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FEB.16, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.16, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
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Coping
​God willing, we members of A​.​A​.​ may never again have to deal with drinking, but we have to deal with sobriety every day. How do we do it? By learning -​ ​through practicing the Twelve Steps and through sharing at meetings – how to cope with the problems that we looked to booze to solve, back in our drinking days​ ​. . . We learn how to level out the emotional swings that got us into trouble both when we were up and when we were down.
​c. 1976 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 560
 c. 2001 AAWS, Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 558
The ankle-biters of everyday struggles will eat away at me unless I go to meetings and share.
R I D=Restless, Irritable and Discontented
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VERNON HOWARD
“We have great capacity for harmony, which we can deliberately develop
far beyond our present position. We must not carelessly limit ourselves
to what we already have. We must not take the limit of our view as the
limit of our capacity. Whenever you ask, ‘Can even this be transformed?’
the answer is always, ‘Yes, even this.’ As an example, we can review a
previous point: By living out the principles of the Mystic Path today,
we free ourselves of the consequences of wrong human relationships of
yesterday.”
The Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, Chap. 11, p. 188
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
We have within us, a power that is greater
than anything we shall ever contact in the outer,
a power that can overcome every obstacle in
our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace,
healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.
Ernest Holmes
I always knew there was someone out there
 that gave that gave s*** about me. 
Anonymous
My religion is nature. 
That’s what arouses those feelings 
of wonder and mysticism and gratitude in me.
OLIVER SACKS
You there, checkmated by the king of love 
Don’t be moved to wrath or retribution 
Enter the garden of effacement – Look 
inside your own immortal soul: Eden 
Move just a little bit ahead of Self 
To see what’s beyond, above the heavens – 
The monarch of fine meanings, mystic truths 
Divan, Ghazal 378
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 46 Insights
“God is the Love in which I forgive.”
In yesterday’s lesson, we practiced moving through the clouds with the Holy Spirit and coming to the Light that we all are. I have the choice to focus on the clouds and stay there, or move through the clouds. When I am willing to move through the clouds, then I am always brought to the Light. In the Light is peace and understanding. The Light holds no grievances. The Light remembers that the clouds are illusions of separation and are not real. Forgiveness does not mean sacrifice or being a doormat, but forgiveness comes from letting go of what is not real, letting go of separation. Forgiveness IS letting go of separation.
 
In the world of separation, there will always be grievances. There will always be differences, distinctions that are without end. With forgiveness I take every cloud to the Holy Spirit and ask to see it differently. I ask to be brought to the Love that is behind the barrier, the cloud. The Holy Spirit is awesome at dissolving the clouds. It makes things that seem so complicated so simple. Love is the answer. Love is what is real. Simple, uncomplicated Love brings the peace of God. Today I am willing to practice moving through the clouds and find the Love that is always there.
God is the Love in which I forgive. God is the love in which I forgive myself. Myself is the one that I really need to forgive. My response to my ego when it tells me I must do this or I must do that in order to be worthy is God is the Love in which I forgive myself. The Self that’s always been there needs no forgiveness but what I really need to understand is that the ego is nothing and is not me. And therefore I need no forgiveness, because I have never been condemned. Only the ego condemns and is condemned. So God is the Love in which I find forgiveness, in which my heart can begin to open again and again and again to Love and clarity and benevolence and peace and joy.
 
As I allow today’s idea to sink into my heart, what stands out to me is the importance of defining the motive behind my forgiveness. Am I forgiving out of fear or am I forgiving out of Love? Honestly, true forgiveness can only be in Love.
 
As I look upon my life, I notice the times I pretended to forgive. I forgave out of obligation, and always with expectations. I forgave someone because I believed it is the only way the relationship could work. I forgave someone because maybe they will love me more, I will be more accepted, or maybe they will change. This expectation was always a sign that the attempt of forgiveness was incomplete.
 
When I truly step into a space of true forgiveness, then I can forgive without obligation. Accepting this is the same as accepting that my brother cannot truly hurt me. Then I find myself in a space in which I am truly loving my brother.
 
Forgiveness is allowing the Love to flow. If I am in a situation that is a call for love, then forgiveness isn’t an obligation, it is an opportunity for joy. I can say to myself, “I do not want to limit my life and decide what this situation is for. That’s what got me here in the first place. Now I decide to let the miracles in.” Forgiving my brother means I don’t fear anyone can hurt me. I have the freedom to be whole and I can do so simply by allowing the LOVE to show me what anything is for.
 
Much of my life I lived with the ‘doormat’ syndrome. If I felt a need to express what I believed to be true, I would hold back because I thought it might not be accepted by others,. This pattern has brought me great discomfort over the years and kept me in situations that weren’t healthy. If Jesus had had this attitude, we wouldn’t have A Course in Miracles. Clearly much of what is written in the book is rejected by much of the world and probably parts of it by most of the students who read it.
 
If I am unwilling to express what others might disagree with, then I am limiting my willingness to follow Holy Spirit’s lead. This does not mean I go around confronting people and telling them where they are wrong. But if I have a predisposition not to make waves, then I will not be open to Spirit’s guidance that may lead me on a path less traveled.
 
All this comes out of fear of condemnation. Today’s lesson that tells me that God never condemned me. It also tells me that all condemnation is self condemnation. So this fear of condemnation is fear of my own condemnation. That is why I need to forgive myself. That is why I need to accept that God is the Love in which I forgive. If I have condemned myself, I can’t look to my little self as the means to forgive. But I do have the Means and It is God.
 
Gratitude fills my heart. Along with it comes great relief. I am not alone. God is with me. It is His Love that helps me let go of my self condemnation. It is His message through His voice that teaches me I am innocent and the world is innocent. There is nothing to fear because condemnation is not real. It is just an ego ploy to make illusions seem immutable, yet that is an oxymoron. God is the Love in which I forgive is another way of saying I am blessed as a Son of God.
 
The lesson asks us to think of those we need to forgive. They suggest that anyone we do not like would be a suitable subject. I can think of a couple of people who fit that category, but I find the ones I most need to forgive are the people closest to me. It is the sense of betrayal that you can only experience with someone you care about that is the hardest to forgive.
 
I understand that I cannot be betrayed and I understand that no one has actually done anything to me. I understand that I am projecting all this stuff onto them. But my understanding is still mostly intellectual. The truth is, I still have many special relationships and I expect those people I have designated as special to live up to certain expectations. When they don’t, I feel hurt and betrayed.
 
Writing this out and looking at it like this I can see what I am doing to myself. I can also see how forgiving them is really all about forgiving myself. I have taken some pretty big steps in this direction: I see pretty clearly what I am doing,I know that I want to do this differently,this is important to me. I look forward to spending today taking another step forward as I accept healing in this area of my life. How wonderfully lucky I am to have the Course!
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
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So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.17, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.17, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
How From “Physician, Heal Thyself!”:
What is this power that A.A. possesses? This curative power? I don’t know what it is. I suppose the doctor might say, “This is psychosomatic medicine.” I suppose the psychiatrist might say, “This is benevolent interpersonal relations.” I suppose others would say, “This is group psychotherapy.” To me it is God. 
2001 AAWS, Inc. Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 308
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VERNON HOWARD
“There is just one real world. But for our study today, we’re going
to divide it, classify it into two different worlds. You’ll understand
what I’m talking about as we go ahead. There is a spiritual world and
there is the mental world.
 
The mental world itself is divided into two parts. And you should know
by now what they are. You can think practical thoughts or you can think
useless thoughts. You can think thoughts that serve your everyday needs.
You can be what is called reasonable, logical; in other words, you can
use your mind clearly, properly, efficiently to settle matters of your
physical social life. Just be logical, to add up the figures correctly,
to drive your car carefully.
 
But the mental world can be negative too and that is when you don’t use
your mind right at all. You waste it, and the extent of the wastefulness
is unknown to you. It is so overwhelmingly in your mind that you don’t
have the capacity to stand aside and see where ninety-nine and nine-tenths
of that time you’re simply draining your life energy away for no purpose
whatever, no good purpose.”
from a talk given 8/8/1987 
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.
Ernest Holmes
He said you are an a****** and you have a problem. 
Anonymous
 Oh i may have been lost in many a worldly translations; yet found but one universal language one can not withold or ever not care for us to behold, to rejoice, In silence Love Is our holy name..💖💕💖💕💖💕 jrc
I died to mineral, joined the realm of plants 
I died to vegetable, joined animal 
I died from animal to human realm 
So why fear? When has dying made me less? 
In turn again I’ll die from human form 
only to sprout an angel’s head and wings 
and then from angel-form I will ebb away 
For ALL THINGS PERISH BUT THE FACE OF GOD 
And once I’m sacrificed from angel form 
I’m what imagination can’t contain. 
So let me be naught! Naughtness, like a fugue 
sings to me: WE VERILY RETURN TO HIM 
Masnavi 3: 3901-3907
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 47 Insights
“God is the strength in which I trust.”
Remembering that God is the strength in which I trust is the same as putting my trust in Reality instead of illusions. Illusions are unstable and constantly change. God is eternal and changeless. Placing my trust in a world of illusions is like placing my trust in quicksand. It will always fail. God is the only place of real trust. Only God is invulnerable. Only God can be relied upon in every situation. We all have our foundation in God. God is the Tree of real, everlasting Life. Trusting in anything but God is just a silly idea.
 
God, I hand over every concern to You. Only in You is there true meaning. Returning to Love is my one function. Extending Love is my only joy. This is my strength. This is my security. This where my true happiness lies. I cannot do anything on my own, for on my own I am nothing. “God is the strength in which I trust.”
 
