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JULY 2,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 2,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
SPIRITUAL HEALTH 
When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 64
It is very difficult for me to come to terms with my spiritual illness because of my great pride, disguised by my material successes and my intellectual power. Intelligence is not incompatible with humility, provided I place humility first. To seek prestige and wealth is the ultimate goal for many in the modern world. To be fashionable and to seem better than I really am is a spiritual illness.
  To recognize and to admit my weaknesses is the beginning of good spiritual health. It is a sign of spiritual health to be able to ask God every day to enlighten me, to recognize His will, and to have the strength to execute it. My spiritual health is excellent when I realize that the better I get, the more I discover how much help I need from others.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
A truly strong person does not need the
approval of others any more than a lion
needs the approval of sheep.
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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).
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The universe must exist for the self-expression of God and the delight of God.
Ernest Holmes
My whole life is riding on what I do today. 
Anonymous 
Our unity is like a gently flowing river which 
waters the earth with blessings.
ST. MARY EUPHRASIA
Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 152 Insights
“The power of decision is my own.”
Jesus is encouraging me to accept the truth and let go of the ego lies of separation. The truth is, all that is real is one in God and has never changed from how God created it. All is one continuous whole in God. This one, continuous whole is changeless and eternal. This is my true Identity and everyone’s true Identity. This is the real universe as God created it. In today’s lesson Jesus is encouraging me to let go of what is not true, what is not real. What is not real — bodies in a world of time and constant change — is not what God created.
 
Let me accept the truth today. Let me not try to change God’s creation and make an individual self image. Let me let go of that self image and accept only the truth as true. Let me accept my one universal Self in God as all that is real. This is salvation. My identity could never be anything other than as God created it. Let me accept the truth today.
 
This lesson lays responsibility for the world I see squarely in my own hands. Recognition of this as true is essential to my release from it. As long as I believe anything in the world I see is not of my own making, I am a victim of the world, powerless to do anything about it. Acceptance of full responsibility for the world is key to my release from it. It means I have all the power I need to release the world I see and return to Heaven, where I was created to be and still am in truth.
 
The decision for what I want to believe is true is always mine. This is a point that is repeated many ways, again and again throughout the Course. The ego puts up all kinds of smoke screens trying to hide this fact and make it seem as though what happens in the world I see is entirely out of my control. The ego’s very existence depends upon my believing this. The recognition that the world and everything I seem to experience in it is of my own making brings instant release.
 
No one consciously hangs on to pain, isolation, fear and guilt. It is the quick forgetting referred to in an earlier lesson that makes these decisions seem to be unconscious and holds the illusionary world in place.
 
As I accept my Self as God created me, I free myself from the world of limitation and death. Only I can make this decision, for it is only I who has made the decision to deny it. Today’s lesson is simply a reinforcement of the lesson, “Heaven is the decision I must make.” Today I will practice remembering that I remain as God created me.
 
I love the first paragraph of this lesson, but it also scares me. I am perfectly willing to accept the idea that I am responsible for everything in my world, but somehow I am unwilling to accept that I have the power to change it. Can I really have the power of decision as my own and if so, why do I not use it? What is wrong with me that I choose misery, guilt and fear instead?
 
In my meditation this morning I asked Holy Spirit to show me specific places in my mind that I have chosen to believe the truth is not true. These were all familiar places to me. I knew they were there and often I have pretended to myself that I wanted healing and even asked for healing. God doesn’t hear my false words that I use to fool myself; He hears, instead, what is in my heart and so I choose to believe I can keep these exceptions to the truth and pretend they are the real world I inhabit.
 
I am not going to waste any time trying to figure out why I choose pain over joy. I have asked Holy Spirit to gently remind me throughout the day when I am making these choices. This day I am not going to pretend circumstances are out of my control and there is nothing I can do about certain things in my life. I accept that God did not create me to be fearful and so if I am feeling fearful I am trying to make my own truth to replace God’s Truth. How crazy is that? I am not going to try to reason with the ego or allow anything to cloud the issue. That is how I’ve kept these self-deceptions in place for so long. If it is fear, God did not make it and it is not true.
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“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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