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MAY 16, 2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

 
DAILIES
 
 Eye Opener (1950)
It is most discouraging to many of us to find, after many weary months of trying to work on our moral inventory and studied efforts to eliminate some of our worst character defects, that the more we do the more we find to do. It is not that we are not making progress, but as we steady ourselves from a coldly analytical viewpoint, we find more defects than we ever realized we possessed.
 
Do not become discouraged when this situation exists. It is very evident proof of progress that you have come to a conscious realization that these new defects exist and you are at least bringing them out in the open where you can get a crack at them.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE   
 
“Thoughts come to you; you do not create thoughts. Now give some
profound thought for yourself right now on the significance of
that starting sentence. ‘Thoughts, what I think about all day
long with thousands of variations, thoughts come to me. I am
not the creator of my own thoughts.’
 
Now, you’re going to have to want to take a long leap inside
yourself to see the startling and helpful significance of
 understanding what you’ve heard so far. 
‘Ah, I am not a creator of what I think about. 
I thought I did. I thought that I was the man,
 the woman, who manufactured thoughts which then translate, 
of course, into action for good and bad.
 I thought that I was sort of a self-reliant,
 self-dependent factory which could think anything I want to think.
 And if I want to get something,
I can think thoughts that will tell me how to get what I want
and then I’ll be happy. But it didn’t make me happy.’ You might
add that to yourself.”
from a talk given 6/3/1990
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Twenty Four Hours A Day MAY 16,2016
Thought for the Day
In the story of the Good Samaritan, the wayfarer fell among robbers and was left lying in the gutter, half dead. And a priest and a Levite both passed by on the other side of the road. But the Good Samaritan was moved with compassion and came to him and bound up his wounds and brought him to an inn and took care of him. Do I treat another alcoholic like the priest and the Levite or like the Good Samaritan? 
Meditation for the Day
Never weary in prayer. When one day you see how unexpectedly your prayer has been answered, then you will deeply regret that you have prayed so little. Prayer changes things for you. Practice praying until your trust in God has become strong. And then pray on, because it has become so much a habit that you need it daily. Keep praying until prayer seems to become communion with God. That is the note on which true times of prayer should end. 
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may form the habit of daily prayer. I pray that I may find the strength I need, as a result of this communion.
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 Spirit makes things out of Itself through some inner act upon Itself. 
This inner act must, of course, be an act of consciousness, 
of self-perception, of self-knowingness, this, What God knows is.
 The science of Mind page 64
 
 
Maintaining my spiritual condition is like working out every day, planning for the marathon, swimming laps, jogging.  It’s staying in good shape spiritually, and that requires prayer and meditation.  The single most important way for me to improve my conscious contact with a Higher Power is to pray and meditate.  I am as powerless over alcohol as I am to turn back the waves of the sea; no human force had the power to overcome my alcoholism.  Now I am able to breathe the air of joy, happiness and wisdom.  I have the power to love and react to events around me with the eyes of a faith in things that are not readily apparent.  My daily reprieve means that, no matter how difficult or painful things appear today, I can draw on the power of the program to stay liberated from my cunning, baffling and powerful illness.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
 
 
Don’t be sad. 
For God sends in hope in the darkest moments. 
The heaviest rain comes from the darkest clouds. 
Rumi
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 136 Insights
“Sickness is a defense against the truth.”
Today’s lesson makes it clear the extreme length we are willing to go to deceive ourselves into believing that we are a body in a world of separation where pain and loss and death are real. All this comes from valuing specialness over oneness and God’s gift of all of His Love given to all.
 
Maintaining a separate identity is the means by which we keep our specialness and the body is the chief mechanism for making individuality (specialness) real. Because the body is so central to maintaining the sense of the reality of individuality, defending this image and our identification with it is top priority. The ego does not hesitate to use sickness as a means of reinforcing this identification. When the body is in pain, it seems to command our full attention. It’s difficult to feel peaceful when the pain seems to have all of our attention. This lesson points out that this is a choice, but we deceive ourselves into forgetting that we made the choice so that it seems to happen to us.
 
It surely doesn’t seem that we make the choice to get the flu. But this lesson goes to a much deeper level than the surface symptoms. They are just the effect of the decision to value separation (specialness) over the Love of God. Sickness is just a means of defending our specialness. We made our specialness and will defend it “at all cost.” Pretty extreme!
 