This lesson speaks to us as we perceive ourselves in this world — as separate, alone, weak and with every reason to apprehensive and fearful because we trust in the “strength” of this limited self. But if we look at the lesson as a whole, it is clear that Jesus does not see this as the truth about us. The strength of God is in us because God is in our mind, as we learned in an earlier lesson. The peace of God is there to be found in us because God is in our mind. It is only our belief in a false image of ourselves as alone and separate from God that leads us to feel weak, apprehensive, fearful and out of control. It is this false image that leads us to feel we must defend ourselves.
 
Remembering that God is in our mind can help us remember that God’s strength is ours. Love’s strength is ours. If only Love is real, which the Course tells us in the introduction to the Text, then harm is impossible. There can be nothing to fear.
 
There is another aspect of this lesson that is very important to me. Not only does it assure me that I can trust in the strength of Love, but it assures me that I can rely on this Love to guide me in every aspect of my doing. It is another way of assuring me that I am never alone. I have everything I need to safely and lovingly move through every situation, harmlessly and in perfect peace. I need only place my trust in Love, in God. Love is the strength in which I trust.
My son was expressing to me the uncertainty he feels about everything in life. There seems always to be more than one way to judge everything and how do you know what to believe and what is the best way to act on it. He said that he can’t feel certain about anything and that he realizes he doesn’t know anything. He was feeling like he was standing over an abyss with no bridge, no net under him.
 
I congratulated him on reaching a Truth at age 17 most people don’t reach for many years in their life, if ever. I assured him the answers were there in him and that realizing his ego didn’t have the answers made it possible to get there. Today’s lesson was great place to continue our conversation.
 
I find it a great relief to be able to let go of any residual in my belief that I have the answers and that I can successfully act on my own. It is a comfort to know that I don’t have to, and that I have the strength of God within me. I am not left to flounder on my own, but have certain direction that I can’t lose because it is in me.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
==================================
Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.18, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.18, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Hitting bottom opened my mind and I became willing to try something ​different. What I tried was A.A. My new life in the Fellowship was a little like learning how to ride a bike for the first time: A.A. became my training wheels and my supporting hand. It’s not that I wanted the help so much at the time; I simply did not want to hurt like that again. My desire to avoid hitting bottom again was more powerful than my desire to drink. In the beginning that was what kept me sober. But after a while I found myself working the Steps to the best of my ability. I soon realized that my attitudes and actions were changing – if ever so slightly. One Day at a Time, I became comfortable with myself, and others, and my hurting started to heal. Thank God for the training wheels and supporting hand that I choose to call Alcoholics Anonymous.
Copyright 1990
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.​
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VERNON HOWARD
“Here are ten parallels between the novel Dracula and in everyone’s
daily life:
   9. In Dracula, he uses terror tactics to stun, shock, and subdue
his victims. In life, demon-possessed subhumans use wars, financial
panics, threats, scary rumors of all kinds to manipulate and wreck
their human victims.”
SOLVED The Mystery of Life, p. 67
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
All the power of the universe is with you.
Feel it, know it, and then act as though it were true.
Ernest Holmes
If I make no other conviction today I still have to realize
 that I’m a close-minded dick head. 
Anonymous 
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
FRENCH PROVERB
Rumi gives several humorous parables to illustrate, including this: A man knocks at his friend’s door. “Who is it?” “It’s me.” The friend sends him away to be purified – there is no room in one home for two egos, two “I”s. When he returns a year later and knocks again, he responds to “Who is it?” with “It is you.” The reply now comes, “Since you are I, come in, myself” (Masnavi 1: 3056-76). Any true dervish has been effaced in this manner (3: 3669-85).
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 48 Insights
“There is nothing to fear.”
My true Self knows that there is nothing to fear. My true Self knows that this world is nothing but a dream. When I open to my true Self, this knowing that everything is really all right comes into my awareness. My true Self knows that big deals are never justified. My true Self radiates the peace of God. My true Self remembers that everyone is in Heaven now and never left. My true Self knows that every problem has just been made up by false thinking. My true Self is centered in the truth.
 
If I think something other than the thoughts of my true Self are real, my only real and lasting solution is to open my mind to the thoughts of my true Self. I am the decision maker. Either I wander in dreams of separation, making them real, or I choose to open my mind to what is real. My true Self knows that if it is not Love, it is a call for Love. If it is not Love, it is an illusion.
 
As I continue to practice opening to my true Self, I know that all is well. Everything that is real is safe in the Mind of God. There is nothing to fear. “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” It is always my choice. Do I want fear? Do I want conflict? If so, I will choose the ego thought system. Do I want peace and understanding of the truth? If so, I will have an open mind to listen to my true Self.
 
My study and application of what I am learning from the Course has increased my day-to-day level of peace dramatically. Yet if I look honestly at the thoughts I carry through the day, there is still an underlying level of fear in much of my thinking. Now I call it by a different name. I may call it concern, mild frustration, impatience, minor irritation, planning for the future, ruminating, etc. Occasionally there are more overt flare-ups of fear in which I recognize defensiveness or anger.
 
The Course tells me that there is no difference between a mild, unsettled feeling and intense rage. I could only experience either of them if I believed myself to be separate from the strength and Love of God. The Course offers no exceptions. It does not say there is nothing to fear except (fill in the blank). The fact that I still make exceptions means that I still need to be reminded again and again that there is nothing to fear. Period. No exceptions, no qualifiers.
 
One simple fact: There is nothing to fear. The ego brings up all kinds of “Yes but what about…” That is only its attempt to maintain its illusion of reality. That question “What about…” is best directed to the Holy Spirit. Offered to the Holy Spirit, He will respond with an answer that shows me there is no foundation for fear. To receive that answer, I must have an open mind. I must be willing to acknowledge that I of myself do not know what anything means. If I think I know what anything means the Holy Spirit’s answer will be invisible to me, even though it is right in front of my nose.
 
The Holy Spirit’s voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. My prayer is, “I am willing to listen. Help me with my unwillingness, Holy Spirit. Help me feel your peace so that I may receive your understanding.” This is my heart’s desire. I know in my heart that this is the way to release from hell and return to Heaven.
 
What an excellent time to practice this lesson with talk of war and terrorist attacks. Not that I need huge temptations to wander into fear. I too find an underlying current of fear running through my life. At least now I am aware of it when it happens. At one time in my life, I did not even know I was living in fear. It just seemed natural and normal and I had no idea that I could escape from it. I look forward to today’s practice because I know I will be taking another step forward into a better life.
 
I, too, have had more peace in my life since beginning the practice of these lessons; however, all of the “minor” forms of fear have still hung around. Overly concern for others; planning for the future; impatience, etc. Today I release all outcomes, all attempts to control, all “theories” on what others should be doing, to Holy Spirit. I am in charge of my thoughts. The outcome is certain. Today I choose to think lovingly on everyone that crosses my mind. There is nothing to fear.
 
This instant I rest in God because my true Self knows there is nothing to fear. Too many times I forget this because too often I forget my true Self, but today I will do as the lesson suggests in practicing these words frequently. These words mean the difference between life and death for me, the difference between hope and despair, the difference between sadness and joy. These words are truly powerful and “feed” my being, my state of mind, my existence. Thank you Father for these words; thank you for your Love.
 
What a simple, powerful sentence: “There is nothing to fear.” I too find an undercurrent of fear in my life now — no doubt related to the Orange Alert, and also to personal things, fears I have about people I care for. And yet… have I meditated much in the past week? No. Today I will go back to my meditation, and find that quiet place where God is, and there truly is no fear. I will try, again, to believe that with all my heart, with no exceptions.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
==================================
Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.19, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.19, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
“A body badly burned by alcohol does not often recover overnight nor do twisted thinking and depression vanish in a twinkling. We are convinced that a spiritual mode of living is a most powerful health restorative.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
The Family Afterward, Page 133
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VERNON HOWARD
“Do not run mental movies through your mind in the way you want a future event to happen. It will happen the way it must happen, regardless of your imagined wish. If you simply let it happen, whether or not it co-
incides with your desires, you will not be disappointed. But if you
insist that the outcome must match your mental movie, frustration is
certain.
   Whatever happens is the right thing to happen. Does this challenge your present ideas? Well, good. Drop all mental movies. Leave the screen blank. Reality can then project its own love scene.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 10, p. 129
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identify the self. In order to get the most out of life we must learn consciously to change many of our habitual thought patterns. This is not easy, for our old thought patterns cling to us with great tenacity, but, being thought patterns, they can be reversed. If you are filled with fear, refill yourself with faith, for faith always overcomes fear.
Ernest Holmes
I came to believe that I could be a nice person. 
Anonymous 
“Why do we long for beauty? The Buddhists would reply that the world of beauty is our Home, and that we are born with a love for Home. To long for beauty therefore, is the same as to long for Home.” 
Soetsu Yanag
But if you have two discerning eyes and are not afflicted by double-vision, you will see that everything in this world and the hereafter is actually the beloved
(Masnavi 6: 3234).
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 49 Insights
“God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.”
This lesson is very comforting to me. It assures me that no matter how uncertain or confused I might feel in any circumstance, the calm and loving voice for God is always available to me in every instant. To me this is one of the central thoughts of the Course. I am never alone. God’s help is always available to me. No matter how fearful I may feel in a given moment or guilty or sad or angry, God’s Voice is still available to me, ready to shed His Light to heal my perception. I need only quiet my mind and listen. The Holy Spirit is there, always.
 
