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FEB.20, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.20, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Never Again!
“Most people feel more secure on the twenty-four-hour basis than they do in the resolution that they will never drink again. Most of them have broken too many resolutions. It’s really a matter of personal choice; every A.A. has the privilege of interpreting the program as he likes. “Personally, I take the attitude that I intend never to drink again. This is somewhat different from saying, ‘I will never drink again.’ The latter attitude sometimes gets people in trouble because it is undertaking on a personal basis to do what we alcoholics never could do. It is too much an act of will and leaves too little room for the idea that God will release us from the drink obsession provided we follow the A.A. program.”
LETTER, 1949
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VERNON HOWARD
“There is a very strange tormentor of the spirits of human beings
who has a specialty. This adverse force specializes in keeping going
inside a man or a woman a certain thought, attitude, idea which is
extremely painful. This extremely painful thought which human beings
have – I want you to see it in yourself – this tormenting thought
that the individual has and suffers from is that he has no clearly
defined course in life. He has no plan, no easily defined place to go
and things to do. There is nothing definite for him to work with in
order to arrive at a definite destination.
 
He’s like a man in the ocean in a little boat, and he’s out in the
ocean, no land in sight, and he doesn’t know which way to go in order
to reach land. He can look out in any direction he wants but nothing
is clear. Another way to say this is that deep down, human beings
don’t have a course, a direction which they feel will give them a
definite reward for their action, whatever the action is, whatever
the course is. Now you have this.”
Wake Up to a World of Perfect Safety – Part 1
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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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I am guided by the same intelligence and inspired by the same imagination which scatters the moon beams across the waves and holds the forces of nature in it’s grasp.
Ernest Holmes
I forgot, you know, the built-in forgetter. 
Anonymous
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
DESMOND TUTU
 Everything is the beloved, and the lover blocks our line-of-sight by creating an illusionary separation of subject and object; the beloved is living, uncontingent, while the lover is a corpse (1: 30)
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 50 Insights
“I am sustained by the Love of God.”
If I look at the “love” experienced in the special relationships of this world, it gives love a shady image. This love is unreliable, changing all the time, seems to take great effort to maintain and can be gone in an instant. If this accurately represented God’s Love, no one could feel sustained by His Love. This ‘love’ is feared because of its unreliability. It is why ego based religions speak of the fear of God. Who could feel safe with a love that is tenuous at best?
 
Gratefully, the Course is telling me that what we call love in this world is the opposite of God’s Love. It is a false substitute. The ego loves to project its images anywhere it can, including on God. With this lesson it is important for me to recognize the hidden baggage the ego would layer on the Love of God, making it seem tarnished and uncertain. As long as I believe this image, I will resist trusting in the sustenance of God’s Love. It will not feel safe to me. This is not because of what God’s Love is, but because of a false image that the ego projects that interferes with accepting the strength and peace and joy and certainty of God’s Love.
 
That is why this lesson is so important. That is why I need to repeat the lesson many times through the day to remind myself where my real safety is. Truly I am sustained, supported, strengthened and fulfilled by God’s Love. Only God’s Love can sustain me. No substitutes could ever work, because I was created as part of God. To know that certainty and comfort, I need to let go of the false images I have believed. They have no power over me except from my belief in them. As I can let them go, I can rest in the comfort of God’s peace. Love sustains me because Love is what I am in truth and nothing else.
 
As I feel the words, “I am sustained by the Love of God,” embrace me I feel as though I just received a letter that has changed my life. In that letter is revealed the truth about me: “You are abundant and you lack nothing. Something happened that you don’t understand and you simply forgot that you are abundant. Your source of fulfillment is always present, but if you do not know it and do not access it, you will continue to experience the illusion of lack.”
 
That is what this letter says to me. That is what touches me with these words from the lesson today. Love cares so much about each of us and all of us. We are equally endowed. It is only when I access the unlimited Source of Love in me that I can truly experience life and joy and celebration. I am grateful to be touched by the truth these words in this lesson today.
I am sustained by the Love of God because the Love of God is all that is real. Nothing really exists but the Love of God. Everyone is the Love of God, their Source. I am the Love of God. If I think that something else sustains me, I am mistaken. If I think that something else sustains me, I can realize that thought is coming from the false ego mind. I can recognize these thoughts, look at them closely and with the help of the Holy Spirit, see and feel that they are just false ideas. Recognizing that it is only the Love of God that sustains me is my pathway Home.
 
Where am I placing my trust? Where am I thinking that my true happiness lies? I have thought that my happiness lies in many things, but they never lasted. True happiness does not change. True happiness is eternal. Today I am willing to look at all my replacements for God’s Love and see the truth about them. I am willing to hand over my ideas about everything. I am willing to be retrained. I am willing to open to the Love of God and receive my real sustenance. I am willing to practice today, one step at a time, in recognizing that I am sustained only by the Love of God. I am willing to step back and be taught the truth.
It took me a long time to realize that the love of God is what ultimately sustains me. For so long I would rejoice over the fact that I got the job that I thought I wanted, that my relationship with whoever was working, that my body looked good, etc., etc.
 
I now realize that there are no guarantees in any of those things and it was only by the grace of God that I was able to obtain those things in the first place. Today I realize that it is faith in my faith of God’s love which ultimately sustains any peace that I may experience in my life; it is the only guarantee I have. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for reminding me of this fact.
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“It is best to simplify life. I have seen saints in India who eat hardly anything and live under the most rigorous conditions; yet they have wonderfully strong bodies, far better than those of the average well-fed, well-cared-for American. They have trained their minds not to be dependent on externals for health and contentment.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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