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JULY 2,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 2,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILY

Progress
“Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt for failure to achieve His likeness and image by Thursday next.  Progress is our aim, and His perfection is the beacon, light-years away, that draws us on.” 
Bill W., Letter, 1966
1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It, p. 15 
There is no progress without change.
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I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, 
Or else I am awake for the first time, 
and all before has been a mean sleep.
Walt Whitman

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DAILY REFLETIONS
THE HEART OF TRUE SOBRIETY  2 July 2017
We find that no one need have difficulty with the spirituality of the program. Willingness, honesty and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery. But these are indispensable.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 568
Am I honest enough to accept myself as I am and let this be the “me” that I let others see? Do I have the willingness to go to any length, to do whatever is necessary to stay sober? Do I have the open-mindedness to hear what I have to hear, to think what I have to think, and to feel what I have to feel?
If my answer to these questions is “Yes,” I know enough about the spirituality of the program to stay sober. As I continue to work the Twelve Steps, I move on to the heart of true sobriety: serenity with myself, with others, and with God as I understand Him.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I DO NOT INHERIT DISEASE
There is no inherited tendency to disease, nor ill health. I am born of Pure Spirit and am free from the belief in material existence. False ideas cannot be transmitted from one to another, and I am free from all race-suggestion. My Life is from Above, and I remember that I was always Perfect and Complete. An Inner Light shines forth and frees me from the bonds of all false belief. I came from the Spirit.
ERNEST HOLMES AFFIRMATIONS
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 185 Insights
“I want the peace of God.”
One thing I find helpful is to ask myself frequently, “What is my level of peace right now?” Just asking the question helps because the question reminds me to take the time to open to peace more fully. Focusing on accepting peace brings me more peace. With peace comes a softening, a gentleness.
 
The Course says “Peace and understanding come together and are never found alone.” If ever I want understanding about a situation or circumstance, the way to get it is to first choose peace. When I consciously choose peace, my priorities seem to change. My perspective changes. I am reminded there is only eternal oneness, and the rest is dreams. What doesn’t matter gently recedes and then disappears from my mind.
 
Peace is the pathway of Heaven. It opens my communication channels with the Holy Spirit and brings clarity to my mind. What I really need to remember from the Holy Spirit’s perspective, I will remember. Today I will practice accepting the peace of God. It is my one goal.
 
This lesson is leading us to a unified priority, a singleness of mind. In an earlier lesson we are told to examine our goals and points out that we will find, if we look deeply, we have goals that conflict with each other. This is why the ego thought system requires compromise. Within the thought system of separation, it is impossible to have a single goal that is wholly shared with another.
 
As I examine the things I think will bring me happiness and comfort, I see I have many levels of goals. I do have goals of following Holy Spirit’s lead and serving as His messenger. But I have to admit other goals can take over my attention.
 
These goals are associated with forms of this world. I want certain things to happen or certain conditions to exist. The fulfillment of these goals is measured by what bodies do or what forms are present in the circumstance. These forms are nothing in themselves. But if I think the form in which they appear in my experience is what will make me happy, then I lose my focus on following Holy Spirit’s lead. Form takes precedence over content. But form does not bring lasting peace because form is unstable and is always changing.
 
The peace of God is eternal and changeless. To wholly want the peace of God, I must let go of needing any particular form to appear in my life. With the peace of God as my top priority, the forms needed in the moment to serve Holy Spirit’s plan will be there. When they are no longer needed, they will go. There is no need to be bogged down with things that no longer serve. The path of peace is a light, unburdened path to Light.
 
 
The lesson says if I want the peace of God I will have it, which means if I don’t have it, I don’t really want it. This just astounds me. How could I not want the peace of God?
 
I did as suggested in the lesson and thought of those things I want instead. I’ve tried to do this before, but without a lot of success. Thinking in terms of what comforts me made it easier. I was surprised at what came up.
 
I was glad for the reminder not to look at some of them as shameful, because that was my first reaction. For instance, I discovered a desire to be admired and respected by others. I would let my mind wander to other goals and would find, to my embarrassment, I was focused once again on some form of personal success which brings me recognition from others.
 
There were other goals as well, other sources of comfort. But what I found myself wondering was why they are so hard to give up. When I offered them to Holy Spirit and asked for God’s peace in return, I felt a lack of conviction. I didn’t really want this, not entirely. And, of course, wanting it entirely is how you get it.
 
