From the BlogMeet Ron



Eye Opener (1950)
By the grace of God, we alcoholics have acquired certain 
characteristics that have made us beneficial to the earth. 
We have become, in fact, the salt of the earth.
If, however, we hoard our savoir to ourselves and fail
to recognize our responsibility to distribute it to those
 portions of the earth that need it, then have we indeed
 lost our savoir and it is good for nothing but to be cast 
out and to be trodden underfoot of men.
Nothing is a blessing unless we put it to some constructive use. 
The wealth of the world is useless to a starving man on an uninhabited and barren island.
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
Never explain anything from yourself to yourself. Never!
Because the self you now have will give you false information.
It will mislead you, it will lie to you and you won’t know that
you’ve been lied to because you don’t know when truth speaks to
you, you can’t see the difference yet.
In this higher state, which a right heart, right attitude, right
spirit can have, you will do more than just know that what you’re
hearing here at New Life Foundation, you will do more than just
know it’s right — that’s the mind knowing it. You will feel it and
even higher than that, you will live it.”
Truth Knows What It Is Doing —
Something Higher Than Ideas – Audio CD, track 2
Daily Reflections
MARCH 7,2017
Once we have placed the key of willingness in the lock and have the door ever so slightly open,
we find that we can always open it some more.
The willingness to give up my pride and self-will to a Power greater than myself has proved to be the only ingredient absolutely necessary to solve all of my problems today. Even the smallest amount of willingness, if sincere, is sufficient to allow God to enter and take control over any problem, pain, or obsession. My level of comfort is in direct relation to the degree of willingness I possess at any given moment to give up my self-will, and allow God’s will to be manifested in my life. With the key of willingness, my worries and fears are powerfully transformed into serenity.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

To learn how to think is to learn how to live,
for our thoughts go into a medium that is 
infinite in him it’s ability to do and to be. 
The Science of Mind page 29 

This is where we can practice kindness to ourselves.
Ala-non member

The greatest thing that I have learned is that I don’t know s***.

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.
Marcus Aurelius

Poem, song, and story,
 the stream sweeps by, 
moving along what was never mine anyway.
What I’ve done through an act of will,
well-meaning, or mean, 
these are brought in briefly by
moonlight and carried obscurely off. 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 66 Insights
“My happiness and my function are one.”
Truly accepting that God has given me happiness and that my function is happiness is the release into pure joy. I can see why he calls this lesson a giant stride in returning Home. If I truly accepted this without reservation, then I would make only one choice, to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead in every instant.
If there is any resistance to the Holy Spirit’s Voice, it is because some part of my mind believes that God does not want my happiness. There is some form of belief that I must actually give up my happiness to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction. This means that in some part of my mind, I believe that happiness can be found in some other place than God. This is the lie the ego teaches over and over. It offers myriad forms to tempt me into believing they offer some happiness. Yet being solely illusion, they really offer only nothing. When I resist Holy Spirit’s lead, I am choosing nothing over everything, limitation over limitless joy.
I am deeply grateful for the Course, which is helping me to recognize the ego’s illusions for the nothingness they are and to see the joy that God is offering me in every instant, since before time began and after time is over. This is truly a lesson of joy. I choose to accept His gift today. I rest in gratitude.
God is Love. God is peace. God is joy. God is happiness. All that is real is an extension of God, one with God, unchanged. God is formless Love, unlimited by time or space. We all are formless Love, changeless, unlimited by time or space. What is not God or Love is illusion — false stories, dreaming. Dreams can never be real. The only thing to do with dreams is to let them go because they are nothing. To heal we don’t fight false stories, we see their nothingness. And as the false stories are laid down, which are barriers to remembering Love, what is true and real is there. It has always been there and always will be there. It is God. It is Love. It is happiness.
As I lay down dreams, see their nothingness, I awaken to what has always been and see that the dreams never were — just silly, silly stories. My function is to remember my true Identity, which is Love, which is happiness, which is peace. My function and my happiness are one. I experience my function as I open to holy instants, as I open to what is eternally real and true. That is my joy now, letting the Holy Spirit show me the difference between the real and the unreal, letting the Holy Spirit show me that the unreal stories could never bring me happiness. It is only as I open to the Holy Spirit that I am led to true and lasting eternal happiness, my true Identity as Love and nothing else.
There is great joy in knowing my happiness and my function are one. My experience of happiness is my experience of God, of Love. This occurs for me in both the physical and nonphysical realities I perceive. In other words, I can extend happiness and Love through my thoughts. I can also experience complete happiness in the beauty of a setting sun or the kind words I exchange with my neighbor. In both “realities” are the extension of Love. This is my function. This is my happiness. Great peace, great joy are my experience as I lay down any thought of separation and join in any form with the one Mind of Love in All.
God is fun. God is truly desirable, exciting. To think otherwise is to deceive myself. My relationship with God can only engender that which ignites the vitality within me. I no longer blame the unhappiness I pretend to have on God. If in any moment I find dullness, oppression, boredom, stress, disappointment about myself, I accept that it is because I think that about God.
God loves me so much. I know because God touches me with a joy that I understand. As I experience the kind of joy that I understand, I open up to more joy. I relate to higher levels of joy in this process. Never again will I convince myself that waking up with the Holy Spirit is about Self denial. My Self already is and the Holy Spirit speaks to me through that Self and invites me Home on a road of celebration and healing that does not understand sacrifice.
That is how I can devote my life to healing in the Holy Spirit. I have truly been touched by the Love of God, the compassion, the intimacy, the friendship. As I have let myself be touched so profoundly, I am inspired to love in a wondrous way that I once thought was unimaginable. I am grateful for the freedom and the power God has given me to share with Him.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
My human eyes are enthralled, O Lord, with the changeful panorama of life….
Open in me the divine eye that beholds in all beauty only Thy sovereign beauty.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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