From the BlogMeet Ron


“We A.A.’s know the futility of trying to break the drinking obsession by will power alone.
However, we do know that it takes great willingness to adopt AA’s Twelve Steps as a way 
of life that can restore us to sanity.”
Bill W., Letter, 1966 As Bill Sees It, p. 88
Willingness is doing what I have to, whether I want to or not.
LET GO = Leave Everything To God, Okay?
Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
“NEW MIND  Maybe no one ever told you about this problem you have.
You don’t want to be where you are, doing what you are doing, mixing
with people you really don’t want around you. The only reason you are
in this sad state is because you have not yet learned that an unwant-
ed life is unnecessary. And this is because you insist upon taking
orders from your present mind. You need a new mind. You can have it
by letting yourself go. Let go.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 185
8 May 2017
All of A.A.’s Twelve Steps ask us to go contrary to our natural desires . . . they all deflate our egos. When it comes to ego deflation, few Steps are harder to take than Five. But scarcely any Step is more necessary to longtime sobriety and peace of mind than this one.
After writing down my character defects, I was unwilling to talk about them, and decided it was time to stop carrying this burden alone. I needed to confess those defects to someone else. I had read – and been told – I could not stay sober unless I did. Step Five provided me with a feeling of belonging, with humility and serenity when I practiced it in my daily living. It was important to admit my defects of character in the order presented in Step Five: “to God, to ourselves and to another human being.” Admitting to God first paved the way for admission to myself and to another person. As the taking of the Step is described, a feeling of being at one with God and my fellow man brought me to a resting place where I could prepare myself for the remaining Steps toward a full and meaningful sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
We cannot live in a choice-less life. 
Every day, every moment,
every second there is choice. 
The Science of Mind page 143 
The higher the expectations,
the lower the serenity.
I try to keep my boundaries high, 
my expectations low, and my heart open. 
Ala-non member
I had to have a drink Vodka to keep the Staples in my stomach from rusting. 
We can be alone at perfect peace and ease.
BB Into Action, p.75  
Whenever a human being becomes a battleground for the instincts, there can be no peace.
12&12 Step Four, p.44  
All members of the family should meet upon
the common ground of tolerance, understanding and love.
BB The Family Afterward, p.122  
We found that dependence upon His perfect justice,
 forgiveness, and love was healthy,
and that it would work where nothing else would.
12&12 Step Twelve, p.116  

The sword of Love sweeps away the dust from the lovers soul.
 For his sword clear sins.
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 127 Insights
“There is no love but God’s.”
At the beginning of today’s exercise, I repeated the title of today’s lesson slowly in my mind, like a mantra. Each time I said it, I felt myself relax a little more. It brought a sense of relief. As I accept that there is no Love but God’s, I no longer need to spend all the time I have spent trying to be accepted in one way or another. I don’t need anyone’s approval, for I already have all of God’s Love. There is nothing else.
As I remember that there is no Love but God’s, a big portion of the time I have invested to try to obtain value, worth and acceptance is no longer necessary. As I go deeper into remembering that there is no Love but God’s, all need for defense disappears. I no longer have to maintain an image that is “acceptable.” I no longer need to be right. I no longer need to fear losing love or value. So another big chunk is released, freed from investment in defense and returned to acceptance of all that is real, of Love.
As I come to rest in the awareness that there is no Love but God’s, I am in deep peace that cannot be disturbed. God has given me all of His Love and there is nothing else to have. I no longer need to strive to obtain anything, for I already have all that I need, all that there is in reality. As I hold this recognition in my mind, all that I see is Love.
When any brother comes to mind, all I can see in him is Love. All I can offer Him is Love. I am free of the strain of judgment, trying to make differences where no differences exist. I am accepting my Self as It is and always has been. My heart is filled with deep appreciation that extends to all. At last I accept my Self as God created me. The battle of rejection is over and I am free. Thank you God for your gift of Love to me. I accept your gift by offering it to all.
What stands out to me in this lesson is the idea that the power of Love holds everything as one. That means Love is one, with no differences and no exceptions. As I learn to open to God’s Love, the power of Love shows me that everything is one. The love I have known in this world, with one kind of love here and another kind of love there, is really nothing and is meaningless.
As I learn to return to God’s Love, I am shown that Love is everywhere. In fact, God’s universal Love is all that is real. This takes a lot of stepping back from the false lessons I have learned from the past. In returning to God’s Love, I need to remember that I do not know what anything means. I need to remember that only God’s Love is real. This takes consistent practice and a willingness to appreciate and be open to God’s Love, which is the only Love that is real.
God’s Love never changes with time. God’s Love is eternal. I can now use time to return to God’s Love, the only Love that brings an awareness of oneness. I can let go of all the meaning I have given to this world and return to all true meaning. I can learn to lift the veil and find Love behind all the false images of separation. I can learn to rest in the Oneness of God’s Love. I can practice today returning to Love and remembering that there is no Love but God’s.
I’m glad that the lesson asked us to approach this lesson one person at a time. At first, as I was reading the lesson I tried to encompass everything in my world. All of the places I have withheld love and those I have assigned special meaning swirled through my mind. Is there any place in my life that I have seen Love as it is? I started to feel discouraged. One person at a time, though; I think I can do this.
For the first time in my life I feel ready to accept Love as it Is. I know that it will take practice because I have believed in special love for a long time. I have thought of love as a tool to manipulate and control; to reward and to punish. I have been afraid to open up to love, thinking that with great love comes great pain. What a relief it will be to release all of this and accept Love for what It is.
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In the state of love, no matter what you do, it’s going to be good.

How sad, a heart that
does not know how to love, that
does not know what it is to be drunk with love.
If you are not in love, how can you enjoy
the blinding light of the sun,
the soft light of the moon?
Omar Khayyam
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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