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MAY 17, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 17, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
AN INSIDE LOOK 
We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us.  We wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and ourselves.  By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p.  43 
 
Today I am no longer a slave to alcohol, yet in so many ways enslavement still threatens-my self, my desires, even my dreams.  Yet without dreams I cannot exist; without dreams there is nothing to keep me moving forward.
 
I must look inside myself, to free myself I must call upon God’s power to face the person I’ve feared the most, the true me, the person God created me to be.  Unless I can or until I do, I will always be running, and never be truly free.  I ask God daily to show me such a freedom!
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
Anger–Personal and Group Enemy
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
 
“Only when fully convinced we have been living the wrong way are
we ready to learn the right way.”
Cosmic Command, # 13
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
17 May 2017
. . . AND FORGIVE
Under very trying conditions I have had, again and again, to forgive others – also myself.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 268
Forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others are just two currents in the same river, both hindered or shut off completely by the dam of resentment. Once that dam is lifted, both currents can flow. The Steps of A.A. allow me to see how resentment has built up and subsequently blocked off this flow in my life. The Steps provide a way by which my resentments may – by the grace of God as I understand Him – be lifted. It is as a result of this solution that I can find the necessary grace which enables me to forgive myself and others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc
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If there is a law that is creative,
 we cannot say that one thought will create while another will not.
 The science of mind page 94
 
 I was abused sexually when I was young and
the alcohol took away the pain.
anonymous
 
All this hurrying soon will be over. 
Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.
RAINER MARIA RILKE

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbour as ourselves:
we do unto others as we do unto ourselves.
We hate others when we hate ourselves.
We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves.
We forgive others when we forgive ourselves.
We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.
Eric Hoffer

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, 
but at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon.
IKKYU – ZEN-MONK POET, 1394-1481
 
 
 
When love is not accepted move on;
when love is not appreciated walk away;
hopefully time will teach what real, true love is.
~ Rumi…
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 135 Insights
“If I defend myself I am attacked.”
Serving the Holy Spirit’s plan of awakening to the truth is the only plan that has any lasting value. It is the only plan that brings true happiness. I can serve Holy Spirit’s plan only when I still my mind enough to listen and be open to Holy Spirit’s direction. This is the key to my salvation. If I am to remember one thing, it is this. If I bring the past to the present and think I already know, I will not be open to Holy Spirit’s direction in the moment. So stepping back and listening for the direction of the Holy Spirit is my highest priority. It is the only thing that will really work. This is my practice today and every day.
 
The ego thought system is there to defend against God. The whole world comes from this thought system and therefore the whole world is a defense against God’s oneness. We are one Identity as part of God. Separate identities could never be true. Separate interests could never be true. Returning to Love as our one Identity is the answer. This means letting go of the defense against God. This means letting go of the ego thought system.
 
In order to let go of the ego thought system, I must step back and be willing to receive a better way. I must be willing to receive the Holy Spirit’s plan for awakening to the truth. I must remember that on my own I do not know what anything means. Deciding on my own is a defense against the truth, and when I am deciding on my own, I am attacking myself. Letting go and letting God is the only answer that will work.
 
Where do I place my trust? Am I placing my trust in the ego’s defenses, or in the Holy Spirit’s plan for awakening to the truth? I make this choice every moment. Am I bringing the past to the present and deciding on my own? Or am I opening my mind and asking for the Holy Spirit’s direction in this moment? As I trust in the ego’s plans, I am defending against God. As I open to the Holy Spirit’s plan, my mind is transformed and I awaken to my true Identity, my one Self in God.
 
I make this choice every moment of the day whether I realize it or not. Today my practice is to step back and be open to Holy Spirit’s plan. From this one decision everything that I really want comes with gentleness and ease. This is my answer to every problem I may think I have.
 
 
The more I practice stepping back and letting Holy Spirit be my guide, the more peaceful and happy I am. Whenever I try to make plans on my own, to figure out what will bring me what I want or make me safe, I experience tension, stress and uncertainty. When I try to figure things out on my own, there is always an awareness in the back of my mind that no matter how much experience I think I might have, my planning can never take into account all possibilities or consider what is helpful to all concerned.
 
So planning on my own always carries a level of uncertainty. Peace and uncertainty cannot coexist. If I want to experience peace in my life, I must give up all planning on my own. I have had enough experiences when I allowed myself to receive Holy Spirit’s plan and followed it to know that His plans work. They save time. They are always helpful and kind. They always help me loosen my identification with the forms of the world. They always help me feel more safe and aware of the Love that surrounds me and is me. This is what I want.
 
Today I will practice again and again and again, stepping back and receiving Holy Spirit’s plan. I resign as CEO of my life and appoint Holy Spirit as my CEO. I would not lead, but only follow His plan.
 
 
The other day I received a bill in which I was clearly overcharged and I was immediately outraged at the amount and prepared myself to call these people and tell them that they had made a mistake and, boy, they better fix it or else, etc. And then I decided that if we couldn’t come to an agreement about the bill, the charges were going to go on my credit record and I’d have to pay for it anyway if I was going to buy the house I want. And furthermore I thought about how we get screwed in life, and on and on. And what happens when I call people like this to discuss a discrepancy, they are prepared for people like me and are ready to defend themselves.
 
I can almost hear the ego sitting back and laughing at both of us because we’re doing exactly what it wants us to do. There are days when the only thing missing in my life are the boxing gloves. I go around angry and ready to attack anyone who even looks at me wrong.
 
Even though many times I don’t understand these lessons because the illusions seem so real to me and I feel totally justified in my need for defense, the lessons have taught me to stop, or at least slow down, and question my thoughts, which the lesson says are in need of healing.
 
It says a healed mind does not plan, which, to me, means staying in the moment, as it is so true that reliving the past determines our future. There’s been so many times when I’ve been in a situation and I think to myself “I just know what’s going to happen.” I never realized I had the power to make it happen.
 
Most Holy Spirit, help me today to step back and allow you to lead the way for me; help me to know I don’t need to defend myself because I am not being attacked. Amen.
 
 
This was a lesson I had to read over many times, meditate on, and ask the Holy Spirit for help on to understand.
 
My life has been such that to be attacked and not to defend myself would mean that I would die. I grew up in racially divided tough ethnic Detroit, was a soldier in Vietnam, and a fireman for years. I currently work in Corrections, where to not defend oneself could also mean death. With the help of the Holy Spirit I realize though that the lesson speaks to the part of me that must lift itself out of the great illusion that preoccupies God’s Son with the “kill or be killed” mentality that rules the world.
 
If only we would stop defending ourselves long enough to enjoy a moment of peace then the real Self would come shining through and we would recognize that defense is no longer needed.
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As the thread is hidden behind the beads of a necklace, and as the dreamers consciousness is secretive behind the garlands of dream images, so the divine coordinator remains unseen behind the dream lei of a creation. It is God’s consciousness alone that sustains all the dream appearance of creation.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
How long, how long, in infinite Pursuit
Of This and That endeavour and dispute?
Better be merry with the fruitful Grape
Than sadden after none, or bitter, Fruit.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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