I let my mind wander over this terrain for awhile and I think the primary feeling I had was fear. What if I give these things to Holy Spirit — what will this feel like? Will the peace of God bring me the same high that success does? Of course there won’t be those long stretches of feeling incomplete and unfulfilled when I’m not flushed with success. And there won’t be the uncertainty of not knowing what constitutes success at any given moment. But what would it feel like not to live on this roller coaster ride — high one day, low another?
 
I had no idea I felt like this until I did this meditation. I expected to feel more confused and doubtful than before I started since nothing was settled. But when I examined my feelings, I found that I felt good about the meditation. I discovered something about myself I had kept hidden. That I was willing to take it out of the darkness and look at it in the light with Holy Spirit is a good sign. I trust Holy Spirit to help me with the next step.
 
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The man who has peace in his soul has all the wisdom of the gods.
Paramahansa Yogananda

About Ernest Holmes part 10
The majority of the following material on the life of Ernest Holmes was gathered from a booklet entitled, Path of Discovery written by Rev. Scott Awbrey (scott@revscottawbrey.com) and published by United Church of Religious Science and used with permission
ERNEST HOLMES BECOMES ORDAINED
Ernest’s ministry had unofficially begun – without ceremony. He had attracted a following, was lecturing regularly, and was receiving personal clients for spiritual treatment. People also asked him to perform marriage ceremonies, but he did not have the legal authority to do so. He realized that he needed some kind of sanction to carry out all phases of his work, which could only happen by ordination through a recognized church.
 
Ernest Holmes had become acquainted with people in the Divine Science Church, and they suggested that he speak with officials of that organization. Upon examining the work he was doing, church officials ordained Ernest as a Divine Science minister. Fenwicke resigned from his own church in Venice in 1917 and joined Ernest’s work. The two brothers opened up offices in Los Angeles and lectured in various theaters. Ernest and Fenwicke were each giving as many as fifteen lectures per week in the Los Angeles area. Each also published his own first book in 1919. Ernest wrote Creative Mind and Fenwicke wrote The Law of Mind in Action. Both books were to be reprinted more than twenty times during the next forty years. In 1919 Ernest traveled east and gave a series of public lectures and classes in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and other cities. His topics included “The One Law of Mind and Matter,” “The Law of Wholeness,” and “The Thought and the Thing.”
 
THIRD MAJOR INFLUENCE – EMMA CURTIS HOPKINS
Even as Ernest Holmes became recognized as an authority on metaphysics, he continued his own education and in 1924 studied for a short time with Emma Curtis Hopkins. She had been an instructor of metaphysics and a guiding force for many spiritual teachers, including Charles and Myrtle Fillmore of Unity, the Brooks sisters of Divine Science, and others. Ernest was the last in a line of noted metaphysical leaders who came under the tutelage of this “teacher of teachers.”
 
Mrs. Hopkins introduced Ernest Holmes to mysticism, and he learned it was not something to fear but rather it was a deeper spiritual philosophy of life. Ernest had always known that he could contact the Infinite Presence within by becoming still and listening to the “inner voice.” He had already investigated psychic phenomena and he had read about the mystics when he wrote the Original Textbook of Science of Mind in 1922. But in Emma Curtis Hopkins he met and had classes with a true mystic. In this small 80-year-old spiritual teacher Ernest became grounded in the foundations of mysticism. He now clearly could teach the distinctions between mental science, which emphasized the psychological and spiritual science that relied on the spiritual and the mystical. He discovered that his teaching up to that point had been lacking the mystical element. He also realized that spiritual teachers often presented the law of cause and effect as psychological rather than spiritual, relying too greatly on denials and affirmations rather than on a realization of the Inner Presence.
 
According to his brother Fenwicke, after Ernest Holmes spent a year studying with Mrs. Hopkins all of the foundation for his life work was now present.
 
1. He learned of the transcendent majesty of God and the warmth of Spirit from Emerson.
 
2. He learned of the Immanence of the Ever-Present God and the impersonal Law from Troward.
 
3. He distinguished between the psychological and made contact with the mystical with the help of Emma Curtis Hopkins.
 
4. He had a rare gift and the raw talent from God to help individuals wake up to their divinity.
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