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DEC.20,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.20,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
So many times we have seen the practicing alcoholic helped over a period of months and even years and, each time someone labored over him, they were rewarded by failure after failure. Surely the Twelve Stepper has done his very best. It was apparent that this guy just didn’t want it or he was so far down the ladder he couldn’t be helped.
 
Intelligence or common sense would say drop him flat. Yet there is hardly a group today that does not number among its regulars one or more people of this type. These men owe their present sobriety to the fact their sponsors had more heart than brains.
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“A truly strong person does not need the approval
of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”
Quote by Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
December 20,2016
THE REWARDS OF GIVING
This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 109
Through experience with Twelfth Step work, I came to understand the rewards of giving that demands nothing in return. At first I expected recovery in others, but I soon learned that this did not happen. Once I acquired the humility to accept the fact that every Twelfth Step call was not going to result in a success, then I was open to receive the rewards of selfless giving.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous 
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The spiritual journey is being in the world but not of it, 
dedicating every action to good-not a single moment is wasted.. 
Deva premal
I live in an eternal Now which is filled with good alone.
Goodness and Beauty follow me. 
Peace and joy you accompany me. 
Happiness and wholeness fill my entire 
being with a realization of love and protection.
The science of mind it page 264
Affirmation
I am arms,legs,eyes and ears of Spirit in action.
I am clear in my unique purpose  and what
I am joyfully co-creating with the Divine
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I cannot give other people the status
of my Higher Power.
Ala-non member
 
What ever your heart clings to, that is your God.
Martin Luther

Pale sunlight, pale the wall.
Love moves away.
The light changes. 
I need more grace than I thought.
 Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)


 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 352 Insights
“Judgment and love are opposites. From one
Come all the sorrows of the world. But from
The other comes the peace of God Himself.”
If I am not feeling peaceful, it is important for me to remember that I have made a judgment on my own. If I am not peaceful, I have not listened to the Holy Spirit. The way I return to peace is to once again open my mind to the healing perceptions of my inner Comforter, the One Who straightens my mind. My one vocation now becomes that of stepping back and following the lead of my inner Teacher, the One Who can return me to my true Identity.
 
I can tell right away when I have stepped away from the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And the barometer that tells me this is my level of peace. Paying attention to my level of peace helps me recognize the signal that it is time to again step back and open my mind for a mental adjustment. I have forgotten once again that I need to allow the Holy Spirit to return my mind to peace. Judgment brings sorrow. Forgiveness brings peace.
 
Today it is my practice once again to pay attention to my level of peace. Today it is my practice to step back and let myself be guided by the Holy Spirit. Today is a day of mind healing.
 
Judgment is not my job. I have taught myself that judgment is an essential tool for survival. I need it to protect myself from the evils of the world, from other people’s attacks, from the dangers of the environment, even from those who I believe love me. Judgment is the primary tool of the ego to hold separation in place in my mind. It is judgment that reinforces that I am different from everything and everyone else.
 
The ego does not want us to recognize the pain that judgment brings. In fact it tries to convince us that judgment is the way we protect ourselves from pain. It does not tell us that the “life” that judgment protects is not life at all, but really death. Judgment “protects” us from the Love of God, which the ego fears.
 
Here again we see the insanity of the ego. It seeks endlessly for Love, but fears It, and therefore does not really want It. No one finds what they do not want. And so the ego’s mode of operation of seek and do not find is held in place.
 
Yet beneath that ego fear, the Love that we are calls to us. We feel Its attraction and we yearn to remember It. It is there to be found. We need only follow the Guide Who knows the way to It. The ego does not know the way, because it does not know what Love is, being itself the rejection of Love. But the Holy Spirit knows the way, being the messenger of Love in our minds.
 
All I need to do is practice listening for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in my mind. He will judge all things for me on my behalf if I will let Him. Because His judgment is very simple, it sees only what is real and rejects the unreal. His judgment leads me out of the pain of the judgment I have tried to do on my own. The Holy Spirit knows how to judge truly. Thus listening to His Voice is the means by which I am freed from all sorrow and my mind is opened to the peace of God.
 
Today I will practice stepping back and following. I would not lead. I would follow in His footsteps as He leads me back to the memory of my Father, to the Self that God created to be Love and nothing else. Thus will I receive God’s peace and share it with all my brothers.
 
I am having an issue with my supervisor right now and I sense that she’s being distant and somewhat cold with me. I believe that part of that perception comes from my own paranoia, my own insecurities when I forget who I am. But most of it is from that judgment you speak of, that tool that I think I need to protect me from the evils of the world.
 
So then what happens is that I put on those gloves of defense and prepare to protect myself in case my supervisor says or does something that I perceive as hurtful. And if she senses that I’m wearing defense gloves, naturally, she’s going to put gloves on to protect HERSELF, and the ego is standing back enjoying the victory.
 
The Course asks me to think of my brother as a mind in which illusions still persist. These lessons help me to remember, not only who I am, but also who my supervisor is. My supervisor’s peace and mine are One. I now choose to step back, make no judgment on myself or my supervisor. I ask Holy Spirit to help me see this situation as He would have me see it, and I know, without a doubt, that by the end of my work day, I will have peace. Thank you, Holy Spirit.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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If you have given up hope of ever being happy, cheer up.
Never lose hope. Your soul, being a reflection of the ever
Joyous spirit, is, in essence, happiness itself.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

“Some for the Glories of This World; and some
Sigh for the Prophet’s Paradise to come; 
Ah, take the Cash, and let the Credit go, 
Nor heed the rumble of a distant Drum!” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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