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MARCH 15, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 15, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

A RALLYING POINT 
Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us.
“Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer,
we can stand together on this Step. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p.  33 
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Suppose I tell you that there is no need to be afraid of any other
person on the face of the earth. Now, that is an absolute fact. It is
the truth. But suppose that you are presently afraid of someone. Your
present condition does not cancel that fact. It merely means that you
must develop your understanding to where you prove it personally. So
you must start with the knowledge that it is so, that no one on earth
has power to frighten you. That is enough for now; start with just that
much.
 
Then you must experiment with the fact. You must work at turning it
into an actual experience. I assure you that you can do just this. Your
growth might come through seeing that your timidity is merely an ac-
quired state; it is not part of the essential you. Or you might take
inspiration from some other person who has conquered his fears. There are dozens of helpful procedures.”
Psycho-Pictography, p. 219
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 15, 2017 
THE GOD IDEA
When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 52
Like a blind man gradually being restored to sight, I slowly groped my way to the Third Step. Having realized that only a Power greater than myself could rescue me from the hopeless abyss I was in, I knew that this was a Power that I had to grasp, and that it would be my anchor in the midst of a sea of woes. Even though my faith at that time was minuscule, it was big enough to make me see that it was time for me to discard my reliance on my prideful ego and replace it with the steadying strength that could only come from a Power far greater than myself.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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O Light and Love within me, thou art welcome.
The science of Mind page 526 


TTT: Things Take Time 
Ala-non member
 
It seems that self-will was a liability to me. 
Anonymous 
 
The Lamps are different, but the Light is the same.
~ Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 73 Insights
“I will there be light.”
In this lesson, Jesus is helping me to build the habit to see the Christ in everyone I meet or even think of. Jesus is helping me focus on the truth in everyone and not the idle wishes and grievances that come from the ego split mind. Seeing the idle wishes and grievances have cost me the awareness of What I am. Remembering that my real will is one with God’s Will brings me back into alignment with my true happiness, my true unlimited freedom.
 
Saying to myself all through the day, “I will there be light,” reminds me of my true will. This helps me behold the Light that reflects God’s Will and mine. I need this practice to free up my mind from the idle wishes and grievances of the ego thought system.
 
Idle wishes and grievances have imprisoned my will and have been the cause of my seeing darkness. I really do not want to continue seeing darkness. I will there be light. This is where I wake up to the light. The light has always been there. I am now training my mind to behold it.
 
This is a very important lesson for me. This is very important work. Beholding the Light brings me true happiness. Beholding the Light reflects my true will and helps me remember my true identity as part of God. I am determined to practice this consistently today.
 
 
This lesson is helping me disconnect from identification with the ego. It is strongly emphasizing that I will there be light and this will I share with God. Because I share this will with God, I also share God’s strength and power.
 
If this is what I am, then I cannot be the darkness, conflict, guilt and grievances that the ego shows me. What a relief that pain and fear and guilt is not me. I have believed it was me and have experienced it as though it were true. But belief does not make reality.
 
If I am experiencing anything but the peace and Light of God, I am seeing only a reflection of the ego thought system. The world I see gives me instant feedback, showing me what I believe about myself. If I see conflict, pain, unhappiness, lack of peace of any kind, I am identifying with the ego. If I see light, innocence and peace, I am identifying with my Self and seeing the reflection of the light that is my Self.
 
It’s very simple, always one or the other. All I need do is pay attention to the feedback and if I am not seeing peace, if I am not seeing the reflection of light, if I am not seeing innocence, I have identified with a false image — the ego thought system. Then it is time to remind myself, “This is not my will. I will there be light. Let me behold the world that reflects this light.”
 
 
I know that I am making real progress doing these lessons. It would be hard for me to put this progress into words that someone else would understand, but I can see it clearly. But, as I do each lesson it seems that something comes up that proves this lesson isn’t true or that I can’t do it.
 
For instance, I am going to buy my son a car since he is graduating from high school this year and will be going away to college. I have been doing the preliminary work; getting prices, checking on insurance. As I am reading today’s lesson, my mind is straying to my budget. The more it does, the more trouble I have reading the lesson, the more worried I become.
 
At one time I would have seen this as proof I really am an ego and I would never reach the lofty heights the Course says are my rightful place. At one time, I would have quit trying to do the lesson and told myself I would do it later when I was better able to concentrate. I would then have been free to indulge in some real fear.
 
I thought of it differently this morning. I realized that this isn’t proof I can’t see the light, it is a perfect circumstance to help me learn today’s lesson. I did my lesson right through the fear. I’m not going to say it was easy, but I stuck with it and did the best I could. When I felt like giving it up, I reminded myself that I was setting the course for my whole day with this lesson. I reminded myself that there was nothing I would do today that was as important as what I was attempting to accomplish right here. This lesson deserved all the effort I could put into it.
 
It is comforting to me to realize that when these seeming setbacks come up, they are really opportunities. They are a chance for me to make the daily lessons concrete in my mind, to see how I can use what I am learning to grow.
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Everything is spirit- in essence,
though hidden in manifestation.
If you had the perception,
you would see God in everything.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
One Moment in Annihilation’s Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste—
The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing—Oh, make haste!
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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