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APRIL 17, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 17, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Brain Power Alone?
To the intellectually self-sufficient man or woman, many A.A.’s can say, “Yes, we were like you – far too smart for our own good. We loved to have people call us precocious. We used our education to blow ourselves up into prideful balloons, though we were careful to hide this from others. Secretly, we felt we could float above the rest of the folks on our brain power alone. “Scientific progress told us there was nothing man couldn’t do. Knowledge was all powerful. Intellect could conquer nature. Since we were brighter than most folks (so we thought), the spoils of victory would be ours for the thinking. The god of intellect displaced the God of our fathers. “But John Barleycorn had other ideas. We who had won so handsomely in a walk turned into all time losers. We saw that we had to reconsider or die.”
TWELVE AND TWELVE, pp. 29-30
Copyright1967 Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“TRUE TEACHER  
 Once in awhile a True Teacher enters the world, a rare
individual who has risen to the spiritual heights. He knows all about
the devil, including the fact that Satan is nothing but a bundle of
furious fakery. Nothing in life is hidden from a True Teacher, including the method by which you can save yourself. Having safely passedthrough the inner jungle himself, he can show you how to do the same.
Want the same? You will find a True Teacher. He will welcome you.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 188
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
17 April 2017
LOVE AND FEAR AS OPPOSITES
All these failings generate fear, a soul-sickness in its own right.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 49
“Fear knocked at the door; faith answered; no one was there.” I don’t know to whom this quote should be attributed, but it certainly indicates very clearly that fear is an illusion. I create the illusion myself.
I experienced fear early in my life and I mistakenly thought that the mere presence of it made me a coward. I didn’t know that one of the definitions of “courage” is “the willingness to do the right thing in spite of fear.” Courage, then, is not necessarily the absence of fear.
During the times I didn’t have love in my life I most assuredly had fear. To fear God is to be afraid of joy. In looking back, I realize that, during the times I feared God most, there was no joy in my life. As I learned not to fear God, I also learned to experience joy.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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You must attempt to unify your total consciousness,
 so that no one is drawn between the reason and the inner sight.
 Ernest Holmes The Voice Celestial pg.140 
 
It is easier to resist the bait than to 
struggle with the hook.
Ala-non member
 
The three hardest words for an alcoholic is
 ‘I don’t know.’
Anonymous 
 
There is no time left for anything but to make
 peacework a dimension of our every waking activity.
— Elise Boulding
 
 
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
E. F. SCHUMACHER
 
 
If you find all your roads and paths blocked, 
He will show you a secret way that no one knows.
~ Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 106 Insights
“Let me be still and listen to the truth.”
Let yourself rest a while in oneness. There is no conflict there, only perfect peace and a deep sense of well-being. Here you recognize through experience that giving and receiving are the same: One undivided Whole, giving all of Itself to all, eternal because It is changeless, being filled up completely, giving completely, safe, happy, loving, loved, gentleness, being Spirit.
 
When I let myself open up to this state of mind, it is there, it is real. The world of separate bodies is nowhere and nothing. On the other hand, as I focus on the world of separate bodies, this world becomes very real and God’s Reality seems very distant. The Course tells us that we can have one or the other, not both at the same time. What an opportunity today to take five minutes of every hour to be still and listen to the truth, open to reality, feel the well-being and safety that comes with opening to God’s peace and love and joy.
 
I need to ask myself, “What are my priorities? What is truly important to me? Where do I find my salvation? Where do I place my trust? How am I to be of service today?” It is only as I am willing to be still and listen to the truth that I receive Reality instead of illusions. As I am open to receive, so do I give. Today I will nurture myself with the truth. I will allow myself to feel God’s gifts of peace and joy. What is more important than this?
 
 
When I allow myself to be still, the truth comes with a deep sense of peace. I experience no conflict as I look upon the world. I feel safe. This is the message I receive and the message I give. The message is, “We are one. There are no differences. There is no distance between us.”
 
My job is to hold that awareness all through the day for myself and all my brothers. Sometimes I may express these thoughts in words for my brothers to hear with the body’s ears. Sometimes it is best simply to hold those thoughts in my mind as I see with the vision of Christ my unity with my brother.It matters not if my brother seems to be dedicated to ego and heavily defended against the truth. I can still give the message in my mind, joined with his that we are one and the same, still Love, as we were created.
 
In the giving of that thought, it is returned to me, strengthening it in me. And Holy Spirit holds that thought for my brother in safe keeping until he is ready to receive it, just as He has held that thought for me. Today I will be still and listen to the truth.
 
 
When I went into work early this morning, I was told that my supervisor’s mother had passed during the night after a downward struggle with heart disease. The immediate and normal reaction of my ego was sadness; for my supervisor, her mother, and mostly fear for myself, as I, too, have a mother in her mid 80’s who’s health is also progressively declining.
 
It is times like this that the constant practicing of these lessons, the constant repetition of the same thing over and over, as inconvenient as it can sometimes seem, that I see results and change in myself — results that are truly valuable, results that sustain me, results that give me hope.
 
I quickly began to steady my mind in an attempt to escape the insanity and the fear, and I turned to the Holy Spirit for guidance. I must say I didn’t “hear” anything, I didn’t get an answer, but I felt peace. I went absolutely no further with the fear; I was actually able to let it go and just feel peace. Sometimes, when I ask for guidance, I don’t know what “the answer” is, but today I know that I don’t always need to know “the answer”; all I need to do is be at peace. When I do that, everything starts falling into place. Life just seems to work.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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The kingdom of bliss is spread tier upon tier ununendingly beyond the blue vaults of heaven. No matter how much Joy you have, look for more and you will get it…. March on endlessly in rhe eternal ether of meditation.
Paramahansa Yogananda
 
For “IS” and “IS-NOT” though with Rule and Line,
And “UP-AND-DOWN” without, I could define,
I yet in all I only cared to know,
Was never deep in anything but—Wine.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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