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FEB.23, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.23, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Unity
In many self-governing countries we are now seeing the inroads of ignorance, apathy, and power-seeking upon democratic systems. Their spiritual resources of right purpose and collective intelligence are waning. Consequently, many a land has become so helpless that the only answer is dictatorship. Happily for us, there seems little prospect of such a calamity in A.A. The life of each individual and of each group is built around our Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. We very well know that the penalty for extensive disobedience to these principles is death for the individual and dissolution for the group. An even greater force for A.A.’s unity is in the compelling love that we have for our fellow members and for the principles upon which our lives today are founded.
Bill W.
c. 1962 AAWS
Twelve Concepts for World Service, 26th printing,  p. 8
Only those who see the invisible can accomplish the impossible.
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VERNON HOWARD
“There can be no more practical purpose in life than to be true to truth.”
Cosmic Command, # 1498
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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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But we are born to be happy, to be abundantly supplied with every good thing, to have fun in living, to consciously unite with the Divine Power that is around us and within us, and to grow and expand forever.
Ernest Holmes
All the promises of come true for me 
and before I thought ‘no way’ and now 
things are completely different. 
Anonymous 
Joseph Goldstein is fond of recounting that an interviewer
once asked Mother Teresa what she says to God when she prays. 
“I don’t say anything,” she replied. “I just listen.“ 
Then the interviewer asked what God says to her. 
“He doesn’t say anything,” she said. “He just listens. 
And if you don’t understand that, I can’t explain it to you.”
We have seen how Rumi’s theology of love and the effacing of the baser self points to an existential unity in which everything is love, or as the Qur’an puts it, the face of God eternally remains after all else perishes. We experience our lives as separate individuated consciousness because our light has become refracted in the realm of matter and creation and so takes on the appearance of conflicting spectrums. But if we could trace the differentiated bands of distinctly coloured light we perceive back into the pre-prismatic realm, they would of course revert to a single bright whiteness. It is our presence in the realm of colours that casts us into this refracted state, and leads us to identify with and choose a particular side or colour:
 
Slapped by the polo stick of His command
Be and it was, we roll through space and Beyond
When the colourless became enmeshed in colours
a Moses came in conflict with a Moses
Gain back that colourlessness you once had
and with Moses and Pharoah peace will reign
Masnavi 1: 2466
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 53 Insights
Review of Lessons 11-15
In reading this review today what stood out to me is the statement that God did not create a meaningless world. I see it as the central foundation of the Course. As I say it to myself, I have a feeling of relief. Because God did not create a meaningless world, I am not stuck for eternity in a world of fear and guilt and pain and suffering. The world I see is only a temporary effect that comes from believing in a world that cannot be real. All the seeming injustices I see in the world have no meaning because God did not create them. All the conflict and the suffering that seems to be in this world is not real because God did not create them.
 
An effect of recognizing this is that God no longer seems to be my enemy or something to be feared. Instead, He is a benevolent place of comfort, a refuge to which I can go for relief from the conflicts I experience in this world. He offers me only peace and Love and happiness. That is what He created and that is what has meaning. He gives this with total consistency, because that is what He is and God does not change.
 
The moment I let go of my investment in a meaningless world, I free myself to return Home to the safety and comfort of God. This is what I truly want. This is why I want to learn to forgive all my perceptions in this world, to let them go. This is why I want to practice again and again, many times a day, turning all my thoughts over to the Holy Spirit to receive His interpretation and let go of mine. This is how I will learn to recognize and release the meaningless and accept Love, the Source of all meaning.
 
I am so grateful for the freedom to exchange my beliefs for what is real and meaningful for the freedom to remember both Who and What we all really are. I am so grateful for my relationship with the Holy Spirit, to know and trust that I am not alone, to wake up and joy and not struggle. I am so grateful for the gentle touch of compassion and the inspiration with which the Holy Spirit touches me and shares with all that surrounds me. I cherish this freedom, unity and joy and fulfillment. And I commit to celebrating it as often as I can.
 
The power of decision is strengthened in me today as I allow what this review is saying to wash my mind with real thoughts. My willingness to open to the awareness of what is real is very high today. I am being told by Jesus that the Love I am is real, I am God’s creation, and this will never change. I am welcomed in the Mind of God. I am not seen as an intruder, for the Mind of God is my real Home.
 
During the day, I will remember this review and hold it close to my heart and offer it to my mind repeatedly. Should I be tempted to give value to the meaningless, Holy Spirit will help me if I ask to go Home again.
 
I have never really left the Home of God’s heavenly Mind. It is just a story, a habit, that I am willing to let go. This story does not serve me. The story of confusion, of fear is meaningless. I want to remember my real life with God and so today’s review assures me that this is what I will be given upon my request. And It’s all I’ve ever really had. I fell asleep for a while and dreamed a dream of confusion, of separation, and now I am waking up.
Today’s review lesson helps me detach from all the stories. There are millions of stories, and none of them are real. I still need the practice of recognizing that every story held within the belief system of time and space is really just a story. It is not real. The Course tells me that the tiny tick of time was over long ago. It never really happened. All is still safe in God. The stories make no difference in what is real.
 
Often the stories do appear very real to me and I do get wrapped up in them. Made up stories that are the opposite of God’s universal Love are indeed fearful and limiting. When I take the opportunity to step back and detach from them, I am able to see how silly and foolish they are. No one could ever be limited by a body. They are just foolish ideas.
 
One of the things that stood out to me today is that I am the decision maker. I choose between illusions and the truth. Today I am willing to practice opening to the truth. Only Love’s Thoughts are real. Love sees only Love. Love knows that stories of lack of Love are not real. Love knows that all is safe and that all that could ever be real is eternal, changeless Love. This review lesson is a wonderful mind wash. I can soak in it. It will help loosen up all the false ideas I am still clinging to. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I am willing to return to the truth that only formless Love is real.
 
As I was doing the lesson I started thinking about the line, “I do not value what is totally insane and has no meaning.” I started thinking about what this means in my everyday life and what does it mean to value something.
 
I like my house. It is perfect for my needs and is pleasant to be in. I haven’t seen another house I would prefer to live in. Does that mean I have placed value on my house and that I should give it up? I have to live someplace. Would it be better to live in a house I don’t like and so wouldn’t value?
 
Or would value it mean that I would be devastated if I lost it? That I think I have to have this house in order to be happy? I think this must be what value is. The house is a symbol of fulfillment and by becoming attached to that particular symbol, I have forgotten that my happiness does not come from this house, but from God. That truly is insane thinking.
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“Peace (shanti) is a divine quality. A true yogi, one united to “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, is like a lovely rose, spreading around him the fragrance of tranquility and harmony.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
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