From the BlogMeet Ron



How amazing the revelation that the world, and everyone in it, can get along just fine with or without me.  What a relief to know that people, places and things will be perfectly okay without my control and direction.  And how wordlessly wonderful to come to believe that a power greater than me exists separate and apart from myself.  I believe that the feeling of separation I experience between me and God will one day vanish.  In the meantime, faith must serve as the pathway to the center of my life.
Copyright 1990 
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
Be teachable. That is the whole secret.
Daily Reflections
MARCH 27, 2017 

We trust that we already know what our several freedoms truly are; that no future generation of AAs will ever feel compelled to limit them. Our AA freedoms create the soil in which genuine love can grow. . . .
I craved freedom. First, freedom to drink; later, freedom from drink. The A.A. program of recovery rests on a foundation of free choice. There are no mandates, laws or commandments. A.A.’s spiritual program, as outlined in the Twelve Steps, and by which I am offered even greater freedoms, is only suggested. I can take it or leave it. Sponsorship is offered, not forced, and I come and go as I will. It is these and other freedoms that allow me to recapture the dignity that was crushed by the burden of drink, and which is so dearly needed to support an enduring sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
We cannot live a choiceless life.
Every day, every moment, 
every second, there is choice.
The Science of Mind page 143 
“I have tried to let you go and I cannot.
I cannot stop thinking of you.
 I cannot stop dr― Erin Morgenstern,
The Night Circus Dreaming about you.”
You Can Control Yourself,
 You Can Change Yourself, 
You Can Cure Yourself.
Ala-non member
My sponsor wanted me to be God dependent, 
not sponsor dependent.
When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
~ Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 85 Insights
Review: “My grievances hide the light of the world in me.”
and “My salvation comes from me.”
“My salvation comes from me” means that within my mind is the Source of Love That is the real Me. As I am willing to return to that Source of Love, my grievances disappear. Thinking that there is anything other than Love disappears. Thinking that there is something outside me is a grievance against the Oneness of God’s Love. Thinking that someone is separate or different from Love is a grievance. Trying to make separation real is a grievance. My salvation comes with giving this up, letting this go, laying it down. That is how I set myself free.
The temptation to make a world outside of me real seems very strong at times. My job now is to go to the Source of Love in my mind and let the false mind, the ego mind, be undone as the inner Light shines it away.
The world of separation is so complicated, so full of conflict, so filled with guilt and blame. I do not try to fix it. I do not try to change it. Instead, I go to the Source of Love and practice seeing through the eyes of Love. Through the eyes of Love I see that all the separate forms are really hallucinations. They are not real. God created All That is from Himself, as Himself. Nothing could ever be real that is not Love.
I am recognizing that making separate forms real is a grievance holding the awareness of God’s oneness from my sight. I am willing to practice letting that go today. I am willing to practice returning to Love, my Source, again and again today. I am willing to practice remembering that only Love is real. My projections of an outside world mean nothing. I am willing to remember that it is only through the ego mind that I see the ego. It is through Love’s One Mind that I see Love. Which will I choose to see today? My salvation comes from me.
Expectations are a form of grievance. They are an attempt to find salvation outside of me. By expecting events to happen a certain way or expecting someone to say the “right” thing or do the “right” thing, I am putting a condition on the outer world that determines whether or not I will be happy or saved. This makes the Light of the world that is in me invisible to me because my attention is focused outside. I have turned my back on the Light and denied Its Presence. It leaves me thinking I am a victim to the outside world. My safety or my happiness is now dependent upon what others, who I do not perceive as part of me, do or say. Thus expectations are a denial of Oneness, a denial of my Self as God created me.
I can never experience lasting peace as long a I hang on to expectations. Today I ask the Holy Spirit to help me be aware of how I am looking to a world outside to make me happy and safe, to be my salvation. With His help and strength I will let these go and look within to the Light of innocence and Love, my Source. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I will be able to see that same Light everywhere I look, for I will recognize everyone as part of me as I am part of my Creator.
As I learn to see the Light within and in all things, I walk in peace. In this place of peace, I am able to be truly helpful in every circumstance because I am open to Holy Spirit’s lead. His lead always takes me away from fear and guilt an toward peace and the Love of God. Today let me accept my brother as he Is and my Self as I was created and still am.
With this lesson I received the following message:
Let your mind be free of all worry or concern. Be in the state of allowing. Love holds onto no thing. Love only extends Itself. Hold onto no thing, no perception, no feeling, no thought, no vision, no voice, no state of mind. Let go of all.
There is only Love, Love extending. Holding onto any thing blocks the awareness of Love’s presence. Let go of thinking there are divisions, separations — something to hold onto. Holding on is a thought of separation, no matter where its found. There is no separation except in the ego mind. Holding thoughts of separation, grievances, hide of Light of Love in you. Your salvation comes from letting go of thoughts of separation in your mind. This comes from letting go of blocks of Love’s presence, letting go of holding on. Your practice today is to hold onto no thing, to let go of any thing.
I practice letting go with the help of Holy Spirit. I let go of the idea that it must all be done today. Being only an extension of Love is eternal, constant, unchanging. It is Who I Am. I come to this one step at a time, gently, gradually, and purposefully. I let go of demands and judgments about how I think it should be. I look to Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. I look to the loving arms of Christ to envelop me with His tenderness and compassion. I am Allowing.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
As I sit breathless, silent, watchful in meditation, 
I become aware of a blissful trembling stir within me,
 and He whispers: I am here.
Paramahansa Yogananda
The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes—or it prospers; and anon,
Like Snow upon the Desert’s dusty Face
Lighting a little Hour or two—is gone.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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