As it says in Chapter 8 of the Text, that His Voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. It is my responsibility to be willing to hear the Voice for God. It is not imposed upon me, for if it were, the equality in which God created me would be broken. I am always free not to listen, but I cannot destroy the Voice for God. His comfort is ever present, waiting to be accepted. His loving message is always available to guide me all through the day.
 
The more I practice staying in peace, the more I practice taking each unsettling thought to the calm place in my mind where truth resides, the more I will let His Voice guide me all through the day. It really is my will to do so, because my will and God’s Will are truly the same. Resistance comes only from identifying with a false image of myself and wanting it to be real. I cannot defend a separate identity, alone and independent of God, and hear His Voice. But as I recognize that my happiness lies in my union with Love, with God, then my mind is open to the message of Love that His Voice offers me in every moment.
 
This is my intent. The more I practice, the more I experience His loving, comforting presence. I dedicate today to practice.
 
In order to hear God’s Voice, I must be willing to turn the ego voice down. When my mind is filled up with the ego’s voice, there is no room left to hear God’s Voice.
 
Today’s lesson is reminding me to quiet the ego’s voice. This may take some determined practice, because if I am used to the ego’s chatter, it will feel strange when it is quieted. It may feel too quiet. But as I continue to practice this, I will get used to this quietness and the peace that comes with it. I am being asked to open to a new habit of quietness, a new habit of making room for God’s Voice. As I make room by stilling the ego’s voice, the Love and comfort of God is always there. Today is a very important day of practice, making room for God’s Voice.
 
Help me, Holy Spirit, have the willingness to hear the Voice for God. Help me find and sustain that place of quietness in my mind so I can hear my Heavenly Father speak to me so that I may know of His Will for me today. Help me to remember that my will in in accord with His and that to listen would mean my own salvation and the finding of my real home, that place where I am truly welcome. Thank you. Amen.
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Bring into play the almighty power within you,
so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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Never Again!
“Most people feel more secure on the twenty-four-hour basis than they do in the resolution that they will never drink again. Most of them have broken too many resolutions. It’s really a matter of personal choice; every A.A. has the privilege of interpreting the program as he likes. “Personally, I take the attitude that I intend never to drink again. This is somewhat different from saying, ‘I will never drink again.’ The latter attitude sometimes gets people in trouble because it is undertaking on a personal basis to do what we alcoholics never could do. It is too much an act of will and leaves too little room for the idea that God will release us from the drink obsession provided we follow the A.A. program.”
LETTER, 1949
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VERNON HOWARD
“There is a very strange tormentor of the spirits of human beings
who has a specialty. This adverse force specializes in keeping going
inside a man or a woman a certain thought, attitude, idea which is
extremely painful. This extremely painful thought which human beings
have – I want you to see it in yourself – this tormenting thought
that the individual has and suffers from is that he has no clearly
defined course in life. He has no plan, no easily defined place to go
and things to do. There is nothing definite for him to work with in
order to arrive at a definite destination.
 
He’s like a man in the ocean in a little boat, and he’s out in the
ocean, no land in sight, and he doesn’t know which way to go in order
to reach land. He can look out in any direction he wants but nothing
is clear. Another way to say this is that deep down, human beings
don’t have a course, a direction which they feel will give them a
definite reward for their action, whatever the action is, whatever
the course is. Now you have this.”
Wake Up to a World of Perfect Safety – Part 1
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
I am guided by the same intelligence and inspired by the same imagination which scatters the moon beams across the waves and holds the forces of nature in it’s grasp.
Ernest Holmes
I forgot, you know, the built-in forgetter. 
Anonymous
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
DESMOND TUTU
 Everything is the beloved, and the lover blocks our line-of-sight by creating an illusionary separation of subject and object; the beloved is living, uncontingent, while the lover is a corpse (1: 30)
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 50 Insights
“I am sustained by the Love of God.”
If I look at the “love” experienced in the special relationships of this world, it gives love a shady image. This love is unreliable, changing all the time, seems to take great effort to maintain and can be gone in an instant. If this accurately represented God’s Love, no one could feel sustained by His Love. This ‘love’ is feared because of its unreliability. It is why ego based religions speak of the fear of God. Who could feel safe with a love that is tenuous at best?
 
Gratefully, the Course is telling me that what we call love in this world is the opposite of God’s Love. It is a false substitute. The ego loves to project its images anywhere it can, including on God. With this lesson it is important for me to recognize the hidden baggage the ego would layer on the Love of God, making it seem tarnished and uncertain. As long as I believe this image, I will resist trusting in the sustenance of God’s Love. It will not feel safe to me. This is not because of what God’s Love is, but because of a false image that the ego projects that interferes with accepting the strength and peace and joy and certainty of God’s Love.
 
That is why this lesson is so important. That is why I need to repeat the lesson many times through the day to remind myself where my real safety is. Truly I am sustained, supported, strengthened and fulfilled by God’s Love. Only God’s Love can sustain me. No substitutes could ever work, because I was created as part of God. To know that certainty and comfort, I need to let go of the false images I have believed. They have no power over me except from my belief in them. As I can let them go, I can rest in the comfort of God’s peace. Love sustains me because Love is what I am in truth and nothing else.
 
As I feel the words, “I am sustained by the Love of God,” embrace me I feel as though I just received a letter that has changed my life. In that letter is revealed the truth about me: “You are abundant and you lack nothing. Something happened that you don’t understand and you simply forgot that you are abundant. Your source of fulfillment is always present, but if you do not know it and do not access it, you will continue to experience the illusion of lack.”
 
That is what this letter says to me. That is what touches me with these words from the lesson today. Love cares so much about each of us and all of us. We are equally endowed. It is only when I access the unlimited Source of Love in me that I can truly experience life and joy and celebration. I am grateful to be touched by the truth these words in this lesson today.
I am sustained by the Love of God because the Love of God is all that is real. Nothing really exists but the Love of God. Everyone is the Love of God, their Source. I am the Love of God. If I think that something else sustains me, I am mistaken. If I think that something else sustains me, I can realize that thought is coming from the false ego mind. I can recognize these thoughts, look at them closely and with the help of the Holy Spirit, see and feel that they are just false ideas. Recognizing that it is only the Love of God that sustains me is my pathway Home.
 
Where am I placing my trust? Where am I thinking that my true happiness lies? I have thought that my happiness lies in many things, but they never lasted. True happiness does not change. True happiness is eternal. Today I am willing to look at all my replacements for God’s Love and see the truth about them. I am willing to hand over my ideas about everything. I am willing to be retrained. I am willing to open to the Love of God and receive my real sustenance. I am willing to practice today, one step at a time, in recognizing that I am sustained only by the Love of God. I am willing to step back and be taught the truth.
It took me a long time to realize that the love of God is what ultimately sustains me. For so long I would rejoice over the fact that I got the job that I thought I wanted, that my relationship with whoever was working, that my body looked good, etc., etc.
 
I now realize that there are no guarantees in any of those things and it was only by the grace of God that I was able to obtain those things in the first place. Today I realize that it is faith in my faith of God’s love which ultimately sustains any peace that I may experience in my life; it is the only guarantee I have. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for reminding me of this fact.
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“It is best to simplify life. I have seen saints in India who eat hardly anything and live under the most rigorous conditions; yet they have wonderfully strong bodies, far better than those of the average well-fed, well-cared-for American. They have trained their minds not to be dependent on externals for health and contentment.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
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HAPPINESS COMES QUIETLY
​”The trouble with us alcoholics was this: We demanded that the world give us happiness and peace of mind in just the particular order we wanted to get it – by the alcohol route. And we weren’t successful. But when we take time to find out some of the spiritual laws, and familiarize ourselves with them, and put them into practice, then we do get happiness and peace of mind. . . There seem to be some rules that we have to follow, but happiness and peace of mind are always here,​ ​open and free to anyone.”​
DR. BOB AND THE GOOD OLDTIMERS, p. 308
========================
VERNON HOWARD
Who is the Mystic Path for? It is for men and women who are dissatisfied
with things as they are, for those who hear a faint whisper that things
can be entirely different. It is for anyone weary of the anxious ride on
the Ferris Wheel of life that carries you to dizzy heights of elation and
then drops you off right back where you started. Most of all, the Mystic
Path is for those who are willing to challenge their present ideas about
life — and change them when necessary.”
the Mystic Path to Cosmic Power, p. 8
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
“I live in the faith that there is a Presence and Power greater than I am that nurtures and supports me in ways I could not even imagine. I know that this Presence is All knowing and All Power and is Always right where I am”
Ernest Holmes
When I try to control things then I am the god of my own understanding. 
Anonymous 
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well…for there is a Force of love moving through the universe that holds us fast and will never let us go.
JULIAN OF NORWICH
In God’s presence, there is no room for two egos. You say “ego,” and he says “ego”? Either you die in his presence, or he will in your presence, so that no duality may remain. Yet it is impossible that he should die either in the universe or in the mind, for “He is the living, who does not die.” ( Qur’an 25:58 ). He has grace in such measure that, were it possible, he would die for you to remove the duality. But since his death is impossible, you die, so that he may become manifest in you and the duality be lifted. 
Rumi’s Discourses (Fihi ma fih, 24-5)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 41 Insights

“God goes with me wherever I go.”
The peace of God is within me, ready to be found in every instant. It is only my unwillingness to sink past all the images and appearances of the world that keeps me from knowing the peace of God in every moment. It is my belief in the reality of the appearances of the world that blocks my awareness of God’s peace in me.
 
As I was doing the exercise, I observed how I seemed to oscillate up and down as I sought to sink past the thoughts of the world and go inward. It was almost as if the ego was frantically bating fishing lines with ideas to see which ones I might bite on so that I could be reeled back into the world of illusions. I was dumbfounded by some of the off the wall thoughts that I hooked on to and followed for awhile before I realized I had pulled back from going deep within. So I “spit out the hook” and resumed my focus on going down and within.
 
