From the BlogMeet Ron


Some may think that we have carried the principle of group autonomy to extremes.  For example, in its original “long form”, Tradition Four declares: “Any two or three gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A.  group, provided that as a group they have no other affiliation.” …But this ultra liberty is not so risky as it looks. A.A. COMES OF AGE, pp.  104-05  As an active alcoholic, I abused every liberty that life afforded.  How could A.A. expect me to respect the “ultra-liberty” bestowed by Tradition Four?  Learning respect has become a lifetime job.  A.A. has made me fully accept the necessity of discipline and that, if I do not assert it from within, then I will pay for it.  This applies to groups too.  Tradition Four points me in a spiritual direction, in spite of my alcoholic inclinations.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE (R

 “When you walked into this room tonight, you walked in with your entire world. You brought your world into this room. Now here’s a question to you early in the talk. Are you able to see, describe, know quite clearly the kind of a world that you live in?  The answer to that is no, you do not know the kind of a world you live in because you are sad and you are defeated and you are tricky and you cry a lot inwardly if not outwardly. That means that you have never gone through your unknown inner world to find something that is much higher.  Your inner world: I can easily describe it to you, but the problem is, the problem always is, when I tell you about yourself it doesn’t have any impact at all. You are not hearing me, you don’t want to hear the talk tonight. You think you do, you came in and you think, ‘I’m sitting here, I want to hear the talk.’ No, your desperation is sitting there, not your receptivity.”
from a talk given 6/24/1987

27 May 2017
 Day by day, we try to move a little toward God’s perfection. So we need not be consumed by maudlin guilt. . . .
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 15
When I first discovered that there is not a single “don’t” in the Twelve Steps of A.A., I was disturbed because this discovery swung open a giant portal. Only then was I able to realize what A.A. is for me: not a program of “don’ts,” but of “do’s.” A.A. is not martial law; it is freedom. A.A. is not tears over defects, but sweat over fixing them. A.A. is not penitence; it is salvation. A.A. is not “Woe to me” for my sins, past and present. A.A. is “Praise God” for the progress I am making today.
From the book Daily Reflections Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

 Dr. Ernest Holmes was a mystic who found God in the silence. Going within and experiencing God in the deepest part of himself was his spiritual practice. His spirituality was reflected in his living; he believed he was one with God, and he experienced that oneness in all that he did. As important as the mystical experience was to Dr. Holmes, he also believed that religion had to be applied to everyday life problems, as an integral part of the walk of faith. Wholeness involved the Presence, yes, but also the Power — the two faces of the dual nature of God. Science of Mind Dr. Ernest Holmes  No matter where life takes you the place that you stand  at any given moment is holy ground. Love hard,  and love wide and love long and you will find the goodness in it.

“In a friend you find a second self.”
– Isabelle Norton  

my place is the placeless,
the trace of the traceless

neither body or soul  i belong to the Beloved,
have seen the two worlds as One
and that One called to and know:
First, Last, Outer, Inner.
only that breath breathing, human – being.  –
 Rumi version by Coleman Barks  

COMMETARY various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 145
 Insights Review: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and “Beyond this world there is a world I want. It is impossible to see two worlds.”
Remembering all through the day that my mind holds only what I think with God helps me see the mindless thoughts of the ego for what they are. It helps me place less importance on the images found in this world. It reminds me to look beyond the images of separation to the world I really want. It reminds me that I need to let go of the world’s images and be open to the thoughts of universal oneness, of God.  I need this reminding all through the day. Otherwise I make big deals and think that what I am experiencing as this world is real. When this happens, I have returned to wandering in the wilderness and this does not create happiness.  I need the hourly reminders that my mind holds only what I think with God. This helps to clear the slate of my mind. This helps me loosen my grip on all the false ideas found in this world. This lesson reminds me that it is impossible to see two worlds. I cannot continue to make this world of separation real and still be aware of the thoughts I think with God. I forget that I am in Heaven now when I get caught up in all the turmoil and conflict found in this world.  This lesson is like the lifeline reminding me of the truth as I go through my day. I am so thankful for these lessons. They are truly helping me awaken to the truth.   Before I started working with the Course, I thought this world was real. I also felt that there was something beyond this world, though it was not something I could describe or define. There was always part of me that was looking for something more satisfying, more fulfilling. This lesson puts into words that feeling: Beyond this world there is a world I want. As I worked with the Course, I realized that though I was searching for something more, there was another part of my mind that thought the things of this world were more important.  I am grateful for the Course that is helping me to recognize what is truly valuable and what is valueless, what is real and what is unreal. The seeming conflict between seeking for a world beyond this one that I truly want, while at the same time thinking I want things of this world is diminishing. I find greater peace. My happiness is sustained more consistently. The value I place on anything in this world interferes with seeing the world I really want because it is impossible to see two worlds. Gradually, as I work with the lessons and read the Text and Manual for Teachers, I am letting go of the value I have placed on this world.  At first it seemed the Course was asking me to sacrifice, to give up something valuable. But now, more and more, I am recognizing that I am giving up nothing to gain everything. The conflicting goals I have tried to hold in my mind are steadily falling away. And in their place rises the peace and Love of God, my true treasure, my lasting happiness. I am deeply grateful for this Course, for I am blessed indeed.

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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  

Philosophical beliefs
Einstein believed that when trying to understand nature you should engage in both philosophical enquiry and enquiry through the natural sciences.[76] Free will Like Spinoza, Einstein was a strict determinist who believed that human behavior was completely determined by causal laws. For that reason, he refused the chance aspect of quantum theory, famously telling Niels Bohr: “God does not play dice with the universe.”[77] In letters sent to physicist Max Born, Einstein revealed his devout belief in causal relationships:      You believe in a God who plays dice, and I in complete law and order in a world which objectively exists, and which I in a wildly speculative way, am trying to capture. I firmly believe, but I hope that someone will discover a more realistic way, or rather a more tangible basis than it has been my lot to find. Even the great initial success of the quantum theory does not make me believe in the fundamental dice game, although I am well aware that some of our younger colleagues interpret this as a consequence of senility.[78]  Einstein’s emphasis on ‘belief’ and how it connected with determinism was illustrated in a letter of condolence responding to news of the death of Michele Besso, one of his lifelong friends. Einstein wrote to the family: “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”[79]  Einstein had admitted to a fascination with philosopher Spinoza’s deterministic version of pantheism. American philosopher Charles Hartshorne, in seeking to distinguish deterministic views with his own belief of free will panentheism, coined the distinct typology “Classical pantheism” to distinguish the views of those who hold similar positions to Spinoza’s deterministic version of pantheism.[80]  He was also an incompatibilist, in 1932 he said the following:      I do not believe in free will. Schopenhauer’s words: ‘Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wills,’ accompany me in all situations throughout my life and reconcile me with the actions of others, even if they are rather painful to me. This awareness of the lack of free will keeps me from taking myself and my fellow men too seriously as acting and deciding individuals, and from losing my temper.[81]  ===============================
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