From the BlogMeet Ron


Rationalization A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
“There are cases where our ancient enemy, rationalization, has stepped in and has justified conduct which was really wrong. The temptation here is to imagine that we had good motives and reasons when we really didn’t. We ‘constructively criticized’ someone who needed it, when our real motive was to win a useless argument. We sometimes hurt those we love because they ‘need to be taught a lesson’, when we really want to punish. This perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom.”
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 94
Recognizing someone else’s human dignity cannot cost you your own.
R A C I N G=Real Alcoholics Centered Inward Needing God
“We need correction if we think that honors bestowed by society
have real meaning.”
Cosmic Command, # 1495
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).

“The road to freedom lies,
not through mysteries or occult performances,
but through the intelligent use of Nature’s forces and laws.
The Law of Mind is a natural law in the spiritual world.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
“Nothing is worth more than this day.”
When we experience our own desire for transformation, 
we are feeling the universe evolving through us.
“Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.
Seek the path that demands your whole being.”
ACIM Workbook Lesson 144 Insights
Review: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“There is no love but God’s. The world I see holds nothing that I want.”
  As I take the time to do this lesson this morning, I am struck by how important this practice is in readying my mind to open to God’s Love. Taking this time to open my mind and let it be cleared and quieted of all worldly thoughts, I receive the blessing of God’s peace and joy. I see how important it is to return to this quiet place in my mind that is always there. It is only through consistent practice with opening up to the sacred place in my mind that I recognize its value.
As I go through my day, all the worldly activities seem so important. But I am learning that nothing is more important than opening my mind to God. Nothing is more important than opening my mind to the truth of what is real. Then when I go back to my daily activities, I can practice bringing that feeling of God’s Presence with me. There is nothing more important than God’s Love, because nothing else is real.
Anything that changes is part of the illusion. Within my mind there is a sacred place that is eternal. And What is in that sacred place is What I am and What everyone is. In truth, my mind holds only what I think with God, and that is eternal. I am determined to rest in God today as I practice the hourly remembrances.
The ego loves to keep the mind preoccupied with busy doings in the world. It always has a “to do” list that includes more than can possibly done in the time available. As long as I let the ego be my guide, my mind will be occupied with seeming thoughts that block my awareness of the thoughts I share with God. If I place priority on the ego’s list, I shut God out and keep myself separate and alone. I don’t have time to quiet my mind and become aware of the thoughts of Love I share with God.
All the striving and doing of the ego come from the belief that there is something I see in the world that I want. Somehow accomplishing the “to do” list will get me what I want. If I look beneath the layers of form, I see that what I think these forms will offer me have something to do with specialness in some way. Specialness is the ego’s substitute of God’s Love. Today’s lesson is telling me that there is no Love but God’s. And that is why nothing I see in the world offers me anything I want. Specialness is an empty substitute for Love.
It is important that I take the time to quiet my mind and open to the awareness to the thoughts of Love that I share with God. This is what I truly want. This is where I will find the only Love there is in truth. This is where I remember my Source. From this place of remembrance, I can return to my list of ‘to do’s with a new perspective. No longer is the list a means of being stressed and isolated. It now becomes a means of extending Love. Some things on the list may be dropped entirely, for they are seen as having no purpose. Others are given a new purpose. The form of doing may remain the same, but the content now is Love.
Holy Spirit, help me today to follow your lead in all my doing that I may use every moment as an opportunity to extend Love.

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Even as these words are being written my ego or trained personality recoils or fears the thought of this world not being eternally real. Because if it (this world) is not eternally real then nothing I believe about this world can be real. Jesus tells His disciples be in the world but not of it. The reason is simply it is not eternal.
  To experience the Kingdom of Heaven here now we must love everyone the same. I must love my wife, my son, my daughter, my brothers and sisters, and my enemies the same. The ego or trained personality cannot do this with out Help. Help we have in the form of the Holy Spirit.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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