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JUNE 4, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING

JUNE 4, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING 
DAILY

Inspiration:From “This Spirit Touch”:

“At some time, perhaps in a more moderate way, nearly everyone has experienced this spirit touch of God, the fleeting feeling of insight, love, joy, and ‘The world is right.’ Once, I thought that only unusual circumstances made these moments possible. Actually, I now think, they are forecasts of what one can have if one is willing to take the time and make the effort. Peace, love, and joy can be sought through quiet thinking and honest prayer. The wholeness, the new awareness, that is produced affects one’s relationship with God and man to a degree greater than would seem possible in ordinary life.”

1973 AAWS, Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 65

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VERNON HOWARD’S SECRETS OF LIFE

“All you have to do to start the inner path in the right direction
is to just sit back and take a long slow casual look at the people
who pass in front of you. And when you do that you will see their
faces and you will hear what they talk about and you will see them
weep, you will see them blast angrily. And when you do that you can
draw a very clear logical conclusion about everyone you see and
everyone you don’t see because they’re at a too great distance from
you. The conclusion, the accurate conclusion you can reach is that
they do not know what is important in life.

Not knowing what is important and meaningful, they do a very foolish
thing. They try to give their meaning, their purpose, their sense of
importance to their own lives. Now before I go any further, let me
tell you something that you have to do and not do.

You must never again try to tell yourself what is important for you.
You have been doing that and you know you have: tha t hot date with
that woman, that plan you have for being a success, the little way
you’re going to conduct yourself in order to gain certain advantages
and avoid punishments. Now let me tell you right at the start of this
talk that you all have ideas of what is valuable and important for
you, and you have it all wrong. If it was really important you would
feel different.”
from a talk given 12/9/1987
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DAILY REFLECTIONS

JUNE 4
LETTING GO OF OUR OLD SELVES
Carefully reading the first five proposals we ask if we have
omitted anything for we are building an arch through
which we shall walk a free man at last. . . . Are we now
ready to let God remove from us all the things which we
have admitted are objectionable?
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, pp. 75, 76
The Sixth Step is the last “preparation” Step. Although I
have already used prayer extensively, I have made no
formal request of my Higher Power in the first Six Steps. I
have identified my problem, come to believe that there is a
solution, made a decision to seek this solution, and have
“cleaned house.” I now ask: Am I willing to live a life of
sobriety, of change, to let go of my old self? I must
determine if I am truly ready to change. I review what I
have done and become willing for God to remove all my
defects of character; for in the next Step, I will tell my
Creator I am willing and will ask for help. If I have been
thorough in the preparation of my foundation and feel that I
am willing to change, I am then ready to continue with the
next Step. “If we still cling to something we will not let go,
we ask God to help us be willing.” (Alcoholics Anonymous,p. 76)
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“Never limit your view of life by any past experience.” 
― Ernest Holmes

He look me eyes and asked me if I was teachable 
and I looked at him back and said yes. 
I had no idea how self-seeking and selfish I was.
 Anonymous 

The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.

DJUNA BARNES

Come, come, whoever you are.

Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow

a thousand times

Come, yet again, come, come.

RUMI

A COURSE IN MIRACLES

ACIM Workbook Lesson 153 Insights
“In my defenselessness my safety lies.”
This lesson is one of those that asks us to do the opposite of what it seems we need to do to function and survive in this world. This is because the ego confuses weakness with strength and strength with weakness. In believing we have separated ourselves from God, the only real source of strength, we believe we are weak. From this belief in weakness, we imagine a world of weakness. To compensate for this weakness, we make up substitutions for God’s strength to cover or hide the underlying belief that we are weak.
 
Believing we have really separated from God brings with it the belief we have succeeded in harming God by tearing ourselves away from Him. To God this is impossible, but to a thought system that believes separation is possible and real, harm is inevitable. Believing we have harmed God, we believe guilt is real and punishment is justified. Thus we believe God must be angry with us and seeks to punish us. So we carry a belief in an angry God and expect His punishment in every moment.
 
