accept the awareness of my Self. I have the power to claim It in every instant.
 
Today I will practice listening to His Voice in all things so I may remember that God is but Love and therefore so am I.
In this world we have tried to change the meaning of Love. We have tried to change God. We have tried to change what we think we are. If we see a world of separate images which are unique and alone, we have joined with the false mind, which makes up millions of separate images that are not true.
 
God is one and will forever remain so. God is all inclusive. In lesson 169 it says, “We say ‘God is.’ and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless.” (5:4) God is all. There is nothing outside of God. God is synonymous with the Mind of Love. What we all truly are is synonymous with the Mind of Love.
 
When we are in our right mind, we remember we are Love. We remember our true Identity. Today I use the power of decision to return to my right mind. I return to my true Identity as Love. I remember I cannot change myself or my identity. My Identity is Love. It could never really be anything else.
 
Everyone’s true Identity is safe. Everyone’s true Identity is Love and nothing else. Today I practice remembering this truth again and again until Love is the only thing I see because I remember Love is the only thing that is real.
All day I have been very aware of every time I have had an unloving thought. Each time it has happened, I have stopped myself and thought about it. I have seen these thoughts as weapons of destruction that, when wielded, harm the intended victim and then come back like a boomerang and harm me. I have stopped kidding myself about my intention when I defend myself. All attack is meant to hurt, and it is myself I hurt the most by teaching myself that I am vulnerable.
 
Each time, I have articulated the unloving thoughts as clearly as I can and then laid them at the feet of Holy Spirit. In my mind I now have an empty place that Holy Spirit can fill with a new perception, one that is closer to the truth.
© 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.
==================================
I find my earliest memories covering the anachronistic features of a previous incarnation. Clear recollections came to me of a distant life, a yogi amidst the Himalayan snows. These glimpses of the past, by some dimensionless link, also afforded me a glimpse of the future.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813


JULY 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 11,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“Remember that we deal with alcohol, cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us. But there is One who has all power that One is God. May you find Him now!”
~Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition, How It Works, Page 58~
========================
VERNON HOWARD
We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see.
We are freed by conscious perception.
========================
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
“Do not wait and hope to be discovered…make yourself so you cannot be denied!” 
― Jamie McCall, Living the High Life Without Drinking the Champagne
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Satchel Paige
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 161 Insights
“Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
In this lesson Jesus provides an important key in the undoing of the dream. First he helps me understand that when I see bodies, it is a projection of fear that is coming from my own mind. But he doesn’t leave it at that. He shows me a way to reverse that seeing. He gives me a practice to see the Christ in my brother instead of focusing on his body. That is why the title is “Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
 
When I see the Christ in my brother, I receive a blessing. When I see holiness in my brother, it helps me see the holiness in myself. This practice helps me undo my projections of fear. It helps me change my mind. This practice helps me open to the truth to receive Heaven’s blessing.
 
Jesus reminds me that I see only what I want to see and my body’s ears hear only what I want to hear. In this lesson, Jesus is encouraging me to expand my willingness to see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. As my willingness to see the Christ expands, I will see the Christ instead of seeing bodies. I get what I focus on. Jesus reminds me that one brother is all brothers.
 
Today my practice is to see the Christ in everyone. It is the only reality. This is the key to the undoing of the dream. This is my key to awakening to the truth about myself and my brother. This is my way out of fear. This is the way I return to Love. Am I willing to accept the truth today? The practice of today’s lesson shows me how.
 
This world is a world of projection. For projection to work, it must have an object to project upon. A movie projector shows us nothing without a screen to reflect the images it projects. In the same way, if there is no object for us to project our fear and anger upon, there is no basis for the fear and anger. Thus to the ego thought system of separation, the body is the central symbol onto which it projects fear, anger and guilt. The ego’s purpose for the body is to use it as a means to show us justification for our fear and make it seem real. It seems to work, because we believe the body is real.
 
As we practice seeing with Christ’s vision, we withdraw our belief in the reality of the body. The reflection of projected fear and guilt fades and the face of Christ in our brother comes forward, showing us instead his innocence and our own. The idea of not seeing ourselves or anyone as a body is so central to the Course that in a later review we repeat many times a day for 20 days, “I am not a body, I am free. I am still as God created me.” Today’s lesson is a step in moving our awareness in that direction.
 
Holy Spirit I ask Your help and Your strength to guide me to see the face of Christ in all my brothers today so I may receive their gift which shows me my perfect innocence.
 
I like the part in the lesson that says,“Mistake not the intensity of rage projected fear must spawn. It shrieks in wrath, and claws the air in frantic hope it can reach to its maker and devour him.” (8:3-4) This explains what it feels like is happening in my mind many times. I can be fine one minute, but as soon as I let my mind wander with the ego, it feels like all hell breaks loose in my mind and next thing I know is I’m back in insanity wondering where my peace went.
 
