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February 19,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

February 19,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
No pleasures of our drinking days even compensated for those horrible nights of wakeful tossing. The interminable pacing the floor; those night sweats; the endless hours when we couldn’t sleep and at the same time dreaded falling asleep. The hours that seemed to stretch into eternity as we lay in bed with remorse as a bedfellow. Then the Hell of the goof-balls that made our nights better and our days worse.
 
The physical pain we might have endured for many more years,
but the anguish of the heart and soul was unendurable.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
One kind of enthusiasm that will always be rewarded
is enthusiasm toward Higher living.”
Practical Exercises for Inner Harmony, p. 5
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
 
February 19,2017
I’M NOT DIFFERENT
In the beginning, it was four whole years before A.A. brought permanent sobriety to even one alcoholic woman. Like the “high bottoms,” the women said they were different; . . . The Skid-Rower said he was different . . . so did the artists and the professional people, the rich, the poor, the religious, the agnostic, the Indians and the Eskimos, the veterans, and the prisoners. . . . nowadays all of these, and legions more, soberly talk about how very much alike all of us alcoholics are when we admit that the chips are finally down.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 24
I cannot consider myself “different” in A. A.; if I do I isolate myself from others and from contact with my Higher Power. If I feel isolated in A.A., it is not something for which others are responsible. It is something I’ve created by feeling I’m “different” in some way. Today I practice being just another alcoholic in the worldwide Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I live In an eternal Now which is filled with good alone.
Goodness and beauty follow me. 
Peace and joy accompany me.
The Science of Mind page 264


Resentment is anger re sent, it goes round
and round resending the feelings. 

Ala-non member

 He said, ‘you’re an alcoholic go to Alcoholics Anonymous’. 
And I said ,’you’re a Baptist preacher go to hell’.
Anonymous 


That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees.
Marcus Aurelius
 


What I most want is to spring out of this personality, 
then to sit apart from that leaping. 
I’ve lived too long where I can be reached. 
~Rumi

A COURSE IN MIRACLES
ACIM Workbook Lesson 50 Insights
“I am sustained by the Love of God.”
If I look at the “love” experienced in the special relationships of this world, it gives love a shady image. This love is unreliable, changing all the time, seems to take great effort to maintain and can be gone in an instant. If this accurately represented God’s Love, no one could feel sustained by His Love. This ‘love’ is feared because of its unreliability. It is why ego based religions speak of the fear of God. Who could feel safe with a love that is tenuous at best?
 
Gratefully, the Course is telling me that what we call love in this world is the opposite of God’s Love. It is a false substitute. The ego loves to project its images anywhere it can, including on God. With this lesson it is important for me to recognize the hidden baggage the ego would layer on the Love of God, making it seem tarnished and uncertain. As long as I believe this image, I will resist trusting in the sustenance of God’s Love. It will not feel safe to me. This is not because of what God’s Love is, but because of a false image that the ego projects that interferes with accepting the strength and peace and joy and certainty of God’s Love.
 
That is why this lesson is so important. That is why I need to repeat the lesson many times through the day to remind myself where my real safety is. Truly I am sustained, supported, strengthened and fulfilled by God’s Love. Only God’s Love can sustain me. No substitutes could ever work, because I was created as part of God. To know that certainty and comfort, I need to let go of the false images I have believed. They have no power over me except from my belief in them. As I can let them go, I can rest in the comfort of God’s peace. Love sustains me because Love is what I am in truth and nothing else.
 
As I feel the words, “I am sustained by the Love of God,” embrace me I feel as though I just received a letter that has changed my life. In that letter is revealed the truth about me: “You are abundant and you lack nothing. Something happened that you don’t understand and you simply forgot that you are abundant. Your source of fulfillment is always present, but if you do not know it and do not access it, you will continue to experience the illusion of lack.”
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Behold the altar of God in the stars,
 beneath the earth, and behind the throb of your feelings. 
He, the neglected reality, is hidden everywhere. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
“Khayyám, who stitched the tents of science,
Has fallen in grief’s furnace and been suddenly burned,
The shears of Fate have cut the tent ropes of his life,
And the broker of Hope has sold him for nothing!” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St .#701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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