From the BlogMeet Ron


. . .our Society has concluded that it has but one high mission – to carry the A.A. message to those who don’t know there’s a way out. 
The “Light” to freedom shines bright on my fellow alcoholics as each one of us challenges the other to grow. The “Steps” to self-improvement have small beginnings, but each Step builds the “ladder” out of the pit of despair to new hope. Honesty becomes my “tool” to unfurl the “chains” which bound me. A sponsor, who is a caring listener, can help me to truly hear the message guiding me to freedom. I ask God for the courage to live in such a way that the Fellowship may be a testimony to His favor. This mission frees me to share my gifts of wellness through a spirit of readiness to serve others. 
Copyright 1990 
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“No one needs to remain timid any more than he needs to remain in
a desolate desert.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 45


Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision,
action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side
of our natures With it comes the development of that kind of
humility that makes it possible for us to receive God’s help.
. . . we find that bit by bit we can discard the old life—the
one that did not work—for a new life that can and does
work under any conditions whatever.
AS BILL SEES IT, pp. 10, 8
I have been given a daily reprieve contingent upon my
spiritual condition, provided I seek progress, not perfection.
To become ready for change, I practice willingness,
opening myself to possibilities of change. If I realize there
are defects that hinder my usefulness in A.A. and toward
others, I become ready by meditating and receiving
direction. “Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas
and the result was nil until we let go absolutely”
(Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 58). To let go and let God, I
need only surrender my old ways to Him; I no longer fight
nor do I try to control, but simply believe that, with God’s
help, I am changed and affirming this belief makes me
ready. I empty myself to be full of awareness, light, and
love, and I am ready to face each day with hope. 
1 – Oneness – God is the Source of all that is, and God is all
that is. Everything in the Universe is made of the Godsubstance
and is a unique, individualized expression of God.
10 Core concepts of Science of Mind
In 1987 I was introduced you guys with a get well card 
because of drunk driving. In 1996 I got my third introduction. 
It is not the answer that enlightens but the question.
In the fire of the Divine love,
I saw a whole universe
Each particle there possessed Jesus’
ACIM Workbook Lesson 157 Insights
“Into His Presence would I enter now.”
In God’s Presence there is only happiness, only Love. This Love is all inclusive and complete. It asks for nothing and gives everything. It is constant and eternal. There are no words Here, but an overflowing feeling of joy and fullness. This is eternal Reality. This is all there is in Truth. There are no separate forms Here; nothing to divide. All is one complete Whole. This Presence is What everyone is. I would practice returning to this Presence again and again today. It is the only Reality.
The Presence I would enter is my own, my Self. It is nothing new. It is timeless. It is What I have always been in truth. It is a return to Love, to my natural, innate Being. It is the most natural condition in the world. It is a condition of peace, joy and limitless Love. In that Presence, it is only possible to see Love and joy and peace and offer It to all.
We are promised that the faithful practice of these lessons will bring us to a point in which it is easy to quickly reach that state of full awareness of our Self. With this awareness, the body is given a new purpose, a purpose of bringing the vision this awareness carries to the world. This is really the only meaningful purpose for the body in this world. As we see with the vision of Christ, we see only innocence and offer only Love. Behavior matters not, for this vision shows us the reality of Love beyond the form.
Today I will join with His Presence to hold Christ’s vision in all I see. With His help, I will see the innocence beneath the fear, anger and guilt that seems to be acted out in this world. I will recognize the call for Love and answer with Love. By doing this I will know the Love in me, my Self. I can offer and receive no greater gift. I put my hand in His today and let Him lead the way. It will surely be a blessed day.
Last night I dreamed I was in a place with a crowd of people. No one I knew well, just familiar faces and strangers. Suddenly I looked directly at a person and realized I was seeing that person as they really were. I was looking past my perceptions and seeing the innocence of her true Self. Physically she looked no different, but I knew better and I felt a welling up of joy. I don’t remember anything else about the dream, but as I was getting dressed this morning that part came back to me, feelings and all, like a gift from God.
I had a very similar dream just a few days ago. I was surrounded by many persons but their physical identity did not make any difference. The important interaction happening was a facilitation of the Voice for God. I felt profoundly happy and joyful in the circumstances.
When I awoke I was not sure who was facilitating and who was being facilitated, as it seemed to involve everyone. This also seems to be stemming from this series of lessons, not just today’s. Truly our bodies are sanctified with our recognition of our only purpose of being God’s Light in the world. We really are touchstones for the holy Thoughts of God if we allow ourselves to remember Who we are.
Thank you for sharing your experience for it was so similar to my own that I felt compelled to share mine also. Truly we all live lives greatly blessed by our daily practice of focused awareness on the shared Christ Presence. Today I walk with Holy Spirit to God with my brothers and sisters in peace, joy and love. This is how I enter into Christ’s Presence today and every day. In this I am truly blessed.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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 Behold, through the gates of the New Year, the distant variegated decorations of future achievements glimmering at you and daringly luring you to give you to give Pursuit.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Is Rumi the Inspiration behind Today’s Love Songs?
In the early days when I had just started translating Rumi I became aware of what I thought then were strange similarities between Rumi lyrics and the American blues. How could it be, I thought. How could lyrics from an 800-year old Persian poet have anything in common with songs from a 20th Century American phenomenon?
Despite my initial disbelief I found similarities in four major themes that run through these two genres: Heartache, Drunkenness, Disagreeable Lover and Aloneness.
The main theme of the blues is of course having the blues or heartache. Standard blues lyrics routinely talk about looking for a fix for this heartache. In fact just like the classic Persian poets, a blues performer considers having the blues a real privilege. There is a saying, that if you don’t have the blues, you aint got nothing.
Rumi of course routinely exclaimed proudly how the pain of love was exclusive to him. In fact in my Rumi translation of his poem “Go Back To Sleep,” he is shunning all those who aren’t fortunate enough to be suffering from this heartache. He is commanding them to go back to sleep, which means remain in darkness of ignorance and give up your desire for growth and evolution. Just like in the American blues, this heartache was also paramount for Rumi.
Rumi says:
Love is best when mixed with anguish.
In our town,
we won’t call you a Lover
if you escape the pain.
The similarities don’t end there. Also like many of Rumi’s poems a blues singer is often singing about being drunk, or is getting drunk, or just woke up with a hangover. Rumi’s famous quatrain from my book “Hush, Don’t Say Anything to God” explains this point clearly:
“I am so drunk
I have lost the way in
and the way out.
I have lost the earth, the moon, and the sky.
Don’t put another cup of wine in my hand,
pour it in my mouth,
for I have lost the way to my mouth.”
The similarities continue. So far we have covered the core theme of heartache or the blues, and the concept of drunkenness in both genres. And here’s the next point of similarity: the disagreeable lover. In the famous Billie Holiday’s song “Fine and Mellow” she sings:
“My man don’t love me
Treats me oh so mean
He’s the, lowest man
That I’ve ever seen
Love will make you drink and gamble
Make you stay out all night long”
And here’s one from Rumi
“Everyday my heart falls deeper in the pain of your sorrow.
Your cruel heart is weary of me already.
You have left me alone, yet your sorrow remains.
Truly your sorrow is more faithful than you are.”
Here, Rumi’s sorrow is of course heartache or having the blues.
Also similar to the line “love will make you drink and gamble,”
complaining about the heartless lover ruining one’s good name,
is routine in Rumi poetry.

Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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