From the BlogMeet Ron


“Faith without works was dead, he said. And how appallingly true for the alcoholic! For if an alcoholic failed to perfect and enlarge his spiritual life through work and self-sacrifice for others, he could not survive the certain trials and low spots ahead. If he did not work, he would surely drink again, and if he drank, he would surely die. Then faith would be dead indeed. With us it is just like that.”
Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition
Bill’s Story, pg. 14
I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. 
For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God – 
I hear and behold God in every object, 
yet understand God not in the least. 
Walt Whitman


We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last
analysis it is only there that He may be found. . . . search
diligently within yourself. . . . With this attitude you cannot
fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to
It was out of the depths of loneliness, depression and
despair that I sought the help of A.A. As I recovered and
began to face the emptiness and ruin of my life, I began to
open myself to the possibility of the healing that recovery
offers through the A.A. program. By coining to meetings,
staying sober, and taking the Steps, I had the opportunity to
listen with increasing attentiveness to the depths of my
soul. Daily I waited, in hope and gratitude, for that sure
belief and steadfast love I had longed for in my life. In this
process, I met my God, as I understand Him.
“We need to know with scientific certainty that there is a Consciousness and a Power in the Universe that responds to us definitely, directly, and dynamically. Each individual must arrive at a place in his own consciousness where this contact is so immediate and so dynamic that if every other living soul denied it, he would still know.” 
― Ernest Holmes, Living the Science of Mind

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Your life doesn’t get any better than your mind is. You might have wonderful friends, perfect health, a great career, and everything else you want, and you can still be miserable. 
 The converse is also true. There are people who basically have nothing—who live in circumstances that you and I would do more or less anything to avoid—who are happier than we tend to be because of the character of their minds. 
 Unfortunately, one glimpse of this truth is never enough. We have to be continually reminded of it.
~ Sam Harris

“If you are irritated by every rub,
how will your mirror be polished?” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi

ACIM Workbook Lesson 166 Insights
“I am entrusted with the gifts of God.”
Today’s lesson is asking us to exemplify what we are learning from the Course. To truly have the gifts the Course is offering us we must live them. It is not enough to just repeat the words that God has given me His joy and His Love. I need to accept His joy and be joyous. This is how I offer salvation to the world. This is how I offer joy to my brother — by demonstrating joy. I can only demonstrate joy when I align my will with God’s, when I remember His Will and mine are one and the same.
If I perceive myself attacked by a brother and respond with attack, I have made the world real and denied my Creator’s Will. His Will is to love and nothing else. The more I to take my thoughts of attack to the Holy Spirit to let them be transformed, the more I will live in peace and joy, and the more I will give the gifts of peace and joy. The transformation of my thoughts and beliefs comes in many ways, but the end result is that what I perceived as attack I have been led to see as a call for Love.
Sometimes I recognize the call for Love in another. Sometimes I recognize the call for Love in myself. And oftentimes I see it in both. The Holy Spirit always answers those calls for Love with Love. He reminds me that God created me in Love, has not changed His Mind about me, and so I already have the Love I seek. He reminds me that I am worthy because God has deemed me worthy. Sometimes the transformation of perception leads to an action or expression to a brother to help Him know that he is loved in a form that he can receive. Sometimes it is only a thought of Love in my mind that I can offer, but always, as I give the gift, I receive the gift. I feel the strength of Love in my heart grow.
Today let me recognize the Love I have and am. Let me freely give It so I may receive It’s blessing. Thus do I fulfill God’s trust in me that He has demonstrated by His gifts to me.
God’s gifts to me are His Love, His peace and His joy. God’s gift to me is true happiness. God’s gift to me is Heaven. Jesus tells us in earlier lessons that we are Heaven. We have been given Heaven. It is our only Identity. Our job now is to let go of wandering in the wilderness like the prodigal son. Our job is to accept our inheritance from our Father in Heaven and be willing to be led back to Heaven by the Holy Spirit.
We can tell if we are allowing ourselves to be led back to Heaven by the amount of peace, love and joy we let into our awareness. When we let peace, love and joy into our awareness, we feel it. We are one with these gifts. When we are one with these gifts, we spontaneously give these gifts of peace, love and joy. When we receive Love we give Love. Within the action of receiving is the action of giving. It is all one.
It is interesting to recognize that the most important thing we can give any brother is the gift of peace, the gift of Love, the gift of joy. In order to give these gifts, we must first receive them. And inherent in receiving them is giving them. So today my top priority is to give God’s peace, God’s Love and God’s joy to everyone, because God’s gifts are always all inclusive. I do this by being willing to receive God’s gifts.
My practice today is asking myself often, “Am I actively receiving God’s gifts of peace, love and joy right now?” If not, my job is to open my mind to the Holy Spirit and ask with desire. What I ask for in my heart of hearts I will receive. What a wonderful opportunity I have today — the practice of receiving the gifts of God and giving them away.
I have succeeded in making it a habit to ask Holy Spirit to take my thoughts of attack and transform them. Though I don’t always do it, I do it more often than not. It is making a huge difference in my life. I realized this morning that I almost never follow my request by asking for God’s Love and comfort. I am not asking for joy. I think this tells me that I am resisting my true Self and clinging instead to the self I made. I think the only way to change this is by a conscious decision to do so. I will spend today reminding myself that I want God’s gifts of peace love and joy and asking for them. I am sure that receiving them will increase my motivation.
It is essential I do this because I must have them so that I can give them away. This is my part in the salvation of the world. I think that unconsciously I was beginning to realize what I’ve been doing because lately it has been bothering me a lot that I am so seldom accepting these gifts from God. I’ve been talking to Holy Spirit about it, but somehow I’ve been thinking of them as rewards, nice but hardly necessary, and perhaps not deserved yet. I see it differently now and I thank God for this new vision.
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“You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.” 
― Paramahansa Yogananda
Robert H. ‘Dr. Bob’ Smith continued
For the next three months I lived with these two wonderful people. I shall always believe they gave me more than I ever brought them. Each morning there was devotion. After the long silence Anne would read out of the Good Book. James was our favorite. Reading him from her chair in the corner, she would softly conclude “Faith without works is dead.”
But Bob’s travail with alcohol was not quite over. That Atlantic City Medical Convention had to be attended. He hadn’t missed one in twenty years. Anxiously waiting, Anne and I heard nothing for five days. Finally his office nurse and her husband found him early one morning at the Akron railroad station in some confusion and disarray–which puts it mildly. A horrible dilemma developed. Dr. Bob had to perform a critical surgical operation just three days hence. Nor could an associate substitute for him. He simply had to do it. But how? Could we ever get him ready in time?
He and I were placed in twin beds. A typical tapering down process was inaugurated. Not much sleep for anybody, but he cooperated. At four o’clock on the morning of the operation he turned, looked at me and said, “I am going through with this.” I inquired, “You mean you are going through with the operation?” He replied, “I have placed both operation and myself in God’s hands. I’m going to do what it takes to get sober and stay that way.” Not another word did he say. At nine o’clock he shook miserably as we helped him into his clothes. We were panic stricken. Could he ever do it? Were he too tight or too shaky, it would make little difference, his misguided scalpel might take the life of his patient. We gambled. I gave him one bottle of beer. That was the last drink he ever took. It was June 10, 1935. The patient lived.
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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