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MARCH 16, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 16, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
A PATH TO FAITH 
True humility and an open mind can lead us to faith, and every A.A. meeting is an assurance that God will restore us to sanity if we rightly relate ourselves to Him. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 33 
  My last drunk had landed me in the hospital, totally broken. It was then that I was able to see my past float in front of me. I realized that, through drinking, I had lived every nightmare I had ever had. My own self-will and obsession to drink had driven me into a dark pit of hallucinations, blackouts and despair. Finally beaten, I asked for God’s help. His presence told me to believe. My obsession for alcohol was taken away and my paranoia has since been lifted. I am no longer afraid. I know my life is healthy and sane.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
 
“Others may have hurt us in the past, but now we are responsible
for tossing out the damage.”
Cosmic Command, # 1601
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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The human will finds no place in the divine certainty,
 for God does not will anything to happen;
God knows, and the result of God’s knowing produces creation.
Christ is the image of God, the likeness of the Father,
the Son of the Universe, the Man that Spirit conceives
Ernest Holmes
 
 
My wife for the last 28 years has
 never said don’t go to an AA meeting. 
Anonymous 
 
 
Walk fearlessly into the house of mourning.
 For grief is just love squaring up to its oldest enemy,
 and after all these mortal human years love is up to the challenge.
KATE BRAESTRUP
The light of God is an ornament of wisdom. That is the meaning of “light upon light.” The light of reason draws toward the earth. The light of God carries you aloft. Things of reason are of the lower world. The light of God is an ocean, reason merely a dewdrop.
RUMI
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 74 Insights
“There is no will but God’s.”
As I worked with practicing the exercise and remembering there is no will but God’s, I found my mind wandering to today’s ‘to do list.’ As my mind focused on that list, I became aware of tension building in me. I saw that this list represents conflicting goals. I think they all need to be done and there is not enough time. So I brought my mind back to, “There is no will but God’s.” Conflicting goals cannot be real. I am giving that list a meaning it does not have of itself.
 
As I step back from the importance I place on all these things and remind myself there is no will but God’s, I feel myself relax. My shoulder’s soften. My forehead is relaxed and smooth. I breathe easier.
 
From that perspective, I am open to Spirit’s guidance as to what is meaningful and what is not meaningful on the list. I am open to be guided, where to go, what to do, what to say and to whom. I work with the same list, but I follow a different Guide, the Guide Who knows a much bigger picture than I can possibly perceive. With this greater vision He leads me in every moment to be truly helpful and I move through the day in peace rather than stress and conflict.
 
With this practice, I know that in my doing, I am serving Love, supporting peace because I am letting go of conflict. Without the illusion of conflict, the reality of peace fills my world. It is my desire to remember in full that my will is God’s. Today is another day of practice in moving toward that awakening.
 
There is no will but God’s. In God’s Will there is no conflict. If I experience conflict, it is always between two illusions. Illusions are not true. Illusions are not real. As I recognize this, I see that conflict is not real. There is only God’s Will and in God’s Will there is no conflict. As I am willing to see conflict as an illusion and let it go, because it is merely meaningless, the peace of God returns to my awareness. I am filled with the peace of God.
 
Whenever I am tempted to believe that conflict is real, I can remind myself, “There is no will but God’s.” There is no conflict in God. What is not of God, is merely illusion. As I can remember this, it helps me let the idea of conflict go. I don’t fight with conflict, I don’t defend against conflict. I merely see that it is meaningless. I drop it. I let it go.
 
This is the true meaning of forgiveness. When I see conflict is merely meaningless — nothing — and let it go, it is replaced by peace. It is replaced by remembering that only God’s Will is real. There is only one Will. I am willing to rest in this remembering today. I am willing to see past illusions of conflict to the one truth that only God’s Will is real.
 
There is no will but God’s. An illusion is simply a thought of separation. That’s all. And it simply cannot be any part of my true Reality. As I release all mistaken perceptions of separation that I hold within the sleeping part of my mind, I am left with only what is real. I am left with perfect peace, perfect Love, perfect joy, perfect unity with All That is. This is my Father’s Will for me. It can be no other way. Being the extension of my Father, it is my will also. It can be no other way. Thank God.
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you will be astonished to see
how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
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