It clearly demonstrated that more mind training is needed. I still need these exercises and lessons, even though I have been through them many times. I do want to know the peace of God in every moment. I do want to know Him as my companion and my strength. I do want to know the Love that He gives eternally. Doing the exercises has had an effect and I am willing to keep on practicing, because I want more.
 
The peace of God is my natural state. This gives new meaning to “returning to nature.” It is not about returning to anything in the world. It is about returning Home and accepting my Self as I was created. There is great security in knowing that God goes with me wherever I go.
In my journey inward, I asked Jesus to guide me, to lead the way. He asked me to see what looked like many as one. As one, we jumped into a pool of Love. I experienced a movement, like a rush, that was blowing away the form that I was still trying to bring with me. He asked me to quiet my mind and go even deeper to remember the truth that only Love is real. As I followed his lead, the blowing, the rush, gradually faded away. I then experienced a feeling of peace, a sense of well being that I knew was eternal. The forms were gone.
 
This Presence is what Jesus means when he says it will cure all sorrow, all loss, all depression. This Presence is what is real. This is what goes with me wherever I go. This is what helps me laugh at fear thoughts. This is what heals my mind when I believe in foolish dreams. This is what cures me when I experience the effects of a sick mind. This is my answer to every problem. I don’t go Home alone. I never am alone. This Presence is everywhere. It is in everyone and every thing. It is the only Presence that is real.
 
I don’t want to go back. I don’t want to open the body’s eyes. I don’t want to make the world of form real again.… I am reminded again that God goes with me wherever I go. I am reminded that through practice I can remember while looking through the body’s eyes that only the Christ mind is real. This awareness of peace and Love is real. I can learn to see past form to the truth of Love’s Presence, which is everywhere. I need to practice. That is my job, remembering that God goes with me wherever I go. I practice this now. I practice this today.
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Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them. You will want to change them when you realize that each thought creates according to its own nature. Remember that the law works at all times and that you are always demonstrating according to the kind of thoughts you habitually entertain. Therefore, start now to think only those thoughts that will bring you health and happiness. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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“Everybody knows that those in bad health, and those who seldom play, do not laugh much. So let each family play together or separately as much as their circumstances warrant. We are sure God wants us to be happy, joyous, and free.”
Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th Edition
The Family Afterward, pg. 132
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“STRENGTHENING PRINCIPLES
There are possibilities for the person who can state an opinion and
not think the statement creates the fact.”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 197
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
When you want to do a big thing, get the mental pattern, make it perfect, know just what it means, enlarge your thought, keep it to yourself, pass it over to the creative power behind all things, wait and listen, and when the impression comes, follow it with assurance. Don’t talk to anyone about it. Never listen to negative talk or pay attention to it and you will succeed where all others fail.
Ernest Holmes
I put my faith in other people and my support in God,
 I had it wrong, had to put my faith in God and my support in you people. 
Anonymous 
Let me fall if I must. The one I will become will catch me.
BAAL SHEM TOV
One dervish to another, What was your vision of God’s presence?
-I haven’t seen anything.
But for the sake of conversation, I’ll tell you a story.
 
God’s presence is there in front of me, a fire on the left, a lovely
stream on the right.
One group walks toward the fire, into the fire, another toward the
sweet flowing water.
No one knows which are blessed and which not.
Whoever walks into the fire appears suddenly in the stream.
A head goes under on the water surface, that head pokes out of the
fire.
 
Most people guard against going into the fire, and so end up in it.
Those who love the water of pleasure and make it their devotion are
cheated with this reversal.
The trickery goes further.
The voice of the fire tells the truth saying, I am not fire. I am
fountainhead. Come into me and don’t mind the sparks.
 
If you are a friend of God, fire is your water.
You should wish to have a hundred thousand sets of mothwings, so you
could burn them away, one set a night.
The moth sees light and goes into the fire. You should see fire and
go toward the light. Fire is what of God- is world-consuming. Water,
world-protecting.
 
Somehow each gives the appearance of the other. To these eyes you
have now, what looks like water, burns. What looks like fire is
agreat relief to be inside.
~Rumi, The Question (translated by Coleman Barks)
ACIM Workbook Lesson 42 Insights
“God is my strength. Vision is His gift.”
Remembering the earlier lesson that God goes with me wherever I go, this lesson tells me that I always have His strength and His vision. I can never be without them. I am always safe, invulnerable and have the ability to see the innocence, the wholeness, the holiness that God sees. If I am feeling vulnerable in any way, if I am not seeing innocence, then I am believing in a false image of what I am. That is all. It is simply a false belief that needs to be undone.
 
I am grateful to know this because beliefs can be changed. This is my salvation. If beliefs could not be changed, I would be stuck forever in this hellish world of conflict, fear, pain and death. Yet all this that I perceive is only the effect of a false belief. The strength of God is in me to help me let it go. I do not have to do it by sheer determination, relying on my own strength. As it says in another lesson, “If you believe you must rely on your own strength, you have every reason to be fearful.”
 
Gratefully this lesson reminds me that God is my strength. I am not on my own. He has never left me. His strength has never left me. Any time a problem appears to be insurmountable, it is not because I don’t have the strength to pass through it. It is because I am unwilling to accept God’s strength. This unwillingness may be because I believe I am unworthy of His strength or it may be like a teenage temper tantrum saying, “I’d rather do it myself.” Perhaps it is some kind of masochistic pride in thinking I have the ability to work this out without God’s help. I can be independent. This pride is masochistic because it insists on being separate from my Source of strength and thus vulnerable, weak and the victim of all kinds of dire circumstances.
 
I can choose differently. I can choose to remember that God is my strength and vision is His gift. His vision shows me my invulnerability and my holiness. It shows me the holiness of everything I look upon. With His vision, I can see the gates of Heaven. His vision brings me to the threshold and His strength takes me in and holds me safely in God’s arms. Whether or not I feel God’s strength in any particular moment does not matter. His strength is still with me. Each time I remind myself of this today, it becomes a little easier to feel his strength working in me, to feel His peace. I am truly grateful.
 
 
God is my strength. Vision is His gift. This vision opens me to the truth. I can apply opening to God’s vision and God’s strength to every experience I have today. It helps me step back and remember I do not know on my own. Why would I use the weakness of the ego, when I have the strength of God available to apply to every circumstance? The strength and vision of God is available to me if I am willing to step back and open up to it. I am willing to practice today.
 
I have just one thing to practice, opening up to the strength and vision of God. I can let the light be turned on in my mind. It will help me see clearly. It will help me be of service in a way that is most appropriate. I do not know on my own, but with God, true vision is mine. It is His gift. I will receive hundreds of opportunities today to accept His gift. This is my practice. This is the means of my awakening. Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. I can open to the truth today. I can receive God’s peace. God is my strength. Vision is His gift.
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You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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The simplicity of the A.A. program teaches me that happiness isn’t something I can “demand.” It comes upon me quietly, while I serve others. In offering my hand to the newcomer or to someone who has relapsed, I find that my own sobriety has been recharged with indescribable gratitude and happiness.
Copyright 1990
​ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.​
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VERNON HOWARD
“We will explore the problem of sorrow deeply and earnestly, watching
for those liberating rays of light within ourselves.
 Just as physical pain must be heeded so as to restore the health of
the body, so must mental pain be used as a guide toward spiritual
wholeness. Fortunately, sorrow forces us to examine what we usually
prefer to ignore. When pain persists, we have an opportunity to
examine ourselves anew, and so find the sure cure.”
The Power of your Supermind, Chap. 4, p. 41
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us.
Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
It’s the Earth people out there that I have a problem answering too.
 Anonymous
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
ALAN KAY
In God’s presence, there is no room for two egos. You say “ego,” and he says “ego”? Either you die in his presence, or he will in your presence, so that no duality may remain. Yet it is impossible that he should die either in the universe or in the mind, for “He is the living, who does not die.” ( Qur’an 25:58 ). He has grace in such measure that, were it possible, he would die for you to remove the duality. But since his death is impossible, you die, so that he may become manifest in you and the duality be lifted. 
Rumi’s Discourses (Fihi ma fih, 24-5)

ACIM Workbook Lesson 43 Insights
“God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.”
The Course makes it clear that God is Love and nothing else. In the introduction to the Text, it says that only Love is real. Thus, nothing else exists. Since only Love is real, Love is one. There can be no other. It helps me to rephrase this lesson by saying, “Love is my Source. I cannot see apart from Love.” To me a key word in this lesson is “apart.” If only Love is real, there is nothing apart from Love. And since Love is my Source, there is nothing apart from me. If I see anything that is not part of me, then I am not seeing it truly. I cannot see apart from Love because nothing is apart.
 
This lesson is helping me open my mind first to recognize that the seeing I have called seeing is not really seeing anything. When I look at something through the body’s eyes and believe it, rarely do I perceive it as part of me. Second, this lesson is helping me to remember to open to receive Holy Spirit’s meaning. Holy Spirit’s meaning will show me my unity with all that is. That is what will prepare me for knowledge.
 
My habitual way of seeing or perceiving involves at the very least, labeling and categorizing. That shape I’m looking at is a table. Hidden beneath that label are all kinds of meanings based on my history with tables. Maybe I associate it with security, a place I could hide under when I was a child. Maybe it reminds me of anger, because of arguments that occurred around the table when I was growing up. Maybe it carries the meaning of warmth and affection because of memories of happy family moments around the table, a birthday party for example.
 
