From the BlogMeet Ron



Eye Opener (1950)
As startling as this may sound to some members, AA has no first-, second- or third-class memberships. A sober member is in good standing if he has been dry for twenty-four hours or twenty-four months.
Of course, no one means to discriminate, but some of us just naturally gravitate to a certain person or group of persons within the group. The “low-bottoms” are just as guilty as the “high-bottoms” in this respect. After all, we were all drunks and all of us smelled the same when we came in.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE     
“You can do two things with a mental illusion: you can suffer
from it or you can get rid of it. Now, consider in your mind
right now, the possibility that you might be living from
illusion and not realizing it. And if you can’t understand it
thoroughly and deeply, then consider the fact that you suffer
a lot – that there’s no quietness, there’s no strength, there’s
nothing in you that can take the blows of life, whether from your
own inner life or the exterior life.
So now, aren’t you all greatly enthused and inspired to find out
the extent to which you are living under illusion and delusion,
and getting rid of them so that you can get rid of your suffering?
No, it doesn’t go quite that way.
The dark pit in which human beings dwell is so scary – unnecessarily.
It is scary but it is not necessary for you to be scared of the dark
pit in which delusions swirl around and cause all that tension and
anxiety. It is possible for you to be stronger than yourself. Isn’t
that an encouraging thing to say? Just simple words, but you don’t
know the meaning in back of it and by the end of the talk I want you
to have at least a glimpse of the fact that you can be stronger than
yourself. The ‘you’ who is stronger than yourself is not yourself.”
from a talk given 1/15/1988


Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, . . .
As I continued to go to meetings and work the Steps, something began to happen to me. I felt confused because I wasn’t sure what it was that I was feeling, and then I realized I was experiencing serenity. It was a good feeling, but where had it come from? Then I realized it had come “. . . as the result of these steps.” The program may not always be easy to practice, but I had to acknowledge that my serenity had come to me after working the Steps. As I work the Steps in everything I do, practicing these principles in all my affairs, now I find that I am awake to God, to others, and to myself. The spiritual awakening I have enjoyed as the result of working the Steps is the awareness that I am no longer alone.
 Going to be silent. Let your Quiet Mind listen and absorb.
 My mind is quiet, and deeply still. All tension is released 
and the great inner peace flows out through every nerve.
My body rests in the still Silence of the spirit. 
The science of Mind page 257
Today I allow myself myself to rest in the silence,
as thoughts enter my mind,.I bless and gently release them,
knowing that I am joyfully listening for a higher calling.

For once I didn’t buy into it and it was wonderful.
Alanon member 

All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are.anon

You must lance an ulcer to heal it. 
You must tear down parts of an old building to restore it, 
and so it is with a sensual life that has no spirit in it.

ACIM Workbook Lesson 335 Insights
“I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.”
Seeing my brother sinless is the same as seeing my brother without guilt and without blame. When I look at the world with the Holy Spirit, I see that every brother, no matter what insane dream he is dreaming, is still as God created him. He is still innocent, holy and eternally an extension of God’s Love.
Dreams are just mistaken ideas. They may look very complex and very diverse, but in truth one dream is the same as any other dream — they are all equally untrue. They never really happened. All dreams come from mistaken ideas that could never be true. Insanity is just insanity and is not a sin. And hate and vengeance are just reflections of insanity.
The whole world is just a reflection of insanity. Every single part of the dream of separation is equally untrue. That is why there is no order of difficulty in miracles. If it is Love, it is true. If it is anything else, it is untrue. The only thing to do is to let go of the untrue.
Love is one. Love is eternal. Love is sinless. Behind every story of separation lies the sinless Love that every brother truly is. Today, “I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.” Today I choose to remember the truth. Today I choose to remember our oneness in God.
Perception is a choice. Everything I see is a perception. Therefore, everything I see is a choice. It doesn’t seem that I choose to see pain, disease and death. But if I believe separation is real, that is exactly what I am choosing to see. Death is just one of many symbols of separation. Some of the ego’s symbols of separation are quite obvious. Certainly when we perceive that when someone has died we feel separated from that person. We can no longer see them or touch them or hear their voice.
But clothes, for example, can be equally a symbol of separation. Clothes are often used to represent status. We talk about blue collar and white collar workers. Thus we use clothes as a symbol of separation, a way to distinguish one from another. The list of forms in this world used to represent separation is endless. In fact if it is form, it must be representing separation. Form can only be recognized by what makes it different from its surroundings.
In the old Star Trek series when somebody was being transported out of the space ship, you would see the form gradually become less and less distinct until the transporting was complete and what was left was light. As we can learn to let the perception of the body soften and look beyond it to the holy Light of God that is the Son of God, we will be less and less influenced by what bodies and forms seem to do. More and more we will know the peace that comes from recognizing the changeless, eternal Love that is all that is real.
Forgiveness works like the transporter. As we let the Holy Spirit teach us to distinguish the real from the unreal and to help us let go of the unreal, bodies and what they do will have less and less meaning to us. More and more we see past the form to the sinless Love that is all there really is to see. More and more we will see that innocence and recognize our oneness with it. Our peace will become undisturbed because what is one with us brings no conflict. Today I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness so that I may remember the peace of God.
These types of lessons from the Course have always been the most challenging for me. It’s usually easy and I don’t have a problem seeing the sinlessness and innocence in the people whom I love, but I have a real hard time with people who I perceive have hurt me or who irritate me or aren’t living the way I think they should be.
But today if I can, just for a split second, keep from making judgment on people in the multitude of symbols or forms I see them as… black or white, blue collar or white collar, educated or uneducated, etc., etc.; I believe that in that split second, I meet with the Holy Spirit at the altar, even though I may still not recognize my brother as he truly is.
The Altar, right now, is unfamiliar to me and sometimes even makes me uncomfortable because of the fact that I feel I’m on alien ground, but by practicing these lessons, my world is beginning to turn right side up and seeing my brother as different from me is beginning to make me uncomfortable.
Today I am willing to make no judgment on my brother; I am willing to accept the idea that these situations with the people I have that I perceive as difficult are opportunities for me to ask for guidance and meet the Holy Spirit at the Altar.
Thank you. You expressed, very well, a lot of the stuff that I’m going through as I try to learn to see differently. Like you, I am trying to turn my world right side up by looking past the forms and meeting my brothers without judgment. It seems like it is too much for me to do by myself. Thank you God, that I don’t have to do it alone.
Just beneath the shadows of this life is God’s wondrous Light…. 
When you meditate, you will find doors opening to Him everywhere. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
“God, you have paved our path
with a thousand invisible stumbling stones
and you have said: woe betide those that stumble!
You see all and you know all. Nothing happens without
your consent, so how can you hold us responsible for
our failures? Can you blame me
that I object to this?” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:

“In all matters, moderation is desirable.
If a thing is carried to excess,
it will prove a source of evil.”
Ron Richey
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