Reaching out to others to give Love and Support leads to you/me receiving Love and Support. One of the best ways to let go of self is to truly listen to others. Dec 15th
Humbled by the ocean. Does the wave think he is a wave or does he realize that he is the ocean? Are we separate from Life or are we life? The allusion that we are separate from this moment must be surrendered, peace comes only in this moment. The idea of me is always in the past, from a story of me or a belief about me, or in the future picture of the imagination of me. The belief in the story of me casts me into a mission to fix me or make a better me. Reading self-help books and going to personal growth groups or spiritual development seminars. These pursuits did help in the end to exhaust any possibility of finding true peace in this realm, the realm of the personal. Only in the now, the moment through surrender did quiet come. Who have we been and who are we now? We have been a person, living in a world of right and wrong, good and bad. A world of judgment and complaint. Always trying to understand and making meaning of life’s events. Never completely satisfied, always looking for more, and afraid of losing what we have. And pretending that we are happy and complete, wearing the mask of I’m ok. That is the world of the mind, of the ego. There is a possibility to live in our full potential, free of fear, free of personal judgment.
One of the paths to self-realization to awakening is the 12 steps of AA, NA, CA., and many more. Let’s follow that instruction. and there are more.
We have included a 10-minute Meditation. Also can be called a Guided Meditation Daily Practices.Talking and sharing Spiritual Principals, reading uplifting messages, & Meditation
THE NINTH STEP PROMISES
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through.
We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change.
Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.
We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not.
They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them. – Big Book pages 83 & 84
An excerpt from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous Page 62
Selfishness–self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and they retaliate. Sometimes they hurt us, seemingly without provocation, but we invariably find that in some time in the past we have made decisions based on self which later placed us in a position to be hurt. So our troubles we think are basically of our own making. They arise out of ourselves and the alcoholic is an extreme example of self-will run riot, though he usually doesn’t think so. Above everything, we alcoholics must be rid of this selfishness. We must, or it kills us! God makes that possible.
In this series of videos, we are reading from the 24 hr a day Book And We are talking about being Ambassadors of Love
Tuesday, December 15
Thought for the Day
Service to others makes the world a good place. Civilization would cease if all of us were always and only for ourselves. We, alcoholics, have a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the well-being of the world. We have a common problem. We find a common answer. We are uniquely equipped to help others with the same problem. What a wonderful world it would be if everybody took his own greatest problem and found the answer to it and spent the rest of his life helping others with the same problem in his spare time. Soon we would have the right kind of a world. Do I appreciate my unique opportunity to be of service?
Meditation for the Day
Today can be lived in the consciousness of God’s contact, upholding you in all good thoughts, words, and deeds. If sometimes there seems to be a shadow on your life and you feel out of sorts, remember that this is not the withdrawal of God’s presence, but only your own temporary unwillingness to realize it. The quiet gray days are the days for doing what you must do, but know that the consciousness of God’s nearness will return and be with you again, when the gray days are past.
Prayer for the Day
I pray that I may face the dull days with courage. I pray that I may have faith that the bright days will return.