All this I bring unconsciously to all the forms I look upon when I attempt to see without the Holy Spirit’s guidance. This is not seeing clearly. Its really seeing only the past. So when I remind myself that I cannot see apart from Love, it reminds me not to rely on my own perception and interpretation. It reminds me to step back and let the Holy Spirit give His meaning to it. With His help, I will see Love and only Love, everywhere, all the time. Here I will find peace.
 
I feel my ego being confused and resistant to today’s idea. This lesson is saying the ego is not my source. God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him. My ego shows me nothing but its capriciousness, its pain, its anxiety, its depression, etc., etc., etc. I am truly blessed to have Holy Spirit as my Guide as He takes my hand and leads me to God, to joy, to comfort, to Love and peace. God is the Source and I follow. I cannot see joy apart from Him.
 
The source of anything is its essence. This means God is my Essence. This means I cannot see apart from my Essence. God only extends Itself. This means what is real about me is a part of God and what is real about everything is a part of God. If I am seeing something other than God, I am not seeing. I am hallucinating something that is not real. Because there is no duality, there is no ‘outside,’ there is no ‘other,’ there is nothing ‘different’ from God or Love. This means that all that is real is Love. This is my mind healing training today. To take this in, to soak in it, to receive it and give it. God is the essence of All. There is no seeing apart from this Essence of Love. Thank goodness only this is true.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
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Bring into play the almighty power within you,
so that on the stage of life you can fulfill your high destined role. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.14, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.14, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Toward Honesty
The perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one permeates human affairs from top to bottom. This subtle and elusive kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought. Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence of character-building and good living.
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The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of ourselves.
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Somehow, being alone with God doesn’t seem as embarrassing as facing up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person, it confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.
1. TWELVE AND TWELVE, pp. 94-95
2. GRAPEVINE, AUGUST 1961
3. TWELVE AND TWELVE, p. 60
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VERNON HOWARD
“TELL TRUTH YOU’RE SORRY
It is always beneficial to tell the Truth that you are sorry for your
self-defeating behavior. When motivated by the simple recognition and
admission  that you have been wrong, it is a wise and healthy act.
However, your first timid resolve to say you are sorry will arouse
furious opposition. This opposition is the devil himself. The devil
is never more cunningly evil than when warning you against an honest
apology, threatening you with mysterious and ghastly consequences.
 
You must not listen to his lies, which are manufactured in the hell of
time-thinking. Here is what this means. In the past you have apologized
to people who twisted your apology to serve their own sick needs; for
example, their reaction was a sneering pounce. The devil warns you
against getting hurt again in this way.
But remember, never forget, that you are now talking with Truth not to
devil-dominated human beings. Truth is different. It can never be anything
but understanding, compassionate and truly helpful. It always welcomes a
contrite heart. So be both humble and bold in telling the Truth that you
are sorry. Truth will nod briefly in approval, then hand you the next
section of the map that leads to the top of the mountain.”
A Treasury of Trueness, # 701
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. It can be ignored. To the extent that we abandon love we will feel it has abandoned us.
Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. 
Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. 
Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Ernest Holmes
 I would like to be in meetings all day but I can’t,
 I have to be with people who annoy me, at work. 
Anonymous
Heaven is Harmony and is a state of spiritual consciousness 
while evil is a belief in a power opposed to God, the good. 
Ernest Holmes
Remove the veils and tell the naked truth 
Who sleeps in carnal embrace with their clothes?! 
Masnavi 1: 138
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 44 Insights
“God is the light in which I see.”
The Light of God is always there in our minds. It is not outside. We may not be aware of It, but It never really goes away. In truth, the Light of God is all there is to see. If we choose to hide from it, we will not experience it. Today’s lesson involves accepting the Light that is always there, accepting the Love that is always there.
 
There is never any coercion to make us accept the Light. It is there when we choose it. When we deny the Light through dissociation, we do not experience It. It is all about willingness. As I practice today, I expand my willingness to accept the Light of God a little bit more. Jesus asks me to consistently practice this lesson. He knows that it is one of the most important things I can do.
 
Accepting the Light I am helps me see that the Light of God is all there is to see. There are no problems in the Light, only peace, joy and happiness. I can relax now. I accept the means to return to the Light as I practice it with willingness today.
 
Today’s lesson is teaching me a new way of seeing. Its pointing out that what I have called seeing is not really seeing at all. By telling me that the Light for seeing is not outside me, it tells me that all the things I think I see with the body’s eyes are not really seeing. In fact, by saying the equipment for seeing is not outside me, its telling me that the body’s eyes are not the means for seeing that it is talking about here. So it must be talking about an inner seeing, a metaphysical seeing, beyond the physical.
 
In other parts of the course it tells me that the body was made as a fence to keep God and ‘others’ out, to wall off a private domain I could call my own. Yet this private domain is achieved at the cost of seeing. I cannot believe that a private domain with private thoughts and a unique identity is real and experience the unity of God’s Love.
 
This lesson is the beginning of practice in sinking past the fence to allow a taste of the freedom that comes with accepting God’s unifying Love. It is always there. My only job is to let go of trying to use the wrong equipment and choose the Light of God as my source of seeing. It is a process of letting go of what I have valued in error and accepting that the most important thing I can do is to accept the Light of God that is already in me, is me. God is the Light in which I see. In God’s Light I see only innocence, only safety, only Love and unity. That is my one goal.
 
As I set my intention to connect with the Light within, I begin to watch the thoughts my mind produces. I watch the parade of thoughts come and go, rise and fall, and I simply let it be. As I allow my mind to detach itself from these thoughts, the natural state of my inner peace begins to emerge. The Light of my Beingness begins to grow and expand and fill my awareness. Within this inner Light there is only perfect peace, perfect holiness, perfect serenity. This is the peace that passeth all understanding. In this place I am perfect, whole and complete. I choose today to go to this place of my inner peace often to remind me of the truth of my Self and my brother’s. “God is the Light in which I see.”
 
As I choose to remember that God lives within me and I am an extension of His, I realize that I need to allow His sight from within me to light my way and look through the eyes of Love rather than my physical eyes for all my decisions in life that I make. When I choose to see only Love through my eyes and really be conscious of His presence within me to lead the way in all I do and say I will be seeing through the eyes of God and not my own. To see through the eyes of God is to only see Love in all I do and only see patience and grace in everything I say and do. To see through the eyes of God and allow Him to light my way I am living in a state of grace and peace! What a way to live!!
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
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==================================
So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.15, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.15, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Reminder
We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day, “Thy will be done.” We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves.
1976, 2001 AAWS
Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 87-8
It works – it really does.
F I T​=Faith, Intuition, and Trust
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VERNON HOWARD
“WHAT AN AWAKENED MAN SEES
Ronald asked, ‘What does an awakened man see that other people
do not perceive?’
 
‘He is like an observer standing on a hilltop, watching the frantic
chasings of men and women on the prairie below. Among other insights,
he sees these hypnotized men setting traps for each other. The traps
are always attractively decorated, to make them appear beneficial.
The awakened man sees clearly all the resulting heartache. You may
ask why he does not shout down to them a warning of what they do to
each other. He does, but here we meet one of the peculiar features
of the tragedy. Man is unable to hear. He is spiritually deaf.’
 
‘But those who listen will hear. These people neither set traps nor
fall into them.’
 
Self-awakening enables you to see the human scene as it is, not as
it appears to be, which frees you of its chaos.”
Inspire Yourself, p. 130
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
We have within us, a power that is greater than anything we shall ever contact in the outer, a power that can overcome every obstacle in our life and set us safe, satisfied and at peace, healed and prosperous, in a new light, and in a new life.
Ernest Holmes
I was checking out the ingredients in a bottle, 
it had alcohol in it.For a moment I just stood 
there, it was like the bird was in its nest. 
A sponsee called right after that she was drunk. 
Anonymous 

Superman didn’t become Superman. Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he’s Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red “S”, that’s the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears – the glasses, the business suit – that’s the costume. That’s the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He’s weak… he’s unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race.

Quentin Tarantino
I speak of plural souls in name alone – 
One soul becomes one hundred in their frames; 
Just as God’s single sun in heaven 
Shines on earth and lights a hundred walls 
But all these beams of light return to one 
If you remove the walls that block the sun 
The walls of houses do not stand forever 
And believers then will be as but one soul 
Masnavi 4: 415-18
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 45 Insights
“God is the Mind with which I think.”
Many times when I go into meditation, I ask Jesus to help me move through the clouds. If a particular cloud seems to attract me, I ask Jesus to help me see it differently. It happens differently in different situations. Sometimes we talk about it together and I am given a new perspective in how to view the situation. Sometimes I am given insight into what would be most helpful. Sometimes the cloud just seems to disappear. It’s just gone. And then we continue through the clouds. Jesus always leads me to deeper layers of peace.
 
Sometimes he gives me images where we come to a beautiful, inviting, warm pool of peace and we step in together gradually going deeper, allowing ourselves to feel the presence of God’s peace a little more and then a little more. I find that Jesus or the Holy Spirit is very gentle in leading me into the truth of my Being. Jesus knows that we have all the time we need. He asks a little willingness of me and then he takes over. I have learned to trust his lead. He brings me to deep layers of happiness. All sense of problems disappear. He knows me better than I know myself. I can trust him.
 
When I get involved in the world of form, I lose all sense of what is eternal, what is real. I need these times of following Jesus. Jesus leads me to the place in my mind where truth resides. It is a place past form and cannot be described. This place in my mind is always there. It never changes. I am nurtured and sustained here. I feel loved and loving in this place. This is what true sharing is. We share one mind. There are no differences. We are one Light. There is no distance between us.
 
