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OCT.18,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.18,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
In our introduction into AA, we were admonished,
 “Easy does it,” in order to guard against the evil
 of trying to swallow more than we could digest. 
There is so much to AA that there is always the
danger of taking an overdose. 
The wise AA doctor prescribes for alcoholism 
as a physician would for tuberculosis, 
very little medicine to be taken internally,
 but lots of fresh air and sunshine to be absorbed from day to day.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“‘Then it is positive to notice negativities within ourselves,
 like weakness and guilt?’
 
‘Of course. Nothing is more positive. Never forget – awareness of a
negativity is the cure, the _only_ cure of the negativity.'”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 11, p. 
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.18, 2016
Thought for the Day 
Have I got over most of my sensitiveness, my feelings that are too easily hurt, and my just plain laziness and self-satisfaction? Am I willing to go all out for A.A. at no matter what cost to my precious self. Is my own comfort more important to me than doing the things that need to be done? Have I got to the point where what happens to me is not so important? Can I face up to things that are embarrassing or uncomfortable if they are the right things to do for the good of A.A.? Have I given A.A. just a small piece of myself. Am I willing to give all of myself whenever necessary? 
Meditation for the Day 
Not until you have failed can you learn true humility. Humility arises from a deep sense of gratitude to God for giving you the strength to rise above past failures. Humility is not inconsistent with self respect. The true person has self-respect and the respect of others and yet is humble. The humble person is tolerant of others’ failings, and does not have a critical attitude toward the foibles of others. Humble people are hard on themselves and easy on others. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may be truly humble and yet have self respect. I pray that I may see the good in myself as we’ll as the bad.
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Nothing stays the same. 
Everyone … The young become the old. 
And mysteries do unfold. Cause that’s the way of time. 
Nothing and no one goes unchanged
Lyrics by Bernard Ighner
Anything you can dream of is not too great to undertake
The science of Mind page 288

So the difference between “the boys and the men” 
is the difference between striving for a self-determined
 objective and for the perfect objective which is of God.
12&12 Step Six, p.68  

Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. 
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks

ACIM Workbook Lesson 290 Insights

“My present happiness is all I see.”
In the present moment, happiness is all there is to see. If I am experiencing anything that is not supreme happiness, it is because I have placed an illusion in the way of my seeing the truth. God’s Will for me is that I be happy, that I share His happiness. Anything less than perfect happiness is not worthy of God’s Son and therefore not worthy of me. If I experience any discomfort, pain, upset, sadness, fear, guilt, resentment or lack and don’t do something about it, then I am settling for what is not worthy of me. I am accepting less than the perfect peace and supreme happiness God wills for me.
 
I am grateful for the Course, which gives me the means to not settle for less than God’s Will for me. It is very simple. I need only give every thought of lack and loss, pain and suffering, to the Holy Spirit and open my mind to His translation of the mistaken thought in to the vision of perfect Love. He will undo the effects of all my mistaken ideas by deciding for God for me, if I but let Him.
 
This turning over of my thoughts requires steady vigilance and practice. I have been accustomed to letting my mind run wild in the fields of the ego thought system. Peace cannot be found in those fields. I must train my mind to not seek there for happiness, but rather to turn to the Holy Spirit in my mind.
 
As I make each recognition of a less than peaceful thought a reminder to turn to Holy Spirit, guilt fades away. Instead of using lack of peace as an excuse to punish myself, I use it instead as a reminder to listen to God’s Voice in my mind. His Voice speaks of my innocence and the innocence of all my brothers. It speaks of our holiness and wholeness. It speaks of the Love we are and share. Today I would listen to His Voice and I will see only my present happiness.
 
The sentence that stands out to me in this lesson is, “Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer.” I am learning how important it is to recognize when I am allowing my mind to be deceived. I recognize clearly that the dreams I dream at night are not real, but now it is time to recognize that what I experience during the “day” is also a dream. The dream I am making during the “day” is also not real. It, too, is a dream and I need not be deceived. I can learn to recognize the “day” dream as a dream with the help of the Holy Spirit.
 
I always have the help of the Holy Spirit to show me the difference between what is real and what is not real. The dream I am dreaming during the “day” is also a projection that is made up by me. I understand that this need for projection comes from guilt that has been made unconscious. I now have the opportunity to see this guilt as it shows up in the dream and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, let it go.
 
In truth, nothing has really happened to change my Reality as an extension of Love. But at some level I am thinking that something has happened to change that truth. The fact is nothing has changed. I have just dreamed a dream and its content is not true. I am still universal Love and everyone is still universal Love. That is my lesson today and every day. “Yet I would not allow my mind to be deceived by the belief the dream I made is real an instant longer.” (1:5) What I have seen in every dream I dream is not there. As I truly get this, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will stop choosing to project guilt in dreams. As this happens, my present happiness will be all I see.
 
Because dreams look so real, I need the Holy Spirit to help me see their unreality. I need the Holy Spirit to show me everyone’s oneness in Spirit behind the dream of separation. I need the Holy Spirit to show me the innocence behind the dream of projected guilt. The time is now to hand every dream over to the Holy Spirit to be seen for what it truly is.
 
Sometimes as I am reading a lesson I feel a momentary sense of panic as I think, “How can I ever do this?” Then I remember that I only need to be willing. I only need to want this and allow Holy Spirit to heal my thinking. Then I relax into certainty again, because I know I can do that.
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Think of divine abundance as a mighty, 
refreshing rain;
whatever receptors you have at hand will receive it. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
 
“Yesterday This Day’s Madness did prepare; 
To-morrow’s Silence, Triumph, or Despair: 
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: 
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.” 
― Omar Khayyám
 
 
“Man is, in reality, a spiritual being,
 & only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy.”
 Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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