From the BlogMeet Ron


When alcohol influenced every facet of my life, when bottles became the symbol of all my self-indulgence and permissiveness, when I came to realize that, by myself, I could do nothing to overcome the power of alcohol, I realized I had no recourse except surrender. In surrender I found victory – victory over my selfish self-indulgence, victory over my stubborn resistance to life as it was given to me. When I stopped fighting anybody or anything, I started on the path to sobriety, serenity and peace.
Copyright 1990 
Ronald asked, ‘What does an awakened man see that other people
do not perceive?’
‘He is like an observer standing on a hilltop, watching the frantic
chasings of men and women on the prairie below. Among other insights,
he sees these hypnotized men setting traps for each other. The traps
are always attractively decorated, to make them appear beneficial.
The awakened man sees clearly all the resulting heartache. You may
ask why he does not shout down to them a warning of what they do to
each other. He does, but here we meet one of the peculiar features
of the tragedy. Man is unable to hear. He is spiritually deaf.’
‘But those who listen will hear. These people neither set traps nor
fall into them.’
Self-awakening enables you to see the human scene as it is, not as
it appears to be, which frees you of its chaos.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 130
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).
“We are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life. We are surroundedby, immersed in, and there is flowing through us a creative something… call it what you will.”
― Ernest Holmes
Out there is a secular world but I can come 
here and feel spiritual. 
I will love the light for it shows me the way, 
yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
“Stop acting so small.
You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”
ACIM Workbook Lesson 35 Insights
“My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.”
Today I am being asked to take illusions to the truth. I am being asked to look very closely at the self-image I have made. I am being asked to look at the situations I see myself in and look at the thoughts that go with it. “What is the self-image that goes with this situation?” Then I am asked to take this image to the truth. Unless I am willing to look very closely at this self-image I have made, it will remain unconscious and not healed. But the closer I look at this self-image with the Holy Spirit, the sooner it will be undone.
The truth for myself and everyone is we are all part of God’s Mind. God’s holiness is ours. Today’s lesson is an important part of retraining my mind. With today’s lesson, I am learning to pay attention to what self-image I am reinforcing, and then to hand it over. All the images I have made are false. Because God is Mind, I am mind. I am willing to look at these images today and take them to my Source to be undone.
Recognizing that I am the perceiver of this world, I can choose to relinquish my belief in the ego thought system of separation. I can choose to perceive the truth of my mind — my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. This perception aligns my mind and my thoughts with the one Mind and releases my belief in thoughts of separation. Today I choose to focus on and remember the truth of Who I am. My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. Repeating this affirmation brings me peace and joy because it is a reflection of my true Self.
Today’s idea brings great relief. It tells me that I am not the vulnerable, alone and fearful image that I have thought was me. It tells me that I am innocent, for I could not be guilty and also be holy and in the Mind of God. When I look at all the various attributes that came to mind when I did the exercise, I realized that all those attributes were ways of distinguishing myself from others and therefore being separate. My mind cannot be part of God’s and remain separate.
So each time I remind myself that my mind is part of God’s and I am very holy, I reclaim my innocence. I reclaim my place in God’s Mind. I affirm God’s completeness and my own. I reclaim the strength of God as mine. I reclaim my Self. I am grateful to be reminded that littleness is not my inheritance, but rather the grandeur of God is mine and everyone’s. No one has less or more, for God has given all of Himself to all. I rest in gratitude and joy.
What I appreciate about these lessons is that they make me very aware of my thoughts and actions. There is so much mind wandering and I tend to treat that as normal, expected and harmless because I am not aware of it in a conscious way. Doing lessons like this one brings these thoughts into focus and reminds me that they are indeed real thoughts with effects.
This lesson saves me from my “terminal uniqueness.” I am no longer apart from, different than, separate from anyone! My mind is part of God’s. I am very Holy. My identity is established and I no longer have to surround myself with reflections of a limited, unhappy, depressed, frozen self. I have the wings of an eagle. I’m tired of flopping & flapping around with the tiny wings of a sparrow!
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“Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.” 
Paramahansa Yogananda

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