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MAY 20, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 20, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Agnostics From “We Agnostics”:
“Some of us have been violently anti-religious. To others, the word ‘God’ brought up a particular idea of Him with which someone had tried to impress them during childhood. With that rejection we imagined we had abandoned the God idea entirely. We were bothered with the thought that faith and dependence upon a Power beyond ourselves was somewhat weak, even cowardly. We look upon this world of warring individuals, warring theological systems, and inexplicable calamity, with deep skepticism.  How could a Supreme Being have anything to do with it all? And who could comprehend a Supreme Being anyhow? Yet, in other moments, we found ourselves thinking, when enchanted by a starlit night, ‘Who, then, made all this?’ There was a feeling of awe and wonder, but it was fleeting and soon lost.
 
“Yes, we of agnostic temperament have had these thoughts and experiences.  We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.”
2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition
Alcoholics Anonymous, pgs. 45-46.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R
 
“The conscious man cannot be controlled by others.”
Esoteric Mind Power, p. 49
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
20 May 2017
ONE DAY AT A TIME
Above all, take it one day at a time.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 11
Why do I kid myself that I must stay away from a drink for only one day, when I know perfectly well I must never drink again as long as I live? I am not kidding myself because one day at a time is probably the only way I can reach the long-range objective of staying sober.
If I determine that I shall never drink again as long as I live, I set myself up. How can I be sure I won’t drink when I have no idea what the future may hold?
On a day-at-a-time basis, I am confident I can stay away from a drink for one day. So I set out with confidence. At the end of the day, I have the reward of achievement. Achievement feels good and that makes me want more!
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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COME, AND LET ME HEAL YOU
 
Come to me and I will heal you. The inner power of Life within me is God, and it can heal anything. I will to heal and help all who come to me. I know that the realization of Life and Love within me heals all who come into Its presence. I love the thought that I silently bless all who enter my atmosphere. It is not I, but The Father Who dwelleth in me; He doeth the works. I heal all who come near me.
Affirmations from Science of Mind
 
 
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; 
remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” 
― Epicurus
 
 
Death comment from Abraham
We’re not wanting to be insensitive to what so many of you are feeling, but we are very much wanting you to put this death thing in the proper perspective: You are all going to die! Except there is no death. You’re all going to make your transition into Non-Physical. It is time to stop making your transition into Non-Physical sound like a subject that is uncomfortable and begin acknowledging that it is something that happens to everyone. This death thing is so misunderstood that you use it to torture yourself never-endingly and just absolutely unnecessarily. There are those who feel such fulfillment of life and such Connection to Source Energy, who understand that there is no separation between what is physical and Non-Physical; who understand that there is not even a lapse in consciousness, that “death” is a matter of closing one’s eyes in this dimension and literally opening one’s eyes in the other dimension. And that, truly, is how all death is, no matter how it looks, up to that point.. The re-emergence into Source Energy is always a delightful thing.
—Abraham
Excerpted from: Buffalo, NY on September 25, 2001
 
 I don’t think these are extravagant promises, 
I think not, I know I saw them working in other 
people’s life and they begin to work in mine. 
Anonymous 
 

Don’t be satisfied with stories, 
how things have gone with others. 
Unfold your own myth.
~ Rumi 


A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 138 Insights
“Heaven is the decision I must make.”
Choosing Heaven means letting the truth return to my awareness. It means letting our eternal oneness in God come back to my awareness. If I am focusing on separation, on differences, on bodies, I am choosing to focus on hell. I am choosing to focus on nothing. I am not choosing Heaven. If I want to be happy, Heaven is the decision I must make.
 
At first it takes determined effort because my habit has been to make separation real. But as I continue to let my awareness of Heaven, of our oneness in God, come in more and more, that old habit of focusing on separation falls away more and more. It is really up to me how fast I return my awareness to the truth. At any moment I am either choosing Heaven or hell. There is no in between.
 
Remembering hourly that Heaven is the decision I must make jars my mind loose from old habits of making separation real. Behind every body, behind every personality, is the Light of God. In every situation, I am either focusing on the Light of God in the person or on perceiving that the person is separate from me.
 
Today’s lesson helps me make the choice for happiness, the choice for Heaven. At this stage it takes consistent repeated practice. It takes bringing my mind around again and again and again to the truth.
 
It’s just like playing the piano. It starts with practicing the scales and gradually leads towards effortless musical expression. Today I choose to practice opening to the “music” of Heaven’s oneness, Heaven’s Love, Heaven’s peace. Heaven is really all I want. Remembering our one true Identity is all I really want. Reflecting Heaven here is all I want. This treasure, my true inheritance, is received as I am willing to practice hour by hour, day by day, opening to the truth of Heaven. Heaven is really the only choice there is to make. Today I practice choosing Heaven.
 
