From the BlogMeet Ron


. . . we are actually to practice a genuine humility.
This is to the end that our great blessings may never spoil us,
that we shall forever live in thankful contemplation of Him who presides over us all. 
“Thinking that stubborn beliefs can give us a new life is like watching
a stone statue, hoping it will move.”
Open Doors To Happiness Poster, # 16
“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am”
Ernest Holmes
I have discovered that I can’t impose my will on other people. 
‘I want to succeed inwardly but don’t know how.’
‘Certain facts are possessed by everyone, including you.
Stick with those facts. Think about them at every opportunity.
Even a bit of understanding is a cosmic magnet which attracts
more understanding.’
   ‘I do have one fact about my present ways. I see how wrong and
useless they are.’
    ‘That is a marvellous fact. Be glad you have it. It is one kind of
success. Try to realize it even more deeply. Do not spare yourself.’
    ‘What other kind of successes will be attracted?’
    ‘Just as certain as sunrise you will some day feel the difference
between an excitement aroused by an exterior event and the unique
thrill of truth-sensing. This indicates you are no longer depending
upon favourable exterior events to provide a feeling of self-
importance. In turn, this indicates you are no longer a slave to
exterior happenings. Success in the invisible world has placed the
visible world under your command.'”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 200

If you knew yourself for even one moment,
if you could just glimpse 
your most beautiful face,
maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply 
in that house of clay.
Why not move into your house of joy
and shine into every crevice!
For you are the secret 
and always have been.
Didn’t you know?
ACIM Workbook Lesson 355 Insights
“There is no end to all the peace and joy,
And all the miracles that I will give,
When I accept God’s Word. Why not today?”
Accepting God’s Word is accepting the truth. I accept the truth by opening my mind to receive the Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions. I accept the truth by opening to receive God’s peace.
To receive God’s peace I focus on God’s peace. I focus on letting it in. I know that I have let peace in when I can feel it, for it softens every concern. God’s peace brings a gentleness and a quiet certainty with it. There is also a feeling of well being and a knowing that everything is all right, no matter what may appear to be happening in the dream. If I am open to receive mind healing around any particular area of my life, I will receive it in a form that is best for me at that moment.
I receive God’s Word through my desire to receive it. When my desire is strong, I open easily and there is no efforting because it always has been there waiting for my acceptance.
There are but two thought systems for me to choose between. I must be willing to lay down the ego thought system in order to receive God’s Word, in order to receive my true inheritance. I will remember my true Identity only as I am willing to let go of what is not mine. The ego thought system is not what I am nor will it ever be.
It is my choosing that brings me the ego or God’s Word. In today’s lesson, Jesus is asking me to join with him in choosing God’s Word. He encourages me to accept the peace and joy that comes with returning to my true Self. Today, now, I choose to join with God’s Word. I choose to let Love heal my mind of all its false ideas.
Everyone in this world is searching for peace, for this is a world of conflict and depression. Whether or not we find peace depends upon the guide we listen to. The ego directs us to look for some form that will make us happy and will bring us peace, because that is all it knows. So if we follow the ego’s direction, we look for peace in the right job, the right partner, the right house, having the right stuff. Or we may look for it in a bottle, a chemical or physical pleasures or by trying to get rid of those we do not like, even to the point of war and murder. All these attempts are in keeping with the ego’s motto “seek and do not find.”
No one has ever found lasting peace and happiness in any of these things. In fact, they only bring us more pain. Fortunately, “Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way.” (Text 2.III.3:5-6) At that point we open the door a crack to be receptive to God’s Word. His Word comes to us through the Holy Spirit in our minds.
When we let the Holy Spirit guide us, we are led to recognize that there is no value in any form in this world. We are led gently and patiently to recognize the Love and peace that we seek is already in us. And we begin to see it in our brothers as well. We begin to see that all the conflict is over nothing. We begin to see that we are not alone, but are always in the presence of our loving Father and Creator. We begin to see that our brothers are part of us, not adversaries, but partners in the journey to remembering Love.
The Word of God tells me that I remain one with Love as I was created. As I accept this, I give the miracle of the vision of unity to all I see. Conflict fades away, for I recognize there is no other in opposition to the Will of Love. I recognize my will is the Will of Love and I see that all my brothers join me in that Will.
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Prayer with devotion is a wonderful means of opening oneself to the freely flowing blessings of God, a necessary link of man’s life to the Infinite Source of all benefaction. But it takes a long time for prayer to be effective when the mind is outwardly roaming. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

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