From the BlogMeet Ron


“I have come to believe that hard times are not just meaningless suffering and that something good might turn up at any moment. That’s a big change for someone who used to come to in the morning feeling sentenced to another day of life. When I wake up today, there are lots of possibilities. I can hardly wait to see what’s going to happen next.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
“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).

We have within us, a power that is greater than anything we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.

Ernest Holmes
“Most alcoholics would rather die than learn
anything about themselves. In fact, they do.
A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.
Swami Sivananda
The garden of love is green without limit and yields
many fruits other than sorrow or joy.
Love is beyond either condition: without spring,
without autumn, it is always fresh.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 167 Insights
“There is one life, and that I share with God.”
The eternal Spirit of Love is What is true, now and forever. My job is to open to this eternal Spirit of Love. It will wake me up to Reality. It is the only Life. It will show me the meaninglessness of a pretend life within a world of time and space. This one Life is the truth of all that Is. It is changeless and eternal.
I can open to this Life any time I choose, but I must be willing to let go of my ideas of what is real. I must be willing to let go of the idea that separate bodies could ever be real or that individuality exists. I must be willing to let these false ideas go. I must have an open mind without preconceived ideas. I must open my mind to Holy Spirit’s healing perceptions. I must let all these false ideas be gently washed away.
God is everyone’s Source and This alone is real. This alone is eternal. This alone cannot die. The Father and the Son are one and no dreams can change that. My job now is to let go of trying to be different from God. My job now is to open to the truth and be willing to let go of illusions. God is One and cannot be separated.
Holy Spirit, today I give my mind to You. Heal it of all false ideas. I open to Your healing Light. This is my one goal, today and every day.
As I observe my thoughts, I am amazed at how much of the time my attention is given to thoughts of death as described in this lesson. It doesn’t seem that I am thinking about death. But I’m aware that I’m often monitoring how my body is functioning. Is there a discomfort here, an ache there? Is it working like it should? These could only occur because I think the body is vulnerable and that I think I am the body. These thoughts are a defense against death and so proclaim that death is real and must be guarded against.
This is all occurring within a dream in which I have imagined myself as separate from God and therefore separate from Life. Only if this were true could death be possible. This body monitoring attests to the importance I place on it as proof of my existence. Yet this is merely an imagined existence in a dream where nothing is real. I am not a body. I am Love, created by Love and one with Love. That is unchangeable. Being unchangeable, I cannot die. This is the truth about me and all my brothers. Worry about the body simply reflects a belief that I have succeeded in separating from Life, my Source. But I remain as Love created me.
Holy Spirit, I offer you my thoughts of death, of weakness and vulnerability. I ask for your help and strength to let them go. I ask for your vision so I may see the Life I am and see this Life in all my brothers. Only here is the certainty I seek. Here is perfect health and infinite abundance because this Life I share with God. There is nothing else to share.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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As often as you fail, get up and try again.
God will never let you down,
so long as you don’t let Him down,
and so long as you make the effort.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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