From the BlogMeet Ron


Instead of persisting in drinking,
we prefer to figure out, and use,
enjoyable ways of living without alcohol.
~Living Sober,  p. 9 ~
Just be honest with yourself.
That opens the door.
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).
When prayer removes distrust and doubt
and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
Ernest Holmes
I love the concept of being one with God.
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to
us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Everyone has been made for some particular work,
and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 164 Insights
“Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”
After being shown in yesterday’s lesson how the thought of death shows up in this world, today’s lesson reminds us of what Christ’s vision will show us. Do we want to experience the place of peace within us that is untouched by the turmoil of the world? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to remember the holiness in us that is untouched by any thought of sin? Christ’s vision shows it to us. Do we want to feel God’s joy in all its fullness? This also is what Christ’s vision offers us.
How do we receive Christ’s vision? By letting go of all the things we think we want in this world. The Course shows us again and again that the forms of this world offer us nothing. But if we value these forms, we will not be able to see what Christ’s vision offers us. We see death and destruction instead of eternal life. We see sin and guilt instead of holiness and innocence, which is our reality. We are not asked to sacrifice anything of value. We are simply being asked to recognize the valueless for what it is. When we recognize that it is valueless, we automatically let it go.
We are being asked today to lay down all the valueless and leave our minds open to the loving, joyous vision of Christ and bring that vision to the world. If we expect people to behave in certain ways or say certain things for us to feel happy, safe, accepted or appreciated, we cannot receive the vision of Christ. But as we set aside our likes and dislikes and the many demands we make upon the world for us to be happy, we make room for Christ’s holy vision to show us Light where we thought there was only shadows. Christ’s vision shows us Love where we thought there was fear. It shows us joy in place of sorrow, peace in place of conflict.
As we learn to see with His vision, we offer His vision to the world. We become a Light amongst the dark shadows of the world. We become God’s messengers of Love with a message that offers healing and peace.
Today I will practice setting aside my petty preferences and clear my mind to receive Christ’s vision.
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When your mind is fully withdrawn in superconsciousness,
it becomes centered in the bliss of the spine.
You are then in your ideational, or causal, body.
That is the level of the soul
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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