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APRIL 23, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 23, 2017 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Free of Dependence
I asked myself, “Why can’t the Twelve Steps work to release me from this unbearable depression?” By the hour, I stared at the St. Francis Prayer: “It is better to comfort than to be comforted.” Suddenly I realized what the answer might be. My basic flaw had always been dependence on people or circumstances to supply me with prestige, security, and confidence. Failing to get these things according to my perfectionist dreams and specifications, I fought for them. And when defeat came, so did my depression. Reinforced by what grace I could find in prayer, I had to exert every ounce of will and action to cut off these faulty emotional dependencies upon people and upon circumstances. Then only could I be free to love as Francis had loved.
GRAPEVINE, JANUARY 1958
Copyright 1967 
Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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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
23 April 2017
A.A. IS NOT A CURE-ALL
It would be a product of false pride to claim that A.A. is a cure-all, even for alcoholism.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 285
In my early years of sobriety I was full of pride, thinking that A.A. was the only source of treatment for a good and happy life. It certainly was the basic ingredient for my sobriety and even today, with over twelve years in the program, I am very involved in meetings, sponsorship and service. During the first four years of my recovery, I found it necessary to seek professional help, since my emotional health was extremely poor. There are those folks too, who have found sobriety and happiness in other organizations. A.A. taught me that I had a choice: to go to any lengths to enhance my sobriety. A.A. may not be a cure-all for everything, but it is the center of my sober living.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Truth reveals itself at every point in
 time and space to every man who
 thinks his way behind the thing he
 knows to what he does not know.
 Ernest Holmes “The Voice celestial” page 59
 
All suffering is the result of thought pointing in the wrong direction.  
Thought does not change an emotion but action does.
Ala-non member
 
Some days my attitude sucks,
I have to take responsibility and 
ask God to take it from me. 
Anonymous
 
“…There is the heat of Love, the pulsing rush of Longing, 
the lover’s whisper, irresistible—
magic to make the sanest man go mad.” 
― Homer, The Iliad

Peace cannot be kept by force. 
It can only be achieved by understanding.
— Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
 
 
This mud-body 
is clear epiphany. 
 
Spring paints the countryside.
Cypress trees grow even more beautiful,
 but let’s stay inside.
 
Lock the door. 
Come to me naked.
No one’s here. 
Rumi 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 112 Insights
Review: “Light and joy and peace abide in me.”
and “I am as God created me.”
This lesson is talking about my Identity. It is talking about everyone’s Identity. Everyone is the home of Light and joy and peace. Jesus is encouraging me to remember this. He is giving me a structured practice to help me remember the truth. Do I want to remember the truth of my Identity? If so, I will do the practice.
 
I want to return to my true Identity. Jesus is pointing out the way here in today’s lesson. I have practiced the opposite often enough. The time is now to practice returning to the truth. It all happens in my mind. I need to give this practice the devotion it deserves, the time it deserves. This is the most important use of time, no matter what the ego thought system may point out to me that needs to be done with my time.
 
We are all part of God. This can never change. Whether we choose to remember this is up to us. Today I have been given a structured practice to remember What I am in truth. I open my mind today and follow the lead of my true Self. There is nothing more important than this.
 
 
Light and joy and peace are already mine. I do not need to do anything to qualify for them, to deserve them. They are part of me as I was created by the Source of light and joy and peace. I remain one with that Source. Darkness, sadness and conflict cannot coexist with light and joy and peace, being complete opposites.
 
If I remain one with the Source of light and joy and peace, darkness, sadness and conflict cannot be part of me. If I believe I experience darkness, sadness or conflict, I must be believing in illusion. Since it is my belief that brings me this experience, I can change my experience by changing my belief.
 
These lessons provide a means for me to practice giving my attention to a new belief, a belief that leads me to the experience of myself as God created me. Today, if I experience tension, which is a sign of conflict in my mind, I will use today’s lesson to redirect my mind by reminding myself that joy and Light and peace abide in me. This practice throughout the day, as many times as I can remember to practice, strengthens my mind in a new belief. It redirects my attention to accepting my true Identity as God created me.
 
 
My home is not my body; my home is with God, because I am a part of Him, as are my brothers. And being of God, only Light and joy and peace could possibly abide there. This makes sense of the God I knew of deep down in my heart; the one I knew could never abandon me or cause all the insanity I sometimes see.
 
Jesus wants us to practice this thought over and over again until we can begin to see the truth in this thought. I will remain forever they way God created me, in the image of Himself, changeless like Himself.
 
Holy Spirit, help me this day have the willingness to stay focused on these thoughts; the thoughts my Heavenly Father has sent me to remind me of who I am. Amen.
TO CONTINUE:
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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I am NOT lonely in the chamber of solitude for Thou art always there. 
Paramahansa Yogananda 
 
Said one—“Folk of a surly Tapster tell
“And daub his Visage with the Smoke of Hell;
“They talk of some strict Testing of us—Pish!
“He’s a Good Fellow, and ‘t will all be well.”
OMAR KHAYYAM
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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