Thus we believe we must be on constant alert to defend ourselves against the evils of the world we made. Yet these evils are only the reflection of our own belief that we have succeeded in separating from God. That is why in paragraph seven it says defensiveness proclaims we have denied the Christ and come to fear his Father’s anger. We see His fearful image at work in all the evils of the world.
 
Sometimes we openly acknowledge this. We call severe weather, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions acts of God. But most of the time when a loved one says something we perceive as hurting us we do not think of it as really a projection of our fear of an angry God. Yet our defensiveness, the the lesson is telling us, proclaims that this perception is a denial of the Christ. So when we fear a brother, it is really a reflection of an underlying fear of God.
 
The antidote to this is learning to see the Christ in all our brothers, which is to see the one true Self we all share as the Son of God. As we practice listening to the Voice for God all through the day, we will be guided to see the face of Christ everywhere. As we offer that perception to all our brothers, we learn that there is no true cause for defensiveness. And we rest in the strength of Love that is wholly defenseless. No longer do we fear pain and suffering at every turn, for we come to know that Love walks with us in every instant. We know that Love is changeless and therefore perfectly safe. There is nothing to defend, for what cannot be changed needs no defense.
 
Holy Spirit, help me to see Love everywhere today, that I may know my strength and see that same strength in everyone.
 
 
In this lesson, Jesus is reminding me to lay aside my belief in this world. He reminds me this world is just a fantasy that provides a defense against remembering our true Identity as eternal Spirit and remembering our oneness in God.
 
The more I believe in the fantasies of this world, the more I will feel threatened and feel a need to defend. He reminds me that belief in the imaginings of this world will bind me stronger into defensiveness and will sabotage my connection with the inner peace of my true Nature as part of God. The more I sink deeper into the world’s illusions by making them real, the more I will think I need to defend against these illusions.
 
Jesus tells me the way out of this dilemma is to focus on the true Strength that resides in my mind, behind the illusions of the world. This Strength that is still in my mind is the Christ in me. He tells me, “Perhaps you will recall the Text maintains that choice is always made between Christ’s strength and your own weakness, seen apart from Him.” The Christ in me will guide me to look past dreams, past the fantasies of the world to the one Light that we all are. This is where my safety lies. This is where I will feel the peace, Love and joy of my true Identity.
 
It is from this place of inner peace that I will receive the guidance to take my role in the undoing of the game of fear. In this quiet place, left open and clear of the dreams of fear, I am guided to let my belief in weakness disappear. I am guided by the strength of my true, eternal safety. I am guided to accept God’s gifts, which help me remember I am safe and cannot be harmed in truth. I am guided to lay aside what was never real and see the Light of Christ in my brothers instead.
 
 
Ego is only of the mind. It is not of the body. Ego identifies with the body but is not at home in the body and transcends individual bodies. Ego is the part of the mind that individualizes, that thinks it is separate from God. The ego is the part of mind that dreams the dreams to experience various situations, but then gets lost in its own little kingdom surrounded by defenses.
 
The Voice for God is everywhere. It is in all things, all places, all people. Only the ego mind sees them as apart from God. Nothing is apart from God, no matter what the appearances. The body life is neutral. It is only a mental construction. It means only what I think it means.
 
It is only in laying down the ego defenses that I can find my True Self. I can only find this in my mind. It is in my mind where I truly live. It is only in mind that I can find my True Self because this is where I truly live. Today I choose the meaning that comes from my True Self. Today I choose to lay down the falsely constructed ego defenses, with the help of Holy Spirit. For it is only in my defenselessness that I find my True Strength. When I see Oneness in my mind, then I see Oneness everywhere.
 
 
I had a very busy day. Lots to get done, tight time schedule, unexpected stresses. I didn’t remember every hourly prayer, but before I left for work I asked Holy Spirit to make me aware of each time I was feeling defensive. It made for an interesting day. Mostly a lot of little things that normally I would not have paid a lot of attention to but cumulatively would have worn me down. Things like having an old man pull out in front of me and nearly cause a wreck. I could feel my forehead wrinkling and my mouth turning down in disapproval. I thought to myself, “What are you doing, you old fart?”
 
