From the BlogMeet Ron


These words put a lump in my throat each time I read them. In the beginning it was because I felt, “Oh no! The teaching is over. Now I’m on my own. It will never be this new again.” Today I feel deep affection for our A.A. pioneers when I read this passage, realizing that it sums up all of what I believe in, and strive for, and that – with God’s blessing – the teaching is never over. I’m never on my own, and every day is brand new.
Copyright 1990 
“Darkness cannot stop a refreshing breeze, nor can negative society
block a sincere spirit.”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 107
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).

“There should not be any sense of hurry
or worry about this, just a calm,
peaceful sense of reality.
Let the Law work though, and express Itself in,
the experience.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
I have found here in the fellowship that when I come to a meeting
that we help each other by our sharing to heal one another.
Our fates are tied. We have this strange notion on this
planet that our fates are not tied. 
If it were not so we would not be here together. 
It’s that simple.
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” 
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 149 Insights
Review: My mind holds only what I think with God.” and
“When I am healed I am not healed alone. Heaven is the decision I must make.”
  I experience this whole world because I still think the ego thought system offers me something I want. It doesn’t seem that this world is of my own making. Certainly I didn’t sit down consciously and dream up the tree-lined lake that my body’s eyes see as I look out the window. The world tells me it was there thousands of years before this body existed.
To me it’s the illusion of time that seems to make this world so real. If I could really fully recognize that time is an illusion I have made up as well, I believe it would be easier to recognize that all the images of the world are projections from my mind. Time makes those images appear not to come from me. But if all those images occur only now, because there is no time, then I can’t claim that some seed that sprouted a hundred years ago is the cause of the tree I am looking at. My mind is so ingrained with the belief in the reality of time and space that it is still hard for me to fathom that the physical world I perceive is not real.
Yet as I practice remembering statements like, “Heaven is the decision I must make,” the importance I place on the images I see through the body’s eyes diminishes. This is a valuable step toward recognizing fully that the world I see is an illusion. I have observed as I work with the thought system of the Course, that I make less and less big deals. It’s the importance I give things that is the basis for my big deals.
If I drop a sock on the floor as I’m gathering clean laundry from the dryer, I simply gather it in and continue on my way with hardly a thought about it. But if I think my worth is based on my tidiness and coordination, I might get upset, call myself a klutz and a slob and make a big deal out of the simple event of dropping a sock on the floor. The same event is given different meanings based on the belief system I hold dear.
As I accept more and more that the sock and all other images in this world are illusions, they become less and less the source of my value and happiness. As I turn away from seeking happiness and value in the world, I become more and more open to making the decision for Heaven and accepting God’s gift of joy.
Affirming that my mind holds only what I think with God focuses my attention on the part of my mind that already knows its worth, its joy. This part of my mind knows its very life is in God, the one Source of all that is real. The frustration, disappointment and depression that come from seeking for value where it cannot be found diminishes. The experience of God’s peace and joy and the safety of His Love grows stronger.
Today I will practice with gratitude and happy anticipation, remembering when I am healed, I am not healed alone. My healing comes from making the decision for Heaven and remembering, “My mind holds only what I think with God.”
I recently read a section of the Text that reminded me I do not and cannot make decisions on my own. With every decision, we are either joining with the ego thought system or with the Holy Spirit. We are always joining with one or the other. When I join with the ego thought system, I see forms of separation. I see differences within a world of time and space. I see unique bodies. Everything is in a state of change and flux. This world appears to be outside of me. This appearance of separation is the name of the ego’s game.
When I join with the Holy Spirit, I receive a different perception. I am returned to thoughts of unity. I am reminded that all is one. I am reminded to extend Love instead of judgment, to see innocence instead of guilt. These thoughts gently undo my belief in separation. I am reminded that everyone is still as God created them and we are all extensions of one God, one Love. I am reminded the images within a world of time a space that constantly change are not worth choosing to see. I am reminded that God is eternal, changeless and Love, and so am I and so is all that is. I am reminded that these images which are in a constant state of change are not real. I am reminded Heaven is the decision I must make. I must want to be aware of Heaven because my experience comes through my desire. I always get what I really want in my heart of hearts.
Today as I practice joining with the Holy Spirit, I open my mind to healing. I open my mind to the bridge of return to Heaven. I open my mind to remembering that my mind holds only what I think with God. God is all there is. There is nothing else. Truth is true and nothing else is true. Image making in a world of time and space are meaningless imaginings and are not real. Heaven is the decision I must make.

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The struggle to surrender the ego-self is the purpose behind religious vows.  SIMPLICITY, or poverty, teaches surrender of desire for material possessions; chastity, surrender of bodily attachments; obedience and loyalty, surrender of egotistic self-will.  The householder devotee as well as the renunciant can follow these vows in principle by performing all actions with detachment…
Daya Mata, God-Communion: The Thread Uniting all Religions
Paramahansa Yogananda
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