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MAY 1, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 1, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
A  DAY’S  PLAN 
On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead.  We consider our plans for the day.  Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.  86 
 
Every day I ask God to kindle within me the fire of His love, so that love, burning bright and clear, will illuminate my thinking and permit me to better do His will.  Throughout the day, as I allow outside circumstances to dampen my spirits, I ask God to sear my consciousness with the awareness that I can start my day over any time I choose; a hundred times, if necessary.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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 Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
 
“LEARNING
‘Starting today, I wish to find the way out.’
 
‘Then learn how to learn.’
 
‘I already know that.’
 
‘No, you know how to read and speak and think in a familiar way.
Learning is quite another process.’
 
‘What is it?’
 
‘Studying with a preference for the new and unfamiliar over the
old and comfortable.'”
 There is a Way Out, p. 38
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
May 1,2017
HEALING HEART AND MIND
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 55
Since it is true that God comes to me through people, I can see that by keeping people at a distance I also keep God at a distance. God is nearer to me than I think and I can experience Him by loving people and allowing people to love me. But I can neither love nor be loved if I allow my secrets to get in the way.
It’s the side of myself that I refuse to look at that rules me. I must be willing to look at the dark side in order to heal my mind and heart because that is the road to freedom. I must walk into darkness to find the light and walk into fear to find peace.
By revealing my secrets – and thereby ridding myself of guilt – I can actually change my thinking; by altering my thinking, I can change myself. My thoughts create my future. What I will be tomorrow is determined by what I think today.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Faith is not hope, it is substance. 
Free spirit within me, unbound and perfect, 
teach me thy ways and make known to me
 the limitless completion. 
The Science of Mind
 
A mind is a dangerous place, don’t go there alone..
Ala-non member

I got away with a lot of things because of the way I looked.
Anonymous

 
 
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” 
― Mark Twain
 
When there’s a disappointment, I don’t know if it’s the end of the story.
It may just be the beginning of a great adventure.
PEMA CHODRON
 
If you find all your roads and paths blocked, 
He will show you a secret way that no one knows.
~ Rumi
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 120 Insights
Review: “I rest in God” and “I am as God created me.”
As the lesson reminds me, I need to let God tell me what I am instead of me telling God what I am. This reminder brings to mind the image of the rebellious teenager telling his parents he wants to do it his own way. “Don’t tell me what to do.” And I think of Frank Sinatra’s ode to the ego, “I did it my way.” The ego is the idea of independence from God. The last thing the ego wants is for God to tell me What I am. If I truly listened and accepted God’s definition of What I am, I would instantly drop any allegiance to the ego. Who would align himself to nothing when he is offered everything?
 
The whole Course is teaching me to recognize that everything that I have valued in what the ego offers is really nothing. No form of specialness has any substance. It is an empty substitute for the eternal, limitless Love of God. It takes great effort to try to manufacture illusions that seem to have value, that seem to give me something I want. It’s exhausting because none of it ever really works.
 
It’s like a car spinning its tires in a mud hole. It expends great energy and goes nowhere. That’s all the ego ever has to offer. The only reason I keep spinning my wheels is because I have a mistaken idea that somewhere in the mud I will find something of value. Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit gently tells me there is nothing there. There comes a point at which I am willing to say, “There must be a better way. I am willing to receive it.”
 
At first it seems I just sit there in the mud. I have to stop spinning my wheels long enough to get quiet and let the Voice for God give me a new vision of What I am. Having taken the time to rest and be quiet with an open mind, I am told to open the car door. And I step out on to the solid ground of God’s eternal Love. It was there all along, ready to support me in the eternal truth of my unity with God. I have been so enamored with the mud hole of independence that I could not see the solid support, the infinite strength of God that surrounds me. It is always there, ready for me to accept. Today I will practice quieting my mind and letting God teach me What I am.
 
 
Today’s review lessons talk about the part of me that is real. The part of me that is real rests in God. The part of me that is real is still as God created me. The part of me that is not real is represented by all the sick illusions I have made of myself.
 
Today Jesus asks me to focus on the part of me that is real. Jesus asks me to remember the truth of where I am and What I am. In truth I rest in God. Where I am is in God and nowhere else. I am still Love as God created me.
 
Today I practice letting my Father tell me What I really am. Today I practice not making decisions on my own. Today I practice stepping back and letting the Holy Spirit give me the meaning of everything I see. Today I practice remembering the truth.
 
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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If you need respite from inharmonies…. 
Go to some peaceful place and stay alone for a while, 
listening to the soft sounds of nature and of God within. 
All the happiness you seek lies within you,
the image of God within you. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
“Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend;
Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie
Without Wine without Song, without Singer, and – without End!
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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