Then I heard Holy Spirit reminding me that I didn’t need to defend myself against old farts, and I felt a sense of gratitude that I was sent this reminder. Over and over today I found that I was giving away my peace in an effort to protect and defend my body. There were many opportunities for me to see that I have been responding to all kinds of perceived threats with defensiveness. It also gave me many opportunities to choose differently, to offer my bothers love instead. It felt good to do this. This is another of those lessons I need to work on daily for about a year!
 
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A secret force is at work trying to carry out a plan- a moral, spiritual plan to bring order out of the seeming chaos of creation.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
 
RUMI’S UNTOLD STORY
Rumi & Shams: A Love Story, Tragedy or Personal Necessity?
The Untold Story
 
To comprehend the often misunderstood and misquoted connection between Rumi and Shams we should start by reviewing the personalities of these two historic figures.
 
Rumi, born into wealth, power and the world of politics, was a member of the high society. He was known to pull and offer favors. His mother was a relative of the king in the province of Khorasan in the Eastern Persian Empire, where he was born. His father was a respected court advisor on jurisprudence. Rumi indulged in personal contacts, favors and friendships. He was known to deepen his friendship to his favorite people by any means necessary. For example, he was close with a goldsmith in Konya. Since it was socially unacceptable for a member of the elite class to socialize with the merchant class, he arranged for his son to marry the daughter of the goldsmith to formalize his connection with him.
 
Shams, by the time he met Rumi was in his 60s. By then he was known mainly as a blunt, antisocial and powerful spiritual wanderer. His nickname was the Bird. The Bird, because he couldn’t stay in one place for too long, and because he was known to be in two distant cities around the same time, as if he could fly or transport his essence at will. This wanderer is known to have been seeking a “grand master student”–a student, who would be greater than many masters at the time. He chooses Rumi as his “master-student.” Apparently he initially notices Rumi when he was 21, but judging the time inappropriate and the student not ready, he waits 16 or so years to approach Rumi again.
 
They meet again when Rumi was in his late 30s and Shams in his early 60s. The initial spark of their connection inspires Rumi to take Shams into his home. Shams from then on becomes the new friend, the latest companion. As you can imagine problem is brewing from day one. Shams, same as the goldsmith wasn’t from the elite class. He was a simple wanderer, a powerful spiritual figure yes, but still a poor, homeless wanderer. Also, Shams was terribly antisocial, had a bad temper and used to curse in front of the children. The problem initially was put aside by Rumi’s magnetism; however, it gradually grew into a much bigger issue. After receiving repeated death threats Shams decides to leave town. Soon after, Rumi falls into a deep state of grief. A few months later, Shams is brought back into Konya. After all Rumi’s health and well-being was worth more than social boundaries. This time, Rumi decides to legitimize Shams’ presence in his home and uses the same tactic as with the goldsmith, he marries his very young stepdaughter Keemia (alchemy) to Shams. Keemia was around the age of 13 at the time. It is said that Shams for the first time falls in love. This must have been a truly memorable moment in his life–not only being with his chosen student, but also being married to his student’s early-teens daughter. The situation in the household quiets down during this time, after all Shams was now a relative. A few months later, due to illness caused probably by grief and depression Keemia dies, and with that comes the end of Shams and Rumi’s companionship.
 
One story reveals that Shams leaves Rumi and becomes the wandering, wild bird that he was. Another places Shams in the hands of Rumi’s youngest son and Keemia’s stepbrother, to die for ruining Rumi’s pristine reputation. Another attributes Shams’ disappearance to a successful assassination attempt for religious blasphemy. Yet another story places Shams in India, as an inspiration for a few spiritual figures at the time.
 
I believe that Rumi’s youngest son who had special closeness to Keemia, committed honor killing on Shams for causing the death of Keemia. Rumi should have expected this when he forced-marry his precious teenage daughter to someone of Shams’ personality type and old age.
 
The core explanation of Shams and Rumi’s relationship is that Rumi without Shams would not have been known to history. Rumi uses all his wit to keep this powerful, wandering, wild bird in a cage for as long as possible and becomes a major spiritual master and an artist of truly world-class stature. In the meantime, Shams achieves his dream of a “grand master student,” and falls in love for the first and only time and pays dearly for it. A love story, a tragedy or a personal necessity?
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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