This lesson clearly explains how and why we react to each other the way we do. There are no words to tell my Heavenly Father, “Thank You,” for getting these messages of Love to us. We are all on this journey together and the dedication to these lessons are for our own sanity, our own salvation and, I would guess, years of needless suffering. These lessons truly are gifts and I am grateful for my awareness of them.
© 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


JULY 12,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 12,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“…one of the primary differences between alcoholics and nonalcoholics is that nonalcoholics change their behavior to meet their goals and alcoholics change their goals to meet their behaviors.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
We are enslaved by anything we do not consciously see.
We are freed by conscious perception.
========================
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 could not believe that I could not drink.
What was worse, I thought I was good at it.
Anonymous
Age is a case of mind over matter.
If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
Satchel Paige
 
The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 162 Insights
“I am as God created me.”
Jesus knows what will help us. There is nothing in this world that can harm us or save us in any way. “I am as God created me” helps me let go of my belief in this world. This world is an illusion. I am only dreaming of a world of separation. I am still as God created me. Truth is true and nothing else is true.
 
It is my attraction to the stories of this world that holds me to this world. “I am as God created me” helps me recognize the truth. It helps me recognize that nothing could ever really happen but God. God is. Love is. And then we cease to speak. “I am as God created me” simply recognizes the truth. When my mind wanders in dreams again, I bring it back by remembering again, “I am as God created me.” Such is the truth.
 
Because I have such need of it, I know it will help me to remember God’s Words today as many times as possible. “I am as God created me.” These words bring relief from my sick dreams of a world of separation. I know the words of today’s lesson are the truth.
 
I need this practice today and every day. I begin in the present moment. And through the day if I forget, as soon as I remember, I will return again to, “I am as God created me.” It is the only cure for all the false beliefs found in the dream of separation. None of them are true. There is only one Self. We are all united as Love in the Mind of God. All is still Love, as God created It.
 
“I am as God created me” goes hand in hand with the often stated thought, “ideas leave not their source.” God is Mind, and therefore His ideas are His creations. My Self is an Idea in the Mind of God and It has not left Its Source. I am not a body, nor am I what the body does. I am not the thoughts I seem to think when I am identified with the body. These thoughts are not shared with God and are therefore not real thoughts. Since these are the thoughts I am usually aware of, I am usually not aware of my Self, as God created me.
 
Reminding myself that I am as God created me is another way of loosening my identification with the body. This release from identification with an unreal image is essential for me to receive the gifts that God gave me in my creation. His gifts are not of the world of separation. His gifts are not temporary, but eternal. Thus His gift of my Self is eternal. The truth about me is eternal, changeless and unchangeable. It cannot be harmed, so I am safe. All thoughts of fear of any kind can only occur because I believe I am something other than what God created, that I can in some way be changed.
 
As I practice replacing every thought of fear with the idea that I am as God created me, peace returns to my awareness. I am safe. That can never change. I am grateful for these lessons, which gently lead me back to this awareness.
© 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.
==================================
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

JULY 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Tell a man that he is putting on a stage performance in order to get what he wants, and he will irritably reject your observation. Why? Because most people go through life as cunning actors with a permanent horror of getting found out.
========================
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).
==============================
Teach and practice, practice and teach –
that is all we have; that is all we are good for;
that is all we ever ought to do.

Ernest Holmes
I have long believed that death did not exit,
A loving God would not do that.
Anonymous
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grief can be the garden of compassion.
If you keep your heart open through everything,
your pain can become your greatest ally in your
life’s search for love and wisdom.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 163 Insights
“There is no death. The Son of God is free.”
Today the last sentence of the lesson stood out to me: “We accept Your Thoughts as ours, and our will is one with Yours eternally.” As I repeat that statement in my mind, I feel a gentle peace wash over me. I feel safe. There is a quiet joy in my heart, for I see only a loving world. I accept Your Thoughts as mine. God is only Love and so His thoughts are extensions of Love and nothing else. My only real Thoughts are extensions of Love.
 
As I accept His Thoughts as mine, I look upon a world of Love. There is nothing else to see. My heart overflows with joy and gratitude. My only desire is to embrace the world with Love, to bring Love to the sorrowful and the sick, to the fearful and those who perceive themselves as guilty. My only thought is, “You are loved and you are Love.” This thought I carry to every brother because I accept God’s Thoughts as mine. Because I carry those thoughts to my brothers, I feel blessed beyond measure.
 
As I remind myself that my will is one with my Father’s eternally, I rest in perfect safety. Conflict is gone. There is no thought of a will that differs from His. I rest in God in perfect unity. In God’s changelessness, I find peace as I accept that my will is one with His. There is nothing to disturb my peace, for now I see there is no will but God’s and His Will is mine eternally.
 
