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MAY 5,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 5,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
 
Meetings
A “spiritual experience” to me meant attending meetings, seeing a group of people, all there for the purpose of helping each other; hearing the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions read at a meeting, and hearing the Lord’s Prayer, which in an A.A. meeting has such great meaning – “Thy will be done, not mine.” A spiritual awakening soon came to mean trying each day to be a little more thoughtful, more considerate, a little more courteous to those with whom I came in contact.
c. 1976, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 381
c. 2001, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 356
The ankle-biters of everyday struggles will eat away at me unless I go to meetings and call my sponsor.
C A R E=Comforting And Reassuring Each other
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VERNON HOWARD
Remember above all that mental stability comes
by examining the contents of the mind,
not by avoidance.
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it” 
― Ernest Holmes
 
 
It had always fascinated me when people would tell me
that I am one with God and if I got sober I would come
to that realization.
Anonymous
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Bertrand Russell
This is a poem that has led many people to strongly believe that Mawlânâ had gone “beyond Islam” to become a kind of universal mystic who was tolerant of all religions. The poem seems to be saying that Mawlânâ Rûmî no longer viewed himself as a Muslim. Popular versions based on Nicholson’s translation were later published that seemed to suggest that Mawlânâ denied being a Muslim, such as: “I am not a Christian, I am not a Jew, I am not a Zoroastrian, and I am not even a Muslim.”5 And: “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion or cultural system.”6
  Another non-authentic poem, a quatrain that was written by a different Persian sufi poet several centuries before his time, also became well-known in America after being translated into English from a Turkish translation: “Come, come, whoever you are, wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving, it doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times, come–come yet again, come!”7 This was interpreted by Westerners to mean that it made no difference to Mawlânâ whether people who came to him belonged to other religions.
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 124 Insights
“Let me remember I am one with God.”
   As I did today’s exercise, it was interesting to observe the ways my resistance played out. As I focused on the idea that I am one with God, I began to experience a hint, like being on the fringes of what it would feel like being one with God. It felt very calm, free from doubt and above all, loving. It was like being in love, without limiting that love to one special person. It was very safe. I would experience that hint of that feeling and then I would realize that my thoughts had wandered off to something in my physical world experience.
 
It was amazing the trivial things that would get my attention and I would follow the thought rather than stay with that calm, peaceful, certain, strong and loving feeling that I was experiencing with remembering I am one with God. Things like thinking about a movie or television show I had seen or thinking of something I needed to do or was planning for some time in the future. By the time I realized where my thoughts were, I was well into the identification with this world once again.
 
So I would bring myself back and focus once more on remembering I am one with God. Again I would begin to sense a hint of what it would feel like to remember this and I would discover again that my mind had followed some meaningless thread of images associated with this world. I kept bringing myself back, repeating the cycle several times. I see that the ego is quickly bored by peace and unity and freedom from conflict. I see that my habitual pattern is to be preoccupied with this world and all its images.
 
This is not something to feel guilty about but it is certainly clear that much practice is needed in another way of being and thinking. When I think of the dedication to practice that a professional musician or athlete has and think about what my life would be like if I maintained that level of dedication throughout my day to remembering I am one with God, my life experience would change profoundly. I am grateful for the exercises in the Workbook that provide the means for me to move in this direction.
 
My dedication to applying the principles from the Course in my life is stronger than ever, yet there is plenty of room for more. So I will keep practicing. I have tasted the certainty, the peace, the happiness and Love that is waiting for my acceptance. I am willing to keep practicing, to open my mind further toward full acceptance of God’s gifts. In gratitude I will remember I am one with God, along with all my brothers.
 
This lesson guides me to open my mind to Love’s Presence. This lesson guides me to practice letting my true Identity, Love’s Presence, come to the forefront of my mind. This allows me to feel the peace of God. It allows me to be aware of what is truly meaningful, of what is real behind the false masks of this world. When I am willing to look with the Holy Spirit, God is always there in every person, in every situation waiting to be recognized.
 
I am seeing how important this lesson is in my practice of remembering the truth. When I really think about it, what could be more important than this? God is always in my mind, because I am one with God. God’s Voice is always there to guide me as I am willing to open to Its loving Presence. As I gradually let the Holy Spirit take over writing the script of my life, I notice that things get easier, smoother, more relaxed. My life becomes more simplified and I find myself less inclined to get involved with meaningless pursuits that take time away from opening to God and listening to His Voice.
 
As the Holy Spirit is allowed to take over more and more, distractions from what is truly important take less and less of my time. I want more and more to be aware of God’s peace and extend God’s peace in this world. It becomes a higher priority to let the Holy Spirit make all my decisions. A feeling of gentleness and well being gradually takes over and becomes more consistent in my state of mind. I am more and more willing to be quiet and listen for the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. The ego’s thoughts seem less and less attractive, it’s detours seen more clearly for what they are.
 
I see that today’s lesson is at the core of all awakening to reality. The whole Sonship is one with God. The world of separation is meaningless. Do I want Love or another lesson in love? Do I want peace or conflict? Each day I am making my choices with every thought I continue to hold in my mind. Today’s lesson is a practice of opening me further and further into the recognition that I am one with God. God is always in my mind, waiting for my return. Giving time to God is the most important thing I could do. What a happy thing to practice — remembering I am one with God all through the day. How fortunate we all are to have this wonderful help on our journey of return to the truth.
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When a person does wrong, he easily excuses himself; but when anyone else does wrong, his immediate reaction is to judge and condemn the wrongdoer. Instead, be frank with yourself; put yourself in that person’s place and see how you love to forgive yourself. Why shouldn’t you as readily be able to forgive others? People make mistakes not because they are essentially evil, but because they do not discriminate; they rather move by the impulses of their ignorance…. Remember, love changes people.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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