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AUGUST 10 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 10 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY

Gifts
From: “The Opening to the Spiritual World”
“This is the crux of the program and the crux of living: acceptance and action.
“The gift of understanding has allowed the simple messages from my parents, my teachers, and my church to take on new meaning and soundness. With the gift of serenity, I am ready and willing to accept what God permits to happen to me; with the gift of courage, to take action to change the things I can for the good of myself and others. The gift of wisdom has been given to me so that in personal relationships I may act intelligently and with love or, as it has also been expressed, with competence and compassion.”
1973 AAWS Inc. Came to Believe, page 4
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VERNON HOWARD

“Fifteen Ways to Gain New Strength
Fresh energy flows from you into every daily project when you:
 3. Increase your self-awareness.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap 5, p. 87
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DAILY REFLECTIONS AUGUST 10, 2017
REDOUBLING OUR EFFORTS
To a degree, he has already done this when taking moral inventory, but now the time has come when he ought to redouble his efforts to see how many people he has hurt, and in what ways,
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77
As I continue to grow in sobriety, I become more aware of myself as a person of worth. In the process, I am better able to see others as persons, and with this comes the realization that these were people whom I had hurt in my drinking days. I didn’t just lie, I lied about Tom. I didn’t just cheat, I cheated Joe. What were seemingly impersonal acts, were really personal affronts, because it was people—people of worth—whom I had harmed. I need to do something about the people I have hurt so that I may enjoy a peaceful sobriety.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am” 
― Ernest Holmes
 
I was leaving the house and I turned and hugged 
to my father and said ‘I love you’, 
something happened to me then, 
and I never leave the house without telling them that I love them. 
Anonymous
 
It always comes back to the same necessity: 
go deep enough and there is a bedrock of truth, however hard.
MAY SARTON
 
Good poetry makes the universe reveal a secret
–Hafiz
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 224 Insights
“God is my Father, and He loves His Son.”
Since God is Love and He is my Father, my true Identity must be Love. Love is God’s gift to me. By Its nature, Love must be extended to be Itself. That is why my true Identity (Love) is the gift I give to the world. Only Love is real. So Love is, in truth, all there is to give. Love is the Light of Heaven and the Light of the world. My job is to see that Light of Love in everyone, everywhere, all the time. The Light of Love is all there really is to see. If I think I see something else, I am hallucinating, or projecting something that is not there.
 
The moment I recognize I am seeing anything other than Love, it is time for me to turn to the Holy Spirit and give this false perception to Him. That is the essence of daily practice that leads me Home to Heaven, where I am perfectly safe, at peace and in joy.
 
If I am seeing anyone as threatening to me or disturbing to me in any way, I need to remind myself that I must be seeing wrongly, for Love does not attack by seeing separation. Love only blesses by knowing Oneness. The true Identity of everyone is Love, so the truth of everyone only gives the blessing of Love.
 
In this dream, it appears there are alternatives to Love, but this cannot be in truth. As it says in the introduction to the Course, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” Only Love is real. That is my true Identity, along with everyone’s.
 
Holy Spirit, help me today to look past the false masks to the true Identity in everyone, that I may recognize my Own.
 
In this lesson, Jesus reminds me of my true Identity, Which I have forgotten. He encourages me to accept my true Identity and let the false identity go. Today is a practice in accepting my true Identity. Today is a practice in remembering I am still Love, as God created me. Today is a day of practice in not making the false identity — a body with a separate mind — real. Today is a day of practice in being willing to watch the thoughts I am believing in and, if it does not reflect my true Identity, to take it to the Holy Spirit to be undone.
 
Today is a day of accepting my Source instead of rejecting It. God is my Source. God is Love and therefore Love is my Source. I am an extension of Love and so I cannot be anything other than Love. Anything else is an hallucination. Holy Spirit, help me rest today in the remembrance that I am only Love. Let me be willing to remember the truth. Let me be willing to remember Love and that only Love is real.
 
This is a good lesson for me today. Yesterday someone offered me some guilt and I accepted it. The guilt made me feel like a bad person. If I feel guilty, obviously it is because I did something wrong. Since there is nothing I can do to fix the situation, I started feeling anxious and frustrated. This is such a typical ego maneuver — putting me in a box where there seems to be no way out.
 
Thank God I know now that I can take this to Holy Spirit and ask Him for a different way to see it. When I allow my mind to get so cluttered with these ego thoughts of guilt, fear and blame that I can’t see past them, I completely lose sight of the fact that there could be another way to see it.
 
If, instead, I can focus on Truth, like today’s lesson, “God is my Father and He loves His Son, ” then I can relax and let Holy Spirit guide me out of the scary place I put myself. I look back at it from the safety of God’s Love and I laugh that I was frightened by something so insubstantial.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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God’s love is infinite. Let us lift up our hearts
in gratitude to Him who has sent His one light
repeatedly into the world for the salvation of humanity
From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda
and Swami Kriyananda
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John Lennon was one of those rare people who was more influenced by peace and harmony than living an affluent life. His words were not only deep but inspiring. While John did not lead a very long life, his words remain immortal.
 
 “Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.”
 
“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.”
 
 
“Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.”
 
“If everyone could just be happy with themselves and the choices people around them make, the world would instantly be a better place!”
 
 “You know the way people begin to look like their dogs? Well, we’re beginning to look like each other.”
 
 “A mistake is only an error,
it becomes a mistake when you fail to correct it.”
 
 I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.
 
 “The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”
 
 “…Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.
I don’t know what will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
We’re more popular than Jesus now.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
 
 “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love,
while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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