From the BlogMeet Ron


“It will take time to clear away the wreck.
Though old buildings will eventually be
replaced by finer ones, the new structures
will take years to complete.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous
“When told that man lives in delusion
everyone thinks of himself as the exception;
hence his delusion.”
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).
Whenever you think about anything big, at once say, that means me.
In this way, you learn to unify yourself in the law of the larger Concepts.
 Ernest Holmes creative mind and success 
In effect, as a sponsoring member of Alcoholics Anonymous
I have become a minister of sorts, while at the same time
I have helped myself.

When is stories of your life no longer bind us, we discovered something greater. 
Jack kornfield 
Woman is a ray of God.
She is not that earthly beloved:
she is creative, not created.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 172 Insights
Review: “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”
“In my defenselessness my safety lies. I am among the ministers of God.”
My practice now is opening to the truth. The truth is that all is Love. My body’s eyes do not show me this. But I am quietly learning to look past the separate body to the one Love that is always there.
I am going through a daily mind retraining process. My ideas about individuality, vulnerability, time and space are being undone. I am learning that only the holy instant is eternally true. Only God, Which is Love, is true. The rest is a dream and it is false.
Only the Holy Spirit in my mind can show me the difference between what is real and what is unreal. This is an ongoing process. Each day I practice having a clean and open mind. I practice opening a space for the Holy Spirit. I practice letting the Light of the Holy Spirit heal my conflicted mind. I practice being open to receive the truth. I come back to remembering only God’s eternal changeless Love is real.
I may forget again and again, but now I know the path to freedom, and it is a return to joining with the Holy Spirit to have my false ideas be undone once again. That is all time is for. My practice of seeing my brothers as Love and nothing else is very important to me now. It strengthens my remembering. It strengthens my return to Love.
Only Love has ever been real at all. The rest is just silly illusions and mean nothing. Today I would rather be happy than right. Today I would practice stepping back and leaving space for the Holy Spirit so that my mind can be healed again of another false idea.
If I am to know my Self as Love, I have to give up the denial of Love. Defensiveness denies Love, for it sets me apart with the idea that I am separate from my brother. Defenselessness acknowledges the one Self I share with all my brothers. There is no need to defend against what is one with me. If I would know my Self, I cannot hold resentments against a brother. I cannot judge anyone as different from me. I cannot equate myself with a weak and vulnerable body, born to die. I cannot perceive myself as vulnerable to destructive outside forces. All these deny that I am Love as God is.
As I give up denial of my Self, I begin to feel It’s certainty, the peace that comes with knowing there is no ‘other’ to defend against, nothing outside me that can harm me in any way. I settle into a serene and deep inner peace. I open to the Light of Love that has always been What I am.
As I walk the world, holding this more strongly in my awareness, I am a minister of God. No preaching is necessary. I need only live in harmony with my Self. I then see past my brother’s illusions to the Love in him I share. I see his innocence reflects my own. I see the holiness in him comes from the one Self we are.
Today I practice bringing all disturbances to my peace of mind to the Holy Spirit for His gentle correction. Thus is my Self revealed to me. Defenses are laid down and I bring peace wherever I go. From Love I was created and to Love I return.
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The ideal of an all-sided education for youth had always been close to my heart. I saw clearly the arid results of ordinary instruction, aimed only at the development of body and intellect.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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