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AUGUST 4, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 4, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Blind Trust?
“Most surely, there can be no trust where there is no love, nor can there be real love where distrust holds its malign sway.  
But does trust require that we be blind to other people’s motives or, indeed, to our own? Not at all; this would be folly. Most certainly, we should assess the capacity for harm as well as the capability for good in every person that we would trust. Such a private inventory can reveal the degree of confidence we should extend in any given situation. However, this inventory needs to be taken in a spirit of understanding and love. Nothing can so much bias our judgment as the negative emotions of suspicion, jealousy, or anger. Having vested our confidence in another person, we ought to let him know of our full support. Because of this, more often than not he will respond magnificently, and far beyond our first expectations.”
LETTER, 1966
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VERNON HOWARD

“NATURAL LAW  Count the times you have exclaimed, ‘Please leave me alone!’
You have a right to that statement. But people lead such empty lives
they find it hard to leave others alone. And of course they loudly
justify their insolent interference. Realize that intrusion into
your life by any person or organization is a violation of spiritual
and natural law. Value this law and it will show you exactly how to
keep your life your life.”
50 Ways to See Thru People, # 
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DAILY REFLECTIONS AUGUST 4, 2017
SEEDS OF FAITH
Faith, to be sure, is necessary, but faith alone can avail nothing. We can have faith, yet keep God out of our lives.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 34
As a child I constantly questioned the existence of God. To a “scientific thinker” like me, no answer could withstand a thorough dissection, until a very patient woman finally said to me, “You must have faith.” With that simple statement, the seeds of my recovery were sown!
Today, as I practice my recovery – cutting back the weeds of alcoholism – slowly I am letting those early seeds of faith grow and bloom. Each day of recovery, of ardent gardening, brings the Higher Power of my understanding more fully into my life. My God has always been with me through faith, but it is my responsibility to have the willingness to accept His presence.
I ask God to grant me the willingness to do His will
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“Life is not just something to be endured. 
It is to be lived in joy, in a fullness without limit (p.82)” 
― Ernest Holmes, Discover a Richer Life
I was leaving the house and I turned and hugged 
my father and mother and said ‘I love you’, 
something happened to me then, 
and I never leave the house without 
telling them that I love them. 
Anonymous
Something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.
KENT NERBURN
 “I am yours. Don’t give myself back to me.”
RUMI
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY (various writers)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 218 Insights
Review: “I am not a body. I am free. I am still as God created me.”
“Only my condemnation injures me.”
In order to believe that I can condemn, I must believe that I am separate from what I would judge. Thus judgment becomes a way to reinforce the seeming reality of separation. This is self-injury because it cuts me off from my unity with Love, my Source.
 
It is impossible to know Love and perceive myself as separate. Love does not condemn, for Love is one and cannot conceive of an “other.” That is why condemnation puts me in the dark. It is impossible to perceive the Light of Love while I believe I am separate from it.
 
The good news in this lesson is that I can change my mind about this today, now. I can open my mind to vision and see the glory of Love that is my one true Self, in me and all my brothers. The body’s eyes cannot see this glory because they were made as instruments for image making. These images stand as barriers against the vision that shows the light and glory that is the truth in everyone.
 
As long as I seem to be in a body in this world, the body’s eyes will show me these made up images that are not real. But that does not mean the vision of glory is out of reach. It simply means I need to learn that nothing my body’s eyes show me has any meaning of its own. I must learn to give priority to the vision of Christ in my mind instead of the images the body’s eyes show me. It means I need to give value to the perception offered by the Holy Spirit rather than the perceptions offered me by the ego through the body’s image making.
 
The Holy Spirit will always show me what is pure and true. He will always show me Love and nothing else. As I learn to give this priority, He will show me how to use the images of this world as a means of returning to Love instead of using them as barriers against Love. I cannot make this shift in perception on my own because believing I am on my own is the error that must be corrected. It is in the joining with Holy Spirit that the shift in perception occurs.
 
Today I will continue my practice of putting Holy Spirit in charge of my thoughts to guide my seeing, to guide my words and hands and feet. He will lead me to the glory that is already mine and everyone’s. And I give thanks.
 
This world is not my home. I do not need to give it credence. I do not need to judge it or condemn it. To judge it would be to make it real. I awaken only as I cease to make it real. Judging anything in the world only serves to bind me tighter to the false ideas of the ego. The Holy Spirit is gradually teaching me that there is nothing in this world I want because the world is truly nothing. This means there is nothing in this world I need to judge.
 
If I see something other than the reality that there is nothing but Love, I am seeing hallucinations. And these hallucinations only come when I join with the false ideas of the ego. This joining with the ego only brings me pain and unhappiness.
 
The best use of my time now is to become aware of when I am joining with the ego and allow the Holy Spirit to open my eyes from this blindness. I really do not want to reinforce separation. My practice today is to step back and be open to Holy Spirit’s perception, again and again. I would let my mind be healed today.
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Gratitude is the surest way of developing the magnetism that attracts spiritual abundance into our lives.
From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda
grat·i·tude
ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/Submit
noun
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
“she expressed her gratitude to the committee for their support”
synonyms: gratefulness, thankfulness, thanks, appreciation, indebtedness; More
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813

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