That changelessness is my safety and my salvation. It is in my acceptance of His Will as mine that I am free of all conflict, all sense of loss, loneliness, fear and guilt. In God is my freedom, my safety, my peace and my joy. I thank you Father for these words of comfort today.
 
If I am as God created me, death is the wish to be as I am not. God did not make death and therefore it is an illusion. Now is the time to wake up from illusions, to wake up from belief in death and recognize that the Son of God is free.
 
There is a place in my mind that helps me wake up from illusions. That place is where the Holy Spirit resides. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will help me look past death and see the truth behind it. The Holy Spirit will build a bridge that reaches to Heaven. The Holy Spirit will lead me to where I am in truth. The Holy Spirit will show me God created only Love and the whole Sonship is still as God created It. The Holy Spirit will show me if what I am seeing is not Love, it is an illusion. It is belief in death.
 
Today I will practice letting go of death in all the forms it takes. I will practice stepping back from my illusions and open my mind to receive the truth.
 
This is a very powerful lesson. It says death is a thought that takes on many forms such as concern for bodies, lack of trust, and many others. I knew there had to be more to life than this and that’s probably because half the time I have one or more of these thoughts, so therefore I’m not really living.
 
The lesson says all things but death are seen to be unsure, too quickly lost, uncertain in their outcome. And I wonder why I sometimes feel like I’m walking through life on eggshells, afraid to love and be loved for fear I’ll lose the few defenses I have.
 
As I read this lesson, the whole thing sounds so insane, but I actually do allow these kinds of thoughts into my mind. The lesson asks, “Would you bow down to idols such as this?” and my right mind says, “No, of course not!” and yet I do, apparently over and over again.
 
Since I’ve started the Course, it’s been my experience that, even though my world is still an illusion, lessons such as these give me awareness. I’ve noticed I’m more vigilant and, with dedication to these lessons, I learn a little more each time I experience these thoughts.
 
Yes, Heavenly Father, please bless our eyes today. We are willing to be Your messengers, Your instruments of peace. Help us to remember that we live and move in You alone and are not separate from Your eternal life. Divine Father, we accept Your Thoughts as ours. Holy Spirit, help us to remember these thoughts today. Amen.
© 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.
==================================
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


JULY 14,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 14,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Instead of persisting in drinking,
we prefer to figure out, and use,
enjoyable ways of living without alcohol.
~Living Sober,  p. 9 ~
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Just be honest with yourself.
That opens the door.
========================
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 love the concept of being one with God.
Anonymous
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to
us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Voltaire
Everyone has been made for some particular work,
and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 164 Insights
“Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”
After being shown in yesterday’s lesson how the thought of death shows up in this world, today’s lesson reminds us of what Christ’s vision will show us. Do we want to experience the place of peace within us that is untouched by the turmoil of the world? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to remember the holiness in us that is untouched by any thought of sin? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to feel God’s joy in all its fullness? This also is what Christ’s vision offers us.
 
How do we receive Christ’s vision? By letting go of all the things we think we want in this world. The Course shows us again and again that the forms of this world offer us nothing. But if we value these forms, we will not be able to see what Christ’s vision offers us. We see death and destruction instead of eternal life. We see sin and guilt instead of holiness and innocence, which is our reality. We are not asked to sacrifice anything of value. We are simply being asked to recognize the valueless for what it is. When we recognize that it is valueless, we automatically let it go.
 
We are being asked today to lay down all the valueless and leave our minds open to the loving, joyous vision of Christ and bring that vision to the world. If we expect people to behave in certain ways or say certain things for us to feel happy, safe, accepted or appreciated, we cannot receive the vision of Christ. But as we set aside our likes and dislikes and the many demands we make upon the world for us to be happy, we make room for Christ’s holy vision to show us Light where we thought there was only shadows. Christ’s vision shows us Love where we thought there was fear. It shows us joy in place of sorrow, peace in place of conflict.
 
As we learn to see with His vision, we offer His vision to the world. We become a Light amongst the dark shadows of the world. We become God’s messengers of Love with a message that offers healing and peace.
 
Today I will practice setting aside my petty preferences and clear my mind to receive Christ’s vision.
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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


JULY 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 15,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
The tides of life flow endlessly for better or worse, both good and bad, and I cannot allow my sobriety to become dependent on these ups and downs of living.  Sobriety must live a life of its own.
~Alcoholics Anonymous,  p. 451 ~
========================
VERNON HOWARD
We are exactly where we have chosen to be.
========================
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 was an atheist when I was drinking and thought
God would want nothing to do with me.When I
came to the fellowship, I met a lot of former atheists
Anonoymous
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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 165 Insights
“Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.”
This lesson gets to the core of what A Course in Miracles is all about. Jesus brought the Course to us because we have denied What we are and Where we are. We are denying that we are in Heaven now. We are denying that we are a Thought in the Mind of God. As the first sentence says, “What makes this world seem real except your own denial of the truth that lies beyond?” This lesson and the whole Course is there for us to help us change our mind about this denial and about what we desire.
 
