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JULY 21, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 21, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
The Program is often referred to as a Selfish Program, and it is primarily that. Jesus of Nazareth told us to “Love our neighbors AS ourselves.” We are supposed to love ourselves, and in so doing, we should give to ourselves all the happiness we can. We have found out, however, by practical application, that we can only receive happiness if we give happiness.
 
We should fulfill all our duties to our families, to our communities and to our neighbors so that we can keep in the good graces of our own conscience, for that is the only avenue of approach to happiness and peace of mind.
 
If you really love that guy in the mirror, you must of necessity love your Creator and your neighbor.
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 VERNON HOWARD
 
 
“We remain free of trouble when we learn to receive positive
impressions only.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 11, p. 194
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Twenty Four Hours A Day JULY 21, 2016
Thought for the Day 
If we feel the need to say something to put another member on the right track, we should try to say it with understanding and sympathy, not with a critical attitude. We should keep everything out in the open and aboveboard. The A.A. program is wonderful, but we must really follow it. We must all pull together or we’ll all be sunk. We enjoy the privilege of being associated with A.A. and we are entitled to all its benefits. But gossip and criticism are not tolerance, and tolerance is an A.A. principle that is absolutely necessary to group unity. Am I truly tolerant of all my group’s members? 
Meditation for the Day 
“Faith can move mountains.” That expression means that faith can change any situation in the field of personal relationships. If you trust Him, God shows you the way to “move mountains.” If you are humble enough to know that you can do little by yourself to change a situation, if you have enough faith to ask God to give you the power you need, and if you are grateful enough for the grace He gives you, you can, “move mountains.” Situations will be changed for the better by your presence. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may have enough faith to make me really effective. I pray that I may learn to depend less on myself and more on God.
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 I am poised in Harmony, in truth and in complete calm. 
The science of Mind page 247 
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Refusing to place God first, 
we had deprived ourselves of His help.
12&12 Step Seven, p.75 
 
 
 Someone who does not run toward the allure
of love walks the road where nothing lives.
But this dove here senses the love- Hawk floating above,
and waits, and will not be driven or scared to safety.
 Rumi
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 201 Insights
Review:
“I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.”
“I trust my brothers, who are one with me.”
To the Holy Spirit, what is true about one brother is true about every brother. There are no differences. There is no specialness in Holy Spirit’s sight.
 
Today my practice is to see every brother as the Holy Spirit sees him. That is how I return Home. That is how I remember the truth in myself. My brother is not his or her body. Everyone is free. Everyone is still as God created them. No one is their mask. No one is an individual ‘self.’
 
My lesson today is to trust the truth in my brother. I am learning to practice seeing past the false identity today and every day. This is my pathway Home to freedom. This is my pathway to happiness and everlasting peace. The truth of one united Mind is true and nothing else is true. I have another day before me to practice again remembering this truth.
 
In this world it seems impossible to really trust anyone. It seems there is always the possibility that their interests will conflict with mine in some way and a friend becomes an adversary. This is exactly why this lesson is needed. The reason we feel we cannot trust is because the trust is misplaced. Of course we cannot trust an illusion. Illusions can shift and change with the slightest whim. The body is an illusion. In this world, when we speak of trusting people, it is usually in terms of what they do with their bodies because we identify them with their bodies.
 
As I practice remembering that I am not a body, I am free, I am still as God created me, I must also remember the same is true about my brother. Then the most natural thing in the world is to trust my brother because I see him as one Mind — the same Mind as I am.
 
When I accept and know I am as God created me, I know I am absolutely trustworthy. What God creates is Love and nothing else, so I must be Love and nothing else. Love is forever Itself, unchanging, forever giving, eternally one. That is What I am.
 
Trust in Love is fully justified. And because What I am is What my brother is as well, trust in the truth about him is fully justified. If I am tempted to see him as anything other than Love, to identify him with his body, then it is time for me to declare, “This thought I do not want. I choose instead to trust my brother, who is one with me.” When I can do this without reservation of any kind, my heart will be filled with the joy and peace of God, for I will have remembered Him in my brother. Together we return Home.
 
The few sentences of this review lesson have the power to lead me Home. I need only accept them wholly, believe them to be true, and I will know my freedom. I will know my Identity as an extension of Love.
 
 
I was asking Holy Spirit for a way I could visualize being one with my brother. The phrase that came to me was “wearing my body loosely.” I thought of easily shrugging off my body as one would a cloak, but then what I saw was a body shaped mass of light. I am so attached to my body and to the idea of me as a body, I am having trouble releasing this idea.
 
I thought about myself as light. I saw a light switched on in a dark room. The light has no shape, it diffuses until stopped by something, like the wall. I turn on another light. I don’t see two separate rays of light. The light blends seamlessly. I can’t tell what light comes from which lamp. It is just light.
 
So I visualized myself shrugging off the body and appearing as formless light that just goes on and on. Other lights join me; my ex-husband, my daughter, my manicurist. As light, there were no personalities, no alcoholics, no Vietnamese; there was just light. Not my light and their light, just light.
 
When I first started learning this concept, it didn’t mean much to me. I read it and said, “OK, I believe this,” but I didn’t really know what it meant. As time went on, and I practiced it, it became more meaningful. Now, I feel like I am so close. I almost know; which means I almost accept because in reality, I have always known. I think I have resisted that knowledge because of body identification; because of specialness and because I wanted to hold onto the idea I am unique. I’ve been wearing my body tightly, like a woman in a girdle, uncomfortable but afraid of losing my shape if I remove it.
 
I am going to practice my lessons faithfully and trust that the Holy Spirit will support my efforts and I will succeed.
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Live more simply, so that you can find 
time to enjoy the little pleasures of life.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“Shall I still sigh for what I have not got, 
Or try with cheerfulness to bear my lot? 
Fill up my cup! I know not if the breath 
I now am drawing is my last, or not!” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat de Omar Khayyam…
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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