By taking time to rest with Jesus, I can then return to my job in the world being refreshed and reminded of what is real. I can take the peace that I feel with me and practice receiving and extending the peace that is real. I need this practice of diving into that pool of peace often. It brings me the stability and strength. It brings me consistency. It brings me what I need. As I continue on in this “life,” I am so grateful for the help I receive each day and for the pool of peace that is always there to join with each day. There is nothing more important than this. This is real mind healing training, and I need it every day.
 
This lesson shakes up all of my ideas about the reality of my thoughts. It is telling me all the thoughts that I have thought were real are not real. If God is the Mind with which I think, then the thoughts of that Mind must be holy. They must see only oneness, only innocence and offer only Love. I have to admit that except for momentary flashes of holy instants, my thoughts do not fit this description.
 
Yet I am assured that my mind is part of God’s. So beneath the thoughts I am aware of are my holy thoughts. Just because I have covered them over with unreal thoughts doesn’t mean that they are not there. It just means I am not aware of them. Lack of awareness is not justification for guilt, although the ego will tell me it is. It just means I need to learn to be aware. That is what these lessons are here to teach me, and I am deeply grateful for them.
I want the peace of God and that peace is found in the thoughts I share with God. I want to reach those thoughts and so I am dedicated to practicing these lessons as much as I can. Each time I encounter resistance, I acknowledge it and step past it and keep on practicing. That is my job, my purpose. I am assured that it is God’s will that I receive His peace and so it is inevitable that I will succeed. Thank you God.
 
I continue to see the depths of my guilt. I see all the horrible things that I can imagine happening to me as another form of punishment that my ego creates to show how bad I am and how much I should be punished. But my real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them. And so I sit with this lead ball in my mind and I know that just beyond the cloud is the sunshine and all of the Love and the peace and the clarity and the benevolence of the mind of God. These lessons are very powerful. They bring up all of what’s in the way of thinking with the mind of God. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. He shows us the way. He takes our hand and walks us through the clouds. All we need do is ask.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
You may freely share copies of this with your friends, 
provided this copyright notice and website address are included.
==================================
Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality. 
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.6, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.6, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT
We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve 
contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 85
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“No one should ever use the word _love_ without wondering whether he
really knows its meaning.”
Cosmic Command, # 66
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
Visualization from this standpoint is a creative
act that is never bothered by any existing condition or conditions.
Once we are certain that our whole thought is harmonious and unified with Good, 
we may ask for what we want, and it shall be done unto us by the Law.
Ernest Holmes
I went to bars every day so this is 
my natural habitat, to be around people. 
Anonymous 
We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.
JEAN HOUSTON
Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks
ACIM Workbook Lesson 37 Insights
“My holiness blesses the world.”
This lesson reminds me of the greeting, Namaste, which means the Christ in me sees the Christ in you. My job today is to see the Christ beyond the form, to see the holiness that is everywhere. This holiness is seen through the Christ mind. This holiness sees only oneness. This holiness recognizes the eternal truth, which is beyond time and space. As I practice through the day remembering holiness, or wholeness, I am brought to remember we are one Son, one Light, and there is no distance between us. My function here is to remove the barriers to remembering this. Remembering this is a blessing to the world and to myself, which are one.
 
 
In truth, my holiness is always blessing all that is. If I’m not aware of this, it is because I have separated myself from my Self. To me this exercise is about remembering what has always been true. As I remember this, I bring this awareness to everything I see. And in that vision I support everyone in holding that vision. That is my job here. Another way of saying it is my job is to awaken and to see everyone awaken.
 
So this practice is a way of reminding me What I am, that I am Love and nothing else and only Love is real. I cannot do this if I focus on what bodies do, what they say, how they behave. It is not what bodies do that determines their holiness. Everyone is holy, because that is how God created them. If I don’t see myself as holy or anyone else as holy, I am not seeing them as God created them.
 
True to the Course, this lesson is guiding me back to awareness of my true Identity. As I can see It in myself, I will see It everywhere, for that is the law of perception. When I see it without exception, I will have prepared myself to accept my Self as God created me and return Home to the Heart of God. My holiness blesses the world because God’s holiness blesses the world. They are the same.
 
 
Today I relax. I release another shroud of need to measure up to my unholy standards. I let myself be touched by the gentle, loving essence of my true state of Being, my holiness. Today I devote myself to feeling the support, to being intimate with it. And I rejoice that this gift to myself, relaxing in holiness, is a gift to everyone.
 
 
My holiness blesses the world. I saw a picture as I repeated this to myself in meditation. As I turn to one of my brothers and say in my mind to him, “My holiness blesses you,” the light in my brother’s mind ignites and is a full flame. In turn, my brother turns to another and as he blesses him, this mind is also filled with Divine Light. This is a never-ending chain of Divine Light and Love that continues to fan out and spread through each mind within the one Mind. This Light of Love leads the way Home. As I bless my brother and myself, we bless the world.
 
 
I remember as a young woman sitting at my bedroom window looking at the moonlight on the waves, seeing the beauty that I felt was God’s gift. And I wished that I had a magic wand that I could use to sprinkle Love dust on people, and lo and behold, here it is. My holiness blesses the world.
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The world as a whole has forgotten the real meaning of the word love. Love has been so abused and crucified by man that very few people know what true love is. Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation. But to define love is very difficult, for the same reason that words cannot fully describe the flavor of an orange. You have to taste the fruit to know its flavor. So with love.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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A RALLYING POINT 
Therefore, Step Two is the rallying point for all of us. “Whether agnostic, atheist, or former believer, we can stand together on this Step.”
TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p.  33 
 I feel that A.A. is a God-inspired program and that God is at every A.A. meeting. I see, believe, and have come to know that A.A. works, because I have stayed sober today. I am turning my life over to A.A. and to God by going to an A.A. meeting. If God is in my heart and everyone else’s, then I am a small part of a whole and I am not unique. If God is in my heart and He speaks to me through other people, then I must be a channel of God to other people. I should seek to do His will by living spiritual principles and my reward will be sanity and emotional sobriety.
Copyright 1990 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC.
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“CREATIVE ENERGY
Begin today to use this remarkable procedure: First, become clearly
aware of every arising feeling of pressure or discomfort or nervousness.
Just notice how they persistently rise up and take over mind and body.
Next, become conscious of the great energy possessed by these ruthless
invaders, for they do indeed move with great force.
   With all this in mind, proceed to the next important phase.
   Think of this energy as being totally pure in its original form. Do not
see it as pressure or nervousness which must take you over, but as a
force under your own command. This is the way it can be. It is like a
raging river tamed by strong banks.
  Finally, think what can be done with all this power! See how you can
help yourself by releasing it towards positive goals, including personal
poise and clear judgment. Let yourself be both inspired and renewed.”
Esoteric Encyclopedia of Eternal Knowledge, p. 43
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
COME, AND LET ME HEAL YOU
 Come to me and I will heal you. The inner power of Life within me is God, and it can heal anything. I will to heal and help all who come to me. I know that the realization of Life and Love within me heals all who come into Its presence. I love the thought that I silently bless all who enter my atmosphere. It is not I, but The Father Who dwelleth in me; He doeth the works. I heal all who come near me.
Ernest Holmes
It works if you believe in God,
but you can’t play God. 
Anonymous 
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
BARACK OBAMA
O you who’ve gone on pilgrimage –
              where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved!
              Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor,
             he is next to your wall –
You, erring in the desert – 
              what air of love is this?
If you’d see the Beloved’s
              form without any form –
You are the house, the master,
              You are the Kaaba, you! . . .
Where is a bunch of roses,
              if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul’s pearly essence
              when you’re the Sea of God?
That’s true – and yet your troubles
              may turn to treasures rich –
How sad that you yourself veil
              the treasure that is yours!
 
Rumi ‘I Am Wind, You are Fire’
Translation by Annemarie Schimmel
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 38 Insights
“There is nothing my holiness cannot do.”
This lesson reminds me of the opening statement of the Course, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.” I equate holiness with remembering the truth of our wholeness or oneness. This world of separation is a dream. In truth, in reality, there are no problems. Nothing real can be threatened. Love cannot be threatened. What is not Love is a dream and is coming from the false mind that makes up dreams.
 
When put in Holy Spirit’s hands, any dream can change. Lemons will be turned to lemonade when put in Holy Spirit’s hands. Once I put a problem in Holy Spirit’s hands I can confidently say, “I can hardly wait to see the good that comes from this.” The Holy Spirit can bring peace to my mind with any perceived problem, if I let It. The Holy Spirit brings me a reversal in thinking. I see the whole situation differently. I see that every perceived problem comes from false thinking, and false thinking can be changed.
 
I can be taught to bless instead of curse. I can be taught to see peace instead of conflict and fear. I can be taught to see past every form the ego mind makes up to the constant, eternal Light of truth that is always there behind the dream story. I can be trained to open up to the truth behind every dream, behind every problem. I can be taught to hold to the truth. The truth is true and nothing else is true. Herein lies the peace of God. Herein lies the Love of God and herein lies the healing idea that I can extend Love instead of the ego’s lies in every situation There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
 
For me, the most remarkable statement Jesus makes in regard to today’s lesson is that I have dominion over all things. It is a statement of freedom and a release of the need to control. For me, dominion means to be that which is whole, and all circumstances and events and relationships are experienced accordingly. It seems that every lesson weaves a powerful thread of inspiration to be aware of my wholeness, to be in the moment, to be Love as I was created.
 