When we desire the truth, we will receive it. When we desire to see illusions, we will see that. All through the Course, Jesus tells us again and again that the desire to see a world of separate bodies only brings us illusions of limitation, pain and death. He helps us see that this is not what we really want. He helps us remember that the truth lies beyond the illusions of separation.
 
As we stick with the Course day by day, our minds are slowly changed. We are led to let go of what we thought was real. We are led to see all the forms of separation for what they really are, which is a defense against God. We are led to open our minds to the truth that we are in Heaven now and never left. We are led to understand that it is only our wanting separation that continues to make the forms of separation we see appear real. Jesus tells us, “Ask with desire.” (5:1) We always get what we want in our heart of hearts.
 
Holy Spirit, I open my mind to You. I want Your healing Light, Your healing peace, Your healing understanding. I want to let go of denying the truth. I open my mind to Your thoughts. I let Your thoughts comfort me and heal my mind of all false images. I will let my mind be healed today and accept the truth. The truth is I am still in God and of God. All is one in God.
 
As I continue to work daily with the Course, my values are changing. As I realize that something I value is bringing me pain or sadness or fear, I let it go. More and more I realize that all I really want is to remember God’s Love for me. No substitute will ever satisfy me. I am doing less looking for love in all the wrong places. Life is much simpler now. There is less efforting. Less energy is put into trying to make the circumstances of the moment fit my image of what they should be to make me happy.
 
Glimpses of the happiness available to me in God show me that all the forms of this world cannot come close to offering me the happiness I really want. Nothing in this world can offer me that happiness. Likewise, nothing in this world can keep me from it. It is only my mistaken idea that something in this world offers me something I want that interferes with my awareness of the peace and joy already given me by God.
 
I am deeply grateful to know that the Holy Spirit is always in my mind, ready to lead me Home to the Heaven of God’s Love. My only job now is to practice listening to His guidance. In any moment that I feel apprehensive or uncertain, I will use this as a reminder to turn to Him for His guidance and His vision. He will show me with certainty what is truly valuable and show me the valuelessness of the empty images I have mistaken for reality. This is my path to peace and certainty. It is my path to eternal Life. It is my path to freedom.
 
The above comments reflect my process as well and help me to articulate it. Sometimes I become discouraged by my apparent lack of progress and forget to see how far I have come. I now see I am experiencing denial of the truth and allowing it to hide God’s perfect Will for me.
 
I really appreciated the passage from today’s lesson that reassures us that sureness is not required, only desire. I tend to forget that and start thinking that because I doubt, I cannot have it. My desire is strong and with each lesson I do and with each small success, it becomes stronger.
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==================================
This life is not man’s own show;
if he becomes personally and
emotionally involved in the very
complicated cosmic drama,
he reaps inevitable suffering
for having distorted the divine ‘plot.’
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813


JULY 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 6,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Balance is a difficult thing for everyone, certainly for alcoholics. . . However, I know this: With the program and my God, I have been given tools which I never had while I was drinking, that give me a chance to live a full and happy, balanced life.  Could I ask for more?
~The AA Grapevine, June 2009, p. 23 ~
========================
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 universal Mind contains all knowledge.
It is the potential ultimate of all things.
To it, all things are possible.
Ernest Holmes
.A recovering alcoholic without a sponsor
is much like a ship without a rudder.
Anonymous

 

For all the sadness of closure,
there is a new and joyful unfolding
in the process of becoming. 
–Mary Casey
Everything that is made beautiful and
fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 156 Insights
“I walk with God in perfect holiness.”
Who walks with me? God. I am perfectly safe. Who walks with me? God, Whose holiness surrounds me. Surrounded by holiness, I must be holy and all there is to see is holiness. Who walks with me? God, Love. The Source of all Love is with me always. Lack of Love is an impossibility. When I remember Who walks with me, I feel perfectly safe and wholly loved. I am at peace, for I lack nothing.
 
I walk with strength, because I walk with God. Nothing can threaten me because there is no strength but God’s. I walk with certainty because the changelessness of God walks with me. There can be no doubt where change is impossible. In quiet serenity, I feel the Light of God in me and I see that Light everywhere. No harm can come to me. Sin is impossible. Guilt is without cause and therefore does not exist.
 
In the radiance of God’s Light, I see His Light in all my brothers. My only true response to everyone and everything is Love. That Love I share with all that is. Nothing but Love exists. As I remember this I rest contented in the Heart of God. I feel His blessing and I bless the world. I walk with God in perfect holiness.
 
