From the BlogMeet Ron



Eye Opener (1950)
In AA, no man is the official mouthpiece of the Movement. 

No one person represents AA officially.
 Here you find a God of your own understanding; 
when you talk, you give only your own opinions, 
you give your own interpretations of the Twelve Steps
 and practice them as you think they should be practiced.

If you use your method and stay sober,
we will admit your way is good for you.
But we admit no authority on your part
to tell us how to work them.
Because it worked for you is no sign it
might not be poison for someone else.
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 

One man was standing at the top of some stairs, while a second man
was standing at the bottom. A third man was standing in the middle
of the stairs.

The man at the top declared, ‘These steps go downward.’

The man at the bottom stated, ‘The steps run upward.’ ‘If you were
in my position,’ the third man said to the others, ‘you would see
they run both up and down.’

_A true view of life includes all viewpoints, not merely the one
seen from a presently preferred position_.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 179

Twenty Four Hours a Day March 11
Thought for the Day
By having quiet times each morning, we come to depend on God’s help during the day, especially if we should be tempted to take a drink. And we can honestly thank Him each night for the strength He has given us. So our faith is strengthened by these quiet times of prayer. By listening to other members, by working with other alcoholics, by times of quiet meditation, our faith in God gradually becomes strong. Have I turned my drink problem entirely over to God, without reservations?
Meditation for the Day
It seems as though, when God wants to express to men what He is like, He makes a very beautiful character. Think of a personality as God’s expression of character attributes. Be as fit an expression of Godlike character as you can. When the beauty of a person’s character is impressed upon us, it leaves an image which in turn reflects through our own actions. So look for beauty of character in those around you.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may look at great souls until their beauty of character becomes a part of my soul. I pray that I may reflect this character in my own life.
You must attempt to unify your total consciousness,
 so that no one is drawn between the reason and the inner sight.
 Ernest Holmes The Voice Celestial pg.140 

BB We Agnostics, p.53
When we became alcoholics, crushed by a self-imposed crisis we could not postpone or evade,
we had to fearlessly face the proposition that either God is everything or else He is nothing.

The Angel of Death arrives and I spring joyfully up. 
No one knows what comes over me when
 I and that messenger of yours speak! 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 70 Insights
“My salvation comes from me.”
As I focused on the thought that salvation is in me, and observed the thoughts that passed through my mind, it was easy for me to accept the “blame” for my reactions to my circumstances. It’s easy for me to see that it is my interpretation and my thoughts about anything that caused distress, dissatisfaction or discomfort of any kind. But I also observed that it seemed difficult for me to accept that I could be my own savior, let alone the salvation of the world.

Here I see the effect of the ego’s campaign to convince me of my powerlessness and unworthiness. The ego is perfectly happy for me to accept the blame for my pain. It is not threatened by that. In fact, it sees it as another tool to reinforce guilt. But the ego is threatened to the core by the possibility that I might accept that I have the power in my mind to change my thoughts and free myself from guilt. This is because were I to accept this power as mine, it would be the end of the ego. This is when it is important for me to remember that it is not the little image I have identified with as me that can bring me salvation. It is that image that I need to release myself from.

 Those who meditate feel a wonderful inner quietl…. 
What you learn in meditation, practice in activity in conversation;
let no one dislodge you from that calm state.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 

The Angel of Death arrives and I spring joyfully up. 

No one knows what comes over me when
 I and that messenger of yours speak! 
Rumi (from “Birdsong” translated by Coleman Barks)

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