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AUGUST 8,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 8,2016 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

DAILIES
 
Eye Opener (1950)
 
Until man looks upon the face of God, 
he cannot – with his limited faculties – know God. 
We can and do not know some of His attributes
 as He has disclosed them to us in the world.
 
We can, however, study ourselves. 
We can cultivate those good qualities 
we discern and we can eradicate the bad. 
We do know many of the attributes of God
 and we can emulate them. 
We can aspire to Godlike virtues and, 
if we then do not know God, perhaps God will know us.
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Vernon Howard’s SECRETS OF LIFE 
 
“Solve the mystery of yourself – and solve all else!”
You may enjoy a mystery story, 
but no one likes bewilderment toward
his own life. Lack of self-knowledge causes discomfort.
 But that happily means that by winning self-insight you also win self-ease.”
Mystery Stories for Winning Happiness
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Twenty Four Hours A Day AUGUST 8,2016
Thought for the Day 
For a while, we are going back to the Big Book, Alcoholics 
Anonymous, and pick out passages here and there, so that 
they may become fixed in our minds, a little at a time, 
day by day, as we go along. There is no substitute for 
reading the Big Book. It is our “bible.” We should study 
it thoroughly and make it a part of ourselves. We should 
not try to change any of it. Within its covers is the 
full exposition of the A.A. program. There is no substitute 
for it. We should study it often. Have I studied the Big 
Book faithfully? 
Meditation for the Day 
All of life is a fluctuation between effort and rest. You 
need both every day. But effort is not truly effective until 
first you have had the proper preparation for it, by resting 
in a time of quiet meditation. This daily time of rest and 
meditation gives you the power necessary to make your best 
effort. There are days when you are called on for much effort 
and then comes a time when you need much rest. It is not good 
to rest too long and it is not good to carry on great effort 
too long without rest. The successful life is a proper 
balance between the two. 
Prayer for the Day 
I pray that I may be ready to make the proper effort. I pray 
that I may also recognize the need for relaxation.
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 I am poised in Harmony, in truth and in complete calm. 
The science of Mind page 247 
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“Ordinarily, everything we do is in our self-interest. Everything.”
— Anthony de Mello 
“Remember, most of the things you think you need are ego trips designed to bolster your image and your perception of security…. You’ll waste a lot of energy satisfying your ego only to find that, as soon as it’s got what it wants, it ignores all your efforts and promptly nails another list of demands to your forehead. The ego will always try to force you to slave for its vision. I wouldn’t stand for that BS if I were you.”
— Stuart Wilde 
“We have no need to teach pure motives to the mind. All that is necessary to make the mind pure is to undo the negative conditioning to which it has been subjected; then we will be left with pure, unconditioned awareness.”
— Eknath Easwaran

Love is cure,
 Love is power,
 Love is the magic of changes.
 Love is the mirror of divine beauty.
Rumi


 


ACIM Workbook Lesson 219 Insights
Review:
“I am not a body. I am free.
I am still as God created me.”
“I am not a body. I am free.”
The statement “I am not a body. I am free” implies that if I were a body, I would not be free. The body is limited to a few cubic feet of space in this world. It is disconnected from everything else. This is an extreme limitation compared to the universal unity that is the reality of what God created. What God created is forever joined with Him and all creation. God loves what He created because He created it out of Love. That Love is eternal, unchanging and unchangeable.
 
The Self He created is Love and that is What He loves as His Son. It is What I am in truth. Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am. I am not a body. Believing I am a body is just a mistake to be undone. Because I am not a body, my innocence remains untainted. If I believe I am guilty for anything, it is because I have accepted a false image of myself as what I think I am.
 
The commandment that says, “You shall have no other God’s before Me” is a path to freedom. It is the mistaken images I have made of myself that are false idols which keep me bound to an experience of limitation and lack of Love. As I let them go, I open my heart and mind to the Love of God that has never ceased. Remembering “I am not a body. I am free. I am God’s Son” is an affirmation of my innocence and my wholeness. It reminds me I am still as God created me.
 
God is formless, changeless, eternal Love. God, or Love, is universal. This means Love is everywhere. There is nothing but Love. Love shares all of Itself with all. Love extends. Love is giving. Love’s extension is God’s Son. The one Son that we are is eternally united and eternally Love.
 
Dreaming of bodies with separate minds is just a mistake to be undone. No matter what we dream, we all still remain Love as we were created. We are still an extension of Love, which is continuous and united.
 
It is only as I am willing to quiet my mind of all the false ideas of separation that I can remember this truth. I have been confused about what I am and what my brother is, but I can lay this confusion down. I can remember what my Father loves forever as His Son. I can remember that nothing has really changed. Love remains Love as one forever. I need not be bound by dreams of false ideas.
 
Today my practice is to remember I am not a body. All still remains Love as God’s extension. I have reinforced false ideas and now it is my opportunity to reinforce the truth.
 
I woke up this morning thinking about my errors and berating myself for not being perfect. I sat down to do my lesson and started doing the “wrong” one. I read, “Only my condemnation injures me.” I felt a sense of relief, as if God were answering the question my mind was asking, “Am I condemned because of my mistakes?” For that is really what I fear when I do something that doesn’t feel right or have thoughts that don’t feel right.
 
I realized this was yesterday’s lesson and laughed out loud at how perfectly the Universe works to support my growth and my happiness. Then I read the comments from Staff and thought you must be speaking directly to me this morning. Especially the line that says, “Nothing the body does can affect in the slightest God’s Love for the Self I am.” Thanks for the help!
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Be the beauty that is in a flower, 
and the attractiveness that is in a pure mind.
When you are attractive in that way,you 
will always have true friends.
Paramahansa Yogananda
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“And do you think that unto such as you
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew
God gave a secret, and denied it me?
Well, well—what matters it? Believe that, too!” 
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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