From the BlogMeet Ron


It is when we try to make our will conform with God’s that we begin to use it rightly. To all of us, this was a most wonderful revelation. Our whole trouble had been the misuse of willpower. We had tried to bombard our problems with it instead of attempting to bring it into agreement with God’s intention for us. To make this increasingly possible is the purpose of A.A.’s Twelve Steps, and Step Three opens the door. 
All I have to do is look back at my past to see where my self-will has led me. I just don’t know what’s best for me and I believe my Higher Power does. G.O.D., which I define as “Good Orderly Direction,” has never let me down, but I have let myself down quite often. Using my self-will in a situation usually has the same result as forcing the wrong piece into a jigsaw puzzle – exhaustion and frustration.
When thunder and lightning strike your mind, remind yourself
instantly, ‘I am apart from all that!’ Now, you translate thunder
and lightning into your personal experiences. Your worries and your
half-seen concerns over what’s going to happen to you. And remember
this fact. What is known in heaven, as a fact, can be known by you
as a human being here on earth. It’s a heavenly fact, and you can
learn how to bring it down to you. Yes, right at the office there,
right at the home.
   You can bring that fact down to you because it doesn’t depend on you
to build it to keep it going. It is up to you allow it to descend
inside your mind so that something that is stronger than the thunder
and lightning can take over your entire life. The next time, that
means during this talk if necessary, you feel a shaking and agitation
or an unnamable bother of any kind that you’re only dimly conscious of,
you will remind yourself of the heavenly fact that you are apart from
all that.
The thunder and the lightning is not you! Hostile forces want you to
believe in it. They tell you that’s you. Therefore, you’d better get
sick and stay sick. Don’t you believe it again. Now I know that the
fact is not yet a personal experience with you, and that’s not anything
for you to be concerned with.”
from a talk given 12/9/1990
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).
“We are all thinking, willing, knowing,conscious centers of Life.
We are surrounded by, immersed in, and there is flowing through
us a creative something… call it what you will.” 

Ernest Holmes
I have been looking for the truth all my life,
unfortunately I was so drunk or hungover that
I was able to see anything.I did have had some wonderful
spiritual experiences.
“I thank God for my handicaps, 
for through them,
I have found myself, 
my work and my God.”
 –Helen Keller.

“Why are you so enchanted by this world,
when a mine of gold lies within you?”

ACIM Workbook Lesson 131 Insights
“No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.”
Jesus is very encouraging in this lesson. He encourages me to seek to reach the truth. He encourages me not to give up. He tells me I cannot fail. He gives me a very helpful bridge, a process, that helps me take baby steps towards opening my mind to the truth. He helps me see the senselessness of the world I think is real. He reminds me where true value lies. He reminds me that I am still in Heaven where God created me and that I cannot really change that. He reminds me that I am only dreaming a dream of being separate from God, from Heaven and that this dream is not what I really want.
He encourages me to seek for Heaven, for the truth is that we all are still extensions of God and we have not changed that Reality. He encourages me to sink below the images I normally fill my mind with to the truth. He tells me I cannot fail and invites me to open the door to a world of Light where nothing has changed and I am one with all that is, which is Love or God. He helps me feel God’s strength. He helps me be aware of the safety and stability and Love, peace and joy which lie in my true Nature. He reminds me that this alone is true. He encourages me to rest in this truth often.
He knows that as I continue to do this and open to the truth more and more that it will be the only thing I want. It will be my only goal. He knows that as my awareness of Love’s eternal Presence grows, the images of the world of separation will be laid down willingly and gladly in favor of God’s world, the real world. Jesus knows that these steps are taken little by little. His goal is to help us all increase our willingness to seek and find the truth.
Today I move one step closer as I practice opening the door and allowing it to swing open with my one intent. Jesus knows that the rest will take care of itself as I continue this practice because no one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
This is the best time of my life. i no longer get involved in many of the things that I used to do that did not contribute to my awakening, but rather served as distractions and delays. Yet, at the beginning of this exercise, I was shown that there are plenty of details in my thinking that still serve to distract me from seeing the truth, the real world. I saw how my judgments keep my attention on meaningless images that make separation appear real. When I can step back from them, many of these judgments are laughable. I have ideas about how things should be done and disapprove when they are not done that way, whether by me or someone else.
When I look at these rules I have made up with the help of Spirit, I see their total meaninglessness. These judgments keep my attention on form to the exclusion of content. As I can remember to practice asking, “What is this for?” I often quickly see there is no value in the judgment. There is no real gain in doing it the way I think it should be done rather than the way it actually was done.
The more I can let these judgments go, the more I move past giving form importance. My mind opens to seeing the Light of Truth that is behind every form. My life becomes more peaceful and happy. The truth is what I really want.
Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the meaningless and pass it by. As I do this, the ever present truth will be revealed because I will cease to deny it. I am grateful for these exercises, which help me let go of the denial and receive the truth.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Paramahansa Yogananda
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