From the BlogMeet Ron


Eye Opener (1950)
In our drinking days, most of us entertained frequent ideas about suicide, 
but we did nothing about it because we either lacked the nerve,
lost our ability to make and carry through any decision or
we still had some hope that sometime, somehow, 
something could be done. 
We were still in love with life, rotten as our living was.
The real joy of living came only when our living had some purpose, 
and it will stay sweet as long as we actively engage in constructive, purposeful living.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“You are never pained by what happens to you; you are pained by your
thought about what happens. Here is the open door to liberation which
man fails to enter because he does not exercise his powers of under-
standing. Understanding could begin by refusing absolutely to complain
about what he calls injustice. This refusal would reveal how much he
secretly loves complaint, for without its agitation he would feel dull
and unimportant. But when complaint disappears, so does the pain of
feeling treated unjustly.”
Esoteric Mind Power, p. 162


24 May 2017
We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free. We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us. But it is clear that we made our own misery. God didn’t do it. Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence.
For years I believed in a punishing God and blamed Him for my misery. I have learned that I must lay down the “weapons” of self in order to pick up the “tools” of the A.A. program. I do not struggle with the program because it is a gift and I have never struggled when receiving a gift. If I sometimes keep on struggling, it is because I’m still hanging onto my old ideas and “. . . the results are nil.”
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
The greatest good that can come to us is the forming of an absolute certainty of ourself and of our relationship to the Universe, forever removing the sense of heaven as being outside ourself, the fear of hell, or any future state of uncertainty. We are each a part of the only life there is, some part of the Eternal God. We are forever reaching out, forever gaining, growing, expanding; Spirit is forever incarnating Itself in us.
Ernest Holmes
I’m the guy talking to the trees and everybody 
thinks I’m talking on a Bluetooth. 
Although we have been made to believe that if 
we let go we will end up with nothing, 
life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.
This poem by Rumi would have to be one of the most
frequently recited poems in mindfulness retreats and
courses around the world. I love all of his poetry but this
is definitely one of my personal favorites.
It just gets to the heart of mindful living in the most eloquent and beautiful way.

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 142 Insights
Review : “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“I thank my Father for His gifts to me. Let me remember I am one with God.”
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand with acceptance. If someone offers me something I don’t appreciate, I won’t accept it. I might put on a show of acceptance so as to not hurt the giver’s feelings, but if there is no appreciation, the gift goes on the back shelf or in the closet, where it is forgotten about. This world is the effect of not appreciating God’s gifts to me. He gave me my Self — pure Love. But by not appreciating the gift, I have forgotten my Self. Instead this world was made in an attempt to find something I would like better, something more special.
Because I have not appreciated God’s gifts to me, I do not know my Self, nor do I value my Self. It is no wonder the world is filled with people who feel unworthy. This is why it is important for me to thank my Father for His gifts to me. God doesn’t need my thanks, but I need gratitude for His gifts in order to know my Self. That is how I will know my worth. That is how I will find full appreciation for my Self and all my brothers.
Help me Holy Spirit to recognize the value of God’s gifts and the valuelessness of the ego’s offerings, for I would know my Self. This is my true desire.
Love is my Source. From Love came all that is real. I cannot leave my Source and become something different. I cannot change my Self. I remain Love as I was created. Love holds only Love. Love extends only Love. I am one with Love as I was created.
If I try to deny my Identity as Love, I will try to think I have changed myself into something else, separate from Love. I will try to make up a world that is different from the oneness of Love. I will try to make individuality and differences real in my mind. I will try to think I am separate and alone. I will try to think I am independent of my Source.
I am learning now that this is the unhappy dream. In this unhappy dream I have denied my Identity as part of God and have not appreciated God’s gifts to me. I have denied that my mind holds only what I think with God. It is now time to lay down this denial.
I want to return to happiness. I want to return to God’s peace and joy and Love. I want to return to my oneness with my Source. I want to remember that I am still one in the Mind of God. I want to accept my Self as I was created. I want to let go of all the false ideas about individuality and being separate from my Source.
Now is the time of return. Now is the time for me to remember that my mind holds only what I think with God in truth. All the other thoughts I have added are nothing and nowhere. They are meaningless ideas and I am willing to practice laying them down. I am thankful that these meaningless ideas were never true and that I am still changeless Love as I was created.
I return to God’s gifts as I open up to them, accept them and appreciate them. My gratitude for the truth of my Identity as one with God opens my mind so that I can see that I never left. In truth my mind has held only what I think with God. I have always remained one with God and so has everyone. A false world of separation was never real. Only in dreams could I have imagined this. Today I practice opening to the truth by being willing to lay this false dream down. I practice opening to the truth that my mind holds only what I think with God.
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The soul remains without change or motion, 
just as a man watching the dancing, 
changing waves of the ocean remains himself unchanged. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
Jewish identity
In a letter to Eric Gutkind dated 3 January 1954, Einstein wrote in German, “For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.”[16][17][18]
In an interview published by Time magazine with George Sylvester Viereck, Einstein spoke of his feelings about Christianity.[29] Born in Germany, Viereck supported National Socialism but he was not anti-semitic.[49] And like Einstein he was a pacifist.[50][51] At the time of the interview Einstein was informed that Viereck was not Jewish,[52] but stated that Viereck had “the psychic adaptability of the Jew,” making it possible for Einstein to talk to him “without barrier.”[52] Viereck began by asking Einstein if he considered himself a German or a Jew, to which Einstein responded, “It’s possible to be both.” Viereck moved along in the interview to ask Einstein if Jews should try to assimilate, to which Einstein replied “We Jews have been too eager to sacrifice our idiosyncrasies in order to conform.”[29]Einstein was then asked to what extent he was influenced by Christianity. “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”[29] Einstein was then asked if he accepted the historical existence of Jesus, to which he replied, “Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”[29]
In a conversation with the Dutch poet Willem Frederik Hermans Einstein stressed that, “I seriously doubt that Jesus himself said that he was God, for he was too much a Jew to violate that great commandment: Hear O Israel, the Eternal is our God and He is one!’ and not two or three.”[53] Einstein lamented, “Sometimes I think it would have been better if Jesus had never lived. No name was so abused for the sake of power!”[53] In his 1934 book The World as I See It he expressed his belief that “if one purges the Judaism of the Prophets and Christianity as Jesus Christ taught it of all subsequent additions, especially those of the priests, one is left with a teaching which is capable of curing all the social ills of humanity.”[54] Later in a 1943 interview Einstein added, “It is quite possible that we can do greater things than Jesus, for what is written in the Bible about him is poetically embellished.”[55]
Einstein interpreted the concept of a Kingdom of God as referring to the best people. “I have always believed that Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God the small group scattered all through time of intellectually and ethically valuable people.”[citation needed]
In the last year of his life he said “If I were not a Jew I would be a Quaker.”[56]
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