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MAY 5, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MAY 5, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Awakening From Fear of Fear”:”
As we walked back through the hall, I, for the first time in my life, said to another human being, ‘I’m having trouble with my drinking too.’ She took me by the hand and introduced me to the woman that I’m very proud to call my sponsor. This woman and her husband are both in A.A., and she said to me, ‘Oh, but you’re not the alcoholic; it’s your husband.’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘How long have you been married?’ I said, ‘Twenty-seven years.’ She said ‘Twenty-seven years to an alcoholic! How did you ever stand it?’ I thought, now here’s a nice sympathetic soul! This is for me. I said, ‘Well, I stood it to keep the home together, and for the children’s sake.’ She said, ‘Yes, I know. You’re just a martyr, aren’t you?’ I walked away from that woman grinding my teeth and cursing under my breath.  But that night I tried to go to sleep. And I thought, ‘You’re some martyr, Jane! Let’s look at the record.’ And when I looked at it, I knew I was just as much a drunk as George was, if not worse. I nudged George next morning, and I said I’m in,’ and he said, ‘Oh, I knew you’d make it.'”
2001 AAWS, Inc., Fourth Edition
Alcoholics Anonymous, pgs. 289-90
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Valuable self-knowledge comes through daily self-observation.
Observe your thoughts and acts while neither praising nor
condemning them, but simply to understand yourself.”
The Esoteric Path to a New Life, p. 52
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
5 May 2017
THE FOREST AND THE TREES
. . . what comes to us alone may be garbled by our own rationalization and wishful thinking. The benefit of talking to another person is that we can get his direct comment and counsel on our situation. . .
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 60
I cannot count the times when I have been angry and frustrated and said to myself, “I can’t see the forest for the trees!” I finally realized that what I needed when I was in such pain was someone who could guide me in separating the forest and the trees; who could suggest a better path to follow; who could assist me in putting out fires; and help me avoid the rocks and pitfalls.
I ask God, when I’m in the forest, to give me the courage to call upon a member of A.A.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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It is necessary for the practitioner to withdraw
his thought from things as they appear to be
and to think independently of any and all existing conditions.
Ernest Holmes “How to use Science of Mind “page 50
 
 I felt like someone to turned me upside down and all the 
dopamine came out. 
Anonymous
 
A coincidence is a little miracle in which 
God chooses to remain anonymous.
Ala-non member
 
 
 “I have loved in life and I have been loved.
I have drunk the bowl of poison from the hands of love as nectar, 
and have been raised above life’s joy and sorrow. 
My heart, aflame in love, set afire every heart that came in touch with it. 
My heart has been rent and joined again; 
My heart has been broken and again made whole; 
My heart has been wounded and healed again; 
A thousand deaths my heart has died, and thanks be to love, it lives yet. 
I went through hell and saw there love’s raging fire, 
and I entered heaven illumined with the light of love. 
I wept in love and made all weep with me; 
I mourned in love and pierced the hearts of men; 
And when my fiery glance fell on the rocks, the rocks burst forth as volcanoes. 
The whole world sank in the flood caused by my one tear; 
With my deep sigh the earth trembled, and when I cried aloud the name of my beloved, 
I shook the throne of God in heaven.
I bowed my head low in humility, and on my knees I begged of love, 
“Disclose to me, I pray thee, O love, thy secret.” 
She took me gently by my arms and lifted me above the earth, and spoke softly in my ear, 
“My dear one, thou thyself art love, art lover, 
and thyself art the beloved whom thou hast adored.” 
― Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Dance of the Soul (Sufi)
 
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, 
it can only be attained through understanding.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
 
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. 
Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, 
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”
Buddha (forgiveness)
 
When the bodily dust is gone, my moon shines:
my spirit’s moon finds an open sky.
~ Rumi
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 124 Insights
“Let me remember I am one with God.”
As I did today’s exercise, it was interesting to observe the ways my resistance played out. As I focused on the idea that I am one with God, I began to experience a hint, like being on the fringes of what it would feel like being one with God. It felt very calm, free from doubt and above all, loving. It was like being in love, without limiting that love to one special person. It was very safe. I would experience that hint of that feeling and then I would realize that my thoughts had wandered off to something in my physical world experience.
 
It was amazing the trivial things that would get my attention and I would follow the thought rather than stay with that calm, peaceful, certain, strong and loving feeling that I was experiencing with remembering I am one with God. Things like thinking about a movie or television show I had seen or thinking of something I needed to do or was planning for some time in the future. By the time I realized where my thoughts were, I was well into the identification with this world once again.
 
So I would bring myself back and focus once more on remembering I am one with God. Again I would begin to sense a hint of what it would feel like to remember this and I would discover again that my mind had followed some meaningless thread of images associated with this world. I kept bringing myself back, repeating the cycle several times. I see that the ego is quickly bored by peace and unity and freedom from conflict. I see that my habitual pattern is to be preoccupied with this world and all its images.
 
This is not something to feel guilty about but it is certainly clear that much practice is needed in another way of being and thinking. When I think of the dedication to practice that a professional musician or athlete has and think about what my life would be like if I maintained that level of dedication throughout my day to remembering I am one with God, my life experience would change profoundly. I am grateful for the exercises in the Workbook that provide the means for me to move in this direction.
 
My dedication to applying the principles from the Course in my life is stronger than ever, yet there is plenty of room for more. So I will keep practicing. I have tasted the certainty, the peace, the happiness and Love that is waiting for my acceptance. I am willing to keep practicing, to open my mind further toward full acceptance of God’s gifts. In gratitude I will remember I am one with God, along with all my brothers.
 
 
This lesson guides me to open my mind to Love’s Presence. This lesson guides me to practice letting my true Identity, Love’s Presence, come to the forefront of my mind. This allows me to feel the peace of God. It allows me to be aware of what is truly meaningful, of what is real behind the false masks of this world. When I am willing to look with the Holy Spirit, God is always there in every person, in every situation waiting to be recognized.
 
I am seeing how important this lesson is in my practice of remembering the truth. When I really think about it, what could be more important than this? God is always in my mind, because I am one with God. God’s Voice is always there to guide me as I am willing to open to Its loving Presence. As I gradually let the Holy Spirit take over writing the script of my life, I notice that things get easier, smoother, more relaxed. My life becomes more simplified and I find myself less inclined to get involved with meaningless pursuits that take time away from opening to God and listening to His Voice.
 
As the Holy Spirit is allowed to take over more and more, distractions from what is truly important take less and less of my time. I want more and more to be aware of God’s peace and extend God’s peace in this world. It becomes a higher priority to let the Holy Spirit make all my decisions. A feeling of gentleness and well being gradually takes over and becomes more consistent in my state of mind. I am more and more willing to be quiet and listen for the Holy Spirit’s inspiration. The ego’s thoughts seem less and less attractive, it’s detours seen more clearly for what they are.
 
I see that today’s lesson is at the core of all awakening to reality. The whole Sonship is one with God. The world of separation is meaningless. Do I want Love or another lesson in love? Do I want peace or conflict? Each day I am making my choices with every thought I continue to hold in my mind. Today’s lesson is a practice of opening me further and further into the recognition that I am one with God. God is always in my mind, waiting for my return. Giving time to God is the most important thing I could do. What a happy thing to practice — remembering I am one with God all through the day. How fortunate we all are to have this wonderful help on our journey of return to the truth.
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No matter what happens, even if storms of trials come, 
you must be able to steer the ship of concentration 
calmly to the shores of blessedness. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 


And, as the Cock crew, those who stood before
The Tavern shouted–“Open then the Door!
“You know how little while we have to stay,
“And, once departed, may return no more.”
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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