Bill Achor's Writings
Serenity Prayer Application
May 13, 1977
The"application" I am working on at present is the serenity prayer used by AA. (I don't know who the author is.)
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
The literal interpretation in itself is beautiful and meaningful.
In a new awareness I am now exploring (brought to me via a set of books we recently acquired from A.R.E.: "A Course in Miracles"), a further interpretation might go something like this:
"Father, I seek consistent awareness in Christ Consciousness: That the obstacles and the difficult inter-relationships I find in this world of space and time are transient facts authored by my ego self; and accurately reflect my separation from my true spiritual Being. My faith in You, Father, is my courage to release this world, which exists for me only as it is established by my ego self; and my wisdom is my willingness to fore sake the ego voice and listen only to my Divine Guidance, so that I experience the Heaven I am already in, and know your will on earth as it is in Heaven. Help me, Spiritual Teachers of God to grow in the activity of this understanding and thank you, God, that this is so. Amen"
So this is where I Am; for now.
I shall be sending you some of these understandings, in simpler, non-summarized, manner as we go along.
One stepping stone, which is the current application of our weekly group, is "This too shall pass." This recognizes the transitory nature of any and all earthly experiences. This affirmation is particularly helpful in release of the experiences we find difficult. We must eventually recognize that this applies also to the experience which our egos label as good, and to which we may subsequently attach our existence.
All activities of spirit are attended by a deep fulfilling joy. Not the temporary exhilaration of a "good" ego trip, not the anticipation of a reward, but the abiding joy in doing, in Being. This was expanded in awareness by a thought from Old Chinese as passed on to me by Elda Shippey, "It is the process that is important." This also reminds me of a teaching from the Edgar Cayce readings, "We get credit for trying." (pertaining to a gain in Spiritual awareness) and another thought from Cayce, "It is no sin to fall down, it is a sin not to get up again."
So....If you are not finding joy in your activities, look to see what miscreation your ego is authoring. What error of attitude has your ego established? What internal sentences, what perceptions, is your ego feeding your conscious? This is the level at which you begin any change of consciousness, any cancellation of the ego authored reality.
By consciously changing the sentences you tell yourself and by denying the right of the ego to create, to govern, your existence; you can detach from the circumstances of your ego world and know the pure joy of your Spiritual Being.
-William E. Achor
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Time is too slow for those who wait;
Too swift for those who fear;
Too long for those who grieve;
Too short for those who rejoice;
But for those who love, time is not.
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