From the BlogMeet Ron


“There are two things I’ve learned from this program. First, to surrender completely. I was fighting a losing battle with the bottle. I gave up, and through defeat, I won. Second, to change myself, because the world isn’t going to change to suit ‘poor little old me.’ It’s just this simple – whatever it is in me that led me down the alcoholic road to misery, I no longer want any part of it.” 
c.1976 AA for the Woman  
(AA Pamphlet P-5), p. 17 
Thought to Consider . . . 
Take a walk with God. He will meet you at the Steps.
“We do not know ourselves until we know our own minds.
Self-acquaintance comes by noticing our hidden motives
and desires, which will always be quite different from
what we assume they are. For example, a man could see
that he is motivated by two main desires – to gain plea-
sure and to avoid pain. By studying his desires, he
could understand their ways; he could detect and banish
self-defeating ones. He could also see that by permitting
another person to think for him, he opens himself to every
delusion and disaster of which that person is capable.”
Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 28

The alcoholic may find it hard to re-establish friendly relations with his children. . . . In time they will see that he is a new man and in their own way they will let him know it. . . . From that point on, progress will be rapid. Marvelous results often follow such a reunion.
While on the road to recovery I received a gift that could not be purchased. It was a card from my son in college, saying, “Dad, you can’t imagine how glad I am that everything is okay. Happy Birthday, I love you.” My son had told me that he loved me before. It had been during the previous Christmas holidays, when he had said to me, while crying, “Dad, I love you! Can’t you see what you’re doing to yourself?” I couldn’t. Choked with emotion, I had cried, but this time, when I received my son’s card, my tears were tears of joy, not desperation.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc

“Let us waste no further time looking for the secret
of success or the key to happiness.
Already the door is open and whosoever will may enter.” 
― Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
We get to live two lives in one lifetime.
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
Don’t wait for good things to happen to you.
If you go out and make some good things happen,
you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
“if your eyes are marred
with petty visions
wash them with tears
your teardrops are healers
as they begin to arrive” 
― Jalaluddin Rumi
ACIM Workbook Lesson 270 Insights
“I will not use the body’s eyes today.”
We are not being told here to put on a blindfold so that we won’t use the body’s eyes. This is an attempt to cure by changing the effect instead of the cause. It is the same as saying that I won’t watch the news because it upsets me. The news is not the cause of my upset. It is the judgments in my mind about the news that upset me. If I don’t watch the news, the judgments remain and will be triggered by some other event in my life as long as they remain in my mind.
Were I able to hold Christ’s vision unwaveringly, I could watch the news and hold my peace, offering only Love to all I see. There would be no judgment, for I would be seeing a forgiving world, an innocent world, where harm is recognized as impossible. This lesson is leading us to this vision. It is the forgiveness in my mind that makes it possible to see a forgiven world and remember God.
It may be helpful not to watch the news while I work on my forgiveness, letting go of judgments and insistence on holding a separate identity. The more I can maintain peace and be receptive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the more I will be able to see with Christ’s vision. Here is where I change the cause of all conflict or disturbances of any kind. The more I can consistently give all my judgments to the Holy Spirit for Him to purify, the easier it will be for me to look on all things with equanimity. My peace remains undisturbed when I allow the Holy Spirit to be my Guide in all things. Then it will not matter whether I watch the news or not.
Holy Spirit, I seek to walk with You today and let You guide all my doings, all I say and think. With Your help, Christ’s vision will show me all that is real and I will easily disregard the unreal as meaningless. With Your help, I will experience the joy of being God’s Son, united with Love, everywhere and beyond time. Thus will I not see with the body’s eyes, but instead see with the Light of Love and remember my Creator.
Holy Spirit, I take my dreams to you today and let them be brought to the truth. I would not hold on to sick dreams and protect them by continuing to make them appear real in my eyes. I would hand over these dreams with an open mind.
I am willing for these dreams to be translated into Christ’s vision, where all true vision lies. I am willing to remember that all are in Heaven now and have never left. I am willing to remember that only God’s Will is real. I am willing to let go of the ego’s lies. I am willing to let them be washed away in God’s healing Light. I will not use the body’s eyes today to make illusions real.
© 2003, Pathways of Light.
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The greatest love you can experience is in communion with God in meditation. The love between the soul and Spirit is the perfect love, the love you are all seeking. When you meditate, love grows. Millions of thrills pass through your heart….If you meditate deeply, a love will come over you such as no human tongue can describe; you will know His divine love, and you will be able to give that pure love to others.
― Paramahansa Yogananda
Love is a many splendid thing
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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