From the BlogMeet Ron


Step Three opens the door to the rest of the program. When I ask God for guidance I know that whatever happens is the best possible situation, things are exactly as they are supposed to be, even if they aren’t what I want or expect. God does do for me what I cannot do for myself, if I let Him.
Copyright 1990 
“How many like mystery stories? Why do we like mystery stories?
Because life itself is a mystery. And before I go on I want to
make a declaration of truth. I want to state something that is
so solid a fact nothing can ever shake it, which is this: The
mystery of your present life can be solved. It can be solved
because the solver exists.
  Which means that you must come close to where the solver is –
and put some distance between you and your false love for the
excitement of a mystery. See, when we read a detective story we
put ourself in the place of the sleuth, do we not? And as he
finds the clues, the letter, the key, whatever, as he finds the
clues it eventually leads him to the capture of the conscienceless
criminal. This is a parallel to our lives.
 In mystery stories the detective finally tracks down and captures
the criminal. We want that to happen – or, do we love pretending
that we’re a detective who wants to solve the crime?”
from a talk given 2/23/1992
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).
“Electricity was a reality in the universe when
Moses led the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.
This is true of all natural laws; they have always
existed but only when understood may they be used.” 

Ernest Holmes
 “It is impossible to be recovering
from alcoholism without being honest.
The true basis of sobriety is honesty.
“You’ve got to do your own growing,
no matter how tall your grandfather was.” 
–Irish Proverb

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”

ACIM Workbook Lesson 132 Insights
“I loose the world from all I thought it was.”
This lesson has taken on a deeper meaning for me than ever before. I have understood that a central idea of this course is that there is no world. But now the connection is much stronger in my mind that for me to know my Self, I need to accept that there is no world. I cannot continue to believe anything in this world is real and know my Self. To know my Self as God created me, I cannot believe the world is real. That is why it is essential that I loose the world from all I thought it was. I need to step back and recognize illusion as illusion.
The ego resists this with every trick imaginable, because when I fully accept that there is no world, I fully accept that there is no ego and I am not the ego. It is because of my identification with the ego thought system that it seems difficult to recognize the unreality of this world. No one is willing to give up what they believe is their identity. This world was made to make the ego identity seem real.
Thankfully, I am not the ego. I am still as God created me. It is this that gives me hope and strength. It is this fact that assures me that I will return Home to the hearth of my Creator, no matter how much I may wander in dreams. It is clear now that recognizing my Self and seeing this world as real are mutually exclusive. I can experience one or the other, but never both. The first is reality. The second, the world, is unreality, only a dream. Only my belief in the dream, in the idea of separation, makes it seem real. But I would loose the world from all I thought it was.
As I do this lesson, I look out of my window and see the beautiful, secluded lake in the middle of the forest. There are no other signs of “civilization” visible. I find it peaceful to look upon, yet I remind myself that this is not real. There is no world, though the trees and water appear real to my body’s senses. Throughout the day I practice reminding myself there is no world. What my body’s eyes show me is not real, nor is the body. I continue to go through my day, doing the things that I am directed to do.
As I remind myself there is no world, I find it brings me peace. I am less attached to specific outcomes. I am less prone to judge. The purpose given for my doing is more often for the purpose of healing my mind and sharing the healing and less to maintain an image of any kind. While I may feel like I may be a long way from fully accepting the unreality of this world, its nonexistence, I am aware that as I move in that direction, I walk with a lighter step, with more joy in my heart and more Love to offer the world. This is my goal and I will continue to practice.
This lesson reminds me of the power of my beliefs. This lesson asks me to look at the source of every thought that I hold in my mind. I am to ask myself, “What is the source of this thought? Does it come from the split mind or from my true Self?” As I learn to question every thought that I hold, I go through the process of letting go of belief in the world. Belief in the world comes from the ego mind. Its foundation lies in the belief in separation.
If I want to remember my true Self, I must loose the world from all I thought it was. I must go through the daily process of undoing or letting go of all the false ideas that come from the ego split mind. The strength of God is in me. The strength of God will help me let go of all these false imaginings. God is my Source. Vision is His gift. It is my willingness to open to Christ’s Vision that brings It into my awareness.
Right now what helps my willingness is to maintain my consistency in working with the Course day by day. The central thought the Course attempts to teach is “There is no world!” (6:2) As I continue being consistent and sticking to my daily study and practice, my willingness to open to the truth gradually expands more and more each day.
The ego thoughts many times tell me that there are more important things to do. But as I stick with reinforcing the thought system in the Course, I am more easily able to see through the ego’s false ideas and lay them down. Not because they are bad, but because they are meaningless.
As I continue to go to the Holy Spirit, with every fear, with every problem or concern, I am finding that the Holy Spirit is always there, eager to return my mind to the truth that I am still as God created me. I am safe because there is no world. The Love of God is all there is. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. All is still safe in the Mind of God. God’s peace and joy and Love are mine to receive and extend.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds
everything in Me never loses sight of Me,
nor do I ever lose sight of him. — The Bhagavad Gita VI:30 —
Paramahansa Yogananda
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