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11 APRIL 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

11 APRIL 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
None of us has ever personally known a person 
who died and surely went to Heaven. 
As all men are sinners, we are told, 
then it is assumed that even the saintliest of
 men have some hidden sins in their past,
either of omission or commission.
 
We do know of many cases, however,
of people who have died the living death
 of Alcoholism and who have come back
 to make a little Heaven here on earth for
 themselves and all those around them.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“You need no longer be at the mercy of the mass madness surrounding
you.To be safe in the human zoo, you just have to be smarter than
the animals. You’re going to accomplish that great inner victory
this morning — if you want it more than you want your concealed
sickness.
 
I better tell you something, and you’d better listen to what I am
going to tell you for your sake. One thing or ten thousand false
loves, which you have but do not see, every single one of them one
day is going to betray you.”
from a talk given 6/10/1990
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
11April 2017
A WORD TO DROP: “BLAME”
To see how erratic emotions victimized us often took a long time. We could perceive them quickly in others, but only slowly in ourselves. First of all, we had to admit that we had many of these defects, even though such disclosures were painful and humiliating. Where other people were concerned, we had to drop the word “blame” from our speech and thought.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 47
When I did my Fourth Step, following the Big Book guidelines, I noticed that my grudge list was filled with my prejudices and my blaming others for my not being able to succeed and to live up to my potential. I also discovered I felt different because I was black. As I continued to work on the Step, I learned that I always had drunk to rid myself of those feelings. It was only when I sobered up and worked on my inventory, that I could no longer blame anyone.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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The Spirit is limitless, 
but can only be to us what we believe It to be.
The Science of Mind page 337
 
I had to constantly re-parent it myself before
I could have a baby.
Ala-non member
 
 The 2nd step to me was when I had reached 
a spiritual bottom. 
Anonymous
 
Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
— The XIVth Dalai Lama
 
– “What?” I asked.
– “Nothing” he said.
– “Why are you looking at me like that?”
Augustus half smiled. “Because you`re beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.” A brief awkward silence ensued. Augustus plowed through: “I mean, particularly given that, as you so deliciously pointed out, all of this will end in oblivion and everything.”
I kind of scoffed or sighed or exhaled in a way that was vaguely coughy and then said, “I`m not beau-“
– “You are like a millennial Natalie Portman. Like V for Vendetta Natalie Portman.”
– “Never seen it.”
– “Really?” he asked. “Pixie-haired gorgeous girl dislikes authority and can`t help but fall for a boy she knows is trouble. It`s your autobiography, so far as I can tell.”
His every syllable flirted. Honestly, he kind of turned me on. I didn`t even know that guys could turn me on – not, like, in real life.” 
― John Green
 
 
Just to be in your presence is the point of my life, 
cooked and drowned, nothing, nowhere. 
Rumi 
 
COMMNETARY A COURSE IN MIRACLES
ACIM Workbook Lesson 100 Insights
“My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.”
What I am learning from today’s lesson is that happiness is always within me. Happiness is in the Christ Mind, which is my real Mind. In order to find the Christ Mind, the only real Mind, I need to learn to pass by the little thoughts and foolish goals of the ego mind. I need to practice going deep within with one intent and that intent is to open up to the truth — what is real — the Christ Mind.
 
The Christ Mind carries the feeling of deep peace, deep joy and deep happiness. It does not fluctuate, but is constant. There is no change and no differences. It steadily radiates happiness. It sees that Love is everywhere, that Love is all that is. This Source of Love within me is my anchor, my support, my source of giving.
 
This is my part in God’s plan for salvation. The peace and joy I feel and extend is contagious. This is how I can be helpful. Being in this place of peace is my most important goal. I cannot extend peace and happiness unless I receive peace and happiness, and I receive peace and happiness by giving peace and happiness. Giving and receiving are the same.
 
What is my intent? Do I want to make separate minds with separate bodies real or am I open to be a part of reversing this mad belief? Continuing to practice going to this sacred place in my mind is how my mind is healed. This is the only way I am able to fulfill my part in God’s plan for salvation.
 
 
Today I saw images of citizens dancing in the streets of Bagdad, celebrating their freedom from tyranny. That symbolizes what we feel inside when we let go of our allegiance to the tyrannical role of the ego. The ego is the idea of limitation and so it ‘rules’ by limiting. When I shift my allegiance from the ego to my true Self, I shift from the loss and sacrifice and death demanded by the ego to the perfect happiness and perfect peace given me by God.
 
We do not need to attack the ego to subdue it. In fact, such an attempt simply strengthens the ego’s perception, because the ego becomes strong in strife. We only attack what we think is real.
 
The ego has no defense against the joy and peace of God, for what is nothing can have no effect on what is everything. My part in God’s plan for salvation is simply to accept His gifts and demonstrate my acceptance by letting His gifts radiate through me to embrace all. It shows by the smile on my face, the happy laughter and the unshakable peace that is mine to give as I accept God’s Will for me, as I accept perfect happiness.
 
There is a passage in the Bible that says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Today’s lesson is talking about that. I was created as an extension of God’s Love, which magnifies His Love. But if I deny that Love, this magnification is not seen or recognized. As I learn to accept my Self as I was created, Love extends through me. That is how I know the perfect happiness that is His gift to His one Son, the Self I share with everyone. As I open up to and express the joy of God, I magnify His Love. This Love reaches out and touches the Love in the hearts of everyone, whether or not they recognize that the Love is in them.
 
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Love cannot be had for the asking;
it comes only as a gift from the heart of another. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
And if the Wine you drink, the Lip you press,
End in the Nothing all Things end in —Yes—
Then fancy while Thou art, Thou art but what
Thou shalt be—Nothing—Thou shalt not be less.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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