From the BlogMeet Ron

MAY 23,2016 OF OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

 
DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
So you have dried up – you’re off the stuff. That’s fine, but many of us have had to face the ridicule of our former drinking pals and, unfortunately, some of us couldn’t take it.
 
Who was the ringleader of that jeering section? The chances are he was the guy who needed the program as badly as you did. He didn’t want you sober because you were frequently worth the price of a bottle. He had no logical argument to use, so he resorted to ridicule.
 
Remember that he who laughs at you tonight, tomorrow morning you can kid Hell out of.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“This talk has a title. The title is ‘What Happens when Strong
Truths Meet Weak Minds.’ What happens when strong truths meet
weak minds is that the weak minds become dodgers. Not with a
baseball bat you understand. They become afraid and do not
want to endure the company of the truth. This is something for
you to continually think about, that you’re not a member of a
baseball team, but you’re certainly a dodger.
 
And consider just one thing, the time you’ve wasted dodging
what you should have faced so that the strong truths could
have changed your mind from being weak to being strong.
 
Now be reasonable; that means be logical throughout this
whole talk so that it will be worth much to you. And start
by realizing that something is doing something awful to you.
There is very clearly an enemy that leaps out, knocks you
down and laughs at you and runs away.”
 from a talk given 3/2/1988
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Twenty Four Hours A Day MAY 23, 2016
Thought for the Day
The Twelfth Step of A.A., working with others, can be subdivided into five parts, five words beginning with the letter C; confidence, confession, conviction, conversion, and continuance. The first thing in trying to help other alcoholics is to get their confidence. We do this by telling them our own experiences with drinking, so that they see that we know what we’re talking about. if we share our experiences frankly, they will know that we are sincerely trying to help them. They will realize that they’re not alone and that others have had experiences as bad or worse than theirs. This gives them confidence that they can be helped. Do I care enough about other alcoholics to get their confidence? 
Meditation for the Day
I fail not so much when tragedy happens as I did before the happening, by all the little things I might have done, but did not do. I must prepare for the future by doing the right thing at the right time now. If a thing should be done, I should deal with that thing today and get it righted with God before I allow myself to undertake any new duty. I should look upon myself as performing God’s errands and then coming back to Him to tell Him in quiet communion that the message has been delivered or the task done. 
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may seek no credit for the results of what I do. I pray that I may leave the outcome of my actions to God.
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Have enthusiasm and above all, have a consciousness of Love – 
A radiant feeling through our Consciousness at all times. 
The science of Mind page 184
 
 
Thought to consider . . .
Spirituality is the ability
to get our minds off ourselves.anon
 
When the world pushes you to your knees,
 you’re in the perfect position to pray.
Rumi 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 141 Insights
Review IV: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“Forgiveness is the key to happiness. Forgiveness offers everything I want.”
As I opened my mind to receive understanding about what it means that my mind holds only what I think with God, it became clear why the titles of the two review statements are true. The Course tells me that God is Love and nothing else. And being Love, He is also happiness. Thus the only thoughts my mind can hold must be expressions of Love and must bring happiness with them. If I do not perceive these thoughts, I must be deciding against God, denying my unity with Him, denying my unity with Love.
 
Forgiveness is the key to happiness because forgiveness is the undoing of the denial of Love. The moment I welcome Love, I am welcoming happiness. Anytime I am bothered because the computer does not respond like I think it should, or someone does not behave like I think they should, I am clearly not happy and not loving. Simple, true forgiveness clears the false image and opens my mind to the awareness of Love’s presence once again.
 
All I or anyone in this world wants is Love and happiness. If we think happiness can be found in the forms of this world, we will try all kinds of ego-based manipulations and gyrations in an attempt to make the images of the world provide the Love and happiness we seek. But Love and happiness cannot be found there. The ego directs us to look to these images in keeping with its motto, seek and do not find.
 
The moment we let our minds be guided by the Voice for God, we will be helped to let go of the values we have given these empty images. In other words we will be guided to forgive. This forgiveness is the key to happiness because it clears our minds of meaningless false images so that we can receive and accept what has always been ours.
 
The moment I cease to give my attention to the empty images of this world and give them no value, I truly recognize that my mind holds only what I think with God and I experience everything I really want. Eternal happiness is mine.
 
 
Recognizing that my mind holds only what I think with God helps me realize that all the thoughts I get involved with in this world of separation are not really thinking at all. As I do the Course lessons day by day, these lessons help me recognize mindless thoughts and open my mind to the Holy Spirit’s help so that the thoughts can be purified.
 
My mindless thoughts, which come from belief in separation, may appear real at the time, but they are really nothing at all. Letting these thoughts be seen for what they are by the Holy Spirit is forgiveness, and forgiveness brings happiness. I tried to replace God with all these meaningless ideas of separation, but it has only been ego image making. They were never real.
 
Today I practice returning to remembering that my mind holds only what I think with God. God’s Mind is eternal and changeless and therefore my mind is eternal and changeless. Only my true Identity as God’s Extension is real. All the additions I have tried to make are not real. All the image making dreams I have been involved with are not real. As I learn to forgive or let go of these thoughts, this image making, I find true happiness. The truth lies beyond image making, which is a denial of the truth.
 
As I let go of the images which deny the truth, the truth returns to my awareness. Letting go of what never was, which is forgiveness, is the key to happiness and offers everything I really want. My mind holds only what I think with God. Nothing else is true. I am willing to be happy today. I am willing to forgive.
TO CONTINUE:
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My human eyes are enthralled, O Lord, with the changeful panorama of life….
Open in me the divine eye that beholds in all beauty only Thy sovereign beauty. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 

When the world pushes you to your knees,
 you’re in the perfect position to pray.
 Rumi 


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