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MAY 19, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 19, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
SURRENDERING SELF-WILL
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p.  34 
No matter how much one wishes to try, exactly how can one turn his own will and his own life over to the care of whatever God he thinks there is?  In my search for the answer to this question, I became aware of the wisdom with which it was written: that this is a two-part Step. 
I could see many times where I should have died, or at least been injured, during my previous style of living, and it never happened.  Someone, or something, was looking after me.  I choose to believe my life has always been in God’s care.  He alone controls the number of days I will be granted until physical death. 
The matter of will (self-will or God’s will) is the more difficult part of the Step for me.  It is only when I have experienced enough emotional pain, through failed attempts to fix myself, that I become willing to surrender to God’s will for my life.  Surrender is like the calm after the storm.  When my will is in line with God’s will for me, there is peace within.
Copyright 1990 ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“Q: I used to feel I was right about so many things which turned out
all wrong. How was it possible to feel right and still be wrong?
A: Feeling right and being right can be two different things.
A person can feel quite sure he can be told new things, but that
is false rightness based on a mere image he has of himself as
being receptive. The truth comes out when you try to give him new
ideas, for then he gets nervous and defensive – which he never
notices. When having cosmic facts you feel right calmly and
permanently.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 481
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“When a man actually sees the dreadful price he pays for his
unconscious negativities, he stops them. No man _consciously_harms himself. If he does not stop, he does not see. We alwaysfeel bad whenever we do something against our true interests.
This can be a great clue for self-correction. Problems and
pains always accompany a self-harming thought or action.
There is something within, trying to awaken us. We can
cooperate by trying to open our eyes.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 9, p. 120
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
19 May 2017
GIVING WITHOUT STRINGS
And he well knows that his own life has been made richer, as an extra dividend of giving to another without any demand for a return.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 69
The concept of giving without strings was hard to understand when I first came into the program. I was suspicious when others wanted to help me. I thought, “What do they want in return?” But I soon learned the joy of helping another alcoholic and I understood why they were there for me in the beginning. My attitudes changed and I wanted to help others. Sometimes I became anxious, as I wanted them to know the joys of sobriety, that life can be beautiful. When my life is full of a loving God of my understanding and I give that love to my fellow alcoholic, I feel a special richness that is hard to explain.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Gratitude is one of the chief graces of human existence 
and is crowned in heaven with a consciousness of unity. 
The Science of Mind page 497 
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I was an absolute slave to alcohol. 
Anonymous 
 
We do not heal the past by dwelling there;
\we heal the past by living fully in the present.
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON


“We are all the pieces of what we remember. 
We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of 
those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, 
there is no true loss.” 
― Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire


If we are not together in the heart, whats the point?
~ Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 137 Insights
“When I am healed I am not healed alone.”
The lesson title contains within it the essence of what healing is. Healing is the recognition that I cannot be alone. It could be said that this one statement encapsulates the whole message of the Course. A recognition that I am not separate nor is anyone separate from me is the basis of forgiveness. It is the reason why sin is impossible. It is the reason why I remain as God created me. It is the reason why there is no cause for guilt and fear cannot be real. It is the reason why I remain safe within the Love of God.
 
This lesson is helping me look at the fact that I do not fully believe any of this. I experience the isolation that comes with sickness. I experience the sense of vulnerability and weakness that comes with believing that the body needs to be protected, because that is how I protect myself. There are still aspects in my mind that believe that if the body ceases to exist, so do I. This is the insane dream that must be undone.
 
Healing is not necessary in reality, for what is one is not broken. But a dream in which reality is broken into many separate parts must be undone for reality to dawn upon the mind that thought the dream was real. As I practice focusing on the idea that when I am healed I am not healed alone, it reminds me that I am indeed part of All That Is, not separate. This is my goal.
 
Holy Spirit, help me this day to see only the Love I share with all my brothers, to see the one Self that joins us all as one. I am willing to see the real world where all barriers to Love have been let go.
 
 
In this lesson Jesus reminds me that healing is the decision to return to the oneness of my real Self. The opposite of healing is to think that separation from God and my brothers is real. As I open my mind to the healing thoughts of the Holy Spirit, the illusions I have believed in are gently removed.
 
I am learning that healing is my only function as long as I think I am in a world where separation appears to be real. I am also learning that healing is shared. The sentence that stands out to me is, “For by its gentle hand is weakness overcome, and minds that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong.” (8:6)
 
It is wonderful to realize that, in reality, all minds are joined. The little walls that were erected through belief in separation are free to fall away as soon as we are willing. As we do this, we learn we really are connected. We really are one Self, united with our Creator. The only ‘life” that is real is the one Life of our true Self. “His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.” (9:3)
 
As I let myself be healed by the Holy Spirit, I see all those around me are healed along with me. It is wonderful to recognize that I am never healed alone. It is wonderful to offer blessing instead of attack. What a wonderful life to have this purpose instead of continuing to make separation real!
 
 
I was thinking about the process of healing being shared. When I allow my mind to experience healing, that healing is shared by the One Mind that I am. It is not that anything has changed reality because the One Mind of God’s Son has always been healed. I see it as a light that goes on in my mind allowing me to see what I really am. At the same time, it blinks on in all other minds.
 
Is everyone aware of the light? Obviously not. It is like the other day when I was looking for my keys. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find them. Because I knew they had to be there, I kept looking. Eventually I found them in a place I had already looked. They were right there in plain sight. How could I have overlooked them for so long? I don’t know, but it is clear that I can overlook the obvious. I can overlook what is right there waiting for me to see it.
 
There are many people who have already accepted healing and the light from their healing is right there in my mind waiting for me to decide that I want to see it. When I do, I will add my light to it. I can imagine at some point so many minds will add their light that the One Mind will be illuminated in a way that makes everyone else long to join with it. And perhaps that is what is happening now. Perhaps that is the draw I feel to join in healing.
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Harmony is the secret principle that controls life.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
Personal God
Einstein expressed his skepticism regarding the existence of an anthropomorphic God, such as the God of Abrahamic religions, often describing this view as “naïve”[3] and “childlike”.[12] In a 1947 letter he stated, “It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously.”[13] In a letter to Beatrice Frohlich on 17 December 1952, Einstein stated, “The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.”[14]
Prompted by his colleague L. E. J. Brouwer Einstein read the philosopher Eric Gutkind’s book Choose Life,[15] a discussion of the relationship between Jewish revelation and the modern world. On January 3, 1954 Einstein sent the following reply to Gutkind, “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends…. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”[16][17][18]
On 22 March 1954 Einstein received a letter from Joseph Dispentiere, an Italian immigrant who had worked as an experimental machinist in New Jersey. Dispentiere had declared himself an atheist and was disappointed by a news report which had cast Einstein as conventionally religious. Einstein replied on 24 March 1954:
It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.[19]
In his book Ideas and Opinions Einstein stated, “In their struggle for the ethical good, teachers of religion must have the stature to give up the doctrine of a personal God, that is, give up that source of fear and hope which in the past placed such vast power in the hands of priests.”[20] In December 1922 Einstein said the following on the idea of a saviour, “Denominational traditions I can only consider historically and psychologically; they have no other significance for me.[7]
Continue tomorrow
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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