What a tremendous burden is lifted from my mind when I accept that peace and joy are not dependent upon my outer circumstances, but that how I perceive my outer circumstances are the effect of whether I am being peace and joy or not. What a sense of freedom to be in a moment where I truly accept and need not control anything to be fulfilled. It occurs naturally if I just make the choice to be in Love and allow it to flow.
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One who wants to be a concert pianist will practice at the piano twelve hours a day. If, instead, his practice consists of pecking halfheartedly at the keys for a few minutes every day, he’ll never become any good as a pianist.
 
That’s how it is with the search for God. How can you expect to know Him if you only half try?
 
It is very difficult to reach God. If even a concert pianist must work hard to become successful in his profession, how much more earnestly must the devotee “work” at meditation in order to realize the Infinite!
 
Here, however, is an encouraging thought: Everyone who makes a sincere effort on the spiritual path will surely reach his goal. You cannot say that of worldly ambition. Not everyone can become a famous pianist, no matter how hard he tries. For in every field there is room at the top for very few. All men, however, can claim their sonship equally with the Heavenly Father.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.8, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
The Shared Gift
A.A. is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.
<<< >>>
Faith is more than our greatest gift; its sharing with others is our greatest responsibility. May we of A.A. continually seek the wisdom and the willingness by which we may well fulfill that immense trust which the Giver of all perfect gifts has placed in our hands.
1. SERVICE MANUAL, p. 5
2. GRAPEVINE, APRIL 1961
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“You can discover who you really are by bravely declining to be
who you usually are.”
1500 Ways to Escape the Human Jungle, # 1076
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
Think of yourself as you would like to be, and calmly state that you are now in the position that you care to be in; that you are now doing the things you would like to be doing; that you now possess the things you want to possess; that your state of being is the ultimate state of being you can possibly imagine. Look at your picture as you would view a landscape, mentally dwelling on this picture, feeling the reality of it—the Joy of it, the Peace of it, the Love of it, the Prosperity of it, the Vitality of it—until you can sense that it is a reality.  Then leave the entire picture for the Law to work out for you, returning to your everyday affairs with perfect confidence that something is really taking place on the invisible side of your life, and that you will experience in outward form all of your inner aspirations.
Ernest Holmes
It was you guys that showed me how to find myself. 
Anonymous 
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
ALICE WALKER
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself. 
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks
ACIM Workbook Lesson 39 Insights
“My holiness is my salvation.”
In the Text we learn that the guilt that comes with wanting to have a separate identity is the foundation for the projected world of separation we see. With the belief that we really did separate from our Source came guilt and fear of God’s reprisal. We tried to hide from the guilt we secretly believed was ours by projecting this guilt onto a made up world that we believed was separate from us.
 
We are now learning to recognize that the physical world we see is just the effect of projected guilt. The guilt now looks like it has been hurled outside of us, but the truth is it has not left the split mind that is its source. The more we try to see guilt “out there,” the more we are reinforcing it in our minds.
 
The truth is that this guilt that comes with our continued belief in separation is the real source of all our problems — It is the source of our belief in limitation, all our worry, stress, illness and lack of any kind. Guilt is hell. In this lesson Jesus tells us, “Your holiness means the end of guilt, and therefore the end of hell.”
 
As I look at the script of my life, I can see the many forms of limitation and guilt that I have believed in. I see that this ‘life’ script came from unloving thoughts. I am seeing that I need to look closely at every unloving thought: every apprehension, every form of suffering I am making real through my belief and hand it over to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will reverse this belief and show me that the truth of my holiness is my salvation.
 
This practice today helps me to heal all the false ideas that have guilt as their foundation. I am open to healing my mind today by looking at all the barriers to my holiness, all the thoughts that are unlike universal Love. Love is one. Love is universal. I let myself today be aware of the unloving thoughts that I am holding on to.
 
Guilt is hell. How long do I want to stay in hell? It is my choice. Today I am willing to recognize the thoughts that keep me in hell, keep me in limitation. I am ready to be brought back to wholeness, holiness. I am ready to let go of believing in separation, of believing that I am a separate person, unique and different from universal Love. I am ready to return to happiness.
 
 
My holiness is God’s holiness because He created me as an extension of Himself. If I share His holiness, I must also share His strength. So today’s idea could also be phrased, the strength of God is my salvation. With this idea, I feel great relief. Today’s lesson lists many of the kinds of unloving thoughts that we experience daily — anger, worry, fear, etc. In looking at these, I realize that they all stem from a belief in weakness, which is another way of saying unworthiness.
 
When I think of myself as weak, I think of myself as unable to do what God would have me do, which in essence is saying unable to Love. If I believe I am unable to Love, guilt is inevitable. Yet the strength of God is in me, so that must be a mistaken idea. God is Love. The strength of God in me enables me to Love. It cannot be that I am unable to Love. God is only Love, so in truth I must only be Love. Thus there can be no justification for guilt. Wow! That shoots holes in every justification there seems to be for guilt. It’s over. It never was. Truly, my holiness is my salvation. Thank you God.
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“Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions,” [Sri Yukteswar said]. “Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.”
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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Honolulu, Hi 96813
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FEB.9, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
NO REGRETS 
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 83 
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“We’ll take questions tonight that you’ve written. Before we go
into them, I went over and looked at them, and so many of the
questions can be answered with the following single explanation.
First of all, let’s look and see how an immature, undeveloped,
self-injuring mind works. It works simply by mechanical forces.
   Example: You’re at home, you’re at work, wherever, a thought comes
to your mind – now follow this, it’s very important – a thought
comes to your mind and you act on it. Now acting on it can mean
that you can act outward on it. You can think something and then
you say something or you throw something or you walk somewhere. Or
you can act on it internally. You can feel distress. You can feel
flattered. You can feel confused all because one thought out of
ten thousand thoughts a day came to you and the thought’s
appearance was your automatic reaction to it — going along with it.
   No study of the thought itself. No looking at it. No examination,
no asking, ‘Is this thought going to lead me in a truly right
direction or in a truly wrong direction?’ No examination, no
consciousness, no intelligent seeing of the thought at all.
It took you and carried you away and you yelled something out
or you felt bad or you froze up.
   Now I’ve just described to you an immature, undeveloped hurtful
type of mind, which is yours.”
 Let This Talk Awaken You – Part 1
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
==============================
No one can be responsible for someone else’s death.
Each soul has selected the hour and the place when
he or she will transition from this plane.
Others are simply the instruments we use for our departure.
— Ernest Holmes
I thought I was high and mighty and 
looking back it’s very embarrassing. 
Anonymous 
For death really begins with life’s first breath,
And real life begins at the touch of death.
–John Oxenham

God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites,
so that you will have two wings to fly, not one.
~Rumi, as interpreted by Camille and Kabir Helminski

ACIM Workbook Lesson 40 Insights
“I am blessed as a Son of God.”
Today’s lesson once more asks us to accept the truth about ourselves. In truth, everyone is blessed as a Son of God. In truth, everyone is an extension of God — an extension of God’s Love. Because we all are God’s Love, we bless and are blessed. Because we are God’s Love, we extend Love as God does. All are in holy union with God. We cannot be without Love’s blessing, because we all are Love. And Love, to be Love, extends Love. Love sees all as Itself. Love sees all is Itself.
 
Affirming “I am blessed as a Son of God” every 10 minutes is important mind training. It helps me return to accepting the truth about myself and about everyone. If I really want to return to the truth and accept the blessings of my true inheritance, I will practice consistently today. I will do as Jesus instructs, for he does know how to lead me Home. He is our elder brother. He knows that our minds are still undisciplined. I am determined to follow Jesus’ instructions today. I am determined to accept the truth that I am blessed as a Son of God.
 
In Chapter 4, Section IV, paragraph 7 of the Text, it says that the reason we lack consistency in focusing our attention on the Love of God is not because it is hard, but because we do not believe we are worthy of it. In today’s lesson, Jesus clearly recognizes that we may miss some practice periods, maybe even for long periods. But he urges us not to let that discourage us or to use it as an excuse to stop practicing. He simply says, “Try again.” No guilt, just try again.
 
One of the things that has struck me over the years as I have worked with the Course is that it is gentle. There is no coercion, only loving encouragement. Never does it shame or judge us for our insanity. It just patiently, repeatedly encourages us, reminding us of what is true and helping us to recognize illusions for what they are. Sometimes we may take offense at what it says, because we have identified with a false image of ourselves and perceive the words as an attack on who we are. But that is simply the ego trying to hold its ground.
 
No matter what we believe about ourselves, no matter how much we deny God’s Love for us, He continues to give all of His Love, eternally. He gives His Love without consideration of whether or not we accept it. He is always giving. If we are not aware of His blessing, it is simply because we have chosen not to accept it. But His blessing remains there for us to receive the instant we are willing. If I am blessed as a Son of God, then God must want me to be happy. If I am not happy, I am not accepting God’s will for me. Today I will practice remembering I am blessed as a Son of God because I want to be happy.
 
 
I love that I am not judged for my lapses. I love the gentleness of the Course. I often think of this when I am tempted to judgment or anger over another person’s actions. Gentleness and forgiveness is not always my first choice, but more and more I am stepping out of the destructive cycle of blame and fear, and choosing gentleness instead.
 