In this lesson Jesus reminds me that the key to salvation is in stepping back. Stepping back means letting go of my ideas of being a separate identity, an individual separate from the rest. Stepping back means being willing to let go of the meaning I have given to everything in this world. Stepping back means being willing to remember that I am still as God created me. I am still the Idea of Love in the Mind of Love.
 
Ideas leave not their source. When I dream of a world of separate bodies, my true Identity does not change. I remain at Home in the Mind of God. In the dream I may experience many adventures in the world of separation and individuality, but I still remain in the Mind of God in truth. Stepping back means being willing to accept the truth. Dreams are just that, dreams. They are really nothing and nowhere. Love remains as It was created.
 
My job today is to practice stepping back, letting go of trying to be something I am not. As I let go of the dream, the Light I am steps forward and I am able to see there is nothing but the Light. The Light is everywhere. Love is everywhere.
 
In quiet let me step back today. Let me be willing to open to the truth. Let me remember I walk with God in perfect holiness. Everyone in the world is innocent. The truth about them is God. Ideas leave not their source. God is One. All that is real is of God and in God. The false ideas fall away as I move to step back and let the truth in me come forward. And then I will see the truth is everywhere and in everything I see.
 
I am a spiritual Being, created by God. This is my true Identity. This Being is just the way God intended It to be. God created Me in Love, from Love, to be Love. This is my truth.
 
I am not always consciously aware of this truth in my body life, but the truth doesn’t change because I am not aware of it. I am holy because God I was created that way. I can accept this and live in this confidence, regardless of what and how the world and this body appear at present. I need not change in any way the world and its appearance. I can only change my perception of it by being open to the holy perceptions of my True Self.
 
Today I ask Holy Spirit to give me glimpses of holy perception so I may see that I walk with God in perfect holiness. Today I ask for confirmation of my true Identity. Today I ask to be shown my oneness with God in fresh new ways. Today I give myself to Holy Spirit for a refresh new vision and healing.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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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


JULY 7,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 7,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Defiance
“As psychiatrists have often observed, defiance is the outstanding characteristic of many an alcoholic. When we encountered A.A., the fallacy of our defiance was revealed. At no time had we asked what God’s will was for us; instead we had been telling Him what it ought to be. No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance. In A.A. we saw the fruits of this belief: men and women spared from alcohol’s final catastrophe.”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 31 
While it isn’t always easy, if I keep it simple, it works.
L O V E=Living Our Valuable Experiences
========================
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 road to freedom lies not through mysteries
or occult performances, but through the
intelligent use of natural forces and laws.

Ernest Holmes
 “The future is not my business.”
Anonymous
At first dreams seem impossible,
then improbable, then inevitable.
CHRISTOPHER REEVE
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 157 Insights
“Into His Presence would I enter now.”
In God’s Presence there is only happiness, only Love. This Love is all inclusive and complete. It asks for nothing and gives everything. It is constant and eternal. There are no words Here, but an overflowing feeling of joy and fullness. This is eternal Reality. This is all there is in Truth. There are no separate forms Here; nothing to divide. All is one complete Whole. This Presence is What everyone is. I would practice returning to this Presence again and again today. It is the only Reality.
 
The Presence I would enter is my own, my Self. It is nothing new. It is timeless. It is What I have always been in truth. It is a return to Love, to my natural, innate Being. It is the most natural condition in the world. It is a condition of peace, joy and limitless Love. In that Presence, it is only possible to see Love and joy and peace and offer It to all.
 
We are promised that the faithful practice of these lessons will bring us to a point in which it is easy to quickly reach that state of full awareness of our Self. With this awareness, the body is given a new purpose, a purpose of bringing the vision this awareness carries to the world. This is really the only meaningful purpose for the body in this world. As we see with the vision of Christ, we see only innocence and offer only Love. Behavior matters not, for this vision shows us the reality of Love beyond the form.
 
Today I will join with His Presence to hold Christ’s vision in all I see. With His help, I will see the innocence beneath the fear, anger and guilt that seems to be acted out in this world. I will recognize the call for Love and answer with Love. By doing this I will know the Love in me, my Self. I can offer and receive no greater gift. I put my hand in His today and let Him lead the way. It will surely be a blessed day.
 
Last night I dreamed I was in a place with a crowd of people. No one I knew well, just familiar faces and strangers. Suddenly I looked directly at a person and realized I was seeing that person as they really were. I was looking past my perceptions and seeing the innocence of her true Self. Physically she looked no different, but I knew better and I felt a welling up of joy. I don’t remember anything else about the dream, but as I was getting dressed this morning that part came back to me, feelings and all, like a gift from God.
 
I had a very similar dream just a few days ago. I was surrounded by many persons but their physical identity did not make any difference. The important interaction happening was a facilitation of the Voice for God. I felt profoundly happy and joyful in the circumstances.
 
