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MARCH 13, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

MARCH 13, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
I feel that A.A. is a God-inspired program and that God is at every A.A. meeting. 
 I see, believe, and have come to know that A.A. works, because I have stayed sober today. 
 I am turning my life over to A.A. and to God by going to an A.A. meeting.  
If God is in my heart and everyone else’s, then I am a small part of a whole and I am not unique.  
If God is in my heart and He speaks to me through other people,
then I must be a channel of God to other people.  I should seek to do 
His will by living spiritual principles and my reward will be sanity and emotional sobriety.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
DELUSION
 
‘Exactly what is a delusion?’
 
‘It is a mental mix-up which sees everything backward. What appears
good to the deluded man is seen as bad by the awakened man. What seems
bad to the sleeping man is seen as good by the enlightened person.’
 
‘Details, please.’
 
‘The ordinary man loves flattery, which is injurious because it
separates him from his real nature. The harmful results of flattery
are known only to the awakened man who has freed himself of it.'”
There is a Way Out, p. 118
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Daily Reflections
MARCH 13, 2017 
A WORLD OF THE SPIRIT
We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understanding and effectiveness. This is not an overnight matter. It should continue for our lifetime.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 84
The word “entered” . . . and the phrase “entered into the world of the Spirit” are very significant. They imply action, a beginning, getting into, a prerequisite to maintaining my spiritual growth, the “Spirit” being the immaterial part of me. Barriers to my spiritual growth are self-centeredness and a materialistic focus on worldly things. Spirituality means devotion to spiritual instead of worldly things, it means obedience to God’s will for me. I understand spiritual things to be: unconditional love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control and humility. Any time I allow selfishness, dishonesty, resentment and fear to be a part of me, I block out spiritual things. As I maintain my sobriety, growing spiritually becomes a lifelong process. My goal is spiritual growth, accepting that I’ll never have spiritual perfection.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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We may pass through good fortune and bad, but if we can come to the 
point where we are not disturbed by “things” we have found the secret. 

The Science of Mind page 187

 

 
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out.
VACLAV HAVEL

Wait; Why Am I Talking?¨ 
Ala-non member
 
There going to be a whole lot of ads on television 
today in at the bottom of it it’s going to say drink 
responsibly ;yeah, sure! 
Anonymous 
 
 
 You were clay and became heart, you were ignorant and became intelligent;
He who has drawn you on so far will draw you beyond this world.
Rumi 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY
(VARIOUS WRITERS)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 72 Insights
“Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.”
This lesson is one of the clearest places in the Course where it demonstrates that the Course’s thought system is diametrically opposed to the thinking of this world. The thinking of the world reflects the projected belief that God made the body. Yet in this lesson it says that not only did He not make the body, but He could not, because He cannot create unlike Himself.
 
The statement that as long as the body is the center of our concept of ourselves, we are attacking God’s plan for salvation has been a real eye opener to me. I am seeing that thinking I am a body is an attempt to defy God and be what God did not create me to be.
 
Identifying myself with a body inevitably leads to grievances, for if I am a body, then everyone I see with the body’s eyes is also a body. What bodies do then exemplifies what they are in this thought system. Whether or not I am pleased with what they do, just believing they are a body, a separate identity, is an attack on the unity of God.
 
I may think I am not holding a grievance toward someone, but if I am regarding them in my mind as a separate identity, I am insisting that my brother is not what God created him to be. This belief in separate identities shows me that I am still holding a grievance against God.
 
The idea that I am not a body, that the body is outside me, that no one is a body, is far reaching. Take away the body and all the images associated with a body, the behavior, the personality characteristics, the sense of individuality, and what is left? The ego would say, “nothing.” God says, “everything.”
 
All that we are has nothing whatsoever to do with the body. To be without a body is our natural state. To be Love and nothing else is our natural state. To be unified with all that is real is our natural state.
 
I am coming to see that all my grievances, my upsets about anything that occurs, are just projections of the grievance against God that the body represents in the ego thought system. I want peace. I want happiness. To experience this, I must learn to see beyond the body to the Light that I share with all that is real, to the Light of God in all things. This is letting go of grievances. This is forgiveness. This is going through the clouds to the Light. Today I acknowledge that it is my will to see the Light in everyone and see it as part of me.
 
 
The Course tells me that when I join with the ego thought system, I am joining with the wish to replace God. The body is the ego’s principle tool to hide God from my awareness. The more I focus on the body and what the body does, the deeper I go into the ego’s thought system.
 
The ego’s plan for salvation is to forget Reality and replace it with a world where everything is separate and alone, made so by image making. This image making gives the appearance that individual bodies are all that is real. The bodies have individual stories of birth and death, of conflict and war with other bodies. The stories include bodies in competition with each other, winners and losers, success and loss.
 
God’s plan for salvation is to let go of all this. God’s plan for salvation centers on a return to the truth through the Holy Spirit, Which is in everyone’s mind. The Holy Spirit teaches that the body is not what I am, or ever was or ever will be. The Holy Spirit teaches me to remember that I am Spirit, the Spirit of Love. The Holy Spirit teaches me that everyone is that same Spirit of Love. The Holy Spirit teaches me that when I focus on individual personalities and make it real in my mind, this is the same as trying to replace God. It is holding a grievance against my true nature.
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Only the castle of God can we find protection. 
There is no safer haven of joy than in his presence.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 

Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly—and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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