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APRIL 21, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 21, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
WEEDING THE GARDEN 
The essence of all growth is a willingness to make a change 
for the better and then an unremitting willingness to shoulder 
whatever responsibility this entails. 
AS BILL SEES IT, p.  115 
 
By the time I had reached Step Three I had been freed of my dependence on alcohol, but bitter experience has shown me that continuous sobriety requires continuous effort. 
 
Every now and then I pause to take a good look at my progress.  More and more of my garden is weeded each time I look, but each time I also find new weeds sprouting where I thought I had made my final pass with the blade.  As I head back to get the newly sprouted weed (it’s easier when they are young), I take a moment to admire how lush the growing vegetables and flowers are, and my labors are rewarded.  My sobriety grows and bears fruit.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)
 
“Who you really are knows what you should really do with your life,
so what a great opportunity!”
Cosmic Command, # 1508
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
21 April 2017
CULTIVATING FAITH
“I don’t think we can do anything very well in this world unless we practice it. And I don’t believe we do A.A. too well unless we practice it. . . . We should practice . . . acquiring the spirit of service. We should attempt to acquire some faith, which isn’t easily done, especially for the person who has always been very materialistic, following the standards of society today. But I think faith can be acquired; it can be acquired slowly; it has to be cultivated. That was not easy for me, and I assume that it is difficult for everyone else. . . .”
— DR. BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS, pp. 307-08
Fear is often the force that prevents me from acquiring and cultivating the power of faith. Fear blocks my appreciation of beauty, tolerance, forgiveness, service, and serenity.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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I am happy and complete, today and forever.
The Science of Mind page 511
 
 
When I blame someone else for something,
 I give up my power to them.
Ala-non member
 
I’m still working on self-seeking.
 Anonymous 
 
“I know a girl from whose body sunbeams rose 
to the clouds as if they’d fallen from the sun.
Her laugh was like a bangle of bells. 
“Your hair is wet,” I told her one day, “Did you take a bath?” 
“It is dew!” she laughed, “I’ve been lying in the grass. 
All morning long, I lay here waiting for the dawn.” 
― Roman Payne
 

 
But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone.
It lies in the hearts and minds of all people.
So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper,
let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness
to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people.
I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny
are not beyond the reach of human beings.
— John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

When lovers die in their journey, the spirit’s King runs out to meet them.
When they die at the feet of that Moon, they all light up like the sun.
~ Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 110 Insights
“I am as God created me.”
One of the ideas that the ego resists most vigorously is that this world of pain and punishment, suffering and sorrow is not real. Today’s lesson spells out very clearly how it could not be real if we remain as God created us. And since it clearly states that we do remain as God created us, unchanged, then the world we see is an illusion. Today’s idea offers great relief. It is the basis for forgiveness and release from all guilt. It tells me that because I was created by Love, I remain Love. That is the truth of what I am.
 
As I seek to recognize that truth, it seems like I must run a gauntlet of voices, clamoring to convince me that I am anything but Love. They are simply illusions. As I learn to disregard them, to pay no attention to them, I am able to move past them and see the Light of my Self radiating the Love that I am. I am not alone in this journey through the voices of separation. I have a mighty Friend, the Holy Spirit, Who’s strength is mine the moment I accept it. He holds my hand and guides me through, reminding me all along the way of what is true and real.
 
Today I would accept the Holy Spirit’s help. Each time I hear a voice that speaks to me of limitation, of guilt and fear, I will remember that I hold the Holy Spirit’s hand and His strength is mine. I will ask for and accept His vision. As I practice this moment by moment, the voices become dimmer and more distant, for I give them less and less credence. It is only my belief in them that has made them seem real. With the Holy Spirit’s help, I withdraw my belief and I am free. I remember that I remain as God created me.
 
 
Sometimes it seems so tempting to believe that I am an individual person that can make decisions on my own. This lesson reminds me that this is not true. This lesson reminds me that I am still an extension of God’s Love, that is still in the Mind of God. I am Spirit, the Spirit of Love. I am not a body with a separate mind. Letting go of this false concept of having a mind that is separate from God’s is what my purpose is now.
 
Letting go of this false concept of having a separate body that has a separate mind is what Jesus calls forgiveness. This false concept of individuality is the barrier that hides my one Self from my awareness. Today my practice is to honor my true Self. Today my practice is to open to my Self. As I do this, the Light that comes into my mind shines away the mistaken ideas of an individual mind.
 
I find that this takes repeated practice. It takes a willingness to not close off awareness of the Self again. It takes a dedication to quiet my mind and remember that I rest in God, no matter what illusions may appear to be real to me. I am still as God created me. Everyone is still as God created them. Nothing has changed. No one has left God’s Mind. God’s Mind is inviolate.
 
I really need these hourly reminders, because the attraction to make the world real still seems to be there. So I practice today remembering that I am still as God created me. I am still the one Self, and so is everyone. Today I practice again and again and again. Nothing has changed God. All is in God and of God. All that is real is safe in God.
 
 
I was thinking about my lesson this morning and started wondering about why I have to keep working on the same problems over and over. What got me to thinking along this line is the holidays. Every holiday I go off my diet and have to work like crazy to get back on it. So I was thinking about weight as a pretty common problem for a lot of people and a lifetime struggle for me.
 
Why should I suffer with this problem? I am God’s Son and His Son cannot suffer. I’ve tried to give it away before, but I always take it back. Thinking about this makes me feel guilty because I keep taking it back.
 
Since I was feeling bad about myself, I reminded myself that I rest in God. And why should this problem be any different? I allow it to rest in God,too. That’s when it hit me. Being different is my whole reason for keeping this problem. I keep taking back certain problems because they keep me separate and unique and special.
 
I’ve danced around this idea before, but I’ve never seen it so clearly. Having unsolvable problems keep me separate from those who don’t have those problems. They protect me from accepting my true Identity. How can I be as God created me if I am weak willed? I am using these problems to protect myself from Oneness.
 
Will recognizing what I am doing finally allow me to stop? I don’t know, but I think taking it out of the dark and looking at it has to help. Now when I give it to Holy Spirit for healing, I know what I am giving and I recognize that I am not asking to be saved from fat, but from my split mind. I don’t want to be afraid of God anymore. I don’t want to be afraid to see myself as God created me. I don’t want to be afraid to give up suffering.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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As the solid substance we call ice appears
from water, steam, or hydrogen- oxygen gas, 
so the solid earth with this oceans in vapors
appears out of the universe of cosmic energy.
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
 
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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