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AUGUST 7, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 7, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
Spirituality From “The Three Legacies of Alcoholics Anonymous”:
“The liberals were the largest contingent and they had no objection to the use of the word “God” throughout the [Big] book, but they were dead set against any other theological proposition. They would have nothing to do with doctrinal issues. Spirituality, yes. But religion, no, positively no. Most of our members, they pointed out, believed in some sort of deity. But when it came to theology we could not possibly agree among ourselves, so how could we write a book that contained any such matter? There was no such thing as group opinion in these areas and there never could be. Alcoholics who had tried the missions were forever complaining about this very thing. The alcoholic’s unreasoning rebellion against the specifically religious approach had severely handicapped the missions. The liberals said they did not intend to be critical; they only wanted us to remember the hard facts. Those contentions could not be denied. It was true that we could not agree on a religious basis for our fellowship and that the straight religious approach had worked in relatively few cases.”
2001 AAWS, Inc. 
Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, pg. 162-63
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VERNON HOWARD
 
“Once upon a time there were two angels — a veteran angel and his
assistant and friend, an apprentice angel. One day this pair of
angels were on their routine patrol around the world and they were
looking down, studying human beings, wondering how they were ever
going to get through to them.
 
See, they have their instructions too, from Heavenly Headquarters,
which is to pass on all the help possible to struggling, miserable
human beings. But struggling, miserable human beings are so involved
in their struggles and their misery that they don’t want to hear
anything higher than their pain. So it’s not easy work for angels,
but they’re persistent and very, very patient.”
Defeat Has No Right to Exist
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DAILY REFLECTIONS AUGUST 7, 2017

A “DESIGN FOR LIVING”
We in our turn, sought the same escape with all the desperation of drowning men. What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God. A new life has been given us or, if you prefer, “a design for living” that really works.
— ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 28
I try each day to raise my heart and hands in thanks to God for showing me a “design for living” that really works through our beautiful Fellowship. But what, exactly, is this “design for living” that “really works”? For me, it is the practice of the Twelve Steps to the best of my ability, the continued awareness of a God who loves me unconditionally, and the hope that, in each new day, there is a purpose for my being. I am truly, truly blessed in the Fellowship.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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Those of us who believe in peace should work toward this end. Let us never forget that the very impulse of that movement is in the silent contemplation, the prayerful meditation, the sincere expectancy in our own minds. Are we ready for peace? When the world is ready for peace, it will have peace. When the individual is ready for peace, his thought will be so composed that he will find himself living in peace, even though to the world he appears in the midst of chaos and confusion. Let us contemplate this thought: “I live in peace with God as a partner. I live in peace with the great Creator, the Maker and sustainer of all….the Divine Source in which my life, and in which all life, is rooted. I seek to persist in a belief of this perfect unity with the divine. Divinity, my Divinity is at peace within God.
Ernest holmes
 
If you don’t take the risk you’ll never know the joy. 
Anonymous 
 
“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” 
– Gandhi –
 
May I speak to you
Like we are close
And locked away together?
 
Once I found a stray kitten
And I used to soak my fingers
In warm milk;
 
It came to think I was five mothers
On one hand.
 
Wayfarer,
Why not rest your tired body?
Lean back and close your eyes.
 
Come morning
I will kneel by your side and feed you.
I will so gently
Spread open your mouth
And let you taste something of my
Sacred mind and life.
 
Surely
There is something wrong
With your ideas of
God
 
O, surely there is something wrong
With your ideas of
God
 
If you think
Our Beloved would not be so
Tender.
RUMI
 
 
 
A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY (various writers)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 221 Insights
“Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.”
As I affirm today’s lesson title, it seems my thoughts are anything but still. That is why I need this practice. Just because my mind seems to be flitting from one meaningless thought to another, it is not justification for me to give up. It is simply an indication that I need to continue practicing my mind training.
 
Yesterday a group of us here created a new song. We sang phrases over and over until we liked the way they sounded. Then we would add to those phrases until we were practicing an entire verse. Over and over we repeated it, gradually expanding our repetition until it encompassed the entire song. Sometimes we would adjust the length of the note to make it flow better, and repeat it again. Over and over we practiced. We wanted to reach the point where the song flowed easily and freely. If we missed a word or note, we just took it as a signal to keep practicing until we reached our goal.
 
