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FEB.28, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.28, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Seeking Fool’s Gold
Pride is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress. Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts. When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and a place in society becomes the primary object of our lives, then pride steps in to justify our excesses.
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I may attain “humility for today” only to the extent that I am able to avoid the bog of guilt and rebellion on one hand and, on the other hand, that fair but deceiving land which is strewn with the fool’s-gold coins of pride. This is how I can find and stay on the highroad to humility, which lies between these extremes. Therefore, a constant inventory which can reveal when I am off the road is always in order.
1.TWELVE AND TWELVE, pp. 48-49
2. GRAPEVINE, JUNE 1961
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VERNON HOWARD
“Is the truly sincere person the one who is trying to save the world or
the one trying to save himself from himself?”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 98
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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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There is a Power around you that knows and that understands all things. This Power works like the soil; it receives the seed of your thought and at once begins to operate upon it. It will receive whatever you give to it and will create for you and throw back at you whatever you think into it.
Ernest Holmes

 

Today I’m finding Serenity rather than begging for it. 

Anonymous

 

Our unity is like a gently flowing river which waters the earth with blessings.

ST. MARY EUPHRASIA

 

The body’s eye looks always body-ward
The soul’s eye sees the many-splendored soul
So phrases formed within the Masnavi
waylay the superficial, guide the true
Masnavi 6: 654-55
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 58 Insights
Review of Lessons 36 – 40
Accepting my holiness is accepting my wholeness. It is accepting that all is one whole in God. This means I can not accept only part of the whole and have it be true. Wholeness means all. All is whole as one Love, one Light. As I see my brother’s Light, I am seeing my Light. One Light is the same as every Light. Like a hologram, the whole is in every part. When I am blessed as a Son of God, everyone is blessed as a Son of God. This makes things very simple and uncomplicated. This means everyone is the same.
 
Holy Spirit, help me see this sameness. Help me see the unity today. Help me play my part in the undoing of dreams. I am open to Your Word today. I am open to letting You change my perceptions to be in alignment with seeing only wholeness. When I remember wholeness, there is nothing to fear. There is no lack, no guilt, only joy, only appreciation, only gratitude that only wholeness is true and nothing else is true. The stories of differences are not true. They never were and never will be. I am willing to soak in remembering wholeness today. Remembering wholeness blesses the world.
This lesson is helping me to see a new image of myself. It is certainly not the image I have carried with me from infancy or perhaps even before. That image has shown me only pain and fear. The image this lesson presents is wholly free of pain and fear and guilt. The part of me that still believes in the old image feels unworthy of this new image and fights against it, even though it yearns to believe it is true. It seems insane to resist release from pain, doubt, guilt and loss, and it is. It is just the insane part of my mind that believes in what could never be that resists accepting the beautiful, peaceful and loving image that is presented in this lesson. By definition, insanity is simply believing in what is not true.
 
I am grateful that belief can be changed. I am grateful that I have in my mind the Master Therapist Who can guide me to let go of mistaken beliefs and accept the truth of Who I am. These lessons offer a new image that is older than time. They hold before me a reflection of what I have not believed I could see. They show me my innocence, given me by my Creator, still mine, unaffected by mistaken beliefs.
 
I am deeply grateful for God’s grace, which holds my holiness safe for me while I wander in the wilderness of false ideas. I am grateful for God’s grace in giving me a Teacher in my mind Who is always with me no matter where I wander, offering me a new vision, a vision of the Truth. I am grateful for these lessons that help open my mind to this new vision. And most of all I am thankful for my loving Creator, Who has not changed His mind about me.
This morning, just as I was waking up, I had a thought that I hoped I would have a successful day today. I thought that because the day before had not been very successful in the sense that I had felt somewhat depressed and felt like I was not progressing spiritually as quickly as I thought I should be. However, as I was driving to work I realized that my definition of “success” was that of having a peaceful day. I realized my values have changed and that what I am grateful for is my serenity and peace of mind. This course and these lessons have changed my life, regardless of my resistance; for this I am truly grateful.
 
Thank you Father, thank you Holy Spirit, for not abandoning me, for loving me, and for giving meaning to my life. Amen.
From today’s lesson I feel such joy as I bask in the idea that God wants me Home, that God wants all of us Home. It’s just that simple to be wanted and to be loved. There is no quota I have to meet. Nothing I have to do. Just to accept the invitation. It’s so easy to get caught up in ego thought patterns such as when I do this perfectly or be that perfectly, then I can be at peace and I can be wanted and loved and share joy. I am more deeply inspired than ever with this lesson to remember to accept this invitation to come Home where I can be me, loved equally and loving equally.
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stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
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