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OCT.7,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

OCT.7,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Look back, my friend, on the interminable nights of sweating, shaking, pacing the floor, praying for the dawn, yet dreading what the day would bring. That stretch in the “can” when “every day was like a year, a year whose days were long.” Days that lasted a lifetime and nights that lasted an eternity.
 
Those days and nights are gone, through the Grace of God, and now there are not enough hours in each day, not enough nights in each week and the span of life seems insufficient to accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Making a decision about your marriage or career or place of
residence is nothing at all compared with your decision about
your existence as a total human being. It is strange how people
fragment themselves with decisions as a wife or as a businessman,
never observing the whole life-scene at once. 
Fall into the attitude that you can do nothing better for your entire life than
to make affirmative decisions every hour. The decision to read
truth-literature or to contemplate are favorable decisions.”
 Esoteric Mind Power, p. 146
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Twenty Four Hours A Day OCT.7, 2016
Thought For The Day 
Do I put too much reliance on any one member of the group? That 
is, do I make a tin god out of some one person? Do I set that 
person on a pedestal? If I do, I am building my house on sand. 
A.A. members have “clay feet.” They are all only one drink away 
from a drunk, no matter how long they have been in A.A. This has 
been proved to be true more than once. It’s not fair to any member 
to be singled out as a leader in A A. and to always quote that 
member on the A.A. program. If that person should fail, where 
would I be? 
Meditation For The Day 
You must always remember that you are weak but that God is strong. 
God knows all about your weakness. He hears every cry for mercy, 
every sign of weakness, every plea for help, every sorrow over 
failure, every weakness felt and expressed. We only fail when we 
trust too much to our own strength. Do not feel bad about your 
weakness. When you are weak, that is when God is strong to help 
you. Trust God enough, and your weakness will not matter. God 
is always strong to save. 
Prayer For The Day 
I pray that I may learn to lean on God’s strength. I pray that I 
may know that my weakness is God’s opportunity.
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Life awaits up on man’s discovery of natural laws, 
his discovery of himself and his discovery of 
his relationship with the whole . 
The Science of Mind page 72 
 
 
 
In the process of surrender which the alcoholic necessarily undergoes 
before his alcoholism can be arrested, the part of the personality which 
must surrender is the inflated Ego. This aspect of personality was 
identified as immature traits carried over from infancy into adulthood, 
specifically, a feeling of omnipotence, inability to tolerate frustration, 
and excessive drive, exhibited in the need to do all things precipitously.
 — Harry M. Tiebout, M.D.
 They tend to be suspicious, bristly, paranoid-type people with huge egos 
they push around like some elephantiasis victim with his distended 
testicles in a wheelbarrow terrified no doubt that some skulking ingrate 
of a clone student will sneak into his very brain and steal his genius work. 
 — William S. Burroughs
I pray that all of the good words and catch phrases and wisps of 
inspiration that come to me, I will remember these two above all: 
Humility and Responsibility.
— A Day at a Time 
 
 
 
That hurt we embrace becomes joy. 
Call it to your arms where it can change. 
~Rumi
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 278 Insights
“If I am bound, my Father is not free.”
I am bound by the laws of this world if I think I am a body, separate and unique from everything else. If I think I am a body, the laws of this world tell me that I am vulnerable and I must protect the body. To have value, the body must look good and I must adorn it with trinkets and baubles and stylish apparel. I must get pieces of paper and awards that say the body has performed well.
 
And so the “life” of this body is spent in seeking to get in order to have the value it does not seem to have on its own and in carefully defending and protecting what little value it has managed to acquire. This is what I believe my existence is for if I believe I am a body. When the Course is telling me the laws of this world do not apply to me, it is not telling me I can go on a wild crime spree. Such action could only be based on the belief that I am a body and subject to its limitations.
 
When I fully recognize that I am not a body, but remain God’s loving extension, subject only to His law of Love, the idea of taking and getting and attacking could not occur to me. No value could be seen in a world of form from the full awareness that Love is all that is real.
 
The way I free myself from bondage is to cease rejecting the Self that God created. By accepting my Self as God created me, I accept my Father as the Love He is. I no longer place limits on God nor my Self. I accept that I am Love and I see only Love, for Love is all there is to see. Thus I am free to be as I was created. I see only the face of Christ, the symbol of God’s Love, for I have forgiven all the mistaken images that I interposed between myself and my Father. I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.
 
 
It all comes down to which thought system I want to hold on to. The ego thought system tells me I am bound by limitation, weakness and finally death. It tells me I am separate and alone, different from my brother and from God. This is the thought system I have joined with or I would not find myself in an illusionary world where separation appears to exist.
 
Now I am learning that there is a better way. There is a way out of believing in this world of separation I seem to be in. And the way out is through forgiveness, or being willing to lay down all the false beliefs I have bought into. As I cease to want to see a world of separation, a new pathway opens up to me. This pathway is brought to me as I ask for nothing but the truth.
 
As I continue to persist in quieting my mind and asking for the truth, the truth is given me in a way that I can understand in the moment. The Holy Spirit is called the Bridge. If I am willing, the Holy Spirit will take me by the hand and lead me past all the false ideas I have bought into and return me to the truth, step by step. The Holy Spirit’s infinite patience is very helpful when I need my lessons repeated many times. The Holy Spirit knows that, no matter what false ideas I dream, none of them are real.
 
Whenever I go to the Holy Spirit with any problem I seem to have, the Holy Spirit shows me again and again that the problem is always in my own mind and not outside myself. The Holy Spirit shows me how to change my mind and release the false ideas, and what was a mountain becomes a mole hill. The Holy Spirit shows me there is no world that is outside of me and gently guides me to return my mind to the Home I never left in reality. I only dreamed I was separate and alone. I only dreamed I was bound and limited. I only dreamed of a world of bodies.
 
Because the dreams appear to be so real to me, I need the Holy Spirit to help me gently awaken from them and realize they never happened. The Holy Spirit straightens out my mind and shows me that nothing but God’s eternal Love could ever truly be. I do not need to struggle and fight with false ideas, but merely lay them down because they are unreal. The Holy Spirit helps me do this when I am willing. The Holy Spirit shows me that the limitations I have believed in do not exist in reality.
 
The Holy Spirit shows me that I am in truth an extension of God’s Love. God’s Love is not bound by false ideas and neither am I as I am willing to let them go. The Holy Spirit shows me that this is a process and tells me that I need not feel guilty when I see that I have bought into illusions one more time. The Holy Spirit guides me each time I get caught by illusions to see their falsity and then let them go. The Holy Spirit brings me to a place of peace because peace is my Home. It is where I belong.
 
The Holy Spirit is my best Friend and everyone’s best Friend, as each is willing to lay down the false illusions of limitation and loss. Only changeless, eternal Love is real. It is our inheritance. Anything else is false and will be laid down. Truth is true and nothing else is true. God is. Love is.
 
Being alert to the laws of man that I still believe I am subject to is a demanding job. It is a comfort to remember that it is just a process and I don’t have to feel guilty when I forget.
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Your real nature is calmness…. 
It is time you remember who you are; 
the blessed soul, a reflection of spirit.
 Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“I sometimes think that never blows so red
The Rose as where some buried Caesar bled;
That every Hyacinth the Garden wears
Dropped in its Lap from some once lovely Head.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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“It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, 
but rather for him who loveth the whole world. 
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.
“Bahá’u’lláh
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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