Here Jesus is showing the game for what it really is. We now have the opportunity to end the self deception. We will end it the instant we cease to value specialness more than the Love of God. This single change in values will completely reverse our perception of reality. As we value God’s Love over specialness, a body no longer is the means to make separation real. It becomes a useful instrument which serves as a means to extend Love to all our brothers, no longer used for attack and defense, the body is healthy, because it serves a healthy mind that values Love and offers It to all.
 
Holy Spirit, guide my thoughts today, that I might see beyond form to the Light of Love that is everywhere. Help me to recognize false values and let them go so that I can make room for the one magnificent gift that outshines all others — the Love of God.
 
 
To me this is one of the most helpful lessons of the Course. Here Jesus describes what I call “the quick forgetting.” In paragraphs 3-5 he explains just how we make the choice to maintain the illusion of separate bodies and then forget that we made this decision so that it looks like something happens to us and that we had nothing to do with it.
 
In paragraph 6 he gets to the core of why we made the decision to create the illusion of separate bodies. “When parts are wrested from the whole and seen as separate and wholes within themselves, they become symbols standing for attack upon the whole; successful in effect, and never to be seen as whole again.” (6:3)
 
During the 15 minute meditation when I asked to receive the truth, I received the following: There is nothing that your holiness cannot do. You can open to your Self and be led, minute by minute to remember What is real. You can reflect Heaven here. It takes a commitment to be consistent in your practice of being open to the truth.
 
In truth, there is no world of separate bodies. It could never be so in God, and you are part of God. You are eternal Spirit. You are still as God created you. You have not changed. Not one part of the Sonship has changed. All your brothers and sisters are the Light of God and nothing else.
 
What you believe in order to have the effect of seeing bodies is not the truth. Practice today seeing past bodies. Practice today being aware of the Light of God that is the truth about everyone. Practice remembering that you have never changed in Reality. You are limitless Love and nothing else. Practice letting your mind be open to the truth as often as you are willing. Let Love lead you Home to where you never left. You have all the help you need. You just need to be receptive to that help.
 
If ever you feel weak or limited in any way, return to remembering that God is your Source. You have not left God and God has not left you. You are one. All is one in God. This is the truth. Dwell on this thought. Let it take you to the stillness and peace of God. Let yourself feel God’s peace and God’s Love. Let yourself feel your oneness with all that Is. Let yourself be led in how to be truly helpful as you continue your process of awakening to the Truth. All is whole, perfect and complete, now. Let us hold this truth together and celebrate this one Reality.
 
 
When I did yesterday’s lesson I thought that we should do it for about a year before we went on. Today’s lesson is the same. How can I give up sickness by practicing this lesson in my spare moments just this one day?
 
As I read the lesson and got to the part that said that the body should not feel at all, not pain or pleasure, I felt a surge of resistance. I guess I could give up pain, but pleasure? I have learned not to try to reason with my ego. I just gave my resistance to Holy Spirit and asked for another way to see this. I await enlightenment.
 
 
I discovered ACIM last fall and immediately started the lessons. I had been a spiritual searcher for many years and had a strong sense that there was something I needed to teach, something I could give to others. I was 10 pages into ACIM and I knew I had finally found it. I have been gobbling up everything I could since then and feeling like I am making tremendous spiritual progress.
 
Then I had the most unhealthy worst winter of my life. I live in the North woods of Michigan and winters can be pretty rough and this one was. Every ache or ailment I ever had resurfaced and agitated me. I read this lesson several times trying to understand. I think paragraph 7, lines 3 and 4 may explain what happened. I was making progress, I was glimpsing the truth and the ego counterattacked with extreme viciousness. I pray to the Holy Spirit for all those who struggle today to accept the truth of who they are.
 
 
This lesson would almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad. The ego has various ways of distracting our attention from our true selves, sickness being one of them. And the sad thing is that this is a decision we make, a choice, a plan.
 
At one time I was losing a lot of hair from the top of my head and my hairdresser told me that what was causing me to lose my hair was worrying about losing my hair. Deep inside I knew that was true but maybe it would help if I bought certain hair products or possibly hair implants or a number of other remedies for this problem, when in truth my “problem” is an illusion in the first place.
 
I also quit trying to understand my ego self a long time ago, but I’m grateful for knowing there is another way and I’m open and willing to learn it through the power of my Divine Guidance.
TO CONTINUE:
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Establish yourself in a temple of beauty and peace; there you will find God, on the altar of your soul. 
Paramahansa Yogananda

Don’t be sad. 
For God sends in hope in the darkest moments. 
The heaviest rain comes from the darkest clouds. 
Rumi


Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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