From the BlogMeet Ron


Looking back we see that our freedom to choose badly was not, after all, a very real freedom. When we chose because we “must,” this was not a free choice either. But it got us started in the right direction. When we chose because we “ought to” we were really doing better. This time we were earning some freedom, making ourselves ready for more. But when, now and then, we could gladly make right choices without rebellion, holdout, or conflict, then we had our first glimpse of what perfect freedom under God’s will could be like. 
Bill W., May 1960
c. 1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart,  p. 302
“The truly necessary and vital thing is to 
realize we are here on earth to rise above ourselves.”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 226
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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Ernest Holmes
Gratefulness is that fullness of life for which we are all thirsting.
BR. David Steindl-Rast
Struggling with the carnal soul;
fluttering on the ground like a half-slain hen
ACIM Workbook Lesson 7 Insights
“I see only the past.”
The truth is Love is ever present. By seeing the present through the filter of the past, we cannot see the Love that is always there. All our judgments are based upon the past. When we let the past go, we let judgment go. We let illusions go.
The recognition that our habit has been to see only the past is fundamental to forgiveness. Unforgiveness, holding a grievance, is simply holding the past against the present. When we have let go of the past entirely, there will be no grievances. We will have opened the door to the experience of Heaven. We stand at the gate that is open. Without the past there are no barriers and we can move with joy into the safe and loving arms of God. This is the gift that comes with recognizing that on our own we see only the past. This lesson, in just five words, offers us the gift of Heaven. It is worth practicing the exercise and opening our hearts and minds to its teaching. In the Text Jesus tells us, “Look gently on your brother, and behold the world in which perception of your hate has been transformed into a world of love.” (T-26.V.14:5)
In the eternal now, we are in Heaven. In the eternal now, we are still as God created us — whole, perfect and complete. In the eternal now, there is no time. There is no distance. As we learn to let go of our belief in time, we are freed from the chains of the ego. We are freed from believing in a past or a future. We learn to recognize that there is no past or future, only the eternal present.
As I practice this lesson today, it is helpful for me to look at the past as simply a false idea to be undone, a mistaken thought that means nothing. As I go through my day, it is helpful for me to practice recognizing how I am bringing the past to the present. It is helpful for me to practice taking the false ideas that I now see to the Holy Spirit to be undone for me. It is helpful to practice recognizing when I am bringing the past into the future. It is helpful to practice seeing how this hides my awareness of the eternal present.
As I continue to practice, I will remember that only God is. Love is, in the eternal present. Past and future are nowhere and nothing in truth. Remembering this takes constant vigilance in handing over my thoughts to the Holy Spirit. I cannot undo this alone. I have much help.
A helpful reference for this lesson from the Text is found in Chapter 26, Section V, paragraphs 13-14 on page 552. In this section Jesus reminds us that every day of our life is just a repetition of the instant we chose to hallucinate separation rather than be awake to the truth of our oneness with God. He says, “And all of time is but the mad belief that what is over is still here and now.” (13:4) As we realize that the past is really over and our grievance against Love’s oneness cannot be repeated over and over in reality, we see the importance of practicing this lesson with diligence.
I cannot be afraid to look at my past. Some of it is buried in my subconscious, out of sight. My life only looks calm on the surface. The rooms of my life are fairly orderly, but open the closets and they are a jumble of thoughts I think I keep hidden from sight because they are messy. I don’t like the messy simply because it is, well — messy. I like the orderly, beautiful, peaceful. But the messy sometimes comes out of the closet into my seemingly orderly room. I remind myself that it tumbles out of the closet for me to look at so I can see its nothingness — its meaninglessness, and let myself be healed of it. It does not tumble out for me to feel shame or guilt at living a less than perfect life, one full of mistakes.
Life is much like cleaning out closets. One never knows what one will find at the back, maybe something stashed there for eons of time. We have accumulated so many mistaken perceptions we think are real, necessary, and even valuable. But everything in the closet is of the past. I don’t need it anymore. With the help of Holy Spirit, I can open the doors wide, letting in plenty of light, and stand steadfast in the knowledge that none of it can hurt me or affect me, the real me, in any way.
This need not be a particularly difficult task if I am mindful that Holy Spirit will do all the work if I am willing. Today I am willing to look at old thoughts and ideas with Holy Spirit and let go of all that does not serve Love and Peace, all the while learning more about remembering who I really am. Today I am willing to let my all of my mind, what I think I see and what my mind wants to save in a dark place, be healed by Holy Spirit. Today I am willing to be untroubled by all that I see from the past.
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How Long Will It Take Us to Be One With God?
In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord in his manifested form as Krishna makes a rather stark – even frightening – prediction: “Out of a thousand who seek Me, perhaps one knows Me as I am.”
“In the valley of sorrow, a million years or till tomorrow…” It really doesn’t serve us to contemplate how long we could linger in delusion. Our task is simple: live as well as possibly this day.
“In the valley of sorrow, a thousand years or till tomorrow…” It really doesn’t serve us to contemplate how long we could linger in delusion. Our task is simple: to seek God urgently this day.
When Swami Kriyananda came to this passage while writing his interpretation of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Gita commentaries, he translated it: “Out of many thousands who seek, one finds God.”
When I first read it, I thought: “My, he’s worsened our odds!”
But I remembered how Paramhansa Yogananda, in his talks and writings, often reassured us: “Our percentage is much higher.”
So that’s a relief – if you follow the path of Kriya Yoga, your odds of knowing God are much better than the Gita’s dire appraisal.
God sent Paramhansa Yogananda to earth with a mission to give seekers a practical, scientific way to achieve inner communion with the Divine.
That’s the good news. But a point that’s worth considering is that the path of Kriya Yoga is not literally “scientific,” in the sense that it will take us to God if we simply practice with machine-like efficiency. It’s not a straightforward mathematical formula: “If I do so-and-so many Kriyas, I’ll know God.”
While it’s true that our own efforts have a tremendous influence on how rapidly we’ll make the journey, it’s important to understand that the route to God is never straight. That’s because, while the method is simple and straightforward, we are complex.
The Gita has a special name for the vast cycles of time in which God projects the cosmos from His being, and then withdraws into Himself again. The Gita calls these cycles the “Day and Night of Brahma.”
Yogananda made a shocking statement. He said that there are souls who were living at the start of this present Day of Brahma who will be wandering in delusion at the end of the cycle. And the part that’s shocking is that these cycles last billions of years.
From our perspective, it’s almost impossible to imagine such a vast expanse of time. Immersed in this fleeting moment, it isn’t easy to envision a billion years.
The good news is that we don’t have to try – we don’t have to try to inflate our imagination to encompass it all.
The important thing is that we simply be practical in our understanding of the spiritual path. Our role is straightforward – we need to go about our business in a way that will bring us as much happiness and inner freedom as possible.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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