 
The only reason I must choose Heaven now is because I have chosen against Heaven. The body and the world I see through the body’s eyes were made to make it appear that the choice against Heaven had real affect, that there really is something other than Heaven. The ego could be described as the choice to deny Heaven.
 
Because the ego’s “existence” depends on the perception of a real alternative to Heaven, the ego has developed many defenses and mechanisms to help make hell, this world, maintain its semblance of reality. One of its most effective mechanisms is the unconscious mind. By keeping decisions unconscious, we hide from ourselves the fact that our whole world experience, everything we see and feel, is by our own choice.
 
No one in their right mind consciously chooses pain, isolation, fear and guilt. By making those decisions unconscious, the world of separation is held in place and seems to be entirely out of our control. We appear to be subject to its whims. Pollen floats through the air and irritates our sinuses. We step in a hole and twist our ankle. In countless ways all through the day, all through our lives, seemingly external events and circumstances toss us one way and then another. It seems we can only do our best to ride the waves and stay upright with hopes of getting through the storm for a bit of rest and quiet time while preparing to defend against the next storm, which will surely come.
 
All this is the effect of making our decision unconscious. It was a simple decision that led to what seems to be an all encompassing dream of hell. It was the decision to reject God’s gift of all His Love, wanting more than everything.
 
Today’s lesson tells us that we must learn to recognize our unconscious decisions, all of which stem from that one core decision. We cannot choose for Heaven when we are confused about what Heaven is. That confusion comes from the unconscious beliefs about what we want to be real. If we want specialness more than we want God’s Love, then we deny ourselves Heaven.
 
I am grateful for the Course, which is gently and consistently helping me to bring to conscious awareness my decisions against Heaven. I am especially grateful that the lesson tells me that these are simply foolish, trivial choices. They are not cause for regret or guilt. They need only be laid aside. Recognized for what they are, they no longer attract me and the inevitable attraction of Heaven, my Home, will draw me back to Where I belong.
 
There is no effort to returning Home. It is the most natural “place” for me to be. But because of long established habits of choosing illusion, it does require diligence to practice hour by hour, day by day, reminding myself that Heaven is the decision I must make.
 
 
I used Sunday as practice in resisting the urge to play dumb. My car started giving me trouble. It started smelling like something was burning and there was even a small amount of smoke. My first reaction was panic. I had just spent all my money paying bills and they were at the post office. Too late to take them back in case this turned out to be an expensive problem.
 
I had to go out of town starting Monday afternoon and go to a different town every day this week. I’m teaching classes and there is no one to take my place if I can’t go. So at first I was upset.
 
I decided to use these circumstances to practice deciding for Heaven. Every time I would find myself thinking of possibilities having to do with my car, I would say “I choose not to make plans against uncertainties.”
 
I had to do it a number of times, but I didn’t give in to fear and anxiety and so I think I used my time well. I wasn’t nearly as upset as I might have been if I had just sat around worrying about my car and I felt good about the idea I was using the circumstances to bring myself closer to Heaven.
 
Today I brought it in and the dealership said there didn’t seem to be anything wrong and probably I just picked up a plastic bag which was burning on my exhaust pipe. I wish I had not wasted a moment of my life planning against that uncertainty. But at least I did give each moment of worry or panic to Holy Spirit and so it wasn’t completely wasted time.
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 Behold, through the gates of the New Year, the distant 
variegated decorations of future achievements glimmering
 at you and daringly luring you to give you to give Pursuit.
Paramahansa Yogananda 


Agnosticism, atheism, and deismn
Einstein called himself an agnostic rather than an atheist, stating: “I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal god is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.”[12] In an interview published by the German poet George Sylvester Viereck, Einstein stated, “I am not an Atheist.”[9] According to Prince Hubertus, Einstein said, “In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”[27]

In 1945 Guy Raner, Jr. wrote a letter to Einstein, asking him if it was true that a Jesuit priest had caused Einstein to convert from atheism. Einstein replied, “I have never talked to a Jesuit priest in my life and I am astonished by the audacity to tell such lies about me. From the viewpoint of a Jesuit priest I am, of course, and have always been an atheist. … It is always misleading to use anthropomorphical concepts in dealing with things outside the human sphere—childish analogies. We have to admire in humility the beautiful harmony of the structure of this world—as far as we can grasp it, and that is all.”[28]

In a 1950 letter to M. Berkowitz, Einstein stated that “My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.”[5]

According to biographer Walter Isaacson, Einstein was more inclined to denigrate atheists than religious people.[29] Einstein said in correspondence, “[T]he fanatical atheists…are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional ‘opium of the people‘—cannot hear the music of the spheres.”[29][30] Although he did not believe in a personal God, he indicated that he would never seek to combat such belief because “such a belief seems to me preferable to the lack of any transcendental outlook.”[31]
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Sincerely,

Ron Richey
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