From the BlogMeet Ron


Rapture From “Total Surrender”:
“What has always impressed me most about the program and myself is the constant, continuing challenge to try recapturing some of the true and honest rapture I felt upon total surrender, when I first came into A.A. For me, that special peace of mind has never been duplicated. Now, after all the accumulated twenty-four-hour periods, I realize that it probably never will be. I have come close to it a few times, but it’s never the same.”
Des Plaines, Illinois, USA
1973 AAWS, Inc.
Came to Believe, 30th printing 2004, pg. 29
Fred and Patricia, who came to class together, said they had the same
question: “What is the real cause of mental insecurity?”
   “The basic cause is a man’s imaginations about who he is. For instance,
he falsely thinks he is a controller, a giver, a winner. As long as
exterior events seem to confirm these illusory identities he feels
secure and sunny. But when they don’t – and they often don’t – he feels
lost and desperate. You must end all self-pictures, after which you no
longer fight exterior events, but blend with them. This is the way of
sanity and liberty. An actor who quits the stage never worries over
  Life-correction consists of thinking correctly toward ourselves, after
which we think wisely toward everything else.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 108
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).
“Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer.”
Ernest Holmes
 “There is no exercise better for the heart 
than reaching down and lifting people up.” 
“He cannot do anything deliberate now. The strain of his whole weight on his outstretched arms hurts too much. The pain fills him up, displaces thought, as much for him as it has for everyone else who has ever been stuck to one of these horrible contrivances, or for anyone else who dies in pain from any of the world’s grim arsenal of possibilities. And yet he goes on taking in. It is not what he does, it is what he is. He is all open door: to sorrow, suffering, guilt, despair, horror, everything that cannot be escaped, and he does not even try to escape it, he turns to meet it, and claims it all as his own. This is mine now, he is saying; and he embraces it with all that is left in him, each dark act, each dripping memory, as if it were something precious, as if it were itself the loved child tottering homeward on the road. But there is so much of it. So many injured children; so many locked rooms; so much lonely anger; so many bombs in public places; so much vicious zeal; so many bored teenagers at roadblocks; so many drunk girls at parties someone thought they could have a little fun with; so many jokes that go too far; so much ruining greed; so much sick ingenuity; so much burned skin. The world he claims, claims him. It burns and stings, it splinters and gouges, it locks him round and drags him down…
   All day long, the next day, the city is quiet. The air above the city lacks the usual thousand little trails of smoke from cookfires. Hymns rise from the temple. Families are indoors. The soldiers are back in barracks. The Chief Priest grows hoarse with singing. The governor plays chess with his secretary and dictates letters. The free bread the temple distributed to the poor has gone stale by midday, but tastes all right dipped in water or broth. Death has interrupted life only as much as it ever does. We die one at a time and disappear, but the life of the living continues. The earth turns. The sun makes its way towards the western horizon no slower or faster than it usually does.
   Early Sunday morning, one of the friends comes back with rags and a jug of water and a box of the grave spices that are supposed to cut down on the smell. She’s braced for the task. But when she comes to the grave she finds that the linen’s been thrown into the corner and the body is gone. Evidently anonymous burial isn’t quite anonymous enough, after all. She sits outside in the sun. The insects have woken up, here at the edge of the desert, and a bee is nosing about in a lily like silk thinly tucked over itself, but much more perishable. It won’t last long. She takes no notice of the feet that appear at the edge of her vision. That’s enough now, she thinks. That’s more than enough.
   Don’t be afraid, says Yeshua. Far more can be mended than you know.
  She is weeping. The executee helps her to stand up.” 
― Francis Spufford, Unapologetic: Why, despite everything,
Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense
If guilt and atonement were an ocean, i would not be wet
ACIM Workbook Lesson 139 Insights
“I will accept Atonement for myself.”
This lesson is telling us that this world was made as a place for self-doubters to come in the mad idea that we could change ourselves from what God created us to be. It is the result of rejecting ourselves as we were created. It’s no wonder the world is filled with people who doubt their worth, have low self-esteem and spend their lives trying to make up for what they believe is lacking. All of us do this in some way. Countless workshops have been offered to help people improve their self esteem and realize their worth.
What I appreciate about this lesson is that it goes to the core of the problem. It does not tell us that we were wounded as a child by critical parents or that if we just affirm often enough that we are worthy of whatever it is that we think we are missing, we will feel okay. This lesson simply reminds us that we remain as God created us and that our denial of Reality has not changed reality. Our denial of our Self has not changed What we are.
God created us worthy because He created us like Himself and of Himself. By accepting Atonement for ourselves, we accept ourselves as we were created. With that acceptance, whatever occurs in form does not matter, for we remember we remain perfect as God created us.
I need simply to change my mind about who I think I am. I am not a split off image, separate and alone. I am not a body. I am the holy creation of God Himself. That is my reality and the reality of everyone, unchangeable, absolutely certain. Every time I feel uncertainty, it is an indication that I have forgotten What I am. It is an indication that it’s time to remind myself that I remain as God created me and accept Atonement for myself.
Thirty years ago a spiritual teacher told me that I was playing dumb. I now know that “playing dumb” means not accepting myself as I was created by God. Playing dumb means thinking I am weak and vulnerable, isolated and alone. Playing dumb is a denial of the truth. Atonement means letting go of playing dumb and accepting my true Self instead of the weak and vulnerable image I have made.
In Reality, there is only one Mind, the Mind of God. If I identify with anything else as what I am, I am playing dumb, I am denying my Self. It has become a habit to think in limited, false ways. Atonement is letting these false ideas, these cobwebs be cleared, so that the Light of my true Identity can shine through. It has always been there. It never left. I just tried to cover It up. Now is the time to let the cover up be over. It is not a fun game. Limitation and lack, weakness and uncertainty need not be. It really never was, just in dreams.
I will accept Atonement for myself. I will let go of playing dumb for I remain as God created me. Nothing else is true. All minds are one in Love. This is certainty.
“Playing dumb”… That is such a useful way of seeing what seems to be happening when it seems that things aren’t working out. We started out “playing dumb” and “forgot to laugh.” In fact we forgot that we were playing at all and feel powerless against the circumstances which seem to overwhelm us and are totally out of our control. When, in reality, all we must do is remember that we are only playing and there is nothing beyond the control of the child of God.
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This Self is the Son of God. You are one with everything and everyone but are unaware because of the belief in enemies. The concept “enemies” is as insane a concept as is “addiction.” When you no longer believe you have enemies you will see that everyone comes to you with merciful intent. Same with any “addiction” when you no longer believe you are “addicted” you will not be. YOU ARE NOT ALONE IS THIS PROCESS OF ATONEMENT.
The blessed Lord Jesus Christ hears your Every request as He is one with the Father.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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