From the BlogMeet Ron





“We found that as soon as we were able to lay aside prejudice and express even a willingness to believe in a Power greater than ourselves, we commenced to get results, even though it was impossible for any of us to fully define or comprehend that Power, which is God.”

Alcoholics Anonymous 4th Edition

We Agnostics, pg. 46


Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 

You can learn how to live your own free life.”

There is a Way Out, p. 77




Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; . . .

— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 125

Without unity I would be unable to recover in A.A. on a daily basis. By practicing unity within my group, with other A.A. members and at all levels of this great Fellowship, I receive a pronounced feeling of knowing that I am a part of a miracle that was divinely inspired. The ability of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, working together and passing it on to other members, tells me that to give it away is to keep it. Unity is oneness and yet the whole Fellowship is for all of us.

From the book Daily Reflections

Copyright © 1990 by
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.


Spirit is the first cause in the creative series.
Manifestation, the action of Spirit upon itself.
Ernest Holmes

When my higher power is building with me, 
there’s a destruction of Character defects. 

Desire will in due time externalize itself as concrete fact.
Thomas Troward


Make yourself free from self at one stroke!
Like a sword be without trace of soft iron;
Like a steel mirror, scour off all rust with contrition.


ACIM Workbook Lesson 300 Insights

“Only an instant does this world endure.”
In this lesson we are being gently guided to let go of our insane stories of separation and individuality. We have wandered from the truth of our real Identity. As we quiet our minds and let go of these insane stories about a world of time and space, we go beyond them to the eternal Presence of peace, love and joy. We cease wanting to see separation. We become willing to acknowledge God as our only Source. We become willing to acknowledge that we are Love, just as God is and that nothing else is real. We become willing to return Home.

Today I would practice letting false perceptions go. I would practice seeing each perception as a passing cloud that softly disappears. I would practice quieting my mind and asking for the truth.

I can let this world of pain, suffering and death go in an instant. I do this through forgiveness. Holding on to the images of this world and insisting on their reality is just an unwillingness to accept my Self as God created me. Thus ultimately forgiveness is forgiving God for not giving individuality and specialness.

It may appear that some other person criticized or somehow offended my image of myself. It may appear that some microorganism attacked my body, which is part of my image of myself. It may appear that some terrorist attacked our nation. Yet all these appearances are but the acting out of my wish to have a separate identity I can call my own.

It is impossible to have a separate identity without having to defend its form, protect it against intrusion and change. So complete forgiveness means that I let go of the demand for a separate identity and welcome God’s Love, given equally to all.

His Love is always offered. It waits only on welcome. In this moment of welcome, fear is undone and peace returns to my awareness. I remember that I am God’s extension of His Love. All this returns to me with the one decision to accept my Self as God created me.

© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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provided this copyright notice and website address are included.

Life does not prepare us to be non-attached. If you think you are non-attached, but when something you own is suddenly smashed beyond repair and you grieve for it, you may be sure that you were attached to it.

Material desires are merely an expression of the soul’s longing for its native state: eternal bliss. This longing can be fulfilled only in oneself. That man strolling down the street, happily enjoying a beautiful day, was happier at that moment than he was after acquiring the camera. Sooner or later we, too, realize that we want a thing only until we get it — then we will look for “something else.”

Paramahansa Yogananda


Dr Ian Ellis-Jones … Living Mindfully Now

Welcome to my blog—an eyes-open, no-holds-barred exploration of Western and Eastern spirituality, mindfulness, philosophy and literature. A member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, I lectured at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry to mental health workers for 14 years and at the University of Technology, Sydney to law students for 16 years. My interests include metaphysics, the psychology of religion, transformative ritual, mythology and addiction recovery.


It was the spiritual psychologist and teacher Vernon Howard who said, ‘Real life is a timeless renewal in the present moment.’ I like that.

I think so-called ‘time’ and ‘space’ – which are really one – are no more than mediums in which all things exist. Life is movement—ceaseless movement— and life itself is timeless and spaceless. That much is clear. Another thing is clear—everything is contained within ‘the Now.’ All duration – or time – is total and complete in the Now. There is an ‘eternal’ quality about the Now. It is forever new. The present moment has its unfolding in the Now. The past, in the form of memories, inherited characteristics and tendencies, the karmic consequences of past actions—all that is no more than the expression of a ‘present’ reality, being a present ‘window link’ to the eternity of the Now. It’s the same as respects the future—any ideas about or hopes for the future are present ideas and hopes. Yes, the present is simply that which presents itself before us in the Now—so the present embraces past, present and future. Amazing!

My favourite Christian theologian Paul Tillich says as much in his wonderful book The Eternal Now. Tillich writes, ‘The mystery of the future and the mystery of the past are united in the mystery of the present. Our time, the time we have, is the time in which we have “presence.” … Each of the modes of time has its peculiar mystery, each of them carries its peculiar anxiety. Each of them drives us to an ultimate question. There is one answer to these questions — the eternal. There is one power that surpasses the all-consuming power of time — the eternal … .’

Here are some other words I like. They really resonate with me. The words come from the influential New Thought minister, lecturer and writer Dr Emmet Fox (pictured below left), who had this to say about the ‘Now’:

Has it ever occurred to you that the only time you ever have is the present moment? We have all heard this said many times but probably few of us realize, even slightly, all that it implies.

