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AUGUST 3, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 3, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
“To get over drinking will require a transformation of thought and attitude. We all had to place recovery above everything, for without recovery we would have lost both home and business.”
Alcoholics Anonymous,  To Employers, pg. 143
“HAPPY, JOYOUS AND FREE” 
We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.  We cannot subscribe to the belief that this life is a vale of tears, though it once was just that for many of us.  But it is clear that we made our own misery.  God didn’t do it.  Avoid then, the deliberate manufacture of misery, but if trouble comes, cheerfully capitalize it as an opportunity to demonstrate His omnipotence. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p.  133 
For years I believed in a punishing God and blamed Him for my misery.  I have learned that I must lay down the “weapons” of self in order to pick up the “tools” of the A.A. program.  I do not struggle with the program because it is a gift and I have never struggled when receiving a gift.  If I sometimes keep on struggling, it is because I’m still hanging onto my old ideas and “. . .the results are nil.”
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD

“Here are various roadblocks along the esoteric highway. 
You can break through them with self-insight.
 
Dishonesty: As long as the ego-self gets a reward from evil, it will
lie about it and shamelessly call evil good. The detection of dishonesty
is a first step toward true happiness.”
Pathways to Perfect Living, p. 
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DAILY REFLECTIONS AUGUST 3, 2017
. . . TO BE OF SERVICE
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 77
It is clear that God’s plan for me is expressed through love. God loved me enough to take me from alleys and jails so that I could be made a useful participant in His world. My response is to love all of His children through service and by example. I ask God to help me imitate His love for me through my love for others.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming; it is fire from heaven. ” 
― Ernest Holmes

Sponsoring people keeps me 
connected to my own program. 
Anonymous 

Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.
DIANE ACKERMAN
 
 
 
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Written by 13th Century Persian poet, Rumi
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY (various writers)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 217 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“It can be but my gratitude I earn.”
Gratitude and appreciation go hand in hand. If you appreciate something, you have gratitude for it. You will not have gratitude for something you do not appreciate. We truly recognize our brothers when we have full appreciation for them. To have this, we must see our brothers with the vision of Christ.
 
It is only the Love in our brothers to which our appreciation is due. And the Love in our brothers is the Love within us. As we learn to fully appreciate our brothers, we learn to appreciate the truth in ourselves. We learn to appreciate our unity with our Source and the gifts we receive from our Source.
 
This world was made because of lack of appreciation for God’s gifts. Lack of appreciation is rejection. Having rejected God’s gifts, we believe ourselves to be deprived. And so everyone who comes to this world is searching to fill the emptiness made by rejecting God’s gifts. As we learn to see the treasure house of Love in our brothers and fully appreciate it, we find what we have been looking for. We find our Self. Once again our hearts are filled with gratitude for the reality of Love has returned to our awareness.
 
Salvation is simply the release from the belief that it is possible to be without Love. Gratitude is inevitable as we learn to accept the Love we are.
 
Salvation comes through a willingness to let go of separation. The miracle, or true perception, is given to us by the Holy Spirit as we are willing to receive it. My true Self is always present in my mind, waiting to be recognized. It is my willingness to have an open mind and be open to a change in perception that brings me the experience of deep peace, Love and joy that my true Self has to offer.
 
My thanks are to the Self Who has the gifts to give. My thanks are also to my willingness to be open to receive these gifts. I must be open to the truth to receive the truth. As my willingness to open to the truth grows, my gratitude grows. I value the truth more and more as I am willing to open to it more and more. My focus now is on being willing to receive God’s gifts. God does the rest.
 
I left Pathways after my ordination with such gratitude. I am grateful for my fellow ministers who shared those incredible nine days with me. These women will forever be sisters of my heart. I feel gratitude toward my facilitators and Robert and Mary and will always love them.
 
I spent nearly the whole day at Chicago Midway Airport and watched an awesome display of kindness, calmness, courtesy, and helpfulness by employees coping with passengers who are frustrated with new security measures. I was inspired by, and grateful to these angels.
 
I was grateful to fellow passengers who helped pass those long hours waiting by sharing warm stories of travel and family. I am grateful to the hotel clerk and the waitress who served me supper and made me feel welcomed home.
 
I am grateful to Spirit Who is like a light dancing in my mind. The more gratitude I feel the more I am aware of Spirit’s presence. The more I say yes to Spirit and allow Him to guide me, the more accessible He seems. My gratitude fills me with joy. I am grateful to myself for this joy. It is but my gratitude I earn!
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Contemplating the birth of Jesus, 
one feels both deep awe and deep 
gratitude at the thought of God’s 
compassion in descending to earth 
in human form for man’s salvation.
From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda 
and Swami Kriyananda
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One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
HELEN KELLER
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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