When I awoke I was not sure who was facilitating and who was being facilitated, as it seemed to involve everyone. This also seems to be stemming from this series of lessons, not just today’s. Truly our bodies are sanctified with our recognition of our only purpose of being God’s Light in the world. We really are touchstones for the holy Thoughts of God if we allow ourselves to remember Who we are.
 
Thank you for sharing your experience for it was so similar to my own that I felt compelled to share mine also. Truly we all live lives greatly blessed by our daily practice of focused awareness on the shared Christ Presence. Today I walk with Holy Spirit to God with my brothers and sisters in peace, joy and love. This is how I enter into Christ’s Presence today and every day. In this I am truly blessed.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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==================================
Ignoring all prejudices of caste, creed, class,
color, sex, or race, a swami follows the
precepts of human brotherhood.
His goal is absolute unity with Spirit.

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


JULY 8,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 8,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“How many of us would presume to declare, ‘Well, I’m sober and I’m happy. What more can I want, or do? I’m fine the way I am.’ We know that the price of such self-satisfaction is an inevitable backslide, punctuated at some point by a very rude awakening. We have to grow or else deteriorate. For us, the status quo can only be for today, never for tomorrow. Change we must; we cannot stand still.”
~Bill W., Box 1980: The AA Grapevine, June 1961 As Bill Sees It, p. 25~
========================
VERNON HOWARD
It is a true miracle when a man
finally sees himself as his only opposition.
========================
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 have found that the process of discovering
who I really am begins with knowing who I really don’t want to be.” 
Anonymous
Giving opens the way for receiving.
Florence Scovel Shinn
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 158 Insights
“Today I learn to give as I receive.”
When I look at everything that seems to cause me to lose my peace in any way, they all have one thing in common: They are all based on the perception of form. I think something did something or didn’t do something I think it should have, be it a body, a machine, the weather or myriad other things. If I did not see the form or perceive it in any way, there would be nothing that could be the basis for the perception of harm, no cause for loss of peace.
 
The Course tells me I have taught myself to see form. Form can only be seen in dreams, because form is not real. Today’s lesson is teaching me how to undo the false lesson I have taught myself. By teaching me about Christ’s vision, it is teaching me to learn to look past the form to the Light. Form does not matter. What is unreal cannot matter. The Light that is the extension of God is all that is real. It is this I am told to practice seeing.
 
As I learn to recognize no form can have any real effect, forgiveness is automatic. If somebody did something that I don’t know about, I don’t have to forgive them, because in my thinking, there is nothing to forgive. That is what it will be like when I truly learn that nothing in form is real and therefore it has no effect. If there was no effect, there is nothing to forgive. This is what Christ’s vision shows me. There is nothing to forgive. There is only innocence to be seen. As I learn to see the innocence in my brother, I recognize it in myself.
 
Holy Spirit, I put myself in Your Hands today. With Your strength I can see past the form to the Light. With Your help I will not mistake bodies for the Son of God. With Your help, I will see the Light beyond all form. And I will be truly blessed, for I will know I am forgiven. I am innocent along with all my brothers. I give thanks.
 
Today is a day of practice. My practice is to be open to receive Christ’s vision and give Christ’s vision. Christ’s vision has one law and that is to see past bodies to the Light that is eternally there. Today I practice opening to the Light, recognizing the Light that my brother truly is. Today I practice focusing on the truth in my brother and letting illusions go.
 
Receiving Christ’s vision comes with the decision to accept Christ’s vision, which is always there waiting for my acceptance. Either I accept the truth or I accept illusions. This is my choice today. Today I practice accepting the truth, accepting Christ’s vision, accepting the one Light that is behind all bodies, all form of every kind.
 
Today I practice remembering that all is still Mind and only Mind, safe in the Mind of God. Nothing has changed from God’s creation of eternal Love. Eternal Love is universal. Today is a day of practice. I am determined to practice seeing with Christ’s vision today. Today I would give as I receive.
© 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

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JULY 9,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 9,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
“Most of us sense that real tolerance of other people´s
shortcomings and viewpoints and a respect for their
opinions are attitudes which make us more useful to others.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
There Is A Solution, pg. 19
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Truth never pleads or compromises or wavers.
It invites and awaits your acceptance.
========================
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).
==============================
It is a true miracle when a man finally
sees himself as his only opposition.
Ernest Holmes
“I’ve been benefited from a dictionary definition I found that reads:
“Rationalization is giving a socially acceptable reason for socially
unacceptable behavior, and socially unacceptable behavior is a form of insanity.” 
Anonymous

 

Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is patience. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything that is made beautiful and fair
and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 159 Insights
“I give the miracles I have received.”
Before I can give a miracle, I must receive a miracle. Receiving a miracle is receiving Christ’s vision. Christ’s vision provides the bridge by which my mind, which has been lost in separation, is returned back to the truth. Christ’s vision brings an awareness of the truth of the Light behind every form. Christ’s vision reminds me all is still as God created It. All are innocent. All are still Love in the Mind of God.
 
