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JULY 15,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 15,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

“We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning.
A much more important demonstration of our principles
lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.”
There Is A  Solution, pg. 91
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
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VERNON HOWARD

 A man who lived in constant dread sought out a teacher of mysticism.
‘Please help cure my overwhelming fear,’ the man implored the mystic.
 
‘What makes you afraid?’ the wise man inquired.
 
‘Both my enemies and my future. I fear what they can do to me.’
 
Instructed the mystic, ‘Go collect some of this fear of your enemies
and bring it to me in a box.’
 
‘But I cannot do that,’ protested the trembling man.
 
‘Very well. Go into your future and bring me some of its fear in a box.’
 
‘But that is also impossible,’ the man stated. ‘Then how can you fear
either enemies or the future?’ asked the mystic. ‘You fear things having
no existence outside of your own unenlightened mind. Like most people,
you project your own mental state and wrongly conclude that the fear
exists in external objects. Now you know better. Even this bit of
knowledge qualifies you for class-study, which starts this evening.'”
The Power of Esoterics, p. 38

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DAILY REFLECTIONS 15 JULY

MAKING A.A. YOUR HIGHER POWER
“. . .You can . . . make A.A. itself your ‘higher power.’ Here’s a very large group of people who have solved their alcohol problem. . . . many members . . . have crossed the threshold just this way. . . . their faith broadened and deepened. . . . transformed, they came to believe in a Higher Power. . . .”
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, pp. 27-28
No one was greater than I, at least in my eyes, when I was drinking. Nevertheless, I couldn’t smile at myself in the mirror, so I came to A.A. where, with others, I heard talk of a Higher Power. I couldn’t accept the concept of a Higher Power because I believed God was cruel and unloving. In desperation I chose a table, a tree, then my A.A. group, as my Higher Power. Time passed, my life improved, and I began to wonder about this Higher Power. Gradually, with patience, humility and a lot of questions, I came to believe in God. Now my relationship with my Higher Power gives me the strength to live a happy, sober life.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Stop trying, stop struggling; begin to be calm,
to trust in the higher laws of life,
even though you do not see them;
they are still there.
Ernest Holmes
 
When I came into the rooms I proceeded 
to criticize everybody in the room. 
A guy said hey they have a lot more time than you, 
why don’t you sit down ,shut up and listen.
 Anonymous 
 
Gourds are a metaphor for human beings,
and their rattling speech.
If we make our noises against enclosure long enough,
we’ll break out and have some chance to germinate
RUMI
 

A COURSE IN MIRACLES Daily Commentary
ACIM Workbook Lesson 198 Insights
“Only my condemnation injures me.”
I am only tempted to condemn what appears to be in a world outside me when I forget the world is a dream coming from my mind. When I make the world of the ego real, it is sinking in clearer and clearer that this is an unforgiveness occurring in my mind. This is where forgiveness is needed — in my own mind. Forgiveness means letting go of the belief in separation. When I get too wrapped up in the dream, I may think judgment or condemnation of what I see as outside me may help or be the answer. When I make the dream real, I have forgotten “Only my condemnation injures me.”
 
It is only when I am willing to quiet my mind and listen for Holy Spirit’s perspective of oneness that the pain of condemning something or someone in a world “outside” will subside. Being willing to open to the Holy Spirit is the only answer that will really be successful. The more I recognize this, the faster I will let go of making the dream of separation appear to be real. “To every apprehension, every care, and every form of suffering: ‘I will forgive and this will disappear.’” (W-pI.193.13:3-4) Forgiveness, or letting go of illusions, is the secret to my freedom from suffering.
 
The times when I have truly forgiven, truly recognized there really was nothing to forgive, have brought me deep peace, quiet joy and uplifted me with Love. It was a great relief. I felt free as a feather, floating in a gentle breeze. It astounds me that with these experiences, I don’t go searching for all unforgiving thoughts to bring them to the Holy Spirit to be undone so I can continue to experience the freedom and ecstasy of forgiveness. There is no greater high than true forgiveness. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
 
And yet there is a part of my mind that does not believe I am worthy of such a gift. And so it goes searching for thoughts of unforgiveness, but not to bring them to healing. Instead it uses these thoughts to further justify condemnation and prove unworthiness. This part of my mind treasures its privacy and isolation. It would rather suffer the pain of guilt from condemnation than join with all Love and lose its special, unique identity. This is the core belief, the core unforgiveness that lies beneath all the layers of unforgiven events and thoughts.
 
The ego would use the fact that I still have judgmental thoughts, I still experience guilt, as proof that I am weak and deserve condemnation. The Holy Spirit does not believe this one instant. The Holy Spirit sees my true Self and knows all these other thoughts I believe I hold are just illusions. aSo with a kindly smile, He offers me His hand to give me His strength and remind me I am not alone. With His strength, I can forgive each unforgiving thought, lay it down and let it go.
 
With His guidance, I will begin to see the sameness of these mistaken thoughts. At first they are forgiven one by one. But as I begin to see what they all have in common, the forgiveness of a single incident can reverberate through my mind, for I recognize more and more thoughts that are the same and are forgiven as one. The path to freedom accelerates. Today I would remember forgiveness is the only thing I want. And so I will remember forgiveness is the only thing I want to give. It is my own forgiveness that sets me free.
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Heavenly Father, charge my body with Thy vitality,
charge my mind with Thy spiritual power, c
harge my soul with Thy joy, Thine immortality.
PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA

CARL SAGAN
by Austin Cline
THE RIGIDITY OF RELIGION
Religion has remained rigid, even in the face of evidence that has proven it wrong, Sagan believed. According to him:
   In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. [Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP keynote address]
 
The major religions on the Earth contradict each other left and right. You can’t all be correct. And what if all of you are wrong? It’s a possibility, you know. You must care about the truth, right? Well, the way to winnow through all the differing contentions is to be skeptical. I’m not any more skeptical about your religious beliefs than I am about every new scientific idea I hear about. But in my line of work, they’re called hypotheses, not inspiration and not revelation. [Dr. Arroway in Carl Sagan’s Contact (New York: Pocket Books, 1985), p. 162. ]
 
At the extremes it is difficult to distinguish pseudoscience from rigid, doctrinaire religion. [Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark]
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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