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FEB.18, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.18, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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Hitting bottom opened my mind and I became willing to try something ​different. What I tried was A.A. My new life in the Fellowship was a little like learning how to ride a bike for the first time: A.A. became my training wheels and my supporting hand. It’s not that I wanted the help so much at the time; I simply did not want to hurt like that again. My desire to avoid hitting bottom again was more powerful than my desire to drink. In the beginning that was what kept me sober. But after a while I found myself working the Steps to the best of my ability. I soon realized that my attitudes and actions were changing – if ever so slightly. One Day at a Time, I became comfortable with myself, and others, and my hurting started to heal. Thank God for the training wheels and supporting hand that I choose to call Alcoholics Anonymous.
Copyright 1990
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.​
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VERNON HOWARD
“Here are ten parallels between the novel Dracula and in everyone’s
daily life:
   9. In Dracula, he uses terror tactics to stun, shock, and subdue
his victims. In life, demon-possessed subhumans use wars, financial
panics, threats, scary rumors of all kinds to manipulate and wreck
their human victims.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 67
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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).
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All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.
Ernest Holmes
If I make no other conviction today I still have to realize
 that I’m a close-minded dick head. 
Anonymous 
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
FRENCH PROVERB
Rumi gives several humorous parables to illustrate, including this: A man knocks at his friend’s door. “Who is it?” “It’s me.” The friend sends him away to be purified – there is no room in one home for two egos, two “I”s. When he returns a year later and knocks again, he responds to “Who is it?” with “It is you.” The reply now comes, “Since you are I, come in, myself” (Masnavi 1: 3056-76). Any true dervish has been effaced in this manner (3: 3669-85).
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 48 Insights
“There is nothing to fear.”
My true Self knows that there is nothing to fear. My true Self knows that this world is nothing but a dream. When I open to my true Self, this knowing that everything is really all right comes into my awareness. My true Self knows that big deals are never justified. My true Self radiates the peace of God. My true Self remembers that everyone is in Heaven now and never left. My true Self knows that every problem has just been made up by false thinking. My true Self is centered in the truth.
 
If I think something other than the thoughts of my true Self are real, my only real and lasting solution is to open my mind to the thoughts of my true Self. I am the decision maker. Either I wander in dreams of separation, making them real, or I choose to open my mind to what is real. My true Self knows that if it is not Love, it is a call for Love. If it is not Love, it is an illusion.
 
As I continue to practice opening to my true Self, I know that all is well. Everything that is real is safe in the Mind of God. There is nothing to fear. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” It is always my choice. Do I want fear? Do I want conflict? If so, I will choose the ego thought system. Do I want peace and understanding of the truth? If so, I will have an open mind to listen to my true Self.
 
My study and application of what I am learning from the Course has increased my day-to-day level of peace dramatically. Yet if I look honestly at the thoughts I carry through the day, there is still an underlying level of fear in much of my thinking. Now I call it by a different name. I may call it concern, mild frustration, impatience, minor irritation, planning for the future, ruminating, etc. Occasionally there are more overt flare-ups of fear in which I recognize defensiveness or anger.
 
The Course tells me that there is no difference between a mild, unsettled feeling and intense rage. I could only experience either of them if I believed myself to be separate from the strength and Love of God. The Course offers no exceptions. It does not say there is nothing to fear except (fill in the blank). The fact that I still make exceptions means that I still need to be reminded again and again that there is nothing to fear. Period. No exceptions, no qualifiers.
 
One simple fact: There is nothing to fear. The ego brings up all kinds of “Yes but what about…” That is only its attempt to maintain its illusion of reality. That question “What about…” is best directed to the Holy Spirit. Offered to the Holy Spirit, He will respond with an answer that shows me there is no foundation for fear. To receive that answer, I must have an open mind. I must be willing to acknowledge that I of myself do not know what anything means. If I think I know what anything means the Holy Spirit’s answer will be invisible to me, even though it is right in front of my nose.
 
The Holy Spirit’s voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. My prayer is, “I am willing to listen. Help me with my unwillingness, Holy Spirit. Help me feel your peace so that I may receive your understanding.” This is my heart’s desire. I know in my heart that this is the way to release from hell and return to Heaven.
 
What an excellent time to practice this lesson with talk of war and terrorist attacks. Not that I need huge temptations to wander into fear. I too find an underlying current of fear running through my life. At least now I am aware of it when it happens. At one time in my life, I did not even know I was living in fear. It just seemed natural and normal and I had no idea that I could escape from it. I look forward to today’s practice because I know I will be taking another step forward into a better life.
 
I, too, have had more peace in my life since beginning the practice of these lessons; however, all of the “minor” forms of fear have still hung around. Overly concern for others; planning for the future; impatience, etc. Today I release all outcomes, all attempts to control, all “theories” on what others should be doing, to Holy Spirit. I am in charge of my thoughts. The outcome is certain. Today I choose to think lovingly on everyone that crosses my mind. There is nothing to fear.
 
This instant I rest in God because my true Self knows there is nothing to fear. Too many times I forget this because too often I forget my true Self, but today I will do as the lesson suggests in practicing these words frequently. These words mean the difference between life and death for me, the difference between hope and despair, the difference between sadness and joy. These words are truly powerful and “feed” my being, my state of mind, my existence. Thank you Father for these words; thank you for your Love.
 
What a simple, powerful sentence: “There is nothing to fear.” I too find an undercurrent of fear in my life now — no doubt related to the Orange Alert, and also to personal things, fears I have about people I care for. And yet… have I meditated much in the past week? No. Today I will go back to my meditation, and find that quiet place where God is, and there truly is no fear. I will try, again, to believe that with all my heart, with no exceptions.
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Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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