Christ’s vision is the gift of the Holy Spirit. To receive Christ’s vision I must be open to receiving the truth and willing to let go of illusions. I must be willing to relax my hold on what I think is real. I must be willing to soften and allow the miracle to be given me. I must be open to Holy Spirit’s healing perspective. The Holy Spirit heals all thoughts of lack, sickness, division or differences of any kind. The Holy Spirit brings me peace and a remembrance of the everlasting Love we all are.
 
With practice, my willingness is growing day by day to be open to receive the miracle of Christ’s vision from the Holy Spirit. There is no gift more important to receive and then give. I continue this process of practice again today, knowing that if I am truly willing I will receive Christ’s vision and I will give as I receive.
 
Christ’s vision is a dream of awakening, a dream of a forgiven world. It does not require that I transcend the world to receive it. But rather it is the means to transcend the world. Christ’s vision shows me a reflection of Heaven so clear that it is a simple and easy step from His vision to the reality of Heaven. As it told us in yesterday’s lesson, we can learn to see with Christ’s vision and we can teach this vision to others. In fact this is the only meaningful purpose we can have in this world.
 
This lesson reinforces that to know I have His vision, I must give it. The miracle is the exchange of the perception of guilt for the perception of innocence. As I see innocence in my brother, I recognize it in myself. As I see innocence in myself, I reinforce it and strengthen it by seeing it in my brother. I always receive what I give. Christ’s vision shows me the call for Love in expressions of anger and fear. It inspires me to answer the call with Love. As I answer with Love, I teach myself that I am Love and that I am safe.
 
The vision of Christ brings joy and peace to my heart. It shows me a world of harmlessness. It shows me the eternal Love that is everywhere, in everything and is What I am. With Christ’s vision I do not mistake the body for the Son God created. With His vision, form becomes useful only as a means to communicate that all is forgiven and only Love is real. It is a gift I give myself and all the world, for we are one. My heart is lifted in gratitude.
© 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 physical ego, the active consciousness in man, should uplift i
ts body-identified self into unity with the soul, its true nature;
it should not allow itself to remain mired in the lowly delusive
strata of the senses and material entanglement.

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

JULY 10,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 10,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Next day found the prospect more receptive.  He had been thinking it over.  ‘Maybe you’re right,’ he said. ‘God ought to be able to do anything.’  Then he added, ‘He sure didn’t do much for me when I was trying to fight this booze racket alone.’  On the third day the lawyer gave his life to the care and direction of his Creator, and said he was perfectly willing to do anything necessary.  His wife came, scarcely daring to be hopeful, though she thought she saw something different about her husband already.  He had begun to have a spiritual experience.
~Pg. 158 – A Vision For You~
========================
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).
==============================
God gives some more than others
because some accept more than others.
Ernest Holmes
Within our wonderful new world, we have
found freedom from our fatal obsession.
Anonymous
It is one of the blessings of old friends that
you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything that is made beautiful and fair and
lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 160 Insights
“I am at home. Fear is the stranger here.”
I am being asked in this lesson to let go of what I have identified with. I have identified with being a separate identity with a separate body and a separate mind. This is the stranger I have identified with. And yet I have identified with it so completely that my true Identity as part of God has been lost to me. God became the stranger. My one Self became a stranger.
 
This identity as a separate self seemed so real that it seemed very difficult to find God. But the good news is I am learning to let go of this false identity. I am willing to open to my one Self and let my mind be healed of all its false ideas.
 
One very effective way in my return is to remember to see the Christ in all my brothers, to see the Light of God in them, to see the truth about them. As I continue to practice seeing the truth in my brother, my mind continues to be healed and I gradually cease to identify with myself as a separate identity, a separate person, separate from God and my brother. I gradually learn that this whole world of separate identities is a false world. It is not the real world. The false world of separation has only brought belief in limitation and pain. None of it was ever true.
 
We are all still safe in God. We are all still as God created us. We are all still one in God. We never left God. We only dreamed that God was a stranger to us. We only dreamed that separate bodies were real. Now is the time to wake up from that dream. Now is the time to let go of that separate identity. Now is the time to wake up to our true Identity as one in Love. In truth all are at Home in God. Fear is the stranger in God’s real world.
 
In this world, everyone feels homeless to some degree. Everyone feels that something is missing. There is always some unsettled feeling, sometimes overt, sometimes hidden beneath a façade of orderliness and seeming stability. It all stems from having denied our Self. The world is the effect of believing there is something more valuable, more desirable than the Home of Love created for us by God. The world is the desire for specialness, for having a unique identity we can call our own.
 
Yet God, being one, can only give all of Himself to His Creation. He cannot divide Himself and give more of Himself to one and less to another. What is one can know no differences.
 
