From the BlogMeet Ron


“We feel that elimination of our drinking is but a beginning. 
A much more important demonstration of our principles lies 
before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
There Is A Solution, pg. 19
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
You don’t understand that you have undeveloped abilities.”
 A Treasury of Trueness, # 702
12 May 2017
A.A. experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them. If . . . Step Four . . .has revealed in stark relief those experiences we’d rather not remember . . . then the need to quit living by ourselves with those tormenting ghosts of yesterday gets more urgent than ever. We have to talk to somebody about them.
Whatever is done is over. It cannot be changed. But my attitude about it can be changed through talking with those who have gone before and with sponsors. I can wish the past never was, but if I change my actions in regard to what I have done, my attitude will change. I won’t have to wish the past away. I can change my feelings and attitudes, but only through my actions and the help of my fellow alcoholics.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
I have an inner understanding of my place in the universe.
 I know that it is unique.
The Divine is not incarnated and anyone else,
is just the same individual way that it has in me.
The Science of Mind page 263
  I drank to separate myself from others. 
When it gets harder to love, let’s love harder.
One, one, one (by Rumi)
The lamps are different, But the Light is the same, So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp shop, Forget about them. Concentrate on Essence, concentrate on the Light. In lucid Bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire, The Light streams toward you from all things, All people, all possible permutations of good, evil, thought, passion, The lamps are different, But the Light is the same. One matter, One Energy, One Light, One Light-mind, Endlessly emanating all things. One turning and burning Diamond, One, One, One. Ground yourself, strip yourself down, To blind loving silence. Stay there, until you see You are gazing at the Light With its own Ageless eyes.
 – Rumi Love from Lola

various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 130 Insights
“It is impossible to see two worlds.”
To the ego It is frightening to be told that there is nothing of value in this world. When we identify with the ego thought system this brings up feelings of despair, depression, anguish and loss of all hope. The ego responds with the idea, “If there is nothing of value in this world, why go on living?” It may even offer a typically insane solution by suggesting to just end it all by killing the body.
Since it is impossible to see two worlds, the ego’s reaction to the idea that this world has no value is inevitable. The ego cannot see the real world, where all true value lies. Having made only the valueless, the ego’s only hope is to give value to empty forms so that they might seem real. The ego defends these empty forms because they are the basis of its existence. They all represent the core idea that separation and differences are real. Without this, the ego ceases to exist.
Thankfully, we are not left with simply being told there is no value in this world. We are offered the means by which to see the world in which real value and all meaning lie. We are also told that God offers us His strength to help us see this world. We not only don’t have to do it alone, but we are not alone. What is offered us here is a gift so magnificent that when we recognize it fully, we will drop all ego values with utter relief and without hesitation.
It is the process of exchanging the empty values we have given this world for the value of the real world that gives meaning now to our daily life. Each time we are able to see a glimmer of Light in a brother we called enemy, we move a step closer to experiencing the profound joy of remembering our Self, which has never forgotten the real world. This is the way out of the dream of death. This is how we return to the awareness of our eternal Life in God. This is how we find the perfect happiness that brings the end of all despair, dismay and depression.
Every day is now a gift, an opportunity to remove one more barrier to the awareness of Love’s presence, an opportunity to extend Love and therefore experience Love’s Reality. Depression is replaced by joy, conflict is replaced by peace and fear is replaced by love. This is the benefit of asking for God’s strength to help us see the real world and release us from the world we truly do not want. It offers us the real world which lies at the gate of Heaven. Our only function now is to let go of all those false ideas, not in fear nor despair nor hopelessness, but in joy and safety and trust that here we find Home, knowing that we prepare ourselves for God’s gentle Hand to lift us back to Heaven.
Jesus reminds us in this lesson that this world was made by fear. It is a world of separation, which is insane. Sanity comes with return to the awareness of oneness. Sanity comes with being willing to open to the strength of God, which helps us let go of seeing any value in this world of separation.
Opening to God’s strength is the only way out of this fearful world we made. Trusting in the strength of God instead of trusting in the answers this world provides gives us the eternal answer. Putting our belief in separate bodies just prolongs the insanity. Opening to God’s strength helps us see the eternal Love and Light that lie beyond the mask of the body.
Frequently today my job is to open to God’s strength. It is only through the strength of God that I am able to see past the fearful images belief in separation evokes. Jesus tells me God will be there. God’s strength and peace are mine. My job is to have an accepting, open mind to make room for the truth. This is my job today.
My ego certainly doesn’t want this. As the realization of what this lesson learned would mean to me dawned on my mind, my ego started shrieking objections. The loudest was that I could never in this lifetime do this. There is no hope of accomplishing perception entirely based on love; I should just give up.
It is good news that I do not accept what my ego is saying. I am not totally unaffected by the fear and doubt it raises, but I am unwilling to accept defeat. I will practice the lesson all day. I will keep doing the lessons every day. No matter what the appearances, I will not quit. I feel relief that I am not unsupported in my efforts, that there is a Higher Power guiding me. I really believe that Spirit will prevail and that belief brings me hope and comfort.
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Whenever you do anything, ask yourself whether it is 
merely because of what other people may think about you,
 or whether you are following discriminating wisdom. 
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!
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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