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Sept. 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

Sept. 13,2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“We sometimes hurt those we love because they need to be “taught a lesson,” when we really want to punish. We were depressed and complained we felt bad, when in fact we were mainly asking for sympathy and attention. This odd trait of mind and emotion, this perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one, permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living. An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.” 
― Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
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VERNON HOWARD
Freedom begins as we become conscious of it.
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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But even in the Christian religion,
much of its real meaning is hidden
by words that are misleading and
symbols that but few understand.
Ernest Holmes
I have only to clean house and help others and then I will go home.
Anonymous
Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence.
We need each other, and the sooner we learn that,
the better for us all.
Erik Erikson
This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause
a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life. Finally,
to take a step without feet.
😇
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 226 Insights
“My home awaits me. I will hasten there.”
If I am unhappy, depressed, resentful or angry, it is because in some way I am dissatisfied with what I believe about the circumstances I am in. The key word here is believe. What I believe determines what I perceive. Being unhappy with my circumstances means that at some level I believe that if what I perceive as outside me were to change in some way to my liking, I would be happy. To believe this, I must believe that I am separate from what appears to be outer circumstances.
 
Attempting to change the outer circumstances to make me happy is a way to avoid making the one change that will truly bring me happiness. To experience the happiness given me by God, I must let go of the belief that I am separate.
 
Trying to change what appears to be an outer world simply reinforces my belief in separation. The outer world seems real to me because at some level I value separation. Most of the time I do not recognize it as valuing separation. It may show up disguised to look like something else. I might want someone to show respect for me so that I will feel more valuable. I might want nice clothing so that I will look good and be acceptable to others.
 
There are myriad ways of looking outside for specialness to give us a sense of worth because we have rejected the value given us by God when we decided to separate from Him. Someone who is so depressed that they are suicidal might say, “I see no value in this world. I want to end it all.” But they are really saying, “I see no hope in getting the outer circumstances the way I want them and so I want to escape.” The ego loves this reasoning because it avoids looking at the core belief that is the source of the problem.
 
To find the happiness that is our inheritance, we must let go of valuing the belief in separation from Love. We must let go of valuing specialness. When we cease to value thinking we are separated from Love, we escape the world entirely because the whole world we see is just the effect of valuing separation.
 
As we give up the ego’s use for the body, we open to the Holy Spirit’s use for the body. What we value then is the Love we see in all our brothers and likewise in ourselves. Here is where we welcome God’s open arms. Here is where we recognize our unity with all. Here is where we experience the joy of Love flowing without end or limitation. We can make that choice in any moment and experience the peace and joy of God. We can walk the world in peace and joy, knowing we are at home in Love.
 
Jesus reminds me in this lesson that I return Home as I change my mind about the purpose of the world. The world was created to reinforce separation. My change of mind involves letting go of believing in separation and returning to my Home, which is oneness. In oneness, there is no division anywhere. Oneness is total joining and sharing of all with all. Oneness is being united in Love.
 
Returning to oneness in my mind is how I leave the world of separation. The Course tells me not to believe in what the body’s senses show me, for the body was made to be the instrument for perceiving separation. The lessons of the Course help me practice looking past separated bodies to the one Light of God that is everyone’s true Essence. The Course reminds me that nothing has changed since we were created by God. God created us all as Love and we remain Love eternally. What God did not create does not exist and so separation does not exist.
 
My opportunity now is to reinforce the truth and not the false belief in separation. My opportunity now is to return Home to oneness. My Home awaits. I will hasten there. What need have I to continue to believe in separation when I know it is not true? Separation is an attack on the truth of oneness and it does not bring me happiness.
 
My opportunity now is to lay this unhappy dream down and open my mind to the awareness of Love’s Presence, Which is always everywhere. What a happy opportunity I have today. And it has nothing to do with changing something in the outside world. It all happens in my mind. Today, do I choose to join with the ego or with the Holy Spirit? As I choose so I will receive. As I receive, so I will give.
 
A couple of months ago I went to my regular Monday night Course study and it was so fulfilling that when I left the building, I felt like I’d been literally lifted up; I actually felt light on my feet. I was able to sustain that feeling into the next morning when I woke up and I greeted the day with joy and happiness, feeling very connected to my Source. It wasn’t until I was driving home later that day that I realized that sometime during the day I’d lost that uplifted feeling. I remember feeling a sense of sadness when I realized I was back in this world, back in the insanity, my feet firmly planted on the worldly ground.
 
I think this is what the lesson means when it says “I can depart this world entirely.” Sometimes I think we have resistance when the Course uses words like “departing” because we think of dying or leaving our loved ones. I can’t describe what it was I felt for that (unfortunately) short amount of time and I haven’t been able to get it back since, but it’s the very thing that gives me hope and makes me realize it is possible to be in this world but not of it.
 
That day the “shift” back to this world snuck up on me because, when I look back, I don’t know when I lost it. Sometimes I wonder if maybe my ego self wasn’t comfortable with that alien feeling and I intentionally let it go. Whatever the case, I believe the constant practice of these lessons strengthens my willingness to open myself to go home and hasten there.
 
Today’s lesson reminds me of a message by Ghandi. “Be the change you wish to see.” It is not what’s outside that needs changing but my thoughts within. Then my journey home need not be so hastened. Thank you, Holy Spirit.

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Man is important in one sense only.
He was made in the image of God:
That is his importance.
He is not important for his body,
ego, or personality.
His constant affirmation of
ego-consciousness is the source
of all his problems.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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