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AUGUST 19,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 19,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
We alcoholics feared loneliness as much as anything else on earth. Even the companionship of the bull pen was preferable to being alone. The quality of our company made no difference, for it was preferable to our own thoughts; certainly, it was not as critical. We just couldn’t stand our own company.
 
In AA, we were told to establish conscious contact with the Man Upstairs and we marveled at the ease with which this was accomplished after a little effort on our part. Now we are never less alone than when we are alone.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“FEAR NOTHING  There is nothing to fear.
Fear remains as a private hell only because
the man or woman has not yet seen something.
You must see that there is really no one within you to feel fear —
no one real. Only the false self trembles. _Stop loving your fears_.
Yes, you love your anxieties because you wrongly believe that their
painful vibrations give you life. They don’t. They give you hell.
Be real. You will never again fear anything. “
Freedom from a Life of Hell, # 25
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Twenty Four Hours A Day august 19,2016
Thought for the Day 
“People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. 
There is a wide variation in the way each one of us approaches and 
conceives of the Power greater than ourselves. Whether we agree with 
a particular approach or conception seems to make little difference. 
There are questions for each of us to settle for ourselves. But in 
each case the belief in a Higher Power has accomplished the 
miraculous, the humanly impossible. There has come a revolutionary 
change in their way of living and thinking.” Has there been a 
revolutionary change in me? 
Meditation for the Day 
Worship is consciousness of God’s divine majesty. As you pause to 
worship, God will help you to raise your humanity to His divinity. 
The earth is a material temple to enclose God’s divinity. God brings 
to those who worship Him a divine power, a divine love, and a divine 
healing. You only have to open your mind to Him and try to absorb 
some of His divine spirit. Pausing quietly in the spirit of worship, 
turn your inward thoughts upward and realize that His divine power 
may be yours, that you can experience His love and healing. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may worship God by sensing the eternal Spirit. I pray 
that I may experience a new power in my life.
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 The practitioner must realize that back
of the appearance is the Reality, 
and it is his business to uncover this Reality. 
The science of Mind page 213
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SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR MIND
 
The unique ability of each AA to identify himself with, and recovery to, 
the newcomer in no way depends upon his learning eloquence, or on 
any special individual skills. The only thing that matters is that he is an
alcoholic who has found a key to sobriety. These legacies of suffering 
and of recovery are easily passed among alcoholics, one to the other. 
This is our gift from God, and its bestowal upon others like us is the one
aim that today animates AAs all around the globe. 
— Bill W., Grapevine, September 1952
People have always wanted to talk to me about their problems. I guess 
I’m a good listener. Maybe I have something to contribute after all. 
— Joann Reed
Today I pray that God show me the way to use each hour as He needs 
me today.  
— Sacred Space
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Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, 
dwelleth in God. 
~Rumi
 
 
 
ACIM Workbook Lesson 230 Insights
“Now will I seek and find the peace of God.”
This lesson promises that if I call on God, I will find the peace He gave. The implication is that if I am not experiencing peace, I must be calling on the ego. The ego judges everything because that is how it maintains the appearance of separation. As it says in “What is Forgiveness?” an unforgiving thought must judge and to hold unforgiveness in place, the judgment must not be raised to question. But if I would experience forgiveness, I must be willing to accept truth as it is rather than judge against it and reject it.
 
This world was made as a place where truth is rejected. So it is not surprising that judgment is part of our habit of thinking. It is a habit to be undone if we would experience peace. With every judgment we call upon the ego. Each time we release judgment, each time we recognize there is nothing to judge, we call upon God and open our awareness to the peace that has always been ours.
 
Finding the peace of God is not complicated. It need not be a long drawn out process. It is only our lack of willingness to give up our identification with the ego thought system that delays the experience of God’s peace.
 
Some part of our mind believes that judgment has some value greater than the Love of God. Who in their right mind would value anything more than the Love of God? No one. This world is a world of insanity, of belief in what could never be real or true. The good news is insanity is not permanent because illusions could never be permanent.
 
There remains within our mind the Link that forever reminds us of our Source, our Creator. It is to this Link that we must turn to receive the correction that shows us what is real and what is unreal. We have had a mistaken perception of reality, but it is correctable. Each time we turn to the Means for correction, we move a step closer to experiencing the peace given us in our creation.
 
Today I dedicate again to practicing bringing all my thoughts of fear and guilt, whatever their form, to the Holy Spirit in my mind for His gentle correction.
 
Because our minds are powerful, what we seek for we find. The thoughts we hold in our minds are then reflected in the world. As we believe, so we see. The Course tells us that the way to find peace is to truly desire peace. As we truly seek for peace, we will find it. Peace is right there in our minds, waiting for our acceptance. So it is our willingness to accept the peace of God that we are working with.
 
The Course tells us we need just a little willingness. The Holy Spirit will take that willingness gladly and lead us to the peace of God. Peace is ours eternally. We cannot lose what is part of our Identity. As we are willing to quiet our minds of all the ego’s raucous thoughts, we will be led to peace.
 
Holy Spirit, I am willing to quiet my mind today and be led to the experience of God’s peace. Peace is all I want.
 
I was asking for peace this morning but I was having a hard time accepting. As I allowed my thoughts to flow through, I saw some of the things that I was choosing instead of peace. I gave those to Holy Spirit and asked for another way to see them.
 
Then I went back and reread the lesson. I could see clearly that peace had been in me all along. But like a weed-choked garden with a perfect (but hidden) flower at it’s center, I couldn’t see my bloom of perfect peace for all the “weeds.” As soon as I started pulling the weeds from my mind and giving them to Holy Spirit, I was able to recognize and enjoy the peace God placed in my heart when He created me. I can cover up what God created and refuse to acknowledge it, but thankfully, I can’t change it or destroy it.
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We should bathe our spirits in the deep, 
pure feeling that stirs within us when
 we gaze on the glories of His creation. 
This is the way to know God as beauty. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“One can no more set fire to the sea,
than convince people of the dangers of happiness – 
And yet, we know that though the smallest shock is fatal
to the filled up bottle, that shock will not break
the empty one.” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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