From the BlogMeet Ron



Eye Opener (1950)
As it is almost impossible to remain entirely anonymous, 
our membership carries with it grave responsibility.
Once we were drunks, and we “ain’t any more.
” All your friends and neighbors know it.
 Sooner or later they will ask you about it and, 
if you answer them at all, it is probable that 
you will have to admit your membership in our Fellowship.
We will be watched constantly thereafter,
 for AA is on trial with a hopeful yet skeptical world and, 
as we succeed or fail, so will AA succeed or fail.
Guard your anonymity well if you can but, if you can’t – 
then guard AA well.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE
“Nothing comes ahead of my inner awakening. Make that vow and
keep that vow. Nothing comes ahead of my inner awakening. What
can you think of that is more important to you than to find a
life that is actually out of this world? A life that is free of
the entanglements that have ripped you so fiercely in the past.
What is more vital to you than to have an inner strength that
prevents you from ever being a victim again? There is nothing
that comes ahead of your spiritual awakening, but you are
making an error.
You have been unable to put liberty first because you don’t
understand how deeply and fiercely you have been trapped by
the foe.”
 from a talk given 11/16/1988
A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 13
I desperately wanted to live, but if I was to succeed, I had to become active in our God-given program. I joined what became my group, where I opened the hall, made coffee, and cleaned up. I had been sober about three months when an oldtimer told me I was doing Twelfth-Step work. What a satisfying realization that was! I felt I was really accomplishing something. God had given me a second chance, A.A. had shown me the way, and these gifts were not only free—they were also priceless! Now the joy of seeing newcomers grow reminds me of where I have come from, where I am now, and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. I need to attend meetings because they recharge my batteries so that I have light when it’s needed. I’m still a beginner in service work, but already I am receiving more than I’m giving. I can’t keep it unless I give it away. I am responsible when another reaches out for help. I want to be there—sober.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
God fashioned us that way.
12&12 Step Twelve, p.117  

Rigidity always binds fear.
Alanon member
To search for God with logical proof ..
is like searching for the Sun with a Lamp.
~ Sufi proverb

ACIM Workbook Lesson 337 Insights
“My sinlessness protects me from all harm.”
The Course defines Atonement as perfect Love. It also calls It the undoing. God created the Self we share as perfect Love. Thus when we accept Atonement, we accept our Self. If we weren’t rejecting Love, there would be no need for Atonement, no need for undoing false perceptions. But to experience Atonement, to experience perfect Love, we need to undo our denial of It.
That is why forgiveness is central to the Course. Forgiveness is the undoing of the denial of Love, our Self. When I judge someone, that person represents my denial of Love. It is this I must take to the Holy Spirit and let Him help me see the Love behind the behavior and to answer the call for Love with Love.
When I disapprove of someone’s behavior, I may tell myself, “I would never do that.” This is one of the tricks of the ego. It encourages us to look at form (behavior) and disregard content.
As I learn to take these judgments to the Holy Spirit, I learn to see the common content. Always in some way the behavior represents a belief in separation and the lack and loss that seem to come with it. If I see someone as needy or demanding or manipulative or any of myriad labels I might apply, they all cover a basic sense of loss, which the behavior is trying to rectify. The behavior is trying to solve the problem on the level of form, where it cannot be solved. When I judge the behavior, I am thinking that changing the behavior will solve the problem, which is also trying to solve the problem at the level of form, where it cannot be solved.
As I learn to recognize the problem is a sense of lack that comes from believing in separation from Love, then I can take that problem to the Holy Spirit and ask for help to recognize that I am the Love that I seem to have lost. And in that seemingly “other” person, I can answer the behavior, the call for Love, with Love. Thus I teach myself that I am Love and that Love is always the answer.
The problem is the belief in separation from Love. The answer is the acceptance of my Self, perfect Love. That is Atonement. That is accepting my Self as the Son God loves. That is seeing that I am joined with all my brothers in that one Self that is the Son God loves.
Today, Holy Spirit, help me not to be fooled by behavior. Help me to see my unity with all in the one Self that is God’s beloved Son. Thus will I let my sinlessness protect me from all harm.
If I think I can be harmed in any way, I have forgotten my Self. I have forgotten my Identity as an extension of God’s Love and am dreaming of being the opposite of what I truly am. Building defenses against harm is not the answer. Letting go of the false dream of separation is the answer.
Taking all thoughts of harm to the Holy Spirit to be undone is how I let go of these thoughts. I recognize they are unreal and harm is impossible. Dreams of being on a distant shore are not reality. Dreams of bodies are not reality.
Today I would practice accepting Atonement for myself. Today I would let the Holy Spirit show me the difference between what is real and what is unreal. I would let my mind be healed today.
The lesson says that I must accept Atonement for myself and nothing more. Because forgiveness is central to the course, acceptance of Atonement begins with me (or where I am spiritually at the moment).
I’ve shared before that I notice I can be much more forgiving (or let up) on others when I forgive (or let up) on myself first. That makes sense to me because when I perceive that someone says something mean to me or does something to hurt me, it’s always when I’m not in a peaceful state of mind. It’s always when my self-esteem is low or I’m feeling insecure about myself.
When I’m in a spiritual state of mind, I really do feel protected from all harm. It’s kind of like an invisible shield protecting me, but not from the world or from bad things attacking me (form). In other words, it’s not like bad things are coming in from the outside, it’s like good things are going out from the inside. It’s like my true Self is shining and I experience nothing but light around me. And it is in these moments that I can say “Father my dream is ended now.” Amen
Develop such mental power that you can stand unshaken, 
no matter what comes, bravely facing everything in life.
 Paramahansa Yogananda

How much more of the mosque, of prayer and fasting?
Better go drunk and begging round the taverns.
Khayyam, drink wine, for soon this clay of yours
Will make a cup, bowl, one day a jar.
When once you hear the roses are in bloom,
Then is the time, my love, to pour the wine;
Houris and palaces and Heaven and Hell-
These are but fairy-tales, forget them all.
Omar Khayyam

Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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