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AUGUST 9, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

AUGUST 9, 2017 OUR GROUP 23  OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
 
SHORTCOMINGS REMOVED 
But now the words “Of myself I am nothing, the Father doeth the works” began to carry bright promise and meaning.  
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 75 
When I put the Seventh Step into action I must remember that there are no blanks to fill in. It doesn’t say, “Humbly asked Him to (fill in the blank) remove our shortcomings.” For years, I filled in the imaginary blank with “Help me!” “Give me the courage to,” and “Give me the strength,” etc. The Step says simply that God will remove my shortcomings. The only footwork I must do is “humbly ask,” which for me means asking with the knowledge that of myself I am nothing, the Father within “doeth the works.” 
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
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VERNON HOWARD

“Pathetic people have so many dreads. The dread that life in general
is going to treat them harshly, the dread that you might appear dumb
before others. How many of you when you appear dumb before others, it
isn’t just an appearance? (Laughter)
 
Do not fear unknowing. That is one of your chief dreads, which is
dreadfully destructive. You do not know how to act, what to think
next, how to feel correctly toward that sudden emergency.
 
Now I want you to know that your unknowing, that is your lack of
knowledge of procedure, your unknowing is not the difficulty. You
add something to your unknowing and what you add is a fear of it.
Here you are many times during the day, a certain action is required
of you, but you don’t know what that action is and so, unnecessarily
you go into dread, apprehension. That is the mistake.”
from a talk given 1/14/1989
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DAILY REFLECTIONS AUGUST 9, 2017
“. . . OF ALL PERSONS WE HAD HARMED”
. . . and became willing to make amends to them all.
— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 77
One of the key words in the Eighth Step is the word all. I am not free to select a few names for the list and to disregard others. It is a list of all persons I have harmed. I can see immediately that this Step entails forgiveness because if I’m not willing to forgive someone, there is little chance I will place his name on the list. Before I placed the first name on my list, I said a little prayer: “I forgive anyone and everyone who has ever harmed me at any time and under any circumstances.”
It is well for me to contemplate a small, but very significant, two-letter word every time the Lord’s Prayer is said. The word is as. I ask, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In this case, as means, “in the same manner.” I am asking to be forgiven in the same manner that I forgive others. As I say this portion of the prayer, if I am harboring hatred or resentment, I am inviting more resentment, when I should be calling on the spirit of forgiveness.
From the book Daily Reflections
Copyright © 1990 by Alcoholics
Anonymous World Services, Inc.
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“There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” 
― Ernest Holmes,
The Science of Mind: The Definitive Edition
 
Fear knocked on the door,
Faith answered,
and no one was there. 
Anonymous
 
God not only plays dice,
He throws them in the corner where you can’t see them.
STEPHEN HAWKINGS
 
THE LUTE WILL BEG
 You need to become a pen
In the Sun´s hand.
 
We need for the earth to sing
Through our pores and eyes.
 
The body will again become restless
Until your soul paints all its beauty
Upon the sky.
 
Don’t tell me, dear ones,
That what Hafiz says is not true,
 
For when the heart tastes its glorious destiny
And you awake to our constant need
for your love
 
God’s lute will beg
For your hands.
Hafiz

A COURSE IN MIRACLES COMMENTARY (various writers)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 223 Insights
“God is my life. I have no life but His.”
Today’s lesson is leading us to a new definition of life. In this world, human life is defined as a body that can breathe, its heart is beating and brain is functioning. But this lesson says that our real Life is only the Life we have in God. Our Life is God’s Life. We have no thoughts apart from Him. And His Thoughts are ours. There is nothing here about a physical body.
 
To fully grasp this meaning of Life requires a radical shift in perception. We must recognize that only God’s Thoughts are real and our only real Thoughts are the Thoughts we think with Him. The thoughts I seem to think as I look through the body’s eyes and label images as trees and water and sky are really only hallucinations. They are not real thoughts. They are image making. God is not an image that can be defined by form. God is Thought, which cannot be limited by an image.
 
Perhaps most radical of all to our ego-based thought system is the idea that we are Thought, not form. In this world all our thoughts are tied in one way or another to images. To recognize what we are in truth, we must learn to disregard the images and give them no meaning. This is very difficult for us if we believe our identity is defined by our form, which is the case for most of the people in the world. A vast portion of our resources is invested in clothing and painting the body to make it more appealing and to protect it from harm. But the body is not what we are. We are God’s Thought.
 