To identify with a special, unique identity, I must deny God and my Self as It was created. Thus I make myself a stranger to my Father and my Self. I cannot know the comfort and safety of my Father when I deny It. My Father is still there for me, but I am unaware.
 
Gently, methodically and consistently the Course is helping me to recognize that this image I have made and believe I am is not me. I can believe in a false image and experience it as if it were real, but I cannot make it real. Reality comes from Reality, not from made up images. This is my salvation. Return to Truth is guaranteed, for It is ever present. I need only cease denying It and I will know the Truth. And It sets me free.
 
Today I will practice again being open to Christ’s vision to see past the false images to the Light of innocence everywhere. The Light of innocence is where I am truly at Home. In the Light of innocence I find all my brothers and I recognize my Father, my Creator, my Source, my strength.
© 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.
==================================
Introspection, or ‘sitting in the silence,’ is an unscientific
way of trying to force apart the mind and senses,
tied together by the life force. The contemplative mind,
attempting its return to divinity, is constantly dragged
back toward the senses by the life currents
.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

JULY 1,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 1,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 “The idea that somehow, someday,
he will control and enjoy his drinking
is the great obsession of every abnormal drinker.
The persistence of this illusion is astonishing.
Many pursue it into the gates of insanity or death.

”Chapter 3, BB
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“Troubles, rightly met and understood,
are the one great chance 
you have for
ending troubles.”
Cosmic Command, # 1690
========================
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
When someone said something 
that I really liked, after the meeting
I would go and make sure I shake his hand. 
Anonymous 
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
—Ethel Barrymore
Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 151 Insights
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God.”
There are two main points that I get from this lesson. The first is that the information I obtain through the body’s senses is not only woefully inadequate as a basis for judgment, but it is totally false. The second point is that I have an alternative that will always show me the truth and that is the Holy Spirit.
 
I have gone through my life thinking what I see and hear and touch is the basis for understanding. Yet like the lesson says, there have been innumerable occasions in which I made a judgment, only to find out later I didn’t see what I thought I saw or hear what I thought I heard. Or I may have heard and seen accurately, but there was more I didn’t see or hear that changed the meaning of the event.
 
Surely by now it would seem I would have learned that my body’s senses cannot give me all I need for accurate and true judgment. Yet it seems I am still more inclined to believe the information I gain through the body than to listen for and trust the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
 
I am grateful for this Course because I am more and more willing to question everything I think I know and turn to the Holy Spirit for His Vision. Whenever I do, I always find peace. I always see innocence in my brother and myself. I recognize that all things are echoes for the Voice for God when I am willing to step back from my judgments, to not believe the information coming to me through the body’s senses, and listen instead to the Holy Spirit’s Voice.
 
When I am able to successfully do this, it is like the images of the world are thin veils through which I am able to see the loving Light that unifies everything. The veil is so thin and faint that it does not interfere with seeing the Light, the innocence, the Love that is truly there.
 
It is my goal to be able to walk the world lightly and carry this “x-ray” vision of the Holy Spirit in all my doing. I can imagine putting on a set of “Christ vision goggles.” With these goggles I am able to see through the chaotic confusion of images and remain at peace because I see the unity of Love and innocence in all. The images of form may still be there, but the old meanings I gave them have faded away and with Christ vision goggles I am able to see the face of Christ everywhere. Today, in any moment in which I do not feel complete peace, I will practice seeing with Christ vision goggles. This is a way of walking in peace.
 
As I read the Course each day, I am always led in one way or another to follow the perceptions of my inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Today Jesus reminds me that it is only the Holy Spirit That can be the true Judge of anything.
 
What I see through the body’s eyes always bears false witness. The body’s eyes were made to see separation from God and from my brother. None of this is true.
 
Through the Holy Spirit I am led to look past these false witnesses and see nothing has changed from God’s extension of the Love and Light that everyone is. It is only by my consistently opening to Holy Spirit that I am able to awaken from this false dream of separation and return to the awareness of the unity of God. In truth there is only one Life, and that is the Life we all live in God as One. Today my job is to practice giving all judgment to the Holy Spirit, where it belongs.
 
Holy Spirit help me see that I cannot judge. What I see through the body’s eyes only brings false witness. Help me not to believe in these false witnesses, but rather receive Your Vision of what is eternally true. Be my Guide all through the day. Purify my thoughts as I hand them over to you, one by one. Help me distinguish between what is real and what is false. Help me see as You see, that I may extend what You extend. Help me see the innocence and unity that is behind every form of separation. Help me remember the truth. My part is to give all my judgments to You, remembering that I cannot judge. Only You judge truly.
© 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.
==================================
This life is not man’s own show;
if he becomes personally and emotionally
involved in the very complicated cosmic drama,
he reaps inevitable suffering for having distorted the divine ‘plot.’
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
808-734-5732
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813