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February 11,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

February 11,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
It is often the case that great scholars make 
the acquiring of knowledge a goal instead of a means to a goal.
 
If you thoroughly learned all the lessons in AA
 by heart and made no use of it, you would find it but a waste of time and effort.
 
You must put your new-found knowledge to work, 
you must pass it on or it will be not only valueless 
to humanity but, in all probability, of no material help to you.
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 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“The Truth is always introducing itself to us. 
We fail to see it,because we are looking the other way.”
Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 157
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
February 11.2017
THE LIMITS OF SELF-RELIANCE
We asked ourselves why we had them [fears]. Wasn’t it because self-reliance failed us?
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 68
All of my character defects separate me from God’s will. When I ignore my association with Him I face the world and my alcoholism alone and must depend on self-reliance. I have never found security and happiness through self-will and the only result is a life of fear and discontent. God provides the path back to Him and to His gift of serenity and comfort. First, however, I must be willing to acknowledge my fears and understand their source and power over me. I frequently ask God to help me understand how I separate myself from Him.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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 If there is a law that is creative, 
we cannot say that one thought 
will create while another will not.
The science of mind page 94 
 
Learn to live with the “dis-ease” that comes when you stop something 
and practice new behavior, the feelings will pass.
Ala-non member 



Pride without gratitude is arrogance.
anonymous

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened…. 
Let the beauty we love be what we do. 
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks
 


A COURSE IN MIRACLES

ACIM Workbook Lesson 42 Insights
“God is my strength. Vision is His gift.”
Remembering the earlier lesson that God goes with me wherever I go, this lesson tells me that I always have His strength and His vision. I can never be without them. I am always safe, invulnerable and have the ability to see the innocence, the wholeness, the holiness that God sees. If I am feeling vulnerable in any way, if I am not seeing innocence, then I am believing in a false image of what I am. That is all. It is simply a false belief that needs to be undone.
 
I am grateful to know this because beliefs can be changed. This is my salvation. If beliefs could not be changed, I would be stuck forever in this hellish world of conflict, fear, pain and death. Yet all this that I perceive is only the effect of a false belief. The strength of God is in me to help me let it go. I do not have to do it by sheer determination, relying on my own strength. As it says in another lesson, “If you believe you must rely on your own strength, you have every reason to be fearful.”
 
Gratefully this lesson reminds me that God is my strength. I am not on my own. He has never left me. His strength has never left me. Any time a problem appears to be insurmountable, it is not because I don’t have the strength to pass through it. It is because I am unwilling to accept God’s strength. This unwillingness may be because I believe I am unworthy of His strength or it may be like a teenage temper tantrum saying, “I’d rather do it myself.” Perhaps it is some kind of masochistic pride in thinking I have the ability to work this out without God’s help. I can be independent. This pride is masochistic because it insists on being separate from my Source of strength and thus vulnerable, weak and the victim of all kinds of dire circumstances.
 
I can choose differently. I can choose to remember that God is my strength and vision is His gift. His vision shows me my invulnerability and my holiness. It shows me the holiness of everything I look upon. With His vision, I can see the gates of Heaven. His vision brings me to the threshold and His strength takes me in and holds me safely in God’s arms. Whether or not I feel God’s strength in any particular moment does not matter. His strength is still with me. Each time I remind myself of this today, it becomes a little easier to feel his strength working in me, to feel His peace. I am truly grateful.
 
 
God is my strength. Vision is His gift. This vision opens me to the truth. I can apply opening to God’s vision and God’s strength to every experience I have today. It helps me step back and remember I do not know on my own. Why would I use the weakness of the ego, when I have the strength of God available to apply to every circumstance? The strength and vision of God is available to me if I am willing to step back and open up to it. I am willing to practice today.
 
I have just one thing to practice, opening up to the strength and vision of God. I can let the light be turned on in my mind. It will help me see clearly. It will help me be of service in a way that is most appropriate. I do not know on my own, but with God, true vision is mine. It is His gift. I will receive hundreds of opportunities today to accept His gift. This is my practice. This is the means of my awakening. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. I can open to the truth today. I can receive God’s peace. God is my strength. Vision is His gift.
 
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Live under the canopy of truth. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 


 
“Heaven has not learned of my arrival, 
and my departure will not in the least diminish 
it’s beauty and grandeur.
I will sleep underground, for us ephemeral mortals,
the only eternity is the moment and drinking to the
moment is better than weeping for it.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St .#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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