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APRIL 16, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 16, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
3rd Step Prayer:
“God, I offer myself to Thee to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that my transendence over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!”
AS Bill Seees It. 210
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)

“Start going against your laziness.”
Your Power of Natural Knowing, p. 91
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
16 April 2017
ANGER: A “DUBIOUS LUXURY”
If we were to live, we had to be free of anger. The grouch and the brainstorm were not for us. They may be the dubious luxury of normal men, but for alcoholics these things are poison.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 66
“Dubious luxury.” How often have I remembered those words. It’s not just anger that’s best left to nonalcoholics; I built a list including justifiable resentment, self-pity, judgmentalism, self-righteousness, false pride and false humility. I’m always surprised to read the actual quote. So well have the principles of the program been drummed into me that I keep thinking all of these defects are listed too. Thank God I can’t afford them—or I surely would indulge in them.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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To him that loves much, much is forgiven.
The Science of Mind PG. 458
 
Pause for Poise.
Ala-non member
 
I grew up playing in this park and actually 
climbed some of these coconut trees. 
Fond memories. 
Anonymous 
 
 Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Buddha
 
The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.
— Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)
 
 
When love is not accepted move on;
when love is not appreciated walk away;
hopefully time will teach what real, true love is.
~ Rumi…
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 105 Insights
“God’s peace and joy are mine.”
God’s peace and joy extend forever. God’s peace and joy extend to me and through me. If I don’t experience God’s peace and joy, I have put up a barrier to its extending through me.
 
The Holy Spirit will help me remove the barriers to my extending peace and joy if I let Him. The Holy Spirit shines a light on all my barriers to peace and joy and helps me see that they are not real. The Holy Spirit helps me see that the barrier is not what I want and is meaningless.
 
I cannot receive God’s peace and joy unless I am willing to extend it or give it away. That is the way God’s gifts work. They increase through extension. Today my practice is to extend God’s peace and joy so that I will remember that they are mine. As I learn to connect with the peace and joy in everyone, I will learn that they are mine. Giving is receiving.
 
 
Today’s practice is a practice of accepting God’s gift of happiness. Doing this exercise all through the day is the way to accept happiness as mine. It is a way of seeing a forgiven world. I cannot truly offer peace and joy to my brother if I am holding a grievance. And I cannot accept peace and joy in me while I am holding a grievance.
 
Forgiveness is a central theme of the Course. Today’s exercise is another way of moving toward seeing a forgiven world. When I look upon a brother I have judged, one I might call ‘enemy,’ and I offer peace and joy to that brother, I am releasing him from that judgment and releasing myself at the same time.
 
In the beginning of this practice, I may say the words with halfhearted belief. I may understand the truth, but still have reservations about the worthiness of the other to receive those gifts. Yet each time I practice, I open the door a little wider to the acceptance that these gifts in truth do belong to everyone. Everyone deserves them without exception. It is God’s Will and therefore must be mine as well, for I share God’s Will for my happiness and the happiness of all the world. I will practice today. I want to remember that everyone, including me, deserves all of God’s joy and peace.
As I did the lesson, I came up against a barrier with a couple of people and felt guilty that I was having trouble with them. I don’t know why it is that I tend to always think I am the only person to have these problems and that there must be something especially unworthy about me that I can’t do them. (OH, wow! Maybe that’s it. Maybe it is just another way to feel special. I am uniquely unworthy. More unworthy than anyone else. Now how is that for foolish. No wonder Jesus refers to the ego thought system as insane.) I will keep working at it throughout the day and trust that Holy Spirit is working with me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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There is no end to your consciousness;
 all things are glittering like stars in the firmament of your being. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
Ah, Moon of my Delight who Know’st no wane
The Moon of Heav’n is rising once again:
How oft hereafter rising shall she look
Through this same Garden after me—in vain!
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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