From the BlogMeet Ron


Why all this insistence that every A.A. must hit bottom first? The answer is that few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have hit bottom. For practicing A.A.’s remaining eleven Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. 
“Welcome to a discussion, a discussion of facts, of ideas that
are vitally important to you as a human being here on earth.
Now, isn’t that interesting already that we’re going to go into
some subjects that are of great importance to you.
Just consider for a bit the trivialities, the shallowness, the
emptiness, of the discussions and the activities that we engage
in. Things that don’t last very long. Things that have a meaning
that vanish in a few seconds or a few minutes.
Now, just now, we’re going to go into things that you can take
with you; that if you become very receptive to them, if you take
them into your innermost being they begin to work for you, to do
things for you in a way which perhaps you have never encountered
You know, over a period of years of living, it is so easy to lose
ideas, right ideas of what is important to you, what you really
need, what you need that is essential, far more important than
making a living here on earth, far more important than getting
a few friends or getting a little excitement.”
Escape from Inner Isolation
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).
Spirituality is natural goodness. God is not a person; God is a presence personified in us. Spirituality is not a thing; it is the atmosphere of God’s Presence, goodness, truth, and beauty.
Ernest Holmes
Someone said if we all put our problems in the center the table 
we would be scrambling to take them back. 
We don’t receive wisdom; 
we must discover it for ourselves a
fter a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Hindus praise me in the terms of India
And the Sindhis praise in terms from Sindh
Not for magnificats do I make them pure
They themselves become pure and precious
We do not look to language or to words
We look inside to find intent and rapture
Masnavi 2: 1757-59
 Such is God’s pronouncement toward the end of Rumi’s tale about Moses and the Shepherd (Masnavi 1720-1815), in which Moses rebukes an illiterate shepherd for uttering a prayer to God that expresses his devotion as a naive desire to darn God’s socks, rub his feet, wash his clothes, comb his hair, and pick his lice before sweeping a place for God to sleep. Speaking as the bearer of the Commandments, Moses (who is the prophet and the person most frequently mentioned by name in the Qur’an) denounces such prattle as blasphemy and harshly chastises the shepherd, who wanders off, deeply chagrined.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 51 Insights
Review of lessons 1-5
The part of the lesson that particularly stood out to me today was how we are constantly trying to justify our thoughts. I thought of the statement in the Course, “Beware of the temptation to perceive yourself unfairly treated.” Sometimes it seems quite easy to see others doing this. I see how these judgments bring pain and unhappiness, a sense of hopelessness and resentment. I can see how great effort is put into defending limitations, insisting that they are real.
If the particular form of this defense is not one that I identify with, its easy for me to see how meaningless it is. It is not so easy for me to see myself trying to justify my thoughts because I want them to be real. I’m identifying with the mistaken thought system.
This is when I am grateful that God gave me the Holy Spirit, Who does not mistake illusions for reality. In any moment I can reach to Him and accept His help to lay down those defenses, let go of those judgments and set aside the attempts to justify my thoughts. I need His help moment by moment. With His help, I return to peace. With His help, I accept the joy, the happiness that God wants for me and has given me.
Holy Spirit, I dedicate this day to following your lead so that I may be truly happy.
I need a lot of reminding that what I see through the body’s eyes is nothing and that it does not meaning anything. Giving meaning to what I see through the body’s eyes is the barrier to vision. I need a lot of reminding that what I see is the projection of my own mistaken thoughts. “Ideas leave not their source.” What I am seeing are the ideas that are coming from my own split mind. There is nothing to do with these ideas but to hand them over to the Holy Spirit so we will see their nothingness and let them go.
I am finding that this takes diligent practice. It still seems so easy to make the world real again. It still seems so easy to see something ‘wrong’ out there in the world. I need reminding that there is no ‘world out there.’ I am dreaming a dream that is not real. All the meaning I am giving this dream is coming from my own thoughts. I can let it go.
I am willing to practice today recognizing that the forms I see as ‘outside me’ are not real. I am willing to practice asking for God’s Thoughts and quieting my mind enough to accept God’s Thoughts. When I forget that I am the one that is giving the world all the meaning it has for me, I am the one that is writing this script, I am willing to return to this practice without guilt.
Jesus gives me the benefits of this practice in the Introduction to the Review Lessons. What particularly stood out to me is that the reason I am practicing these lessons so diligently is so that I can bring the peace that comes from my true Nature to every situation I find myself. I need to practice and apply these lessons to heal every place where I still get upset, or feel vulnerable or helpless. I need to practice remembering that I am peace in every situation. I am determined to practice moving through the clouds of ego perception with the Holy Spirit, helping me see everything with new eyes.
The happy hearted are those who see with the eyes of Love. They seek not to hold on to shame, sorrow, guilt or judgment. The happy hearted let go of all ego thoughts. They carry them with an open hand; they look at ego thoughts but do not hold on to them. They are carried lightly so that Holy Spirit can blow them away with a single soft breath. The happy hearted continually ask for this soft breath of Love and see only the Light in the open hand. The happy hearted know and trust Holy Spirit to take away every ego thought and replace the illusion with true vision.
Today I desire to be happy hearted. Today I desire only the meaning of the soft breath. Today I desire to see only the meaning of Love.
Today I started the day with a heavy heart, but hoped that my prayers would be heard. Yes, Spirit has “blown them away with a single soft breath.” I feel lighter now, trusting that God’s love is all-powerful and the yoke can be lightened.
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..Make your life more simple…Self-Realization [Yogoda Satsanga] is a philosophy of living: right meditation, right thinking, and right living. Bring up your children in this philosophy. Don’t pamper them, or teach them by wrong example to cater to their bodies and harmful desires…Give them true freedom by keeping their lives simple and cultivating in them inner peace and happiness. Do the same with your own life. Don’t be bound by anything. That philosophy will save you.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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