I am so grateful for this change in myself. I know it is a direct result of these lessons. I keep working on the lessons because I want a gentle life without excursions into fear, anger, guilt and judgment.
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Many human beings say “I love you” one day and reject you the next. That is not love. One whose heart is filled with the love of God cannot willfully hurt anyone. When you love God without reservation, He fills your heart with His unconditional love for all. That love no human tongue can describe….The ordinary man is incapable of loving others in this way. Self-centered in the consciousness of “I, me, and mine,” he has not yet discovered the omnipresent God who resides in him and in all other beings. To me there is no difference between one person and another; I behold all as soul-reflections of the one God. I can’t think of anyone as a stranger, for I know that we are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings. Then you will be able to love others as your own Self.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813

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FEB.10, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Fear
The achievement of freedom from fear is a lifetime undertaking, one that can never be wholly completed. When under heavy attack, acute illness, or in other conditions of serious insecurity, we shall all react to this emotion – well or badly, as the case may be. Only the self-deceived will claim perfect freedom from fear. 
Bill W., Grapevine, January 1962
c. 1967 AAWS, As Bill Sees It,  p. 263
Courage is the willingness to accept fear and act anyway.
========================
VERNON HOWARD
“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. 
Do not try to run faster than you presently can.
If you are studying, reflecting and trying,
you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not.
A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward.
Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.”
========================
The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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 Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely
Ernest Holmes

Courage is the willingness to accept fear and act anyway.
Anonymous
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
–Arthur Ashe
Daylight, full of small dancing particles and the one great turning,
our souls are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?
~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks
ACIM Workbook Lesson Insights lesson 41
“God goes with me wherever I go.”
The peace of God is within me, ready to be found in every instant. It is only my unwillingness to sink past all the images and appearances of the world that keeps me from knowing the peace of God in every moment. It is my belief in the reality of the appearances of the world that blocks my awareness of God’s peace in me.
 
As I was doing the exercise, I observed how I seemed to oscillate up and down as I sought to sink past the thoughts of the world and go inward. It was almost as if the ego was frantically bating fishing lines with ideas to see which ones I might bite on so that I could be reeled back into the world of illusions. I was dumbfounded by some of the off the wall thoughts that I hooked on to and followed for awhile before I realized I had pulled back from going deep within. So I “spit out the hook” and resumed my focus on going down and within.
 
It clearly demonstrated that more mind training is needed. I still need these exercises and lessons, even though I have been through them many times. I do want to know the peace of God in every moment. I do want to know Him as my companion and my strength. I do want to know the Love that He gives eternally. Doing the exercises has had an effect and I am willing to keep on practicing, because I want more.
 
The peace of God is my natural state. This gives new meaning to “returning to nature.” It is not about returning to anything in the world. It is about returning Home and accepting my Self as I was created. There is great security in knowing that God goes with me wherever I go.
 
In my journey inward, I asked Jesus to guide me, to lead the way. He asked me to see what looked like many as one. As one, we jumped into a pool of Love. I experienced a movement, like a rush, that was blowing away the form that I was still trying to bring with me. He asked me to quiet my mind and go even deeper to remember the truth that only Love is real. As I followed his lead, the blowing, the rush, gradually faded away. I then experienced a feeling of peace, a sense of well being that I knew was eternal. The forms were gone.
 
This Presence is what Jesus means when he says it will cure all sorrow, all loss, all depression. This Presence is what is real. This is what goes with me wherever I go. This is what helps me laugh at fear thoughts. This is what heals my mind when I believe in foolish dreams. This is what cures me when I experience the effects of a sick mind. This is my answer to every problem. I don’t go Home alone. I never am alone. This Presence is everywhere. It is in everyone and every thing. It is the only Presence that is real.
 
I don’t want to go back. I don’t want to open the body’s eyes. I don’t want to make the world of form real again.… I am reminded again that God goes with me wherever I go. I am reminded that through practice I can remember while looking through the body’s eyes that only the Christ mind is real. This awareness of peace and Love is real. I can learn to see past form to the truth of Love’s Presence, which is everywhere. I need to practice. That is my job, remembering that God goes with me wherever I go. I practice this now. I practice this today.
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In the consciousness of one who is immersed in the divine love of God, there is no deception, no narrowness of caste or creed, no boundaries of any kind. When you experience that divine love, you will see no difference between flower and beast, between one human being and another. You will commune with all nature, and you will love equally all mankind.
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
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FEB.1, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS

FEB.1, 2018 OUR GROUP 23 OF MORNING HOTSHOTS
DAILY
Insecurity
The achievement of freedom from fear is a lifetime undertaking, one that can never be wholly completed. When under heavy attack, acute illness, or in other conditions of serious insecurity, we shall all react, well or badly, as the case may be. Only the vainglorious claim perfect freedom from fear, though their very grandiosity is really rooted in the fears they have temporarily forgotten.
Bill W., January 1962
c. 1988 AA Grapevine, The Language of the Heart, p. 265 
Once we clear a hurdle, it doesn’t seem so high.
TR U S T=Try Relying Upon Steps and Traditions
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VERNON HOWARD
“Q: What can help our esoteric education?
A: It helps to understand a certain peculiarity of the mind.
The moment a man acquires a new piece of knowledge he assumes
he now knows everything possible to know. That is like thinking
a tree has only one leaf. So vanity blocks further development.
Guard against this.”
Treasury of Positive Answers, # 335
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The Serenity Prayer
 
God grant me the serenity to
Accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
We were now at Step Three.
 Many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him:
“God, I offer myself to Thee – to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the 
bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them 
may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy 
will always!”
We thought well before taking this step making sure we were ready; that we could at last abandon 
ourselves utterly to Him. 
Seventh Step Prayer
-The Seventh Step Prayer is from page 76. The Big Book
   When ready, we say something like this:
“My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now 
remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you 
and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here, to do your bidding. Amen.”
We have then completed Step Seven.
-(Both derived from page 86 in the Big Book)
St Francis Prayer
-From Chapter 11 of “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions”
“Lord, make me a channel of they peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.”                        
St. Francis Assisi (1182-1228).
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“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it”
― Ernest Holmes
I found that doing the prayers with a 
lot of other people really helps. 
Anonymous
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that
you will be happy to live with all your life.
GOLDA MEIR
“What you seek is seeking you.” Rumi
RUMI
ACIM Workbook Lesson 32 Insights
“I have invented the world I see.”
At any time, I am either joining with the ego thought system or the Holy Spirit’s thought system. When I join with the ego thought system, the world I invent is filled with struggle, victimhood and lack. I feel separate and alone. I feel like life is hard. Things don’t seem to go easy. It is filled with blame and guilt and tragedy. On the other hand, if I join with the Holy Spirit, the world looks very different. I see innocence instead of guilt.
 
I see unity instead of separation. I see that the only meaning for time is to now awaken to the truth and join with my brothers in that awakening. I see that we all go Home together. We don’t go Home alone. My take on the world is the total opposite of the ego’s perspective. So each day, each hour, each minute, it is my choice. Do I join with the ego’s invention or do I allow the Holy Spirit to write the script? Which I choose at any moment is up to me. This choice determines the world I see.
 
 
As I was doing the exercise for today, I looked out the window, at the new snow that had fallen over night. I made a beautiful, lacy image of the trees. It sure didn’t seem like I invented the world I am seeing. But I was reminded of a recent lesson in which we were to look at various objects and say, for instance, “God is in that tree, or God is in the snow.” I remembered that in that lesson it said that certainly God is not in that physical object as I see it. In fact, my seeing of the object blocks my awareness that God is there.
 
So if I am not aware of God in everything, it is not because God is not there, for God is in my mind. It is because I am seeing a world I have invented that stands between me and my awareness of God. I have invented the world as I see it. Were I able to strip away what I have invented, I would see only God. I would see God everywhere, because God is in my mind.
 
That is why it is important for me to realize that it is I who have invented the world I see. It is in recognizing this that I open my mind to a new way of seeing. It also reminds me that I have absolute control of what I see and what I experience. I always have choice. I am not the victim of the world. I can join with the Holy Spirit and see the world with Christ vision. I can see God everywhere. I can see Love everywhere.
 
 
I have invented the world I see. What an exhilarating thought this is for me. As I truly begin to understand this and take responsibility for my thoughts, I become aware that I am free to choose. I can continue, along with the ego thought system, to create thoughts within my mind that terrorize myself, or I can place my mind under the guidance of Jesus and ask for each thought to be rewritten as an expression or extension of Love. I can choose to separate with my thoughts or I can choose to heal my mind and bless the world. I am free as God created me.
 
 
I was talking to a clerk in a store yesterday and she started talking about how scary things are now, with the failing economy, talk of war etc. As she talked on, I found myself responding with one of those stock answers we use to just make conversation in which I was basically agreeing with her. I stopped myself from continuing that way and wanted to say something constructive, but someone else came in and the opportunity passed.
 
It made me very aware of how careless I am with my thoughts and words. It also made me aware of my responsibility to myself and my brothers. I had an opportunity to speak truth and chose to add to the illusion instead. I feel thankful that I saw myself doing this and was aware of my error. Now I have the opportunity to choose differently. I’m grateful for today’s lesson because it gives me a chance to reinforce my lesson from yesterday. My thoughts have effects, and my thoughts are my choice. I can change them.
 
I, too, found myself agreeing with several people yesterday about how bad things are and last night I was in a state of confusion. As I worked with my facilitator last night, what came to me was that my agreement with any ego gives my ego permission to rule!
 
I was miserable and didn’t really understand why until this morning! I do have a choice as to whether I listen to ego or to Holy Spirit. I am not a victim and I cannot agree with anyone that they are either. Out of my own Self interest, I must be generous with the Truth. I can change my mind about myself.
© 2003, Pathways of Light. http://pathwaysoflight.org
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“The true basis of religion is not belief,
but intuitive experience. Intuition is
the soul’s power of knowing God.
To know what religion is really all about, one must know God
Paramahansa Yogananda
Sincerely,
Ron Richey
545 Queen St. # 701
Honolulu, Hi 96813
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