The same applies to letting peace enter my mind and letting all my thoughts be still. I just need to keep practicing until I reach the goal. I have been letting my mind be cluttered with the meaningless thoughts of the ego for a long time. Now I want to build a new habit so I need to keep practicing. Each time an ego thought tempts me, it simply means I need to practice releasing it, to give up the meanings I have given to ego thoughts.
 
With each practice, awareness of peace grows stronger. With each practice, the song of Love that has been eternally in my heart grows stronger and more clear. The song of Love gains more and more of my attention as I reduce the attention I have given to the ego. In truth, the song of Christ is all there is to hear. The hand of Christ is all there is to hold. There is no journey but to walk with Him.
 
The purpose of ego thoughts is to drown out God’s Thoughts. God’s Thoughts are always there as we are willing to quiet the ego thoughts in our minds. Holy Spirit is there to build a bridge from the loud and raucous ego thought system to the quiet peace, joy and Love of our true eternal Home. Our true Home is the Mind of God. God created us as one and that cannot change. God’s eternal Love never changes. God’s peace never changes. God’s joy never changes.
 
On the other hand, the ego’s thoughts are in a constant state of flux. There is no safety there. There is no peace there. There is no joining there. It is always looking for something more, something different, something more exciting, some new way to be special and unique. It is always looking for its replacement for God’s Love in all the wrong places. It is a hopeless journey. Its dreams are filled with the illusion of separation, suffering and death.
 
It is only when we are willing to let all these thoughts be laid aside that we receive the help of the Holy Spirit as our Guide out of this hell of separation from our true Nature. There Holy Spirit knows it is a gradual process. The Holy Spirit knows we are so familiar with the constant chatter of the ego that it seems difficult to lay it down. That is why the Holy Spirit invites us to practice retraining our mind. The Holy Spirit is gentle and kind with our process of awakening. As we are ready, the Holy Spirit always brings us the next step in the undoing of the ego’s insanity of separation. The Holy Spirit remembers the truth and brings our illusions gently to a conclusion.
 
Today’s lesson is of great help in enhancing this process of laying the ego’s thoughts of separation down. The ego’s insane thoughts of separation have seemed very plausible and real to us. We have believed it and experienced its chaotic repertoire. We now know this dream of separation is a useless journey and are gradually learning to lay it down. We understand very clearly that we need the consistent help of the Holy Spirit to undo the grip we have had on the ego.
 
As we lay the ego down, fears come up that there will be nothing to replace it. Fears come up that we are losing the only thing we know. We have become so familiar with the ego thought system that our identity seems to be falling away with it. And this is true. The good news is the Holy Spirit knows how to bring us safely across this bridge of return. The Holy Spirit knows how to deal with our fears as they come up. The Holy Spirit is the great Comforter as we gradually leave behind the old stories of deception and conflict.
 
As we hold Holy Spirit’s hand, we are led to a quiet inner world, an inner life that is calm and peaceful, sure and strong. As we learn to live in the world the Holy Spirit leads us to, we feel the touch of Christ, our true Nature. It is always gentle and consistent. We gradually realize that it does not come and go. It is always there. It is just we who have pulled away from Its healing Light.
 
Step-by-step, we are gradually led to the deeper waters of God’s peace. Our pulling away gradually subsides as we grow more secure with the deeper layers of peace. We feel the truth that God is our strength and vision is His gift. We open our mind to see past the ego’s silly ideas of separation. We practice opening to the Holy Spirit’s gentle guidance more and more each day. We know deep inside that we are on the strong and surefooted path of return to accepting our true Identity as Love and nothing else.
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Gratitude is a way of returning energy for energy received. One who accepts a kindness without returning gratitude, as though the kindness were his by right, demeans both the giver and himself.
From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda
and Swami Kriyananda

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.

“Love is the greatest refreshment in life.”
 
“Part of me suspects that I’m a loser,
and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”
 
“Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”
 
“There is an alternative to war.
It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.”
 
“My defenses were so great.
The cocky rock and roll hero who
knows all the answers was actually
a terrified guy who didn’t know how to cry. Simple.”
 
“Well, I don’t want to be king, I want to be real.”
 
“Life is very short, and there’s no time for
fussing and fighting my friends”
 
“Trying to please everybody is impossible –
if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you.
You’ve just got to make the decision about what you
think is your best, and do it.”
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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