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FEB.5, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.5, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Faith
From “The Belief Will Come”
I remained dry for a number of years, and then, as you may already have guessed, I drank again. It was inevitable. I had accepted only those parts of the program that fitted into my life without effort on my part. I was still the self-centered egotist I had always been, still full of all my old hatreds, selfishness, and disbelief just as lacking in maturity as I had been when I first arrived at A.A. This time, when I came to in the hospital, I had absolutely no hope. After all, you had told me that A.A. was the last hope for the alcoholic, and I had failed there was nothing else. At this very point, my sister chose to send me a clipping from a Sunday-school paper. No letter, just the clipping: “Pray with disbelief; but pray with sincerity; and the belief will come.”
1973 AAWS, Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 47 
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VERNON HOWARD
“A teacher in an esoteric school used every opportunity to slip lessons
to his pupils. One morning he was directing some students in placing rocks
to form a border around the garden. One student asked the teacher to hand
him some more rocks. Seeing the pupil’s loaded arms the teacher said,
‘When you are ready to carry more I will give you more.’ Everyone within
hearing understood the lesson.”
700 Inspiring Guides To A New Life, # 105
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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 believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in all,
and that we are all incarnations of the One Spirit.”
Ernest Holmes
After all these years, I still don’t know
how this program works, but I know it does. 
Anonymous
“Life is so astonishing; it leaves very little time for anything else.
Emily Dickenson
 “Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. Halfheartedness does not reach into majesty.”
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 36 Insights
“My holiness envelops everything I see.”
I see this lesson as not only an extension of yesterday’s, but also of the earlier lessons, “God is in everything I see, because God is in my mind.” In this world, the idea that God is in my mind and I am part of God and I share His holiness, His innocence, is totally alien. Every day there seems to be proof that I am anything but holy. I do not spend the day in perfect peace. I am sometimes upset with no rational reason, let alone the reasons that seem to be rational. I certainly don’t seem to share God’s strength and oneness is a concept that seems out of reach to really experience.
 
Yet the Course is telling me that it is all this that I seem to experience and perceive that is really what is alien. What makes it seem real to me is only my belief in it, and belief can be changed. Thank God! What a relief! I am grateful for the Course and its lesson that I do not have to continue with my experience of the world as it has been. There is another way of seeing, not with the body’s eyes, but in my mind. It is here that real change happens. And it is here that the Course focuses its lessons.
 
As I do today’s exercises, it may seem as though I am saying words that I do not mean and are almost unbelievable. But they are part of training my mind in a new way of seeing, a new perception of myself and the world. It isn’t important that I believe it now. Belief will come of itself. I need only practice the lessons. They are designed to open the door to the change of mind I need to let go of this alien world. Once again, my heart is filled with gratitude that I have the means to change my mind and accept the peace of God.
 
 
There are only two ways of seeing. I am either seeing through the eyes of Christ or I am seeing through the eyes of the ego. The eyes of the ego see only ego. The eyes of Christ see only holiness. And which I choose to see I will see. Today’s lesson helps me to open up to the idea that I can see through the eyes of holiness because I am holy. This lesson is helping me remember what I am and where I am. This lesson is encouraging me to practice seeing through the eyes of holiness.
 
It is only through consistent practice that my mind will be transformed. I have been used to seeing through the eyes of ego. I have been used to seeing separation and thinking it is real. I need much practice in seeing differently. Today’s lesson gives me that practice. Today’s lesson teaches me to see through the eyes of holiness. Yesterday’s lesson reminded me that I am holy. Today’s lesson reminds me that holiness sees only holiness. Through practice I change my habitual thinking, I change my mind.
 
As I see through the eyes of holiness, I see clearly that everything is holy. Everything is Love. Through consistent practice, the ego thought system gently falls away by my not giving it support. It falls away from lack of attention. I get what I focus on. As I focus on remembering my holiness, as I focus on seeing through the eyes of holiness, it becomes easier and easier to see only holiness and realize that anything is just false ideas, just nothing. When I don’t try to make something out of nothing, that nothing disappears. What a wonderful opportunity I have today — to practice seeing through the eyes of holiness. I can’t think of anything that is more important. I can’t think of anything that would bring me more happiness.
 
 
As I respond to the essence of today’s lesson, it seems to me that holiness is the effect of being whole. And being whole is accepting without condition that my thoughts and feelings are the cause of any effect. When I truly accept that I am whole, then I can know that nothing is holy without me and it cannot be holy without me because it is all the same. If I say that I am holy and that table is not, then I have chained myself to it. I have taken its power away and robbed it in my mind. And if I say that table is holy, and I am not, then I have given away my power and chained myself to the table. As long as inequality exists between cause and effect, I am seeing myself as unholy.
 
I surrender my arrogance and accept that I am whole and devote myself to the responsibility and care and joy of that relationships with myself. I surrender my arrogance and accept my brother as whole and free and willing to acknowledge himself as such. From this perspective, there is no condition from which my freedom is limited or restrained. I love for the mere joy of it and only that.
 
 
My holiness envelops everything I see. As I allow these words to wash over my mind, I enter a deep state of peace. This place completely erases any thought of separation, any thought of illusion about “other.” If my holiness envelops everything I see, there can only be one holiness. It is all that is. It is me. I take time today to come back to this state of awareness, this eternal moment in which I remember my holiness envelops everything I see.
 
 
I was reminded of a quote from the text that says,“You need offer only your undivided attention. Everything else will be given you.” Seems simple enough, yet how hard it has proven to be! Today’s lesson was a perfect practicing ground because I had to remind myself with each effort why my holiness envelopes everything I see. I would have to say to myself that my mind is part of God’s and so I am very holy. Otherwise, the lesson made no sense to me and I was just mouthing the words. I guess that means I really need these lessons.
 
Once I started being aware of my level of attention as I did this lesson, I realized that sometimes I wasn’t even getting through 30 seconds of undivided attention before my mind wandered. No wonder some of these lessons seem brand new to me as if I have never done them before. In a way, I haven’t because I have never given them my full attention. I think some appeal to me and I do them well, while others I passively resist through inattention.
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Paramahansa Yogananda
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