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JULY 31,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

JULY 31,2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

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“We feel as though we had been placed in a position of neutrality safe and protected. We have not even sworn off.  Instead, the problem has been removed. It does not exist for us. We are neither cocky nor are we afraid. That is our experience. That is how we react so long as we keep in fit spiritual condition.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
Into Action, Page 85
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VERNON HOWARD

Don’t try to be spiritual.
That is only a word in the dictionary.
Make it your goal to become a
normally functioning individual.
Let these principles shape you
according to your real nature of a simple,
decent, honest, unafraid human being.
Vernon Howard
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DAILY REFLECTIONS JULY 23
A PRAYER FOR ALL SEASONS
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, Courage to change the things we can, And wisdom to know the difference.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 125
The power of this prayer is overwhelming in that its simple beauty parallels the A.A. Fellowship. There are times when I get stuck while reciting it, but if I examine the section which is troubling me, I find the answer to my problem. The first time this happened I was scared, but now I use it as a valuable tool. By accepting life as it is, I gain serenity. By taking action, I gain courage and I thank God for the ability to distinguish between those situations I can work on, and those I must turn over. All that I have now is a gift from God: my life, my usefulness, my contentment, and this program. The serenity enables me to continue walking forward.
Alcoholics Anonymous is the easier, softer way.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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We cannot lead a choiceless life.
Every day, every moment, every second,
here is a choice.
If it were not so, we would not be individuals.
Ernest Holmes


He ended up going to jail and wanted
some of my money to get him out and 
then I found out he was also dating
another lady so I left the city.
Anonymous 
 
I loved her against reason, against promise, 
against peace, against hope, against happiness,
against all discouragement that could be.
– Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I am part of the load
Not rightly balanced
I drop off in the grass,
like the old Cave-sleepers, to browse
wherever I fall.
 
For hundreds of thousands of years I have been dust-grains
floating and flying in the will of the air, 
often forgetting ever being
in that state, but in sleep
I migrate back. I spring loose
from the four-branched, time -and-space cross,
this waiting room.
 
I walk into a huge pasture
I nurse the milk of millennia
 
Everyone does this in different ways.
Knowing that conscious decisions
and personal memory
are much too small a place to live,
every human being streams at night
into the loving nowhere, or during the day,
in some absorbing work.
(Mathnawi, VI 216-227) 
Rumi, ‘We Are Three’

A COURSE IN MIRACLES  individual commentary on daily
ACIM Workbook Lesson 214 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“I place the future in the Hands of God.”
Placing the future in the Hands of God is the same as placing my trust in God instead of the ego. It is giving my life to God and letting the Holy Spirit write the script instead of letting the script be written by the voice of fear and separation — the ego. This “life” of separation is a dream in truth. There is no past and there is no future. The ego thought system always wants to make time appear to be real. It does this by projecting a future that is based on the past.
 
The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, knows there is no past and there is no future. The Holy Spirit guides us all to extend Love now. The Holy Spirit knows of only wholeness or oneness, now and forever. Placing my future in the Hands of Love will bring me only the experience of Love, the experience of my true Self. Because only Love is real, the only thing I can experience in truth is Love.
 
If I want something else, I will experience something else, but that does not make the experience real. The only thing I ever choose between is Love and illusions. That which I desire, I will experience because of the power of my mind.
 
Today my practice is to open my mind to God, to Love, and God will do the rest. That is how I place the future in the Hands of God. What is my choice today? What I choose I will experience. To choose Love, I need only remember to open my mind to the awareness of Love’s Presence. I need but ask myself, “What is really the truth?” What I ask for I will receive.
 
Today I practice opening my mind to Love, to God. What could be a better choice? This is the choice for happiness. This is the choice for letting go of pain and vulnerability. This is the choice for true power and the choice to let go of belief in weakness. Today I place the future in the Hands of God.
 
The ego does not trust the future. It believes the future will repeat the past and the past has taught that nothing is reliable. Everything changes and will not last. Since the ego is the rejection of God, it definitely does not trust God. So the ego is always in a catch-22 situation. It does not want the past to be repeated, but it believes that the future will be like the past. Because the ego believes only in its own insane thought system, it cannot trust anything from outside that thought system. And so it seems to be trapped in an endless cycle of insanity.
 
