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AUGUST 16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 16,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Those of us who have our drinking tamed do not necessarily have our thinking or our actions under control. We are not under control until all our actions are under the domination of our intelligence, and our intelligence cannot properly function until we have thoroughly schooled it into instinctive sober and sane thinking. This constitutes one whale of a big job, one that will last a lifetime – but we can start on it today.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Reverse your viewpoints to make them serve your life.”
Secrets for Higher Success, p. 52
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Twenty Four Hours A Day august 16,2016
Thought for the Day 
“The alcoholic is absolutely unable to stop drinking on the basis of 
self-knowledge. We must admit we can do nothing about it ourselves. 
Willpower and self-knowledge will never help in the strange mental 
blank spots when we are tempted to drink. An alcoholic mentally is 
in a very sick condition. The last flicker of conviction that we can 
do the job ourselves must be snuffed out. The spiritual answer and 
the program of action are the only hope. Only spiritual principles 
will solve our problems. We are completely helpless apart from Divine 
help. Our defense against drinking must come from a Higher Power.” 
Have I accepted the spiritual answer and the program of action? 
Meditation for the Day 
Rest now until life, eternal life, flowing through your veins and 
heart and mind, bids you to bestir yourself. Then glad work will 
follow. Tired work is never effective. The strength of God’s spirit 
is always available to the tired mind and body. He is your physician 
and your healer. Look to these quiet times of communion with God for 
rest, for peace, for cure. Then rise refreshed in spirit and go out 
to work, knowing that your strength is able to meet any problems 
because it is reinforced by God’s power. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that the peace I have found will make me effective. I pray 
that I may be relieved of all strain during this day.
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We’re not depending on a reed shaken by the wind, 
but on the principle of life itself, 
for all that we have or ever shall need
. The science of Mind page 302 
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SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR MIND
 
As individuals and as a fellowship, we shall surely suffer if we cast the 
whole idea of planning for tomorrow into a fatuous idea of providence. 
God’s real providence has endowed us human beings with a considerable 
capability for foresight, and He evidently expects us to use it. Of course, 
we shall often miscalculate the future in whole or in part, but that is better 
than to refuse to think at all.
— Bill W.
The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and 
persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those 
who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and 
the tragic brevity of time.    
— W.J. Davison
Give me the courage to see this life as You would have me see it.
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I have phrases and hope pages memorized, 
but nothing can be told of love.
 
You must wait until you and I 
are living together. 
 
In the conversation we’ll have 
then… Be patient… Then. 
Rumi 

ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 Insights
“This is my holy instant of release.”
Every moment is my holy instant of release. I don’t have to wait to be released from the tyranny of the ego. In every moment I have a choice. I choose either illusion or reality. Though choosing illusions blinds me to reality, reality remains ever present, unchanged by my choice to believe illusions are real.
 
If I experience a world of separation, it is because I have chosen it. It doesn’t seem like I have anything to do with its seeming existence. Yet in every moment that I am perceiving separation, it is because I am choosing to see it.
 
Hidden deep below conscious awareness is the desire for specialness that chooses separation over unity and wholeness. From that desire and choice I get everything that comes with the belief that separation is real: Conflict, loss, lack, loneliness, fear and guilt. These are but a few of the symptoms of having made the choice for illusion rather than truth. Gratefully the choice for illusion can never be permanent, for my mind remains eternally united with God. The memory of my Source remains with me forever, even though it may seem to be forgotten beneath layer upon layer of illusions. I may believe I have left God and experience it as so, but God has never left me. His Love still embraces me and supports me and calls me to return to the Home where I belong. I feel that call in my heart. It is the cause of all my searching.
 
While the ego directs me to search where I cannot find the Love and peace I want, the Holy Spirit is ever present, ready to guide me where I will find the release I seek. I am grateful for the Course, which teaches me how to recognize the false images offered by the ego. I am grateful it teaches me how to bring these images to the Holy Spirit, Who shows me they have no substance and no effect on the truth of What I am. With His help I lay them down, recognizing that what has no effect must not exist.
 
Every instant is my moment of opportunity. Today I am dedicated to practicing recognizing false images and taking them to the Holy Spirit, where He helps me release them in gentle laughter and joy. And thus I am released.
 
I quiet my mind and ask the Holy Spirit to bring me my holy instant of release. The Holy Spirit responds by bringing the Light of peace and a sense of well being into my mind. I feel washed in peace. I relax in its gentle presence. I rest from the busyness of the world.
 
I am reminded that there is nothing my holiness cannot do. And bringing me the holy instant is easy as my willingness grows to accept the truth. The truth is always in my mind, waiting for my acceptance. I open to it now. Behind every illusion, there God is. Behind every form there is wholeness. Behind every false idea lies the truth. Only God exists.
 
Today I would accept my holy instant of release. Today I would let illusions be released. Today I would be free of the limiting ideas of the ego. I would learn to laugh at them, for they could never be true. I would learn to accept God’s peace and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, which always brings me my holy instant of release when I am ready to accept it.
 
And the more I practice this, the easier and more natural it becomes. That release, even in the temporary and incomplete way I allow it in my mind, is such an incredible blessing. I am left feeling as if God Himself has just given me a gentle kiss on the cheek and a warm hug. Wow! What will my life be like when I completely surrender to God’s Love and His Will?
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You are pure, calm Spirit.
It is time you remember who you are:
the Blessed soul. a reflection of Spirit. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“This clay, so strong of heart, of sense so fine,
 
Surely such clay is more than half divine–
 
‘Tis only fools speak evil of the clay,
 
The very stars are made of clay like mine.” 
― Omar Khayyám
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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