As I practice this idea, I become more and more aware of the many ways I put time and thought and effort into maintaining body identification. This is not limited to just the things I do to keep the body healthy, clothe it and house it. It is also about how I think of others and what others do. If I think one person is more successful than another, or I feel sad because I see someone who is having difficulty in their worldly experience, these are ways of keeping my belief in individual identities in place.
 
The truth is there is no difference between me and everyone, for we are all the same Thought in God’s Mind. We are one as God’s Thought. As I move my awareness more in this direction, my life becomes simpler. Less effort is put into having special things or looking a special way. More and more my attention is on seeing the Light in every brother, to seeing the face of Christ in him. There is less and less of a sense of difference and more and more of a sense of unity. As I remember that God is my Life and I have no Life but His, I am able to rest in His peace.
 
Part of the process of my waking up is to recognize my mistaken thoughts. This lesson reminds me that when I think I am living a life apart from God, it is not true. I have no life apart from God. This life I think I am living as a separate person is just a mistaken idea.
 
Unless I come to realize that my thoughts are mistaken, I will not lay them down. And it is only when I lay them down that I become aware of the real Thoughts I think with God. I cannot have both my mistaken thoughts and real Thoughts at the same time, for they are opposite in every way.
 
Jesus is there for all of us to help us recognize the mistaken ideas and let them go. He remembers our true Identity for us while we are forgetting and is there to remind us of the truth as soon as we will let him.
 
There is only one Life and that is the Life I live in God. My practice today is to remember this and extend the Love I feel from my true Home to everyone I see or even think of. Today is truly a happy day.
 
Today is my first real day back to work after vacation and after my ordination. I started wishing this weekend that I didn’t have to go back. I wished I could stay home and write and pray and distribute my fliers and be a full time minister. I wished this even though I knew I wasn’t ready for that. If I did that full time at this point, I would be through in about two days. I am still learning and growing and allowing time for things to fall into place.
 
As I read today’s lesson, I remembered it doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing. Every minute, everywhere, is an opportunity to practice my ministry. It makes me happy to think of bringing love and comfort to all of my customers and each person I drive past and every clerk in every store I stop to buy gas from along the way. I don’t have to do or say anything special to do this. As I use this time to practice setting aside my false thoughts and recognizing, instead, the thoughts I think with God, then I am serving the awakening. My attitude and my words will reflect these new thoughts and I will be serving the awakening. This is my ministry and it goes where I go.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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Find something each day for which to give thanks, 
and thus form the habit of gratitude for all the good 
gifts the Father has bestowed upon us.
From the works of Paramhansa Yogananda
and Swami Kriyananda
 
 
Moses (1393-1273 BCE) 
Maimonides calls him “the most perfect human being”, and the sages of the Talmud said that “the Divine Presence spoke from his throat.” Yet the Torah also attests that the man who took the Children of Israel out of Egypt and received the Torah from G‑d was “the most humble man on the face of the earth.”
 
Moses was born in Egypt on the 7th of Adar of the year 2368 from creation (1393 BCE), at a time when the Israelites were slaves to the rulers of the land and subject to many harsh decrees. He was the third born of Jocheved and Amram’s three children — his brother Aaron was his senior by three years, and his sister Miriam by six.
 
When he was three months old, Moses was hidden in a basket set afloat in the Nile to escape Pharaoh’s decree that all male Hebrew children be drowned; he was retrieved from the river by Pharaoh’s daughter, Batyah, who raised him in the palace. At age 20, Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian he saw beating a Jew and made his way to Midian, where he married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro, and fathered two sons, Gershom and Eliezer.
 
When he was 80 years old, Moses was shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep when G‑d revealed himself to him in a burning bush at Mount Horeb (Sinai) and instructed him to liberate the Children of Israel. Moses took the Israelites out of Egypt, performed numerous miracles for them (the ten plagues in Egypt, the splitting of the sea, extracting water from a rock, bringing down the manna, and numerous others), received the Torah from G‑d and taught it to the people, built the Mishkan (Divine dwelling) in the desert, and led the Children of Israel for 40 years as they journeyed through the wilderness; but G‑d did not allow him to bring them into the Holy Land. Moses passed away on his 120th birthday on Mount Nebo, within sight of the land he yearned to enter.
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Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. #701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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