It means that you can only live in the present. It means that you can only act in the present. It means that you can only experience in the present.

Above all, it means that the only thing you have to heal is the present thought. Get that right and the whole picture will change into one of harmony and joy. When some students hear this statement they may think, ‘Oh yes, I know that. I have known it for years’; but the chances are that they have not yet understood it thoroughly.

When they do, remarkable results will follow. All that you can know is your present thought, and all that you can experience is the outer expression of all the thoughts and beliefs that you are holding at the present time.

What you call the past can only be your memory of the past. The seeming consequences of past events, be they good or bad, are still but the expression of your present state of mind (including, of course, the subconscious). What are all the future things that you may be planning, or things that you may be dreading – all this is still but a present state of mind. This is the real meaning of the traditional phrase, The Eternal Now.

The only joy you can experience is the joy you experience now. A happy memory is a present joy. The only pain you can experience is the pain of the present moment. Sad memories are present pain. Get the present moment right. Realize peace, harmony, joy, good will, in the present moment. By dwelling upon these things and claiming them-and forgetting during the treatment, all other things-the past and future problems alike will take care of themselves.

If you are reading this, you are alive—although it is necessarily the case that some people are more alive than others. (Sorry, the motivational preacher in me gets carried away at times.) Also, where you are right now is where you are—right now. (Deep stuff, all this.) These things must be taken to be axiomatic. Further, we can never escape the Now, so why not live fully—and mindfully—‘in’ it … now! We do not truly live in the Now when our minds are on other things. Unless we are mindfully present, from one moment to the next, we are not truly alive. Our attention—which must be choiceless and non-discriminating—has to be right here—right in the here-and-now. In addition, if we are to find any meaning or purpose in life we must find it in the eternity of the Now. The Now is omnipresence itself. No wonder mystics and holy ones have referred to God as the ‘Eternal Now’ or the ‘Eternal Presence.’ God eternally subsists and expresses Itself in Its own Being—in the Eternity of the Now—in all things and as all things.

Scott Shaw, a Zen master and teacher, has written, ‘Time is a scale we created in order to measure our worldly accomplishments.’ Ha! Very Zen. Yes, time – as we ordinarily understand it – is a somewhat ‘relative’ construct, but I still think it is ‘real.’ The truth is we live both in time and eternity. Now, eternity is not something we enter when we die. No, eternity is ‘something’ we are in—right now! You are part of life’s Self-expression, and life cannot die. Your body will die, and, I think, also your mind, but the life in you—well, that’s an entirely different matter. Stop identifying with your body and your mind—they are not you. Stop identifying yourself with time, for the less you think about time, and the less you concern yourself with time, the freer you will be. You can’t see time. Even if you watch the hands of a clock move, you are seeing just that—movement. You are not seeing time. The fact is that if you live entirely in time, you will be afraid of death. If, however, you live fully and mindfully in the abundance of the Eternal Now, you will know that you live forever! There’s a big difference.

The disciple asked the master, ‘What is the path?’ The Zen master replied, ‘Walk on!’ Yes, the ‘meaning’ of life lies in the living—the ‘walking’—of life. Life is endless movement, and so we must walk—from one moment to the next. Any ‘meaning’ we find must and will be found in the moment-to-moment experience of the Now. Eternity is not the present time plus all the past and all the future, nor (as already mentioned) is it a postmortem experience. It is a present—indeed, ever-present—reality. In truth, there is no time after time after time. No, eternity transcends time altogether—and is despite time! The mystics and holy ones have known this for centuries—there is an ‘eternal’ element to life which moves us beyond spacetime to ‘something’ which is the very ground of our being—indeed, Being itself. No wonder Jesusexclaimed, ‘Before Abraham was, I am’ (Jn 8:58). He didn’t say, ‘I was before Abraham was.’ No, he said—altering the order of the words—‘I am before Abraham was.’ He understood his essential and existential pre-existence, and I do not believe he was claiming that fact uniquelyand exclusively for himself. No, he never did that! That was not his way. He never asserted a fact about himself which was not also applicable to—you and me! Never forget that.

Vernon Howard was right. The Eternal Now is that ‘present’ which is forever renewing itself in and aseach new moment. Yes, this Eternity supersedestime itself. To understand the ‘eternity’ of the Now, you need to know that there is a ‘present’ in the present as well as a ‘present’ beyond the ‘present,’ but if you try to ‘chase’ the next present you will fail. Don’t even bother—there is no need. This concept needs to be experienced as a present reality. Intellectual understanding only takes you so far. In a very real sense, the Eternal Now and the so-called temporal now are—one and the same! Everything is—here now! Life is eternal, and we are alive in eternity—now! What Life—God, if you like—offers us is the Eternal Now, which is anything but a time on the clock.

H P Blavatsky (pictured left), in the first volume of Isis Unveiled, said it all when she wrote, ‘The human spirit, being of the Divine, immortal Spirit, appreciates neither past nor future, but sees all things as in the present.’

No wonder the New Testament says, ‘Exhort one another daily, while it is called today’ (Heb 3:11). We live for so long as it is still—today!


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