From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
Loneliness drives more people to the Gin Mill
than almost any other single factor – 
perhaps even the compulsion to drink.
In the old days when our society was 
objectionable to all our old friends,
we would from sheer boredom go to the 
bar just to talk to someone. 
Anyone’s conversation was preferable to our thoughts. 
The drink was frequently an incidental.
Boredom is still one of our worst enemies. 
If you have an AA club, there is always 
some guy you can try to help. 
Regardless of your effect on him,
the experience is bound to help you 
and will relieve you of your blues.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE
“You are under constant and vicious attack. There is no moment in
your entire life when you have not been under vicious attack. You
were not aware of it while the assault was hurling its bombs at
you because you convinced yourself at the moment of the attack
that you were having a good time, that more money was coming in,
someone said something nice about you, a new and exciting plan
for finding something to do with yourself came to you.
And so, you very slyly suggested to yourself, ‘Aha, I was pained
yesterday, all right; I was under attack all right, by those
anxieties and by those people, but today is different. Today I
have some place to travel to, either physically or in my mind
and imagination. Today is going to be nice because I have the
productive and exciting activity, even if it’s only a mental
journey to the past or to the future.
Now, you have your first clue as to who the enemy really is, and
we’ll go into that more as the talk progresses. Your first enemy
is unconsciousness of the enemy. Your life is shallow, singing
bright cheerful songs, putting on the proper smiles and facial
expressions, making sure that other people know how busy and
successful and productive you are. You always have to have an
audience; because you can’t convince yourself, you try to convince
someone else – neither will work.
Now I have marvelous news for you this morning, and the first strange
part of it is it’s something your friends and neighbors and society
as a whole does not want. Now listen, listen to this good news that
almost nobody wants.
The good news is this in the simplest language that it could be
phrased: The damage can be undone.”
 Win Your Own Life Back – Part 1
February 1,2017
“. . . Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can’t say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now.”
“Came to believe!” I gave lip service to my belief when I felt like it or when I thought it would look good. I didn’t really trust God. I didn’t believe He cared for me. I kept trying to change things I couldn’t change. Gradually, in disgust, I began to turn it all over, saying: “You’re so omnipotent, you take care of it.” He did. I began to receive answers to my deepest problems, sometimes at the most unusual times: driving to work, eating lunch, or when I was sound asleep. I realized that I hadn’t thought of those solutions—a Power greater than myself had given them to me. I came to believe.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
As this concept of unity takes place,
it brings with it great authority. 
The Science of Mind pay 297 
Pain is something that comes and goes,
 suffering is something we hold on to.
Ala-non member
 In school I was a grade A student and here
 I was a drunk throwing vodka bottles against 
the school walls.
Love signifies the strong attraction that
draws all creatures back to reunion with their Creator. 
—RUMI  translated by E.H. Whinfield .

Lesson 32
I have invented the world I see.
Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.
The idea for today, like the preceding ones, applies to your inner and outer worlds, which are actually the same. However, since you see them as different, the practice periods for today will again include two phases, one involving the world you see outside you, and the other the world you see in your mind. In today’s exercises, try to introduce the thought that both are in your own imagination.
Again we will begin the practice periods for the morning and evening by repeating the idea for today two or three times while looking around at the world you see as outside yourself. Then close your eyes and look around your inner world. Try to treat them both as equally as possible. Repeat the idea for today unhurriedly as often as you wish, as you watch the images your imagination presents to your awareness.
For the two longer practice periods three to five minutes are recommended, with not less than three required. More than five can be utilized, if you find the exercise restful. To facilitate this, select a time when few distractions are anticipated, and when you yourself feel reasonably ready.
These exercises are also to be continued during the day, as often as possible. The shorter applications consist of repeating the idea slowly, as you survey either your inner or outer world. It does not matter which you choose.
The idea for today should also be applied immediately to any situation that may distress you. Apply the idea by telling yourself:
I have invented this situation as I see it.
Ignite our earthliness with a flame of infinity….
Inflamed our minds with Thy thoughts! 
Inflame our hearts with Thy love!
 Inflame our souls with Thy joy! 
Paramahansa Yogananda

“Girl, have you any thought what your eyes mean?
You must have stolen them from some dead queen.
O little empty laughing soul that sings
And dances, tell me–What do your eyes mean?” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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