Today we are given the means to step out of the cycle. We need only place the future in God’s Hands and the cycle of insanity is broken. Putting the future in God’s Hands takes a heavy burden off our minds. We no longer need to spend our time making plans to protect ourselves from a thousand different eventualities. We are free to experience the present fully. Without concern for the future, we no longer need to dwell on the past. Because the past is not here, when I stop dwelling on it, I no longer bring it with me, and so it is gone.
 
The present moment is clean and pure, free of the false images of the past. Now I am able to see Love and nothing else, because Love is all there is to see. When I place the future in God’s Hands, my step is light, my heart is filled with joy. Defenses are laid down and I embrace my brother, who is one with me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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“To work with God’s happiness bubbling in
the soul is to carry a portable paradise
within you wherever you go.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda

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Biography: “The Unbeliever” 
 
Henry (Hank) P., New Jersey.
(OM and 1st edition, p. 194.)
Hank was the first man Bill W. was successful in sobering up after returning from his famous trip to Akron where he met Dr. Bob. Thus Hank was A.A. #2 in New York prior to resuming drinking about four years later. His original date of sobriety was either October or November 1935.
 
Hank was a salesman, an agnostic, and a former Standard Oil of New Jersey executive, who had lost his job because of drinking. He wound up at Towns Hospital, where Bill found him in the fall of 1935. The first mention of Hank in the Big Book is on page xxix of The Doctor’s Opinion. He is believed to be the man Dr. Silkworth described who seemed to be a case of pathological mental deterioration. (Hank later became very paranoid and Dr. Silkworth warned Bill he might become dangerous.)
 
When Bill and Lois lost their home on Clinton Street, Brooklyn, it was to Hank P.’s home in New Jersey that they moved for a short time.
 
He and Jim B. (“The Vicious Cycle”), lead the fight against too much talk of God in the 12 steps, which resulted in the compromise “God as we understood Him.”
 
Hank had a small business, Honor Dealers, in Newark, NJ. It is the little company mentioned on page 149. According to one source, he had conceived it as a way of getting back at Standard Oil, which had fired him. Bill W. and Jim B. worked there for a time and Bill dictated most of the Big Book to Ruth Hock in this office.
 
Ruth Hock said the Big Book would not have been written without Bill, and it would not have been published without Hank. And Hank wrote, except for the opening paragraph, the chapter “To Employers.”
 
But Hank became very hostile toward Bill. Problems developed between them over the way Hank was setting up Works Publishing Co., as a for profit corporation, with himself as President. As a result of the feedback from group members, Bill listed himself as the sole author of the Big Book as a means of counter-balancing this.
 
There were other problems over money, and over Ruth Hock. Hank wanted to divorce his wife, Kathleen, and marry Ruth, and when Ruth decided to go with Bill when he moved the A.A. office out of Honor Dealers, Hank was furious. Bill paid him $200 for the office furniture (which he claimed he still owned, but which had been purchased from him earlier), in exchange for Hank turning over his stock in Works Publishing, as all the others had done. Hank then went to Cleveland to try to start problems for Bill there.
 
No one knows exactly when Hank had started drinking again, but in the diary Lois W. kept there are various September 1939 entries that mention that Hank was drunk. He did get back on the program for a short time at some later date but it didn’t last.
 
Nevertheless, A.A. owes Hank a debt of gratitude for his many contributions during his all too short period of sobriety.
 
He died after a long illness at Glenwood Sanitarium in Trenton, New Jersey, on January 18, 1954, at the age of fifty-seven. Lois W. ascribed his death to drinking. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 22 at Blackwell Memorial Home. Rev. A. Kenneth Magner of the First Presbyterian Church performed the service.
 
At the time of his death he and his wife, Kathleen Nixon P. (whom he had remarried after two failed marriages) were living at Washington-Crossing Road, Pennington, New Jersey. One son, Henry G. P., Jr., was living in Madeira Beach, Florida. A second son Robert S. P., was living in Pennington.
Special thanks to Ron R., of Kentucky, f
or information concerning Hank’s death and burial.

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Ron Richey
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