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MAY 27, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 27, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
EXPECTATIONS vs. DEMANDS
Burn the idea into the consciousness 
of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone. 
The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 98 
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VERNON HOWARD
“You have succeeded in life when all you really
WANT is only what you really NEED.”
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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).
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In the Eternal Now, there can be no place
for Divine anger, unforgiveness, or punishment. If we perceive
a need for forgiveness, this is a human condition. Human
forgiveness is the process that frees us to live in the Eternal
Now. It is the essential step before real spiritual growth can
flourish. Science of Mind teaches that the ultimate goal of life is
complete emancipation from all discord of every nature, and that
this goal is sure to be attained by all.
Ernest Holmes
 
 
You guys tell me that if I don’t look at myself really
really good then I’ll never see the good in me. 
Anonymous 
 
 
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, 
and you do not know what it will bring back, 
a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
ANAÏS NIN
 
“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” 
RUM

ACIM Workbook Lesson 146 Insight
Review: “My mind holds only what I think with God.” and“No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth. I loose the world from all I thought it was.”

Today’s lesson is an interesting triad of thoughts that reinforce each other. In my experience it doesn’t seem that I have reached the truth, though I think I seek it every day. But the reason I don’t seem to reach the truth, is that I have conflicting goals. And the goals that are not the truth have priority. That is because I still carry beliefs that there is something in the world that I want more than God’s Love and peace. I still have a mistaken idea of what the world is and has to offer. Thus I still need to loose the world from all I think it is. As I let go of values I have given the images of this world, I clear the way to the recognition that my mind holds only what I think with God. And that is the truth.

As I go through my day, it helps me to remember that I do not know what anything is for. I give things meaning and believe in them, which gives me a false sense of knowing what is true. Yet underneath this is an awareness that this “truth” is unstable and vulnerable. Anything that occurs which seems to threaten the meaning I have given, to raise it to question or uncertainty, is to be defended against. I want to be right because my identity of what I think I am is tied with what I believe. Anything that brings what I believe into question is perceived as a threat to my identity. As long as I hang on to these beliefs, I cannot be at peace.

That is why I must constantly remind myself that I do not know what anything means to help me loose the world from what I think it is. But this is not enough.

I must also open my mind to my inner Teacher to show me the real meaning, to show me the truth. The first step is to question everything I think I know. The second step is to be willing to receive the Holy Spirit’s teaching. With that I will find the truth and I will experience the thoughts I share with Love, with God. Today I will practice opening myself to the Holy Spirit’s vision so that I will find the truth.

Today’s lesson tells me the truth and how to reach the truth in my experience. The truth is my mind holds only what I think with God. And because I experience what I want to experience in my heart of hearts, the second sentence encourages me to seek the truth and reminds me that if I seek the truth, I will find it. What happens when I seek the truth is I let go of the all the meaning I have given to the world. I let go of all the false ideas of separation that I thought were real. I loose the world from all I thought it was.
All the mindless ideas gently fall away as I am willing to seek only for the truth. As I seek only for the truth, I am shown that image making is composed of mindless ideas of nothing. Images that are separate from each other are not true. Only God’s oneness is real. Only our all-inclusive communion in God is real. The Mind of God is eternal. What changes in a world of time and space is not real.

Thank goodness my mind holds only what I think with God. I am grateful that this is so. All is eternally safe in the mind of God. In Heaven there is no loss, there is no division or differences of any kind. Everything remains as God created It — an extension of God in God’s oneness.

Today I am willing to open to the truth. I am willing to loose the world from all I thought it was. I am willing to practice remembering that my mind holds only what I think with God.

I have been working very hard on these review lessons and Holy Spirit has been showing me those places where I am holding onto false ideas. I am grateful for this but it is discouraging at times. I am astounded at how hard I do hold on. I felt a sense of relief flood me this morning as I was reminded that no one fails who seeks to reach the truth.

I appreciate the staff comments on this lesson. It helped me to clarify what has been going on in my mind the last couple of days. I knew I needed to see something differently, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what it was. It was like having a persistent headache, but not knowing what caused it. After reading the staff comments I understand that I have given priority to a goal that is not true. I also understand that I have been asking for relief from the discomfort this causes me instead of asking to be shown the truth. It is like I have a headache because I am banging my head against a brick wall and I have asked that I be relieved of the headache so that I can continue to bang my head without all that pain.

When I think about it, I wouldn’t want that to happen even if it were possible. It is the pain that motivates the change. If it didn’t hurt to bang my head against a brick wall, I wouldn’t quit. I am so attached to my image of myself, bad as well as good that I would be unwilling to let it go if I couldn’t see that it is hurting me. So today I loose myself of the image of what I think I am and I open my mind to Holy Spirit so I can learn the truth.
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Wrath and hatred accomplish nothing. Love rewards. You may cow down someone, but once that person has risen again, he will try to destroy you. Then how have you conquered him? You have not. The only way to conquer is by love. And where you cannot conquer, just be silent or get away, and pray for him. That is the way you must love. If you practice this in your life, you will have peace beyond understanding.
Paramahansa Yogananda 

Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

 

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