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APRIL 24, 2017OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

APRIL 24, 2017OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILIES
 
Housecleaning
“Somehow, being alone with God doesn’t seem as embarrassing 
as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk 
aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean 
house is still largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person,
 it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.”
Bill W., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 60 
 
If we skip this vital step, we may not overcome drinking.
Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 72
STEPS: Solutions To Every Problem in Sobriety
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Vernon Howard’s  SECRETS OF LIFE (R)

“Let the winds of change carry you to a permanently pleasant place.
Oh, your mind reacted in a dozen ways to that first statement, didn’t
it? And what you liked especially was the word carry, because you were
scared and directionless. You want something that is stronger and wiser
than you to take over your life. You want to be carried.
 
Now, that is a double-pronged idea and I want to tell you the good
part of it first. It is a sign of diminishing ignorance and egotism
to want to be carried by something other than your own past, your
own mind, by other human beings, because you sense in a small way,
the foolishness of depending upon what you have been depending on,
because you know it has failed you. You have failed yourself, – don’t
let that thought get away – you have failed yourself.
 
Let that thought get as strong as it wants to; let it overwhelm you
that you have failed yourself and don’t be afraid of it. Don’t be
afraid of seeing that you are nothing but a directionless helpless
person at this stage in your life.”
from talk given 10/20/1991
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DAILY REFLECTIONS
24 April 2017
LEARNING TO LOVE OURSELVES
Alcoholism was a lonely business, even though we were surrounded by people who loved us. . . .
We were trying to find emotional security either by dominating or by being dependent upon others. . . .
We still vainly tried to be secure by some unhealthy sort of domination or dependence.
— AS BILL SEES IT, p. 252
When I did my personal inventory I found that I had unhealthy relationships with most people in my life—
my friends and family, for example. I always felt isolated and lonely.
I drank to dull emotional pain.It was through staying sober, having a good sponsor and working the
Twelve Steps that I was able to build up my low self-esteem.
First the Twelve Steps taught me to become my own best friend, and then, when I was able to love myself,
I could reach out and love others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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If we gaze longingly at joy, 
it will make it home with us,
and we shall enter its portals and be happy. 
The Science of Mind page 491 
 
“God helps those who don’t try to take over His work”. 
ODAT pg 196
 
 
 I was drinking at home and I had a friend who was 12 stepping me. 
This girl had what I wanted. 
Anonymous
 
“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” 
― Oprah Winfrey
 
Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted – a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER

 “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.”
— The Notebook 



The sword of Love sweeps away the dust from the lovers soul.
 For his sword clear sins.
 Rumi 

 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMETARY
various contiributors
ACIM Workbook Lesson 111 Insights
Review: “Miracles are seen in light.” and
“Miracles are seen in light and light and strength are one.
This lesson reminds me to give time to God, to give time to the strength in my mind. This lesson reminds me to open to the truth. It encourages me to maintain this practice of opening to miracles throughout the day. It is only by opening to the Light and strength in me that the truth comes into my mind.
 
This Inner Wisdom is always there, waiting eagerly to be accepted into my mind. This practice of opening to the truth all through the day is the way that my false ideas are undone. It is the way that I learn to identify with the strength in me. Light and strength are one. The strength of God is always there in my mind, waiting for acceptance.Today’s practice is very important practice. Accepting the Light of God that we all are is very important practice. In today’s review lesson, Jesus defines the practice very clearly. My willingness to follow through is what will bring me the gifts of receiving miracles all through the day. O Happy Day!
 
 
The Course uses Light as an attribute of God, like peace and joy and happiness. Since God created me as an extension of Himself, and I remain as God created me, I share His Light. And remembering that peace and joy and happiness are companions of God’s Light, if I am experiencing anything but peace and happiness, I must have cut myself off from the Light and believe I am in darkness. Thus the world of separation is a world of darkness, a place of believing that I am separate from God’s Light, and therefore my own.
 
This is why it is important for me to welcome God’s Light, to invite It into my mind. His Light will dispel all the images that I have made to fill darkness. I see miracles when I invite the Light of truth into my mind. I see miracles when I am willing to accept my true Self as What I am.
 
If I see a situation as disturbing, if I perceive someone’s words or actions as an attack, I have forgotten the Light. I am seeing made up images in darkness. Because I made these images up, they seem very real to me. I need the Light and strength of God to recognize that these images are not real. It is helpful to be reminded that strength is one with Light. When I welcome God’s Light, I welcome His strength.In darkness I will feel weak because darkness is the effect of believing I am separate from strength, from God. But I can reverse the situation instantly simply by being willing to accept the light and strength that are already in me as I was created by God.
 
Today I will be consistently mindful of what condition I am allowing in my mind. I will use any disturbance of my peace as a reminder to welcome Light and strength into my mind. This is how I give myself the gift of seeing miracles all through the day.
 
When I see with God’s Light, I see only innocence and wholeness and purity. Everything else is recognized as illusion. This is forgiveness. This is my salvation and the salvation of the world. Today I will practice accepting salvation.
 
 
I used to think the word “light” was a shade of white, or a group of angels coming out of the clouds opening up in the sky, or the room lighting up around me with glorious music. As a result, I would get frustrated with myself and the Course, thinking I wasn’t doing something right, thinking all my efforts weren’t working because I never saw or experienced any of those things.
 
Today I realize that Light means recognition — recognition of who I am, recognition of the strength in me to remember my Identity and that of my brothers. Today I might recognize that I don’t know where I’m going, I don’t understand where I’ve been, but the miracle is that I’m willing to learn, to be taught by my Divine Guidance.
 
The recognition of this thought gives me the strength I need to carry me until I recognize another miracle, which then doubles in strength, and on and on. This is the way I’ve been able to commit to the Course, no matter how difficult it sometimes gets — one day at a time, one lesson at a time, one miracle at a time.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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God is the Master Painter.
His infinite beauty is suggested in the beauty of the flower. 
Paramahansa Yogananda


“Why ponder thus the future to foresee, 
and jade thy brain to vain perplexity? 
Cast off thy care, leave Allah’s plans to him – 
He formed them all without consulting thee.”
 Three Cups of Tea” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
 

 

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