From the BlogMeet Ron



As we work the first nine Steps, we prepare ourselves for the adventure of a new life. But when we approach Step Ten we commence to put our A.A. way of living to practical use, day by day, in fair weather or foul. Then comes the acid test: can we stay sober, keep in emotional balance, and live to good purpose under all conditions? 
Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
“Happiness consists of knowing the answer to the question, ‘Who is
this defeat happening to?’ The answer is, ‘No one.'”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 228
This . . . has to do with the quality of faith. . . . In no deep or meaningful sense had we ever taken stock of ourselves. . . . We had not even prayed rightly. We had always said, “Grant me my wishes” instead of “Thy will be done.”
God does not grant me material possessions, take away my suffering, or spare me from disasters, but He does give me a good life, the ability to cope, and peace of mind. My prayers are simple: first, they express my gratitude for the good things in my life, regardless of how hard I have to search for them; and second, I ask only for the strength and the wisdom to do His will. He answers with solutions to my problems, sustaining my ability to live through daily frustrations with a serenity I did not believe existed, and with the strength to practice the principles of A.A. in all of my everyday affairs.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us. 
Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.

Ernest Holmes

I thought I was having fun until all my friends
started to grow up and I wasn’t. ”

“Raise your words, not voice.
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”  


Look past your thoughts,
so you may drink the pure nectar of This Moment.
ACIM Workbook Lesson 315 Insights
“All gifts my brothers give belong to me.”
It is gratifying to know that we are constantly being blessed by every thought of Love anyone offers to anyone. Love is one and Love unites us all. In that unity Love’s gifts are given equally to all. Love can make no exceptions and be Itself. Love is forever extending, because that is what Love does and is. Every forgiving thought opens the door to Love’s extension and Its blessing is received by all.
I give today to the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts. With His strength I will let go of the past and in this forgiveness, clear the way for Love’s extension to bless my brothers and myself. The gift of forgiveness brings me joy. My heart is filled with gratitude, for through forgiveness I recognize my Self in all my brothers. Thus I recognize all gifts my brothers give belong to me.
Love, to be Love, is all inclusive. Love extends to all of Itself in the eternal now. Everyone’s true nature is Love and that true nature is always extending all of Itself to all Love. Therefore we are always receiving Love’s gifts. It is always occurring, whether we are aware of it or not.
Today I open my mind to become aware of Love’s ongoing gifts. Today I accept the truth of Love, which is present now and eternally. I let the Holy Spirit help me recognize my barriers to Love. I then allow the Holy Spirit to shine those barriers away. I would recognize the truth today. I would recognize that the truth of Love is true and nothing else is true.
I am grateful for the constant gift of Love that comes to me today and every day from every Son of God. I am also grateful for the constant gift of Love that extends from me today to every Son of God. For Love to be Love, It must extend to all always, in the eternal now. I practice accepting Love’s eternal presence today.
I was saying in my ACIM discussion group just last Sunday that we are all one mind and so when one of us is healed that healing is for all of us. But I don’t think that I really felt what that means.
I’m thinking that, as I sit here this morning, I am receiving a constant stream of spiritual gifts. How extraordinarily wonderful this is! I am awe struck just to think of it. When you realize this is true, it suddenly becomes possible (no, certain) that the Sons of God will return to Who they are.
I am grateful for this encouraging thought because, surely, I have sometimes doubted it could be done as I looked around at what the ego has appeared to have made. Every time I look at a brother, today, I am going to be reminded he is my savior and feel gratitude for what he is doing for me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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Paramahansa Yogananda –
I am not your leader but your servant.  I am as the dust at your feet.  I see God represented in you, and I bow to you all.  I want only to tell you of the great joy that I feel in Him.  I have no personal ambition, but I have the greatest ambition to share my spiritual joy with all the peoples of the earth. ….
The minutes of your life are more important than the years.  If you do not fill these minutes with thoughts of God, the years will slip by, and when you need Him most, you may not be able to feel His presence.  But if you fill the minutes of your life with actively striving for God, you will find the years automatically enveloped in the consciousness of the Divine Being.
Only he who has overcome maya, and achieved oneness with God is worthy to be held before mankind’s gaze as a supreme example. And even among liberated beings who return to earth as saviours, few are assigned a role that might rightfully be termed that of a world teacher.
The person of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yoganandaji fulfilled all the requirements of such a perfect being, and the teaching that has been given to the world through him stands unique in the annals of scripture and religious science. Though lofty in purpose, it is practical in its method. Though profound and all-encompassing in its philosophy, it is simple in its application to daily life. The universality of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings is such that followers of all religions, of east and west, find in it the embodiment of their own highest ideals, and the means to realize more fully their individual spiritual goals. …
Paramahansa Yogananda
The speech itself is from a comedy directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. First released in October 1940, Chaplin plays two characters who look strikingly similar- a Jewish barber and a dictator who looks like Adolf Hitler. Near the end of the film, after a series of bizarre incidents, the dictator gets replaced by his look-alike, the barber, and is taken to the capital where he is asked to give a speech.
It’s worth watching because the speech is as relevant today as it was 71 years ago. The full transcript of the speech can be found below.
” I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor — that’s not my business — I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.
We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful.
But we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls — has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.
The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish…
Soldiers — don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you — who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate — only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers — don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.
In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written ” the kingdom of God is within man ” — not one man, nor a group of men — but in all men — in you, the people.
You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power — let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfil their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers — in the name of democracy, let us all unite!”

Ron Richey
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