From the BlogMeet Ron


“First of all, we had to quit playing God. It didn’t work.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
“Self-knowledge is the great power by
which we comprehend and control our lives”
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).

All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.

Ernest Holmes
“The healthy person finds happiness in helping others.
Thus, for him, unselfishness is selfish.”
We all learn lessons in life.
Some stick, some don’t.
I have always learned more
from rejection and failure
than from acceptance and success.
Henry Rollins
Grief can be the garden of compassion.
If you keep your heart open through everything,
your pain can become your greatest ally in your
life’s search for love and wisdom.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 171 Insights
Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“All things are echoes of the Voice for God. The power of decision is my own.”
An echo is a reflection of sound. Thus all things are a reflection of God’s Voice. All things, seen truly, are messages from God, reflected through what I am seeing. If I don’t see those messages, then I have used my power of decision to deny them. When I deny His messages, I deny God and therefore I deny my Self. When I deny God, I deny Love.
This world seems to show me everything but Love, which is sharing one Self. But Love is there to be seen. It is not the body’s eyes that will show me this. It is through Christ’s vision that I see the Love that is everywhere. In every moment I make the decision: Will I accept Christ’s vision or will I believe literally what the body’s eyes show me?
If I want to know my Self as created by God, I must accept Christ’s vision. To do this, I must let go of believing that I am a body and that it is my identity. Being an illusion, the body cannot offer me anything I really want. It cannot offer me happiness. It cannot offer me peace. It cannot offer me Love. If I use the body to seek the attention of other bodies, I have forgotten who I am. I am not a body. I am Love and nothing else.
Love is complete in Itself and therefore so am I. I lack nothing because I am Love. I am alone in nothing because I am Love. My joy is shared with all that is because I am Love. I am free and unlimited because I am Love. I am whole and perfectly safe because I am Love. I am Holiness Itself because I am Love and nothing else. I recognize that all this is mine when I choose to accept the awareness of my Self. I have the power to claim It in every instant.
Today I will practice listening to His Voice in all things so I may remember that God is but Love and therefore so am I.
In this world we have tried to change the meaning of Love. We have tried to change God. We have tried to change what we think we are. If we see a world of separate images which are unique and alone, we have joined with the false mind, which makes up millions of separate images that are not true.
God is one and will forever remain so. God is all inclusive. In lesson 169 it says, “We say ‘God is.’ and then we cease to speak, for in that knowledge words are meaningless.” (5:4) God is all. There is nothing outside of God. God is synonymous with the Mind of Love. What we all truly are is synonymous with the Mind of Love.
When we are in our right mind, we remember we are Love. We remember our true Identity. Today I use the power of decision to return to my right mind. I return to my true Identity as Love. I remember I cannot change myself or my identity. My Identity is Love. It could never really be anything else.
Everyone’s true Identity is safe. Everyone’s true Identity is Love and nothing else. Today I practice remembering this truth again and again until Love is the only thing I see because I remember Love is the only thing that is real.
All day I have been very aware of every time I have had an unloving thought. Each time it has happened, I have stopped myself and thought about it. I have seen these thoughts as weapons of destruction that, when wielded, harm the intended victim and then come back like a boomerang and harm me. I have stopped kidding myself about my intention when I defend myself. All attack is meant to hurt, and it is myself I hurt the most by teaching myself that I am vulnerable.
Each time, I have articulated the unloving thoughts as clearly as I can and then laid them at the feet of Holy Spirit. In my mind I now have an empty place that Holy Spirit can fill with a new perception, one that is closer to the truth.
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I find my earliest memories covering the anachronistic features of a previous incarnation. Clear recollections came to me of a distant life, a yogi amidst the Himalayan snows. These glimpses of the past, by some dimensionless link, also afforded me a glimpse of the future.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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