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DEC.17,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DEC.17,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
It is a constant source of amazement to some of the Old-Timers to answer a call for help from some alcoholic and to find that the person in trouble is a neighbor, relative, friend or fellow employee or a member of AA.
 
It sometimes happens that the new man preferred it that way as he would rather discuss the matter with a stranger than someone near him.
 
It is also true that some of us are not quick to grasp the opportunities to pass the Message along. If you see a man is beyond his depth and can’t swim, why should you wait for him to yell for help? He might be deaf and dumb.
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Q: I don’t want to sound complaining, but why do I have so
many bad breaks?
 
A: What you call your bad breaks are not at all what you assume
they are. Your thinking must change. Having a negative response
to an event, you assume the negativity is in the event when it
is only in your negative response. But you don’t see this. By
breaking your habitual negativity, the same events could happen,
but would not be seen as bad breaks.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 12, p. 159
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
December 17,2017
A PRICELESS REWARD
. . . work with other alcoholics. . . . It works when other activities fail.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 89
“Life will take on new meaning,” as the Big Book says (p. 89). This promise has helped me to avoid self-seeking and self-pity. To watch others grow in this wonderful program, to see them improve the quality of their lives, is a priceless reward for my effort to help others. Self-examination is yet another reward for an ongoing recovery, as are serenity, peace and contentment. The energy derived from seeing others on a successful path, of sharing with them the joys of the journey, gives to my life a new meaning.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers,
but for powers equal to her task, 
to go forward with a great desire forever beating at
the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal. 
Helen Keller 
Accepting the lessons and experiences of the past 
and taking the best from everything, we should preserve
only forward, looking ever for the truth, and ever a ascending
higher and higher into the heavens of reality.
 Page 439 Science of MInd
AFFIRMATION 
I continue to grow and evolve.Excited about life, 
I embrace my greater good.
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“God helps those who don’t try to take over His work”
ODAT pg 196 (Ala-non)

 
 I wanted to commit suicide without dying.
Anonymous
 

In this mob of I’s inside, which one is me? Hear me out. I know I’m wandering, but don’t start putting a lid on this racket. No telling what I’ll do then. Every moment I’m thrown by your story. One moment it’s happy, and I’m singing. One moment it’s sad, and I’m weeping. It turns bitter, and I pull away. But then you spill a little grace, and just like that, I’m all light. It’s not so bad, this arrangement, actually.
~Rumi

 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 349 Insights
“Today I let Christ’s vision look upon
All things for me and judge them not, but give
Each one a miracle of love instead.”
If I am to awaken to the truth, I must be willing to see through the eyes of Christ. I must be willing to accept and not judge what Christ’s vision shows me. God has given me the gift of Christ’s vision. Today I must make it my highest priority to accept God’s gift. It is Christ’s vision that gives me the miracles that heal my mind. It is Christ’s vision that shows me the truth.
 
In this world, everyone is busy with shopping for gifts for their friends and family. The biggest gift of all that we could ever receive is Christ’s vision, which is the gift that comes from God.
 
Today let me be humble enough not to judge Christ’s vision, but to accept it with gratitude. As I am willing to accept Christ’s vision, I receive a steady flow of gifts of miracles of changed perception. Christ’s vision shows me the face of Christ in every brother. Christ’s vision shows me the truth. Today I would be willing to receive the truth and give the truth. It is the greatest gift I could ever receive or ever give. This gift heals all artificial values and returns me Home where I belong.
 
Christ’s vision sees only innocence because it knows only innocence. Christ’s vision is a holy perception that leads beyond perception. There is no need for vision in Heaven, for what is one has no “other” to see. But in this world where we believe there is something to perceive, we need a vision that will lead us to the recognition of our unity instead of maintaining the illusion of separation. This is the gift of Christ’s vision.
 
Christ’s vision disregards the forms we look upon and sees only the Love that unites us all. When we join with Christ’s vision, we bring the gift of Love to all we look upon. Perhaps there is a brother who has lost awareness of the Light of Love he is. Christ’s vision sees it for him and offers it to him as a gift of remembrance. If he believes himself unworthy of the gift, he may not accept it, but the gift is held for him to be received when he is willing.
 
It is not my job to judge whether or not a gift will be accepted and offer it only to those who will accept. It is my job to let Christ vision in me offer the gift of Love equally to all. It is not my job to decide the form in which the gift of Love is given. It is my job to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, Who alone knows the form that will most effectively carry His healing message.
 
I open my heart to the gift of Love by opening my heart to everyone and everything with equanimity, recognizing what is the same in all. As I open my heart, I feel the joy of recognition, for I recognize the Love in me that is in all my brothers. The Light we share dances in celebration of our unity, for in the recognition of our oneness, we remember our Home.
 
Today I will give the gift of recognition that Christ’s vision shows me. It is the miracle of Love. And I give thanks for the opportunity to give this gift and receive its blessing.
 
 
For a long time I didn’t understand what it meant to have Christ’s vision. I thought it meant that I had to see my chosen image of Christ on my supervisor instead of her own face, or my mom’s face had to be different, or the guy on the freeway. Then I would evaluate my spiritual progress when I couldn’t see those images.
 
Today I realize that anything I see with my physical eyes is an illusion; it is these physical eyes that cause me to see my supervisor different, my mom different, etc. To have Christ’s vision is to liberate everything I see and make no judgment period, no matter how different they look to me, no matter how I perceive the person or situation; that’s an ego trick.
 
It’s taken me many years to realize that I don’t know what’s best for me. I don’t know what my needs are, but my Father does know and today I trust Him. I trust that all people and all situations in my life today are here to teach me a lesson and the lessons are those that I need to learn to be free of the judgments I have made. My Father has given me the gift of grace and trusts me to trust Him. Thank you, Father.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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O Master Weaver of dreams,
 teach me to loom a cushioning
 carpet of self-realization on which all 
Thy lovers may tread as they travel to
 the shrine of eternal wakefulness. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
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“Scholars really have nothing to teach you.
But from the soft touch of the eyelashes of
a woman you will know all there is to know about happiness.
Buy wine, take it to a secluded place and let it comfort you.” 
― Omar Khayyám, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
3856A Claudine St.
Honolulu, Hi 96816

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