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MARCH 6, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 6, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Why is the world? Why are we here? 
What is our purpose? Why must we live and suffer and die? 
Without God, there would be no answer.
 We do not know the great extent of God’s purpose, 
but we do know that we as individuals, 
each and every one, must somehow fit into that purpose.
 
We can only know God as He has revealed Himself to us. 
We know His principle attribute is goodness. 
Therefore, His purpose must be good, 
and we can best serve that purpose by aspiring to the highest 
standard of goodness that we can conceive.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
The reason everyone out there has a broken life is because he or
she has nothing definite, has nothing solid to hold, to be with
that’s good. They don’t have something strong, pure, powerful to
be with. Not having that, their lives are vague, uncertain, and
mark well this phrase, ‘frantically changeable.’ If you don’t
have something definite and certain as your constant inner source
of wisdom and guidance, if you don’t have that, then you have chaos.”
from a talk given 4/22/1989
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 6,2017
THE IDEA OF FAITH
Do not let any prejudice you may have against spiritual terms deter you from honestly asking yourself what they mean to you.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 47
The idea of faith is a very large chunk to swallow when fear, doubt and anger abound in and around me. Sometimes just the idea of doing something different, something I am not accustomed to doing, can eventually become an act of faith if I do it regularly, and do it without debating whether it’s the right thing to do. When a bad day comes along and everything is going wrong, a meeting or a talk with another drunk often distracts me just enough to persuade me that everything is not quite as impossible, as overwhelming as I had thought. In the same way, going to a meeting or talking to a fellow alcoholic are acts of faith; I believe I’m arresting my disease. These are ways I slowly move toward faith in a Higher Power.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

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Only when we put our very best into 
our spiritual work will it satisfy us. 
The Science of Mind page 414 
 
Alcohol became my master and
I did everything that you told me to. 
Anonymous 
 
 I like to treat myself with a Grandmotherâs heart.
Ala-non member
 
 
If you are pained by external things, 
it is not they that disturb you, 
but your own judgment of them. 
And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.
Marcus Aurelius
 
 
There is a morning inside you waiting to burst open into Light. 
~Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 65 Insights
“My only function is the one God gave me.”
This mindfulness practice today is one of the most important practices for me to continue. It helps me step out of automatic mode and pay attention to the thoughts that I am allowing into my mind. These thoughts are not forced upon me. They come by invitation, whether I recognize it or not. Dwelling on these thoughts or sitting in these thoughts only reinforces them. If I truly want to be aware of the function God has given me, I must recognize other goals as the barriers they are and be willing to hand them over to the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit shines the light of truth on them, they are seen as empty, meaningless thoughts. As these thoughts disappear, peace replaces them. Quiet replaces them. Awareness that Love is all That is replaces them. Happiness that comes from the deepest place within me replaces them.
 
 
Practicing the exercise in today’s lesson brings to my attention how much I still need continued mind training. Thoughts of meaningless stories which replace my awareness of the function God gave me come up again and again. The practice of taking each of these thoughts to the Holy Spirit to be undone is a very important practice. My untrained mind still wants to make the stories real. Thoughts repeating the past come up and I am still attracted to believe in them.
 
This practice is so powerful. I have deep gratitude that I have such a beautiful and simple means to awaken right here in my mind. There is nothing in the outside world that can give this to me or take it away. I am willing to stick with this practice and gradually my willingness will expand day by day so that the function God gave me will be the only one I want and the only one I need.
 
 
Mind training that heals my mind is, as Jesus suggests today, to sink deeply, deeply into the silence of my true being. The healing is beyond thoughts, beyond worries. In this place of deep quiet and deep peace, there I Am. In this place I am renewed. And, as I return to the world of perception, I bring that deep quiet, that deep calm, that deep peace with me. I am so blessed when I am willing to quiet my mind and enter into the stillness of my Being. I know that as I follow the suggestion Jesus makes to state the lesson and move beyond all words, Jesus guides me as I sink deeply into the deep well of my true Being. This deep peace and deep sense of calm, nurturing Love feels more whole and more real to me each time I remember Who I am. In the One Mind there is no need for healing or for doing. There is only my Being, and I am whole.
 
 
As I relate to today’s idea, I clearly see in this life experience that all the goals I have invented for myself have one thing in common. They serve or attempt to serve to fill or fulfill anything I think is lacking within myself. Planning for my own salvation through a limited perspective can call for lots of struggle and pain. In the whirlwind of this illusionary experience, I forget what each moment is for. And as I forget, I slip back into the bizarre idea that I am alone and need to save myself. I need to make plans for my future. I need to punish myself for my past. And I always need to make sure that I am not at peace in the present.
 
 
Forgiveness is the doorway to happiness, the happiness which we are all trying to achieve. There is nothing unholy about wanting happiness and joy. It’s just if we realize that we are not sustaining it in every moment, it might be helpful to accept that this is a result of setting goals about a business we don’t understand. It’s at this point that I can say I’m grateful for a Friend, One the Course refers to as the Holy Spirit — the expert Adviser, Whose only goal is to share happiness with us, One who remembers in every moment that happiness is now and that we are happiness. The only thing that keeps us from sharing it is holding on to the limited ideas about ourselves.
 
If we can accept this as true, then it’s a relief and celebration that forgiveness is our only function. It’s a relief to know that every moment or any moment need not be dedicated to planning my own salvation. So this means I’m free each moment I allow myself to live in this truth. My experiences aren’t spent seeking that which fulfills me, but instead, all my moments are filled with joy simply because I am assured that joy is mine and mine to share. I can’t make it happen because it is already happening. The question is, am I willing to be with it and trust it, to know it, to love it and be certain that this way of life can be far more exciting than any of us together can possibly imagine. Yes I am willing.
TO CONTINUE
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Rise above the crowd. 
Step out of the choking monotony of ordinary existence into a finer, 
more colorful life of achievement and ever new peace. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
“Why ponder thus the future to foresee, and jade thy brain to vain perplexity?
Cast off thy care, leave Allah’s plans to him – 
He formed them all without consulting thee.” Three Cups of Tea” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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