From the BlogMeet Ron


 The matter of will (self-will or God’s will) is the more difficult part of the Step for me. It is only when I have experienced enough emotional pain, through failed attempts to fix myself, that I become willing to surrender to God’s will for my life. Surrender is like the calm after the storm. When my will is in line with God’s will for me, there is peace within.
Copyright 1990 
“The average man’s day is characterized by strained efforts to fulfill
inner desires through outer supplies. He is surprised and hurt when
outer supplies are denied. He rarely suspects the base of the problem.
He assumes that it lies in exterior availability, when it really resides
in his own desire.”
he Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 4, p. 68
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).
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
When prayer removes distrust and doubt and enters the field of mental certainty,
it becomes faith; and the universe is built on faith.
In principle the great religions of the world do not differ as much as they appear to.
Ernest Holmes
“Don’t seek to be loved, rather seek how to love.”
We are not alone. 
There is always an unseen power working for righteousness.
“Come, seek, for search is the foundation of fortune: 
every success depends upon focusing the heart.” 
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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The beauty of God is vast.
To enjoy flowers for their loveliness is good,
but far greater is to see behind their purity and beauty the face of God. —
Paramahansa Yogananda
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