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APRIL 1, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 1, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
(12 Coconuts is 132 years old today)
DAILY

EXPECTATIONS vs. DEMANDS 
Burn the idea into the consciousness of every man that he can get well regardless of anyone.
The only condition is that he trust in God and clean house.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.  98
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)

“To know that you do not know is the dawn of knowing.
How can the wisdom of not knowing be achieved? You must have the
courage to ask, ‘What would happen to me if I stopped running?’
Then, find out. Stop running. You will see something. What a
relief to stop running.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 7, p. 87
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
1 April 2017
LOOKING WITHIN
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 42
Step Four is the vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what the liabilities in each of us have been, and are. I want to find exactly how, when, and where my natural desires have warped me. I wish to look squarely at the unhappiness this has caused others and myself. By discovering what my emotional deformities are, I can move toward their correction. Without a willing and persistent effort to do this, there can be little sobriety or contentment for me.
To resolve ambivalent feelings, I need to feel a strong and helpful sense of myself. Such an awareness doesn’t happen overnight, and no one’s selfawareness is permanent. Everyone has the capacity for growth, and for self-awareness, through an honest encounter with reality. When I don’t avoid issues but meet them directly, always trying to re-solve them, they become fewer and fewer.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Faith is not hope, it is substance. 
Free spirit within me, unbound and perfect, 
teach me thy ways and make known to me
 the limitless completion. 
comment by member of Science of Mind
The higher the expectations,
the lower the serenity.
I try to keep my boundaries high, 
my expectations low, and my heart open. 
Ala-non member
 


My sponsee went out I can’t go bring him back,
pain is our only teacher. 
Anonymous
 


“I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath.” 
― Lisa Kleypas, Again the Magic
 

You that give nourishment and steadiness and freedom,
give the bent soul strength to stand up straight in the work
it knows it’s here to do. Give us patience and
generosity and clarity to see through the images that
appear. 
~ Rumi

A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors

ACIM Workbook Lesson 90 Insights
Review: “Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.”
and “Let me recognize my problems have been solved.”
 
This world was made to disguise the source of all problems. It appears that the cause of problems is external to me. And as long as I believe that, they cannot be solved. This supports the ego’s main agenda, which is to seek not find. It seems as though others attack me without me having anything to do with it. It seems as though a virus can give me a cold. All through the day it appears that things happen which I had nothing to do with causing. It is important to the ego that I believe this because as long as I do, I will not accept the solution to all problems and the ego’s “existence” is held in place. Were this true, there would be no resolution to the problems I seem to experience.
 
But by the grace of God it cannot be true. What God did not create cannot exist. Since God did not create separation, it does not exist. Because God did not create separation, the solution is always present with the belief in separation. God’s Answer is called the Holy Spirit. It is the part of our mind that remembers separation is impossible and therefore problems are also impossible. All the things that seem to happen to me are the effect of believing that separation is real.
 
The solution is not in trying to control what happens to me. The solution is in letting go of the belief in separation, letting go of the wish to separate from my Identity as Love. This wish is deeply hidden and well forgotten so it does not appear to be the cause of all my ‘problems.’ Yet if I look at what I would experience, were I to accept my oneness with Love as God created me, the wish for separation would disappear and all problems with it.
 
In the oneness of God, there is only perfect safety, perfect happiness and perfect peace. This state of being is my inheritance. Is it not more appealing than conflict, loss and a constant sense of vulnerability? Today I am willing to recognize the real cause of my problem and accept that it has been solved. I remain safe in the loving Arms of God.
 
 
Jesus, help me rise above the battlefield. Help me see as you see. Through the ego’s eyes, things look dark and grim. As I look through your eyes, I see that there is no reason for any grievance. Nothing has happened to the Son of God. He has not changed. He is still the one extension of God. He is still the Light of God.
 
The ego thought system never could make separation real. I am still one with my brother and Love is still our one Identity. The dream of separate identities has affected nothing. The problem, which was holding a grievance against God, did nothing and was nothing. In the dream the problem may take many different forms, but every problem is the same. It is ultimately a grievance against our one Identity. It is a grievance against Love’s Oneness.
 
As I forgive, or let go of the grievance, I see that nothing happened. I see that the problem has already been solved. I am in a state of peace and extend peace to every brother. I remember that only Love is real. I remember that what I perceive through the body’s senses is only illusion and these illusions threaten nothing that is real. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Let me recognize my problems have been solved.
 
 
Recently my elderly mother moved in with me and to say the experience has been a challenge is an understatement. Even though I asked my Heavenly Father to give me the opportunity to bond with my Mom and attempt to undo some of the harm, I feel, was done in the past, it’s been extremely difficult to forgive myself, my Mom, the past, and on and on…..
 
With today’s lesson I am reminded that what God did not create cannot exist. This seeming “problem” is undeniably the ego’s way of keeping me imprisoned; it surfaces as one of the many forms of fear.
 
As a student of the Course, I sometimes feel I should have “gotten this” by now, but the author of the course knew the ego would never let up on us and that’s why these lessons are so important to me. I actually am grateful for these difficult situations now because it is then when I remember that I don’t have to live the way I used to anymore. Today, I can look to the Holy Spirit and be set free from my illusions.
 
Holy Spirit, my Divine Guidance, please help me to have the willingness to recognize that this problem and all my problems have been solved. Help me to have faith in myself, in my Mom, in You and in God. Help me see this situation through my Heavenly Father’s eyes and accept it, knowing that His power is with me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org

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I have discovered Thy silent sanctuary,O Divine Indweller! 
long hidden behind a rocky fortress of seeming inaccessibility. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
There was a Door to which I found no Key
There was a Veil past which I could not see:
Some little Talk awhile of ME and THEE
There seemed—and then no more of THEE and ME.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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